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Old 02-15-2018, 12:28 PM   #26
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Not only that but I commissioned him for a totally different project too, the cover of my book. It got REAL ugly. I paid and was promised it to be done by a certain time. It wasnt. Was told at least 10 times I promise by next week. This went on for MONTHS. It held up the entire publishing process. I finally exploded on facebook for the world to see in a scathing multi-page rant. Only then did he apologize profusely and finally did the cover.
It ended up coming out great, but if would be difficult for me to recommend him for commissions. Its a shame too because his work is amazing.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:40 AM   #27
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I'd suggest to never pay upfront for 3 cards. I'll usually do half unless I've worked with them before. Because I know artists get screwed by people not paying, but collectors get screwed about as often. If you have to pay full upfront, I'd definitely only pay for 1 card at a time. Right now it's easier to do new stuff that he can make more money on. He already has your money, so there's really no incentive to do it in a timely manner. This applies to paying anyone for any job.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:49 AM   #28
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I'd suggest to never pay upfront for 3 cards. I'll usually do half unless I've worked with them before. Because I know artists get screwed by people not paying, but collectors get screwed about as often. If you have to pay full upfront, I'd definitely only pay for 1 card at a time. Right now it's easier to do new stuff that he can make more money on. He already has your money, so there's really no incentive to do it in a timely manner. This applies to paying anyone for any job.
You are 100% correct. I paid up front in full last February 2017 for a large commission and sketch cards last from an artist who has great reviews on here, but I made the mistake of saying "no rush, they are Christmas Gifts." I think I was promised that it would be done by no later than July, then September, then November, then by Christmas. I got the painted artwork ~3 days before Christmas (thank goodness because it was my only gift for my wife) and the sketch cards didn't arrive until this month. I learned my lesson on that one. If you need something actually done by a certain date, and you have to pay in full up front, tell the artist you need it 6 months before that date, so you make sure you have it. Otherwise, try very hard to only pay half up front so they have an incentive to do their job in a timely fashion.

On a positive note, the artist I have had by far the best experience with is Rich Hennemann. Extremely nice person that gets high quality, reasonably priced work, completed very quickly. I would recommend him to anyone. Great Black Friday deals too.
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Old 02-16-2018, 02:26 PM   #29
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I only take on commissions when I can do them in a timely fashion, I also give the option to pay half up front and the other half on completion when I am about to begin it. I see too many horror stories of people waiting years for a commission.
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:33 PM   #30
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Wow, it really is. I wasn't aware of "round two" but found it addressed here about halfway down: https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...c-relationship
Thanks for posting -- I had no idea De Liz worked on Wonder Woman. I was always a fan of her art -- kind of ironically one of my favorite sketch cards is a Wonder Woman she did for DC Legacy.
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