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Yaoifairy

How long is too long....

...for waiting for a commission? X3; I've been trying to be timely with my commissions. Even for some that I have taken a long time to do (maybe like 2 months?) I still managed to get em out, and that was with a busy schedule @_@! Typically I get em done in a few weeks, but it depends on how big the project is.

I'm just wondering how you all feel what would be too long a wait. And what is the longest amount of time you have waited for a commission before?



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Added: 6 years, 4 months ago
 
HannibalAzul
6 years, 4 months ago
Depends on the type I would say. I've waited over 6 months before. Sometimes a year or so! Also depends on if you were to pay beforehand or not. Or have done business with the artist before as well~

I've recently had some back luck with paying beforehand, so if I see that person isn't producing art regularly, or isn't streaming it right then and there, I prolly won't commission them if it's a lot of money. 3 months seems to be average tho for a colored piece or so...
XxSkyxX
6 years, 4 months ago
I'd say that a month would be to long for sure.

The longest I've had to wait for one would be about 6 months
LittleOrion
6 years, 4 months ago
currently waiting on one, its been about 3 months so far... >.<'
got one that ive been waiting on for 1 and a  half months,
another ive been waiting on for 1 month
and another ive been waiting on for almost 2.
and one ive been waiting on for a few weeks.

I dont mind waiting on one commission for ages,
but when its so many and theyre all taking ages
it gets on my tits a bit, its irritating me.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
I've been waiting for just sketches from at least 3 artists and its taken like 5 months + now .___.;; Paid n everythang QQ
LittleOrion
6 years, 4 months ago
just sketches, one week at most >:L
no longer!
silly peoples...
silly fluff butts... ima hunt them down and force em to draw your commissions at gunpoint :P
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
X3; hehe *squeezes* Ah its ok I'll be a good kitty n wait
LittleOrion
6 years, 4 months ago
*squeakles from the squeeze and waggles his tiny tail* woff! x'3
Nir
Nir
6 years, 4 months ago
Mmm, I've waited over a year for a couple of commissions. @.@
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Oh my goodness X__X;; that's way too long!
Nir
Nir
6 years, 4 months ago
Aaaaaaaaand still waiting on those particular pics. XD
Meowz
6 years, 4 months ago
Oh yes, you and me, we are still waiting on that orgy pic from one year ago, too XD. What is going on with her anyway, I hope she is alright. No signs of life the entire time.
Nir
Nir
6 years, 4 months ago
Yeah, you're right! o.o
MightBeFurry
6 years, 4 months ago
Unless I have a time-sensitive need, which I've never had, I'd be willing to wait for a reasonably long time. It helps if the artist keeps touch with me every so often. If I don't hear a single word from an artist in a whole month, I'll start reaching out to see what's going on. Only once did I "write off" a commission because of lack of communication, but to their credit the artist did eventually deliver. I've been fortunate to not yet have a wholly negative experience.

I think a month and a half is my current longest wait time for a commission.
SharakoCloudCat
6 years, 4 months ago
I would say 3 months is what I would wait. I have a friend I commissioned for several pieces, that took him quite a while like over a year, but he has sold me some cheep art. so Id wait if it is a friend. but generally you should do the commissions as fast as ya can.  
Rowannero
6 years, 4 months ago
If you need time, due to RL and such I'd understand as long as you said up front. In my opinon, if you don't act like you forgot about them and send them regular WIP if they wanted it should be fine :3 that's just my 2cents though
Rhuke
6 years, 4 months ago
personally, i'd say anything over a month is rather a long times wait. this is not a rule set in stone, i mean life gets in the way, thats life.
AbyssTheDragon
6 years, 4 months ago
Well me personally I am a very patient man I could wait a year for a commission so long as I knew it would be completed
Zeikcied
6 years, 4 months ago
The longest wait is still ongoing for me.  It's almost a year since I asked for a traditional sketch (pencil & paper).  I watched the artist draw it on a stream.  Then the artist somehow lost the sketch in his room and has yet to find it.  I can't get a refund because he already did the work, it does exist, he just has to find it.

Other times I've waited several months.  I'm usually a really patient guy.  It doesn't matter to me as long as I know that it's being done.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
That's too long for a sketch methinks .___.;; and I have had at least 3 comimssions (fully shaded ones) where the files had been corrupted and had to start from scratch again XP or just from a rough sketch. He should just re-do it since it was his fault he lost it >_>;
ArcCahlon
6 years, 4 months ago
it depends on the communication between the people your commissioning. 2 months if they haven't updated you. if they keep in constant communication I'd wait a year. its understandable life gets in the way sometimes so even if the plan was to have it done soon little life happenings could change it.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Of all the people I commissioned and am still waiting, sometimes I think they had forgotten about me >___> Buut like 2 or 3 months later I bug em and they say they are just busy XP I suppose maybe they post journals about it...but I don't always keep track of those.
ArcCahlon
6 years, 4 months ago
yeah if they haven't updated you I'd be upset after 2 months max. you shouldn't have to seek them out about what you paid for. last commission i had done they made sure to let me know of a delay because of school. have had others with her and never a problem.
esanhusky
6 years, 4 months ago
I usually don't get too antsy until it's over a month.  It is nice to get the occasional "Haven't forgotten about you" note, or even a publicly viewable cue that actually changes :)
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
I try and update mine daily, definitely weekly! Though I think sometimes people don't check it... x3; ah well it's also a great way to keep myself organized and make sure I don't forget anything!
fluffdance
6 years, 4 months ago
I've waited a year and a half before.  It all has to do with the artist.  Keeping in good contact, letting people know what's going on if something comes up, and being accommodating can have a -huge- effect on how patient and understanding people will be.  :-)
Sellestia
6 years, 4 months ago
Glad someone made this journal and asked.

I have yet to have the spare money to pay for a commission, I was actually expecting a couple of weeks at most. Seeing how allot of people are saying that they have waited months for pics gives me a bit of concern. I'm the type of person that if something I payed for takes a long time I start to get nervous. Even if I payed just 20 bucks and a month had gone by, thoughts of being ripped off would start floating around my mind. So because of this post, I will probably ask how long I could expect to wait for the picture.

Would really suck to expect 2-3 weeks, and not get the pic I payed for until after 8 months to a year had passed. I'm not a patient kitty when it comes to things like this =P
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
xD I hear ya! I love it when artists can get it in within a week <3 Oh how exciting it is waiting for it, almost like when you order something off of Amazon and you wait for it in the mail ;D But then...when it starts going past a couple of weeks...and months..I forget what I had even commissioned them for, only that I know they owe me something and it kinda is a buzz kill :(!
kitaness
6 years, 4 months ago
I've waited 3-4 months for some stuff, not counting the commissions that still haven't been finished at all after 8+ months of course. My boyfriend Hawkley got something after 6 months, and my character is being used for a commission that I just got a first sketch back on after ~3 months. Generally after the second month I write something off as a lost cause with a small chance of coming back to surprise me at some point, unless I know the artist and feel alright bugging them about it.

Under most circumstances I wouldn't commission an artist if I was under the impression that the piece would take more than about a month to finish. By that point I'm probably just going to be bored of the idea and not want the picture anymore anyway. The artists that I've gotten the most commissions from (Aogami/Yannlian/Ten/SydneySnake) all tend to complete commissions within two weeks of the request at most. That's not to say that everyone has to work that fast, but it can generate a lot of repeat business from me. :P
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Yeah...I've completely forgotten a couple of ideas that I had commissioned, or old ones that I would rather change now since I don't have an interest in that old idea anymore X3;
OxyUrsine
6 years, 4 months ago
I'm okay with delays as long as the artist keeps in touch with me and lets me know where things are at. I'm also far more inclined to be patient if I'm informed that it might be that long at the time I commission someone.
Daneasaur
6 years, 4 months ago
A year. If I'm ordering 2 flat color comissions, 2 characters, no background for both, and one linework...

Yeah, that's pushing it and I'd be furious...
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
When I did a couple of pictures on Furaffinity...like a 2 character full shade with a full bg and stuff, I would get really impatient (I know terrible attribute to have as an artist XD) and work on it on and off. But with something like flat colored and below...it's really pretty easy to do those...that would be way too long! I'm hoping that the couple of sketches I'm waiting for won't take more than half a year...but I'm starting to worry it will take even longer than that XD
Blackymoon
6 years, 4 months ago
If the artist is being honest and updates the commissioner I am usually fine with commissions taking a few weeks to finish ... what I really don't like is when an artist burdens himself up with a huge commission-list, wants payment up front and then takes months to finish the already-paid commission, all the while taking even more commissions from other people along the way and finishing -these- first. This happened to me while commissioning a "popular" artist and I was really pissed having to wait around ONE year to get my picture ... so don't worry, I think you're doing very fine with your time schedule :)
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Yeah that's totally lame of them. I've seen some artists take more and more commissions, saying that they are open and such, when I've already been waiting for 4 months and still nothing ;I I try not to over burden myself. Looking at that to-do list can be overwhelming when it is a lot! Better for everyone else's sake and for my own sanity that it is kept at a manageable size ^__^

Oh and thanks X3;! I think there is room for improvement for the time I take, but seeing as how a lot of people wait for months...even years >___>;; I think I'm doing ok xD But also...I would feel like a total dick if I took that long ;O!
Blackymoon
6 years, 4 months ago
It bet I would have to wait even longer if I wouldn't have pushed myself into his art streams and submissions and blatantly calling him out when I would get my commission and threatening him with filing a claim and revealing his adult-artwork business to the paypal-officials to get his account shut down and money frozen. Surprisingly THEN it went really smooth with my commission and about a month later I finally got it ... totally dick move from me but I really saw no other option to get what I paid for after reminding him countless of times. I also advised everyone I knew not to commission that specific artist as well as others also had the same problem with him, shame that being popular corrupts people like this.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Yeeeah, most popular artists just ignore me lawl, screw those dick heads!! And whatever, that dude totally deserved it. Just cuz he's all popular doesn't mean he gets to treat his fans that way, especially when they are the reason for his popularity! Aaaaaaand especially because you can throw that shit at him xD PWNT! *high fives you*
macavity
6 years, 4 months ago
It's usually too long if it drags on over 2-3 months. I've waited on some things for over a year before, and it's never a good feeling.

The best cases are when you can get the finished product from start to finish within one month, preferably even shorter like two weeks. And I agree with Blackymoon, that happens way too common to be good. Try to limit the number of active commissions to like max 5 at a time so the artist doesn't get overwhelmed.
SpoonFox
6 years, 4 months ago
waited 18 months on a commission once. now I no longer commission.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Dayum, if I waited more than a year (which i probably couldn't do) I would just demand a refund :S
comjuke
6 years, 4 months ago
I've been waiting for 1 year and 8 months for a commission to be finished, I think thats too long.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
demaaaaaaaaaaand refuuuuuund!! X3; How upsetting
SerathDarklands
6 years, 4 months ago
Depending on the level of detail, size of picture, and number of characters, it varies. Usually a month is acceptable.
EraAngelus
6 years, 4 months ago
I would say 9 years for what was originally a single character drawing, later change to a 2-3 person because of the artist in question wanted to change the drawing. x3
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
what 9 years? O-o;
EraAngelus
6 years, 4 months ago
Haha yeah there's an artist I've been waiting 9 years to complete a commission of mines.
BunnyFoxglove
6 years, 4 months ago
I'm pretty patient, I would rather the artist take their time and produce something nice. As long as the artist keep the buyer informed as to what's going on, and isn't trying to avoid me, I'm usually pretty cool about giving them the time they need.

That being said, I don't believe artists should be taking commissions if it will take more than a couple months to complete. However if that's known from the start, than the buyer should respect that fact before pestering the artist.

Commissions are a form of contract work. You agree to the terms and conditions, and should be setting a time frame for completion. If you do not set one, then it's between the two of you to come up with a solution. When payment is upfront, the artist should be giving a rough estimate of when it is expected to be completed. If the payment is upon completion than I guess it depends how badly the artist wants to get paid.

My personal opinion is it shouldn't take more than 2-3 months tops, but in the case of art-block or bigger commission like orgies/groups obviously the time will be longer. Art-block is unfortunate, and is out of the buyers control so in that rare case I think the seller should discuss where to go from there, be it a refund or whatever.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
It seems drawing everyday has kept the art block away! *dances* And I think also when I have ideas, doing lil sketches and stuff for myself between commissions also helps keep me going
Suel
6 years, 4 months ago
As long as there is progress and not just empty promises, I think it's OK to even wait a year.
I have multiple commissions I'm waiting for more then two years now. Only one of these has ever been done so far...
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
;< that is way too long!
Xavkitsune
6 years, 4 months ago
due to what I normally commission I usually wait between 2 weeks and 9 months.
Xavkitsune
6 years, 4 months ago
https://www.furaffinity.net/view/8069575/ this awesome thing by Paxilon took 8 and a half months to finish due to the detail, but having only payed 25$CND for it I have to say more than worth the !@#$ing wait.
Yaoifairy
6 years, 4 months ago
Yeah I would say so! I know I take a long time to do more detailed pieces, though honestly I could never drag out something for that long XD I'd get way too bored of working on the same thing for more than a week ^__^;;
Scoutter
6 years, 4 months ago
I think the time feel shorter if you get the feeling the artist actually WORK on the art and not only passes time without any respond.
ChaoKuang
6 years, 3 months ago
I think I've had one commission take almost a year to get. Some of my commissions have taken some artists up to 6-8 months before. I don't mind waiting long as I'm kept updated.
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