art is work. art is labor.

labor is entitled to compensation.

pay your artists. pay them well. tip them.

if you can't pay your artists, don't commission art.

same logic applies as if you were hiring a contractor. you can't just go oops i don't have the cash when the work is done and it's time to settle the bill.

just because it's art doesn't mean it's less valuable or deserving.

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if you just HAVE to get that piece done and your finances aren't entirely stable... BUDGET

put the cash aside. don't touch it. toss a few bucks into a jar until you have enough to cover the rates of your chosen creative.

but do NOT skip out after the commission contract has been established. even if you have to arrange a payment plan until you clear the balance, do that. don't just say sorry and bang out.

this hasn't happened to me in a long time (over a decade). i've structured my commissions in a particular way to avoid this problem specifically.

i hate that i had to do this. i sat on it for a couple of months now hoping it could be resolved quietly and privately. i don't like having to out people for this kind of thing if i can avoid it.

but i had to. for the sake of helping others avoid my situation.

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@extinct I absolutely fucking hate that no client ever tells you this shit the moment they realize they won't be able to pay for the work and saves you that loss of time and work.

If a client came to me midway through a project said, "i can't pay the rest" I'd work something out to pay any currently outstanding work and send them an incomplete file and sever the contract and use that freed up time to compensate for the loss of wages.

But one can't do that if clients don't COMMUNICATE.

@scoots exactly. like if this came up earlier on, i'd just put the piece on hold and work on some kind of agreement to get the balance settled and the work done in a way that was more reasonable. or i'd just pack up what i'd gotten done to that point and hand it over and we'd be done.

but to wait until the end and turn out empty pockets with a sheepish smile and half-ass apology is just shitty

@scoots like i'd been providing a lot of progress shots and talking about details and stuff and the inability to pay off the balance never came up until i was done. not once. not a peep about money.

@extinct If you hire someone to do something, pay them. Don't buy goods or services you can't pay for. This is an incredibly basic concept and a fundamental component of living in any form of capitalist society. If you value someone's work so little that you refuse to pay them for their services, why are you even hiring them? Whether it's for artwork or for any other kind of service, it's scummy and repulsive behavior.
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