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For Artists, Regarding Solicitation

If you happen to be an artist and are looking for some work and wanna throw me a message asking for work, then that is absolutely just fine to do.  If I like your style, I'll be happy to come up with an idea for you to carry out.  I have a few on stand-by now, even.  :P

However, there are a few things to know before you approach me asking for work:

I consider an artist that takes commissions to be a service and that it should follow service industry rules:  Negotiation, service, then invoice.  Don't be expecting full payment upfront.  If you don't have much reputation as a commissioning artist, don't expect payment upfront at all.

I expect you to employ various means to protect your interests, though.  Feel free to stream previews to me or only provide me with low resolution and/or watermarked samples for me to evaluate.  All I ask is that whatever means you use provides enough detail for me to inspect the work.  You can also negotiate partial or staged payments.  This is a two-way street, but understand that as soon as I pay up, I've given up all my power in the transaction.

If you solicit work from me, I don't expect to be placed in a queue.  You came to me for work and thusly, I assume you are ready to start (provided I can give you an idea quickly, of course).

Don't let all this scare you, though.  I'm not really that hard to work with and by simple examination of my gallery, I have a good record of providing repeat business to multiple artists.  I'd like to think I am seen as a relatively safe bet when it comes to commissions.

So, if you're interested, go ahead!  Throw me a message.  Worst I'll do is say no and thank you for the offer.

PS:  All this does not apply if I approach an artist with work; only when an artist approaches me.  The former will follow a more traditional protocol.
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