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Sunday is my “figure out next week” day, so today I played with pens, emptied some, recorded a few videos, mowed the lawn, went for a walk, and many other boring things none of you care about 🙂 here’s some of the fun goodness:
Flex + Sunday
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Pen: @ospreypens Milano
Nib: Zebra G titanium dip nib
Ink: @franklinchristoph Midnight Emerald
Paper: @baronfig Confidant
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anonymous asked:

I want to start doing commissions myself (I'm a traditional artist) how do you think I should go about starting commissions

I feel like success with commissions is like pulling paper out of the hat - you don’t know what you’ll get. If you aren’t too serious about commissions - you just want to do them for fun or to earn a bit of pocket money - you don’t have to worry so much about the details: just go for it!! If you’re using it as income though… there are some things to keep in mind, which may improve your odds:

HOW TO BEGIN OFFERING ART COMMISSIONS
1) Think about

  • the kind of art you want to produce (and the kind you can make)

What do you want to provide? Do you want to draw other people’s OCs? Are you looking to draw in general, with nothing super specific, such as editorial illustration or game art? Is your style appealing generally enough for people to ask you to draw their requests? Even more important, is your art suitable for the content you want to provide?

The best thing you can always offer is something that you both want and can do, but it’s even better if your commissions fill a niche. That’s where you get the most success, because there’s always demand for it. The niche can be something unique: paper cut artwork, or low poly 3D molds of OCs. Or it can be something that’s already broadly appealing but with a twist: pet portraits but PERSONALISED (not just a direct copy of the photo of the pet, which seems to be the main offering in the pet portrait community lol).

  • the market

Which audience are you appealing to? Do you want to appeal to the people on Tumblr (who are mainly young, a bit tight in the wallet and dabbling in art) or do you want to go wider? My client base is majority outside people - you know, like your friend or your uncle who aren’t creatives and don’t really draw at all, but they admire drawing a lot - and they are mostly working adults.

Once you more or less figure out your market, you’ve to cater to them at the right place: there’s Tumblr, Twitter, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram…. build a dedicated hub for your commissions so people can look through your portfolio. I will talk about this soon.

Figuring out your market is also important for the next bit:

  • time and effort

How fast do you draw? How hard is drawing for you? Do you struggle a little more when trying to fulfill the requests of strangers? How many requests can you handle, and how well do you handle the variability of requests?
If like me you draw fast and you’re fairly chill about requests, you can charge a bit cheaply. My flat prices for personal commissions are fair but at the VERY LEAST I never go below $20 an hour average.

Keep in mind the spending power of your target audience. $60 for a portrait of 2 is a lot for a young struggling person on Tumblr, but it’s affordable for a working mom. In fact you should actually charge more, haha.

Tailor your product and prices according to your personal ability and your market.

2) build a little commission hub for yourself!

Make it easier for people to see that you’re offering commissions! Here’s a checklist of basic things for you to do:

  • Graphics for your commission post: pricelists, banners, contact info
  • Social media: Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, Instagram, DA, FA
  • Portfolio: Draw examples of what you’re offering. Do some free art for your friends so you can get examples (and a taste of how commissions work, without the stress). And if you’re able to, put up your future commissioned works as part of a growing portfolio!!
  • Make a post somewhere shareable
  • Build a shop, like on Etsy.


3) BE PROFESSIONAL AND EASY TO WORK WITH

Now this is most important!! If you’re doing this for income, THIS IS NOW YOUR JOB. Act like it. Communicate with your clients, tell them your estimated deadlines, try to fulfill those deadlines, and if you’re unable to for any personal reason, INFORM THEM. TALK!! COMMUNICATE!!!

It’s not a good look if you keep pushing deadlines back and take months to finish a commission. A lot of artists do this for some reason, but my opinion is that if you aren’t able to work or handle the stress of dealing with non-personal requests, you shouldn’t offer commissions. People are giving you money. Respect their trust and their interest. They are YOUR CLIENTS. You’re in the business of making them happy. Treat them well, because they are your number one advantage. Treat them so well they will want to come back again and again, and recommend you to their network.

^ That’s my secret. I am always grateful for my clients, especially the returning ones that I’ve known for 3 years (since I started freelancing) and I love them.

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This is the basic guideline of things to keep in mind when starting commissions. Once again, commissions are a mixed bag. You don’t know how successful you’ll get. But if you see that something of yours is more popular, and points towards possible avenues (atm I want to open up horse portraits, and personalised wedding portraits-invitations), take it. JUST TAKE ADVANTAGE. Be the most opportunistic businessperson you know. It’ll reward you in no time.