A few tips everybody should consider. I’ve experienced all those and some more. I’m not good at english but I hope you get it. Go and support some artists out there and let them draw you nice shit. Not as nice as FairyNekoDesu but still will be cool so give them a chance and you’ll be surprised.
All of these things.
Especially the deadline. If you don’t have a deadline thats way in advanced it’s not gonna get done by then. I am almost always taking on a ton of projects at once and sometimes need a break from it to: work on stuff for me, work on stuff for friends, search for jobs, be the work slave of parents, actually relax and try to relief stress, technical difficulties, researching on how to do stuff, ect.
Sometimes it’s done in a day. Sometimes it’s done literally a year later. But I always update the people I work with so they know I haven’t forgotten.
Do NOT rush your commissioner. Let them work at their pace and it will be worth it. Rushing them insures a rush job which will very likely make the quality decline.
All this is true. Also, ref sheets are the most important thing ever. I can’t stress that enough. They make the job A LOT easier (instead of having to compare 10 different pics between each other and see that everything fits, you just look at 1!!) If you plan in commissioning your character a lot, or even if its not yours (like from an anime or something) Either commission one or look for ref sheets of the show (because there are!).
Also i strongly suggest not using Instant Messaging. Information can be lost pretty easily there and it’s hard to come back to it. Use emails instead. The info stays there, and it’s easy to search for it. It’s also an excellent way to keep track of the descriptions, so if either the client or artist made a mistake, you can see the email threads and see who’s right straight away.
also pushy clients LOVE instant messaging. Pls no.
This is so so so so so so important. Vague references make everything slower and so much more stressful, and pushing the artist or being rude about how long they are taking will only make your commission take longer. Please, be kind, and understand you’re paying for an artist’s work, which will take awhile.
AND IF YOU SEND LOTS OF REFERENCES OF YOUR CHARACTER…..Don’t include any you DON’T want the artist following. I’ve had it happen several times where I would be sent five or six references of the character I’m asked to draw, but told to redraw it in a different outfit even though the one I drew was IN the references. If you really have to include these references, make SURE you tell the artist what you’re expecting. We’re not mind readers, so the more help you give us the better.
DO NOT tell the artist “DRAW WHAT YOU WANT, I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU DO, BE CREATIVE 8D” or “DRAW MY CHARACTER DOING SOMETHING COOL BUT I DONT CARE WHAT THE COOL THING IS”
The commission is for YOU. NOT the artist. The MORE details you give us as to what you want, the less work it is for US to get your commission down on paper and to you quickly. You are NOT doing us a favor by letting us pick. You are making our lives more difficult.
I will say that the majority of my customers have been pretty great, but every now and then you get that one who thinks they’re just doing you a favor and treats the whole ordeal exactly like that. The more respect you have for the artists you’re buying from, the less painful the whole experience will be for all parties involved.
THAT BEING SAID.
Artists do need to have respect for their clients as well. If it’s been a month or longer since you’ve touched someone’s commissions, don’t try claiming they’re being pushy if they ask about it, because that really is a long time to make someone wait for a drawing, unless you’re making something extremely massive for them. If it’s taking you a month to get around to one commission, stop taking commissions, work on getting speedier, and then reopen them. Sometimes the drive just goes away, and that’s okay. Whenever I start getting slow at finishing them, I stop until I feel like I can be timely at finishing them again.