Today’s tips will be a little about art shop set ups, drawing errors, and requesting
Size: I recommend not having over 8 members if they all do pretty much the same thing. It’ll make it harder for some to get noticed. Of course if everyone is doing something different then that’s completely fine.
Forms: You have to make these noticeable! People can’t request if they can’t find the form. Another thing is you should always have some kind of form. If you just put your examples up and say you’re taking requests the requestor might leave information out or be confused on how to request.
Communication: Don’t be afraid to ask people questions about their request or talk to people in your art group. If you notice someone in your group isn’t active much then try and reach out to them.
Breaks: Never be afraid to step away from art if you need to. You take time out of your life to help others out so it’s important you care for yourself first.
That One Dot/Line: If you’ve been drawing for a while I’m sure you’ve run into that one dot or line. You have to sort through all your layers to erase it and it’s annoying. There’s not an exact way to avoid this but just be mindful and pay attention to details.
Slippery Fingers: If you use IbisPaint X or any drawing app really I’m sure you’ve accidentally pressed a button that could ruin the entire piece. My demise was often caused by how close these two evil buttons are
Once again try to pay attention. Moving too fast could cause you to ruin a three hour long piece.
References: Use them, try out something new. I switched apps and techniques a while ago and I’m still learning. You’ll eventually branch off and find what works for you.
Request the same thing from 2 or more people because you “want to get a faster reply” or “ like all of their examples.”
Ask for “something like this” and leaving someone else’s art as a reference without crediting who made the reference. I personally hate when people reference my art without crediting me because they’re reuploaded my work without my permission.
Ask if a shop is open. 9 times out of 10 it’ll say so in the title of the shop. If the shop hasn’t had a reply in over two months they’re most likely closed.
Ask for a super complex pose without leaving a reference. People can recreate things better if they have a visual.
Leave a photo of your characters idle instead of leaving their details. Artists who draw in Episode style need to know the exact way to recreate the character.
Leave a super short deadline and expect quality work. It’s rude to rush people when we all have lives to tend to. Also saying “whenever you finish/can get to it” under the deadline question isn’t helpful. Especially since you’ll check back in and the artist might not have even started. An estimate is extremely helpful. Getting upset because they’re busy or pushing them to draw in a style they aren’t comfortable with is unacceptable. If you request a 3+ drawn character piece expect a wait.
Leave a lot of gaps in info. As a requestor you have to be specific. Don’t make the artist decide 50% of your request.
Request 3+ things at a time. It’s selfish to do so since you’re using up all of their time and taking away from other potential requestor s. If it’s something small like banners that’s fine but if it’s art scenes or profile pictures that’s just nuts.
Read all the rules and fill out the form completely. Follow all rules and definitely leave a reasonable deadline.
Ask the artists capabilities and answer their questions as clearly as possible. See if they’re taking requests first.
Ask how to credit them & thank them for their time.
Reread your request before posting it to fix any errors.
Talk about concerns you have regarding your request with the artist
I know this is a lot but it’s important to know