I have my reasons for not taking or offering commission work, well, for now, maybe I'll give it some thought in the distant future. Not that I'm not up for a challenge. Pretty much all artists, generally speaking here, are interested in either working on commission or are presented with offers to produce works of art on commission at various points during the course of their careers. What may be a golden commission opportunity for other artists, but for some, it turns into an unmitigated nightmare. Let's put it this way, creating a work of art for yourself is a solo act, where as producing a work of art on commission, for someone else, is a relationship. It is a partnership between you and that person. So we can't confuse the two. From an artist's end, the key to successfully working on commission is our ability to be flexible and communicate with whomever hires us. But the pitfall by far is taking one on without knowing who you're dealing with, and the high expectations that comes along with it. Honestly, it doesn't have to be complicated but it should address major points like description of the art, physical characteristics such as size and the theme, and there's the payment schedule, late payment fees, how many times you communicate to see the work in progress during the course of the commission, completion time and the final delivery. Some artists will take an obvious risk based on how badly they need the money or want to have their art in a particular collection. Then again, rejecting the commission and maintaining peace of mind may be more important than a paycheck. There is no 'cookie-cut' solution as to how commissions should be handled in general. Each art commission is unique because each client is unique. In all honesty, I think I am caught right smack in the middle. And may I repeat the 'honest' word here, I honestly think that I'll do an exceptional job when I am not under pressure when it comes to time and expectation. I just see myself creating an art piece base on an inspiration, in my own pace and time, and freely expressing myself into that art piece.