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Question - Business Card Commission

I just got a request to do artwork for what amounts to business cards on FA.

The person seems like they're just going to be using the cards as advertisement for THEMSELVES as a furry-- not for any specific product or service, just something fun to hand out.

They want it in the style of some Swedish paper bill currency, as they are Swedish-- except instead of the figurehead, having their fursona. It seems like a fun request that I can definitely handle.

Here's where my question lies: since these technically are business cards they will be reproducing, should I factor that into my estimate for them? ie, should I be charging for the rights to reproduce, basically? Or should I just leave it at the cost of the art? I'm in some dire straits in that I could really use the money, but I also feel like I should be compensated fairly.

Thoughts, opinions? I'll be happy to answer any questions.

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Jun. 1st, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
Yes, charge them for reproduction/commercial rights.

I would have a talk with them about whether they want complete rights (you can't post/sell prints) or just reproduction rights, and base what you charge for it from there.
Jun. 1st, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
My opinion is that you should just charge them what you normally would, if they aren't making any profit from your art then I don't see why you should charge them more... and your ToS on FA says:

5 - You may repost, print, and display any artwork I have created for you.
6 - No profit must be made off of my artwork unless a prior agreement has been reached.

So you already give your commissioners permission to print anything they get from you, which would technically also allow them to give the "prints" away for free. The only issue I see is whether or not they could pay some place to make the business cards for them.

I guess you could charge them a little more, maybe not as much as you would charge for something they were selling/making profit from... you could also say that they put "art by *yourname*" and/or a link to your website or FA on the cards.
Jun. 1st, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
They want to advertise them selves as a furry?
Jun. 1st, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Building a personal brand, I guess. Maybe they want to win the Fursuit Fracas!
Jun. 2nd, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
Probably want to make sure people at the cons they visit have their contact info. Some will just toss it, others will get in touch.

I've met people at meets and wished I'd gotten their contact info because of possible business deals we discussed, just wanting to get to know them better. It'd be handy to grab have a card like that- especially if they are one of those reaaaaallly extrovert furs and will make twenty new friends every con.

I imagine they aren't standing there giving them out down by the liquor store or anything, just furry events.

And even if they were just randomly handing them out, well, more income for the furry artists out there, yay!
Jun. 3rd, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
I dont think you should charge more since they dont want to make a profit but just want to give it free to other people I guess..

It can be a good idea too, and im sure others would ask who would be the artist, and it would become a good advertisement for you as well. (Sorry if I make typos)
jos im
Jun. 8th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I have to agree with he others here, they aren't making a profit from it , You should probably just leave it at the cost of the art, however you should set some ground rules with the commissioner on what, why and how they can distribute them. I also believe you should put your url as credited artist on the commission and tell them they should not remove that when handing.
I'm sorry to here that your going though hard times i truly am but you might just lose the commissioner if you charge more.
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