September 27th, 2010

[Celebs] Audrey Hepburn - Glamorous

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I hope this is okay to post here!

Recently, I have decided to start seriously pursuing work as a commission artist. While I have done some commission work in the past, it's only been a handful of times. I had clear-cut prices, but not any rules or terms to speak of. Now that I'm hoping to make this a significant thing, I feel that I should do a complete reworking, especially considering how many issues I've seen arise here in the past as a result of unclear or incomplete artist rules.

My question is - where do I start? I'm really at a total loss as to where to begin. What things should be covered by my rules? What rules would be fair to both me and the commissioner?

I'd also like some input on how you handle pricing if you have a varied style. I know it's pretty straightforward to price your work when everything is done in the same way, but I draw in a lot of different styles and am wondering how my commission-offering should reflect that. Should I limit myself to only one style being offered, or try to work out different prices for each style I draw in? In the past I've just limited what I offer, but being of the "more is better" mindset, I want to offer as many possibilities to potential customers as possible.

Thanks in advance to anyone who's able to help on either of these points!

Warning: Remedial Comics

I've been meaning to post this up for awhile now. This is not so much a "doesn't pay" client as a "client with a bad attitude you should beware of."

The guy's name is Rob Tracy, writer of Remedial Comics, who goes by quikthnkr on deviantart.

I worked with him briefly before deciding that he was a little too picky for the pay he was offering. Then I ended up running into him again in February:

The reason I'm posting this now, is that he has yet again brought more drama to the table. He posts a spec ad on DA's Job Offers forum, which clearly states that the job needs to be paid; if not, it goes in Projects. Several people, including me, point this out to him, and he goes into full-on rant mode. Lulz ensue.

I will let his actions speak for himself:

In short, don't work for this guy.

Update 10/05 Combining all the updates into one massive update here. So the day after the massive drama on dA, the one Rob gloated about winning, he apparently finds this post and gets upset, sending me a Cease and Desist e-mail (that was almost 3 pages long). Briefly worried and thinking he'd go away if I let things cool down, I locked this post and hid a few comments on my dA page.

Apparently this wasn't enough. On 10/3 he sent me another e-mail, saying locking the post so only "my friends" could see did not fit the C&D terms. He informed me that he'd be sending the legal documents out to LJ, dA, and a personal addressed he ripped off my resume. Any attempts by me to reason with him (like "nowhere do my actions constitute libel") have failed.

So the post is once again unlocked. Clearly I cannot reason with his vendetta against me. I tried, but failed.

I also found out last night that the post is also up on fandom_wank. Will he sue the entire Internet when he finds that post? Who knows!

Y'all enjoy the drama. I give up. ;)