/// This is a type of rant journal, you have been warned. Don't take my words personal. I'm talking about the common issues I've seen around here.If you have given commission/art trade examples... Try to keep your final result match the examples!
People commissioned you because they wanted the art you were ready to give for them that means - they expect you to give them the same result. Or even better (if the artwork on examples is pretty old compared to your improvement). I bet there are many reasons for the quality issues but in this case I want to talk about the time you have in use.
Generally no one wants to wait for the commission for too long. But what I'm trying to tell is that it can be even more annoying when they won't take enough time to work with it. NEVER rush a commission/art trade just to get over with it so you can get the money or credit. PLEASE. Unless you actually have a deadline for it. What kind of "professional artist" doesn't give their best to their customers when they ask and pay for it. It's ok if you appreciate your customers and you don't want to keep them waiting for too long but seriously. Don't you feel bad about giving half decent job to your customers? Stuff that even you can't feel so proud of? So how do I know if the art is rushed?
When comparing your commission to the given examples, there are differences between the rushed art and the one you actually used time with. THE QUALITY. It stands out so well you can feel it poking your eye aaarg (no d1ck jokes)
. Shaky weird lines, lazy colouring that goes over the lines, white spots and awkward anatomy or poses. You are extra lazy if you actually just take one of your old drawings and redraw its pose/expression/angle to the commissioned work.
Here let me show you one example of mine with the line art that I made for a reference sheet (wasn't a commission but it has the same idea):This is only an example of my art so don't take it personal.I mainly can't draw canines but I know I can if I actually put time and effort to it. AND FOCUS ON. The same is with commissions/art trades.
Not everyday can be a drawing day and you need to accept it. So don't take a pressure, continue your work later. Even I have to draw some parts all over again simply because I didn't use enough time at first. Take the time you need but don't take too long so your customers won't disappear. Stay in touch with your customers and talk about these problems if they become an issue.
Tell me I'm a perfectionist, but I don't really think it's fair to pay for something that isn't even half of the effort that was in the example you were given. Anyway, have you encountered similar situations?? Or do you have other thoughts about the subject?
PS. I had to write this journal twice because on the first time I accidently deleted it. (the rage<3) I hope I didn't forgot anything...
PPS. This might actually be my first time I write a rant journal omg bear with me