The Commission Process

In Artist Resources, Commissions, General Information, Tutorials

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A Guide for Clients on How to Navigate to the Commission Artist’s Work Process

This handy dandy diagram shows how you should expect the commission process to work, what I need feedback on and when payments are expected.

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments – This is just my personal workflow but feel free to use this as a reference!

1. Quote Phase:

You tell me what kind of project you want.

I will prepare an estimate for you of how long the work will take, what material costs will be and what kind of deadline to expect.

Quotes are valid for 30 days. Pricing will vary.

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Project Accepted

If you agree to the quote and the terms of service, I will send you an invoice.
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2. Payment

I will generate an invoice for you. This invoice has estimated work dates.

Payment plans/financing can be negotiated.

This invoice will provide you a list
of WIP deadlines for each step in the process.

These dates are estimated under the condition that
payment will be received within 72 hours of the invoice.

Every day after 72 hours without payment will
extend each deadline listed by 1.5 days.

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Payment Required

Your first deposit will be due before work can be officially started – Max work done without payment will be a rough sketch.

Payment Made

Your invoice will be applied. This can be one lump sum or payments can be negotiated.
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3. Sketch Phase:

I present the initial sketch for your approval.

You provide any and all feedback you may have by using the Edit Request Form.

You must confirm your approval before I can move forward.

If you do not like it at all, I can do one full revision at no cost.

Additional revisions take time and will be charged.

I can edit the following at this stage:

Character Features
Character Pose
Facial Expressions
Composition
Props
Background
Character Clothing

Please be sure all items on this list are satisfactory to you. I tend to put more details in during the line phase, so some high detail areas like jewelry may be simplified for the sketch.

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Sketch Approved

When you have confirmed approval, I can begin lining and detailing the work.
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4. Line Phase:

I present the completed lineart for your approval.

You provide any and all feedback you may have by using the Edit Request Form.

I can edit the following at this stage:

Minor adjustments only
Add Small Details
Eyes
Remove Small Details
Expressions
Line Weights

Please be sure all items on this list are satisfactory to you.
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Lineart Approved

When you have confirmed approval, I can begin adding color to the work.
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5. Color Phase

I will lay the flat colors for your image.

Your next payment will be due before shading can begin.

You provide any and all feedback you may have.

I present the completed piece for your approval.

Since shading cannot begin until the final payment is received,
please note that every day after 72 hours without payment
will extend each deadline listed by 1.5 days.

I can edit the following at this stage:

Edit Colors
Resizing
Edit Lighting Effects
Final Resizing
Final Color Processing
Print Preparation

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Payment Required

If you have not paid in full, your final payment will be due before work can progress.

Final Artwork Approved

Your artwork is finished! If you ordered a print – I would add on the following step:
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OPTIONAL: Printing & Shipping

If you have ordered a print or hard copy of your artwork, I print it and ship it!

PLEASE NOTE: Printing and shipping costs are not included with any project unless otherwise negotiated.

Editable

Cropping
Matting

F.A.Q.

Why do I need to use the edit request form?? Can’t I just e-mail/IM/note/telegram/tweet/DM you?

Take a look at the question, see how many different ways people can contact me? The form helps me keep all my edits in one place so they are easy to find. This helps me spend more time making your piece look great instead of searching for your messages.

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