Edit 10/31 -- Been awhile since we updated this! We are no longer take a cut from sales, so if you were waiting for that before applying, you can apply now! We're starting prep for the advent calendar in December, so if you were wanting to participate in that, now's a good time to apply. We'd like to let on a few more people this week!
SushiDogs is now accepting rolling applications for guest designers! Guest designers will be invited to a private discord server, where we can collaborate and work together on design sales and events. From there, you’ll be able to chat with the team about your ideas, share WIPs, submit your final designs for review, and sign up for any guest design events we hold (such as the annual advent calendar).
As a guest designer, you won’t be held to any time constraints unless you’re participating in an event (and event participation is 100% volunteer based). We hold one off guest auctions every 2-4 weeks, so you can contribute a design with the theme of your own choosing whenever you have the time! We’ll make the graphics, host your sale, and deliver image files to buyers for you--all you have to do is provide your art, and set your prices! In the future, we'll also hold on-base sales that guest artists can participate in, but that's a little ways down the road. ;o
Guest artists must be 18 or older in order to sell soosh designs! We will allow minors to be guest artists, but you will not be able to participate in auctions or sales until you turn 18. This is mostly for legal reasons, so please be honest about your age when you apply!
You must be willing to use discord! We really expect you to be in frequent contact with us during your design process, so we can share our input. We want to help each other put out the best designs possible (also, it’s more fun that way imo). You don’t have to be super chatty (lord knows most of us are Really Shy), but you will be expected to share some info about the designs you're working on at the very least.
You should have some experience with character design (designs for your personal OCs are ok to include in your application, as long as you designed them yourself!). We're actually interested in working with both animal and human designers, so if you can only do one or the other we'd still love to have you on board! (Please note that, at the moment, we're prioritizing animal designers since human soosh lore is still being finalized! 👀)
We do have standards for the quality we’re willing to put out, but we're not prioritizing popularity or anything like that. If we feel you’ve got potential, we’ll consider you! We really want to help you learn and improve no matter what skill level you’re at.
You should be positive and willing to collaborate! You must be open to accepting constructive criticism and advice. If you think you’re too good to collaborate with us, you can design your own species. Conversely, you should be constructive and supportive when sharing your own thoughts. Don’t expect everyone to agree with you, and don’t be needlessly harsh or petty.
We have a set minimum price for guest designs (just to keep things fair), but for auctions you’re free to set AB prices at whatever you feel comfortable accepting. Guest artists will receive 100% of the profits from their sales--we do not take a cut for the group.
Guest designing is mostly for fun, so we're pretty relaxed about it! If you decide you'd rather not design for the species anymore, you're free to leave the server at any time, with or without notice (and you're free to apply again later, if you change your mind again!). All we really ask is that if you sign up to contribute for a time-sensitive event, that you please keep your promise! We don't mind pushing things back if there's an emergency, but if you have a habit of being unreliable at meeting deadlines (which you volunteered for!), you might not be picked for events in the future.
If you're interested in applying, please comment here with examples of your work. You can add thumbnails to specific pieces in your gallery, or link to a folder/offsite gallery. If you'd like, you can also give us a short description about yourself, but it's not really necessary! If you're chosen to join the guest artist team, you'll receive a note from Chital with more information and an invite link to our discord server.
Please note that you might not get an invitation right away, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re turning you away; except during large events, we only invite a few guest designers at a time so things don’t get too overwhelming for us. So be patient, and please don’t be discouraged!
I’d like to emphasize too, that even though we’re open to a wide variety of skill sets and expertise, we can’t invite everyone who applies! As much as I’d love to work with everyone interested, we do have to limit the number of people on the design team so we can keep things manageable. We’ll be considering a lot of different things when we’re vetting applicants, so remember that just because you’re not invited onto the team doesn’t mean that we dislike you or your art (and, as mentioned before, just because we don’t invite you on right away doesn’t mean we never will!).
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