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!!!ARTISTS: Please remember to charge payments for Art Commissions upfront, either in full, or at least charge for the sketch before beginning ANY work for anyone, you can always charge the remainder to them after the sketch is done if they want it to be fully finished art!!!
"Why won't you draw commissions before payment?"
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! ! ARTISTS: Do not begin any work, even sketches, unpaid. You are providing a skill to any that seek art from you, and just like any other Job, you deserve guaranteed pay, which in the case of non-contract work is to be paid upfront. No negotiations, that is how you should conduct your Commissions, in order to do so safely. If a user wants a "test" sketch, charge them for the sketch, then do the sketch, then if they want it drawn to completion charge them the remainder, then finish the piece.
Exposure is not a form of payment.
Remember a user doesn't need to see an example of a drawing an Artist has done of a specific character or series to prove they can draw the character, as there are many who don't draw Fan Art of it on our spare time, the user wanting to commission just needs to try looking at an Artist's styles and use that in consideration of if you would like to commission a drawing. If they do not like the style provided by an Artist they can choose to look elsewhere. Most Artists are capable of making characters recognizable, even without an example of that specific character. Don't give users looking to commission you freebie fan art, by drawing them an unpaid example to "prove" anything. If they like your style they can commission you to draw the character upfront.
ArtCommissionArtists Group Guide:
Providing Advice & Tutorials for Commission Artists.
Folders for submitting your Art Commission info are separated into payment & media types Click the bold types below to be redirected to their Info folders:
- Artists accepting Multiple Payment Types ( points + paypal + etc)
- Artists accepting payment through Paypal, Stripe, Cash by Mail, or Money Orders ONLY.
- Artists accepting payments through deviantART Points ONLY.
(also, if you are not aware, remember that if you accept Commissions through the Commission Widget installable on your dA Profile, you can actually withdraw any Points received on it as real earnings via Paypal / check. Info on how to use the Point Commission Widget here.
-What do we consider a Beginning Artist?
Any combination of the following:
- If your HIGHEST priced Commission is less than $10/1000 points
- Looking for their first Commission experience to better their range of art.
- Learning Student (or Hobbyist) level work, not Professional.
We have a folder:
Beginning Commission Artists folder for you to post your information in, to hopefully help you get more experience and get you towards being confident enough to charge what your work is worth. You of course, are still allowed to charge your work as you would like to price it, but the folder is designed to help you get more experience through commissions. (:
If you specialize in making Crafts (think buttons, sewing, papercraft, etc) you are welcome to submit your Crafts Info & your Commissioned Crafts.
For any Artists that are selling their Art Originals or Crafts that are pre-made and ready for purchase you can share them too.