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Support Your Fellow Artists

on March 5, 2014


This is a particularly special topic, and sadly one that needs to be brought up.  What is it these days, about cosplayers not wanting to pay for commissions???  You are paying for unique pieces, good quality and you are also supporting an artist who probably is relying on these commissions to pay their bills and keep doing what they love. So why is it….that people anymore don’t want to put forth money into a good costume or prop???   I was shocked during my interviews with fellow cosplayers who do this for a living, that they often get customers who want to pay only a small portion of what the costume or prop actually costs. Just pay for materials? What is that? NO! When commissioning, you pay for materials, labor, time and quality.

A lot of times, it seems that people are looking for the cheapest way to make a great costume and save money that they probably don’t have in this dying economy. Well…here’s the breaking news: a good costume will cost good money and there is no way around it. You pay for what you get (in most cases. I have seen some EXCELLENT stuff be sold for much cheaper than it should sell for!).  Do not be so shocked when you are billed at $500 for an elaborate lolita dress. You paid for materials, the artist’s time and definitely good quality. If you want to commission someone, EXPECT TO PAY.  If you don’t think you can afford their asking price, then maybe you should save up a little more. An Iron Man suit made of crafting foam or eva foam is not going to be cheap. Its an IRON MAN SUIT. Come on, guys! A Chii (Chobits) dress with all those frills and lace and layers is not going to be cheap. That is a lot of lace and lace is EXPENSIVE. It is not up to the artist to have these materials on hand, and even if they did, they still have to pay for those materials.

What happens if you ask a commissioner to go down on price? Firstly, you are devaluing that artist. You are basically telling them that their time and effort are not worth your money. Instead of asking for a commission right off the bat, look around and budget yourself. Talk to the person you want to make your piece and tell them what your budget is. They can then tell you what they can do with that budget and what the difference is in materials, etc. But remember, good quality materials cost money.

I am so tired of seeing people commission something from someone and only pay for materials and refuse to pay anything more.  If that is what the artist asked for, fine. I know people who have been like, “I can pay for the materials. So if you have time then can you make this for me?”  Gah. At least expect to pay a commission fee if the artist is not charginyou by the hour.

Good costumes are expensive. It is expensive to create a costume yourself too. There is just no way around expenses.

Every artist charges differently. Some are by the hour, some have flat fees, some charge based on the difficulties of the materials.

I wish people would stop whining about how expensive so and so artist is….cause honestly?  Isn’t their time and hard work worth it? These people spend a lot of time for you, thinking about you,  bringing your dream to life for you….should you not think that they are worth it?

I have been seeing more cosplayers who make their own stuff commission others in order to support them. 🙂  It always makes me happy to see this.

Bottom line?  Budget. Plan…budget more… Expect to pay for quality…And respect and support your fellow artists! Commissioners are like the bread and butter of cosplay. Without people who make costumes, who would be able to wear costumes!? Whether we choose to make it ourselves or buy…we are buying from SOMEWHERE.

In fact, if you are someone who takes commissions, please feel free to send me your info and I will make a list of you all here on this post!





One response to “Support Your Fellow Artists

  1. Quamara says:

    Thank you for posting this! I love making my own costumes and making costumes for other people. But I have found that while people I know really like to commission from me. People that don’t know me will ask to have something commissioned. But when I tell them how my pricing works, I rarely get a confirmation that they would like to move forward. Which makes me sad, because I feel that they do not value what I do. 😦

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