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Guide for New Artists, Please?

I've been following the community for a while now, and while I've been meaning to also get into my own commissions . . . I've been having some trouble with it, mostly the 'getting started' part. I'd like to see a similar guide for new artists getting into the fray.

My previous experience with any sort of work-for-hire can be summed up thus:
  1. Attempting to do an Art Auction on Gaia while questing. Long story short, I made in a "Panty Auction" around the same time frame (which to those not familiar with Gaia, is basically just personal charity/name-whoredom), and the Panty Auction made four times as much... which basically means I made jack.
  2. Similar attempts on Gaia saw me making 1-2,000 gold for headshots a year later. Opening up a petstore on Gaia helped fetch higher prices (around 4,000 for custom stages), but only a half-dozen actually sold.
At this point I wised up a little and realized messing around with such tiny amounts was a fool's game, and have been mostly working on a webcomic to help boost my reputation. This method, while it's improved my skills significantly, still feels very slow-going reputation wise. I've really had to bite my tongue to keep my disillusionment in check (since I know 'being whiny' is a turnoff), but I get the sense that there's something actually wrong with how I'm promoting things, because I know there has to be a way to beat the 'sit on DeviantArt for Five Years' method.

I have no clue what to charge for how much effort; my comic pages can range anywhere from 1-3 days of work (most take just 1 though), and my previous headshot efforts took only a few hours, though comparing the two is pointless. I think I want to try a FurBid auction first just to get my feet wet, but since my first attempts for even virtual money did so poorly, I'm still not certain I have the reputation needed for this price to be representative, let alone worthwhile.

(Examples of my work will be shown upon request; the icon is from a future page in the comic, although I admit it's not my most recent work. I'm hesitant to show the most recent unless it's somehow relevant. Besides, the 'guide' could benefit from being a little more generalized than specifically to my situation.)
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Jun. 19th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, doing all those things you listed helps to build up a good reputation. I myself have a decent reputation. I have some good art, and people like it.
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Well, it does need work and a certain member of artists_beware (who will remain nameless) told me in a very harsh way.

And yes, my reputation might not be all the best, but at least it's not really really bad...

I might have exaggerated slightly...
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just slightly. *rolls eyes*
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)

Have you been reading about me in arshes' LJ?

Most of that is untrue.
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, still skiddish.

I saw your art. :)
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Heh... well, thank you!
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Jun. 19th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Exucse, me
Why are you even bringing me up. What is the matter with you?
Jun. 19th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Exucse, me
I think we're going for three artists_bewares dramas in three days :O.
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Jun. 19th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Exucse, me
Nothing. I'm sorry I did THAT. Gee... most every time I do something I end up looking worse and like an ass.

Anyone want to take up collection for a "Take MDetector5's Foot out of his Mouth Fund"?
Jun. 19th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)

Oh jeez, just shut up about Arshes already. I don't even know everything that happened and your martyr complex is not only annoying it just about screams you messed up. Leave her alone and just move on with your life, the more you chew whatever happened over the more irritated people are bound to be with you.
Jun. 19th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Alright, fine...
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Jun. 19th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Well here's the short of it. He harassed another female for a trade she blocked him. Instead of getting the hint he proceeded to look for her IM and email address and bug her there. I bitched his ass out since I know her personally. He did the same to me when he didn't get the hint. Apparently this is a cycle with other women too. One girl is a minor and is afraid of him.

I told him his art is shitty, that's probably why people won't do trades with you, he's 25 and claims to be doing http://mdetector5.deviantart.com for 10-15 years now? Yes, I wasn't nice to him but I got tired of him pestering. Just because "you're nice and don't use swear words" doesn't mean you're not a pain in the ass either XD

As you can see he's rather obsessed. I've moved on but he doesn't let the issue drop apparently. It's nice to know maturity has nothing to do with age.
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