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Advice: ignored commission request

An artist on FA had made a journal stating that they would be closing commissions soon, so I sent them a FA note asking if any slots were still open. They said yes and asked me what I wanted for the commission. Unfortunately, their response came in the wee hours of the morning and I had to go away for the weekend, so I did not see their reply until 3 days later. I apologized for the lack of communication on my part and sent a response with the commission details. A full week passed, and I saw that my message had been read but not replied to. The artist says on their page to send another note if they haven't replied in a couple days, so I shot them a quick message just asking if they'd gotten my note with the commission info. That note, too, was read and not replied. It's been another 7 days, and in between then and now, the artist has opened a new account on a different site and been actively posting there as well as FA. I considered sending a third message (possibly on the new site) as I enjoy their work and really want to commission them, but I don't want to be pushy, and I am wondering if this is the artist's way of indirectly declining my commission. What are your thoughts?

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Apr. 17th, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC)
Everyone here has pretty much said what I'd wanted to; they prolly don't want to accept your commission, and shoddy communication before money is exchanged is a red flag for how communication might be afterwards.

I've had some commission inquiries made by some people who, after giving them a slot, either stopped replying to me or I had to stop replying to them because they did not understand what I was asking of them: I need character references and an idea before I can quote a price and send an invoice - I think I once repeated this three different ways to a person and they just didn't get it, so I told them that I couldn't take their commission much to their confusion.

But you don't seem to be doing that so I'd take it as the artist not wanting to go through with your comm and can't just say so, for whatever reason. Sorry OP ):


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