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Ok, now that we got that out of the way...I'm ready for this article.
Let's talk about commissions for a second. Pretend, if you will, that you have a favorite comic book/anime/cartoon/pop culture character. Now, the next logical step is to own memorabilia of that character. But that only goes so far. You will find that you are limited in selection and even if you do find something cool, it's mass produced and someone else owns the actual original. Now, if you are a true die-hard, you can get *FANFARE* an original art commission. YES! Your very own rendition of said character or maybe even your own creation to have and to hold forever and ever.
How do you go about getting commissions? Follow along with my easy step-by-step instructions. I make getting commissions fun!
Step ONE! Find an artist!
Step TWO! Contact the artist. You know, on their Facebook or their blog (DeviantArt, Twitter, etc. yeah the usual places).
Step THREE! Ask them to draw something original and awesome for you. Then you pay him/her and just wait by the mail for your custom made original art to be delivered by the mail. Or UPS. Or FedEx. Or you can meet the artists locally, at a convention. I'm sure you can figure that part out. Yes, you can. Yes, you can.
So, you figured out what you want, had the artist draw it and you received it. Good for you! What's next? I've seen people do a couple of things. First off, if you are super mega hardcore, you will probably amass a number of commissions/sketches/sketch cards. That means you will want to get them organized. Art stores have some cool binders, in all the popular sizes, which makes it easy to keep the art safe and show it off to jealous friends who don't own super awesome art.
Another option is to hang it up! Because then you can enjoy it year-round and have something very cool that represents you, displayed in your home. I personally do both as I have a small but growing art collection, mostly of stuff by artists who have become my friends.
Now, the artist perspective on doing commissions... Commissions are great!! Someone out there loves your art style enough to have you draw something special for them. You get to draw something that someone also really loves and is passionate about, and you make a little extra money. I know of several artists that have had commissions support them financially or get them through hard times. I personally have a list of about ten commissions pretty much all the time. It's nice being able to do something special for fans.
So, whether you like Superman, Emma Frost, Naruto, or some awesome independent character, commissions can make a dream come true for you.