I've commissioned a handful of artists in the past few years. Some were good, some were bad, and some I have yet to hear back from. To me, a good commissioner is one who is excited about his/her art, provides clear commission information, and is consistent with communication. Here are three artists that I would HIGHLY recommend, and would not hesitate to commission again if I had the right ideas for them. They all charge decent prices for their work too, and in fact I would pay more considering what I received:
Reason: Amazing use of color and texture in his artwork.
Request: Black wolf running through autumnal forest.
Bonus: Was quick to provide sketches, willing to make adjustments, kept me updated on the process, and delivered the piece when he said he would. Worked with a style he wasn't familiar with and went through the efforts of practicing wolf anatomy for this commission. Kudos for that!
Other art: inarispellborn.deviantart.com/… Holy cow that texture...
Reason: She was recommended by another artist, and I also wanted to dabble in stitchpunk.
Request: I wanted a personalized stitchpunk.
Products: fav.me/d45lt9y fav.me/d45i7bo
Bonus: Provided very clean sketches (I could learn a thing or two...) of three possible character designs at multiple angles with multiple accessories for me to choose from. Was open to suggestions. Clear communication throughout, and delivered a top notch character sheet in the end.
Other art: fav.me/d2nxag7
Reason: Beautiful, dynamic gallery with plenty of variety. Good reputation and professionalism.
Request: Martin the warrior and Tsarmina (Redwall series), inspired by the style of one of his other works.
Bonus: Sent me a free poster of the artwork. Also clear with communication and updates. Worked with a subject matter that was foreign and challenging, and pulled it off beautifully.
Other art: fav.me/d3li4gq (One of my favorite pieces ever. You can FEEL the movement in this!)
Awesome stuff. I'm not too much of an art collector... 'Amazing art' (front page stuff) doesn't really inspire me, compared to things like texture and movement. 'Style' over 'technique,' I guess. Something about these artists' galleries moved me enough to say, "I want to OWN something designed by you." And I'm honored to have had that happen.
Are there any artists out there that YOU would recommend?
(I don't count, for those who've commissioned me before )