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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. 6th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
1 - It depends more on what exactly you want. If you want a typical set of equipment to a non-explicit, Sailor Moon style nude, then there would be little if any charge. However if we're talking about a crazy set of equipment to a hugely elaborate outfit, obviously there would be a more sizable charge. As mentioned before, this depends on style too: flat colors will be easier to change than something with crazy shading.

2 - There's nothing wrong with asking for the psd (especially a modified psd so you can just modify the text); however, I'll echo other people and say that it really depends on the artist so ask for this early, before it's paid for, rather than after it's finished. Personally I wouldn't have an issue with it, but then again, I'm more causal about this than most: I'm fine with just giving people the pdf for changes on character sheets.


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