:iconsayhiplz: Hello there and welcome to LeGrandzilla's Journal.
As you can see by the title, I am a bit discouraged lately. I feel I get taken advantage of sometimes, and mainly when it comes to doing commissions. Basically, I don't do commissions for portraits, I offer them, but nobody wants to pay me so I do them for free, often even ship them at my own expense, so that is not really what I am talking about.
When I do model building commissions, I do my best to do whatever the client wants. I try to give guidance as to what I think would look best, and sometimes they listen. But it is discouraging when people don't pay, or I buy a kit for them and they ghost me so I am stuck with a kit I don't want. Or I do my best to pack and ship and USPS still manages to break it. It is starting to take the joy out of the art.
Last year for my taxes I kept track of my costs verses what I made on eBay sales and commissions. Turns out I