Idlewild (violetvirtue) wrote in artists_beware,

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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?
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