pigeon_maiden (pigeon_maiden) wrote in artists_beware,
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An artist needs advice about specials...

Hi! So I've been lurking around on this community for a bit, but never posted before...so here it goes. (I hope I'm doing this right!)

This isn't a beware, but more about seeking advice about a situation.
I might be thinking too much into this or too far ahead, but I wanted some advice before anything got too sticky.

So I've been doing commissions for a while now, and recently I've raised my prices, and I know it wouldn't be too easy to commission me nowadays. So, I've been making sure to offer a lot more specials for people, so they can have a chance to get some art from me.

Right now I'm offering cheap commissions special, but with a catch. The commissioner would only be able to describe very basic details of the character (like, hair color and length, eye color, physique). The whole purpose of this was to give me more artistic freedom and in return the client would be able to get cheap art in a short amount of time.

So far though, people have been requesting more than they should (like tattoos, hairstyle, pants (these are only waist-ups too))...Basically, the more specific they get, the more I lose the freedom to do what I want. (btw, I'm offering them as flat color, waist-up, digital drawings for $10 each)

Now the problem is, well...I dunno how to tell them straight up that I can't do everything they ask. The whole reason for doing this special was to make it easier for me (esp. for the price I'm offering these at). I feel like...if they wanted something more specific, then might as well commission me for the a regular commission, no? Basically, I dunno how to say this without coming off as a douchebag. T-T

Advice?
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