In 25 years I have obtained many pieces of comic related art online and at conventions, penciled sketches, inked drawings, colored pieces (acrylics, watercolors, airbrushed, markers, pencils) and even CG drawn/printed art. These pieces vary from head shots, bust/half torso, full torso, full body, no background, simple background, full background, single character, two characters, clothed, semi clothed, toppless, nude.... but never pornographic, tasteful pinup, action poses and scenes.
I normally don't air out my issues in public. But as I follow so many artist from here, FaceBook and comic conventions, I figure it best to state my reasons for no longer asking for any future commissions. Over the past year I have made numerous commission request and purchases. With those purchases came lots of pride and happiness but also a lot of disgust and anguish.
Let me explain..... I have made purchases in advance online via emails for pieces that I would pick up at conventions. I was given what I thought was reasonable pricing for advance commissions compared to previous purchases from the same artist. I like the idea of advance purchase to allow the artist time to work on the piece at their own pace without distractions or the need to rush trying to do the piece live at the conventions. I have purchased pieces in advance of the convention and the day of the convention requested an extra piece if the artist had the time to fit in an extra for me.
This is where I am now getting upset, so please bare with me. Several times this year by various artist I was quoted/charged a price and then noticed a sign set up on their table pricing the same style and size piece for less than I was quoted/charged. The online purchase was much higher than the convention price. I could understand if the quality was higher for the piece done at their own time at home or office compared to pieces done at conventions. But this is the opposite of that. The pieces that I had done live at the conventions was of a much better quality in color and detail compared to the pieces they did at home or office and had longer time to do. I am quite confused as to why the pricing is different for the same style and size pieces. There are two differences, one was done live at the convention and the other done at the artist time and discretion, ordered months in advance before the convention. The convention piece was of better quality, color and detail compared to the piece you would have expected to be higher quality that it wasn't done at the convention. I feel that the pieces I requested online and ordered in advance where either overcharged, done in a rush to meet deadline or perhaps both. I have paid good money for commissions, both online and at conventions. But I feel that I have become too close to some artist that I may have become a victim to price gouging. The pieces ordered and obtained at conventions were at the convention prices, the online advance orders were higher priced but the quality was fair less than those done same day at the convention. It wasn't like this in the past, but has become more frequent over the past year and a half.
Another issue that bothers me is that I have ordered pieces online that were custom with requested details making them one of a kind that I paid for. Some of those pieces have recently been discovered at conventions for sale. They were scanned before being signed and personalized to me and now being printed and sold. So now the artist is making more money of a piece I paid for to be my personal piece. I may own the original...... But It takes away from the piece being a one of a kind personal request if the artist is selling off copies for other people to own. What the artist does with an original piece they did own their own, is their business. Making copies of a commission piece to profit off my one of a kind piece upsets me.
As of today I am no longer purchasing any art commissions. I feel I am being used as easy money due to how many repeat commission pieces I have obtained over the years. It also goes to say for any artist I haven't purchased from also. I now have a hard time trusting that I am paying for and receiving a one of a kind proper quality for price commission piece.
I am sorry to disappoint.
Watching: The Chronicles of Lizze Borden
Eating: cheese and crackers
Drinking: Captain Morgan