"Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams." ~ Murasaki Shikibu
Hey there, I noticed you were very careful in deliberately removing the link I included to my shop for people to buy prints of this illustration I made before re-blogging it on your art appreciation tumblr. It would have taken you zero effort to leave it as is but no. I wonder if the irony of claiming to love art (art I put a lot of time and effort into making, which I share on the internet for people to enjoy without having to pay anything) while at the same time denying artists the chance in our short-attention-span tumblr culture to profit from their work on their own terms escapes you.
You cannot claim to love art but decide artists don’t deserve to be compensated in even such a small way as a link to an etsy shop for their hard work. A few years ago I might have let this go but the absolute lack of respect people on tumblr have for crediting and supporting the artists who create the work you happily reblog has made me acutely aware of how exploitative this malicious culture of $$tumblr-exposure-bucks$$ is.
artists deserve to be paid for their work.
when you take artists for granted because they post their work for free you are actually degrading the value of art.
I don’t have many followers but this needs to be Re-blogged (with the link left in) as many times a possible, as a fellow artist this kind of behaviour really gets to me, please do not delete the links to an artists website when you reblog their artwork.