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When I commission an artist, I look for: 

38%
15 deviants said The Artist to do their own style but I like to see the progress and give feedback during the process
36%
14 deviants said The Artist to do their own style & composition and I give very little input
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5 deviants said The Artist to do their own style but I like to choose the composition
5%
2 deviants said The Artist to go crazy with whatever they want, I just provide a subject
5%
2 deviants said Other, please explain
3%
1 deviant said The Artist to draw what I want them to draw and as close to a style that I give them

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Shidaku Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I always expect the artist to have their own style.  I give a moderate level of instruction and encourage the artist to be creative.  I usually like to see a sketch or lines before color, in order to suggest changes.
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ChibiSage Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If i was gunna commission somebody it would be cause I like their style but I'd like to see the sketch to make sure it's close to what I had in mind.
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Mad-Man-with-a-Pen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Mostly depends on the commission. For example my 'We Can Do It' pic with my heroine Miss America I was pretty specific that it should have that pose and we see all of Miss A. However for another pic I had I just said, she's flying. It all depends on what I'm looking for.

I always allow the artist to use their style though. 
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TheDJTC Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Well if I hire someone, I definitely want them to do it in their own style. Though sometimes (primarily if it's my character they're working on) I'll be anal about a random specific thing.
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lady-blackwings Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well my theory is always that you hire a person (in any field) to do the job in their way. So when hiring an artist I look through the portfolio to see if I like their style before I even talk to them.

Than what I would love to do is discuss the concept with the artist and let them do what you think up with it. I want to approve sketches. This way I can make sure it is something the character would do, especially if it is my OC and make sure any notes about outfit design are discussed. But after all the points are discussed and concept is approved I just want to wait till the final.
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