The first time I was contacted by someone who was interested in commission was at least a year ago. However, the stories only had beginning but never had ending. For example,
They would ask “Do you accept commission?”
I answered “Yes. Please tell me what subject you have in mind and what is the ideal size and budget.”
They would say “I would like such such.”
And after I replied with more details they disappeared. One time there was a person gave me super detailed descriptions of the subject (a big foot) and the messages stopped. The other time a nice lady wanted me to paint portrait of her daughter. But she had a lot specific “requirements” such as eyebrows and eyes, clothes and scarf, background, accessories and so on. I did a digital sketch for her twice but she said no.
By the way, I like to do a quick digital sketch for commission work before each party actually signed on the final agreement. The digital sketch is for the client to visualize the subject, composition and color theme.
Same thing happened until early this year. People reached out to me and messages stopped. So I don’t have high hope for this commission thing. Finally, to my surprise, someone said yes after I presented the digital sketch. Thus, for the first time, I actually finished the whole process. I painted it, scanned it and shipped it.
I am so thankful for this client. I mean this is my first official completed commission project. God bless them~ ^_^
So far I use the commission feature on Artfinder. It is convenient to document all communications, work details, attachments and deposit. If you are interested in commission please feel free to check this feature on my Artfinder shop.