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Jessie T. Wolf
March 9th, 2004
08:32 pm


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Date:March 9th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
I don't start a commission unless I get some money first. If I were you, I wouldn't even start the commission unless you see some gree first.
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Date:March 9th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
The problem I find with that is that people get bitchy about it, because they want to see proof of work, and that they like it, before they pay. And there's nothing wrong with that. I'd wanna know what I'm getting before I just send money too, cos there have also been artists out there who will get the money, but then the buyer won't see their commissions for a year, sometimes longer. O.o

So I kinda compromise. I'll make a rough sketch first, and send them a resized sample, and if they like it, then they send me money, and I finish it. And this usually works just fine. I've dealt with a lot of people, and usually they're very friendly and easy to work with.

This one guy in particular though annoys me, because he's seen his sketch, approved of it, but still hasn't sent payment. I have his pic mostly colored, only because if he doesn't pay me, I can at least put the finished piece on FurBid to auction. My patience for him is wearing very thin, however. >.< And I have a feeling I'll be ending this project with him very soon.
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Date:March 9th, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thats my policy too. I'll do the sketch while we are all waiting for the mail, and show it to them, but I will NOT ink it until I get my payment. Works great so far. If they get bitchy about it not being done and you haven't received payment, well, TS...
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Date:March 10th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
Once a guy asked me to design a tattoo for him and said he'd pay for the ink. I sent him a sketch and never heard back. Ten to one he just gave to tatto artist the sketch.

Another good one was a commissioner who gave me the money upfront then moved and never got back to me. Life is full of situations.
Date:March 9th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
You could point people who want proof before purchase to your website and say, "Do you like what you see there? Well, that's what I'm capable of.. pay me and I'll do some work for you." This treats it more like showing a portfolio to a prospective employer than doing work on speculation that they'll pay you.. which is never a nice way to do things. :(
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