View Full Version : Question about a Uncertain Commission

07-12-2012, 12:23 PM
Well, this is my first time asking something like this...and I'd really appreciate some feedback on my situation.

I asked a local commissioner in my hometown to help me with creating a Sailor Moon tiara and she posted up the picture. I looked at the final picture and it doesn't look anything as I thought it would look. In fact, I was a little surprised at how 'cheap' it looks. I haven't paid for my commission, but I'm a little unsure if I want to pay her or not. I came in contact with her when she was at Artist Alley and thought all her other work on props were nice...So, since she told me I could pay after the commission do I have a right to say "I'm sorry, thanks anyway."

I want to make it respectful and address my displeasure.

I don't want to say it looked like crap...but it just gives me a "not too sure" feeling that I like what she made. I could always ask her to re-make it but she told me she has no experience in making anything with metal or brass. (Which is too bad, as most Sailor Moon tiaras or made of those materials)

If I can find a way to say, "I'm sorry" I totally would but I could use some insight in what everyone else thinks or suggests.

07-12-2012, 01:19 PM
I've had to do this recently! You have to beware commissioners who jump at the sound of a gun like she did. She should of let you know before that she was not too knowledgeable in making the tiara the way you'd liked it to be. I know it maybe alittle mean but you don't have to pay for it. It's not to your liking,it's not in your hands,you didn't buy the stuff to make it that's all on her so tell her it's not to your liking and if she complains then its her fault. A lot of commissioners don't just take a quote and make it in haste expecting cheap work to be paid for.

07-13-2012, 01:25 PM
Perhaps, you can look for examples of other people's work and link her that :) As for the tiara, there are plenty of excellent ones done just with craft foam. It just really depends on a person's ability to do so. If she said she said she didn't have the experience to do such a project then she shouldn't have taken the commission, more so she shouldn't have gotten herself in a jam by saying she'll accept your money after she makes the item. So, definitely try to send her examples (which probably should have been done beforehand). The client has every right to express what is wrong with a commission, in a nice way, and the commissioner should do everything in their power to make their client happy.