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I debated writing this journal entry because I'm always afraid I'll upset someone.  But after thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that the people who would get upset are the people who are being inconsiderate, so maybe it's okay for them to get upset.

I've run into some problems with people commissioning me and then disappearing off the face of the earth when it's time to pay for the art I've completed.  Keep in mind this is a very, very, very SMALL percentage of people who commission me, however!  Chances are if you've ever commissioned me, you paid quickly and it was a great experience for both of us :)  I also have no problem if something comes up and you can't pay right away, but please PLEASE simply TELL me.  Communication!  It's a great thing!  I promise I won't scream at you or get snippy if you tell me you're not able to pay or something came up.  For example, someone commissioned me for a mask and suddenly had an emergency vet bill. I totally understand!  Pet health comes above buying art, no questions asked.

The problem lies when there's no communication.  I'm left with a piece of art (usually leatherwork) that I'm holding onto indefinitely because I don't know if the person is just delayed, or never got my note/email.  This is a very inconsiderate thing to do to an artist.  I spend a lot of time working on your commission, and I not only expect to be paid, but I rely on it.  It would be like you going to work, expecting to get your paycheck on Friday, and when Friday rolls around it's nowhere to be found and you can't find your boss.  You did the work, you deserve to get paid, and now you're in trouble because you have bills due and no money to pay them.

I am sitting on a growing pile of commissioned work that is, what I consider 'abandoned.'  Therefore it's all gone up on Etsy with the 'reserved' tags removed.  If the original client suddenly reappears and asks where his or her piece is, then that's too bad.  I'm done being nice and patient and getting walked on.  To be clear, all of these pieces have been unclaimed for MONTHS.  I will never turn around and sell a commission if you're a few weeks or even a month late!  But I DO request you at least keep me updated about when you are planning on paying.  And if you realize you won't be able to, please be considerate and let me know so I can try to sell the work and not have to sacrifice groceries or be late on bills. :)

P.S.: This works both ways, too!  If you ever commission me and I fall off the face of the planet, do not hesitate to email/note me and ask for an update.  Sometimes I get busy/distracted, and sometimes (this has actually happened) I lose track of a commission!  I don't get a free pass just because I'm the artist :D 


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Kaos-Nest Jul 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The majority of people that commission me have no intention to pay... I avoid problems with two payments.  I don't know why so much people act like this. The fact that this happen to artist that are into crafting too, really surprise me. I understand that some jerk can think that I will work, send the scanlation and then s/he (doesn't) pay me...
By the way, you have all the rights to sell your unclaimed artworks.
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, that is incredibly rude, and I don't at all blame you for going to Etsy to sell some of that off after it's been too long. Goes to show that some people don't understand the value of art. (If this double posted, please forgive me, DA is messing up.)
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:iconhawksong76:
This is a fine thing to bring up, to make sure people know how they've come across and that you DO notice. Perhaps asking a small amount of money up front would work for some, but speaking personally that's not always feasible for the ones who want to ask you for something.

I think you're well within your rights here and I for one appreciate your speaking out.
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:iconluusan:
I love your work, and have two small paintings that i commissioned so far... one day i would love to commission more.. I would gladly pay a deposit, or pay up front.. and i definitely agree with the need to at the bare minimum cover the costs of your material and most of your time, first. Even a payment plan in some cases may be a good option.. but to let people wait until you are completely done before payment seems to me to be undervaluing your self and your time.

I know i'm being redundant, after all these other comments. Just my two cents. You are such a super nice person and a great artist, and i don't want you to get walked all over.
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PantherStar613 Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely fair, that really sucks :( :hug:
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MetalMagpie Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Seems perfectly fair to me. I think I'll have a browse. :)
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:iconmorrokko:
After too many problems of this i started taking half down before i start a commission, that way if they dissapear at least all that time was not for nothing. But i agree, 98% of commissions are a wonderful experience. Its that 2% that get ya. :/
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:iconspitfirefae:
It seems like you're getting a lot of the same advice, so I'm not going to rehash what it already said. However, those pieces are beautiful! Especially the mask. If I had the money and didn't have 2 emergency car repairs in 2 weeks back to back that came up unexpectedly, I would probably be buying one. Guess I'll just have to start saving up money again :) One of these days...>.>
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Valhalrion Jun 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sorry to hear that this happened to you. I never complete art work without a deposit, or full payment when I get to a certain level of completion. I hope things get better!! your work is outstanding.
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Nambroth Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
You've already had a bajillion comments on this anyhow, but I'm glad you are going to at least start taking a deposit! I'd write a short TOS that explains that this is a deposit on materials, is non-refundable, and both the deposit and art is forfeit if the client goes out of contact for greater than (x time). I bet you'll get a lot less things fall though.
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