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SkyboundTerror

Thrashing About
I like misleading titles.
I've got a few questions for those who buy art of their characters.

Why do you do so?

There are certain... reasons why someone would commission their character depending on the content of the art being made, but is there any reason other than personal gratification?

What are the factors that come into play when you realize you have money and decide to commission an artist? Or are you the kind who doesn't have money and buys art anyway?

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I look forward to your answers!

Especially the smartass remarks.
 
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TrishaCat

The Cat in the FAF
I've never commissioned an artist myself (yet) due to a lack of funds, however if I did I would do so because I like good artwork. Be it my character or someone else's, I just want to see beautiful artwork. Since a character I make (or anyone else makes for themselves) is personal to me, it fills me with even more joy to see my character drawn well by other artists. Bonus points if its my favorite artist.
 

DrDingo

Moved to phoenix.corvidae.org with the others
What fantastic timing! I got a thing today, so I can sit here and talk about why!

Normally, I don't spend much money on myself. Reason being I have to really like something to want to buy it.
But I do love commissions.
Gratification is a big factor: The enjoyment of seeing other people loving and favouriting something involving one's character, even following them on FA afterwards. A short burst of attention, I suppose.
One of the biggest factors, mind, is the goddamn epic feeling of seeing your character come to life. The fandom is hugely visual, and if you want to make a cool impression, you've gotta have a cool sona with a cool drawing!

Commissions are like a drug. A potent, harmful, expensive furry drug.
 

Zeitzbach

Taste purple
Beside the artist's name, it's probably the style.

There's a certain few I would like to commish sometime just to see my char in a different style, fully painted but with how expensive those are, I might as well try and copy their style and draw it myself. Really, who would want to see your own char that is always in a rather cutesy style painted to look like something from castlevania?
 

Calemeyr

Vere Adeptus
It's sheer escapism (sometimes sexual escapism). Personally, when I want to chill, I make sure I get my money's worth (long video games with replay value). But some people want the climatic scenes immediately, so they commission tons of art.
When you get loads of furries doing this, you'll wind up with most of the art being fursona art. Kinda gets boring after a while, especially when it isn't your character, so then you commission more.

Edit: I want all my characters to look like Ayami Kojima Castlevania subjects. That would be friggin awesome.
 
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BadRoy

The sloth is back
I like to see art of my characters because as a writer I have ideas of how they should look, but by commissioning I see the artists take on them. And there is definitely a gratification to seeing a character that was in your head on paper/in digital.

And commissioning porn is a blast!
 

VintageLynx

Analogue fuzzball
I have always loved anthro drawings starting with Rupert and his mates (my Dads old books) and to have similar of my character is magic I think. I am not that fussed with the huge artists since their style is targeted to a different market. I also love encouraging artists that are starting out and some of the quality is just amazing and WAY above the monetary cost. I look at mass produced prints without even a frame that sell for more than most art I buy.

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/15529596/ is my latest one (SFW) and I enjoy browsing all the other peoples art too. Some amazing stuff on FA.
 

funky3000

Galactic Overlord
I've gotten a free thing before, it got decent attention, but seeing my character drawn by someone else felt fantastic. It made me feel... Hmm... Noticed. I might commission an artist to draw a character if I have a little extra cash to waste, I've been having that desire. I'd guess Stampy would do a very good impression of Valthera. Pretty popular person in the land of macro as well.
 

BadRoy

The sloth is back
Oh. It is pertinent to mention that I maintain a Commission Budget.

I allow myself to spend $60 on commissions each month. Unused monies roll into the next month and I add the money I get from commissions to the present month. I never wanted to be that guy who commission hundreds of dollars worth of art a month to the detriment of his living situation.
 

Croconaw

#1 Most Requested Croconaw
It's good to support artists however you can.


Me personally, I usually buy art of the artists I admire rather than commission (I know Henrieke auctions off some of her older pieces/sells them in her online store). It's a nice way to say "Thanks for being an inspiration".
 

Nashida

She do a blep
Most of the art I get is badges, and I like collecting different styles. I do have a handful of pieces my mate commissioned for us, my favorite being a wood-burned plaque of us. Reason? Again, comes down to style, a quirk I liked (like a badge I'm getting done on a working N64 came cart) or they happened to be local (all but maybe 3 of my badges)
 

Kitsune Cross

**** that **** now! Bitch
I don't commission artists because I don't own money to do so, but I would because of: When you pay an artist for their work you are not only receiving a piece of art, you are showing you like his/her art and by commisioning you are giving incentive for the artist to keep creating art, so yea, it's not just getting art of your character, it's about getting the artist to continue doing art.
 
If I see a good deal from an artist whose style I like, I splurge. I am actually kind of obsessed with art of my character. I have 31+ images of her (not all commissioned)

The price has to be right though. I've never spent more than $40 on a single image of my character, but if a really popular artist whom I admire opens up then I might go for something more high-end.
 
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Zeitzbach

Taste purple
It's good to support artists however you can.


Me personally, I usually buy art of the artists I admire rather than commission (I know Henrieke auctions off some of her older pieces/sells them in her online store). It's a nice way to say "Thanks for being an inspiration".

inb4Patreon
Patreon everywhere.
 

Teckolf

Drank ALL the Coffee!!!
The current production market trend is personalized production. Consumers are sick of mass produced stuff and want things that were built specifically for them. As for me I want to commision a ref, a few pieces (preferably badges and icons) from favorite artists, and a suit, all after I graduate and find a job of course.

I love my manufacturing processes class...
 

IAN

Member
There are certain... reasons why someone would commission their character depending on the content of the art being made, but is there any reason other than personal gratification?

What are the factors that come into play when you realize you have money and decide to commission an artist? Or are you the kind who doesn't have money and buys art anyway?.
Several things: You like an artist and want to support their work, just like a band you would enjoy. But instead of buying a CD/T-shirt you get a personalized picture drawn by them.

Second, having an idea for your character in your head that you would love to see brought to "life" but need an artist to depict it. Because if you're anything like me, you have terrible drawing skills. And even if you are good at drawing, it would be interesting to see another's take on drawing your 'sona.


However, there's still another aspect that comes into play: getting favorites, comments, and watches from people who like seeing your commissioned pictures. Yes, commissions are supposed to be mostly for yourself, but the enjoyment still comes from the fact that people are showing enjoyment in the idea you had in mind.

This can become an issue, as because most people on FA are there to satisfy their fetishes and throbbing dicks, the pics that get the most attention are going to be the ones you get that are either porn or fetish-related. Even if it's not immediately sexualized. This may even lessen your incentive to spend money on a picture that isn't fetish related because of the fact that hardly anyone is gonna look at it.
 

BRN

WTB Forum Mod Powers
other than personal gratification?
You mean, like, making stuff to f*p to?

I don't think that's ever happened with anything I've commissioned of myself. Which must seem odd. :p
What are the factors that come into play when you realize you have money and decide to commission an artist? Or are you the kind who doesn't have money and buys art anyway/?

A'ight. :D So, first things first? Cost is rarely a factor.
It's not like I'm superrich with a tonne of disposable income. It's just that if it's a roughly fair price, and I can afford it, then I'll spend what they're asking for. I'm pleasantly aware exactly who is receiving that money, after all, and it's spent in eager anticipation of something being created - which is a feeling I just love.~

Okay, so that's definitely a factor. Seeing something get created. I get to create by proxy! I don't have artistic skills, but I love the artistic process. And, whether it's adult or clean art, the art I like to see also falls into certain patterns of content; I get to create more of that content.
You can follow that pattern of thought further, too; maybe something that I helped create will inspire other artists or fans who enjoyed seeing it, to help create more of that content. I like to imagine I've gone some way towards making quilavas more popular, for example. :p

I get to support artists I like, or memorialise friendships and experiences I've had. Selfishly, too, I know that art generates attention on me as a commissioner and I and my characters get recognised for it. So someone like me, who has commissioned a lot, occasionally gets recognised by name at furmeets or new communities and it's always awesome when that happens. You feel like a superstar.

So yeah, that's a few things. To summarise? Unselfishly I like creating new stuff and I get to support artists, and selfishly, I get publicity by proxy.~♪
 

Filter

ɹǝʇlᴉℲ
I treat furry as more of a DIY thing, so I'm not much involved with either side of the commission scene, but simply wanting the art is enough to justify a commission. As an added bonus, you help support artists and give the rest of us more art to look at.

Also, some of these commissioned characters are awesome in their own right. When I've felt this way, however, I've found that I pay less attention to the various artists who actually drew the pieces. Again, going back to the DIY thing. It's still neat to see peoples' ideas realized, despite the fact that they might not be able to draw them.
 
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Renarde

Little Fox
I can draw myself but I really like seeing other artist's takes on my character. The art is a really big part of the community in my eyes, and it's a fun way to interact with other people. Art trades, requests, commissions... there's just something about it that's just so much fun. ^^
 

Esper Husky

Member
Something about seeing my character / fursona come to life in artwork. Drawn well, that sorta thing. I have only commissioned a couple things so far, but honestly, I'd love to make it a more regular monthly thing.

About that, too -- I really want to see the char in a variety of artist styles; of course, ones that appeal to me or catch my attention, but I'd really love to see "him" in more and more interpretations and approaches and whatnot.

Special: at first, the char was just this massive wall of text. Then, I did my best to scrap up a reference sheet. Eventually, I got a headshot -- and receiving it, had this awesomely warm feeling. I don't know how else to put that. I think I've already tried, actually, lol. But it was really cool to see it more... "concrete," so to speak.
 

Riltmos

Airship explorer
There are several reasons why I did, the main reason was because I wanted a better picture of my fursona. I haven't actually done anything with the picture other than show it to my friends. Also I loved Zeitzbach's art style and outfit designs so much that when I saw him take commissions, I had to rush over and buy a picture from him. As to why I wanted a good picture of my fursona, I honestly don't know other than I felt like I really wanted to.
 

Gator

Uncledaddy
i have yet to commission anybody (not including requests, trades, and digital currency 'commissions'), but i have considered it. maybe whenever i have a job again and actually make decent refs for some of my characters, i'll do so. since those are p much the only reasons i haven't done it yet.

as for why i would...
>like my characters
>like art
>like that particular person's style and think my characters would look fab in it

that is p much all there is to it. yeah, i can draw it if i really want to, but i don't always just want to see things done by me. it's more "special" and interesting seeing someone else's take on it. also i'm lazy and hate drawing. why do the shit myself when i can hire someone with way more patience than me to do it (and probably do it better)? plus it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when someone else takes an interest in my characters and things. like, i know i'm paying them to do it, but i love sharing stuff and if they are having fun with it and actually seem interested in what they're working on, best thing ever. it's like bonding. and in a way, seeing my characters drawn by someone other than just myself makes them feel more 'real'. don't ask me to explain that one...
 
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