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This is just a question.

As an artist, what do you do when asked to draw a character that you KNOW does not belong to the person commissioning you?

I recently had a situation occur where a commissioner wanted me to draw a character that I know did not belong to them. I had seen this character recently myself (it was by a rather well-known artist), so I knew the context, I knew the character was created for a specific person, not the person wanting to commission me.

I politely declined the commission, stating that I was aware that the character did not belong to the person wishing to commission me, but I find myself wondering if I should alert the original artist that this commissioner is trying to commission art of their character.  In this case, the art that was going to be commissioned would not have been a SFW commission and would not have been anything even like 'fan art' of the character.

I don't like to stir drama, but I do find myself thinking that I should tell the original artist, given the context that the commissioner wanted the character drawn in.

I'd welcome some opinions on this though.

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Aug. 29th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Though I am confused, so the 'original artist' doesn't own the character, they were just doing a commission of it, right? In that case, I agree with what gatekat said--let the character's creator know about the situation, but leave the artist out of it. It's not your place to go on a crusade for this character or the character's owner. The owner can decide what to do about this for themselves.
Aug. 29th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
In this case, it was the artist who created the character as a gift for the person the character belongs to. So, I'm chosing to alert the artist, since they created the character as a gift for the other person to begin with.


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