[sticky post]Welcome!

I have been feeling that a community of this nature is long overdue.  One that encourages constant and open discussion with all things related to art as a "business", be it an actual full time job, to those who do it for extra income, and for commissioners who do make it possible either way.

This is a place to ask questions, discussion options, and to feel safe doing so.  And with it are some rules and things I want people to keep in mind.

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Also!  If there are things you'd like to see done, like book discussions, talking in depth about techniques regarding mediums, or whatever else, please, suggest them!  If need be, I can make a sister a group.

Email Lists

Email lists have been something I'm interested in doing at some point in the future.  For others who are interested, I found Lachri's video informative.

Anyone Wanting To Help Out With This Community?

I haven't been very active in keeping this community updated, and I apologize for missing the spammer-usually when they pop up, I avoid LJ for a day or two.  It's been a crazy year for me, and I am going to make a note to dig up some art business related stuff so I can get this community back to being a helpful and useful resource.  But I do fear that I'm going to miss some things and would like someone who can assist.  If not, I'll figure it out.

In other news, I'm also thinking of having some days a week for general helpful stuff you guys may find.  I'm at least thinking for a tutorial day, but what else would you like to see?

Paypal Rights Grab? RE:Updated User Agreement

With Paypal's update coming, people have spotted some concerning language.

When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future.

Now, I'm not feeling as if the sky is falling with this, but I AM side-eyeing.  How such legalese is meant to be used for, and how it ends up being used for, can be two vastly different things.

In the comments to this article: http://coolmainpress.com/ajwriting/archives/4904

You will find a comment near the bottom that has a reply from paypal:

"Hi, my name is [name] and I am glad you contacted us once more so I can shed light regarding our policy update.

Let me put your mind at ease that the copyright of your book will not be owned by PayPal when you use our service to receive payments. We only have an update for intellectual property, letting you know that you are authorising PayPal to use it for our website. The best example for this is by letting our customers or buyers know that we cater different merchants by using their logos in front of our website or PayPal app."

I am not sure how to feel about that.

There is another article here: http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/04/30/paypals-out-to-steal-creators-copyrights-and-other-nonsense/

I, overall, have no idea what to think about this.

Watermarking and/vs Lower Resolution?

I know that those of us within fandoms have encountered more people in general who loathe watermarking in general, or anything an artist does to try and protect their work.

Still, I found this video to be interesting.

Supplies Reviews

Found some colored pencils that you just love?  How about paints that have the body and flow you've been dreaming of?  Or pens that make inking less frustrating?

Post your reviews here!

Terms of Service
Hello everyone, I thought there might have been an entry on TOSes, but I guess not so here we go! I don't have a TOS drawn up, for either my fandom work or my professional work. Interestingly enough most of my fandom commissions I have had no issues with, but professionally, oh boy. I think it is time to get the fine print up so I don't have to worry about the day when things might not go so smoothly. This will also help clear things up for potential clients, as well as cut down on me repeating myself.

I am wondering if there are any available resources that I can base my TOS on? I know most folks write up their own and customize, but I figure why re-invent the wheel, and I can modify/build upon it as well. I'm sure a quick google search will turn up things, but I also figure this would be a good journal entry for artists (and customers) to refer to and familiarize themselves with in the future! Thanks in advance. :)

Payment Methods other than Paypal
mech transformere femme seeker
Not an actual question/comment from me, but a very useful conversation in another group and one that is valuable here to IMO.


Dealing with young customers?
So I very much understand the liabilities that go along with dealing with customers under 18. In my ToS I say "By agreeing to these terms you submit that you are at least 18 years of age. If you would like a commission and you are under the age limit, I would be happy to work with your parent or legal guardian." But now that I'm actually in a position where someone under 18 wants to commission me, I'm nervous. How exactly should I go about being sure their parent is okay with it/overseeing the transaction? Pretty much any way of contact (email, phone, etc) is easy enough to fake for a resourceful teen. And I know I spent my childhood lying about my age on the net. Is an email "contract" signed by their parent enough to keep me out of trouble should things go south? Or should I just revise my ToS to state that I don't work with anyone under 18 period?

What is the ONE piece of advice you would give new artists?
One, only one. 


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