A big thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and either have or said they will produce some artwork for me. Your kindness is greatly appreciated
. I'll be looking to make a "Commission and Gift showoff/thanks" journal soon to show my appreciation.
Overall my birthday week was mixed; while I had an amazing time on Wednesday, sadly it was clouded by the fact my gran's funeral was on Friday. The service itself was good and I've seen a few friends since who've been kind enough to let me talk about it. However it was difficult in the day or so leading up to the service and frankly it still feels unreal to think she's gone and I'm dreading our first Christmas without her. Alas all we can do now is move forward.
"Hey, do you want to commission me?" Message
So I've occasionally gotten a handful of these messages, some from people I've commissioned in the past while others have come from strangers. Short answer is, no. If you're asking me to commission you, then no. When I commission someone, there are a few checks that need to be passed first.First
; am I watching you? I only like to commission someone if I like their art and if I like their art chances are I'm watching them already. After all, why would I pay you to draw something for me if I've not shown interest in your art with a watch? I'm all for networking and meeting new artists but if you've doing the equivalent of knocking on my door when I'm minding my own business and asking for money, you're not making a good first impression.Second
; if I want to commission you, I want to be the one to initial the conversation. Primarily it gives me a chance to review my finances and ensure I can afford it, especially if we're talking about something in the $40+ market. Even with the dollars to pounds exchange rate, it can be expensive. Chances are when I commission someone, I've been toying with the idea for a while and have wanted to make sure their prices can fit into my budget. Obviously there will always be some exceptions to the rule but chances are if you ask me if I'm interested then frankly I'm not going to, if nothing else, out of principle alone.Third
; how long will I have to wait? I appreciate all good things come to those who wait and realise sometimes it can take a while to make good art. I generally like to think that I have a near infinite amount of patience and am happy to wait.However
I've been burned pretty badly recently when I've commissioned artists and here we are up to twelve months later and I've still seen sweet fuck all. I'm not going to name and shame but I am seriously sick of people taking my money up front and not delivering. It's one thing if you have a certain reason for not doing it straight away i.e. medical problems, you're going through something or you need to fulfill a collection of commissions or ones on a tight deadline before tacking mine; that's fair enough and as I said above, I do have patience. However the fuse gets cut real short when I feel like my order, especially if I did it to help but arguably couldn't afford to, keeps getting pushed down and down the priority list while other people's, potentially more recently made requests get done beforehand. I just want to be kept up to date with something like "Sorry, I have to do X pieces first
" or "I've been having medical/creative problems so it may be a week or two before I get to it
" but radio silence makes me feel like you've forgotten what I commissioned and I dislike the idea of badgering people.
So yeah, if you can't check every one of those boxes then I'm afraid I won't be commissioning you, and badgering me to do so will only land you on my black list.
In more lighter news, I've contemplated reviving an old idea I had many moons ago, that will involve me drawing my OCs in a "fighting game inspired project". As there has been some confusion, I wanted to clarify I'm not looking to actually make a fighting game (although I wouldn't object to one being made with toonartist
's "GloKnux characters
" and some of my own; it is something we've discussed before) but rather this is more of a set of pictures that would look like something from say Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat etc. A while back I once came up with the idea of a comic about a fighting game. It was inspired by the way Scott Pilgrim integrated gaming elements into "real life" and would include things like a health bar, super meter, the name of attacks and the button combination used to activate them, say Silrun doing a "Quarter Circle Forward + Punch" (QCF + P) to do a hadouken like move. My intention for the project is to draw characters in say "start of round" neutral poses, maybe some of their more flashy attacks and even possibly a fight between two combatants.
However the thing that may interest some people is that I am looking to include a few "quest characters" in my line up. I've already messaged toonartist
about using one (possibly more) of their characters so if you're interested in possibly seeing one of yours involved, please let me know in the comments below.
I've got a friend visiting me this weekend so I doubt I'll be submitting anything soon. I did receive a book on drawing anatomy for my birthday and am looking to tweak the Violet Newent piece a little to try and get some better proportions. You may see it before Friday but unless I make some progress on Thursday (which is meant to be spent preparing my flat for my visitor) I doubt you'll see it any time soon.
Until next time.