also depends on the circumstances. if the artist is really busy with other commissions then you have to be somewhat patient. I have been waiting 3 months for a painting from one of our DA guys but i also know he is very busy.
I agree with you... somewhat... but as an artist, they should be very aware of deadlines and managing their schedule accordingly. In addition, if you already know you're really-really busy, why accept the commission to begin with?
I prefer the artists that know they have the time (i.e. no longer than 1 month) and are willing to schedule work on your commission with a "reasonable" deadline.
yea when he took on the commission he had time but then got really busy with some animation. yea grant it i wish it were done by now but I know what he does is what pays his bills so i am being understanding. but i do completely agree with you.
I think it depends on the complication of the image as well as the medium used.
For me, I work only in with original art sales and traditional media so it tends to take a bit longer than digital pieces depending if it's BW or color. None the less, that all depends on what the client is paying as well. But if there is a deadline set the artist can either agree or deny the commission. Personally I always like clients to be patient so the image can be produced the best for the client as well as the artist's interests.