I am in need to earn money to find economic stability along with my boyfriend, so we can marry in a near future. We both are into craftsmanship, but as my boyfriend is the one who is better at making leather crafts, I would like to find a stable job as a paid artist (something that I know I can do well) to help him and to be an active part on this.
All of my commissions funds will go toward paying for everyday needs. We are also trying to buy things and furniture for our future home. The money will not be used for extra pocket money or games.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
I do traditional art (I'm learning digital art, but I don't do digital art commissions yet). My work is done in A4 paper sheets (2480px x 3508px approximately once it's scanned) with Staedtler® lead pencils (for sketching and shading) and Derwent® Watercolor pencils (for painting). I also do ink drawings with black and grey pens and markers. I know how to use editing softwares for editions in case you want me to fix something that I can't do with traditional tools.
TYPES OF COMMISSIONS
—HEADSHOT: These images show only the head, shoulders, and sometimes chest of the character. Hands aren't normally shown. They are more like close-up portraits.
—PARTIAL: These images are of only a portion (about half) of a character's body. The hands may or may not be shown, the feet won't be.
—FULL: These are full-body images in which the hands and feet are shown depending on pose, along with the rest of the character's body.
LINEART SEMI-REALISTIC SKETCHES
Lineart sketches are done in semi-realistic style, like all my drawings. They are available in both Black Ink and Black Pencil, or they can be done digitally. They are, as the title says, lineart. They are not painted, though they can have an overall colored tone (as you will see in the examples below).
By default, all commissions are done with a blank background.
If you want a Scene Background, it adds to the cost. Scene backgrounds are backgrounds with environment in them — setting the character into a scene. These could be sky, nature, a room, a city, water — anything that sets the scene and elevates the character into something other than just a portrait. The scene background in this kind of commission will also be lineart, of course.
HEADSHOT: $4.00 / 320 points
PARTIAL: $6.00 / 480 points
FULL: $8.00 / 640 points
+Scene background: $5.00 / 400 points
+Additional characters: Double the price of the comission you chose (headshot, partial or full) for each character. So, for example, a sketch of two headshot characters would be $8.00 or 640 points.
Examples of lineart semi-realistic skeches:
PAINTED SEMI-REALISTIC DRAWINGS
Painted drawings are done in semi-realistic style, like all my drawings. These are made by doing a lineart sketch (see above) and then painting it. These drawings are painted in a way so that some or all of the original sketch lines will be present. They will not be painted completely (because the sketch lines may take the place of some of the shading).
They are available in both Monochrome (black and white) and Color, and also Monochrome and Color combined in one piece. If you choose Monochrome, I can do it with lead pencils or with ink pens and markers. If you choose Color, I only do it with color pencils. You can also combine ink and pencils in one piece. Just ask. The price does not vary with the tools.
By default, all commissions are done with a blank or simple background of varying colors depending on what I feel fits the piece best. This is included in the price — I don't charge for it. If you want a blank background on any piece, be sure to ask, otherwise it will probably be painted in.
If you want a Scene Background, it adds to the cost. Scene backgrounds are backgrounds with environment in them — setting the character into a scene. These could be sky, nature, a room, a city, water — anything that sets the scene and elevates the character into something other than just a portrait. If you choose to have a Scene Background, you can also choose if you want it monochrome or colored, with ink or pencils, etc. It's up to you.
You can ask for Writings in the free default background instead of a Scene Background. These Writings can be song lyrics, quotes, book passages, etc.
HEADSHOT: $6.00 / 480 points
PARTIAL: $8.00 / 640 points
FULL: $10.00 / 800 points
+Scene background: $7.00 / 560 points
+Writings: $3.00 / 240 points
+Additional characters: Double the price of the comission you chose (headshot, partial or full) for each character. So, for example, a drawing of two headshot characters would be $12.00 or 960 points.
Examples of painted semi-realistic sketches:
PAINTED MONOCHROME REALISTIC PORTRAITS
Monochrome painted portraits are realistic, detailed and fully-painted in shades of white/black/gray with lead pencils. I don't use ink for these drawings and I don't do colored realistic portraits. I use photos of real people to draw them. I will not draw a monochrome painted portrait without a photo to guide me. I don't do full bodies for this type of commission.
By default, all commissions are done with a blank or simple background of varying shades depending on what I feel fits the piece best. This is included in the price - I don't charge for it. If you want a blank background on any piece, be sure to ask, otherwise it will probably be shaded in.
If you want a Scene Background, it adds to the cost. Scene backgrounds are backgrounds with environment in them - setting the character into a scene. These could be sky, nature, a room, a city, water - anything that sets the scene and elevates the character into something other than just a portrait.
I don't recommend adding a Scene Background to this kind of commissions because the complex background can end up drawing more attention than the portrait itself. But I do recommend to put Writings in the free default background instead, which adds to the cost but it is much cheaper than a Scene Background and will not draw more attention than the actual portrait. These Writings can be song lyrics, quotes, book passages, etc.
HEADSHOT OR PARTIAL: $15.00 / 1,200 points
+Scene background: $10.00 / 800 points
+Writings: $3.00 / 240 points
+Additional characters: $15.00 per character / 1,200 points per character
Examples of painted monochrome realistic portraits:
Animal drawings are cartoonish, semi-realistic or realistic (you can choose). It can be a random animal (any dog, for example, for which I'd use an image from Internet), or a special animal, like your own real dog, for which I'd need a picture of him/her.
They can be lineart (pencil or ink, as you choose) or painted (mochrome, colored, with pencils or ink, or some of those combined, as you choose).
By default, all commissions are done with a blank or simple background of varying colors depending on what I feel fits the piece best. This is included in the price - I don't charge for it. If you want a blank background on any piece, be sure to ask, otherwise it will probably be painted in.
If you want a Scene Background, it adds to the cost. Scene backgrounds are backgrounds with environment in them - setting the animal into a scene. These could be sky, nature, a room, a city, water - anything that sets the scene and elevates the animal into something other than just a portrait.
HEADSHOT OR PARTIAL LINEART: $5.00 / 400 points
HEADSHOT OR PARTIAL PAINTED: $7.00 / 560 points
FULL LINEART: $7.00 / 560 points
FULL PAINTED: $9.00 / 720 points
+Scene background: $7.00 / 560 points
+Additional animals: Double the price of the comission you chose (headshot/partial or full) for each animal. So, for example, a drawing of two lineart headshot animals would be $10.00 or 800 points.
Examples of animals:
RULES AND FAQs
—1— Check out my gallery to make sure you know what you are getting into. I am better at some things (people, especially women) than others (animals, environment, houses...). I am still learning, but I will try my best to complete your commission as best I know how. If you want to commission something that is not listed, just ask, and I will tell you if I'm willing to do it (for example, drawing only feet, or hands, or eyes, or flowers, or a landscape, etc.)
—2— I will not draw everything. I have certain limits. I don't feel comfortable drawing LGBT+ or NSFW.
—3— I retain the right to turn down a commission for any reason I so choose. I may get busy, someone may ask me to draw something I really don't want to work on. It will not happen often, but I reserve the right to do so.
—4— I reserve the right to post your commission in my gallery or use it for self-advertising, though I will not make money out of it. I may or may not post it, but I drew it, and I would like to show it off. If the commission is of a personal nature (a portrait of a loved one for instance) you may of course, ask that I not post it. I may agree not to if you ask nicely.
—5— All commissions come with my signature somewhere in the drawing. You may not remove it under any circumstance. Although you paid for the image, I drew it. I want credit, because credit is what will make me known to other people. If for some reason you want a version of the image without the signature (and can give me a good reason) I will consider leaving it off. But it'd have to be a very good reason, and credit would still have to be given wherever it is posted.
—6— You may do whatever you wish with your commissioned image as long as you do not remove the signature, and credit to the artist is given wherever it is posted. I don't mind if you make prints of it and sell it, upload it to your own gallery, put it on a professional website, etc. I don't mind, as long as I receive the credit. Which means that I retain the copyrights.
—7— All commissions are given in digital-art form (.jpg or .png, whatever you prefer). My work is done traditionally in A4 paper sheets, and then scanned in high-resolution (2480px x 3508px approximately). Then, if necessary, I fix colors, lighting and things like those in an editing software to make the piece a faithful copy of the original (because the scanning process can change the colors a bit). If you ask before I start drawing, I can change the size of the paper sheet to make it smaller or give it a different proportion (like a square), but I can't make it bigger because I don't have larger paper sheets and my scanner does not support larger sheets either.
—8— The commissions can be delivered by note or by email. That is up to you.
—9— I reserve the right to artistic license. If you ask for a certain type of picture or pose, I will try my best to accomplish what you ask, but I like to experiment and change details. If you have any objections to my artistic license, voice your concerns early. (For instance: if it's a commission for a book cover, you may want the characters portrayed exactly to some specification, and I will comply to your request) But if you are not detailed enough in what you want, or you aren't sure, and say something like "I just want a waist-up shot of my OC...", expect random creativity. The more creative leeway you give me, the better your commission will probably turn out.
—10— If you ask, I will draw you copyrighted characters, but you must have permission from the original owner of the copyright. I want expressed, written permission from them, not you. I don't want to step on anyone's toes and earn money off someone else's character unless they are all right with it. So before you ask me to draw it, get permission. Anyway, I can draw fanart of famous books or movies like "Harry Potter", where it's impossible to obtain permission from the original author.
—11— I do collaborations. If you have had another artist create you a commission and you would like me to edit something on the commission or to complete it, I would be willing to work on it (we can negotiate prices based on what needs done) but I do require that the original commissioned artist sends me a note letting me know that it's okay for me to work on their piece. I don't want to step on any toes or end up over-drawing something someone was really proud of unless they know about it and are okay with it. I may also agree to do a collaboration with you, but ask first.
—12— I will try my best to finish commissions in a timely manner, and with the utmost effort I am capable of. However, occasion may arise in which I must put off work for a couple of days - please be understanding of any delays, and I will try my best to keep you informed of any and all work on your commission so that you always know where I stand with its completion. See estimated times below for each type of work.
Lineart Sketches: 1-2 days
Painted Drawings: 2-3 days
Monochrome Painted Portraits: 3-7 days
These are only time estimates. Pieces may take longer or shorter times depending on my current work flow and the difficulty of the piece. Backgrounds and multiple characters adds more time to these estimates.
—13— I work on a first-come-first-serve basis. I have a running list of commissions in the order I received them, and they are completed in that order. Occasionally I will skip a commission up my list if the person before them on my commission list has not been responding to messages, the commission can be done really quickly (like a sketch), or the person before them has put a hold on their commission due to financial reasons. I do what I can to get my commissions done as quickly as possible for everyone concerned. When you commission me I will warn you about how many commissions I have before you, and will note you when it is time for me to start your commission. You need not pay for your commission until I am ready to start it.
—14— Payment MUST be made before I begin to work on your drawing. Anyway, I will show you a first sketch BEFORE you pay, so you see if it's what you are looking for before making the payment for the real piece. If I choose not to finish your commission, I will refund your payment. If you receive your commission and don't like it, we will discuss it. I am very thorough when I work on a piece, and check in with my progress on a daily basis, and fix it along the way to your specifications. Because of this process, I will NOT redo an entire piece once it's finished. You will have had plenty of time to speak up about any problems with it before then, and I will assume you are trying to con me out of my pay. I am not opposed to fixing small issues even after it's colored, but I will not redraw the entire piece, nor will I give you a refund at that point. This is why I said #1 up there: know what my capabilities are, so you know what to expect. Don't expect a miracle, and then demand a refund. Whether you like it or not, I put a lot of effort into the art I created, and I am entitled to payment for that work.
PAYMENTS AND HOW TO COMMISSION
I accept PayPal (United States Dollars) and DeviantArt points.
ARGENTINA: Si usted vive en Argentina, sería mejor que depositara el dinero en pesos argentinos en un cajero automático y lo transfiriese a mi cuenta de banco (cuyos detalles le daré después de que acepte su comisión). De esa forma, no será sustraído ningún dinero por parte de PayPal o DeviantArt y la entrega será más rápida.
I use this converter from Points to USD and vice versa: DeviantArt Point Calculator
For payments, please DO NOT donate points into my account. If you just donate points, I will NOT be able to withdraw any real cash, so the payment will be pointless.
Of course I will refund you the points immediately and I will ask you to submit them the right way, but it would be upsetting and would show that you have not read this in its entirety.
If you have money in your PayPal account, then it would be better for me to be paid there, so there won't be taken too many fees (if you pay with points, DeviantArt takes a fee, and then to turn those points into real money, PayPal takes another fee). I will give you my PayPal account details when the commission is decided, because some people might send me payments for commissions I had not planned to accept, and it's a big hassle to then return the money.
If you do not have money in your PayPal account, or do not have a PayPal account, then you can pay me with points, BUT only through the "Commissions Widget". Do NOT just donate points into my account. Tell me you want to pay with points, and I'll create a commission in the widget for the specific amount of points that you have to pay. That way, I'll get the points directly converted to cash (20% of which is retained by DA).
—HOW TO COMMISSION—
Send me a note here on DA or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "COMMISSION" in the subject line (so I don't lose it!), detailing the type of commission you want, and any pertinent details to what you want in the image. Be as detailed as possible please! I don't want to have to send you 50 emails to figure out what you want.
I will then confirm that you understand the price of the commission and have read the entirety of this journal. If you agree to my terms, I will give you the email I use for PayPal, or if you are Argentinian, my bank account details, so that payment can be made, and I can begin to work on your commission! Of course, if you will pay with points, it is the same. I will show you a quick sketch before the payment is made, and I will edit it acoording to your wishes before starting the real piece.
Don't be afraid to ask questions if you have them, I don't mind answering them, and I want both of us to be clear on the commission process before any transactions are made. I will try my best to give you an estimate on how long it will take me finish your commission. Depending on the size and detail involved, pieces usually take me 4-48 hours of straight work (several days real time. I do need to eat and sleep, etc.). Visual aids are helpful if you have a certain pose, hairstyle, or clothing you want in the image, or if you have reference images of your character, but they aren't required. A text description is perfectly fine.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMISSIONED ME
Below are people who have commissioned me in the past, and their commissions have been completed:
—1— brazenglory - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Color and Pencil) - Redheaded Tickler
—2— SCPXXXX - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Color and Pencil) + Additional Character - Did I convince you yet, Mr. Bosak?
—3— SCPXXXX - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) - His fierce determination had betrayed him
—4— SCPXXXX - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Scene Background - It was dark and the wedgie was painful as hell
—5— SCPXXXX - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Scene Background - He smiled to the camera, proud of his achievement
—6— SCPXXXX - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) - He squeaked, and the hands reached out for him
—7— SCPXXXX - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) - He looked scared as he climbed
—8— SCPXXXX - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Color and Pencil) + 2 Additional Characters - Ticklish feet
—9— Superficialloveshit - Full Painted Semi-realistic Animal Drawing (Color and Pencil) - Little Haley (to give an animal example, it was actually a gift)
—10— SCPXXXX - Full Semi-realistic Lineart Sketch (Ink) + Additional Character - Joan D'Arc and Lady Sif
—11— SCPXXXX - Partial Semi-realistic Lineart Sketch (Ink) + Additional Character - Henri dela Rochejaquelein and his beloved Marianne
—12— SCPXXXX - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) - Try not to fall
—13— SCPXXXX - Headshot Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Color and Pencil) + Additional Character - Wedgie! (this is the request of a "Buy a commission, get a free request" offer)
—14— WhiskeyDreamer - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Additional Character - Sleeping couple
—15— WhiskeyDreamer - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Additional Character - A Chance At Love 1
—16— WhiskeyDreamer - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Additional Character - A Chance At Love 2
—17— WhiskeyDreamer - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Additional Character - A Chance At Love 3
—18— SCPXXXX - Partial Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Scene Background - A suspicious noise
—19— SCPXXXX - Full Painted Semi-realistic Drawing (Monochrome and Ink) + Scene Background - Caught (this is the request of a "Buy a commission, get a free request" offer)