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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:

:iconinarispellborn:
Reason: Amazing use of color and texture in his artwork.
Request: Black wolf running through autumnal forest.
Product: fav.me/d2fwwsp
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...

:iconfly-free12:
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

:icontravisharris:
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.
Product: fav.me/d4nsmfk
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 ;))

-Canyx
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:icondragonlady97:
Dragonlady97 Feb 1, 2012  Student Artist
*nodnod*
On a related note, I loved watching the Redwall cartoon on PBS when I was little... <3 I never got a chance to read it, but I hated that they took the cartoon off the air.
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:iconcanyx:
I loved that cartoon too!!
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Dragonlady97 Feb 1, 2012  Student Artist
It was great, right? <3 I wish they had kept it longer, though... I can't find any episodes online...
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sognodrago Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O
amazing choice and great reasoning
we sure can learn a lot from everyone else around us(and including you for this matter :D, I'm actually learning how to do commission)
and well, artist... I don't know if they do commission, I never ask for one before....
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:iconcanyx:
Good luck with getting your commissions started! You have some great art. This one is my absolute favorite: [link]
Again, I have something for TEXTURE and this piece is just so warm and well lit...I would buy this.
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sognodrago Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, thanks really
I actually have started a mini commission already, but still on the process of learning....
texture.... yes, good use of thing can really have different super effective effect on an art piece
and well, you know what, tell you a secret, that piece was actually an mistake turned amazing art, even the teacher was amazed at how it turned out OuO, what kind of mistake? well, this piece was suppose to be paint on the front of the canvas-paper, instead, I painted on the back because of the lack of understanding, but then afterwards, this become one of my best art ever since.
accidents really happen in life, especially in art, but a lot of time they happen to be surprising and amazing
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