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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No, I never do that!
16%
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.
34%
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.
26%
Yes, and I am actually very unlikely to commission them if they don't have a visible queue somewhere.
3%
I never commission people, so this does not happen to me.
18%
Other?
3%
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Published: March 26, 2017
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AndRaVenWasBorn's avatar
AndRaVenWasBorn|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's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|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|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok, thanks!! :)
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SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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aicyden's avatar
aicyden|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's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense! Fair :D
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y0g3n's avatar
y0g3n|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's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's understandable! :la:
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Redfeatherisboss123's avatar
Redfeatherisboss123|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so flipping broke, I can't buy comms
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SpitfiresOnIce's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That can also happen :P
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Redfeatherisboss123's avatar
Redfeatherisboss123|Hobbyist General Artist
yea it sucks
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TaigaNoTengoku's avatar
TaigaNoTengoku|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's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhh, yea! That's a good attitude I guess ^^
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Nemo-TV-Champion|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|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's avatar
Yes- I don't commission them if they have too much on their to-do list. :T
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SpitfiresOnIce's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fair! I prefer it if they don't have too much to do, either.
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SpottehTheKitty's avatar
Ohnoit'smorethatIdon'tlikebotheringthemandaddingontotheirworkload.
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SpitfiresOnIce's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That, too :XD:
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zxLittleNightmarexz|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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fair, especially when she's a friend!
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zxLittleNightmarexz's avatar
zxLittleNightmarexz|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's avatar
SpitfiresOnIce|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice! Paint is a neat program ^^
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Irisidium's avatar
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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