So tell me: When you're looking to commission an artist, what do you look for?
I look for quality for the price. I've seen some awful artists ask for everything but your firstborn child, and some amazing artists work for a prayer. Unfortunately, in the position I am right now, I am unable to afford to hire anything but an artist willing to sell their work for a prayer so price plays a role in my choice too.
In addition, what do you look for in the artist(s) you would like to commission?
Quality of work, and reviews from previous customers is very handy as well.
I'd like to know what you guys think! Have you had a bad experience commissioning an artist? Has it changed your outlook on commissioning again?
Yes, I have had a bad experience. I won't go into any detail, but it has put me off commissioning again, at least without research into the artist's previous customers.
What I look for in an artist:
- Realism. I prefer a realistic view on a horse as opposed to an abstract one. I'm a photographer, chalk it up to that.
- I want communication. If the artist tells me a certain price/timeline, I would like them stick to it, or let me know if something comes up - I'm a reasonable person!! I just want to be kept up to date. I want the artist to LISTEN to what I have to say, and don't start doing work that we haven't discussed, or I haven't gotten my okay for. I am a photographer, and I will usually send an artist the album(s) containing tons of pictures so the artist can give me input on which photos are their "type" to recreate, but I want to have some say, too. Please don't choose a photo out of an album of potentially hundreds of images and run with it without at least asking me for an okay. Perhaps a certain photo doesn't appeal to me as much as another. If you find another image you would prefer to work on, please consult me first before changing the game plan.
- To the above point, I want consistency and honesty. I don't want to waste your time, or my own. Being honest about pricing, especially, will save the artist time if I can't afford it, and my own heart when I fall in love with art that I can't afford to buy.
- I understand that artists have limitations and specialties. I won't ask an artist to do something that they aren't confident doing. Again, I look for honesty in that respect. For example, l don't want to commission a piece with my face in it, if the face is going to look silly compared to the rest of an otherwise spectacular piece.