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When commissioning people, do you ever look at their queue/to do list beforehand? If so, does it potentially affect your decision to commission them or not? 

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120 deviants said Yes, but when I do it, it's to check how long it will take, as an estimate. If I'm interested, I will commission them regardless of how long the queue is.
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91 deviants said Yes, and it can affect my decision to commission or not. If the queue is very long or has old items on it, I might refrain from commissioning even when I like their art a lot.
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62 deviants said I never commission people, so this does not happen to me.
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57 deviants said No, I never do that!
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12 deviants said Other?
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10 deviants said Yes, and I am actually very unlikely to commission them if they don't have a visible queue somewhere.

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AndRaVenWasBorn Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question. I'm new on DeviantArt (like less than an hour new) and I have no idea what a commission is. So, um... what exactly is a commission? Gosh I feel so stupid XD  
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not stupid :)
A commission is an art service in return for currency! Drawing for money, basically :D
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AndRaVenWasBorn Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok, thanks!! :)
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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aicyden Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Student General Artist
I generally commission if they have a smaller queue because I feel bad that they have so much to do and some people can be really impatient and rude so?? I often wait until it's not as long .o.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense! Fair :D
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y0g3n Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
If i see they have a lot of work on their plate already I'll typically hold off for a bit then go back and commission them later.

If I see they have a lot of super old and way past due work I'll probably not commission at all
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's understandable! :la:
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Redfeatherisboss123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so flipping broke, I can't buy comms
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That can also happen :P
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Redfeatherisboss123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yea it sucks
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TaigaNoTengoku Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
When I can commish artsits I usually look if they first have a to do list xD when they don't, I usually restrain myself from doing it cause I never know if my commission is actually still taken even if I paid ( like people losing the infos and not contacting me basically ), but when they do, I check it to know if they already have too much work, I'm the type of person who's like "I love your art and would love to commish you but if you are already busy I'll wait til you're okey" basicallyyyyy
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhh, yea! That's a good attitude I guess ^^
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Nemo-TV-Champion Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Student General Artist
Once I commissioned an artist on FA, because at the time a friend (now ex friend) advertised said artist as a friend of their's who needed money due to having financial issues, like talk of trying to find work/possible homelessness if I remember correctly.  So I bought one, just a chibi w/simple pattern-esque bg (I think their to do list had 10-20 items at the time).  Fast forward a few months I ask them about it, they tell me they haven't started on it and apologize so I don't think about it cuz of their situation.  Then their to do list gets really big (like 40+ items maybe), and no joke, a year passes and I still haven't seen my commission.  After that I think I wound up waiting almost a year and a half for it, just one.. simple chibi.

So because of that, I refuse to commission anyone who has 10+ items on their to do list nor do I commission people in those unfortunate situations.  Because I don't want to take the chance of waiting over a year for a drawing, to me no artist is worth that kind of wait x.x;
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that's a long time indeed... a lot can happen in a year B( It's just not worth the time it takes.
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SpottehTheKitty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yes- I don't commission them if they have too much on their to-do list. :T
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fair! I prefer it if they don't have too much to do, either.
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SpottehTheKitty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ohnoit'smorethatIdon'tlikebotheringthemandaddingontotheirworkload.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That, too :XD:
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zxLittleNightmarexz Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only commissioned one person, who is my close friend. 
She needed the points and I wanted to support her.

She told me I could get free art from her as we are friends, but I still commissioned her.

I knew she only accepted 5 at a go and that she isn't the slowest one to start drawing things, so I didn't think much of it.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fair, especially when she's a friend!
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zxLittleNightmarexz Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea. She is really cool too. Her art is so good especially because she draws in MSpaint.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice! Paint is a neat program ^^
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zxLittleNightmarexz Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea! It is, but I don't personally have the patience to use it.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair, I usually don't either!
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zxLittleNightmarexz Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, she is starting to use Sai a bit now tho.
She just posted a piece that she made in Sai.
( this one; www.deviantart.com/art/Vengean… )
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, that person! Yea, you told me about her :P
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Irisidium Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I don't mind a long commission list at all, I'll usually commission people regardless, but if it's like 3 things that have been owed for years it just looks like they don't care at all and I won't comm then. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true, it does not look very professional indeed!
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rowangoat Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i rarely commission people but when i do, i'm a lot more likely to if their to-do list is short, -or- if i know that they're good with time management
i see popular ppl on here with to-do lists with 40+ things on it, where a lot of the stuff is 1-2 YEARS old. even if i liked them and wanted to commission them, i wouldn't, because i count that as professionalism and i don't want to deal with people that just keep adding stuff to their to-do list without... doing any of it e__e
like for example i won a contest i think like a year and a half ago and still haven't gotten the prize -- like i don't really blame the person, i realize we all have stuff goin on irl and it's not like i paid for it, and i'm not gonna nag them about it, but people that do that with commissions, i just....
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, agreed! If they have stuff over a year olf on their to do, that's generally a red flag for me, and makes me feel like they won't get it done ffffff so I'd rather not have my money stuck there. It pains me to look at those to do lists honestly, it's just so much :noes:
And yea, it's different when you have money that you could have spent on other things, and you're not getting anything in return.
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Alystem Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't really commissioned people before except for small amounts of game currency but the thought hasn't even crossed my mind at all. I just kind of assume they'll get it done I guess.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fair, I mean, most people (luckily) do :XD:
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Rumeroo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I rarely commission people now a days but if they have a long queue, i'll usually not commission them just in case ;; I've had some bad experiences when commissioning someone with a long queue in that they only got to mine a year and a half later because they kept accepting comms and were doing the queue out of order but it kinda soured my view of commissioning people with long queues aaaa

Otherwise though I won't really go out of my way to check if they have queues! if i stumble upon it then sure, but if i don't then i won't look for it
I do usually try and look into how they've done commissions before just to see if they're trustworthy though
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I can imagine! That would make me suspicious of long queues, too D: I've seen people with 100+ items on theirs and it makes me feel ill just looking at all that work, honestly.

And that's a good idea, too! It's nice to get insight on whether they treat commissions professionally and get them done properly.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me, usually it's only curiousity, but at times I can refrain from commissioning if the person seems to have a lot of people waiting on art from them. If they have a queue, I will only hold back if that queue is really long, as that kind of makes me cautious - they may not be a scammer, but they are likely to burn themselves out and get a major backlog when their list has 30+ items on it, so for their sake and my own, I would rather not add to that.
When someone seems kind of sketchy on delivering owed art and they don't have a visible queue, I will usually hold back from commissioning them. I prefer artists that actually have a visible to do list, so that I know they have not forgotten about my art! That's not to say I never commission people who don't make a visible list, but that is something that gains my trust.
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