Adoptables, AuctionsWhat is an Adoptable Auction?
An Adoptable Auction it's like a normal auction, with an adoptable on the plate and the highest point/money offer wins. These are not 'first come, first serve' adoptables.
Is it the same thing as a Name-Your-Price Adoptable?
Both can cause a bidding war, but no, they're not the same thing. Auctions are more organized and have more terms to them that the NYP Adopts. NYP Adopts usually have a price range and not a starting bid, they don't have an autobuy, nor a minimum bid raise and end when the Adoptable Creator feels like it.
Bid = Money/Point Offer
Starting Bid/Base Bid (SB) = The first and lowest bid you can make for the adoptable (usually decided by the Adoptable Creator)
Minimum Raise = The minimum amount of money/points that you need to add to a previous bid to beat it (usually decided by the Adoptable Creator)
Autobuy/Buyout (AB) = The price that you need to pay to be sure to get the adopta
Adoptables, PricingMany people have asked me about this subject and while I did write a small 'Pricing' section in Adoptables, Basics for Adoptables Artists, the requests have not decreased so I decided to do a Journal dedicated to it.Adoptables, Pricing3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Pricing is a tricky art because you need to balance three things, the Price/Effort ratio, the Price/Design ratio and the General Market Price.
This is what you think you deserve to earn and the price that you would put on your adoptable if you didn't take into account the other two aspects. This takes into account mainly two things:
Time spent on the adoptable
Obviously, spending five hours on an adoptable instead of one makes the price rise. Many artists use a hourly wage to do their commission prices, so you should time yourself when you do an adoptable, at
Adoptables, Buying AdoptablesBUYING AN ADOPTABLEAdoptables, Buying Adoptables3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Have an Adoptable Fund ready
Having some extra cash in your paypal or extra points in your dA helps you a lot in case you wish to purchase a limited hold-time adoptable. To avoid scamming, many adoptables artists ask for payment within a certain time frame (one or two days generally) and having a fund helps you when you see an adoptable you really want. Sometimes artists will let you put an adoptable on hold, but it's still better to ask first if the 'hold' option is available or not before claiming.
Find an Adoptable that you really like
Adoptables often come in sheets or maybe you follow a lot of adoptables artists and no one can deny that there's a lot of choice around dA. Since you finances are not unlimited, you might find yourself in the tight spot of choosing an adoptable over another. The point here is, you need to *choose*. Because asking both and then making one
Adoptables, Writing an Artist's DescriptionA Good DescriptionAdoptables, Writing an Artist's Description4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Concerning adoption, a good description is always needed. It informs the purchaser about everything they need to know about the character and the adoption itself.
Basics of a Good Description:
Use proper grammar
A lot of deviants are *not* native english speakers and all the english they know is what they have been taught in school so try to use proper grammar. Talking and writing are not the same thing, 'your' and 'you're' do not mean the same thing and should *not* be written in the same way. Some mistakes or 'typos' can always happen, but as long as most of your writing is correct, the odd mistake is forgivable.
Unless you're a writer working on a stream of consciousness, periods and commas are not optional. (And remember that the first letter after a period is always capitalized)
No walls of text
Writing every sentence after the other without leaving spaces ever so often is
Adoptables, Customs What is a Custom Adoptable?Adoptables, Customs4 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's an adoptable commission that is created using a pre-set lineart or base and the colours/patterns of the adopter's choice.
How do I start making Customs?
Starting is easy enough, you just have to decide that you have the time to do them and be willing to work with another person to produce something together. A custom is not unlike a collaboration after all, you'll just be doing all the "arm-work".
How do I make it easy for myself?
First: Be prepared!
(Only works with programs that support layers)
The fastest way to "make it easy" is to prepare beforehand. This means having some kind of layered base ready to be coloured. It doesn't matter if it's your own lineart or someone elses, but having to do all the colour outlines *every single time* is just boring and time consuming. And if you want to offer lower prices, you can't spend hours on the outlines.
Adoptables, Basics for Adoptables ArtistsTwo Steps to StartAdoptables, Basics for Adoptables Artists4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Create a new account
This is not necessary, per se, but if you have in mind to do more than just one or two sheets of adoptables, it might be a good idea to start a new account. This way you won't spam your watchers' inbox, if they're not interested in adoptables, and you can organize your gallery in a better way.
Be a member of Adoptables Groups
dA is a big community and the sheer amount of new deviations every day makes it hard for your art to be seen. Considering that you just made a new account for your adoptables, you have basically no watchers whatsoever so how can you get the exposure you need to sell your characters? The answer is join Adoptables Groups. By doing this you can do two things, the first is submit your adoptables to their gallery and advertise them, the second is observing the trends, what people like to draw and buy more.
Adoptables, I sold one, now what?So you started doing adoptables, made or used a nice lineart, put some pretty colours on it and someone liked it enough to shove money or points in your face and demand it for themselves. Awesome, you just sold your first adoptable and I can tell you that the main part (making one and finding a buyer) is done.Adoptables, I sold one, now what?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Since selling adoptables is not easy, many people concentrate only on the first part of it, which is made up of designing and advertising the adoptable. And then suddenly a buyer appears and pays.
I just sold my first adoptable. Now what do I do?
Well, the first thing to do is 'close' the adoptable. You do it by changing the adoptable status and adding a 'CLOSED' to the title or somewhere in the description. I strongly suggest to add the 'closed' status only after being paid because if you're being scammed, the 'closed' status can trick any other interested buyers into believing that the adoptable is truly gone.
You might also want to take it down from the grou
Adoptables, Basics for AdoptersSince I've been asked these questions a lot, I thought to write some journals about it. This is from an Adopter's point of view.Adoptables, Basics for Adopters4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What are adoptables?
Adoptables are "characters" that you can purchase for your personal use. They can be animals, humans, objects... Anything and everything can be turned into an adoptable.
What exactly *is* it that I'm adopting?
You're adopting the *character* itself, not the design, not the art, just the character.
Take this adoptable:
Art = The drawing itself = Right remains to the artist
Original Species = The lines = Right remains to the artist, unless the species is for adoption too (Not valid in case of existing species such as wolves, cats, etc....)
Design = Black coat/Golden wings/Pattern on Tail = Right remains to the artist
Character = (Original Species + Design) = This is yours
You are basically adopting the right to use the character as a whole, species + design/pattern. Us
Adoptables, Original Species Confusion(What follows is my own, personal opinion and is not to be considered a rule in any way, shape or form.)Adoptables, Original Species Confusion2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Lately many people have asked me an opinion about their new Original Species, or about Original Species in general, so I decided to do a Journal about it. Hopefully it will clear up some things for you.
First of all no Original Species is truly original.
To some, this might come as a surprise because why call something original if it's not? It's not truly original because, like it or not, inspiration has to come from somewhere. The 'magic' about OS is that, if an artist is careful enough, you don't notice the inspiration, you only have a vague tickling in the back of your head that tells you that that is familiar but you can't place it.
Mixing all your inspirations is quite important to avoid one of the most common mistakes in the adoptables world, creating a chimera and treating it like an OS.
Before all of you surge at me, yelling and screamin
The Purchase Button and P2U DeviationsI'm so trying to avoid thinking about graduation, so I thought to explain this a little better.The Purchase Button and P2U Deviations3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What are P2U Deviations?
They're deviations that ask you for a points' price to download their content, hence the 'Purchase' Button. Many of them are downloadable bases, but some are high resolution, unwatermarked versions of the previews everybody can see and favourite. In other cases, it's simply a way to pay for an adoptable or to purchase a custom, it really depends on what the deviation's owner wants to do.
Example of a P2U Base:
Can everybody use the P2U option?
Not currently. Right now it's available to Beta Testers only. This means you need a Premium Membership (paid account) and an active Beta Testing option (free). The dA staff has however said that this feature will be available to everyone and not just to Premium Users. This means that people just need to wait until all the bugs have been worked out and the Platform is released to the public. No, I
Adoptables TutorialAdoptables Tutorial4 years ago in Other More Like This
Apparently dA randomly changed this deviation's format from 'image' to 'text'. Until I figure out how to fix this, please follow the link:
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Adoptables are Original Characters, short OC, created by one deviant to be obtained by others.
There are different ways of how to get hold of them, that will be explained in detail further below of this article.
While the copyright and the idea remains to be property of the adoptable creator, the new owner usually has the right to do "whatever they want" with the OC.
That means, they can change certain characteristics of the overall look, can give them names, can create background stories and everything else that makes them a complex character. Additionally to that they can use that adopt to be used as avatars, in new artworks, as page dolls, as characters in stories or RPG and much more.
Of course there are still rules by the original creator that should be followed.
Mostly people who are not much into visual art and those that have a hard time to come up with original characters themselves do benefit from them. Adoptables are always pre-made and that means you al
What are adoptables? (The informational journal)FAQ: AdoptablesWhat are adoptables? (The informational journal)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What are adoptables?
The 'adoptables' you are seeing in this group are mostly animal, hybrid and human designs artists use as personas or characters. They have no physical presence. They are mainly artistic designs of all sorts sold for points (a strictly dA resource), trade or real cash.
How do I sell them? What are the rules for adoptables?
The designs sold are like selling pieces of artwork - they have to be one of a kind and not a copy of someone else's design. If you sell a design that is (or is almost like) somebody else's design, you can get banned from dA for art theft.
To sell an adoptable, it has to be a design you made that you are willing to sell to someone else for the trade of your choice. You can trade it for one of their adoptables, sell it to them for points/money or even give it away for free. You may do this as long as you m
How-to-adoptable-really-goodHaihoooHow-to-adoptable-really-good2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In my life on da (haha lol~) I've seen many adoptables! And many sad adoptables that just don't get a good home ; v ;
So I decided to make a little tutorial how to make good adoptables (since I noticed that mine go away like free-beer :'D) ^ - ^
THIS IS NOT THE WAY!just mine QvQ
Decide if you want to make a fullbody/chibi/reference sheet/...
Pick a base or create a base/make a pose yourself.
Think of a subject for your adopt: cute/horror/animal/human/....
Make a sketch of your adoptable, choose a colour palette (you can find lots here: http://www.colourlovers.com/) and colour your sketch rughly.
Look at it closely and make changes if necessary.
Make complex designs!! Even if you think: "nobody wo
Artbook Contest ENDED! EDIT 3: Hello everyone! Thank you so much for all your contest submissions. They all look really lovely and I never expected so many people to participate, so thank you so much. I just wanted to inform you that submissions to the contest are now closed, and that you can expect the results of the winners of the contest to come out in the next 1 or 2 weeks.Artbook Contest ENDED!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT 2: SINCE SO MANY OF YOU ASKED FOR AN EXTENSION, I AM EXTENDED THE CONTEST ITSELF TO MAY 17TH. THE NEW CONTEST DEADLINE IS MAY 17TH AT 11:59 CST.
EDIT: FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT THERE IS LESS THAN A MONTH LEFT UNTIL THE DUE DATE FOR THIS CONTEST. If you feel that you will need an extension, I am giving people who need it 1-2 weeks of extra time.
While all our invited artist spots are now filled, if you've ever wanted your art featured alongside other talented artists, now is your chance! Read on for more information
A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw A common struggle an artist stumbles upon on his way to a triumphant drawing style is when he is just beginning to draw. That is something I, a 14-year old writer learned after a year of practicing illustration, a field that is quite new for someone who uses a pen to write prose, poems, and stories, and not to draw.A Pocket Artist's Guide on How To Draw3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Probably like some of you here, I started drawing after seeing characters on the television and tried to imitate them. At first, I found any drawing I made so wonderful, brilliant, great, etcetera, etcetera… [Oh well..] until a passerby badmouthed my works. At first it was hard to believe that my highly treasured works were actually that bad.
But when I looked again on my drawings, I realized that there is a lot more I can do to make things better than they were. Yet my interpretation of getting better was quite different. I bought lots of books on anatomy, perspectiv
how to be illustrator,without starvationHello everyone.how to be illustrator,without starvation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
i would like to sharing some tips from my knowledge and this is entry I wrote in my site illustcourse.com which I decide to sharing here also.
I've ever being freelance illustrator for 2 years and half before I take the leap to be entrepreneur path for almost 3 years,so I would like to sharing what I had learnt.If you asking me,how about income in freelancing path,I would like to said it's OK.It's not making you get rich quick in this path but compare working hour with income I think it's quite decent.If you working hard,you will gaining more but I would like to said if you want sustainable path.You need to develop your own product,because it make you didn't have to depend on freelance job which you didn't know whether it will run dry.
It's good that I live in Thailand also.If you can relocate to some place with lower living cost.You may consider to do so because it saving you a lot of money in a long run.
and this entry I would like to sharing tips how to become illust
FAIRYTALE DESIGN CONTEST CLOSED!* HI!!! Thank you so much for the participation.FAIRYTALE DESIGN CONTEST CLOSED!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
The contest is over, anything received beyond this will not be accepted, I'm sorry QwQ;; !!!
If your entry is NOT IN THE FOLDER, please comment in here.
Those who has sent their entries in a stash link, don't worry. I took note of it.
Now I will judge carefully each participants..! Soo many good entries and good art. This is going to take awhile QwQ not more than 4 days though~~ See you soon!!!
**PLEASE read before you ask. ^.^~~~
Decided to open a very fun contest!!
The contest rules are simple!!!
DESIGN ME A CUSTOM FAIRYTALE THEMED ADOPTABLE
(So you don't have to draw my OCs, which most people hate from contests~)
<-*by tilt-shift -> *typo, cinderella bg (c) disney
There's no restriction over the design, but it has to be: Blond haired, Cute characters (loli, or traps whatever, as long as they look cute), comes from a fairy tale
Dream in Color Artbook contest!! [CLOSED]Edit 2: Annnnd that's it! The contest is officially over~! All in total we've received an overwhelming number of 145 entries @_@ Thank you to everyone who was interested and helped spread the word! The gallery will now be closed. With the majority of entries submitted by our invited artist our founder has started assembling the book. The 5 winners from this contest will have their art featured somewhere in the art book so look forward to it! Preorders will open around september/october if everything goes well so stay tuned ^_^Dream in Color Artbook contest!! [CLOSED]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Now as for the judging, we've decided to use a slightly different method due to the ginormous number of entries. First all the judges will choose 10 of their favorite pieces from the group gallery folder and then vote for which one will be first place, second place, and runnerups'. Therefore the winners will be announced when this process is over. Thank you everyone for your patience!
If your deviation is chosen as one of the choices for to
Resources For Artists: Pricing Your Commissions'Official' Pricing Your Commissions or Artwork ThreadResources For Artists: Pricing Your Commissions2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Journal version resource of forum's thread and 5th in the series of Resources For Artists
General Art and Digital Art forum are always inundated with threads (here l here) about how to price ones' commissions every few days. Rather than creating such a thread everytime, use this 'official' thread for asking questions, providing answers to anyone who might have individual questions, or finding out information provided here about how to go on about pricing your commissions.
This is for both digital and traditional artists out there!
This is version 2