rimpala (rimpala) wrote in artists_beware,
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Question on Commissioners and Instant Messengers

Hello, I don't have any particular person to post about but I'm seeking advice on what other artists feel about, or how they deal with customers that insist on being in constant communication via an instant message service like Yahoo Instant Messenger or Skype. Particularly if they seem to always be there, always wondering if you're done with the commission yet or not.

I try to keep in touch with the people I'm doing commissions and have been taking strides to be better at it by sending updates by email, and if there is a period of time that I may be busy with something else (such as, most recently, finals week for a collage class I had) I let them know by email and or leave a journal on Furaffinity where they commission me from.

Every once in a while someone would ask to get on my friend's list or request to communicate by Skype and this person will always be there, wondering what I'm doing at all times, and sometimes it gets in the way of actually finishing the commissions. It gets to be intimidating sometimes because it's so frequent that I don't always have something to show, and thus I'm in the uncomfortable position of explaining why I haven't had done any further work yet in wake of spending my day doing other things. Usually when this happens the customer often requests additions to the commission before I'm finished with what was originally agreed to.

Anyone?
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