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How to Commission an ArtistI've been commissioning artists for a little over two years now, starting with site money on GaiaOnline and moving to dA from there.  One thing that's hard for me to ignore is the number of artists who are concerned about being scammed, either because they've gone through that experience before or because the stories and warnings of it happening all the time proliferate.  Commissioners have their own concerns about being scammed by artists.  The simple fact of the matter is that it happens.
However, I think a good portion of the problem is that many people who want to commission an artist have no experience doing so, and it's not as easy to find instructions on it as, say, how to draw anime eyes.  That's why I'm making this guide.
It should be noted that while I mention commissioning through other websites now and then, this is meant as to general guide, and all of the examples are from  Also, this does not
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For any character(s):
1. Greetings.  What is your preferred name, and why do you prefer it?  Who actually calls you by that name, if anyone, and why do other people not call you by it?
2. What is your plight?  What is the driving tragedy or motivation in your story?
3. Who is your best friend (pet, wild animal, magical creature, family member, random stranger who helped you for an unknown reason)?  Why do you consider this person/creature/etc. to be the best friend you have?
4. What is your profession?  Why did you choose this, or how did you get into it if it was not your choice?  If you could change your profession (or have been in a different one in the first place), what would you choose and why?
5. Who are your family members (biological, foster, or adoptive)?  How well do you get along with each of them?  Who can make you laugh, who can makes you cry, and who do you seek to impress?
6.  When


Bare Midriff Fashion Design
1Jan2018 - 10Mar2018
Delayed due to medical treatment!

Green Menswear Design
1Jan2016 - 10Mar2016
Rules and Entries, Winners
Just finished!

Red/Pink Dress Design
1Jun2015 - 10Aug2015
Rules and Entries, Winners, First Prize Feature
Grand Prize Feature to be posted after Green Menswear.

Blue Medieval Dress Design
3Oct2010 - 25Dec2010
Rules, Entries, Winners and Features

Legal junk

When you use my stuff:

:bulletblue: Please link back to the original, or provide the web address if you are posting to a site that does not allow linking.

:bulletblue: Please respect my characters, stories, research, and anything else you find here, and do not claim them as your own.

When you make art for me:

:bulletblue: If I use it publicly, you will be credited and probably linked to. If I use it privately--as a reference for someone else to draw from, for example--you may not be credited... but the next artist I'm commissioning could probably care less about who drew the refs, and if they do care, they'll ask me.

:bulletblue: If I want to post it somewhere where it might be misunderstood as my own work, I will talk to you about it first and get explicit permission.

:bulletblue: If I want to proportionally re-size it or turn it into a thumbnail (that links back to the full-sized image), I will not ask you. If I want to crop it or add text, I will ask you first, because I can never remember who has what rules about their art.

:bulletblue: I consider stretching an image out of proportion to be a form of libel, and I will never do that.

:bulletblue: I do not resell, and I will tell you in advance if the art is a gift for someone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to Note/IM/PM/MM/email me.

How Do We Sewing?

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 13, 2017, 10:43 AM
I'm a Commissioner | How to Commission an Artist
Baroness-Widow (project on hold) | Website (forthcoming)

And now for something completely different!

Establishing background:
1) I learned how to sew when I was 7 years old.  That's about the earliest age children can hold a needle without dropping it and/or stabbing themselves.
2) I'm not very good at it, but I do small repairs and can technically do large things if I have patterns and tools.
3) I read a lot of's Personal Experiences section.
4) Slavery is whack.

1) I sent an email, as one does when one suspects a person or group may be unaware of a major problem and wishes to politely inform said person/group, so that said person/group can take appropriate action and keep their business/reputation afloat.
2) Then I thought about whether a company profiting off cultural and religious appropriation would take what I consider to be appropriate action to protect the very people they're appropriating from... and figured, "maybe I should make a public record of this, in case nothing happens.  ...Hey, there are fellow craftspeople on dA!  Maybe we can talk sewing!  (I like sewing.)"
3) My email went like this, verbatim:

Dear Earthbound,

I shopped at your stores for the first time this year, buying a number of clothing and novelty items.  I noticed something bizarre.  Within 5 to 14 weeks (so, summer), every item of clothing started falling apart, specifically the seams.  I started repairing them myself... Your cloth seems good, but the stitching on every one of these items is a special kind of terrible.  Like the terrible I did as an 8-year-old child on my first sewing machine.

Please check your supply lines-- at least the stitching factory(s)-- for slave labor and child labor.  This is not the work of proud adults.


Header art by ArynChris, Skin by ArynChris
  • Listening to: Axis of Awesome
  • Reading: PSA from EPA about lead in our dirt?!
  • Watching: Colossal
  • Playing: Merge Dragons
  • Eating: peanut butter crackers
  • Drinking: water


See the fedora. Love the fedora.
But if you steal the fedora,
I will hunt you down with a shotgun and boil your liver.
You are welcome to believe anything you want regarding my gender, sex, orientation, species, etc., etc., so long as you do not assume that any of your guesses are correct.

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ThinkerOfThoughts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the many faves :)
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Thanks heaps for faving my Guybrush Threepwood cosplay pic! ^_^
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I'm so sorry this comes so late, but thank you so, so much for faving!! It means the world to me:heart:
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Thank you so much for the favorite! Snowflake 
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Thanks for the :+fav:! :dummy:
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