July 27th, 2010


Advice: What to do if someone thinks they commissioned you?

I just got a note in my inbox that says thus:

"I think I paid you for a badge and
if so you told me you were gonna contact me after ac and its been a month."

Now, I did get a number of commissions, but I kept great records and I KNOW that I did every commission that I received.  Thankfully, I make receipts for any commission over $15, and most of my badges fall into that category.  I find, if for no other reason, it reminds the commissioner that they have a commission to pickup, and I always write my table-name and number so that they can relocate me.  I admit, i don't always do it for the $10 badges--they're generally very quick by comparison and never ones I potentially take home. 

I've asked him to scan the receipt if he has one, and that he probably has a different artist since I'm 100% certain I finished my que.  

If he was to get upset or insist what should I do?  I mean, if this ended up here, aside from pointing out that he doesn't have a reciept I have no idea how else I could defend myself against a claim like that. 

And secondly, is this possibly someone trying to get free art?  It would be a very easy scam to pull with some artists >.>  Especially if others are getting similar notes. *EDIT TO ADD* I'm not saying I think he's a scam artist!  I'm JUST saying that a scam like this would be very easy to pull. 

Update:  I got a second note, with a bit more detail, he's emailing everyone in my general area at the con because he knows where he got a commission from but not who from.  He described someone putting the data in the back of a notebook--I don't use a notebook, so it's definitely not me =3  I totally understand getting confused--but for the record, I imagine that most people would A. give details about the commission in the first note rather than the vague example above, and B. be a lot more polite in the same situation.
Stealth Kris

Looking for advice -- pricing for being a colorist?

As the subject line says, I'm looking for some advice/input here.

I've been approached by a church friend of my uncle who is a professional artist to be a colorist for a children's book he has written and illustrated. He's seen my work and says my coloring skills are much stronger than his, and he likes what I do. The book is a personal project he's done on the side of his normal job which is in television production of some sort. He's planning on self-publishing this book and then going around to different schools in Texas to read, sign, and promote this book with the help of a publicist in Austin. He's sent me some sample pages from the book and the line work is solid -- he's definitely a good draftsman. I've spoken to him on the phone a couple times as well as exchanged a few e-mails, and he seems rather easy-going, sincere, and likable. He's also said that if we do end up working together on this I can feel free to use any of his marketing and industry contacts in the future to help get my freelancing business off the ground. This isn't one of those deals where he's wanting me to do it for free in exchange for exposure and contacts, etc., though; this is a legitimate payed job offer. He's just offering his contacts because I'm the niece of one of his close friends and he likes my work.

The thing I'm wondering about here is pricing. He's asked me to name a price for being the colorist, and I really have no idea what to ask for. I've only ever been approached as an illustrator, not a colorist, and my Graphic Artist's Guild handbook only has price listings for children's book illustrations. I don't know the length of the book yet, but I take it that it's a standard length. The illustrations aren't incredibly intricate, either. What kind of price is average for coloring? What kind of royalties would be negotiated? Does anyone here have any experience with being a colorist or dealing with colorists?

I've sent this same question out to all the other artists I know who are in the industry, and I figured artists_beware would be a good place to ask, too.

Thank you in advance!