As a client, you are free to skip this wall of text, but don’t complain if my method is not to your liking; any problems I’ve encountered in the past regarding commissions have been accounted for in the following 

Terms of Service

In general

Payment

Refunds

Copyright

Extra fees for...

...Edits

...Private commissions

...Deadlines and jumping ahead in queue

Do’s and Don’ts

Terms of Service

In general

Do unto others, etcetera— I am a reasonable guy and do my utmost to be understanding and forthcoming with my clients, and I expect the same level of courtesy in return. I take commissions as seriously as any paid job and my goals are always decent art and a happy customer.

 

Please understand that my first language is not English, and if anything is left unclear, never be afraid to point this out to me.

 

I work best from visual reference, so if this is not included in your pitch, I will be more than happy to brainstorm some thumbnails and rough sketches until we’re on the same page.

 

I retain the right to cancel and refund a commission due to rude behaviour, harassment, or poor communication/English skills that hampers work getting done. Commissioners do not have permission to post sketches or WIPs of cancelled commissions in their galleries unless otherwise stated.

Payment

Up-front for collaborative auctions – or after initial sketch has been approved for regular commissions. If you are unable to pay everything at once, or want to share the cost with someone else, arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis.  

Refunds

·         If a commission is cancelled before work has begun, a full refund can be given.

·         If cancellation occurs during or directly after after the preliminary stage (sketches, research/references, etc), 50% of the total commission price can be refunded.

·         No refunds are given once coloring or painting has started.

Copyright

I retain all reproduction rights to the image(s) produced (including sketches or concept work), unless specified in a contract. This means the artist can do things such as sell prints, create merchandise, compile anthologies/books and otherwise use the artwork for profit and promotion.

Commissioners may display their commissioned work on their accounts, use them as icons, print them out (for personal, non-commercial use), etc with proper credit. Original paintings may be resold, but keep in mind only the physical painting is being sold — I still hold reproduction rights.

If commercial use (or the transferral of rights) is desired, a contract needs to be made and agreed upon. The guidelines above are for private commissions only.

Extra fees for...

...Edits

I will make reasonable edits in a commission during the sketch stage, but please try to keep extensive changes to the thumbnail stage. If I’ve already started colouring and the change you had in mind was not mentioned in your pitch, I will charge extra for this. However, if it was mentioned at some point, and I just had a brain fart, feel free to point it out and I will try to do my best to fix it.

To avoid any of this, please just have everything ready beforehand, and be clear in your communication. I usually ask enough questions about the characters and setting for it to be avoidable too, so it shouldn’t happen unless you changed your mind at some point.

To illustrate the usual flow of things: a set of thumbnails with the following set of sketches

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...Private commissions

I make money on my art and the distribution thereof, so if you want me to keep a commission private (keep from posting it to any of my online galleries) a privacy fee will be added to the final price of the commission. For larger pieces this will be %50 of the final cost, but for anything smaller than a speedpaint (icons, rough portraits, and the like) there is a fixed rate of $20.

NB: If you just want me to hold off posting it until a particular date (say, a certain someone’s birthday) this is free, don’t worry.

NB: These are not the same as Anonymous commissions, where I simply don’t mention the clients name anywhere online. This is also free of charge.

...Deadlines and jumping ahead in queue

As a general rule, I don’t take on enough commissions to make much of a queue, and I tend to jump between working on the ones I have, rather than working and finishing one at a time. Should you, however, need to have it done within one month of ordering, this can be arranged with a fee of 30% the cost of the commission. This is possible even with really large commissions, and I will do my utmost to make it happen. Should I fail in my quest, you will be refunded whatever amount you paid to get ahead.

Do’s and Don’ts

I will draw almost anything for enough money, but there are a few things that I will not do under any circumstances: children in pornographic or violent situations, scatology, and elaborate mechanical constructions — think Transformer-like robots and the like, having a crane, a car, or similar in the background is fine.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding these terms of service, shoot me a mail at god.aften.venn@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Parts of this document has been borrowed or paraphrased from K. Plescow’s own Terms of Service.

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