[identity profile] summercucumber.livejournal.com
Hey everyone! Sorry to bug y'all with silly questions, but my partner and I seem to be finding ourselves in a bit of a pickle and were hoping that some of you lovely people could offer us a bit of guidance.

Last June we entered a rather large raffle hosted by an artist we both admired. The artist in question was using it as a way to boost their watcher status, one of those 'get one entry for watching and commenting with your ref and +1 for every new watcher you refer' sort of deals. Being fans we sent friends their way to help them reach their goal and out of the hundreds of entries we were both fortunate enough to win the 1st and 3rd prizes. At first, we patiently waited for a few months, figuring that paid commissions would take priority (and that's totally understandable), but as time passed we noticed that the artist had eventually moved away from commissions and has since made several gifts and personal art-trades, seeming to have forgotten about us. Under normal circumstances it wouldn't be a big deal to just send the artist a polite note inquiring about the prizes, but over the past few months they've been displaying extremely hostile and passive-aggressive behavior towards their watchers. The littlest thing sets them off and when they get upset it riles up some of their more aggressive supporters, making my partner and I nervous about bringing the subject up.

Does anyone have any advice on how to go about this without angering the artist? Or are we better off just forgetting about the entire event and moving on?

Thank you very much for your time!
[identity profile] jambus-gtx.livejournal.com
Hello there.

I've been suggested to come here on Artist Beware to explain what has been happening regarding to character and art stealing on a friend's site. It has been happening for a while, and it hasn't really been solved, still. I mostly don't know what I could do, only by myself, and I'm trying to get as much help as I can.

I joined this friend's site, a chat service, which also serves as a character database. But, there's a huge problem with said site. There are... A lot of characters being used without permission, and most of the time given different names and even races, some of these being related to a "closed species" created by one of the users in said site. Most of the time they're not even properly credited, just a link to the place where they took the picture from. I tried to talk about it with the owner of the site, which I know, but I've been pushed back every time I tried to get them on the topic, and most of the time it's not that easy to keep a hold of them, especially as of lately.

Sorry for any grammar error, English is not my main language.

And thank you for any help\advice.
[identity profile] bornesb.livejournal.com
Hi all,

I run a review community on a standalone website and FurAffinity. I am a little unsure on how to handle artist/maker pseudonyms.

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[identity profile] totschrei.livejournal.com

3 months ago a Contest was held.
After the deadline, the winners were picked and I was one of them. Not going into extreme detail I just need some advice.
This artist has continued to have free artwork, personal artwork, as well as taking more commissions.
Since it is "free" art in a way for a contest would I be able to post a beware?

Note: this person has been on A_B before about uncompleted work and taking on more then they can handle.

I sent them a note about a month ago and they said they were having computer issues. Being understanding I pushed it aside.
Well, I check back about a week ago and they are doing free art and commissions and personal.
So I sent them a message 3 days ago still being unread today. Now, I know that isn't a big deal with 3 days but they posted something recently within those 3 days.
That means they had to have at least known the note was there? Again, I am not trying to sound like I am impatient or anything.
I just want a response. I sent them another note asking to respond to my previous not and I am waiting on a reply.

How long should I give this or should I even bother at this point?

EDIT: Yes, it was a contest. There was art drawn for the contest. However, it was a MYO character contest and the prize was a picture for that character.

[identity profile] kaiiju.livejournal.com
I've seen a few comments pertaining to this scattered around, but I thought an actual discussion might be beneficial, since a lot of people seem to be offering/buying adoptables as of late.
I know a lot of people who will buy an adoptable for a flat rate and buy several pieces of art for it -- and then when they eventually lose interest in the adoptable itself, they turn around and resell it for an inflated price to cover the cost of the additional art that they bought for the design.

What's the general consensus on this, out of curiosity? I personally don't find it very kosher.

bleatr?

Sep. 21st, 2015 05:14 pm
[identity profile] kestral-kitsune.livejournal.com
http://bleatr.com/
I had a friend tell me I should sign up for this. and I've never heard of this service before.
and he explained it like this and I'm just copy pasting cause it made me snort.
A direct artist to client comissioning site for every type of artistic media
Its a mouthful to explain buut basically
"I do art like his and want money"
"I am looking for art like that and have money!"
And eliminates the middle man and countless searching.

has anyone else hear of this before?
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[identity profile] perldiver.livejournal.com
Hi folks,

I messaged a few of you about this already, but was just given mod permission to post it at top level.

I’m a Patreon creator (http://patreon.com/davidstorrs), and a web developer. My business partner and I are frustrated enough with Patreon that we’re building an alternative. We’d like to make sure it does what people actually want so, if you have a minute, I’d really appreciate your feedback.

We think the site should have:

* No percentage taken from your pledges
* Charge patrons immediately to avoid in-and-out “pledge-dodgers”
* Content management for all your content, past and present
* Specify when things should become visible (a.k.a. a publishing queue)
- ...to whom
- ...and for how long
* Ban abusive or exploitative patrons

As far as creators go, our current plan is that early adopters would receive as much storage as they need (within reason!), and future creators would get 1GB of storage for $9.99/month. Again, these are tentative plans and might change as we do more research.

All comments appreciated; a few questions I'd love answers to:

1) Does this sound like a service you would use?

2) Are there any other features you’d like?

3) What is particularly good about Patreon?

4) What issues do you have with Patreon?
[identity profile] corghi.livejournal.com

So because this isn't directly artwork related I'm not sure if it'll be accepted but almost two months ago I listed up my marker collection for sale and someone offered to buy it. We settled on $350 for the set but because they didn't live in the USA shipping for all of the markers and accessories was going to near $80. I offered to refund excess shipping if there were to be any.

They paid me $300 out of the $430 and then communication dropped. I kept asking them for updates, when they could pay, and they apologized and said soon. I kept seeing them bid on things and buy things though. I was getting a bit frustrated and eventually they tiptoed around the idea of a refund. I offered to mail out, and include the shipping on the amount they already paid for but they tiptoed around that and went back for the refund idea. While it wasn't direct, I knew what they wanted. I kept seeing them buy things, buy adoptables, they were active but I felt primarily ignored.

It was decided to relist my markers for sale and refund them the $300 I make from it but a lot of people were suggesting I only do a partial refund. I also bought art from them in February and have yet to see it. I thought about refunding them the $300 minus shipping for the art because I am just so frustrated.

I'll admit, I'm really upset at this situation. This was someone I thought I could trust with a payment plan and sadly I have to somehow manage a way to refund them a lot of money. My markers aren't selling as quickly as I thought they would.

I am trying to remain professional with this person but honestly I am just really let down. Any advice on how to handle this situation? Am I being immature? Is a partial refund out of the question? How much WOULD I refund them for what I feel was a complete waste of my time?

[identity profile] celestinaketzia.livejournal.com
For an artist, be you a hobbyist or pro; it is positively critical to have a good, solid Terms of Service (T.O.S.). One that includes both your rights as the artist and the customer's rights in relation to your services. Not only does this educate your customers on how the process works and what to expect from it, but it protects both of you in case something goes wrong.

In our first official T.O.S. discussion post, we discussed what to include in a Terms of Service, what constituted good terms, and what were questionable, shady, or downright illegal terms.

Now, once again; here's your chance to post your T.O.S. for critique. Don't know how to word a particular point you're trying to convey? Want to make sure your T.O.S. is fair for you and your customers? Need to make sure you didn't leave any gigantic loopholes? Link your T.O.S. here, and members can give you their advice.

This post can also be used to discuss any other questions that you have on your mind regarding how to build a T.O.S., maintain a good T.O.S. and how to make sure your clients read and agree to your T.O.S.

Before you post, please read through the previous T.O.S. discussions; apply what you learn there to your T.O.S., and then link your revised T.O.S. here for help polishing up.

Please do not post a half-finished T.O.S. and ask folks to rewrite it for you. Be prepared for honest critique!
A good 'break down' for a T.O.S.:
Intro
Artist's Rights
-Payment
-Process
-Preferences
-Publishing
Client's Rights
-Fixes/Redraws
-Publishing
-Behavior
Communication
Refunds
Shipping & Handling

-When it comes to an artist's preferences for what they will or will not draw; simple is often better. You -may- list what you are not willing to draw, but it can get lengthy. If you're not willing to list, or find your list getting longer than your own T.O.S.; but do not might getting ideas pitched at you to pick from, a good solid "Commission themes are to be approved at artist's discretion at all times. Artist reserves the right to decline any commission, without reason." will help you out.

-When talking payment, the community majority is in favor of using Paypal INVOICES. Invoices give the artist control over how much money they're getting, when they get it, and the content of the invoice (in case you're afraid of what a client may write in your place).

-Fixes/Redraws need to have a firm hard limit set to them, as well as some suggestions to go along with them. Detail WHAT part of the process a client may (or may not) ask for fixes on, how many they get and if they go over that limit; what you will charge additionally for it. Also suggest the client wait a minimum of 24-48 hours (if you can afford that wait) to really find out what they want fixed or what they can live with, to the satisfaction of you and themselves.

-Tell your clients in the T.O.S. what you will not tolerate from them from the get-go. If you do not appreciate sexual advances/role-play/commentary; state it in the T.O.S. that you don't play those games and such behavior will not be tolerated during the commission process.

-Communication: State to potential clients how often you'll be in contact with them, or your comfort level in them contacting you for status updates, or where to look for updates if you use a service like Trello or keep a queue maintained on your blog/art site/etc.

-Remind your clients of your rights as the artist, that you own the artwork created due to copyright law. You have full publication/printing rights, but will out of respect to them ask if you can print their commissions for other purposes. If you give re-posting rights to your clients; state here and now where they can or cannot post to, if they have to use a watermarked copy you provide, etc.
-PRIVACY: State your policies (and applicable fees) on privacy of commissions, if you require permissions of secondary characters involved in said private commissions and the possible longevity of how long a private commission may stay private.

-Include refunding options, when a client is a allowed to back out, deposit fees (if building tangible art), etc. Just don't say 'no refunds, what so ever'.


Remember; the tips in the above cut are only the tip of the iceberg for a T.O.S. they're there to get your brain going on what to do. The Mods or even long time comm members will be absolutely glad to offer their two-cents on any other questions or topics you have come to mind, on top of the critique.

If you feel your T.O.S. is quite solid feel free to post it so others can use it as an example.
[identity profile] sawblade5.livejournal.com
I came across an artist that I am following on FA which made a recent change to their TOS. They now added a clause on Harassment. If you Harass the artist they will cancel your commission with no refund at all. The rational is kinda vague and they operate on a 3 strikes policy. They say they will answer any questions on your commission, but the vague part is here: "We will not tolerate being constantly messaged, contacted, e-mailed, etc. about your commission."

So what do they consider constantly messaged, contacted, e-mailed, etc? Is it Once a year, once a month, once a week, once a day?

What keeps them from saying my message would be considered harassment to give them an excuse to take my money and run?

So is this even legal at all?

I sure hope that more this doesn't become a trend on scape goats to take our money and run for more artists.
[identity profile] traci anne
Am sure many of you have seen the issue with FA server times not matching comment/note times.
Don't believe this is beware worthy, but definitely something I thought I would throw out there since this has been happening to a lot of people. (And it really is a complete bummer.)

In this example - http://oi60.tinypic.com/kal0ll.jpg
The auction end reflects 8PM Server Time.
Now, I am in EST timezone, so the server time in itself matches my own timezone.
Yet when I comment, it shows up with an incorrect timestamp - like the comment was made an hour late, even though the comment was on time.

Example - http://oi61.tinypic.com/24n46ya.jpg

Now, I addressed this with the artist, or tried.. They don't speak English well, (Spanish I believe for Uruguay) and this was the response I got.. http://oi58.tinypic.com/sorfy8.jpg

(No I didn't screen shot my bid time, the bid was made at 7:35PM server time, I messaged the person I was going in with, we gathered our info, and sent it on over. I clocked out for lunch at work so I could make the bid on time, and since I am in EST the clock out was same time as by bid.. )

Now I honestly didn't expect my bid to be hidden since it was made 25 minutes before the end of the auction. Hence.. why I didn't take a screen shot of it. I never ran into a problem with the artist before.. Really was in belief they were honest, so I didn't think I should have to.. And without the screenshot for that, then I really didn't think it was AB worthy, yet they did note me they purposely hid my winning bid..

My real question, I suppose, is what is the best route to handle this so they don't do the same to others?
[identity profile] rai-say.livejournal.com
This is a two part question- part one is from something that happened to me, part two is just a kind of "opinion" kind of thing (I want to see what people think on the topic).

Part One-

An artist I follow was hosting an auction. This artist (as some artists do) had all of the "auction info" (i.e. Start Bid price, Autobuy price, minimum bid increase price, Start date, and End date) all in the image for the auction. There was nothing in their description other than mentioning that all of the info is on the submission image.

Admittedly, I did place a bid last-minute.

HOWEVER- the artist then came in and responded to me that "Because this bid was placed last minute, the Snipe Guard goes into effect and lasts for two hours". Snipe guards are a pretty standard thing to see around the auction scene, obviously- but this artist's auction said nothing about a Snipe Guard. Their page said nothing about a snipe guard. They have no TOS linked about a Snipe Guard.


Basically what I'm asking is this- can an artist rightfully add a rule like that in last minute?



Part Two-

This is just an opinion spot because I want to hear what people think.

Personally, I don't always understand Snipe Guards. The INTENDED purpose for a snipe guard is to protect the people who've already bid on the auction from being sniped last minute (which is understandable). HOWEVER- the big question I have (because I see this a LOT) is this- IF a snipe guard comes in to play, should people who hadn't bid on the auction before be allowed to bid? (As in, a person who hasn't placed any bids at all on the auction- the Snipe Guard comes into play and THEN they start throwing bids around after the technical "end time" of the auction?)

Personally, if I was invested in an auction (as in, I had been bidding from the beginning) and a snipe guard went into effect, I would personally expect that the bidding is just between the people who'd already bid. I'd be kinda irritated if some random person who had shown no prior interest in the auction came in after the snipe guard was activated and then started to bid? (I guess it's the mentality of "If the snipe guard hadn't been activated, this person wouldn't have had any bids on the auction, and they'd have been the auction's end time")

Although maybe it kinda depends on an auction (I know there are some artists who host very short auctions, and sometimes that sucks for the people who have to work? Personally, if I missed out on a YCH or whatever due to work, I'm not usually too mad- that's not the artist's fault, nor is it the other bidders' fault, it's just "how the cookie crumbles" so to speak)




Anyway! Thank you for the input in advance!
[identity profile] latiro.livejournal.com
Hey, A_B! I'm just here to discuss about something.

I was setting up an account on the site called Sellfy (for the purpose of selling my reference chart bases and stuff) and noticed that not only does it support PayPal, but also supports two PayPal alternatives: one of them being Stripe and the other Paymill.

Now, I'm not familiar with either payment method and haven't used them yet, but both of them seemed secure and all, and I do hope that none of them are to be used for scamming purposes.

What do you guys think about either of them? Should I give Stripe or Paymill a try?
[identity profile] kitefeathers.livejournal.com
I'm looking for advice and opinions on a project I'm doing for fun in my own time, an online download of free to use character reference blanks. I'm currently compiling a large organized folder with every free to use reference sheet blank I can find on the internet for anthros, humans, and ferals of all species and variety. I am dividing the files in easy to navigate folders, sorted by species, then by either anthro, feral, NSFW, or any other relevant subcategory. I would be uploading different versions of the compressed folders as well for those who are only interested in a certain species. Examples: A compressed folder with everything, a compressed folder just for wolves, a folder just for cats, a folder just for mythical species, etc. I thought this might be a great use for artists and commissioners alike. While there are large lists on the net with links to various free to use lineart reference sheet blanks (http://furnation.com/forums/topic/14...e-lineart-list), they are not actively updated it seems, and many of the links become broken and unusable.

I want it to be heavily emphasized that I am only downloading and storing files for reference blanks from submissions where the artist has specifically stated in the description of the line art that the art is free to use, as long as the watermark is not removed, no profit is made from the art, and proper credit is given to the artist. To ensure that the original artist of each file is easily identifiable to users, I've named each reference sheet file in a easy to understand way to find the artist, examples are as follows:

All files names will first start with the art site where the piece originated from:
Furaffinity = FA
Deviantart = DA
Weasyl = WSL
And so on

A "_" (underscore mark) will separate the art site indicated from the next part of the file name, the artists username on aforementioned art website, then another "_" (underscore mark) will be put inbetween the artists name, leading into the generic description of the art itself. Note that sometimes the artist name will include a "_" (underscore mark) in their actual username.

The last part of the file name would be the file extension, such as .jpg, .png, .psd, etc. I will always get the highest quality file available, such as .psd's over .png's, and .png's over .jpg's, etc.

Examples:
DA_fantasyartist19_howling_wolffree.png
FA_anthro_creator_prettykitty_lineart.psd
DA_furry-chick_anthrolineart.jpg

I'm thinking about changing the way I label my files, and doing it opposite of how I'm doing now, and have the description of the file first (specific breed, male or female, etc), THEN the art site and then artist name, I think that would make searching for a certain breed easier considering how large just the 'canines' folder is becoming already. What do you think?

I will include a .txt file in all the database folders that will also explain how to decipher/determine artists and art sites, as well as explicit instructions to include artist credit when used, not remove credit to the artist, not use the art for profit, etc.

My main concern for this project is if it would be considered unethical to include artists free to use art in this free collection without their consent beforehand, despite them stating that the art is free to use for anyone already. I have absolutely no problem with an 'opt out' option in place for the artists who do not wish to have their art included in the database for any reason, as I feel that asking each artist individually and awaiting their permission to add their artwork to the files would slow down the process immensely, and I would loose interest for how slow progress would be.

I hope all of this made sense. Please let me know what you think of this, or if there is already a better version of this in place. Constructive feedback, suggestions, and concerns are greatly appreciated! This is something I'm just doing in my spare time for fun, and I think it could be of significant use to the community if spread around. But if it's a terrible idea I want to know, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.

-Kite

Edited: Thanks for all your responses, they mean a lot to me. Although I am sad to put this project behind me, your input was greatly appreciated!
[identity profile] deathmetalclown.livejournal.com
If this has been posted before I am sorry [this is my first entry]. I have seen a few people who use 3D software [like Sketch Up] to render backgrounds and I was wondering where other opinions stood on this. I had plans to do comics and instead of redrawing the same scene multiple times I could build the room with a turn around ability and later paint over my model for backgrounds. Keep in mind I am talking of a ground-up model with no pre-existing parts. Would this be ethical?
This is for personal projects only [I do not do commissions]. Would it still "count" as my work since I built the model or is it "cheating"?
[identity profile] friskecrisps.livejournal.com
Something that's been on my mind for a few weeks on some pieces that I've commissioned. I have artists saying who the characters belong to, who did the art, etc and then there's a few sentences or so on what they thought of the pic, story, etc that was commissioned. It seems to just be a few select artists out there (not naming any names) that seem to give their own thoughts on works that they don't particularly enjoy working on etc. Now I know not every commission someone does isn't going to be enjoyable but should the artist/author be stating it on the commission? Saying "This made me uncomfortable to do." or "I didn't really enjoy doing this." and so on. I mean is that really appropriate etiquette to have when posting a commission?
[identity profile] otherscape.livejournal.com
Hey guys, I would appreciate advice on a couple of things:

1. To be frank, I suck at marketing and networking. I've read a number of advice columns about the art business, but many of them are in fields I don't work in and many more are pretty vague, basically saying "Get yourself out there!" without going into specifics on how to do that. On top of that, I have a strange fear of talking to people about my art, and sometimes in general (though I am slowly getting over that). That plus I have no idea where to begin, and it's just overwhelming and making me nervous. My question is: what do you guys do for marketing? Do you comment on everything, link stuff, what? Do you have a business plan and schedule for marketing? How do you draw in your business?

2. I'm moving soon and while looking for a job in the new area, I was hoping to do commissions on the side (assuming I can actually market successfully). I know adult art draws in more money than clean art, and while I'm not comfortable with drawing explicit porn, just general nudity is fine. However, I'm also trying to go pro in the future and was concerned if drawing that (especially with furries) would hurt me. Obviously I'm not stupid enough to go up to a potential employer and show him naked furries, but I'm wondering if having that on the internet would get me in trouble, even if it is away from my main portfolio. Or do they not even care about that in the professional industry so long as you aren't advertising yourself with it?

3. Relating to #2, I know some people charge more for porn, which is understandable, but is it ethical to charge more for just nudity pictures? I don't mean like Barbie doll anatomy, but with actual genitals, but not actually porn either.

Thank you for reading!
[identity profile] starcharmer.livejournal.com
I know this has been discussed in comments several times here, but I can't remember if there was an actual discussion journal about it. [Mods, if there is, please link it to me if you know where? I can't find it!]
In the event there's not, I had a question or two!

I've seen people in this community say that people who re-sell characters with additional art included are in the wrong. If I'm correct in remembering [and it's possible I'm not], this is due to the commissioner not having the right to transfer "ownership" of an image they don't exactly "own" in the first place [unless they've purchased rights] and to charge someone else for the privilege to essentially just repost it is unfair to the buyer. Is it also unfair to the artist?
I see where it could become a problem if the new character owner misused the artwork somehow, but if it's basically only reposting rights being transferred, that's not much of a change from what the agreement was previously...or am I missing something?
[I personally don't think I would mind if someone transferred reposting rights to someone with the sale of a character as long as they weren't charging extra for those rights. The extra charge is the problem, though, correct?]

If I'm getting something wrong, it might invalidate my followup question, but assuming all the above is right...
I recently [and essentially retroactively] added to my ToS that re-sale of my artwork included with a character sale is prohibited. How can I even enforce this?

Today I found that someone I've done art for in the past has sold their character to someone who I have no problem with and who hasn't reposted the work I did of said character. I have no idea if the character was sold for an extra cost to cover extra artwork, I'm just relating the situation that spawned my thoughts and subsequent question.

Hypothetically, if the new character owner did repost my art, what could I do? I would feel bad revoking their rights to repost it if they paid extra for that right, plus their reposting of it doesn't exactly hurt me or my business [in this case, it would actually probably help]. It's not the buyer's fault they got essentially scammed out of extra money.
As far as I know, I can't do anything to the person who sold the character, though, and they're the one I'd be upset with. I could punish the buyer, who wouldn't deserve it, but the person who was actually in the wrong gets extra money with no consequence no matter what I chose to do.

Does your answer change with the information that the original character owner never actually paid me a dime? [Every piece I've done with this character in it was a gift from their (ex?) significant other meaning that they'd be making a complete profit--there's no deficit from paying for the artwork originally, which usually seems to be the defense for people who are in favor of this practice.]

Thanks in advance for any input/opinions!
[identity profile] friskecrisps.livejournal.com
The reason I'm asking this is because as I've commissioned more fetish and mature related works that get posted, I see comments from other watchers of said artist on the pics ranging from calling the pic weird and strange to people saying they would want to do stuff to my character like...well I'm pretty sure you guys can guess. Would it be alright of me to ask for the artist to hide/delete these comments or if they don't mind the comments, I should just tough it out?
[identity profile] oceandezignz.livejournal.com
For an artist, be you a hobbyist or pro; it is positively critical to have a good, solid Terms of Service (T.O.S.). One that includes both your rights as the artist and the customer's rights in relation to your services. Not only does this educate your customers on how the process works and what to expect from it, but it protects both of you in case something goes wrong.

In our first official T.O.S. discussion post, we discussed what to include in a Terms of Service, what constituted good terms, and what were questionable, shady, or downright illegal terms.

Now, once again; here's your chance to post your T.O.S. for critique. Don't know how to word a particular point you're trying to convey? Want to make sure your T.O.S. is fair for you and your customers? Need to make sure you didn't leave any gigantic loopholes? Link your T.O.S. here, and members can give you their advice.

This post can also be used to discuss any other questions that you have on your mind regarding how to build a T.O.S., maintain a good T.O.S. and how to make sure your clients read and agree to your T.O.S.

Before you post, please read through the previous T.O.S. discussions; apply what you learn there to your T.O.S., and then link your revised T.O.S. here for help polishing up.

Please do not post a half-finished T.O.S. and ask folks to rewrite it for you. Be prepared for honest critique!

A good 'break down' for a T.O.S.:
Intro
Artist's Rights
-Payment
-Process
-Preferences
-Publishing
Client's Rights
-Fixes/Redraws
-Publishing
-Behavior
Communication
Refunds
Shipping & Handling

-When it comes to an artist's preferences for what they will or will not draw; simple is often better. You -may- list what you are not willing to draw, but it can get lengthy. If you're not willing to list, or find your list getting longer than your own T.O.S.; but do not might getting ideas pitched at you to pick from, a good solid "Commission themes are to be approved at artist's discretion at all times. Artist reserves the right to decline any commission, without reason." will help you out.

-When talking payment, the community majority is in favor of using Paypal INVOICES. Invoices give the artist control over how much money they're getting, when they get it, and the content of the invoice (in case you're afraid of what a client may write in your place).

-Fixes/Redraws need to have a firm hard limit set to them, as well as some suggestions to go along with them. Detail WHAT part of the process a client may (or may not) ask for fixes on, how many they get and if they go over that limit; what you will charge additionally for it. Also suggest the client wait a minimum of 24-48 hours (if you can afford that wait) to really find out what they want fixed or what they can live with, to the satisfaction of you and themselves.

-Tell your clients in the T.O.S. what you will not tolerate from them from the get-go. If you do not appreciate sexual advances/role-play/commentary; state it in the T.O.S. that you don't play those games and such behavior will not be tolerated during the commission process.

-Communication: State to potential clients how often you'll be in contact with them, or your comfort level in them contacting you for status updates, or where to look for updates if you use a service like Trello or keep a queue maintained on your blog/art site/etc.

-Remind your clients of your rights as the artist, that you own the artwork created due to copyright law. You have full publication/printing rights, but will out of respect to them ask if you can print their commissions for other purposes. If you give re-posting rights to your clients; state here and now where they can or cannot post to, if they have to use a watermarked copy you provide, etc.
-PRIVACY: State your policies (and applicable fees) on privacy of commissions, if you require permissions of secondary characters involved in said private commissions and the possible longevity of how long a private commission may stay private.

-Include refunding options, when a client is a allowed to back out, deposit fees (if building tangible art), etc. Just don't say 'no refunds, what so ever'.


Remember; the tips in the above cut are only the tip of the iceberg for a T.O.S. they're there to get your brain going on what to do. The Mods or even long time comm members will be absolutely glad to offer their two-cents on any other questions or topics you have come to mind, on top of the critique.

If you feel your T.O.S. is quite solid (honed in the fires of discussion posts past) feel free to share it here so folks have an example to look at!

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