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Khuan Tru
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United Kingdom
i'm no artist, i just love what i do :)

Balance out the pros and cons

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 1:38 AM
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Listening to the 'The Guest' movie soundtrack
  • Reading: American Vampire graphic novel
  • Watching: Ridley Scott 'Blade runner' (again and again..)
  • Playing: PS 4 The Last of Us remastered - MP mode
  • Drinking: Monster energy drink
This isn't a rant, which is a first in a while, :P this is really an opinion based on doing 'art work for free for exposer' - usually when I read comments or blogs or forums about this, it boils my blood.. which I won't get into but for anyone who has been on this route.. they know.

This journal isn't about ranting about working for free for exposer, it's rather than what you want out of this. A lot artists are feeling that pressure of not getting commissions or getting the exposer for their art work.. which is 100% tough to deal with, its not fun its stressful and a headache which in the long run causes bad art work to happen. So my  advice is, if you are being approached by someone to work for free, or those god forsaken trade images nonsense, try to find the middle ground within this.. by this I mean do some research. Write a list of the pros and cons for working or submitting art to them. Do research on the employers background, or model or even photographer or whoever the person is.. do homework on them.. and make a list of it. Rather than hastily say "yes" and accept the work to produce art willingly for exposer. That list of pros and cons you find can be based on their side of exposer of work, do they credit their artists?, do they use the art work created by artists for commercial use?  like posters and t shirts, do you get a small percentage out of that.. do the research.. there is nothing wrong with you asking questions about what perks you can get. Rather than be fooled by the common phrase or comment 'we will expose your work' which I personally feel - Is like is a freaking trap for any artist to do art for free for nothing.. so be careful when people say this to you for art work.

There is nothing wrong with making a stand for yourself and say 'No -Thank you' 

"Believe in yourself and believe in your work" is what I would usually say.. but as time changes.. it's really down to "Do your homework and balance out the pros and cons" and from that you decide whether to work for this person / group. Knowing what the facts are and what you will expect out of it. It's tough and it's never fun, since there are a lot of groups or people always trying to get free art from us.. I do believe there are some groups that are fine and will respect the usage of art and credit those.. but you got to be careful in the end. 

Remember this, your artwork is already been exposed the moment you shared it via the internet of your social medium sites, granted it may not have the amount of views you wish it you would have, but don't get fooled by easy fake wishes of 'more exposer'  from groups who target those who want them. 

Best wishes to all fun fellow humble or raging angry artists out there. :P


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what motivates you to do your art style? 

27 deviants said A passion / hobby
9 deviants said To make a career out of it
6 deviants said To see and develop changes in your own art / style
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Journal History


change is never easy
Sun Jan 12, 2014, 4:44 AM
donated a few print outs to Tiffany Ann, and hopefully soon she will get them.
Wed Jul 10, 2013, 10:25 AM
looking for artists to feature for interviews for 2013. if you are interested, feel free to tag or note me for details :)
Sat Dec 22, 2012, 4:25 AM
huge shout at to deviant art for that awesome deal of buy 12 months membership get anotehr 12 for free. thanks deviant art. just topped up my account again and love it. lol
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 5:34 AM
just upgraded my account to `12 months deviants :)
Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:03 AM


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OpponentYew2000 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man, have not been online enough, but now that i have a chance, your more than wel deserving of a watch, and let it be known i will start premoting Artist and they're works however i can, you are amongst them, soooooo

KHUANTRU Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the awesome and encouraging comment on the art work oppenentyew2000 La la la la 
OpponentYew2000 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your most welcome my friend, you are well-worth anything positive, you have the best Vector work i have ever seen!

ulltraz Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thank you for the fav!!!Love :happybounce: Huggle! 
KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your very welcome buddy :happybounce: 
ulltraz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome!!!;) (Wink) 
lexxii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery:)

Invite to join :iconcutieshots: A Diverse Global Super Group dedicated to artists of all genres to display their fine art here:) Hope to see you real soon! xoxoLexxii
KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the comment and share lexxii :happybounce: 
lexxii Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Khuan you are very welcome:) Thank you for joining :iconcutieshots: Please enjoy your membership & Looking forward to you submitting more of your fine art into this Super Group Often:) Thank you xoxolexxii
n-fern Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Thanks so much for all the favs!!
KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pleasures mine mate, i didn't see those before, had to add them to the archives of favs :)
Baraka1980 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your Gallery is an amazing Trip! It´s such a joy to see what people can do with a little bit math in an Render Tool and Love :heart:
KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi again Baraka1980, thanks for the comment on the profile regarding the vector drawings mate, really do appreciate it and love to hear that you had a good time browsing the random drawings i've been doing the past few years :) 

Thanks for the views / comments mate, really do appreciate your time.

Until then, have a good week and enjoy your process of your own art style :)
ImRandall Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Photographer

Thank you so much for the fav.. If you can coment I aprecciate even more. Anyway, thank you again :dummy: 

KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries mate, i'll comment on the one i just recently added to the fav folder i like so much from your self photography work :)
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ElenaDeNard Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the fave... I really appreciate you are such good artist!!!! Thank you so much!!!!! It's a honor!!!!^^
KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
morning Taijitodragon :) not all a problem, i love your styles and skills of work, definitely enjoyed browsing at your collaboration folders with other great talents. :) have a good weekend mate, best wishes too. 
MissMadcap Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave :D
KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome mate, love yours style of work Missmadcap :)
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