Some of you may aware of the newest released feature by deviantART- that very long awaited widget/module/space for commission on your personal page.
Here is my thought about it, no, actually a serious concern where I posted there- please read it first: comments.deviantart.com/1/3477…
To add more: in my opinion I am quite disappointed with that new commission module which have quite childlish feeling (devART, IMHO, represents art as entertaiment which is pushing far away from art as a serious profession in our real world /where in effect many people don't take us, full time working artists seriously etc./ besides of Portfolio release where they did a good job. But when money is involved...) and that's pretty much fast-food commission for quick take and out (points, quick modul and price limit).
That addition of the price limit (which is very low) which may suggest to many young people about fixed general idea of price with art into mentality (art has SUBJECTIVE price, never fixed- and that's a very important point) and may bring in consequences the idea of art with low value.
I'm person with strong awarness about art's value and I can treat that module as fast-to-do-small-commissions (such like very small icon commissions) and treat it as fast-food thing to take out but many people aren't. They will think that professional commissions are leaded by like that (since it's called COMMISSIONS. Hey how commissions look like? DevArt shows THIS, is commissions. You charge art no more than 50 bucks and do with points), omgpoints and art should cost no more than 50$ /like a big painting with full background/.
Bear in mind, a limit set, 50$ may get stuck in many young, aspiring artists and not only as a fixed price limit of value of art in their subconsciousness!!
for example. if you all guys weren't living with art on internet but lived and explored art in real life, you'd probably learn a lot (I'm not talking about old masters but common artists from our times!) that art range value is counted in hundred dollars. As a young teenage that price will shock you but very fastly, being raised seeing with your eyes a number and two zeros or more will be coded in your subcosciousness that art has real value- and prices would be a common thing. But once we subconsciously see art with very low numbers (and devART is GRAND ART SITE!) and seeing a LIMIT (LIMIT= existence of FIXED price) may bring destructive consequences for many starting out and even professional freelance artists.
I have, as well many people, expected to have a professional commission widget.
When money, earnings and business what can make money is involved- should be treated professionaly and has to be taken seriously - not as take-out-fast-food version with stupid points as price and price limit /and devART doesn't deserve to name it "commissions" where art is charged with points and HAVE fixed price limit, it should be named mini-commissions. Think about how it will influence to subconsciousness to many learning artists here/.
Personally I don't have much problem with 20% profit for DA /thats different discussion/, IF commission module could be professional, with real tools, flexiblity for working artists (amateur/hobby-ist still can use it but they will learn a lot better about art business having real tools to work with than childlish ones) where artists decide since it's an open business, granted by devART team, that would be a really great thing and I think maybe devARt would deserve their profit for granting something like this- and especially idea of browsing artists is really great. But what now dA has released is a thing what can potentially ruin the market of art.
I'd really love to hear your thoughts and opinions, maybe there is something that I don't know- but that's for the best interest for us all, artists and career as an artist. Let's discuss friendly about it.
Here is bunch of links (important lectures) about the value of art in case if anyone isn't aware:
[I believe there are much more but atm I can't dig up them]