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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 11:42 pm (UTC)
1. Depends on the artist. I do charge extra because extra work goes into making the naughty bits (sketching, inking, coloring, recoloring if the client wanted it a different shade, etc.). I don't charge much extra, usually about $10. Depending on if you need a closeup of the naughty bits. Other artists may charge more or less, or none at all.

2. Ask the artist before you commission them. I might consider it off-putting if you give them the money and then demanded the .psd. xD; Not that you would demand it, but this is definitely something you want to ask before money exchanges hands.

I don't know how other artists handle references, but I do give my customers an editable .psd and let them have free reign. I have no idea what background colors or facts they might want to include about their character (and sometimes they might tell me and I could get it wrong, or they'd want to change it) so it's just easier that way. :)


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