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Artistic Differences

I've run into this problem a couple of times. People have come to me asking for commissions and requesting I do the art in a different style. -_o Most recently it was someone asking me to draw their Jack Russle character and then they showed me a drawing done by Blotch and instructed me to make it look like that! In the past I have tried to calmly explain that I was NOT "such-and-such" artist and that if they wanted a piece on in a certain artist's style, then they should commission THAT artist.

Though sometimes the message just doesn't seem to go through and once the piece is done, I'll get asked again why it doesn't look like something "that other artist" would have done.

Does anyone else have any advice for dealing with this sort of problem?

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Feb. 1st, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't "I can't draw that way" be sufficient?

You think people would understand that artistic styles are notoriously hard to emulate and that there's no one "right way" to draw... You can be picky about anatomy and shading and such, but unless you're doing medical / police illustration you can't just plug-and-chug artwork and expect an exact facsimile of something.
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think it's rude and condescending to ask an artist to draw something so it looks like another artists' work. If someone did that to me, my feelings would be really hurt, and I'd have no problem letting them know that.

I think that if... telling them calmly/politely doesn't work... tell 'em to hit the road. It's RUDE to ask an artist to do that.

(and I'm sorry if I seem flustered... I've about lost my patience with commissioners this month x.x)

Edited at 2009-02-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
What the hell.

If I commission an artist it's because I like his or her style enough to want something drawn IN THAT STYLE.

What kind of dick asks you to change it? Jeebus...
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(no subject) - lastres0rt - Feb. 1st, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Include it in your TOS that people have to read and agree to in advance.

"All commissions will be drawn in my own style"
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
That makes me shake my head. The reason I'd commission an artist would be so I could get an image of my char in their style. If I don't like the style, I'll probably never commission them. But the fact that some people can't even grasp that simple concept...
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Feb. 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
LOL love your avatar

I think that a lot of non-artist's just don't get it. I'm not sure how to get it through to the more insistant ones though. I think I agree with marbled gennet, tell them you do your style and just your style.
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd tell them that I was offended that they were asking me to do someone else's work, and that the other artist would be offended that this dipshit is trying to gyp them out of their style.

You want an artist's style? Pay the artist for their time.

I've had these faggots ask me this too and it's always the same answer:
"I draw the way I draw. If you would like it drawn in the style of Blotch, feel free to commission Blotch."

I bend over backwards to be polite most of the time to people because art is my job, but there are times when it's just too far. The reason why it doesn't look like x's style is because I am not a fucking Photocopier. Goodbye. :D
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I can't believe people actually do that. How fucking inconsiderate :/
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I hate it when people do that, but the solution is simple, as others have said...

"If you want Blotch's art, commission Blotch. If you want MY art, commission ME."
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I get a variant of this problem from time to time.

My style is really cartoony and simple. Now and again I'll get a commission requesting some incredibly detailed character in some complicated action pose that is beyond my capabilities. Sometimes they want this for an icon, which already has limited space.

For the most part, what I do is politely inform them that I think that the request is beyond my abilities. I think if they continued to insist that I attempt it, I would first do a rough to show to them what the end product would look like before I take payment. If it seems I'll be unable to satisfy them, I will (again politely as possible) decline their business.

Then again, I have the advantage of not needing commission money to make ends meet. Not all artists have the luxury of being able to turn down work.
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I forgot to add, say that if you were to do their style you'd have to charge their prices. I imagine that often stops people from demanding professional quality work such as Blotch's).
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
ive run into that problem. I generally respond with the contact information of said artist they want me copying.
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Never run into it myself. But I do put a warning that I won't draw in someone else's style in all auctions I run as well as my commission terms page.

Personally, I think it's people who find cheap artists to to get around paying more for the artist they REALLY want art from. Charge more. :P
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I tell them that if they want to commission me, they should go through my gallery to see what they're in store for. If they press the issue, I ignore them.
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I either get, "Please draw it like you drew this picture *links to a drawing I did 6 months + ago*"

or, "Can you please add this super detailed complicated animation to the icons you clearly stated were on a basic template?"

@_@ I'm sorry but if I have to change the animation TOO much, it turns into more work than it's worth.
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
jeez, artists have thier own style for a reason. Why do people think that way? its annoying :(
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