I'd like to hear the opinions of commissioners on these types of "auctions".
The reason I bring this up is simply because when these types of commissions were originally going around, it was a way for the artist to choose the pose and come up with a base sketch they're happy with drawing. Thus the prices were initially lower than their normal prices because you have no control over the commission outside of your character being included. In the past these were also referred to as "Pre-Sketched Commissions", and were always cheaper because the artist had already done the initial work on their own with their own idea, and just wanted to make some quick money to finish it.
There are other formats of this such as "Wing-It's" and "Free-Range" where you pay and the artist chooses the details to use your character. These are also generally cheaper price, because you are giving up control the piece and allowing the artist to draw as they please.
Then some artist got the bright idea of making it an auction for the spots, to "allow everyone a fair chance to get in on the commission" rather than just first-come first-serve (I say this tongue-in-cheek because the reality is that only the ones who are willing to pay the most are eligible, which is not exactly "fair" for everyone; just the those with more disposable money). Or an alternative, which is only choosing the ones you like best. Or several other solutions that are available.
Now please don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing artists for doing this and making more money. I completely understand the concept of supply and demand, and other such factors of the market. I would, however, encourage consumers to open their eyes; instead of their wallets sometimes. And realize when you're being taken for a ride. Because, so long as people continue to shell out the cash, artists will continue to hold this format of commissions.
What I want to know is if you think it's fair to pay more for a commission you have less control over. Would you pay more for less normally? Why is it different for buying art?
I know you can say that it's a way to support the artists you like. But honestly, that's not entirely true. Most times you can support them just as easily by hitting the donation button. Instead, people post higher bids on auctions because they want a piece of art. So please, don't try and sugar coat it. I'd like to hear real opinions here. Truthful responses, for or against.
5 years, 9 months ago
05 Apr 2013 21:38 CEST