Phantomgraph (phantomgraph) wrote in artists_beware,

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Questions on the unwritten rules.

'Ello all!

I have been watching the horror stories unfold here as of late and have been truly shuddering at the stuff folks have been dealing with so I've deciding to ask some questions to help give me a clue by four right on top my head. If their is a web site that answers all or some of these things please hit me with it!

I'm a doodler artist that's taken it upon himself to offer and make some logos for a couple of friends. So far I haven't had any troubles with the folks I'm doing these works for but after reading some of the history here I got to wondering some things...

As of yet I haven't ever asked for or accepted any payment at all for my work, but I do believe that 'freebies' and gift art should be treated just as seriously as paid commissioned art. I guess I'm of the mind set that 'I said I'll do it', and it doesn't matter if some one is paying me to do something else (which I said I would also do) First come first serve, in order and by my word. Is this a wrong way of thinking, or just me being naive?

Again, partially because I'm new at this, and partially because I don't want anyone feel they need to post here about me.. I would like to know if there is any kind of general guidelines for both artists and for clients.

Right now I've been posting updates to my LJ and pointing my 'clients' to it over IM or e-mail (whatever works for the client) I feel this is important, even thou it is a freebie. I want to let folks know I'm working on the work I said I would do and let others know and see what I can do. I update the client and the LJ for at least each time per day I spend on their art. Is this too much for freebies.. and how about paid commissions?

What sort of time frame do most clients expect for artwork to be completed? I feel kinda bad cause I'm learning as I go with 3D and some projects take much more than a month. (I also work full time.)

What about personal projects? I've heard some folks complain that this artist is working on such and such for his/her friends and so on while their commission remains incomplete. I know this happens to artists, or at least me, as I get inspired with an idea and I have to put it to use. I do feel that this should be understood, but their is a point. What's a fair point?

I know that this is a lot of questions and I know the answers are subjective, but I'm looking for opinions from both clients and artists so I can make up some form of rule book in my head to follow both for now and if I ever decide to open myself for paid commissions.

Thanks to everyone ahead of time for your input!

'May all our good wishes and fine dreams come true.' - Adapted from Mike Jittlov


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