That’s a very good question! I’m going to answer this as a public post so that I can make known my stance on requests.
I don’t do requests. Mainly because I feel like there is a bit of a one-sided exchange. While I don’t mind others offering me suggestions or ideas, requests are a bit of a trap. Unlike a commission or an art trade, I receive nothing in return, aside from the sparse compliments thrown my way that will stop as quickly as they start. Additionally, I’m a jerk if I ignore someone’s request or I’m an artist giving away art for free to please others.
I’m not knocking the artists who DO accept requests— I think that if they are comfortable with it, then no judgment here. However, I myself don’t subscribe to the idea.
Also, please don’t feel like I’m angry or insulted by the question. I’m not! I just thought I’d explain my views on the subject. So thank you for asking! :)