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I've commissioned friends before, most of my friends appreciate my business as I always pay upfront, and most of my friends deliver the goods on time.

Unfortunately, I have the habit of not setting deadlines... how do you approach a commissioned artist that is also a friend when it's already been more than 18 months since the deal was completed.

And yeah, they are aware they still owe but offer several reasons for not having completed the commissioned pieces, an art block being the most common one. In my opinion, a little hard to justify when you do chug art, even for pay-sites, albeit sporadically.

I don't want a refund, I don't need the refund... I just honestly want the art... and I'd not mind waiting more if I could tell my friends are actually being honest about their efforts.

I've thought about this for months, I still don't know if I'm doing the right thing... I know common friends visit this site and I'd not be surprised if I get chided on the side... but I could really use some advice at this point.

EDIT:

Thanks for all the advice. I'm still trying to gather the courage to bring this issue up to 'em.

People are right, I should not have mixed friendship/business together. But it has hardly been an issue before.

One of the problems is that one of my friends involved in this took on these commissions because she had financial issues.

As people have commented, sadly people take advantage of friends, whether they're the commissioned artists by delaying the final product, as is my case, or they're the commissioner by not paying promptly, as been the case of other people that have given me advice.

I hope other people here in A_B can learn from this as well, both as artists and as commissioners.

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bladespark
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
In your place I've tended to let it slide. Friendship is more valuable to me than art. But that's just me. And really, if they are actually your friend, they should understand where you're coming from, if you let them know pretty much what you've said here.
zackfig
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Been tempted to chalk it as a loss, but the fact that 1) I already paid for that; and 2) they're friends, makes it a matter of principle IMO -- just wondering how I should bring this up.
sigilgoat
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I suggest writing everything out in an email, then coming back to check in in a few hours just to make sure that it's all very friendly.

And yes, if they are your friend, they should understand that you should get what you paid for <3

Good luck!
shukivengeance
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
You just need to bring it up tactfully. If they're a friend they should understand your situation as long as you don't act in an accusing manner.

Perhaps a mutual friend could address them about it on your behalf if you feel that it's too awkward, or link them to this entry?
celestinaketzia
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I second what sigilgoat said. That sounds like the best idea.

I had a similar situation happen except it was reversed. I did the art before he sent payment because he was a friend. It took him 3 months to pay me, but he did after I sent him a friendly email. We're still buddies today.
animehoneybee
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Hmm that is tricky, one of the reasons it's sometimes best not to mix friends/family and business. I think as others have suggested, you do need to broach the subject, but in a polite and friendly way. You need to state your perspective on the issue and let them know what your goals are in the situation. Something to the effect of, 'I was wondering if I could get an ETA on that art. I understand if you're having a tough time with my commission, but I would love to see it finished in the near future. Perhaps there's something we can arrange that will make it easier for you to accomplish the work. I look forward to a favourable response :)'

okay, maybe not that formal, but if you play it cool and make yourself seem reasonable, then the only one who would get upset is; 1) someone who is defensive because they are not intending to complete the job and trying to turn the situation around to their own benefit, or 2) someone who's just a jerk and probably doesn't deserve friends or other people's business in the first place. Good luck to you :)
millilicious
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I kind of had a similar experience, except it was me waiting to be paid for over a year. I say just nudge them every so often to see if things are ok and whatnot. Like another said, the e-mail is a good way to go about it. Good luck, though~!
maddogairpirate
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Art block in this case seems to equal 'I don't wanna do it right now' without saying such.

I respect artists' rights to work on other stuff when the mood's hitting them... to a point.

My advice, give a deadline of a month or two, remind them you've been more than fair. And if the deadline hits, ask for a refund. If they're unwilling, then it may be time to bring them up by name on A_B.
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