February 15th, 2007

  • thaily

Google sidebar

Ideally an artist should never lose their customers' contact and commission information, but in reality they sometimes do. In the hopes of helping others prevent this from happening, my solution; Google sidebar

Thumbnail incoming - Click for bigger image.

I added Babelfish and a Dutch dictionary at the top, then there's a default notepad you can use for example to store addresses, character descriptions and so on, mine are still in my e-mails because I'm a bad, bad girl but I'll go put them there in a minute.
The advantage it has over keeping it in my in-box is that it's always accesible and can't dissapear if my provider fucks up. Plus I'm terrible at organizing e-mail folders and this way they can't get buried.
Next is a slideshow of any folder you specify. Then my favorite bit, a to-do/check list where I write in all my projects; commissions, collaborations, personal projects etc. You can move them around to sort them by priority if you like, and when you finish a project you can check the box to gray it out and move it to the bottom of the list.
Then there's the default weather bit.
The program works fine with me, though it fucks with my typing when I'm playing Everquest2, but I've not had any problems with it yet. No crashing or anything.
There's a ton of features for it and they're easy to add and remove.
I'm sure it doesn't work for everyone, but it works for me, so here's my suggestion to help you keep track and atop of your work. Google sidebar.
  • Current Mood

expirience makes all the difference

i was reading a mass backlog of things in this community and some of the stuff people here have gone through is appauling. ( as well as my spelling, lol ). ive been hesitant to post here only because i thought MY first commission practices were bad. at least i think im not so terrible anymore.

a little over a year ago, i took three commissions off furbid. near the end of the year, around December. i planned to finish them up over holiday break from college since we got a few weeks off it would be nice and relaxing and a change of pace to do someone elses characters. little did i know AOL purged ALL my emails from the time and i lost everyone contact information. since no money was exhanged i eventually stopped fretting and let it go. one commissoner did manage to get in touch with me and get his image ( as well as giving me payment for the image ) and i was happy. to the other two whose images were never completed, and in my traveling one was even lost. i just wanted to say how sorry i am and how unprofessional i was back then.

now, fastfowarding to current times ive changed my commission practices GREATLY. i have a few tips that might help other artists struggling to keep things organized and in check.

- write all contact information on 3x5 cards that you store in a little box. that way when your emails get deleted // purged,
- get an email account that is just for your commission info
- dont be afraid to give your commissioners updates on their work even if you havent really done anything more on it at that point. they'd LOVE to hear SOMETHING rahter than NOTHING and think they're getting jipped.
- dont be afraid to be honest, but never guilt trip the people paying you.
- if your commissioner takes some time getting back to you, just refoward the email. sometimes they dont tell you when they're going on vacation or shit just happens.
- only take commissions when you have time to complete them. believe me when i say i know that shit really can JUST HAPPEN to some people. (its happened to me) but just talk to them and let them know you've been pushed back in your workload and that their stuff will get done.

i hope that helps some people, assuming you guys arent already doing something like that. one of the old commissioners from the "beginning" is actually recommissioning me currently. and he seems to enjoy the work im producing for him which makes me happy.