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What's the Deal with Commissions?

Journal Entry: Fri May 16, 2014, 9:02 AM




 Something I've seen around Deviantart for awhile now, and I was curious as to what other people thought about it.

It seems so often I see many artists complaining that they cannot get anyone to commission artwork from them. They go to great lengths to try and sell their skills, and some even adjust their prices to next to nothing or DA points.
When people don't bite, they ask me, or on the forums, "What am I doing wrong? I only want 100 points and no one buys them"

There are many artists such as myself who sell art/prints etc etc because we rely on it as a part of our income,  but many of these people still live at home, or are in school. So, 100 DA points ( for example), which is $1.25 , is not really going to help anyone with bills or rent, or much of anything else.

And yet, there they are over and over, very upset and depressed that no one buys commissions from them.


When artists ask me how they can better market their work so people will buy it,  I look at their work first. I'm just one guy so my opinion is just that- I'm by no means an expert on anything. But most of the time, I see students who are still in an exploratory phase of art ( which is awesome and fun), but who haven't really settled into a style, or final pieces. And by that I mean, pieces that have all the elements to make it look finished, whether that be a very strong sketch, or a painting with a background.
They usually don't really need the few points or cents that would come out of selling (They live at home, their needs are met etc).
 
So in those cases, I usually suggest to them that they don't worry about the commission aspect of art yet. That they should just enjoy art for now. especially if no one buying is taking them down. Just practice, and improve their skills. See where all that passion and energy takes them. Often, if you're just doing what you want to do without worrying about external things, you start producing artwork that people really like and then they come to you for it. People will naturally start asking you if you take commissions.

Well, usually they start asking if you take requests or trades ( freebies ;P ), but the interest is there, and it's a marker that you might be ready to start offering commissions.


So I guess I'm asking, why is it so important to everyone? Is it important to you? That someone buys a commission from you even if it's just for a few dollars or a handful of points?
Is the desire to sell your artwork a source of pride? Does that make you feel a bit better about your art or a bit more accomplished?

I'd love to hear opinions on this. :nod:

Edit Disclaimer ( I cant believe I need this): I am not saying people should NOT sell their art for what they want. I am not saying a few cents is worthless. I'm making no judgements. I just asked some questions to gather opinions to see things from multiple perspectives. :o If people aren't allowed to politely ask other people's thoughts, how will anyone learn anything?

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hokaidohokaide Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that's different from person to person. I really don't need the money, i've a job that pays my bills, so I just do it for fun, and free.
But the reason behind it is simply that many people stay in there field of art, and if you lack some inspiration, it can be nice to get asked to draw something totally different.

But that's just what I think, for I can't motivate myself to work on anything unless I see a purpose in it, a story behind, or whatever. I couldn't just draw something randomly, at least nothing I would put a lot of effort into.
Making someone happy is sometimes enough purpose.

(Sorry, I am just a beginner, but never in would I draw something for 1,25 dollar. Either free or a eally compensation for my time. I mean, 10+ hours of work, 0,125 per hour? That's wallet teasing.)
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EpicNinjaArtist Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I dont force myself upon people to buy my commissions or shove it in their face (thats probably the most annoying thing about artists who wanna sell)

To be totally honest, I just have prices set just in case someone wants them o.O
I had someone want a commission from me and i was COMPLETELY unprepared X'D It was kind of embarrassing to say the least, i cant interact well with people apparently QuQ

But really, i just draw because i love doing it. And i wont do a commission if i feel i cannot complete it to the best of my ability.

It is a good feeling to know someone wants to buy my art from me, but it would feel pointless if i shoved it in someones face. It would really just rip the good feelings out of it :'D Its like screaming LOVE ME at someone.
And the lower you charge the less people see value in your work most of the time O.o So if you honestly cant charge a decent price for your work, then you should improve before selling.

I dont charge an extremely high or low amount either. Especially since i enjoy drawing, and i dont need the money (i just buy art supplies and cosplay with it anyways >.>) theres no real point in charging an arm and a leg lol. I think my average pricing is somewhere between 10 and 20$. Which is fine for me, i think its pretty reasonable :)
One day though, ill have more professional commissions. But right now im pretty content with my work ouo
Besides, commissions can be a lot of pressure X'D And im AWFUL at advertising myself uhuhuhu TuT
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
"And the lower you charge the less people see value in your work most of the time"

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 Totally agree. If you charge 3 cents for your work, people will have a hard time valuing it for what its truly worth one day :[
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EpicNinjaArtist Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its just like when shopping for something at a store, you see the original brand and the generic brand that are pretty much EXACTLY the same, but ones cheaper. People typically buy the more expensive ones, because they think that its worth more than the generic. ;u;
 
one day i will buy a commission or something from you ;u; BECAUSE ITS WORTH IT :iconpervyrenoplz:
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
lol @ :iconpervyrenoplz:
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Fate4Destiny Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Writer
I'm more of an author then artist, but often see other authors do commissions. It's a funny idea in literature to me, considering I'll do requests and what not for free. I question wether people who pay the artist commissions then OWN the artwork or not. Because if they don't own the artwork (which they'll never own in literature) the entire thing seems pointless. You'll be able to look at what you want that author/artist to do somewhere else.
And people who ask for commissions in writing aren't that good, meaning you have no idea what the quality will be or if they'll put in enough effort. Not to mention a potential wait list.
i don't think I'd ever pay for a commission, or ask for them in return
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Sencilia-Harp Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
What do points do?
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K-Koji Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
about.deviantart.com/points/

 SHould explain it ^
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Siorah Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Interface Designer
i dont even know what commissions are, but i sure as heck see them a lot lol
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Commissions mean someone paying an artist for custom artwork.
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Siorah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
ohhhh it all makes sense now thanks a lot! ;)
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Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My want to sell commissions isn't coming from pride. It's coming from a genuine need for supplementory money. Everyone I've asked had told me that my prices are decent, but all but one person who came looking for a commission only wanted to pay a handful of points.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
 Hmm.. have you tried the Job Offers forum? People post there looking for artists for a variety of things and you can post to apply :nod:

 
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Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't know there was a forum for that. I only discovered the forums on dA recently.
Thank you for telling me about it.
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TerranDesigns Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with Sakura-ShinRa. I do art by my lust for it. And yes, the word I mean is lust. Basically, I have to be in a mood. Forcing myself doesn't work. But I also know that I can't do commissions because I am a rank amateur. I have no real background in art, I just like to draw. I've been slowly educating myself, but I don't do art everyday like some artists do. And I'm a perfectionist with a fixation on symmetry. If you look at my deviantart profile and gallery you will see it. TT_TT

The good news is, I think I'm getting tired of doing such works and I'm trying to move into something more than just what I am currently doing. ^^ And I am also still working in the experimentation field of styles. I haven't settled on anything yet. It always keeps changing, my tastes.
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Sakura-ShinRa Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As one of those people who's reduced prices to next to nothing XD.  I am getting commissions, though it's kind of piecemeal, not a steady stream or anything, and I've always said that the reason I don't charge more or work harder to get more commissions is because I'm not *that* good yet and I know it.  I stopped drawing for a really long time, I'm still learning how to use Photoshop well and basically I've got a long way to go and my prices reflect that.  I think trying to charge a lot when your skill level is "average" is unfair to the customer, and unfair to yourself because you're kind of saying "I'm good enough now, I don't have to try anymore."  We never stop learning and improving as artist, but finding the line between shortchanging the customer and shortchanging yourself, that's can be really hard.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
 I totally understand :3

 Glad you're drawing again tho! :hug:
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Sakura-ShinRa Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL me too.  I still have a lot of dead phases where I just can't pick up a pencil or when I do nothing goes right, but I try not to let it get me down too much.  I find when all else fails, bad talkshows like Jerry Springer, or shows like Parking Wars and Cheaters are BRILLIANT for getting stuff done.  For some reason, the worse the show is, the better that artwork XD
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
 I get that too. Days where I can't even drag my arse over to my computer and try -_-
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Sakura-ShinRa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I hate those days.  I spend those days on the couch with a TV remote in my hand all like @___@ TV Good!  Work BAD! XD
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AHundredWingedWishes Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd personally like to get commissions so I have a little extra spending money here and there and get to expand on things I may not normally draw, but know I have the skill to do. Granted, I don't do requests anymore since people have become incredibly ungrateful in the past, so there is that. Nobody bites for my stuff, though, despite the fact I've found a method of sketching that is working out wonderfully for me and looks good. Granted I've also partially given up on it all. After awhile of nothing it sort of feels like a 'why even bother anymore?" and it really affects me in a way I just don't feel the need to share my art much anymore.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
 Awww :iconsupertighthugplz: . Hate to hear you say that D: .

 Though totally understand how people seem ridiculously ungrateful when artists draw their requests. It's such poor form, and yet I keep hearing the stories from multiple artists over and over.

 
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AHundredWingedWishes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Sometimes I consider getting into free art exchanges or trades, but then I remember that a ton of people have just not even so much as bothered a 'thanks' in the past. Quite frustrating!
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pikminAAA Featured By Owner May 25, 2014   General Artist
I sell commissions and stuff but I would never rely on it to get by, ever, especially if it's only for a dollar, and I never take DA points, especially if it's only through DA and not some freelance company. I've had a fair amount of people commission me and trust me it isn't every week or even every month. it will come up now and then and it's always nice to get someone here and there and I personally never go to anyone, they have to come to you as you have said. I do it for the fun, the only reason why I don't take requests is because it takes up a lot of time and effort. but regardless of that I don't do it for the money despite that it's nice to get 10, 35, 50, or even 100 dollars. (which I've done all)

I don't care if people don't commission me, if anything it's just another thing I don't have to worry about that's on my plate already. I remember, before I started taking commissions I asked some people if I should start some, most people said I should, but some people said that I shouldn't because with Their experience thy didn't get any, so why would I be any different. To their surprise I actually got more than I had hoped for but again it's not super often I get commissions.  but, Just cuz I don't get many or at all doesn't mean I'll get upset or sad, or wonder what I'm doing wrong, just means no one is interested at the moment and that's ok with me. :> 

However, I am very happy I started commissions though, it has introduced me to some great things! it helps get your name out there. A couple from Canada  contacted me and saw that I drew art for others and they really loved my work, they were starting an independent publishing company called BrineBook publishing, and I made the cover of their book  for them called "My Whispers of Horror" which you can buy today, and they paid me at an average professional price of 300 dollars despite that I was inexperienced and had never done it before. a simple book cover, something that took so little time. I have also drawn Illustrations from another book as well, and that is also great, as well as simply commissions on DA, is great for your resume and maybe one day I can use that experience to find work professionally in an industry. I do not search for people to take my commissions and I don't care if people buy them, but Commissions have definitely brought me to some great places and work and is something I definitely say some people should try out when they are ready.  

So that's why I do them hahah XD 
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xKyuketsuki Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to do commissions but I am just so lazy that it turns into work so I stopped taking them.  I only like to draw if I am inspired to.  I don't like something I love to do so much to feel like work.  I only like to draw when I have the passion to.
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Babydoll3 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well I don't do commissions never have and don't think I ever will but I do like to have ppl appreciate my work and I have been asked by some friends to do some here and there but not everyone liked it and that's okay I'm not that good anyways... but I do think ppl do it for just for the fun of it and some do it cuz they need the money and some do it for way to much money if you ask me 
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Pookystar Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist
This is ridiculous but  I'm scared of doing comissions  ^^. Most of my watchers know that and don't pressure me. The only comissions I've made have been for friends, when I know what they want/expect. In addition to that I like drawing and have fun doing it,  I don't want it to become work where you have to produce something you have absolutely no love for. :/
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
 Oh I can totally see where you're coming from. Its true, crossing the line into taking commissions regularly can turn stressful, especially if you're someone who really has their heart into pleasing people :nod: . Also, at times its tough to draw characters you dont necessarily understand :o
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Pookystar Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Yes, exactly. I had a teacher who taught us to fall in love with what we are drawing so you can pour your heart into it.  I guess I took that very seriously because I only draw characters I feel connected to, otherwise I'm not happy with how it looks and get frustrated and it just makes no sense to me.
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I live at home and yes, I desire commissions. I use the commission money so that I can buy my own hobbyist items (such as video games, action figures and other collectibles, and art supplies) so I won't have to ask my mother to buy them as much as possible as I am currently unemployed and I try to "earn my keep" and she pays for my education out of pocket so it's a respect thing. See, I just turned 20 in December and I'm a 3rd-4th year art major in Drawing. I fear for my future because I am not getting anywhere in public and on the internet. I qualify for nothing else technical. It has to start somewhere if you want to predict what kind of job you would like in the future.

Just like others said, getting a commission or any type of demand for your artwork is most certainly a validation of sorts. I have to admit, I rely on that, too, because I've never been that good and for people to notice any improvements is a surprise and an honor. I haven't had much "good" artwork since '12 and the "demand" for my work has most certainly dwindled and part of that is because I refuse to associate myself and my work with fan art so I become invisible. I even asked for requests last year and didn't get a single one. Part of that though is that I still don't have a lot of confidence in myself to market anything that I do after each and every disappointment. I've never won a contest, never became a part of a major show and I never get any recognition online anymore. I know I have to work on a lot and everything but come on, I can't be that bad! Every artist has his/her ups and downs so why can't I?

Hey, but once upon a time, I was underage and couldn't get a PayPal to open commissions. I've had people asking me every so often about them up until I opened them up officially when I was 18. After that, I got a satisfactory amount for a dumb kid. I got the most out of any commission back in Oct. '13 when I actually asked for and finished 20 slots total but for a much lower price than what I offered which was more than reasonable. Now in '14, I'm lucky to get one or two. Did my prices turn 'em off? I even gave discounts. I mean, everyone cannot possibly be suffering from financial disasters at the same time, you know?

But yes, I understand what you're doing and I respect that in this journal. :)
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Eksafael Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dude, you are not charging too much for commissions. By normal standards, you're actually charging on the low side of things. Think of your art in hourly terms, plus supplies and difficulty. At minimum wage, for a 3 hour drawing, that's almost $25. If you're comfortable doing it for that or less, then by all means go ahead, but I definitely wouldn't lower your prices just because no one's biting. Like K-Koji said, deviantART has some of the most unfair expectations when it comes to art pricing, and like I say, deviantART gives the most inaccurate impression of art in the real world. Don't be bummed out. A good client will respect your time and pay you accordingly.
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
 I don't think your prices are too high. I think part of the problem is that Deviantart is flooded with people who don't know much about money and time. DA points confuse them into thinking they have a lot more "cash" than they actually do. On top of that, points and the way DA works encourages young artists to sell their work for mere pennies.
  Now when an artist actually charges money for their time,a bunch of people claim "omg too expensive! I saw three people with commissions for 30 points!"
 Its like art is a big game and makes it hard for legitimate artists to charge what they're worth :[
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Pansito Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I want to sell commissions because I want to make some money for myself, even if its a little bit. I dont think I would offer commissions for points unless I want to renew my premium account. Also, I believe ehrn people actually are asked for commissions may mean that you are at least a little bit good (or popular, but whatever), if people dont want to commission you means you are not good or not popular so that may be kind of frustrating for some.
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Momoakaally9 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so true. No matter what I did no one would commission me. Right now I'm planning to start over. I've accepted that no one is going to want to commission me. Especially since my art skills aren't up there. You are so right about this. Hopefully I will gain the motivation to start drawing again. 
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
 It might feel bad, but don't let the idea that people don't commission you get you down. Just try and remember why art is fun. Spend time drawing because you like it.
  Just because people haven't commissioned you at this point, doesn't mean they will never want your artwork. You could spend the next few months or year just doodling for fun, and you will still improve. Art is great that way. It's something we can always learn at and get better at for our entire lives.
 I had to take a time out from art once. I didn't draw for 2 years :/ . But when I got back to it, I said that I would draw for myself for awhile, and not worry about anyone else. It really helped me :hug:

 Best of luck getting to where you want to go with art
 
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Momoakaally9 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
*hugs* Thanks so much! I hope so as well.
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Ambersca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
From my own experience/perspective (which does not rely on commissions as a source of income, but rather as a beginner), I don't mind if people sell their artwork or do commissions for just 100 points or other low prices. I agree with you, Koji, that they should focus on their own artwork skill and style first. But I think that commissions do just that. It pressures (either positive or negative) the artist towards pleasing a customer or a friend or whoever the art is for. I know I try my hardest (with the few requests I have done) when it is meant for someone else. I do my best to please them instead of myself. I think it's part of just wanting someone to appreciate your work, whether it be cheap commissions or requests. Even if it turns out badly, there is always some sort of feedback from someone else than the artist themselves. (I'm my own worst critic and have the hardest time drawing for myself and self-improvement.)
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I feel the same way. I use commissions and requests as a way to get in some form of practice in the art business. Everything isn't just sunshine and rainbows just because you feel that you only draw for yourself, hypothetically speaking. Sometimes, the support of others is needed, especially if you are your own worst critic (and I am my own worst critic, too). So, yes, I understand where you're coming from. It all works out well in the long run and it helps you get some experience with dealing with other people. :)
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Ambersca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I completely agree with everything you've pointed out. I've given up on so much artwork because I had no motivation or desire to finish because I thought it looked so terrible. It may not have been, but again, own worst critique. For me, when I know some one else is expecting something from me is when I've probably had the most improvement with my work. It pushes me to become better. - I really admire those artists who are able to do it on their own, for the most part. The self-taught ones, even the ones who went to school. The ones who post the before and after pictures just to remind themselves and show everyone else how much they have improved. The ones who worked hard before becoming noticed and popular. The ones who had to put up with jerkwads telling them what they can and cannot do. I LOVE YOU ALL. *Hugs all around* I'm looking at you, Koji!
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
 Why I suggested they work on developing their artwork rather than obsessing over commissions, is because I'm talking more about the many people I see on the forums and such who are gutted that no one is purchasing commissions from them. Not even for 50  points. And it makes them very depressed and frustrated, making them want to stop art altogether.

 But for the people who are able to find customers for commissions, even if its for a low price, i agree, there are some good reasons. Like everything you wrote, as well as paying for DA memberships ( if they take points), and there have been a bunch of other good reasons here :3
 
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Ambersca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Heh, I understand where they're coming from. I haven't even tried starting my own commissions, but I know I'd have a problem with getting anywhere with them. - I'm just happy even when I only get a request. Especially considering how inactive I've been regarding my own art. - If they, or even I, really want to get going with commissions, it's the skill and practice that should come first. The skill and style of an artist will bring the commissioners to you, just like you pointed out in your journal.

For example... Someday, Koji, someday I hope to commission you...
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
 :huggle:

 
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Cursico Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to offer my art dirt cheap (and if I'm honest... it's still under minimum wage, but at least a lot higher now) but then whenever the odd commission would come my way I'd just feel bad about it, because I'd put a lot of time and effort into a piece and just felt it wasn't worth it.
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Solkatt Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my case:
I have no job so selling a few commissions and get to pay for at least my phone bill for a month makes me a little happier. It's not fun to live with ones parents when one is old enough but too poor to have ones own child or children (or just a "real" life). (Real jobs seems to get more and more rare these days)
But on the other hand I prefer not to "complain" about not getting commissions. I prefer that people commission me because they like my art, not because they feel sorry for me or fall for some pathetic rants.
But I do offer some cheaper commissions, usually on my "in training" stuff or when I need more samples of some kind. So I lack dignity too :(
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SOTDcorp Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well honestly I want to earn money as I am a freelance artist so I do need it for my living and I do manage to sell stuff at conventions too so perhaps I'm just not popular enough online yet. That or it might be that my style is not what people are after. I still experiment with different things as I think all artists evolve over time and just incase one of my side style actually turns out to be what someone is after. Generally I can't seem to make any money online, only some off line and even selling at conventions doesn't get me that much. I try and make my prices both reasonible but also worth my time.
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LadyJuxtaposition Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I feel that I need to show my work out in the world, getting a FB page or website or anything that may help me get commissions from people, but I'm still in an exploratory stage in art and I know that I got lots of improvement to make (damn you proportions!). In addition, I would need to figure out how to check in on the Internet often and keep myself updated for my fans. It can get very confusing and overwhelming. So then I figured that I should handle one thing at the time and I will eventually get my art business going, hopefully. In final words, I understand your opinion. :) 
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ChrysophylaxCreates Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
It's taken me long enough to concoct a drawing I'd want to put up on my OWN wall.  I did put up an insanely cheap commissions offer on my profile for the heck of it, but I have a feeling I'd be more profitable trying to sell my stuff on t-shirts and things.  I mean, DA is a big place and I'm out-shined by a lot of crazy talent.  My art is indeed in the improvement stage, and I tend to make doodles rather than epic and glorious finished pieces.  

In real life, I'm occasionally embarrassed and annoyed when somebody sees my art and gushes that I have to draw them something.  Embarrassed because I know I have a long way to go, and annoyed because I'm clearly not THAT good if nobody's willing to pay me to make art.  I've gotten half-serious requests and right now somebody wants me to design them a tattoo, but talk is cheaper than commissioning.

That being said, my art experience is completely positive.  I know I'm getting better.  I love making doodly art that attracts and amuses my watchers, as well as channels my interests.  I feel like I'm ready to commit to something: a story, a comic, something that will devote me to being consistently creative.  If somehow I can start making money of it...double win!

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Another thing about commissions on DA...I'm ashamed to say it, but many are ordered by non-drawing members who desire sexy or fetish-y pictures (honestly, though, I never heard of vore before till I joined DA).  It's not all about how much artistic talent you put into it, sometime's it's just the subject matter you're willing to produce!  I think the desire to do commissions shouldn't outweigh the desire to create original, inspired art that somebody would buy a print of just because they like it.

Thanks for reading!
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K-Koji Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
 Well, chances are, the people gushing over your work are being genuine :nod: . I always thought the same as you. That even though people are gushing, my artwork is full of mistakes and those people might just be overly kind or something. But then I started to meet a few people irl who were honestly dumbfounded by artwork I knew could be better. These people would be impressed by doodles, or anything else :XD: .
  some couldnt even tell the difference between really amazing art and a 13 year old's scribble ( not that being 13 had anything to do with it, but think of professional art, vs art that has a ways to go still).

 So if they like it, they like it for a reason.

 And I agree with you about the fetishes o_@. I could stand to make twice what I do on commissions if I'd just do fetish, porn and god knows what else lol. It's just not my thing though.
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EdensSpirit Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I would have loved to be one of those young artists that could do commissions for fun or to feel more proud of my art... but unfortunately for me, I'm from one of those families that live hand-to-mouth, so my only reason for opening commissions is to help out my family financially, even if I'm not raking in tonnes of cash. As a new commissioner I'm starting out with small prices, but if I do get more customers I may gradually increase the prices and extend the ranges of art I provide.
And yeah, my prices are ridiculously small, but in the part of Africa I'm living in, I could do quite a bit with $3. >.>
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Jay-V-Shadow Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do know of someone who is desperately trying to raise points to buy a premium membership for their friend. She can't get points anywhere, so she's turning to commissions to help her out. No one seems interested, though.  
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