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After Reading Artists Beware...

Well I've been somewhat aware of Artists Beware, a Livejournal thingy that reports unethical artists and commissioners, ranging from tracers, people who don't pay, and people who take too long making art. Obviously, this is a good service, because it makes people aware of who to avoid business with (and there are plenty of people in this fandom you shouldn't do business with). The thing that struck me was how many people were included, and in such a short amount of time. I was looking back through a couple pages, and noticed that I was only at around October 14 of this year. So yeah, this is pretty fucked up. What is wrong with y'all guys? C'mon, some ethics perhaps!

Artists: if you're getting accused of being too late with commissions, either don't take on so many commissions or stop being lazy and actually fulfill your end of the deal, which is to draw the art. If you have trouble producing art for some reason, don't do commissions. Some artists just aren't right for commissions, even if their art is very high quality. You gotta be reliable and timely. If it makes you upset that costumers are demanding you to complete work you said you would, or if they already paid, then don't open for commissions.

Commissioners: be polite, don't talk shit about artists, be patient. Artists also have lives and can't complete commissions immediately. If it's not done within a month, email or note them about it. Be polite and friendly. Check up occasionally and don't be demanding or pushy. Most importantly, pay the artists. Pay them on time, do not gyp them, that's pretty fucked up. If you don't have the money to pay them AT THE TIME but you know for a fact you will have it and when, LET THEM KNOW THAT. Please be communicative. Be open and honest and explain yourself. If you can't do that, don't commission people. If you don't have the money to commission people, Definitely do not commission people. If it is a request, don't bother the person often, they'll get it done, just remind them infrequently (like I'd say two months if it's not done by then).

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Added: 7 years, 3 months ago
7 years, 3 months ago
this is defiantly an interesting post and having had both good and bad experiences with commissions i honestly just avoid them now as having been burnt too much.  though a link to the live journal might be helpful to include in this journal ^^.

but out of the 15 some odd commissions i have had done only actually got about 5.  I have always paid up front 1 person vehemently denied that i ever commissions them and went on a smear campaign against even though i still had the PM's of the agreement.
another owes me 300 bucks because personal stuff came up and forced them to stop everything for family issues.
my good friend has had me waiting for 2 years on b-day pics.  I constantly tease him about it but i don't sweat it honestly.

I always try and do a bi-weekly email to the artist and its usually just a status update kind of thing because i do understand that sometimes they bite off more than they can chew by doing multiple commissions and personal life gets in the way so i totally agree with the mature part.  I think artist and commissioner could both benefit if they viewed it more like a business transaction by which i mean you wouldn't want to wait an extended amount of time if you ordered something online.
7 years, 2 months ago
Well even with other things, sometimes things get backed up, so it's best to be patient.
7 years, 3 months ago
I wish compromises in commissioning an artist to draw porn or whatnot could easily be met more often so this kind of issue didn't present itself. One contingent pattern I've seen in regards to the "Artists Beware" violations is a drastic lack of communication. About 6 times out of 10, artists and commissioners seem to either make waves or crash & burn in addressing each other accordingly during the initial process of creating paid quality artwork from scratch. I believe constant communication and thorough discussion/clarification/critique all contribute to ensuring a world of difference between a well-rounded positive art-commissioning experience and a terrible one deemed worthy for that A.B. list. Then again, lots of individuals I've seen/heard from do have short tempers in regards to efficiency and patience... so are furries really just THAT gullible?
7 years, 2 months ago
Yes they are that gullible. But seriously, lack of communication is the biggest issue with commissions in this fandom.
7 years, 3 months ago
You know I have people ask me more often about where's a good place to commission artists then I ever hear people complaining about artists.  There should be a blog or live journal recommending good artists to commission.  Focus on the positive and throw business their way.  
7 years, 2 months ago
Artists Beware does do that every month, actually.
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