Posts tagged commission
- give yourself a deadline for each commission that you are confident that you can meet without stressing yourself out.
- don’t take on more commissions at once than you’re sure you can handle.
- if you have a long list of commissions, consider only taking money upfront for the first few you plan to work on, and then moving on to do the same with the next people in line once you’ve finished the first couple. This way, if you wind up having something come up that will keep you from working for a while, you don’t have to feel bad about making a ton of people wait.
- if you cannot make your deadline, for whatever reason, be sure to COMMUNICATE with your commissioners! These people are your lifeblood as an artist! Be considerate to them! A ridiculous amount of your personal “advertising” will be via word of mouth, so try to make sure your customers are pleased.
- don’t make excuses for missed deadlines. The commissioner doesn’t need to hear your life drama. If you miss a deadline and fail to notify them ahead of time, contact them at the earliest opportunity, apologize for the lack of communication, and give them a new estimation. Do not be a repeat offender.
- be polite, even if you have customers throwing a fit over something (with good reason or not). It’s not glamorous, but you’ll feel better for it, and it will hopefully avoid escalating drama.
- be sure to check out the artist you’re commissioning from before throwing money at them. Not everyone with awesome art is used to the freelance business yet, so there’s a possibility you could be in for a bumpy ride if they haven’t done many commissions. If you’re willing to chance it though, it will definitely help them learn, and there are ways to help make it a good experience for them.
- if you are looking to commission someone via deviantart or FA or similar, or even through their personal website, be sure to look around for any commission info beforehand, and determine whether or not they are actually open for commissions, or how full their list of commissioners is. Seriously this helps us out immensely, I cannot begin to tell you how ridiculous it is to get endless inquiries about commission status when it is RIGHT THERE.
- feel free to ask your artist how far down on their commission list you are when you commission them (if they have one, and don’t just take a couple at a time) so you have some idea of when they might be starting on your piece. If they keep an active list of commission progress on their site, (many artists do this on dA or similar) be sure to check that first to avoid flooding their mailbox with questions that can be answered with a little looking around.
- Establish a deadline with your artist if you require your commissioned art by a certain date (for example, if it’s a gift, or you’re looking to use it for something that must be out by a certain time). Be sure to do this WHEN YOU COMMISSION THEM, or at the very least a fair amount of time before you’re going to need the art, so you can be sure they can work it into their schedule and give it the attention it will need.
- if you’ve commissioned something (an OC or similar) that requires references, make sure they are decent ones, especially if it is a subject matter or character the artist is unfamiliar with. This includes written or visual references. If you don’t have a visual reference, make sure the written one can be easily understood, or at least be willing to answer questions if the artist has them.
- if the artist offers you a preview of the commission sketch before it’s finished to confirm details, MAKE SURE you let them know about ANY corrections that you would like made before they continue. That is the entire point of this step, so don’t feel bad about letting them know if you see something they got wrong.
- if the artist offered you a preview sketch and you failed to let them know about a correction, /do not be upset/ when that correction hasn’t been made. If it’s a small correction, or something you requested that the artist missed, feel free to ask if it’s possible for them to change it still, because it’s very possible they will. But don’t throw a fit if this happens.
- if the artist offered you an estimated time for your commission to be finished, try not to message them about it until sometime near that date. Getting art from your favorite artist, or of your own characters, is exciting, but cluttering an artist’s inbox isn’t going to get it to you any more quickly.
- if your estimated deadline is approaching and you’re getting antsy because you haven’t heard anything about progress, feel free to message your artist, but don’t pile on the questions - keep it simple and courteous.
- if your artist contacts you needing to extend the estimated deadline, thank them for keeping in touch, and try to be patient! As long as they’re keeping in touch with you, you know they haven’t forgotten they owe you art!
- if your deadline has passed and you still have not heard from your artist, by all means message them. Try to be understanding that something may have come up in their life that has kept them from making their deadline with you, so if it is still relatively soon after said deadline, simply ask after the progress of the commission and request a new deadline if they need more time.
- if your artist postpones deadlines multiple times or misses multiple deadlines, or fails to communicate at all for long periods of time, you may want to considerrequesting a refund (though be warned there are some artists who don’t offer refunds, but normally requesting one will be a big enough wakeup call to get their butts moving)
- as written in the artist’s list above, be polite! Even if your artist is being immature or is simply inexperienced at the business side of art, it will hopefully prevent drama from escalating, and is a lot more likely to get results than sending your artist a million emails demanding to see results.
~taken from skepticarcher@tumblr.
I tend to use a variety of different art styles and techniques, including digital paintings, cel shaded pieces, surrealism, simple lineless stuff, etc. I occasionally do pixel work, and I have made some free icons for people to use. Many people seem to like them and I’ve gained a small rise in popularity through some fandom specific icons. I recently decided to open up commissions on deviantart, offering pixel icons as well as stuff relating to my other styles. I’ve been a bit low on money lately, and I thought I would open them in hope of getting some extra cash on the side to help pay for myself.
It seems the only thing people are interested in though are my pixel icons, which I can definitely understand why. They’re relatively cheap and it’s a nice little way for people to customize themselves.
The problem is that now… I’m starting to get sick of making them. I’ve done so many icons now that they’re just beginning to wear out on me. But they’re the only thing people are interested in buying from me. I rarely ever get commissions that aren’t pixel icons, and I know if I were to close icon commissions, I wouldn’t get any requests for my other stuff.
I feel bad complaining about it, because at least people are interested in me and I’m making some kind of profit, as opposed to someone who is much less popular than me who rarely gets commissions.
But I still just don’t like doing the icons anymore. But I know that I can’t stop because they’re the only thing that people are interested from me and I need all the money I can get to help me get by.
I wish people could pay attention to some of my other work, but mostly, I really do wish I could find myself enjoying making icons again.
Art (c) vaporotem.deviantart.com
My feels for my chibis and pixels v n v
Commission at your own risk, and be as patient as possible! And if it wasn’t an expensive commission to begin with, simply check on the artist from time to time, maybe send them a note or two. If you never even paid, then you don’t even have to worry about anything. :/
This is also true, while getting things done in a timely manner, as a commissioner a time should always be discussed. You can only blame yourself if you don’t demand sufficient information.
nikki0417 asked: Hey, I was browsing through artist-confessions and saw your recent post about commissions and how you got more opportunities by changing your marketing approach. You said you went scavenging for opportunities everyday. I was just wondering where you went scavenging. XD Are there any specific websites you went to or anything? I'm curious since the commissions I get tend to be few and far between (to be fair, I haven't been as aggressive since I started working 2 jobs).
Mhhm, admittedly I set myself up quite a few places, but the ones I generally have gotten most of my commissions from.
1. Fiverr, it’s a place based around 5$ schemes, however, the thing about it is I’ve gotten a lot of returning customers, who buy multiple things. Most people expect to buy more then 5$ worth of things, but they don’t want to pay too much out of their pocket, so they go here first.
I remember my first customer on there pretty much paid me around 35$ worth of commissions cause they kept coming back to…basically finish the picture. Also to buy more things.
Only one catch though, they take 1$ off of every job. So instead of making 5$, you make 4$.
And when you transfer it to paypal, paypal takes a snippet of some cash too.
So far I’ve done 17 gigs, so 17$ has been taken away. But in total I’ve made 68$ so far otherwise.
While in hindsight it’s pretty unsavory, if you understand how to use it, it’s a really clever way to make fast cash ;)
Heres my page, if you wanna see how I set it up.
2) Surprisingly, Gaiaonline. My first 100$ commission came, from someone on gaia. They would have never found me otherwise. Thing about it is, you’ve gotta be careful and pay attention. You can’t make a topic selling only irl commissions, you can only go after people willing to buy rl commissions.
Gaia has this retarded rule about not selling things for RL cash because it takes away from the “game” experience. But they aren’t opposed to someone offering irl cash. Loopholes mofo. The forum I’d trend on most is, Art Requests.
Basically, look for anything on the topic that says the words “RL, RLC, IRL, and obviously Real life cash”
3) And Finally, DA’s Job offers forum,
I put this one last because I generally haven’t gotten the majority of my commissions from here. But the ones I have, have given me a decent amount. Theres a lot of regulars on that forum, and you’ve got to be careful. A lot of companies scam novice and gullible artists into underselling their efforts. The same of course can happen on fiverr, but people literally flock to dA to do that.
This is where a lot of freelancers come too, so be prepared to suck in your pride, because you’ve got a lot of competition. And you can’t be afraid of getting denied. Its nothing personal, its business.