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Advice- Asking for hard copy of commission

Hello, everyone! This is completely my first time submitting a post here, so hopefully this is okay.

So on Saturday, March 15th, I was attending an anime convention and a friend of mine had bought a rather inexpensive commission of a sketch of her original character. I really liked the look, so I found the artist in the Vendor Room and bought one myself. We hashed out the details, and the artist asked me if it was okay if she e-mailed the finish product to me. I was a little disappointed, but she said she was backed up and wouldn't be able to finish it before the end of the con, so I agreed.

At this point in time, I haven't received the finished product yet, but my question is would it be appropriate for me to ask for the hard copy despite her e-mailing me a scan? I did agree to having it e-mailed, but the commissions were pencil sketches, and I feel like the quality would just not be the same if I printed it off. Plus there's just something about having the finished product in your hand. I would normally not ask this, but anyone whose work was finished before the end of the con received the hard copy, so I was just curious. Let me know what you think!

Edit 3.25.14: Thank you for all the advice, guys! I sent the artist a note and got this as a response: "No problem! Unfortunately you are close to the bottom of the list so I haven't gotten to your commission just yet! I'm sorry if it is taking a while. And sending a hard copy would be no problem at all! I already have envelopes to send them in, I just need like.. $2 - $3 for the postage. I'll also draw it on some better, thicker paper so it endures the mailing process easier. :)" So everything worked out! <3
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Mar. 24th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
Since it seams like the original issue was of timing, not a reluctance to give it up, it shouldn't be an issue to ask.

Just make sure to offer to pay for shipping.
Mar. 24th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)

Generally if you pay the shipping, things are fine. I'd alert the artist sooner than later to your want of the original sketch. I don't know about others, but after X amount of time, I purge sketches/paper clutter. (IE: If this was year+ old request, you may be out of luck requesting the original. If recent, more likely to have the request fulfilled. )

Good luck! :)
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
And I'd ask now before the art is done, since if the artist happens to do the image in a sketchbook (expecting just a scan), they might not want to rip/cut pages out.
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
There's no harm in asking, but the artist may not want to ship anything out. I know shipping can be a hassle.
Mar. 24th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
I say go ahead and ask and offer to pay for the shipping.
Mar. 24th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
Most artists are willing to ship the original art to you for a small fee. It doesn't hurt to ask. c:
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
No harm in asking, just make sure to offer to pay for shipping.
Make sure you don't wait forever, not all artists keep art for too long.
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Agree with everyone else; if you want the hard copy, offer shipping c:
Mar. 25th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the feedback, guys! I finally got a hold of her, and I'll be contacting her tomorrow to ask for an update on the status of my art because, honestly, it's been about a week and a half and she hasn't really mentioned anything about progress, so I'll be sure to ask her then! I *am* willing to pay for shipping; it's just that these WERE meant to be handed to the customers in person at the con, she just did not have time to finish mine before it ended.
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