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How to Commission an ArtistI've been commissioning artists for a little over two years now, starting with site money on GaiaOnline and moving to dA from there.  One thing that's hard for me to ignore is the number of artists who are concerned about being scammed, either because they've gone through that experience before or because the stories and warnings of it happening all the time proliferate.  Commissioners have their own concerns about being scammed by artists.  The simple fact of the matter is that it happens.
However, I think a good portion of the problem is that many people who want to commission an artist have no experience doing so, and it's not as easy to find instructions on it as, say, how to draw anime eyes.  That's why I'm making this guide.
It should be noted that while I mention commissioning through other websites now and then, this is meant as to general guide, and all of the examples are from  Also, this does not
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For any character(s):
1. Greetings.  What is your preferred name, and why do you prefer it?  Who actually calls you by that name, if anyone, and why do other people not call you by it?
2. What is your plight?  What is the driving tragedy or motivation in your story?
3. Who is your best friend (pet, wild animal, magical creature, family member, random stranger who helped you for an unknown reason)?  Why do you consider this person/creature/etc. to be the best friend you have?
4. What is your profession?  Why did you choose this, or how did you get into it if it was not your choice?  If you could change your profession (or have been in a different one in the first place), what would you choose and why?
5. Who are your family members (biological, foster, or adoptive)?  How well do you get along with each of them?  Who can make you laugh, who can makes you cry, and who do you seek to impress?
6.  When


Bare Midriff Fashion Design
1Jan2018 - 10Mar2018
Delayed due to medical treatment!

Green Menswear Design
1Jan2016 - 10Mar2016
Rules and Entries, Winners
Just finished!

Red/Pink Dress Design
1Jun2015 - 10Aug2015
Rules and Entries, Winners, First Prize Feature
Grand Prize Feature to be posted after Green Menswear.

Blue Medieval Dress Design
3Oct2010 - 25Dec2010
Rules, Entries, Winners and Features

Legal junk

When you use my stuff:

:bulletblue: Please link back to the original, or provide the web address if you are posting to a site that does not allow linking.

:bulletblue: Please respect my characters, stories, research, and anything else you find here, and do not claim them as your own.

When you make art for me:

:bulletblue: If I use it publicly, you will be credited and probably linked to. If I use it privately--as a reference for someone else to draw from, for example--you may not be credited... but the next artist I'm commissioning could probably care less about who drew the refs, and if they do care, they'll ask me.

:bulletblue: If I want to post it somewhere where it might be misunderstood as my own work, I will talk to you about it first and get explicit permission.

:bulletblue: If I want to proportionally re-size it or turn it into a thumbnail (that links back to the full-sized image), I will not ask you. If I want to crop it or add text, I will ask you first, because I can never remember who has what rules about their art.

:bulletblue: I consider stretching an image out of proportion to be a form of libel, and I will never do that.

:bulletblue: I do not resell, and I will tell you in advance if the art is a gift for someone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to Note/IM/PM/MM/email me.

Life update - 15 Apr 2018

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 15, 2018, 11:52 AM
I'm a Commissioner | How to Commission an Artist
Baroness-Widow (project on hold) | Website (forthcoming)

After a winter season being frequently ill (the most ill I have ever been, actually, resulting in one 2am trip to the Emergency Room and several daytime hospital visits), I finally started feeling better physically.  Now it's spring-- or is it winter?!  Nebraska doesn't know!-- and my body has switched over to barometric agony.  What I mean is that the spring season means moving from freezing cold to lukewarm temperatures-- and back again!  Overnight!  HI FROM NEBRASKA-- and the accompanying changes to air pressure (barometic pressure) in the region.  I determined last year, conclusively, that the barometric changes rather than the temperature changes (which are frequently the same thing but not exactly the same) cause most of the pain I experience in spring and autumn.  Especially spring.  Something something tornado season,  something something Tornado Alley.  At least it's predictable-- or so we claim!  NEBRASKA-- unlike flu mutations.

I've been struggling psychologically since September, and it's not entirely because my body feels wretched.  It's depression; and though it's shallow compared to the other 2 episodes of depression in my life, and hasn't lasted nearly as long so far, depression is never a good thing.  I guess the upside is that I know the root cause and the initial trigger.  I also am at a point in my life where I understand that depression is not inherent to my psyche-- I wasn't born with it, or with any chemical imbalance that causes it-- and that solving the root cause will end the episode.  The downside is that the root cause is the U.S. healthcare system... and the VA...  I trust that the problems are so globally-known at this point that I don't have to explain, or explain why this causes depression in such a vast number of us patients.  xP  Anyway, the thing is that my physical disabilities are largely solvable, or at least don't have to be nearly as debilitating as they are currently, and I've been fighting tooth and nail to get consideration, much less any sort of effective treatment.  What's mentally exhausting isn't the treatment.  It's the fighting.  I've never been very good at the fighting, and a lot of the reason this gets dragged out over time is because I don't have much energy (or mental fortitude) and keep taking breaks.  I would be a terrible soldier.  (Get the joke?  Because I was... in the military... *sigh*)  Anyway.  I haven't reached the point of giving up again, yet, but until I do, or until someone works magic and gets me through the system, I may be stuck like this.

Which sucks, because I still haven't read my dA notifications or most of my emails.

Header art by ArynChris, Skin by ArynChris


If I were a food, I think I would be jello.
I'm silly and colorful and believe in transparency, but not TOO much transparency,
and there are definitely others who come from the same mold-- and I love them all.
I can't really hold much weight,
and I wobble a lot, and I'll trip over myself and bump into things when I move across an uneven surface,
and I'll crack if you handle me too roughly,
and oh, I don't really handle warm temperatures too well (though freezing is fine).
But if you are thoughtful with me,
and set me down on a nice, flat plate,
I will hold myself together and stand upright with a bizarre pride,
happy to surprise you and make you laugh.
You are welcome to believe anything you want regarding my gender, sex, orientation, species, etc., etc., so long as you do not assume that any of your guesses are correct.

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Vexorum Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi AC! Are you well?
Astrovique Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
Strolls past
tenchibaka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
i hope all is going well for you, dear
ThinkerOfThoughts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the many faves :)
EmperorMossy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks heaps for faving my Guybrush Threepwood cosplay pic! ^_^
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