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.
6 years, 5 months ago
16 Oct 2012 03:36 CEST