Haha no worries you're more than welcome to pinch my title :P
Hmmmm as for active commissioner... too active you might say! I'm stressed!! I had 3 to do for Christmas which I received only a month prior, then I got a huge flood of new work when I updated my site. So now I have 11 new clients, and some of them wants more than 3 drawings dones... it's keeping me busy thats for sure!!
As for getting your name at. You biggest advertisement will be word of mouth. I did work for family and friends initally, at LOW rates. Don't over charge when you start out, even if you know you're work is worth more than what you have on it, charge low until you build up a steady clientel, then start to up your prices. You know your prices are too high when you have no one, and they're too low when you have a huge waiting list... hence why I am now upping mine again. I started out 4 years ago doing graphite drawings for only $35. I then upped to $75 and now a pastel of a horses head I charge $115. A large pastel of a full body I charge over $200 and still have interest.
Get some business cards done up, each time you do a drawing for someone, slip a business card in with it. It'll get handed around and you can get work from that.
I advertise on a number of equine forums, and will be advertising on dog forums too. Lots of classified sites allow you to advertise basic business listings for free. usually they allow a small photo and some basic details. So I put a photo of my work up, a small blurb about my work and how to contact me for more details.
Ask around at a few local cafe's. Many will let you put a framed work up and advertise it for sale because it brightens up their business. Put some brochures/business cards around on their desk or where ever they will let you.
I work at a radiology clinic, so obviously people have to sit around for some time in a boring medical waiting room. I have just put up a framed pastel of a dog I have done, and left business cards on the counter. People will look at drawings and read brochures when they are bored.
Do you have a website? If not, get one!
Have a look at mine if youd liuke any layout ideas. My registered website server has lost the plot so unfortunately I am stuck with a free site at the moment, but will be changing server soon and getting a paid account back, which makes you look more profession and credible. www.freeewebs.com/horseandhoundartisty
Hope that helped you out a bit!!!