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Cheap Character Commissions NOW OPEN!

Wed Dec 29, 2010, 11:54 PM
Hey folks!

Out of consideration for the fact that my regular commission prices may be a little steep for some people, I've decided to offer a cheaper alternative to those who cannot afford all of the bells and whistles.
I'm offering a simple, full-bodied, cell-shaded character drawn in Photoshop (with the pencil tool), flat color background (white, black, red, green, blue, whatever color you want), all in my style, for only $25!

The results look something like one of these guys:
A Super-Gay Cast by DrewGreen

What can I draw for you, you ask?  I could draw your original character, a character you like from something you are a fan of, a caricature of you.  Whatever can be categorized as a character, I am probably willing to do it.  Your character doesn't even have to be human (though admittedly, I am best-suited to draw humanoid characters but I'll go out of my box if I have to).

How it works:  Send me a note with the details of your commission (include links to any references of your character, the color of the background you want, maybe even provide a reference for the pose - try to keep that fairly simple - and don't forget to include your email!), and once we have locked down all of the details, I will provide you with my Paypal address.  Payment of $25 is received up front through Paypal only.  I will get to work and send you the lineart of the character to see if you want any changes made (I would send a sketch but the sketches for these are very sloppy and quick).  Once you've approved, I will color it, send you the final image, and we're done!  Simple as that!

For now, I will open five slots.  Please, send me a note to get your spot on the list and get the ball rolling.  If the list gets filled and all goes well, I will re-open the $25 character commissions once I have gotten through these first five.

$25 Character Commissions List:
1. Mike K. (Non-DA commissioner)
2. Jason P. (Non-DA commissioner)
3. :iconburbeary82:
4. Anonymous commissioner (Non-DA)
5.

(Commissions are not "closed..." even if all 5 spots are filled at any given time, I will still accept more than just 5, so if you're interested, do not hesitate to send me a note!)

Completed Commissions:
Shenanigan - Commission by DrewGreen Jase - Commission by DrewGreen Damhnait - Commission by DrewGreen Fidget - Commission by DrewGreen

Happy commissioning!
~Drew

PS:  You can find a listing for my regular commission options and prices here:  freakshow6.deviantart.com/jour… commissions are still open for those interested.  Follow the directions detailed in that journal if you are interested.  ;D

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Merry Christmas!

Sat Dec 25, 2010, 6:30 PM
Hey folks!

It's night now, but it's still Christmas.  I am not playing any music, the TV is off...it's silent in my apartment save for the sound of me hammering away at the keyboard and an incoming facebook chat.  Some snow has fallen outside (here in Atlanta, we get manageable snow once or twice a year), so there aren't many people driving around.  The lights are dim and ambient, my single strand of Christmas lights doing most of the work.  It's peaceful.

I did most of my Christmas celebration on Thursday since that's when the bulk of my family could find themselves in one place.  I received a nice, thick jacket, some throw pillows for my couch (made by my stepmom), and some small things.  I also used a Gamestop gift card to cover a portion of my purchase of "Donkey Kong Country Returns" for Wii, which has been a really fun game so far.  My family are not big gift-givers, partly because most of us don't have a lot of money, but also because we largely just like to see each other (well...you know...seeing family isn't all fun and games but whatever).

So, if you celebrate it...how has your Christmas been?

Best,

~Drew

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  • Playing: Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • Eating: Bean dip. Very Christmasy.
  • Drinking: Rip-off Dr. Pepper (Dr. K, hehe)

Hide your art, folks!

Wed Dec 22, 2010, 10:21 PM
Hey there,

When I have the time, I'll look at the DA userpages of people who have just begun watching me so I can see their art and see if I want to watch back.  Most of the time, I look at their "Newest Deviations" and "Featured Deviation" panels to get a first impression.  If I like what I see there, I'll look further into their gallery.

Sometimes, however, an artist has chosen not to have those panels displayed AT ALL on their userpage despite having a sizable gallery, sometimes hundreds of images.  In these cases, I will not bother clicking the "gallery" button to get a first impression of their work.  If they think it's bad enough to hide it away, why would I want to go out of my way to see it?  That's how I look at it.

It's also annoying and strange, though to a much lesser degree, when an artist chooses to display their "Favorites" panel above any of their own work.  I guess it's nice of them to want to showcase the works of others, but I think that should come secondary to your own art.  It is your userpage, after all.  Your gallery.  Not theirs.

So...does anyone know the mentality of hiding one's art entirely despite having a body of work to show?  Why would someone do that?  Any theories?

Best,

~Drew

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  • Playing: Twilight Princess (a holiday favorite)
  • Eating: Too much fried chicken...
  • Drinking: Rip-off Dr. Pepper (Dr. K, hehe)

Kiriban at 200,000 pageviews

Tue Dec 21, 2010, 12:52 AM
Hey folks!

I'm not traditionally the kinda person that does kiriban gift art, but I'm getting pretty close to 200,000 pageviews and that's pretty awesome!

So whoever reaches it, take a screen cap of it and post it to your scraps then send me a link to it.  I will accept 200,000 or the closest number AFTER it (as in, I won't accept 199,999) depending.  First come, first serve.

The person who gets the view or the closest number to it will get something small and quick, but hey...it's free!  It'll probably be a colored Photoshop character sketch or something, but they'll obviously get to choose what character I draw for them.  We'll worry about it when we get closer to it.

As a sort-of-aside, I reached 100,000 pageviews on September 30th of last year, so a considerable amount of interest in my DA gallery has come basically this year.  Wowza!

Anyway, just wanted to give you folks a heads up!  Also, in February I will be celebrating my 7th year on DA, so I want to do something cool for that as well.

Best,

~Drew

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  • Eating: Cantaloupe!
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DA-related quesiton...

Sun Dec 19, 2010, 7:07 PM
Hey guys and gals!

Is there a way to tell if a fellow deviant is watching you?  I mean, obviously I can tell if I'm watching them but I can't tell if someone is watching me unless I know it, I guess.

Any ideas?

~Drew

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  • Playing: Twilight Princess (a holiday favorite)
  • Eating: Had burritos, yum!
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Artist Spotlight #2

Thu Dec 16, 2010, 8:17 PM
Hey folks!

It's time again for another Artist Spotlight!  The subject of tonight's feature is Canadian artist, :iconembley:.

I only recently discovered Embley here on DA, but I was immediately charmed by her unique characters and world, brought to life with rough line qualities and expert use of lightweight textures.  Embley's color choices truly run the gamut, are colorful and rich but never garish and inappropriate.

The characters she creates (and the ones she draws fan art of) are so full of personality and feel right at home in her style, a style so consistent and indicative of the artist that I knew which Twitter account was hers based solely on her avatar featuring one of her own images.  ;D

Go for the fantastic style, stay for the abundant substance.  You will be glad you did.

Here are a select few of my favorites from her DA gallery (it was hard to pick just 5 of them):
:thumb176337331::thumb189371257::thumb172898148::thumb179068726::thumb176337519:

Embley shares a tumblr account with her friend where they post illustrations of women wearing interesting dresses that you might want to check out if you like her work:  drawthisdress.tumblr.com/

I wasn't able to find her commission status, but I'm sure you can confirm whether or not she's open by contacting her.  I bet she wouldn't mind!

Anyway, check her out, enjoy, and g'night!

~Drew

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  • Eating: Hungreh!
  • Drinking: Orange sodaaaaaa!

Artist Spotlight #1

Sun Dec 5, 2010, 10:51 AM
Hey folks!

I've decided that I want to use my journal to occasionally spotlight artists whose work I really enjoy, admire, and that inspire me.  This won't be a weekly thing, I'll just do it when I think of an artist that I feel like featuring.

This time, I'm going to spotlight :iconreed682:, real name Reed Bond, a fellow Atlanta resident and an incredible artist.

Reed has a versatile style that pleases in every way.  It's derived from and inspired by some familiar and fun sources, but it really speaks to who he is as an artist and he has made it all his own.  His great style is complimented by expert color choices that really run the gamut but are always appropriate for the image at hand.

Perhaps this spotlight is biased as I know Reed in person, but I can say that watching him work never disappoints, hearing him talk about art often inspires, and flipping through his sketchbook always takes my breath away.  He is an expert at what he does, and if you haven't seen his work before, you should!

Here are a select few of my favorites from his DA gallery:

The Girl in the Woods by reed682 Royal Bird by reed682 Marshal Erste by reed682 Hellboy Drawed Goods by reed682 At Dragon Con by reed682

You can find Reed's commission info here:  reed682.deviantart.com/journal… is currently open for commissions and his prices are EXTREMELY reasonable.

Stop by, take a look at his art, leave a couple comments and fave some things.  You'll be glad you did.

Take care, folks!

~Drew

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  • Drinking: Knock-off Dr. Pepper.

Livestream today has been CANCELED.

Sat Dec 4, 2010, 1:22 PM
EDIT:  I really hate to do it, but I'm canceling today's Livestream.  I've really just got too many things that I NEED to get done, I'm in no position to complete an entire illustration for fun before doing any of those other things that pay my bills.  Sorry folks.


Hey folks!

Title says it all.  I'm planning to do a Livestream starting today at 5 PM Eastern Time.  Be there!  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

I MIGHT have to cancel it if I can't work up a good sketch, but we'll see.  I hope it doesn't come to that.

Later,

~Drew

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Livestream Finished!

Sat Nov 27, 2010, 12:55 PM
Hey folks!

EDIT:  Thanks to all that watched!  Remember, you can rewatch if you want to or if you missed it.  ;D

As the title suggest, I plan to do a Livestream today at 4PM Eastern Time.  I should be able to stick to it this time.  ;D

You can find my channel here:  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

I hope you'll join me!

~Drew

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  • Playing: Kirby's Epic Yarn (a lot of fun, I promise)
  • Eating: Need to eat.
  • Drinking: Cherry cola!!

EDIT: Tomorrow's Livestream CANCELED

Sun Nov 21, 2010, 9:07 AM
Hey folks!

I'm sorry to say that the planned Livestream for tomorrow at 2PM Eastern Time has been canceled.  I just have too much work to get done (much of which is rather time-senstive) and I won't be around to do the stream.  I'm sorry, guys!  I will try and do a stream during one of the afternoons of this coming week to make up for it if I have the time.

Although I won't be able to do the stream tomorrow, you can still view my previous Livestream shows!  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

Best,

~Drew

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  • Reading: Bug (bugcomic.com).
  • Watching: Sym-Bionic Titan.
  • Playing: Kirby's Epic Yarn (a lot of fun, I promise)
  • Eating: Need to eat.
  • Drinking: Cherry cola!!

Shipping Advice

Sun Nov 14, 2010, 6:31 PM
Hey folks!

So, I have a couple prints that I want to sell on my Etsy shop, but I want to keep shipping down while also guaranteeing the print won't be destroyed during shipping.  I live in the U.S. and for now, only ship to the U.S.  Any thoughts or hints on this?

~Drew

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  • Eating: Had pita bread and hummus. Yum!
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Livestreaming Done For Tonight.

Sat Nov 13, 2010, 3:01 PM
Hey folks!

EDIT:  Hey, thanks for joining in on the Livestream, folks!  I'll be posting the resulting image up in just a bit.

Just wanted to let you know that I will be doing a Livestream this evening at 6PM Eastern Time (U.S.)!  That's only about 20 minutes away!!!  You can find my Livestream channel here:  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

Join me as I ink and color a really awesome image of Gwen Duncan (because I know how much you guys love Gwen).  It'll be fun!

I hope you'll be there.  ;D

~Drew

Commission me!  freakshow6.deviantart.com/jour…
Commission Slots:
1: :iconpaperfetish:
2: :icondjkirkland:
3: :iconitsfrisbee:
4:
5:

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Commissions OPEN!

Sun Nov 7, 2010, 2:09 PM
Hey folks!

So, to help me quit my crappy job at Blockbuster so I can have just one "regular" job instead of two (and eventually find a relevant "regular" job instead of what I'm doing now), I'm opening commissions back up.  Only 5 slots, though!

Your options are as follows:

Character portrait:  a shoulders-up/waist-up image of one character (original or non), Inked in Adobe Illustrator and fully-colored in Photoshop, with a simple background.  Price:  $60
Examples:   Yoki's Royal Portrait by DrewGreen Shoulder Pinup by DrewGreen EXTREMICORN for asiaoddhours by DrewGreen Largest Nosering Ever V2 by DrewGreen

Full-body character:  a full-bodied image of a character (original or non), inked in Adobe Illustrator and fully-colored in Photoshop with a basic design background (like a splash or a shape or a nice blur or something, not a locational background).  Price:  $75
Examples:   King Durango Safari by DrewGreen Fantasy Earth Zero - Warrior by DrewGreen Commission - Midna by DrewGreen Carmine Carlisle by DrewGreen

Any additional details are negotiable but will raise the price.

If you are interested in commissioning me, send me a Deviantart note with a description of what you want and/or links to references, as well as your email address.

Thank you, and I hope to do business with you!

~Drew

Commission Slots:
1: :iconpaperfetish:
2: :icondjkirkland:
3: :iconitsfrisbee:
4:
5:

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LiveStream TODAY in 1 minute!!!

Sat Nov 6, 2010, 2:59 PM
Hey folks!

STREAMING STARTS IN ABOUT A MINUTE!!!

I'll be Livestreaming today at 6PM Eastern time!  Watch as I ink and color a never-before-seen "Yoki Safari" character!  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

Livestream - now with 100% more microphone!!!

Hope to see you there!

~Drew

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  • Watching: Digimon Season 3 (Tamers).
  • Playing: BlazBlue Continuum Shift
  • Eating: Had ramen, breakfast of champions.
  • Drinking: Off-brand cola.

Gauging Your Interest

Mon Nov 1, 2010, 9:27 AM
Hey folks!

So the Livestream on Saturday was a success, I think.  Although the turnout wasn't enormous, it was nice that people showed up and participated, and I think we had a good time.

I had the advantage of having a theme to go on for this past week's Livestream:  Halloween.  But now, I'm not sure what to do next.

Any suggestions on things you guys would like to see me draw during Livestream events?

Hope all is well,

~Drew

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  • Playing: BlazBlue Continuum Shift
  • Eating: Gonna have a cupcake. Fer breakfast.
  • Drinking: Pepsi. Coke is better, but there was a sale...

LIVESTREAM in 10 minutes!

Sat Oct 30, 2010, 4:50 PM
UPDATE:  The stream will begin in 10 minutes!  Come join me as I color the image!  (This one is gonna be a little on the long side...)

Hey again!

I will be coloring the image that I have sketched and inked on my livestreams from earlier, tonight at 8PM Eastern Time (North America).  I hope you'll join me!

My livestream is here:  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

Thanks guys, it has been REALLY fun so far and I would love for you to watch!

~Drew

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  • Watching: Digimon Season 3 (Tamers).
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger (SNES emulator)
  • Eating: Had soup. Fer lunch.
  • Drinking: Pepsi. Coke is better, but there was a sale...

A Livestream. I haz it.

Fri Oct 29, 2010, 11:59 AM
Hey folks!

So, I just signed up for a Livestream account.  You can find my channel here:  www.livestream.com/drewgreen

I have not streamed anything yet, but I may do so tomorrow sometime in the PM, Eastern time.  I will post details once I'm sure.

In the meantime, bookmark the page so you can get to it all easy-like and stuff.

(Also, I realize that if I do one tomorrow night or Sunday night, not a lot of people will show since it's Halloween Weekend, but that's okay...the first one will probably be a little rough anyway, because I still don't know how all of this works.)

Best,

~Drew

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  • Playing: Chrono Trigger (SNES emulator)
  • Eating: Had soup. Fer lunch.
  • Drinking: Pepsi. Coke is better, but there was a sale...

Kirby 64 Soundtrack

Thu Oct 28, 2010, 10:28 AM
EDIT:  I found what I was looking for thanks to your suggestions and links.  Thank you all so much!

Hey guys!

Non-art-related journal this time.

I was recently replaying Kirby 64 (Crystal Shards), which is a fun little game with some really impressive-for-its-time-and-platform graphics, but the best part of it is the gorgeous soundtrack.

Does anyone know where I can find the soundtrack for download?  I couldn't find a torrent of it.  I wouldn't usually ask about this sort of thing, but it's THAT good.

Best,

~Drew

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  • Playing: BlazBlue (AWESOME!!!).
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  • Drinking: Cherry Dr. Pepper. S'alright.

Let's Talk Commissions...

Tue Oct 19, 2010, 9:12 AM
Hey folks!

As a disclaimer, this journal is not me announcing that I am open for commissions.  I'm NOT open for commissions.  Not yet, at least.

No, this journal seeks to do something I've never really done.  I want to know what you guys would be interested in my offering for commissions.  What kind of things do you like to commission, and what kind of things do you think are a waste of time?  Disregard price, disregard my situation.  Just tell me!

Also, PRINTS.  I am about to get some images printed up again and I want to know what images YOU would like to see printed.  Which ones would you ACTUALLY be interested in buying signed copies of from me?

Thank you in advance for your input!

~Drew

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  • Playing: BlazBlue (AWESOME!!!).
  • Eating: Had a cookie. Fer brekfist.
  • Drinking: Knock-off Coka-Cola.

Webcomic Advice?

Thu Oct 14, 2010, 9:23 AM
Hey guys,

So as you know, "The Quest for Love with Yoki Safari" will be born as a webcomic pretty soon (shooting for the end of the year, ASAP though).  And since I reckon some of you will be my readers (and because I don't know anything and I suck), I thought I'd ask you for advice on the subject.

First and foremost, does anyone know anything about ComicPress?  Any tips?

More broadly, what do you look for in a good webcomic website?  What are some dos and donts?  What kind of extra features do you like?

Anything else?

Seriously, any advice that isn't "OMG i lyk it whn u updat daly!!!!" will be helpful.  I appreciate your insight!

Also, as a quick note, I want to ask you guys to go visit my blog and bookmark/follow it if you like it!  I am sharing some concepts and sketches over there that won't be making their way over here, so it might interest you!  My blog is here:  drew-green.blogspot.com/

Best,

~Drew

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  • Drinking: Knock-off Dr. Pepper.