About PricingAlright, I know this is a huge thing in the adoptable community (or, well, the art community in general). I just want to say that, while I know for some my prices may be seen as overpriced, in most cases they are auction adoptables and thus people only pay what they're comfortable with (and whether that be $10 or $100+, please be respectful to the people who do choose to spend their money as they like).
I personally feel the art community is urged to underprice themselves. You don't have to agree with me, but that's what I've gathered from seeing artists over the years. But I'm going to talk about my art for this, specifically adoptables, so here's my breakdown: people are purchasing, not only character art, but the time it took to make as well as a character design. What that may be worth to one person may be worth something completely different to another, so I ask that you please respect that.
For auction prices going too high--I can't agree that there should be a point where
Let me just share some facts with ya'll...So it's just a normal day and you're just browsing your all-time favorite website, DeviantART. But then something catches your eye, a Deviation with a nicely drawn full-body with an interesting design. You click on it and see that design sold for a whopping 200+ USD. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY CRAZY, RIGHT?? I mean how dare the artist accept a good few hundred dollars for a design that even an ape could've made. After all, art doesn't take years and years of practice and anyone can just pick up a pen and pop out some great anatomy and originality.Let me just share some facts with ya'll...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
OHH BUT THE ARTIST ISN'T ENTIRELY AT FAULT HERE. Oh no, it's also the buyer's fault for spending so much goddamn money on a piece of digital art that the artist probably copied out of a Vogue magazine (since designing is effortless!!). How dare the buyer spend their money on something they love and enjoy instead of donating it all to starving children in third world countries along with all their luxury goods (like computers, television sets etc
Adoptable Rules/Guidelines/ConditionsTo read my opinions on pricing, go here:Adoptable Rules/Guidelines/Conditions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I decided to make a more formal entry to prevent any future confusion over my adoptables, don't mind this lkmdg mostly just separating the earlier entry I made on guidelines + pricing so people don't think they have to read my rant on pricing LKMSG. while it's obvious I'm not very formal in my entries like this so please bear with me, I just want to get the basic gist across in an easy and understandable way. i hope to clean up my page to make all this stuff easy and accessible to find but i suck at coding anything so lol cries waits for seventy-three years
By purchasing an adoptable from me, you agree to the following:
Upon purchasing, you own the character. You may do whatever you wish with them, including using them for commercial work, you just can not use my art commercially.
Please credit me for the design where necessary.
Trading the adopt is fine, but if possible
FAQThanks guys for helping me with questions to put here! If you have any more, feel free to send them my way!FAQ2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Basic Art Questions
What tablet do you use?
I use a Wacom Intuos5!
How long have you been drawing?
Uh I'D SAY LIKE ALL MY LIFE LKMDGKLG. But I only got serious about trying to improve when I was around fifteen? But then I'm just like ugh draws everyone facing to the left.
How do you know how to draw anatomy amazingly?
OH GOSH LKSDMGKLSDG. I REALLY DON'T ANATOMY IS SO HARD but I guess just a lot of prac...tice... yes... convulses. I've been a huge fan of stylized anatomy so sometimes my anatomy gets really... SHARP? Also I used to draw SUCH daddy long legs but I've toned it down now lksdmgl just god shoujo legs on everyone.
How long does a piece take you (maybe one adoptable?)
It really varies! I'd say an estimate of four hours? That's the minimum, I'd think... Even chibis take me a long time be
Everyone refunded! ETSY SCAM ALERT THIS IS A WARNING FOR EVERYONE WHO SELLS THEIR OWN ART OR GOODS! Although the scam took place through Etsy anyone can be a target!Everyone refunded! ETSY SCAM ALERT4 months ago in Personal More Like This
And probably the last because there's great news! EVERYONE who got scammed is getting their money refunded! I didn't get a personal email but I checked my account and yes, it looks like I get the remaining $160 back as well INCLUDING the chargeback costs PayPal charged me.
Although it'll take time to get over this terrible dilemma and build trust again, especially for the artists who almost lost a grand deal of money and need it badly and might still be dealing with the aftereffects, this is certainly a victory to be celebrated at the moment! If it were
Adoptable PoliciesGeneralAdoptable Policies1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Please do not repost the image of the adoptable unless you are the person who purchased it with my permission!! You are allowed to alter the design to your liking, but please do not majorly change aspects of the design so it no longer resembles the original adoptable.
TWO STRIKE RULE: I understand that sometimes money matters can be difficult for people, but this does not excuse "bidding because you got carried away". Please treat an auction here on DA as you would on Ebay. Once you put in a bid, you are expected to be able to pay the amount within 24 hours after the auction has ended. Once you place a bid on an adoptable or auction of any kind, you are expected to be able to pay that amount with no problem. You are committing to payment! If you withdrawal from an auction for any reason being the highest bidder, I will be giving you only one more chance until I bl
A probable solution to commission chargebacks.Artists who create commissions know one caveat with accepting PayPal: their Seller Protection doesn't cover services, so they can and will be SOL if the buyer decides to dispute the transaction. While Buyer Protection doesn't cover services either, PayPal is notorious for ruling in the favor of the buyer, so the seller needs to look into other ways of protecting themselves.A probable solution to commission chargebacks.9 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Which leads to our discussion here, of how we can leverage Seller Protection to ensure scamming buyers can't run off with the money after the service is completed -- by converting your commission service into a tangible product.
Seller Protection covers tangible products that can be shipped to the buyer, and by making a commission, you can take advantage of this by printing out your commission and mailing it to them. Right there, you have a tangible, physical item that is mailed to the buyer, and thus is covered by Seller Protection.
Adjust your commission information and terms of service to indicate the buyer is pu
About 'Overpricing' thingsMOVE on 'Overpricing': About 'Overpricing' thingsAbout 'Overpricing' things2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
[My Opinion Versus Everyone's] Please remember these are simply my opinions and are not meant to imply that you should agree or disagree nor should these prove to be offensive in any way; if I do come across displeasingly then you have my apologies beforehand, thank you.
Ah! And btw, if you haven't seen Stephen Silver's video about pretty much this topic, please do -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWXYoD7wfOs
I see a lot of comments here and there that go something like this...
"50 points?? Why would I pay 50 points for an adopt..."
"100 points? Are you sure you're not overpricing that...?!"
And I'm sure many of you have seen similar comments, now I understand that points aren't the easiest things to accumulate when you're fresh into dA or even we
Adoptables RULESPlease read careful the rules before buy an adopt from me , if you buy an adopt I assume that you have read and agreed to all the rulesAdoptables RULES9 months ago in Personal More Like This
How can you buy an Adoptables?
If I write "Auction" In the description You have to reply to my comment "BID HERE NUMBER #1 - #2 and so on" with your offer , I put in the description the starting price ( SB = Starting Bid ) and sometimes I put a price called "Autobuy" ( AB ) for people who didn't want wait for the end of the auction and want that adopt instantly ( in this case you have to reply AB or Autobuy in the comment ;v; )
If I Write "Set price" in the description you can buy the adopt without auction , reply to "BUY HERE NUMBER #1 - #2 and so on" Comment
If the adopt is "offer to adopt" read the description and don't be offended if I don't choose your offer even if you think it's better than the other, the decision is entirely up to me <3
I'll try as much as I can to warn you if someone did an offer higher
LeechesHere's an average summary of a private message that I receive on a weekly basis:Leeches1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I just came by your profile and saw your art, and was very impressed. I think you have a very nice art style. Now I'm working on this project. It's called <project>. It's an awesome story about <subject>. I'm currently writing the script for it, but I'm planning to make a visual novel. I can't tell too much about the story, since I don't want it to be copied, but it's going to be really cool. The point is; I need illustrators. I'm an excellent writer, but I can't do illustration at all. And therefore, I wanted to ask for your help. I need about 60 pages illustrated and colored. Would you work together with me on this one? I don't have any money to spend, as I'm not an established writer yet. But when the visual novel gets published, you can get a percentage of my profit.
With kind regards,
Well... let me translate this for you.
This Person X
The Commissioner's Guide to Proper Etiquette tips & tricks to ensure that the artist does not hate your guts after you commission themThe Commissioner's Guide to Proper Etiquette3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Take the time to realize this is aimed at commissioners, not artists. Yes, there are a ton of things artists fuck up on, trust me, I know. Oh, I know. However that alone could be a whole 'nother journal- which I might go ahead and do because I've had frustrating experiences with artists. When I'm talking about bad commissioners here though, I'm talking about the worst of the worst. Why on earth do I think a timid question 3 weeks after your commission was accepted asking about how it's going is "badgering"?
These are things I've witnessed, I'm talking about the horribly entitled, belittling, superior attitude commissioners! The ones that send you a billion notes and PMs asking when their art will be done, and rudely, when it's only been 3 days! So no, I'm not saying artists should step all over you- because trust me, some will. And by god, they sh
Coloured Sketch Giveaway! [WINNERS]omigosh super apologies for the late announcementColoured Sketch Giveaway! [WINNERS]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
BUT HERE ARE THE WINNERS as well as your prizes!
CONGRATSSS AND SURPRISE SURPRISEEE i also picked an extra 8 to do headshots of! :iconmanlytearsplz:
nothing fancy alsjfaf but i hope you like what you seeeee
all images are linked to my stash so if you'd like to grab them feel free to do so!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND PARTICIPATION ON THIS RAFFLE!!
i'll definitely be doing more of these in the future screamsss <333
frick i hope i got errone's names and characters right it's like almost 2am drags crippled self into bed ahhh
holycrap for some reason my net's screwing up today BUT THANK YOU FOR ENTERING THE RAFFLE GUYS it's closed now and i'll
Commission - Approach and Pricing GuideDo you do commission work? Do you have trouble to get customers in order to buy commissions from you? Or Are you in a dilemma to set your own "competitive" commission price?Commission - Approach and Pricing Guide1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
If your answer is "yes" to any of the above questions then you are at the right place! Today, I'll tell you (or at least give you a better idea) how to start up with your commission work and setting up the right price.
A little introduction about myself: I am a hobby-driven artist who mainly deals with CSS coding and graphics designing (now) in deviantART. As a profession I am currently employed as an online marketing professional who looks after two leading online gaming brands. I like to help people customize their pages and support them to be a better artist in deviantART.
Having given my short introduction let us first understand that why most of us face a lot of trouble to get commission work or worst, to set up the "right" price for their service.
To my surprise, in a
IT'S LACIE MID YEAR LP SEASON [CLOSED]UPDATE [6/22/14] 4:05 pm: I have commented "accepted" to everyone I plan on accepting. I won't be taking money until I'm done with my current orders, so if you wish to change your mind during that time, it's fine! Anyone who I did not accept it's most likely the palette or prompt as a whole did not appeal to me, I'm very sorry! However I will have opportunities like this in the future and I appreciate everyone's patience and support in regards to these Lacies! I hope everyone has a wonderful summer vacation!IT'S LACIE MID YEAR LP SEASON [CLOSED]7 months ago in Personal More Like This
"Please read below for details and ask me if you have any questions. Slots are opened indefinitely for now."
HI SO IT'S MIDYEAR LUCKY PACK SEASON!! but instead i'm trying something different
BECAUSE THE NEW YEAR'S LUCKY PACK PROCESS WAS KINDA NEW AND DIDN'T WORK OUT FO
reposted art removalI think a lot of people might already know this but having only recently found it myself. I think it's a good opportunity to share it with everyone! If someone has posted your art on deviantart without your permission, there's a really simple way of having taken down instead of filing a report (which, from experience is completely ineffective). All you have to do is fill out this form, it's a DMCA form which means as the copyright owner of the art you can elect to have it taken down, by law.reposted art removal1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I didn't find out about filing DMCAs on deviantart until I googled it (silly I know) but they have long existed on tumblr and I've also seen one on weheartit.com. Filing DMCAs seem to be a lot more effective, the art is taken down in a couple of days. And in the case with tumblr all reblogs of the post in question are also deleted, along
Small steps: Preventing Art Theft on dASmall steps: Preventing Art Theft on dA2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Permission Issues and Art theft: It's sadly a common thing now.
It is a huge problem on deviantART/ internetz.
But wait! IDK what art theft is..Then Read this!
Art theft is unacceptable. Think about how long people spend on their works. And how much of themselves go into it. Now someone else has spent 0 seconds and claimed it as theirs. NO.
You must credit resources. That includes OCs, stocks, brushes, textures, snippets of code(no, changing the colors of a journal skin does not mean you made it) , tutorials(sometimes).
Written credits. Google images is not good enough.
Read these FAQs.
Can I use the works which I find on deviantART?Does deviantART own my a
Please Think Before you Write Ok, so just throwing this out there, perhaps this will be an unpopular view, but I don't think I'm being unreasonable.Please Think Before you Write11 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I'd just like to mention publicly, that I, as well as artists in general, are not art vending machines.
You don't type suggestions in, and then have a slot where artwork comes out for free .
Important to Note: I am not addressing any individual in particular. If you think this is about *you* specifically ( whoever you are)- don't. This about the private notes I get, with alarming volume, where people feel they can simply request artwork from me for free. I get a *lot* of these. Which prompted me to post something about it. I usually just ignore them, or, if I feel particularly polite that day, I send them a note back saying I don't do requests.
But they never stop o_O. And it's not that I mind suggestions in comments under artwork, such as: "Oh, I hope one day you will paint _________." or, "
Pixel Chibi Commissions [CLOSED][Edit] - ASjdkfsldghWTF?Pixel Chibi Commissions [CLOSED]3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just woke up, and holyshiznitssomanynotes :iconcannotevenplz:
I-I-I need to close it ;A;
Thank you those who sent me notes <3
Now i'll work my ass off to get them done soon!
Kay... I wasn't going to open coms until I finished the midterms (yeah, i'm in middle of it), but there are some issues that came up irl so I need to open ._. (Nothing severe, I think, but I just want to save up just in case.)
Also, for other reasons too: like, I think some of you know that i'm holding this project :iconpoke-pal:, so I should probably start saving up for making that art book if we're really gonna do it (Advertising: there are still few more pokemons available - if you're interested, feel free to send a note!)
So yeah, I'm gonna open pixel commissions... since i'm really into them again lately /shot
Please be noted that if you're interested in commissioning me, it might take a while to get them done (since i'm busy with school works and other cra
Artisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright LawArtisan Craft and Copyright Law7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
As a Community Volunteer I spend a lot of time pouring through the Artisan Crafts galleries looking for art that deserves a bigger audience. I dig through every little hidden corner of the galleries looking at every type of craft, made by everyone from the most watched members to the day old newbies. And every time I do this, I have to double check it all for originality.
My time doing this had shed light on a massive problem inherent in the AC galleries: copyright violation
Now, I'm not talking about the obvious I-stole-your-picture-and-uploaded-it violations. I'm talking about something much more subtle, to the point it feels like most of the perpetrators don't actually realise they're doing it. I'm often about to give someone a DD, until I read their description and find it completely devoid of credit. Rather than getting a site-wide feature, these artists end up on my blacklist instead. It all boils dow
From 500 to 20.000 watchers...... in just one year.From 500 to 20.000 watchers...11 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It was a cold day in February. I can still remember that day.
It wasn't that busy at my job. Just another day of mostly waiting for feedback. So I took the liberty to surf around the internet for a bit. Like every day before, I checked DeviantArt. I had posted some art some while ago. I submitted it to some groups, but didn't quite get the response that I hoped for. Let alone; the feedback. It's hard to get feedback on your art. Nowadays most people just fave and run, or tell you that your work is awesome (which is sweet, of course) without any further explanation. Most of the art forums that I used to reside on, where either dead, or I'd outgrown the user-base so much that I was at the point that there weren't any more talented users that could give me feedback anymore. If I had to wrap it up in just one word: Frustrating. That's what is was.
Of course I had my idols on DeviantArt. Famous people like yuumei en sakimichan whose watchers hit those astronom
PSA on tracing and referencingHello everyone!! I just wanted to reiterate something that I do put on all of my deviations (or at least try to remember to)...PSA on tracing and referencing7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Please do not TRACE, OR HEAVILY REFERENCE MY ART!!! When I say this, it generally applies to using my art as bases or tracing it for adoptables or commissions. I am fine if you trace or reference my art for personal reasons, or practice... but when you use my art for profit , THAT IS NOT OK! Seriously!! I WILL call you out on it if I see it happening, and send you a note or comment on your deviation and request you remove the image, and if you do not comply I will report you.
I feel like this should be common sense, but it has happened to me more than a few times in the past month, and has happened to many other artists as well. Heres my general rule of thumb:
WHEN TRACING AND HEAVILY REFERENCE IS OK:
-Doing it for learning, WITHOUT POSTING IT ONLINE (unless if you have explicit permission from the artist), &crediting
Awesome Tool for Artists who take CommissionsI've been recently introduced to an application/program called Producteev. It's a task manager system with a few awesome perks such as being able to share projects with friends so an entire group of people can view it, create tasks with sub tasks, and put it on every device you might own. You can also upload files to it, so say you're working on a collab project with someone - you can upload your part, they can work on theirs and upload it accordingly and you get notified. I have it on my Mac Book and Iphone and I manage everything with it now... it's been a god send with managing my business. I have every artist from the new art book and all of their information neatly organized, all new orders from my shop, and even restocking information.Awesome Tool for Artists who take Commissions5 months ago in Personal More Like This
If you can already guess, it makes it AMAZING for taking commissions. I just fill out a new task for everyone who requests a commission from me, add a "paid" sub task and check it off when they do pay. But now I can search through tasks and find ce
Tips on How To Get CommissionsWhen offering commissions, it can be very hard to get yourself noticed, what with the hundreds of thousands of other artists out there. People gripe about how pageviews aren’t important, but they are a helpful tool for you to see what kind of traffic flow you’re attracting. The more views you get, the more of a chance there is that one of those viewers is interested in commissioning you.Tips on How To Get Commissions3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Gigonomics is a term I heard about a few months ago at an FLBA conference. After Googling it, many people seem to be using it in a slightly different way, but I was particularly intrigued by the way it was used by the keynote speaker, who was also a comedian. I can’t remember his name, but I probably will after I post this…
Basically he said that he takes any gig he can get, because you never know who could be in the audience. That was how he was asked to come to our conference. I realized that this can apply here on DeviantArt as well.
The way to get yourself noticed is to
Digital artists and paypal discussion.Digital artists - Important issue on Paypal:Digital artists and paypal discussion.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
So, due to recent changes with Paypal which "does not protect digital artists", I think I will be contact Paypal via phone later this week to clarify things. Unfortunately, I really depend on Paypal so I most likely won't be changing companies for handling my finances with my art - there's not many options out there that I'm willing to trust.
If you have a question you want to be clarified with Paypal about digital art sales, please post them below.
I have a Paypal business account so I am unsure if this issue would effect me, but it seems to have really concerned a lot of "regular" paypal users.
More information about the "PayPal scare" among the digital art community:
4k watcher raffle :D !!WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!Thank you everyone for participating!!4k watcher raffle :D !!WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Here are the winners for the raffle!
First Prize: :iconshijinno: :iconaeonmama:
Runner Ups: :iconminsuil: :icondx33x: :iconbanana-banshee:
I've reached 4k watchers a few days ago and thought about making a small raffle as appreciation for my watchers up until now
Sorry it's only running for two days bcuz i have quite a lot to do...
anyways! GOOD LUCK TO ANYONE INTERESTED!!!
1) you must be a watcher since AUG 21, 2014or before that
2) FAVORITE this journal (I'll be using the list's numbering)
3) Make a wishlist (with STASH, google doc, tumblr or whatever) and comment link on this journal
Please make it clear (first prize: i want bust otp OR single chara of..../ runner up prize: i want....)
1st PRIZE- 2 winnersBust Up OTP drawing (