Attention diva artists...
...If I commission you for a job, I may or may not use your material when all is said and done. Do not be a whiney diva if your employ is not exclusive. That is my right as your employer. If you don't like it, don't work for me. You will always be paid your fee on time, and without question. You will never not be paid once we agree to terms. I have even paid deposits to certain people that have never, ever produced work. Yet still, I pay artists an up front fee regardless of getting burned. Example: Mr. Joewie Aderas.
If competition is something that you are afraid of, do not accept commissions from me. I want perfection, and sometimes I hire more than 1 artist--ultimately picking my favorite for display.
If you want work, accept the job/terms, and produce the product.
And if we did not come to a final agreement/confirmation, do not send me artwork. If we discussed a project initially, and I do not get back to you, do not send me some crap piece of art that I never asked for. When I pay you your deposit/retainer, then we have a partnership. Do not send me work that I never agreed to hire you for.
It's very simple.
1. we converse.
2. we agree to terms.
3. I send you your deposit.
4. you send me progress.
5. I tell you if anything needs changing. if nothing needs to be changed, then step 6.
6. you send me a low res version of the final piece.
7. I send you the final payment.
So if we never got to 3, DO NOT assume I want your persistent messages about work. Do not pester me with questions.