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I don't normally share another person's journal, but I thought this one was a really good read! I think she's spot on with her points, so I'm just going to leave this here and you can check it out if you want to or not.
Why you SHOULDN'T do commissions(Started as an ask.fm post (http://ask.fm/EchoBlossom123/answer/128089995369) but I think a longer entry is needed to explain my feelings on this)
I don't know if this counts as a controversial viewpoint or not, as many do seem to do commissions, but I personally don't see it as a good idea. (At least not while you're still an amateur, as I and most other artists on this site are)
As always I'm up for hearing other people's points of view and why/why they don't take commissions themselves! but I most definitely fall into the "it's not worth it" camp.
I really don't think opening commissions is worth a person's time, for a few reasons.
You can't experiment as much as you could if you were working on something for yourself. You want to ensure a good job for the commissioner, and will stick to something more comfortable. Most commissions are of 1 character, no background, default front or 3/4 pose, and I don't know about you but I don't re
I have to say from experience that I think gift art is a WAY better idea than commissions. Watching my sister do a lot of art projects in her life, she always enjoys making gifts the most. The person is always pleasantly surprised and loved that she put that much effort into her work for them. At the same time, she can experiment and grow with her art, because they have no expectations or requirements. If someone wants a commission though, they feel as if their the customer and they deserve what they want. That isn't wrong, but when she makes little to no money for it, it's a lot of pressure on her for little to no return. Now that she's older, she sells her etched glass at a few Artist Alleys, and people are always pretty pleased with her work! She still doesn't really do commissions though, because it's still just not really worth it unless she charges way more than most people would be willing to pay for it.
(If interested in her stuff, she had some of it uploaded on her page -
Please don't take this as me begging for gift art, but it's just my experience on the matter.
As someone who has received gift art a few times, I love it when I have no idea until it's done. I have no expectations and I'm always honored and surprised that someone would bother to take the time to do that for me! They can experiment with the picture however they want, and even make it double as fan art so that they get more exposure. Also, I almost always share it in a journal, because I'm just so freaking flattered.
Honestly, I even have one as my background on my phone right now.
It's a bit harder when someone asks me what I want - I mostly want you to draw whatever you want to draw! If your passionate, then it will show in your artwork.
Sharing the amazing gift art I have gotten from my friends here on DA:
And then the two not princess peach ones:
Some of those people asked me what I wanted, some didn't, and I love them all.
Just keep drawing / cosplaying / art-ing whatever makes you
happy! You'll only get better if you experiment and step outside your comfort zone a bit, so experiment and have fun with it! If it turns out a failure, then it was a good learning experience and you'll do better next time.
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