I bought a commission of my character. The artist delivered it; going above and beyond what I paid for, in terms of drawing style/coloration, etc. But it’s. not what I wanted – at all. Everything is wrong about it; the expression, the hair, everything but the color of her dress. But they did more than they were paid to. I don’t want to just keep quiet and accept it, but at the same time I don’t want to throw the ‘gift’ of extra work back in their face. What do I do? How can I handle this?


I’m going to give this a pretty hypocritical answer because I’m behind on a couple commissions thanks to some mental health problems (though the two customers are aware of this and have been very patient, bless them in a very non-southern sense), but honestly– the artist should have been keeping you up-to-date from the start?

Things like pose and expression are able to be fixed in the preliminary sketch. Did they just crank out rough-to-finished without keeping you in the loop and getting your input? I wouldn’t consider myself the most communicative, but (in the case of half+full bodies) I’ll always send a rough sketch, lineart, and preliminary final to make sure it’s everything the commissioner wanted– if it’s not what they like after I show them three separate WIPs, then it’s kind of on them for not saying “hey, I don’t like that expression”, you know?

So if they didn’t give you that measure for what sounds like a full-body piece, then I think you have every right to say, “Look, I appreciate the effort, but this isn’t what I asked for.” It’s their mistake for putting all that effort into the wrong thing. If I’m at work and have to put together a new shelf of product and wind up putting together the completely wrong aisle, all that effort isn’t going to let me off the hook because the job I was supposed to do still hasn’t been done.

So yeah. Don’t be like super aggressive about it but do point out that it’s not what you wanted. It’ll be okay.

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