Commissions seem to me to be a bit of income, and a lot of undesirable work.
While not exactly a commission, I've already turned down a family member who wanted a photograph reproduced in paint, because the photo was bad. To the customer, the photo is endowed with many memories and evokes emotions, but to me it was just poorly lit and fuzzy, and painting it would be arduous and risky. That was a good decision, and I don't have the skill to pull together a pleasing portrait from multiple alternate sources.
But suppose someone were to ask me to paint a view of a town for them? I would feel confident that I could do it, or I would also be content to reject it based on the quality and nature of the source. But I have general concerns about commissions:
Does accepting commissions add stress and remove all the fun out of painting?
Is it okay to reject the work because I simply don't want to do it?
How does payment work, 50% up front, then 50% if the customer likes the result? What if they don't? They still own the source copyright, so how does that work?
Is it okay to say that no requests for changes are accepted? I can see that becoming tedious, given a fussy customer. How do you manage this?
Do commissions have higher fees than non-commissioned work?
Here are some good reasons to reject. Perhaps there are others?
- Source not good enough
- Don't wish to work to a deadline
- Don't wish to yield to adjustment requests
- Too busy to accommodate work of this size
- I don't do pets, portraits, fantasy etc
Does anyone with insight or experience have any wisdom to offer?