Jessie T. Wolf (wlfdog) wrote,
Jessie T. Wolf

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Good Business Etiquette

I hate the Postal Service. >.< I got an e-mail about a week ago from a commissioner who said he hadn't received his package in the mail yet, and this was about a few weeks after I had mailed it. Fortunately they were only prints, so it wouldn't have been too much trouble to print them up again and remail them, but just the fact that he hadn't received them yet puzzled me. This was the first time I've had a problem with my artwork not reaching its destination, and so I e-mailed him back today letting him know that once I got more ink for my printer, I'd make him some more prints and then try mailing them off again.

Well, I got an e-mail back tonight saying that he had got them, finally... that they had come on Monday, and he just forgot to send me an e-mail letting me know. He said that the package looked like it had been opened though, and messed with, but thankfully the artwork was still in good condition. I was like, they opened it?? O.o What is WRONG with people?? I put a huge "ARTWORK INSIDE" in red marker on the front of every envelope I mail off, and they have to OPEN the damn thing, like they don't believe it's just pieces of paper?? X.x Dear god, makes me wish I could just personally deliver all of my artwork to folks.

But nevertheless, I'm glad they arrived in okay condition. The guy thanked me anyway for the "wonderful service," and said that he would be happy to work with me again sometime. I still find it a bit amusing how many people have told me that I'm very "approachable," when it comes to commissions. I find that statement to be very curious, because I know a lot of other very talented and very approachable Artists out there as well. And they say this to me as if it's a rare thing to find.

I was on my public AIM name a few weeks ago, and I got an IM from a new Fur, 16 years old. And the first thing he told me was how much he liked my artwork, and also that he was surprised at the fact that I was nice. X.x I asked him what he meant by that, and he told me that a lot of the artists he'd known had turned kind of... snooty, I guess. One of my biggest Fears Of Fame thing, is the whole growing a huge ego thing. I do not ever want to become arrogant and full of myself, and think that I'm just the shiznit because I can draw pretty pics. >.< Ugh. Nope. Not me.

In fact I was having a conversation with gareth_rehal just last night, about the importance of good business etiquette. Also thought about poor huskie666's recent crap dealing with some whiney little punk who got all mad at her at threatened her, just because she declined drawing a picture for him for free. Artists work HARD to come up with all of the beautiful works you people see, and they deserve more respect than that! O.o

But as I told Garr, it works both ways. He's been having a problem with some artist not doing his commission at all, and he paid her for it over a year ago. A pretty good amount of money too. She's had time to work on other drawings, but his is still being ignored. And when he asked for a refund, she said that she can't afford to refund him his money. At this point, she’s not even replying to his e-mails anymore. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is pure bullshit. And especially for the amount of money he paid for it, if she won't give him a refund, she should DAMN well give him his commission! I cannot even FATHOM making someone wait over a year for a drawing. X.x

So I say, folks, a little more respect, eh? You beggars out there who are only looking to scam free artwork off of Artists who work hard on what they do... back off a little, huh? I know a few Artists who pay their bills solely on what they make in commissions, and so if you REALLY want artwork THAT badly, you should be able to spare a few bucks in return. And for you artists out there that dick your commissioners around... don't forget that your commissioners are the reason you're making any money off of your art at all. One hand washes the other. If we all learned to just be a little more courteous and cooperate with each other more often, this world would be a much better place to live in.
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