I'm really liking the black wonder woman. My name is Justin and I'm working on a small client handbook with tips on how to have a better experience working with artists (because sometimes peoples ignorance it the cause of the frustration) they cause us I was wondering what types of tips would you give to a client who is hiring an artist to do work for them.
What’s up Justin. Thanks for asking me, but there are some other artists out here on Tumblr who would probably be better equipped at answering this question than me, so I can only tell you stuff that I’ve personally learned the hard way.
1.) Don’t expect an artist to work for free or scraps. Most artists use this as their primary source of income, and when it comes to art for them, business is business, whether we’re acquainted or not. Just because I draw and we know each other, doesn’t mean that you can get free art/commissions. Thats like saying if I knew someone who made a car, they should be able to hook me up with a free one since we’ve kicked it a couple of times.
2.) If you’re doing commissions, especially for bigger projects, always use contracts. That way, both parties know exactly whats going on and what’s expected from both sides.
3.) Split that payment up. You should receive half upon acceptance of terms and the other half after delivery of all of the goods, whether it be digital or physical. I’ve been burned like this several times, by sending people initial sketches just to get a feel for their idea, and then them saying that they would rather go in another direction altogether or just flat out not responding back, only to see my sketches as the base for their project or on a t shirt somewhere.
4.) Always keep communication lines open…and that goes for both sides. If you’re running into a problem, or may potentially not meet a deadline, let the other person know so that they won’t be left in the dark.
5.) Don’t lowball artists. Most clients know exactly what the art that they’re commissioning an artist to do is going towards. Most artists, especially if they’re first starting out, probably wouldn’t ask too many questions, they’re just happy that someone likes their art enough to commission them. But don’t take advantage of them, and pay them only like $30 for an illustrated idea, and you turn around and put that on a t-shirt and sell them for $25 a pop.
6.) Try to explain to an artist in as much detail as you can about what you’re looking for. Most people think that its an artist’s dream to hear someone say “I don’t know what I want, you’re the artist…do what you do man…” only for you to go through countless redraws because they “respect your vision” initially. For me, I try to get as much information as possible, and it would even help if they sent me a rough sketch…even scribbles so I know what they’re going for. That way, I’m not wasting time, and they’ll get what they paid for in a more timely manner.
I hope that helps man. Like I said, those are just some of the pitfalls that I’ve ran into while being a freelance artist.
Hey do you or would you draw something for a follower if I emailed you an idea. If so what is the best email address to reach you at
Yeah, I definitely would, even though that sounds like it would fall under the commissions umbrella. You can definitely reach me at illumistrations(at)gmail(dot)com, and we can hash out the details from there.