I get a lot of messages from DA members asking me if they can use* my artwork for free and credit me. I bet a lot of artists have the same experience.
I guess that's a way of getting something you want, without paying for it. Maybe in another world this could work. Not in real life though.
Have you ever walked in a grocery store, grabbed your food and beverages and said to the cashier that you're going to credit him/her for what you've got?
Have you ever said to your landlord that you'll credit him/her for living in his/hers house?
Have you ever said to your energy company that you'll credit them for the gas or the electricity that you're using?
I guess not!
So, please, don't ask us artists if you can use our artwork for free and just credit us. You have to pay for our services.
This is what we do for a living. This is how we pay our rent, our energy bills, our food and provide for our families.
This is how we pay our taxes, so that the government can pay for building your kid's school, the public servants (police, firefighters, etc) or your benefits.
Respect what we're doing, so that we can keep on doing it and make your world more beautiful!
Wish you all the best.
*Edit: For commercial purposes