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Worth it to make a commission progress LJ, so that people can see progress on their pieces? 

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252 deviants said Probably more work then you need
44%
222 deviants said Yes
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22 deviants said No
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10 deviants said Other (please comment)

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talikira Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
If I ordered a commission from someone, I'd personally think it'd be more fun if I didn't get to see it until it was completed. :>
But I agree. I think they should ask/you should charge if they want to see it progress.
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Atomsk-in-love Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Charge a little extra if they want a progress report, more work = more money
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I'd recommend against it. If people need to see some sort of record of their progress, I'd think that denoting what stage their commission is in (sketching, inking, etc.) should be enough.

I try to show my clients how their work looks after each important stage is finished and get input then.
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Nhyra Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Student General Artist
It might be more work than you need, considering you already have an LJ and such. Maybe use the Google list sort of thing to link to any progress shots you might have?
don't know if you could do that, but maybe it'd be more convenient? xD
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thedancingemu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i just have this: [link]=pbAipc-6xcHyjNHbsWNf8Qg

if i need to have a sketch reviewed, i'll send it to them, or if i've been taking longer than i should, i'll show more WIPs to let them know it's still being worked on.

i wouldn't mind uploading more WIPs, but there's a bunch of junk in front of my scanner that can't be moved until the house gets sorted out :\
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:iconthedancingemu:
thedancingemu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
stupid link. it's just a google doc that keeps track of payment, shipping and progress (written as percentages). i'm sure you've seen a billion other artists do the same thing.
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Altarior Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Digital Artist
Naah... LJ would probably be too much, but I'd suggest posting a few WIPs maybe? :D
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
isn't that what this: [link] was about? ;)
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beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Artist
Pretty much, but I'm trying to figure out a decent way to link image progress in there somewhere too.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ahh, i c. well, y not use DA? you could load them to your skrapbook maybe. saves you setting up/learning a whole new system @ LJ...
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
isn't that what this: [link] was about? ;)
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Stucken Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Why not use DA?
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HanyoutaiKyoushu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Honestly, creating an LJ seems a bit unnecessary. It would be very nice to have updates, though. For the LJ, it really depends on if you think you would find it too tedious to have to log in, update/post, what not, every time you wanted to post an update.

I think it may be easier to just have a copy/pastable list that you could stick in the end of each journal post (Not sure how often you update journals, though, sorry-) or even just make a periodic journal. Constant, instant updates aren't necessary, but one every few days, maybe would be nice.
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ataramos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It greatly has the potential to become more work than you need, and I can see a few issues. What do you do currently? E-mail? That keeps it private until the commissioner is ready to have it shown, provided they even want it public. If they're on LJ and don't want it public but would like updates there, you'd have to create a filter just for that person to view, which can quickly result in a lot of filters if you have a lot of people who like to keep private. You'd need to store the file somewhere to link it in the LJ, where in an email you can keep it on your computer and send as an attachment, unless you share your progress images as smaller than the final product and have them thumbnailed somewhere and already go with a link.

It seems like a lot of added steps, but it might provide a better way to communicate through the threaded comments, and could open it up to critique and redlining from others if you're looking for a bit of help on something, too. If someone manages to not have an e-mail in this day and age, it's a possible place for them to check to view it, but you could do the same thing with scraps here on dA, perhaps? You'd also be able to post edits or what have you by either editing the post itself and changing the image, or putting it inside of a comment reply to the original post, or starting another post all together, but that might end up as difficult to track, and result in a lot of tags on LJ too!

I dont know what your commission load is, if it's relatively light, this might be a good method. If it's pretty heavy, this might not be such a good idea. Pros/Cons!
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