Before you ask an artist for a commission consider the following.-What am I asking for?
-Is it cheaper to do it myself or pay to have it done?
-What is the actual cost of what I'm asking for?
-How much am I willing to pay?
You want an Artist to do a custom character; modeled, textured, and rigged at the quality level of vindictus ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9_ydt…
) as that seems to be a common desired quality. That's cool! But you want it for $80. That is not so cool.
So here is a way to look at this request from the eyes of an artist. What do you do for a living? Lets say you are a doctor, a brain surgeon. Someone comes up to you in your fancy white doctors coat and asks for a brain operation, and they ask/expect you to do it for $80 on the high end. Would your answer as a brain surgeon be "ya sure hope on the table!"? More likely you would be taking into account your tens of thousands of hours of training, the cost of the drugs and licenses for those drug used to sedate the client and keep them alive, the cost of your tools, the cost of the electricity and upkeep of those tools, the cost of keeping the hospital open and staffed, and the cost of your time actually performing the operation!
This situation is very much akin to commissioning an artist of any worth. Think of it this way you are asking someone with a skill that you and the market value. To give you their time, effort, equipment, and training to create your product (at the artists own cost). So what you are really asking is that the artist enters into a win lose scenario. Where you the commissioner gain what you want and the artist is left to suffers the monetary consequence of having a cost of living on top of the lost time and resources creating your art.
The message is please, please pay an artist what they are worth. And if you don't know, spend a couple of minutes on the web looking at what it takes to create that fully function vindictus character your asking for. DA has a really big artistic community and it would be wonderful to see it develop into a place were Commissioners take action to prevent abusing artists skills, time, and well being. And artist not sacrificing their well being and working for less than they are worth.
This problem isn't just on DA, Its a pretty wide spread issue and there is a lot of ignorance on both sides of the fence, Artists not knowing their worth or costs, and maybe feeling guilty for charging. And Commissioners not knowing the worth of their requests. Both sides need to help one another out in making these misunderstandings right. I'd like to believe that commissioners are not intentionally trying to short shaft artist and get their work for free.Wheelin and dealin
Remember that it is always ok to negotiation deals with an artist. We are people and can work for other arrangements beside a stiff budget. Just remember to keep in mind the value of what you are asking for is not just in the final product but all the aggregate resources through out the artists life it took to be able to deliver that product to you.