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ref commission advice

Before I start, I'm gonna say that I understand that every artist does things differently and I should always check their TOS before commissioning them. But I'm asking for advice on these things in a "is this normal/customary" kind of way.

I've never commissioned a ref sheet before and I'm not sure how to go about it because of two big questions I have.
  1. It's pretty common to see clean and dirty versions of ref sheets. If I wanted both, would I have to pay extra to get two copies...? Did you have to pay extra for both copies?
  2. Is it considered...impolite or rude to ask for a .psd/.sai file of your ref sheet? For example if later you want to change the text because you edited the character. If not would this cost extra too usually?
Any advice on this would be appreciated, like I said I know everyone is different but I want to see if there's a general consensus.

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Oct. 1st, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
1. I think this maybe depends on the situation and the artist! I don't do this sort of thing, but if I did, I think editing out naughty parts might take me about an hour because I paint with detail and lighting, so I might ask for $5 or $10 to cover my time. It might take other artists two seconds with a solid color or an eraser tool-- and thus they might not charge at all... it really depends on the detail and how they do their work! If you are commissioning someone and it is not obvious how they handle this, just ask them before you seal the deal. Any artist worth their salt will answer you. :)

2. I don't think it's considered rude. Some artists might not care at all, while others might be more protective of their layered copy. What you can do is explain that you may wish to alter the text at a later date to reflect on the character, and ask if it would be all right to either send the layered file OR perhaps just a copy of the art without any text. That way you can change it as necessary. Ask before you start the commission, be clear and explain your intentions, and again any artist worth your time will let you know how they deal with the situation.

Really, it almost always comes down to "please communicate clearly with one another before money changes hands". :)


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