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getting cracking on free requests

I've seen some people put slight warnings about themselfs so this is sort of like it.

should I feel awfull for not getting on finishing free requests "pronto"? sure it makes me look lazy and unrealiable, but when your only payment is "look you need to tell people how cool/awsome/talented I am for this" do I need to get cracking on them right away?

I have one image pretty much done, an alleged trade, its 96% done, some fine tunings can be done, two others aren't as such.

is this bad or no? considering no money is being given to me?

just wondering in case they start to bitch about me.
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drake_anaya
Jan. 29th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Trades should be completed by both artists in a reasonable amount of time.

You are not obligated to complete requests, though I'm going to say you probably shouldn't promise to do them and never follow through.
bladespark
Jan. 29th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'd say it's a matter of what you've promised them. You're obligated to keep your word. If you said you'd get them done right away, and don't, they would have some right to complain. But as it is a gift, and not a paid commission, you certainly aren't under the same obligation as if they'd paid for it.

If this was done with the understanding that paying customers and generally 'having a life' take priority over free art, I wouldn't worry, but if you did promise speedy delivery, you should at least put forth your best effort to keep that promise.
lilenth
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)

Depends, at least keep track of what you owe, most people getting free art will wait especially if something major has happened like a massive injury.
kuwaizair
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
there are only two now, unless the one wants more done to her griffon. the other is a were-zombie the other that i alost regected is my 'first yiffy piece' that I can only work on when noone else is home
mazz
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
I tell people that requests may take a bit to fill. I've also denied doing a request because someone was pushing me.

it's free art, someone shouldn't complain about anything when it's free.
filthy_animal
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
What do they expect for nothing? I say it'll get done when it gets done, and if they get pushy then drop it entirely. People unappreciative of free artwork should not be rewarded.

Trades hold more priority over requests since the other person you'd be trading with is giving you something back. :)
kuwaizair
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
i started up on http://www.furaffinity.net/view/258471/ again. it's just hitting snags on fur and such is proving annoying.

the other one isn't work safe to post here. if you need to know emails can do it. but furry rodent porn isn't for everyone.

I kind of was inspired by the entry about the person who's waiting for their comissioned drawing to be finished, after 2 years it hasn't shown up.
I don't want to be an artist like that. But I have bad attintion spans with my work.
thaily
Jan. 30th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
He paid for it though.

People who're getting something for free have no right to complain. Also, if you took two years, you'll imrpove in those two years and the art they'll receive eventually will be better.
lastres0rt
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
I HATE doing commissions. I find them fairly stifling.

This being said, Get what you pay for. Unless stiffing them on a freebie is going to bite you in the ass, do what you feel and don't add onto your workload.
shimmerhawk
Jan. 30th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
If you're making free art for people simply because you're being kind and generous, then I'd say you can take as long as you damn well please to finish it. If they start to bitch, they're abusing your generosity and shouldn't get anything at all. You're doing them a favor by giving them free art, and they have no right to complain that your extra favor/gift isn't coming fast enough. They should be grateful to get it at all.

I have some free requests/gift art in the works right now, but they're at the bottom of my to-do list considering I have more urgent and important projects to finish. After these few pieces, I will no longer do any more work for free. I simply can't put that much time into something without compensation for it.
kiwiseeds
Jan. 30th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
For me, requests/trades aren't a priority. This is how my priority list goes:

1. Commissions- they are paying for something, and it should be done quickly and it should be worth both their time and your time, and the money they paid.
2. Trades- Trades should be done in a timely manner, because they are giving you something as well.
3. Requests- They should get done quickly as well, but because it's free art with no strings attatched, the other party doesn't need to throw a hissy fit if it isn't done in a week.

In all cases you need to keep the people informed on what you're doing, and if it will take you a while to get around to it, let them know. People usually understand that you have a life outside of art, and they like to know what progress you're making, or why you haven't made progress at all. Just keep reminding them that you haven't forgetten etc.

That's just my personal whatevers.
tailypo
Jan. 30th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
It's about integrity.

If you say you are going to do something, then you need to do it within a reasonable amount of time. If you give an estimate of how long, get it done within that estimated time. If it's a trade and you recieved art in exchange for it, it must be done promptly.

Keep in mind that if you say you'll do something and don't, it will reflect on you poorly, whether you get paid for it or not. People who don't have great follow through on trades and requests they said they'd do likely won't ever attract many people wanting to commission them or trade in the future, for example.

I don't do art trades except in person (sketch books, etc.) or with close friends, because so few people follow through with them and I've done a lot of art I never recieved art in trade for. I usually only do surprise art for people and don't take requests because then I'm under no obligation to do something for nothing.
thaily
Jan. 30th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
Personally I don't do requests anymore, I do surprise art and sometimes trades if I'm pretty sure I'm getting something back (like Tailypo I've done a number of trades I've never received my half of :/). Preferably something that took at least as much effort as my half.

But after I decided not to take anymore requests I did finish the ones I promised to people before that moment. They didn't have huge priority though and I only worked when I felt like it.
If people nagged too much about it I reminded them it was free art and not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
daroneasa
Feb. 1st, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
If you tell someone you'll do something for them for free, you are not obligated to give it the same priority as something someone paid you for, or for trades. Pretty much do it whenever the inspiration hits you and you have the time,and if someone gets snarly then call them on it. Though that can be hard, it is a very selfish and immature person who would make a request and then get mad that it isn't done on time.

Good luck, I know dealing with these sort of things is very stressful. ^^;
kitchkinet
Feb. 3rd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
It's the old addage, "You get what you pay for." If someone wants something in a specific timeframe, they should pay for it.
blondierule
Feb. 22nd, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
i think it's best if you let the person know it might take a while to be completes, or you might decide to scrap it. Before you start doing the picture.

I dont thing not doing it or taking time over it makes a bad impression of you.

Unless the person needs it within such and such a timeframe for x reason, it doesnt matter how long it takes. And if they need it so quickly, they should commission
unicornspirit
Mar. 22nd, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, a freebie's a freebie. If you have RL work to do (school, work, etc) and commissions ontop of that please do not feel bad for holding off on free requests. I do it all the time. If they're paid for, that's another story. heh :P
mapdark
Apr. 5th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Free stuff is .. well free..

I think it's really really childish to complain about something free being "late" ..
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