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Have you ever tried to talk to an artists you admire on DA and s/he ignores you?
Well, there's a few tips on how to talk to them and get more comments back...
I don't say this will always work, because some artists are just too busy, or too shy to talk back, but it will work better than if you just bluntly ask a question.

There are nice artists who will answer your question, so make them feel a bit special for doing you a favor.


Here's my tip on how to talk to some big name artists...




===== MOST IMPORTANTLY!

1. Research first, check their blogs for FAQ if you have a question such as...

Ex:
1. what pen/paper/program/medium did you use?

>>>(tools related, trust me, usually its on their FAQ)


2. Hi, you're good.... what do you recommend for a tablet?

>>>(Go to forums to ask that please, search forum for old threads on it, don't bother them with this.)


3. Hello, what brushes did you use, can you share it? Did you use Photoshop?

>>>(Don't ask so fast, search their gallery or use search engine, and they have the right not to share it, it's what they will earn a living with)


4. Can you check out my work? Please check my gallery~!

>>>(plain rude, especially if you have no relationship to the person, even if you aren't requesting for their art, you are requesting their time, upload a nice icon, perhaps they might take a look because your icon looks nice.)


5. How did you do this or that?

>>>(check if they have tutorials/blogs/news on that already.... usually they do.)




Famous artist's mind: Who the hell are you? I'm not obligated to answer that. (this is after 100 of these basic questions keep repeating themselves, so don't be one of them, you already have strike one on impression)



Finally, after the research, if some of your questions is still not answered, then you can consider sending them something.




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2. First, Tell them how you like their work, be specific: Praise them either on what you see they are passionate about, be sincere and specific, such as

Ex:
"I just love the way you illustrate all the details/emotions/ it really come through"
"I love your ______________ (a specific piece in their gallery)"


if you have nothing you can say about what you admire about them, don't talk to them.  

Most of the artists like seeing comments for more than 2 lines on their art, at least invest some time on them before you ask them to invest some time on you.


(After this you can either state your request/question or go to #3)







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The next point is not always required, because some artists like it personal, some prefer it short and sweet, but you can add it if you think it will help with the conversation:



3. Introduce yourself a little: Tell them your age, interest, what you aspire to become, what you like in common to their work.
Be modest with your tone, like...

Ex: Hello, I am <insert your name, age>(it helps if you mention your age, they will know who they are talking to.


I really like your work because _____________
and I aspire to be_________________
(You can add other juicy details, but make sure you aren't getting too long with it, busy people don't like long notes)




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4. After all of these, then finally state your request~~!




Ex: I have trouble with ______________ can you please help me? Any feedback will be appreciated, thank you!




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5. Then finally close with something like this...

"Thank you for reading my note/letter, I totally appreciate your time..."
"If you are busy I totally understand..."
"I would love to learn from you, I hope for a reply."





FINAL WORDS
This is just a tip, personalize the content in your own words will help, and try to double, triple check before you send, for grammar or typo.

And because I wrote this, don't write to me using it word for word, I will know you are being lazy. lol




Keep in mind their time cost money
Understand that if they reply you, it's them taking their time, and their time is usually pricey, the more famous they are, the more pricey their time is.


And know not all artists are equipped to teach, some of them might not be able to give you a good answer, don't take it personal, and don't think they are lazy or mean because they can't answer it the way you want it.



And know that if they fail to reply, wait a few days or 1 week before you ask again, don't act desperate for an answer, that just turn them off.

After all these, your words might still fall on death ear, simply because not all artists like to reply to their notes/comments/ etc

Don't take it personally, find the next big artist you want to talk to and try again.




Q: What do you consider as a big/famous artist?
A: Anyone whose work you like, and you look upto, and have more established career, or site traffic than you.


Q: What if I don't have anything smart to say other than "awesome" or "wow, cool!"

A: Use this: Words to use to describe art elements
and try to describe emotions you felt from the piece will help too.


Q: I thought the only way to get their attention was being a dick.

A: Not all attention is good, if you get a popular artist upset at you, they do have the power to call on a mob against you, and get you banned really quickly, though its at their own risk, they DO have that power.

Just treat them as humans, ok? Everyone wants to be treated nice. Maybe some of them rather have their little private corner, there are always those who will be nice and answer questions as well.


Lastly, EVERYONE deserves to be treated this way, so practice that polite manner. It can get you far.
I feel strangely accomplished writing this.... :faint:

Though I am not the biggest artist there is... the origin of this article is a common frustration that high profile people share.


I had enough of kids with no idea about greeting manners, instead of making a blog to complain about it, I figured they needed some education.
(I see all who has no manners as KIDS, I don't care how old they actually are.)

Here it is, my tips on how to request a favor in learning something from a big name artist.

In the future, if someone fails to apply this to me, all they will see is a link to this deviantion.


If you feel like you want to translate this or pass this on, feel free.


And I hope people paid attention to my first point. It's my first point for a reason.
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Bubble66 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful thank you :hug:
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Thanks. This was really helpful, I've got the being polite part down but I can't ask an actual question without feeling stupid. Again great tut.
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Mysterycookie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
this is so completely true! i can't even understand how people get the idea that others will look to their gallery when they are spamming like that. i am always trying to be nice and watch everyone as much as i can... and make comments that really show that you have looked at someones art. (so no random 'OSOM' or 'WOW NICE' comments) that is what i like people to say, so i do it to other people. strange that some people don't even seem to notice that that is appreciated much more though..

so thanks for this tutorial. i hope it cleared something up for those people (though i won't call them stupid or assholes, it is just, they probably don't know that they sound rude that way.)

btw i am sorry for my bad grammar <__<
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:hug: Thanks i hope it helps some people. :)
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Joichiroll Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh this is soo true, especially the rudest of all comments: "Can you check out my works ... see my gallery!" I hate that so much, no matter what context they put this quote in, so PLEASE; do not start demanding people to do this nor spam this on their main page.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
i get that all the time. lol
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DreaChu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really don't think people need a tutorial on how to communicate with other people.

To be honest (not trying to be rude) this just looks like "Kiss Ass 101". (not trying to be rude, just stating what this looks like)
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
If people knew how to smooth properly/have manners i would not have been prompted to do a tutorial, a lot of kids don't know how to greet properly.

of course, if they can't find anything good to say to the artist they like in honesty, its better not to write them.
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DreaChu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah but I don't want people trying to be someone they're not if they're trying to talk with me.

It's almost like being fake.

I don't want someone coming up to me kissing my ass then getting the impression that they're actually a nice person when in reality they're just trying to get information from me and they're actually a rude ass hole lol
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, from my experience, the ass holes usually just takes your answer and leave, not a single thank you or nothing after you give it to them. And if they feel like bothering you next time they will note you again asking "what program you used?" or "can you tell me this or that?"

If they at least bothered to follow this guideline, they are already less ass hole/n00b than they originally were. lol~ XD
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DreaChu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess so.
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
kiss ass is better than being plain rude though.
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DreaChu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ehhh Sorta. Usually when people kiss someones ass. It gives a negative outlook on most of the artists that are getting their ass kissed.
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mayshing Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
if someone can't do it with honesty, don't do it, my advice is simple as that.
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CountUchiha Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student General Artist
wow.... This really sums things up :)
Thanks for this upload, I bet it would help various artists in different ways :D
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's very good advice that can be applied beyond just artists and illustrators.
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SleepyKiks Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial. I think everyone on dA could benefit from reading this and/or passing it on to others.
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Writer
I love how you commented on checking grammar and the "Ur art is cool, plz chekc out my gallery, ok?" comments. I appreciate it (but only a little) when I occasionally get comments like this, as I don't consider myself to be all that popular, but it gives them a lack of immaturity and it's as if they're just in it for the attention. I understand that's what most artists want, but I totally agree that it is rude, too, and that it is a no-no.

Lol, I think I may have to remember to give out links for this as well. It's a wonderful lil' bit of important information :D :thumbsup:
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
high five on that. :D
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Emo-Neko-Youkai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Haha, thank tou for the tip Mayshing.
I will definately keep it in mind for any of the next many times I will be commenting and even when replying (O_o)
I am usually trying my hardest to be polite (it has been practically ironed into me since birth :hmmm:) and when I get a rude comment anywhere on the net, or even when I read other people's comments on DA or anywhere else it's actually almost disgusting. (I'm being hypocritical here, but...)
So I thank you very much for this, I am going to ask for your permission to send it to a few people. So, may I please send this link to a few people?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
of course, spread it as widely as you like, all for the better community, and easier life for high profile artists. lol~~~
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Emo-Neko-Youkai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
(^_^) Oky, Thank you :)
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Zue Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
"I aspire to be :iconpedobeareyesplz:" <-- IS BEING LAZY

:XD:

But seriously, this is a really good article. :clap: Must plug it :heart:
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol
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AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
To me you're a famous artist XD any other advice?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
advice like what? You are already talking to me like a normal person... I dont mind answering ur Q.
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AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a professional respect for you ^_^ plus I just have a plain crush on you~ and you're a friend to me...well,more like a teacher,since I learn a lot from you
hm.....I already forgot the question I wanted to ask you XD i'll remember it soon
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:nod: ok just let me know when u remember. lol
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AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
haha~ i'll send you an e-mail if I remember...
um...I think i'm rusty in my drawings...any suggestions to help me get back on track?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
keep a small sketchbook you can carry with you and take notes of your classes in. :D
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AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
notes? o_O um....I don't take art classes...remember,i'm doing most of my art in secret~
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
oh right. I think you need to invent something of your own, to keep a sketchbook. :O
I used to keep folders of drawing, and paper pieces on my note book in class pretending i was taking notes. lol
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Rukia-TheSoulReaper Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thanks for this, I'm quite a she person myself so when I try to talk to people I generally don't say much...or net talk to them at all cause I think they might be too busy. :/

But reading this made me think that I should to talk more people here on DA especially some of the more popular people that I follow, like you for example. =]

Thanks for the great advice, I'm sure I'll use it.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
your welcome. :) its ok to talk to ppl, you will make friendships that will come in handy later. :)
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Rukia-TheSoulReaper Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
=] yeah, now that I think about it it'll definitely be good 'cause I'll have connections to people who can help me and I'll also be able to help them. Especially in the career track that I'm trying to follow it me be hard to get a job.
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xValkyrja Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to create something like this, even if it may seem like common sense. I don't get a lot of questions from aspiring artists per se, but I do get a little annoyed whenever I see other artists asking others for favors in ways that just sound rude or whiny.

:heart:
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ReenaLegend Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Lol the funny thing is I was going to use this on you to be silly cause I really do like your work and my fave so far is E-depth Angel<3

Then I saw that comment on don't use it on you cause you'll know and I laughed<3 You're really a good person! Thanks<3
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol what you said by yourself is perfectly fine, just talk like.... i am a normal person you met on the street and we have a common topic. lol

Thanks, glad you like that series. I'm going head spin a bit because of my enthusiastic teammates on the anime project.
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ReenaLegend Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Lol I watched the anime opening first and was like hmmm... I wonder what the manga's like? So I went in and read it and was like OMFGBBQ Soooooo hot<3

lol<3

Besides you are a normal person<3
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol glad to be normal. X3
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ReenaLegend Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Oh um.. If it doesn't take up too much time could you check out the link in my siggy and read atleast one segment of Romeo and Julian?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
sorry, i am the wrong person to ask for reading reviews, I don't offer that kind of help, try these places instead:
:iconthe-novelist-club:
:iconwriters-in-progress:
:iconpoetsandwriters:
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ReenaLegend Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Oh I wasn't asking for a review<3
I just wanted you to check it out and see if you like it! If you like it then that's enough for me<3
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
still... wrong person.
I hardly even read my best friend's novels. ^^b
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kalkie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:lol: This brings me back to my early days as an artist, man was I rude and hence the lack of responses haha.

It's informative and helpful for many artists out there who either dunno (or don't care) how to approach someone they admire.

Thanks for sharing 83
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
hee hee, i figured manners are learned. XD
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Seraph6283 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Had no reall reason to read this but read it anyhow since you tend to do a good job writing these sorts of things
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol thx for ur time.
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha, I have that book, I think I bought it on your recommendation and it was a good read. =)

I love it when artists have extensive journals/articles on their tools and methods, linked somewhere prominent so I can find it easily and don't have to bother them. Yours is the first link on your journal.

I'm not famous, but I get a fair amount of "how to draw" or "how to learn drawing" questions anyway (on and off line). I'm always happy to answer them if I sense the person is sincere about drawing, even if it's a "dumb ABCs question" (I'm still asking some of those myself ^^;).

If they say, "I want to draw" and I tell them "Start with this $30 book, it will show you the basics" and they say "What, $30, I don't want to spend $30" then I write them off mentally. I've learned not to even start with people who don't value drawing enough to invest a little time and money in it.

This is a helpful article. Thanks for sharing it!
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
indeed, back up thy words with money. lol~
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