March 22nd, 2014

Advice- Asking for hard copy of commission

Hello, everyone! This is completely my first time submitting a post here, so hopefully this is okay.

So on Saturday, March 15th, I was attending an anime convention and a friend of mine had bought a rather inexpensive commission of a sketch of her original character. I really liked the look, so I found the artist in the Vendor Room and bought one myself. We hashed out the details, and the artist asked me if it was okay if she e-mailed the finish product to me. I was a little disappointed, but she said she was backed up and wouldn't be able to finish it before the end of the con, so I agreed.

At this point in time, I haven't received the finished product yet, but my question is would it be appropriate for me to ask for the hard copy despite her e-mailing me a scan? I did agree to having it e-mailed, but the commissions were pencil sketches, and I feel like the quality would just not be the same if I printed it off. Plus there's just something about having the finished product in your hand. I would normally not ask this, but anyone whose work was finished before the end of the con received the hard copy, so I was just curious. Let me know what you think!

Edit 3.25.14: Thank you for all the advice, guys! I sent the artist a note and got this as a response: "No problem! Unfortunately you are close to the bottom of the list so I haven't gotten to your commission just yet! I'm sorry if it is taking a while. And sending a hard copy would be no problem at all! I already have envelopes to send them in, I just need like.. $2 - $3 for the postage. I'll also draw it on some better, thicker paper so it endures the mailing process easier. :)" So everything worked out! <3
AeroSocks

Question: Not working on commissions/ lack of inspiration?

Sorry for asking two questions, but one's as a commissioner and one's as a seller.

I'd say about a month ago I saw somebody was having a sale on FurAffinity and paid them for a flat-colored piece. Sadly I have no evidence because they deleted the submission it was on and we never talked VIA notes.

Since then, they haven't done a single commission and keep doing personal artwork. They post a lot about exams and then being extremely tired or emotionally unstable... Then will do a liveSTREAM of personal artwork. They also keep posting about commissions being open and new deals, despite not actually working on any commissions. I think people have asked them how commissions are doing because she'll post stuff like "I'm too tired to work today".

I woke up this morning ready to write a note asking for a refund and saw that they posted about their mother passing away in the night. Now I'm not too sure if it's a good time to ask about my commission.
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My second question has to do with selling.

I make fursuits and have about 5-7 on my commissions list at the moment. However I do have periods where I want to draw and don't feel inspired to work on fursuits at all (which is happening right now).

A customer who hasn't even paid me for their commission yet (and I haven't started on it) keeps PMing me stuff like "Why do you keep working on artwork when people have paid for their fursuits?"

Is it okay to take a break for a week or two and then go back to commissions?

Thanks.

Otterman89 / Bradley

WHO: Otterman89, Bradley

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/otterman89/

WHAT: NSFW Digital Art

WHEN: Order received Feb. 9th, 2013. Product finished March 4. Payment received April 13th.

EXPLAINATION AND PROOF: On Feb. 9th, 2013, I was contacted by Otterman89 via note asking if I would do a NSFW picture of him and a character having sex. I responded, telling him I was not open for requests, but if he was asking about a commission, I might consider taking it. At this time I also explained that it may take me longer than normal (a couple weeks) to finish the piece, as my tablet was not working at the time, and giving him a link to my adult art account for viewing what I had done that was NSFW. We went back and forth, narrowing out details and such, as seen here: http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/MuffinsWeasley/ptterman1_zps2909a3cd.png
After details were decided on, he ended up asking to see WIPs along the way. I sent the sketch and received an okay, after which I did not receive any response on the next WIPs sent. (WIPs messages: http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/MuffinsWeasley/ptterman2_zps2719cf7e.png)
The final drawing was finished on March 4 and posted to my alternate account. He read my initial note (as FurAffinity's system tells you if a note's been opened) and left a shout on his page before contacting him again. I began to become paranoid that he was just going to save it to his computer and post it on his account without paying. (He may or may not have done just that at first, I don't remember and it's taken down now.) (proof: http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/MuffinsWeasley/ptterman3_zpsc4e55fe8.png) I sent more notes and left more comments until I finally received a response on April 10th (over a month after completion) with a sob story about how life was hard for him (tw: brief mention of suicidal thoughts). I was peeved about not getting a response for so long, and for him trying to make me feel bad for him, especially since I'd had my own stress but still held up my end of the bargain. I told him so and that I was peeved at being ignored, and he told me that he wasn't ignoring me (despite ignoring multiple notes/comments) and he'd have the payment on Friday. (Conversation: http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/MuffinsWeasley/ptterman4_zpsbd965bc4.png)
He asked me an unrelated question on Saturday (the day after I was supposed to be paid) and I had to remind him to pay me as well as give out my paypal for a third time: http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n579/MuffinsWeasley/ptterman5_zps567de891.png

Overall, it took over a month to receive payment for work already completed. I would not recommend him as a commissionee, and caution working with him unless you're willing to fight just to get paid.