January 1st, 2011

ultra, hikki

An important message for the year 2011!

Happy New Year everyone! May 2011 be fabulous for you. Now, this post here is a little bit serious, so I ask that you please read it carefully.

Artists_beware's purpose is to be an informative community regarding the negative (and the positive) in the world of commissioned and traded artwork, fursuits and professional going-ons in the world of art on the whole (advice, scam warnings, etc).

What we are not is a community that drama mongers, harshly critiques out of hand, performs witch hunts/trolling or openly drops dox (private information that could lead to real-life harassment for the exposed person) on anyone posted here within the community. We are not a *chan-style board, therefore the shenanigans that go on there, do not happen here.

We are also not a community for voicing opinions on hot-button issues, or uses of various terminology. These discussions actually derail the true point of a post, and should be curbed as much as possible.

Please re-familiarize yourself with our community rules (which have received several updates over the last year), and treat the community like the professional place it is.

Thank you, and again Happy New Year!

EDIT/Clarification taken from a comment made by kerstin_orion:
We're not trying to make a new rule here. We just want people to PM or email us mods instead of commenting on offensive terms in others' comments, because while some people are mature enough to handle a 'hey, that term is offensive' comment, others are not. As moderators, if the person reacts poorly to our 'correction', we have the ability to deal with the offensive comment through thread freezing and (if it's bad enough) comment screening.

No new rules have been placed into this post, this post is a reminder of what our community is about, and to simply to re-read the current rules, and again, if something seems to go out of hand somewhere - contact us rather than handle it on your own.
Wolf-Nymph forest

Advice: Being a good commissioner?

Hello everybody! I hope this post is alright as I haven't seen anything similar as I looked through the archives from the past few months. Feel free to let me know if I'm in the wrong, as I've never posted here before. :3

Anywhoozle, I just had a quick question for the artists on this community, but I'll lead up to it a bit for background info. I'm no artist myself, so I just commission pieces (maybe 1 every few months) and I've only had good experiences until my most recently commissioned piece. I strive to be a good commissioner and not fuss over small details or be Douchey McNitPick. I want to avoid ending up as a bad commissioner on this community, haha!

So, normally I'm used to getting an approval sketch and even if I see a few details off, I never mention it. Like I said, I try to be super easy to work with and above all, I want artists to have fun with it! I understand how art is just like any profession in that you get burnt out and sometimes you're just not in the mood. So, I try to be nice and keep the artist interested by not limiting them with SUPAR SPESHUL details.

The most recent piece I commissioned had no such approval stage. I was simply linked to the finished art. I noticed a few things were off, but left a comment saying how much I loved the creativity and effort put into it. I do sincerely appreciate how artists take time out of their day to create something so personal to me. But after inspecting it a bit closer, I noticed that a LOT of details were either off or missing entirely. Don't get me wrong, the art is good, it's just that... she's my character, ya know? I understand the ins and outs of her appearance and a lot of that was missing. It's to the point where I don't think the artist actually looked at my reference sheet or took note of my details for more than a quick glance.

My question is: Would it be better if I am honest about a piece that I'm dissatisfied with? There was no approval sketch, so I'd be asking for the artist to fix an already finished piece. Or is it better if I stay super easy to work with, even if it means compromising the look of my character?