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#1 Fahn

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 04:28 PM

However, I dont' really know how ^____^'

I mean, I can draw, but as far as exchanging money for my service I'm not sure how that works. Can somebody, preferebly someone who is familiar with commissions, explain to me how it's done?

I've always been told I could make money with my artwork, and if people are willing then why skip the opportunity to get payed for what I enjoy doing? :D

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 07:50 PM

You determine if you want to be paid before or after you start on the piece (I've dealt with both).
If you take money before you start, people can say "Hey, where's the commission I paid for?" if you're taking a long time and you either should refund them or pick up the pace.
If you take money afterwards they can't really hold that above you but you should still apologize and get moving or tell them you can't do it, and you can give them a lower price when the piece is done (if it ended up taking a long time, like several months).

As for the actual exchange of money:
If you're taking the money before you start, then after they've told you what they want for the commission, you would give them either an address to send a check to or a PayPal address to send money to through PayPal.
Then when you're done, send them the piece, ask if they're ok with it, and make revisions as needed.

If you're taking money after you finish, you would send them the piece and ask if they're happy with it, make revisions as needed then when they get the final piece send them payment instructions along with it (an address to send a check to or a PayPal address).

The safest and most common way to get paid for commissions is PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal I would very strongly recommend setting one up. You will need it for like 90% of online purchases.

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#3 Galantine Knight Misticore

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:24 AM

I would start with a volunteer artwork to help hone your skills. I know, money is important but so is building a name for yourself. Trust me you wont regret it because it will make you feel better about yourself and gives you something to post to your customers when they want to know the quality of your work. 
Oh and I would start with something bizarre and different then your usual artwork so they know they are not limited to just one type of species. 
If you want something to give you an edge in contour drawing I have a good artist that can help give you an idea in that skill. His artwork is some of the best furry artwork I have ever seen and have yet to see someone compare to it. Just let me know if your interested :)

#4 Fahn

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:22 PM

I would start with a volunteer artwork to help hone your skills. I know, money is important but so is building a name for yourself. Trust me you wont regret it because it will make you feel better about yourself and gives you something to post to your customers when they want to know the quality of your work. 
Oh and I would start with something bizarre and different then your usual artwork so they know they are not limited to just one type of species. 
If you want something to give you an edge in contour drawing I have a good artist that can help give you an idea in that skill. His artwork is some of the best furry artwork I have ever seen and have yet to see someone compare to it. Just let me know if your interested :)


...did you just tell me I'm not good enough for commissions...? O___o

Anyway, I'm not saying I'm the best artist around, but it's not like I haven't been offered to do any commissions... I would have agreed to had I only known it was as simple as creating a PayPal account.

I know everyone also has room for improvement. I get better all the time and try to find new ways to make my work look better.

Besides, I can do...

cervine
lagomporph
canine
feline
reptilian
rodent
bovine
equine
bovid
cetacean
icthyan
marsupial
...

the list goes on...

#5 Galantine Knight Misticore

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 11:11 PM

Sorry, but usually when someone offers to do a commission they advertise thought you were a novice my bad.

#6 Fahn

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 11:15 PM

If it's any help I made my avatar pic... just for reference. I know the painting I submitted a few days ago is bad but I didn't spend but 2 hours on it.

Sorry on my part too... ^______^

#7 Galantine Knight Misticore

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 05:05 AM

I was wondering actually if you could show me some of your K-9 commissions pertaining to foxes. I would like to see if maybe you could do one for me. Ill be getting my Job here soon and it would pay pretty well, so I might consider shopping for a commission in the future.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:01 AM

Something I thought about.

If you accept payment before starting (once the person gives you the description), then you have the security that they paid you and they can't rip you off.
But, you then have the responsibility to get it done for them.

Of you accept payment afterwards, they don't have any leverage to get you to work faster. But, you also loose a lot of security in that after its done they can feign ignorance and you're left with a piece of art that you put a lot of work into and won't get paid for.

You can also accept half up front...

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#9 Ryland

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 02:02 PM

/bro/tip: PayPal sucks, it can be useful, but don't depend on it for income.




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