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I've joined this Community several days ago, and I've decided I would post an intro today =)

To learn about me just read my User-Info as lots of information about me as an Artist, I really don't want to repeat it all in here..

One day I am going to become a Commissioner; primarilly through Real-Life sales, but occasionally through the Net with people I can meet and trust more than others. I would like to know any tips, I would appreciate it as when I used to draw art for people over the Internet, I've had problems with the Requester not explaining what he/she REALLY wants; they seem to disapear off the face of the Planet when I finish their request and I can't contact them anymore. Some of them occasionaly are rude and don't seem to have the knowledge that Artists are people aswell; with feelings, aware just like everyone else.

Also, I've requested some art off a couple of other Artists and I've never received the commissioned image. I clearly told them what I wanted, they agreed; eight months later I am still waiting so I send the Artist a polite email but I do not recieve a reply back.

How do I avoid meeting Artists who promise an image, but end up not bothering to do it because they didn't feel like it?

Anyway, I am glad to be in a Group about the problems with art theft, commissions, and generally inappropriate usage of Art.
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Oct. 3rd, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
Did you pay the artists? If not, then don't complain.
Oct. 3rd, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
I didn't pay them upfront, they said I could pay them once I've recieved a copy of what the finished work would look like so I know I would get what I asked them for.
Oct. 3rd, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
If the agreement was a request and not a commission then payment was probably not considered by the artist. If you had said to them BEFORE they began the picture that you were planning on paying the, they probably would have followed through with it.
Oct. 5th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice, nymph_wolf!

Next time, I'll ask the artist to remember the thing about my payment.. Because I dislike asking a commission, the artist agreeing and making plans with me, then the artist doesn't contact me anymore.
Oct. 4th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
Well then you still have nothing to complain about since you didn't pay them, and they're stupid for not getting paid up front.
Oct. 5th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC)
...I wasn't complaining in the first place.

I was just noting about my past experiences with artists who don't keep their half of the commission.
Oct. 3rd, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I agree with amanda_now. Primary factor is if the artist recieved a fee or not and whether it was just a simply 'Hey! Draw me this!'.. .Even if they -agreed- to do a free image, it's still free. Nothing in life is free :}

However if you DID pay, then there's a problem. Most of the time artist's will keep in contact. "I've not met any that wouldn't except gibbet aka Orange04. I'd honestly see if the artist did previous commissions. Maybe see how those commissions came out and ask for a waiting time.

Sometimes a waiting time WILL be up to a year. Especially if said artist is in college or has a high demanding life. But in general an artist you pay will keep in touch with you as long as you don't hound them relentlessly every day all day like a child. As you stated. Artist's are people too. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know. But I only asked them for an image when I needed one (and I couldn't draw it myself, back then) they said they were free; with nothing else to do so I assumed it wouldn't take more than a ridiculous amount of time.. I didn't ask for a background, or more than one character per commission; a simple black and white ink portrait.

Thanks for the reply, I didn't think I would get any constructive ones =)
Oct. 4th, 2004 02:38 am (UTC)
There is no reason to add on extra words for the statement I made to to make sense. It's a hard truth so I am sure you don't want to hear it, but since you didn't pay them you have no room for complaint, and I think it's silly for you to think you have any right to complain about something you were getting for free.

You're a little young so I will assume that is naivette that makes you think this way (I don't mean that in a bad way). Lesson learned: you can't complain about something you didn't pay for :-/ in the future if you want to be assured that you will recieve something then you should pay for it, and make sure the artists you ordered from have a good reputation for delivering work.
Oct. 5th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
Like I said before.. I was not complaining. I was just noting. If I wanted, for some reason; to complain over what I already know is a 'little' thing, I would have made that part of my post an obvious complaint.

I did make sure that the artists had a decent reputation, I don't ask an 'unknown' artist; I ask one that is generally good, after checking out their site and their past commission work-pages firstly before asking.

At least I've gained some help from here though.

Thanks, everyone! :)
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