Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Published: February 16, 2014
Since certain questions just keep popping up over and over, I decided to make a simple FAQ. If there’s some question you didn’t find here and you think it should be added, then feel free to suggest it.


Q: What do you make your images in?


It's always Inkscape, unless said otherwise. It's available HERE. And this is the tutorial I used when I was starting: [Link]

Some of my oldest images here on deviantArt were made with Paint.NET instead.

For the animations, I first make the frames in Inkscape, then export them as PNGs and cobble them together in GIMP. Sadly, I don't know how to use Adobe Flash.



Q: Can I use one of your images? / Can I make a base out of your image?


I always include one of the following badges in an image's description:

:iconyouareplz::iconallowedplz:  :icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: :iconnobases1plz::iconnobases2plz:

They should be self-explanatory. In case it needs clarification:

:bulletgreen: If it's the green one, then feel free to use as long as I am properly credited.

:bulletred: If it's the red one, then either don't use it at all, or try asking for permission first.

:bulletblack: If it's the third one, then I don't want the image to be turned into a base (which is usually an edit made in MS Paint that removes hair, cutie marks etc. in order to make it reusable).

None of my images should be used for monetary profit, unless I give you my explicit permission. You can use them for T-shirts as long as it's only for personal use.

Any commissions shouldn't be used without asking the commissioner first.

Regarding bases: Please do not use my original pieces for them. However, you can use my resources (aka traces, marked with the "MLP Resource" prefix) without permission needed.



Q: What tablet do you use?


I do not use a tablet, nor do I draw my stuff on paper (with extremely rare exceptions). I just make it directly in Inkscape, with a mouse. You can find an example of how I do it here: [Link]



Q: How long does it take you to finish a picture?


In case of my original pieces, it depends on how many characters are involved in an image and what they are doing. For a relatively simple single character image, going from a blank canvas to a completed vector usually averages on 2-3 hours. For an image with more characters involved (2-3), getting rough lineart alone (example) can take between 2-5 hours, with additional 2-5 hours needed for final lineart and coloring.

In case of traces, it depends on how complex an image is. For simple single character poses from the show, I usually need just 1-2 hours.



Q: Do you take requests/commissions/art trades?


I do not take requests or art trades. Nor do I take point commissions - deviantArt points are largely useless to me. I do take regular commissions (for money) on occasion; if I currently do, then there's likely a recent journal entry that shows the details.



Q: Do you draw clop/grimdark/etc.?


I definitely DON'T draw grimdark (unless we're talking about dark comedy pictures that I very rarely draw).

I do draw NSFW though. Most of it obviously isn't going to be uploaded here, but you can find the more risque ones on my Inkbunny page - I'm there under the same name.

You can commission me to draw NSFW too. Feel free to say right away what you’re interested in - no need for beating around the bush. The worst that can happen is me politely refusing.

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okaminekowiesel's avatar
okaminekowieselHobbyist General Artist
Q: What font to you use in your works? like here (you are a TOY fav.me/d5zi4h1). Or are you hand-drawing every word?
ZuTheSkunk's avatar
I freehand all these with a mouse, so yeah, they're hand-drawn.
okaminekowiesel's avatar
okaminekowieselHobbyist General Artist
Thank you for revealing that secret.
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dingosnivysprint12Student Traditional Artist
A tablet like a drawing tablet? I have a Wacom tablet :) As for phones or stuff, I have a Samsung Galaxy Lite :) I didn't want to buy it, but my mom wanted to for my school ^^; 
Pencilshade's avatar
PencilshadeHobbyist Digital Artist

Zu, I thought you'd using a Wacom table :O_o:… how long do you need for a picture?!

When I was vectorizing Chinese New Year Pinkie Pie, I surely had over 9 hour to do all the stuff!

ZuTheSkunk's avatar
In case of my original pieces, it depends on how many characters are involved in an image and what they are doing. For a relatively simple single character image, going from from a blank canvas to a completed vector usually averages on 2-3 hours. For an image with more characters involved (2-3), getting rough lineart alone (example) can take between 2-5 hours, with additional 2-5 hours needed for final lineart and coloring.

In case of traces, it depends on how complex an image is. For simple single character poses from the show, I usually need just 1-2 hours.

I think I'll add this question and answer to the list.
Pencilshade's avatar
PencilshadeHobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, interesting… if have seen my Pinkie Pie trace, it has been very much work on her stitchings… I am pondering, if I ever going to make the left side, but I guess not, since some ornamental elements are plain freaking work of hours.
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para-keet-normalHobbyist Digital Artist
This helped a lot, thanks
MuddyFudger's avatar
MuddyFudgerHobbyist General Artist
"I definitely don't draw grimdark."
Damn.
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