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Old 07-31-2018, 02:46 PM
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Re: First commission--advice? Tips?

I've never done a handshake deal, ever.

I would never sue for payment, so more legalese forms are not useful to me, and I think are potentially off putting.

I've seen some recommended contracts that were worded to expect the client would hate the art, very alarming.

As long as I get the art back, I would refund. I personally do not want my art out there, grudgingly paid for by threat of lawsuit. And they don't get it in their hands until fully paid for.

I wonder how often this is happening to other pros, that they get stiffed? If it's often, then I would delve into the "why". Where you find clients? The quality? The lack of communication? Not being confident enough to get your money upfront? Or what?
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:56 PM
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Re: First commission--advice? Tips?

The last commissioned painting I bought the arrangement was 1/3 down when I commissioned the painting, 1/3 at the midpoint, and 1/3 on completion.

Option for revisions at the midpoint. I had a couple of minor things, but they were minor.

I was commissioning a specific size and subject, so most of the details were known before painting even started.

I have done a couple of commision paintings and much prefer knowing what my client wants before I start painting.
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