If you are an artist, and you do commissions please remember this..
The first rule is to NOT dissapoint your customers... i had that clear from the beggining when i started palcomix, in the couple of cases that i delayed more than a month from the time i promissed for a pic commission (i'm 9 years on the business) ..i always give a compensation, or very good apollogies at least
If you say you will take a month or two or three that's ok, but respect your word.. sadly is very common between artist to delay like this, if you are a customer, you must be careful when choosing a artist to commission ..looking the art quality is not enought.. there's a golden rule.. As more popular is the artist (mostly have to do with how good he is.. mostly.. not always).. most for sure his "pendent work list" is bigger... and logicaly he will take more time to do your request, still, that's not something bad if you know in advance what are you going into.
if you accept a commission and then you add new slots for new commissions on top of other people who already paid you first.. that's will not look good... specially if you are delaying it for months (unless you warn them first).. just imagine how your customer will feel, after wait for months and then discover you are accepting new commissions and worst part, you put them first on your "to do list"...
I heard complains from my friends telling me things like "i commissioned this guy and it piss me off looking him doing works for other persons before me" "he is your friend, do you think you can talk with him..."
If you are an artist who i commissioned and you thinkin i'm saying this becouse you.. I wish, but not.. why?.. becouse you aren't the only one who i comissioned and have me waiting for months, hell.. i waited for whole year for a couple of commissions which at least are already done now.... as i said this is a common practice between irresponsable artists.. most of them are my friends, but man, .. a whole year for a sketch you can do in 20 minutes?... c'mon!. even if is a full colored one (which should take 6 hours average)... i totally understand you had art block (i'm artist too, i know), i understand you had some family issues, you moved from your home, you was depressed for a month ..or two .. or three... your dog died, or the fact you need vacations.. i EVEN understand why you did a picture for fun or art trade before doing the commission ("It's becouse i need to feel relaxed or having fun when doing my work") i understand that, what i don't understand is ... in a whole year...( and a year have 8765 hours ) you didn't had only 6... six damn hours, where you wasn't attacked by your personal problems. I'm an artist too, actually under lot of stress, i know all that are excuses, there's no explaination for delay a year other than "lack of responsability" or lazyness... and even some deegree "i don't care" ...if you don't like a commission idea or you feel bad doing it.. do not accept it... and in the last case, totally unprofesional but better than having someone waiting for a year, you can always refund the money with an apollogies for the inconvenients you are having on your stormy life.
Again, i'm not saying this becouse someone special.. i reached the point that i think i forgot artists who i commissioned on the past and it was so much time ago that i totally forgot which artists was... lol.
5 years, 9 months ago
25 Apr 2013 17:41 CEST