This is something that a friend of mine has ended up needing to do. It’s frankly sad as hell that someone needs to have a notarized contract about having commissions done. In many ways it pisses me off because we work hard to create our items and yet there are folks who want it for free! If I chose to give someone a copy of my manuscript free, then that’s my choice. But someone trying to cheat me out of money to be paid? Sorry, that’s not happening.
Unfortunately, due to recent events, and effective immediately, those of you who commission me will now be required to sign a typed and notarized contract. I hate to do this but I cannot afford commissions who refuse to pay when it’s “too much” or “more than they expected”, or “more than they think it’s worth”. I’m sorry that a few bad apples have ruined it for everyone but I’ve made a conscious decision at the cost of my day job to start focusing more on my art and my happiness, sanity, and dreams and I cannot afford to do so when people think $10-20 is a justifiable amount for a 20 x 30 painting or multiple enlarged prints. That is not even the cost of my materials.
I have to agree with her Facebook post 1000%