Hey there! I just read your reply to my post. Glad that post made sense because I felt like i was blabbering on and on. Haha! As an artist who does commissions and loves buying them I can see it from both sides and can totally relate to what you wrote. I've had a few commissions that took a year to finish. However, keeping in contact with them and offering refunds is admirable. Don't underestimate a simple "I still remember you" email. It makes all the difference! I wish you luck in your art.
I am actually pretty terrible at keeping in touch over email or text or tumblr or dA or FB or whereever else people contact me. I can’t even keep in touch with my own friends to be quite honest, so when I have to connect a drawing that I owe someone with a name and their address and all the other stuff it just.. my brain short circuits. It’s no excuse, but my brain does a lot of things that are inexplicable to me and seem to serve absolutely no purpose other than make my life miserable and inconvenience others. :( I know this doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the original post directly, but I thought at the very least, people who know the frustration of having to deal with a MIA commission deserve to know why. I can only explain the “why” for myself, though.
I thought your advice on how people can make sure they get their commissions was great! I don’t want anyone to go through the torture that I end up putting my own commissioners (and likewise, myself) through trying to get commissions post-con.
I really don't think you should be taking commissions. Receiving money for a commission and not ever doing it is the same thing as stealing. It's just plain wrong. If you can't be organized & guarantee that you can finish a commission, then the solution is simple. Do. Not. Take. Commissions. People like you tarnish the reputations of other artists who actually do finish their commissions & create wary customers. It's ok if you're disorganized & can't handle it; you just shouldn't do commissions.
I agree with you, to an extent. I’m fine taking commissions as long as the person is literally sitting in front of me as I do it (which is usually HOW I take them in the first place as I typically only do caricatures, rather than character commissions). The reason this works so well is basically I can only do one thing at a time and if they are sitting there in front of me I won’t be doing anything else so the drawing gets done, commissioner is happy, end of story. But sometimes people REALLY want a character commission from me (rather than a caricature) and I’ve always had a hard time saying no to people. And commissioners can’t always sit around and wait for me to draw it. So in the past, I’ve agreed to take one or two at conventions, and this usually isn’t really a problem either so long as I finish them before the convention is over. The problem is when I agree to take one or two commissions and then unexpected things get in the way and I DON’T finish them, and now the convention is over and then they get lost to the ether.
If it makes you feel any better though, I have long since stopped taking commissions! The problem for me now is to get back and reorganize and get through my backlog. I actually have gotten through a LOT of it (as well as issued a few refunds) but it is taking me a lot longer than it should have because it has gotten so disorganized (I can’t find my records in some cases, which is really bad and I only hope that people will find me). Some people are emailing me but it is extremely hard for me to keep track of who’s who and not incredibly helpful when I’m in and out of my home a lot. I have a stack of half-finished commissions sitting here but I’m not sure which ones belong to whom; at this point I really need to sort these ones out. My last convention of the season is this weekend though, I’m definitely going to push through this and right this wrong. :(
Ironically, for the longest time I have been actually almost entirely commissions-based in terms of my convention activity, because when I started out I had never done a full illustration on my own and actually had no merch or prints for sale. Gradually I’m trying to learn to have more confidence in my work and move away from commissions. Drawing prints is every bit as difficult for me, if not more difficult, but at the very least no one else is harmed if I don’t finish prints in time.
I disagree with you on the idea that taking money for work and not completing the work is the same as stealing, though. If the intent is to scam people, then, yes, of course it is stealing. In my case, that is certainly never the intention, and I would never hesitate to refund a customer if that’s what they would prefer. I’m pretty easy to find at conventions. I appreciate your input though.
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I can’t help but roll my eyes at people who call Masahiro Ando the worst animator in Sailor Moon. His art style was simple and very different from the other animators, which made it stand out and look a bit awkward at times, but he animated movement and expressions really well. If anyone was the worst, it was Akira Nakamura, who failed at all of these while also looking terrible.
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I admit as a child the off-model-ness bugged me a bit but his animation was always top notch so I can’t complain too much!
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