Art Community Vocabulary Terms

If you are unfamiliar with the terms used by the art community, please read the following list so you know what you are asking for:
  • Commission – artwork created for another person based on what a person wants. Money is usually given as compensation for time and effort.
  • Trade – creating an artwork in exchange for another by the participating artists. Money is not involved.
  • Request – creating a work of art based off of what someone else wants you to draw. This is done for free, usually for personal friends or to practice in order to create another piece of artwork.
  • Gift – artwork given to someone else as a surprise, usually for a special occasion. This is done for free upon the artist’s discretion. Usually artists don’t like being asked for “gifts”.