Hi I'm Diman, and I thank you for taking some time to read this Journal.
I must say sorry for the weird way of writing/speaking I use, English is not my first language and is hard for me to talk the way you Americans do it.
I would like to share a few tips for those who would like to buy a commission from me or any other artist. I have no other purpose but to make things easier for both, customer and artist.
I have had the joy to draw for some furiends here on Inkbunny, they requested for commission and we started an endless interchange of notes... I do enjoy a lot chating with nice and gentle people, yet this doesn't work for me when it come to draw commissions. It takes a lot of time for the artist and it doesn't ensure what the customer furiend is expecting. However a single note with every detail works, then we can chat what ever u want.
Here are some tips for your consideration:
1.- Define correctly and totally what do you want. Don't go with the artist saying you had a dream two weeks ago and you want it drawn but you can't remember it right
2.- Write down what you want. Be specific, be clear, don't include things that doesn't come to the pic. There is no need to describe two paragraphs of the tatoo in your back if the pic is a front standing solo pic of your sona <_<U
In my specific case, is hard for me to read lots of description that won't help to the pic. Good points to include would be:
a) Character description: complexion, age, fur colors, hair color/style, eyes color, marks, something special, girly o manly?, muscular?, fit, fat? etc.
b) Pose, how should I draw him?, what should he/she be doing?
c) Background or not?. (this may impact in the $$$) describe the background.
d) Clothing or tools, what is he/she wearing or using, does he has something on their hands??? etc.
3.- Describe the purpose of the pic. It's gonna be kinky, porn, clean, sweet, romantic???
this is very important because if you don't mention it, it may mess up the whole pic at the end and you won't get what you really wanted.
4.- Look at the artist work. Take a look at the artis gallery before asking for the pic, that is what he/she can do the best, and it's what he/she is going to do for you. You can always ask an artist to draw something for the first time, but be aware that he/she may not have much practice on it.
5.- Get references. If you already have drawings of your character that is great, if not, a good description will work awesome !. For the rest (pose, clothing, tools, etc.) you can always look for Internetz pics. That will help the artist a lot and will avoid missunderstandings.
6.- Changes. Must of the times the first sketch won't match what you really want, it's normal. Therefor changes can be done during the sketching process.
Be sure to mention every needed change when the artist shows the sketch.
Changes will be done when the artist doesn't understand your idea, or when he make a mistake, is not cool when you forgot to mention something big in the description or you just change your mind at the last last time ( that is why I ask in number 1 to Define what you want).
Don't be mad if the artist, after making 5 changes decide not to make any more, changes represent time and effort for the artis and depending on that guy and his complexity to draw it can be some minutes or many hours.
Every artist decide how many changes will allow you to request, just as you decide if you want the pic or not with or without the changes.
*** In my specific case, I have a job that consumes me a lot of time and I can't be online all the time, that means a single change can represent 24hrs for me to make it and get back to you, some times more.
7,. Payment.... that is your problem.
I guess that's it.
I hope this help us (or help me) to improve the way I do commissions for you guys.
If you want to know my prices or have any question PM me, I like notes and I'll answer them all eventually.
if you have any idea, tip, rule, etc, that will help to commission post it here.
if you want to share experiences with commissions also post them here, I would love to read them.