I have friends who ask me to draw tattoos for them all the time. Though some do not understand i cannot take something that is already perfected (such as a witches emblem or whatever) and redraw it. I have certain "skills" and im pretty much only good at girls bright things... simple things... none offer to pay and i know none intend to pay. but one of my friends asked me to draw a sleeve design for her. she gave me measurements which was "10 in by 10 in" I thought it was odd that it was a square. anyways. using what she told me which was stars and Hawaiian flowers i went to work. i came up with
But when i asked if she liked it she said she would have her tattoo artist change it to suit her needs... i worked very very very hard on this.. weeks on planning and playing. color palette and layering.. i worked hard.. i was so proud of myself. i even thought maybe i would FINALLY be able to start my portfolio to show to tattoo shops.. but i gave it to her and she wanted to change it.. not only did i not charge her but she doesnt even want what i drew.... i have never had a problem with criticism, we need it to improve.. but this is hurtful... i dont want my work changed!!! i want someone to love what i do fully... she is the 3rd person to ask me to do something for her FOR FREE then change it... i even offered to change it... but i really dont want to.. i really dont want my HARD WORK taken to another artist then changed... ive spent all morning crying.. maybe like everything else in life i am just not any good. i will never be a tattoo artist. it just is what it is... im now fighting with myself to just delete my DA account.. ive deleted my artist facebook account since over the past year ive only gotten 30 likes... thats not even half of my "friends" on facebook. its just not meant to be for me. period.