What I Learned Doing My First Commission

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Recently, I had my very first commission (which I mentioned Here). I made buttons for the sister of a good friend of my boyfriend’s. For those of you who don’t know what a commission is —

 

com·mis·sion

kəˈmiSHən/

noun

noun: commission; plural noun: commissions; noun: comm.

1.

an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people.

“his commission to redesign the building”

synonyms:
task, employment, job, project, mission, assignment, undertaking; More
an order for something, especially a work of art, to be produced.

“Mozart at last received a commission to write an opera”
a work produced in response to a commission.
archaic
the authority to perform a task or certain duties.

synos:
warrant, license, sanction, authority
“items made under state commission”

2.

a group of people officially charged with a particular function.

“the United Nations High Commission for Refugees”
synonyms:
committee, board, council, panel, directorate, delegation
“an independent commission”

3.

an amount of money, typically a set percentage of the value involved, paid to an agent in a commercial transaction.

“foreign banks may charge a commission”
synonyms:
percentage, brokerage, share, portion, dividend, premium, fee, consideration, bonus;More

 

Simply put – she paid me to make her six buttons. Three of the buttons were fan art from an anime called Assassination Classroom, and the other three were characters of her own.

 

Never having done a commission before, I didn’t know what to do or what to expect. I’d seen lots and lots of people online do them, but I could never get anyone to buy one. It was an interesting experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to doing more in the future (if anybody wants one). I have an Etsy, if you want to see what I have done  – maybe, possibly, order one, or two, or five. But just contact me about requests and pricing (shameless ad, lol).

 

Commissions are definitely a different world.

 

Firstly, I’ve never really had a timeline to do my artwork before. Commissions, you have to try and get done as soon as possible. But also in good quality. Trying to find the balance between was difficult. I wanted it to look as nice as possible. But also not take forever to do.

The quality thing ties into my next point – quality, although it should be, has never really been at the top of my list. I do what I do to get it done. But, with commissions, somebody is buying it.  So you better make it good (my boyfriend and I got annoyed with each other during the button making process, because of this).

Third, you gotta keep up with the buyer. Thomas (my boyfriend) knew her, I didn’t. So he tried to keep her as up to date as he could. But I’d had a craft show to get ready for. And during that process, she thought we forgot about her. We hadn’t – we were just busy. So, open lines of communication are a must. Though, I suppose it’s like that for an custom business.

 

Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet, it’ll be easier if I ever have another commission. But the first time was definitely a doosie. I guess it’s always like that the first time though. It ended up being a fun, interesting learning experience! I’m hoping to get more commissions in the future!

 

Have you ever done commissions, or something like that? What did you find was hardest? Tell me below!

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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Comments (8)

  1. Awesome hun! I love doing commissions! I love knowing that what I am making is something special for someone else! I think you did an amazing job! So did you draw the art or did she provide it for you?

    1. Thank you! She told me what she wanted, and sent me pictures of the characters she has designed herself. And then I drew them in my own style for the buttons.

  2. You did a lovely job. I had an online shop for 3 years. It worked out so well in the end that I had to choose between my main job and the online shop. I loved the communication part a lot.

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