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This is something I've been considering on and off for a long while while lurking the community and I finally decided to come out and post about it.

A good couple years back I ordered a commission from a well-known and respected local artist at a then-small college convention near me - two traditional pieces of original characters my ex and I designed for a visual novel we were working on. I believe we each paid $20-25 for them at the time. I also gave them the original design sketches I had of the two characters. The artist is open about them dealing with chronic illness - fibro and lupus, notably, and how some days they're physically unable to draw, so I didn't expect to have the art immediately, but I did hope I'd get it within a few months.

A few months later I emailed them to inquire about my commissions, I needed the design sketches back to reference from as well. They told me they were still getting through the commissions from the convention and that mine was next on the list. Awesome!

I never got the commissions or the original sketches. I feel like maybe I should have been more forceful but as I'm also an artist who struggles with chronic conditions that make keeping a consistent schedule difficult (albeit mine are nowhere near as debilitating) I feel like it might've been in bad form to nag about it. There's also the fact that this person is very well liked and respected among the local geek community, including several friends of mine, and I didn't want to be alienated or be accused of starting drama.

So this is still what I'm struggling with - do I create a beware and let people know that there's a potential caveat emptor attached to commissioning this artist (who does accept online commissions, so this isn't just a local thing)? Or do I let it go, and accept that shit happens?

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intothewolves
May. 17th, 2016 06:10 am (UTC)
I actually do the same thing with my commissions - I take half payment once I finish the linework (I do pixel art so that's usually the fastest part) then take the rest once they ok the colors. It's worked out really well for keeping my mental clusterfuck from getting in the way of my commissions.

I assume the artist is more than alright aside from the usual chronic health issues they have - I've seen them at this local con every year (since this was in 2013... that's three years,) again, taking commissions and selling prints plus jewelry and accessories the past 2 or so cons.

Checking back on the email they sent me the month after, they said they were going to send me my original designs, the art, and the 300dpi files but had nothing to show for it at the time, which looking back on it, was a red flag, probably... I'm going to talk to my ex and see if he can vouch for me re: the money spent and then email he back.
allcometoruin
May. 17th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
It feels fair to do things like that tbh, I like half/half payment systems with art commissions. :U

If they're still taking commissions and doing con stuff, they should have the time to communicate with you/do what you paid them to do. :/ That's rough, I'm sorry you're having to deal with that!

Maybe your ex can help the situation, and hopefully something good will come of this.

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