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About Commissions

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Recently I've been receiving a lot of notes concerning commissions, as such, I feel the need to address my standpoint on them here.

I've battled long and hard with the idea of doing commissions, and for a long time I have resisted coming directly out and saying "I do not do commissions."

After much thought on the subject, I have decided, that either for reasons of morality, quality and many other personal issues, I will not offer commissions. It is simply not why I draw.

It's hard for me to put into words exactly why I don't have any interest in them - but the best I can describe is that I draw, for nothing more than my own amusement. It's a release, a hobby, a past time.
When I try and make it into anything more than that, I become a very different person on the inside, and I have come to the conclusion that I don't like that person, that feeling, and seek to avoid it at any price.

I will never be a "Professional".
I do not seek fame and fortune with what I do.
I only want to enjoy sharing what I do with those who enjoy sharing it.

I'm sorry if that disappoints you, but I can assure you that having it in any other way would be an even greater disappointment, as I could simply not force myself to do things in that way.

I'll answer any questions you might have,
but if the question is if I do commissions - the answer is no.
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Added: 7 years, 7 months ago
 
Lathander
7 years, 7 months ago
Certainly understandable. No one can fault you for being yourself, or at least no one with any sense would lol
NB
NB
7 years, 7 months ago
It's a tad disappointing, this very question had crossed my mind not long ago as I love the way you draw. However with this being your decision there isn't anything I can do but respect it and continue to enjoy what you do.
Kupok
7 years, 7 months ago
I like this <3
Chu
Chu
7 years, 7 months ago
I think it's rather admirable that you've given it so much though and based your decision on that. There are artists out there doing commissions that probably should've thought about these things before getting into it.

Do you think you would still consider selling some of your originals in the future, or perhaps trading them for something? I'm a sucker for traditional art, and I like to collect original works from artists whose work I like.
paige
7 years, 7 months ago
I will not sell my art. Be it originals or prints.
Pretty much the only way to end up with an original would be if I ever attended a con, and drew something for you there.
But even that is a pretty long shot - I don't attend cons, usually because I'm broke and they're far away.
Chu
Chu
7 years, 7 months ago
That is a shame, but I do understand very well.

Those same facts apply for me, so I guess it's a long shot to the second power, but you never know. I would like to meet you in a con some day, and not just for an original. ^^
AishaLove
7 years, 7 months ago
that's fine, it should be flattering that so many enjoy your art enough to want to see their fantasies depicted in your style, but it's understandable why you prefer to do draw for your own personal enjoyment.
BaronFrogface
7 years, 7 months ago
You just keep drawing what you like and I'll find a way to be happy with it.  Though I wouldn't mind seeing some nice knocked-up lolis from time to time ;P
sedkitty
7 years, 7 months ago
What he said. :3
Siraj
7 years, 7 months ago
I get that; commissions drain whatever tiny enthusiasm I have to draw :< Never got how so many people could do them! The bastards.
KhellSennet
7 years, 7 months ago
Kudos for knowing what your talent is to you - a source of income or a source of enjoyment, usually those two are mutually exclusive.  Most peeps I know who try to make it both, end up with neither.
Shokuji
7 years, 7 months ago
Jeez you get a lot of comments real quick. o.o;

Too bad, was hoping to be in a few pics with some of your characters. ^_^;
orangebox
7 years, 7 months ago
Good call =3 I'm in your camp. Commissions are a total buzzkill.
arkaid
7 years, 7 months ago
Woot. Awesomesauce. How about trades? XD

j/k, j/k :3~
paige
7 years, 7 months ago
I've done trades before, but I always feel horrible afterwords because my half is never good enough. T__T
arkaid
7 years, 7 months ago
You're too hard on yourself :3~
You're better than you think you are ^_^
paige
7 years, 7 months ago
It's not about good or bad usually. It's about me being lazy and other people being awesome. T^T
LabrnMystic
7 years, 6 months ago
So why not do your portion of the trade first and then you can yell at the other artist for being lazy when you get your half. :P

bluepaw1
7 years, 7 months ago
professional or no professional that is a word that is of work,but to the artist is just see the life and live the life and  enjoy it in paper with a smile of the pencil that knows the laugh, the cry and  show the life with  just a draw is the life and that is sufficient .=)
FriskyWoods
7 years, 7 months ago
I think you've got the right idea here.  I wouldn't accept commissions either if I were financially comfortable.  It's too much pressure, and I hate to be constrained by someone else's ideas.
Incog
7 years, 7 months ago
Well now out of curiosity, would you do trades with people? I'm not offering for one now, I'm just wondering. :o

Edit: Whoops, seems as though someone else asked already, but I feel the same way with my half of trades ^.=.^;;
SenGrisane
7 years, 7 months ago
I don't do commissions for pretty much the same reason.
And I don't like the stress it would be put on me ^^

But I do like to do trades ;3
Shakeidas
7 years, 7 months ago
Little disappointing to hear, but if that's what's best for you and your art, well, I guess we'll just have to live without commissions from you.
PlaneshifterLair
7 years, 7 months ago
<w<
>w>
What about trades, though~? ^^;
AlyssaKamber
7 years, 7 months ago
Completely understood. I respect that. But your art IS awesome - even just the sketches. ALL of it. Always. Trust the kitten *meow*
AvaBun
7 years, 7 months ago
I've always considered commissions to be to somewhat like paid requests rather than fame magnets or stepping into professions. It's always great for those who want to see their characters in another artist's style and also support that artist as well.

But I agree with Trygge in that they can be very draining, and I respect that. After opening them myself and running out of time to necessarily work on them all, I haven't completed anything outside of scribbles and concept work for quite a while. I would not like to see you getting exhausted with your style anytime soon.~
mystfox
7 years, 7 months ago
Sounds like a reasonable position to me.

Of course your positions are always good. >.>
chimangetsu
7 years, 7 months ago
Well shucks. But understandable.

So, uhh.... do you do requests? XD
paige
7 years, 7 months ago
I like to hear people's ideas.
I can't 100% promise that it means I would absolutely draw it.
Usually it boils down to how busy I am at the time, and how exciting the idea is to me. ^_^;;

And knowing you forever doesn't hurt either. XD (Well, it works for Artie!)
chimangetsu
7 years, 7 months ago
Hmm~

Maybe a little Mattie on Mae action? >3
AlexanderValentine
7 years, 7 months ago
Paige, you have a beautiful drawing style that few people actually have. I mean the sort of style that does comics or trademark images, or just something abnormally cute. To say that your art is insufficient to your liking isn't a bad thing. Some of the greatest artists in history have put themselves down to keep their ego from making them almighty. Take William Shakespeare for example. the main reason his works were so amazing is because he kept his ego at the perfect level.

You are not a bad artist. I'm sure if you don't want to do commissions, you don't have to. But one of these days, an Idea is going to pop into your head, and when you put it onto paper, you'll want to paint it next. It will be something great, so great in fact, that it will be a masterpiece. As you read this, the storms of artistic talent are roaring thunder in your mind, while a vertigo of paint falls from the brainstorming clouds of artistic fury. A masterpiece is what it shall create, but only if you listen to it.
Rodgerblue
7 years, 7 months ago
It really comes down to this. "Do whatever you want to do." More power to you, thank you for sharing your artwork with us. There really is no obligation for you to serve your fan base in one particular way or another. Just do what you want to do as long as you're having fun doing it. I for one am greatful for what you've shared with us. When you enjoy it, it really shows and I for one wouldnt want to ruin that by having it become a burdon on you.  
AlyssaKamber
7 years, 7 months ago
Exactly. Do what you want to do, do it whatever way makes you happy.
MythicFox
7 years, 7 months ago
Hey man, just keep drawing stuff that's awesome and we'll call it even.
masa
7 years, 7 months ago
So we're not likely to see a bunch of terribly designed OCs belonging to other people any time soon? That's great news!
SpottyFerret
7 years, 7 months ago
I am disappointed to be sure but I still look forward to your posts with baited breath.  I wouldn't mind seeing you and
Ishoka
Ishoka
work together on something though.  You could stand to make some pocket change though even if you don't feel it's deserving.  Many of us very much love your work and characters and would like to compensate you for helping us bring our ideas to light. =)

Not asking you to do them, or change your mind.  Just offering a reason you're getting so many requests for them.
Springdragon
7 years, 7 months ago
So, in summary:
Commissions=No.
Trades=Nu-uh.
Requests=Meh, impress me and maybe.

But i'm curious, are there any cons that you've heard about and wanted to go to? i'm sure lots of your fans would be more than willing to donate so we could meet you in person and drool over your originals and whatever you happen to be doodling at the time. ^_^
LabrnMystic
7 years, 6 months ago
I've seen a few people ask you about trades, but what about join images? Where instead of a traditional I draw you an image, you draw me an image trade, you instead each draw part of the same image. Like you draw their character and they draw yours in a situation or something along those lines?
Sysy
7 years, 6 months ago
Its great that you have this much self-sense! im just in love with Mae lol, so, as long as she gets drawn im happy :3. keep being yourself, few people in the world even have that much of a grasp on their actions.
RComplex
7 years, 5 months ago
Well I'm glad you've taken that stance. Unfortunately as an artist I was commissioned a few times and got screwed on the price  >_< (one hasn't paid yet... still). Worse, it was a few tattoo designs that were awesome and the tattoo artist was complete sh*t. Seriously my former sister-in-law went to a dude who did prison style ones, and it wound looking like a 5 year old drew it on her leg. It was horrible.
SpearWolf
7 years, 5 months ago
A respectable position. I'm rather disappointed by some artists who *only* do commissions and (mostly/completely) nothing else. It kind of degrades you to the level of being a visual prostitute. It's also annoying when they charge 50+ bucks for simple images with no background, and then have the nerve to have a kilometer-long ban list of things that my money isn't worth drawing for.
calvindapanda
7 years, 5 months ago
cool.
i just love ur art, so keep doign what your doing
RokukeShiba
7 years, 5 months ago
Can I pay you in hugs? :P

Just kidden, will always look forward to watching your art :)
LycosDevanos
7 years, 4 months ago
What about gift arts or requests? Freebies basically
Tetsuryu
7 years, 3 months ago
"Everything is for sale, it's just the matter of price." - Al Capone
ButtercupSaiyan
7 years, 3 months ago
I felt like this too for a long time. Even worse was people who were bad artists that would give me "gift art in trade" then demand "their picture." That idea of doing your work for hire... seems shameful, doesn't it?

Here's a word of advice, though: You are free to pick and choose what you do. I do commissions because I like having money outside my job that I don't feel guilty about spending cause, dammit, I earned that fair and square on my own time for fun and to have the pleasure of doing business because one day, I want to make art a part-time career.

I eventually compromised this way: I don't suspend my regular art for commissions, I just taper it back a little. That way, I don't burn out and my commissioner still gets what he or she wants, just a little slower.
Lestria
5 years, 10 months ago
After some thought about how you tried to put it, we're lucky we get to see any of your art, if drawing it is that private to you. I don't think you need any peptalks or begging, just thanks for what we've all seen already. ;)
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