Commissions are a big part of my fandom, if that wasn't obvious. I first took heart to this addicting hobby back in 2013 and ever since then, I haven't stopped. Suffice to say, this is the first time I have done something like this--first time remembering the commissions I have acquired in a year. I got a good number done and truthfully, I like each one very differently form each other. Obviously I'm going to boil this down with the ten that really stood out to me. With that said, I'm going to lay a few guidelines on why and how I picked the commissions I did.
Accuracy: Since I commission a myriad of different artists (and have been since I started), it's more than safe to say that the various styles will alter the measurement of accuracy. A certain character, let's just say Elsa, will not look the same from artist to artist and that's just the fact of commissions and/or fan arts. Take that same idea with Elsa: as long as one can look at the drawing and SAY it's Elsa, most of her features are present and said character is recognizable and the style is satisfying and complimenting to the Disney Queen (or insert whatever character we are looking at here), then accuracy is there.
Price Tag: This is also a pretty subjective area since different caliber of artists charge differently, and that is understandable. But it definitely does play a BIG factor to a Commission's status, whether it be good or bad. Expensive does not always equal HIGHER quality after all.
Time: Another factor that is also subjective. Time is money, yes, but something that took some time to do but produced some jaw dropping art work will definitely be considered to be on the top ten. On the other side of the coin, if something took more than a few weeks and the result is something I enjoy but nothing grand (and I paid good money for it), then it's going to have a hard time getting no my top favorite.
Client and Customer Experience: This may not have anything to do with the quality of the art and/or the caliber of the artist but I am a big fan of customer service and being treated like someone who is giving good money to get something done is important. Almost all of the artist I have worked with are professional so this hasn't been an issue with me. But there have been some artist who took a step above just to ensure my experience was great. They spend the time to communicate for clarification and for the sake of following up. The experience also becomes more satisfying if the Client just spends the time to show appreciation for the business I am giving him/her.
Personal Preference: Now obviously this plays a big part. When it comes to commissioning, there are a lot of areas that personal preference can play a big part to such as the character/s that are drawn, what kind of scenario, what is the theme (pin up, just awesome fanart, fetish... etc), and the meaning behind the commission. While it's hard NOT to put this as the forefront of my decision, I'm going to say it right now that it's a huge reason as to why some of these drawings made it to the top ten and beat the others. Just saying.
Okay, with all those laid out, let's get right into the list! Ready?
Honorable Mention: Sice & Seven (Final Fantasy Type-0)
How can I not mention My Commission of Sice & Seven? This was an unexpected commission that spawned off my unsuccessful DiDressphere contest. As a token of appreciation to one of the individual that participated in my contest (HoshinoBound), I offered to pay for the commission and much to my surprise, the characters and the scenario he picked was more than intriguing. FF Type-0 rarely get any love and it's quite a shock too because they have some intriguing characters. For those into DiD like myself, there's even plenty more to look at!
And what else can I say about ThunkStudio? An artist whom I've worked with for a while and have always experienced speed and excellence!
Okay! Here we go with my top ten list!
Terra and Rikku are my top two favorite Final Fantasy gals, that much is obvious! I couldn't help commissioning them together in one picture. The initial idea was to have them posed together fighting together rather than the final product, which is, of course, the two of them fighting against each other. When the sketch was given to me, I fell in love with the misinterpretation and at that time, I was already in the process of writing a Dissidia NT fanfic so the idea of two Final Fantasy characters duking it out was even more of a welcome idea. I truly love how it turned out with the expressions mirroring what I had in mind: Terra, a bit more serious, Rikku, the fun and jovial of the two. I suppose if there are two minor but very obvious mishaps are the size of Rikku's daggers (the missing yellow highlights) and her thong's strap not going down correctly. Other than that, it's a neat pic and a definitely a great way to get introduced to PapillionStudios!
Side note: This was my first time working with said artist. It was a treat and an experience that carried over for the rest of 2018.