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December 30, 2012


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Lately I have been just blowing my money on commissions, because like anyone else here I enjoy seeing my characters in other styles. But I am going to be honest, only about 20% of the work I have even received was actually decent. I noticed that a lot of the art I was getting was half ass crap that looks nothing like the work the artist actually has displayed. Not only that, but every time I received one of those awful pictures the artist wouldn't even upload it, they just sent me a link from like photobucket or some shit. Like they were ashamed of it.

I really wish I wasn't so nice... I just keep my mouth shut and pretend I actually like it, but I have something to say to those of you who have done this to one of your commissioners. If you don't feel like drawing, if you're just not in the mood, don't fucking force it out like you're trying to take a constipated dump. Seriously, I will wait, I will wait forever for some quality artwork, but I won't stand for anything that doesn't have your heart and soul put in to it. Especially when I pay good money. Some of my favorite artists have actually broken my heart because of how poor the art was. Just flat out disappointed.

I think this is why I am starting to prefer art trades, because I feel like I'm just throwing all of my money out of the window. I mean, one of the artists I commissioned got $40 from me, and then just completely disappeared. POOF! Goodbye money, I hope that the artist is actually making good use of you.

Some of you may think of me like hypocrite because of events around a year ago, but if you know me well enough, you'll understand that I was doing my best with the rough situation I was in. Recently I have only been opening small commissions that I know I can finish and that I will have fun with. And I only work when I am in the mood which means I take a little longer. Another reason why I don't charge very much for my work.

If I have ever disappointed any of you after you have commissioned me, please... just tell me. It's your money you're spending so I want you to feel like you're getting what you paid for. (please don't take advantage of that either)

Anyway... yeh
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ZeFlyingMuppet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I don't do requests or commissions XD bad experience, let's just say that.

But no kidding. That's why you gotta keep an eye out for good artists, getting a request is just a bonus.
Just don't find someone who draws like this and ask for a commission, it's not worth the risk:
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Daexmos Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh sorry, I just now read that right, and realized you were commenting on this journal. x_x
ZeFlyingMuppet Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Aw that's ok xD I can see why you'd be confused, it is an older journal to be commenting on.
Daexmos Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What is this supposed to be?
wolfsjourney Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, it's a tough deal.
You can shell out the big bucks and gamble on what you could get out of an artist's commission, or you can gamble on an art trade.
Either way it costs something. (See the old adage: "Time is money.") It costs someone either the time to put together a project or it costs someone the time to make the money to pay them.
That investment needs to be worth the money the customer is paying and the time and effort that the artist puts into a piece. And above all, it needs to be a mutual deal.
If the artist can't do a good job for the customer, they need to take steps to address issues that negatively affect the transaction (aka "bad"/poor quality/rushed art, overpricing, bad communication, etc...)
The customer, on the other hand, needs to provide clear directions and communicate to the artist what they would like in exchange. Also, they need to pay well and on time. We artists gotta eat, too.

That's my take.
Sunut Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thats why if you use money u should pay after its done, thats what i do,
but its very mean to just disspear :/
and well, i would never give 40,- for something, its kinda much for just a drawing, but thats just me
Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I am quite shocked to read this journal and the comments! I cannot believe how many disappointed people. I simply couldn't give a piece I wasn't proud of to a paying customer, even free things like kiriban's I always try my best. And I agree, if there are circumstances preventing good work, or one just doesn't feel up to it, waiting until the proper work can be done should be necessary. I'm glad you said something publicly, but you have to remember if you are a paying client that you have rights too, and they need to be addressed. I would also in the future try to find artists who have a terms of service posted, and make sure they claim to alter anything you feel needs altering. I know it's not foolproof, but you could make more of a stink about it I think :P

Let me know if you would ever like to do a trade, I would love to :D
marinarts Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh so I bought my first commission the other week and this happened ot me ;__; I spend $50 on it and it's like... I wish I wouldn't have even bothered. I could have bought some new art books or something.
Roneri Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I kind of feel left down the last day when someone uploaded the part of an art trade that I waited for her 5 months for her part,(I finished mine in time) she gave me a picture that was way different than her style or what she could do, she could had done it better and I feel left down for waiting those 5 months :c btw I am finishing my part and I hope you like it I did it in some shorta cartoonish style XD
Daexmos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know exactly how you feel :/ kinda makes you feel like they didn't appreciate your side of the trade, huh?
I try to keep a steady style, but I mess around so much. That's why when I do art trades, I usually do my 'pose' style, like the one I did for you. I love that style, it's so fun!
I can't wait to see :heart:
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