Just a friendly reminder to all other artists who do commissions, please make double and then triple sure of who commissions you and whether they have read and understand all your rules. That they respect that you the artist are agreeing to work for them under the understanding that they realize this is a business transaction and that your time is money. It is exceptionally bad form for commissioner's who agree to WIPs and previews to go back on their word once the final work has been done and then simply refuse to pay the artist. It's sad and it's true and it happens a lot. It actually happened recently to me as well.
A deviant picked me to do a set of logos for her, gave me some details and said she doesn't like limiting the creativity of an artist and to go ahead and do as I see fit. As per my rules I showed a preview for feedback and changes that needed to be done, she told me what she wanted changed and that she simply loved the design and how it was so much better than she could have imagined.
I proceeded with the final work on the piece, showed the artist the final preview again to hear what minor modifications need to be made and she tells me to scrap the whole thing and make a different logo for no extra charge, or the full price even having been paid, and to be exact, rudely stating how she doesn't feel the original agreed upon price is cheap enough for this new logo she wants.
Understanding the amount of work and time I put into the piece I felt it at least prudent for her to pay me the original agreed upon amount, even if I had to make another different logo for her, but this wasn't enough. She was adamant about how this is all my fault that she agreed that the work is wonderful, but how she wants something different and how I am cheating her by asking for money for my hard work.
You also cannot simply compare certain prices together and expect that you can ask for that price! A logo is not the same as a sketch or a drawing! You will NEVER pay the same amount for them. There are calculators online which can give you an idea of what a logo can cost, don't expect to pay a penny and get it all. That's not how it works. And if you agreed on a price, stick to it!
I believe all artists agree that when we agree to do a piece, it doesn't mean we are simply going to continue making you piece after piece after piece, all while you lower your price and we keep wasting more of our time. It is exceptionally bad conduct! I recommend to all artists to continue with the 50% Before and 50% after or full price up front method. Yes, sometimes you will still lose out when you finished the work and the client refuses to pay the other 50%. Simply refuse to deal with them ever again, if you can, warn other artists about their bad conduct as well.
Contracts, contracts, contracts! Normally I do them, this time I didn't and I deeply regret this mistake. Get everything in writing, contracts are legally binding and you are certainly allowed to sue! Protect yourself, protect the client. Sign agreements and keep proof always at hand.
Commissioners, please remember that you are the one deciding to commission an artist, for whichever reason you picked, but this doesn't mean that you can simply mess with them however you like. A commission is a commitment from both sides and you need to do your part as well. Artists do not work for free, the time we put in isn't free either. If you want something for free, go find someone who does requests. If you are serious and professional about what you want, then act that way. Work with your artist to make sure there are no misunderstandings and do not expect the unobtainable from them. They are people too, and they deserve your respect.
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