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This may lose me some business, but I swear this is where the majority of my frustration with commissions comes from, so I’m implementing this with all future commissions (not current ones). I am no longer accepting commissions of any characters that have no accurate references.

I cannot tell you guys how many times I’ve asked for all the details of a character’s design, drawn the character, and then the creator hands it back to me and points out 5 more details I got wrong because I did them slightly differently than what THEY pictured (even though I followed the instructions given). This is usually the worst with reference sheet commissions, which I’m seriously considering discontinuing as well. I’ve spent weeks sending notes back and forth with people who can’t seem to describe what it is they want the first time around, sometimes people I can barely understand, and sometimes people who OBSESS over the tiny details that can often just be attributed to my own drawing style more than me getting the design itself wrong.

I’m not trying to call out anyone in particular, this has happened MANY times. And I’m honestly very frustrated and sick of it. So, yeah, unless you’re commissioning a character reference sheet, I’m not going to draw blindly anymore. And if I keep having this much trouble with reference sheet commissions, I’m either going to jack up the price for how much time is wasted with back-and-forth notes, or just not offer them anymore.

dutchster:

Applying for jobs like

Dear Sir/Madam, 

Thank you for rejecting my job application to your company.

I have read your application with interest. Because I have received a large number of refusals, I had to make a selection of candidates and I regret to tell you that you are not part of this group.

Despite your qualities and experience in rejecting job applicants, I must inform you your refusal does not meet my profile for this position.

For this reason, I am notifying you I will start working for your company effective immediately. I am looking forward to a prosperous collaboration.

I wish you all the best in rejecting future applicants.

Sincerely, 
Mark dutchster

Some semi-vent art inspired by the exact remix I was fortunate enough to get the remixer’s permission to use (it sort of makes sense if you misinterpret the lyrics enough and think of the scrambled vocals as confused and conflicting thoughts). In case it wasn’t obvious, I kinda started this thing with no clear idea of what I wanted the final result to look like, and I was VERY rusty with doing anything more that flat shading, let alone with a specific 5-color palette, but I’m satisfied with how it ended up.

For those who may not know, the pony in the middle is my ponysona. On the left is LuridSilence (Zack), and on the right is Ravioko/The Cat (Raven). The meaning of the artwork is probably pretty obvious… It’s not a situation I like being in, to say the least, but at least I finally got to work on some personal art I enjoyed again.

Total time taken from blank canvas to finished painting: 7 hours, 15 minutes

Program used: Adobe Photoshop CS5

Choices, Choices

Some semi-vent art inspired by the exact remix I was fortunate enough to get the remixer’s permission to use in the speedpaint (it sort of makes sense if you misinterpret the lyrics enough and think of the scrambled vocals as confused and conflicting thoughts). In case it wasn’t obvious, I kinda started this thing with no clear idea of what I wanted the final result to look like, and I was VERY rusty with doing anything more that flat shading, let alone with a specific 5-color palette, but I’m satisfied with how it ended up.

For those who may not know, the pony in the middle is my ponysona. On the left is LuridSilence (Zack), and on the right is Ravioko/The Cat (Raven). The meaning of the artwork is probably pretty obvious… It’s not a situation I like being in, to say the least, but at least I finally got to work on some personal art I enjoyed again. And don’t worry too much about the whole thing—I’m not that upset over it at the moment, and I don’t plan to make any decisions I might regret. I most likely won’t be doing anything about it at all. There’s… really no good way to handle it.

Vibrant Echoes © VibrantEchoes

Lurid Silence © LuridSilence

Ravioko’s ponysona © Ravioko

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