This is just a rough estimate of what could be on my commission list, so it’s not the final list. I’m not even finished determining the price for each level (trying to find the right price that isn't too expensive for the average person and that I don't undersell myself as an artist). I decided to have my commission list set at levels, because the higher the level get the more work goes into making them. It makes sense in my mind, simple, straight to the point, and it’s organized.
I’m also going to be making a slot system of the sort. Meaning I will only be able to take up a certain number of commissions at once. I don’t want to overwhelm myself too much, especially since I’m still going to school and I’ll be doing my own independent projects at the same time.
The purpose of this is to see of anyone would actually commission me to make what’s on this list. So, if any of you had the money to commission me (just think theoretical for now), would you get anything from this list? And does the whole organization of this list make sense?
*edit* Almost forgot to mention the red and blue text! Basically, some levels are highlighted with red text or blue text, indicating whether each level is available for commissioning or not. I won't be able to do any of the more complicated levels until I have more time for them (so I can't make a full costume, mural painting, or cardboard creation during school or work). The levels that are red will be available eventually, they're just on the list right now because I want to let you know I'm planning on opening them sometime in the future.
Some more info that will most likely make it to the final list:
Price will depend on how complex each character is. And for Levels 7, 8, 11, and 12, how complicated the backgrounds and characters will be. Obviously characters and backgrounds with more detail will have a higher price.
Price will also depend on style: traditional or digital. Digital would be less expensive unless you asked me to make prints of them (making good quality prints does cost a bit), and traditional would include covering some expenses from using high quality pens and pencils (colored).
The special orders are something I see as something that allows me to stretch my artistic skills, however, certain special orders will only be available for certain times (as creating costumes [Level 11] and cardboard creations [Level 10] take a great deal of time to complete, and mural painting [Level 12] requires the buyer to be within reasonable driving distance).
Traditional style is anything not done on the computer (pencil drawings, colored pencils, specialized pens, paintings, hand crafted sculptures & costumes). And digital style is anything done on the computer (Photoshop & Illustrator).
Level 1 – Sketch
$5-$20 per character
+$2 for colored lead
Includes: drawing (sketchbook style)
Level 2 – (special order) Colored Sketch
$10-$25 per character
Includes: sketch colored in lightly with colored lead/pencils
Level 3 – Lineart
Style: traditional or digital
$10-$30 per character
Includes: original sketch and lineart drawing
Level 4 – Base color
Style: traditional or digital
$20-$30 per character
Includes: original sketch, lineart drawing, and base color drawing
Level 5 – Shading and Highlights
Style: traditional or digital
$30-$40 per character
Includes: original sketch, lineart drawing, base color drawing, and final drawing
Level 6 – Character Reference Sheet
$35-60$ per character
Includes: original sketches and finished product
Level 7 – Character with Background
Style: traditional or digital
Includes: original sketch/final drawing
Level 8 – (special order) Comic Layouts
$40-$60 per page
Includes: original page sketches and scanned & fixed digital versions
Level 9 – Clay Figure
$40-$100 per character
+$5-&20 for prop
Includes: finished product (and props if added), and concept sketches if needed
Level 10 – Cardboard creations
Usually less expensive than some other levels because the material used (cardboard) is free!
Price will depend on how complicated the sculpt is, and if I’m asked to paint/duct tape/paper mache the finished piece.
Includes: finished sculpt and concept sketches
Level 11 – (special order) Costumes
This one I’ll only do when I have a significant chunk of time set aside to complete it. It takes a while to create a full costume of anything, so I won’t be able to do this one during school. However, during school I may still be able to make small things to go with costumes (belts, props, etc.).
Price will depend on how long it takes to complete the costume and how much money I spend on supplies.
Includes: finished product, concept sketches (if any), and the rest of the supplies used to make the costume (optional)
Level 12 – (special order) Mural Paintings
This is another project that I’d have to set aside another chunk of time to complete, though it shouldn’t take more than a week to do the actual painting. Designing it on the other hand will take a little bit longer.
This project will also only be available to those who live within reasonable driving distance. Unless someone wants me to paint a mural on a huge mobile canvas rather than a bare wall.
Price will depend on how expensive the painting supplies are and how long it takes to complete the painting.
Includes: final painting and concept sketches (w.i.p. designs)
Level 13 – Graphic Design
In terms of Graphic Design, this level includes making business cards, advertisements, programs, posters, fliers, etc.
Price will depend on how long it takes to complete the design and how difficult the design is.
Includes: final design, w.i.p. designs, and concept sketches
Level 0 – (special order) extra
Includes: anything specialized that hasn’t been included in the other levels. Usually this level is saved for anything laminated (I have a lamination machine). So I could laminate any traditional drawings or digital prints to preserve them, and laminate character cutouts. This level could also include gigantic cardboard cutouts of characters (always wanted to make one…).
Hello everybody! I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve wrote a proper journal, so this one is going to be pretty long. Be prepared for a lotta talking and stuffs….*inhales*
First thing to talk about: art theft. I feel like I should talk about this first because deviantart is a big victim to this. My Uncle has been through art theft before, and he’s done a bit of research of my artwork alone and he’s found a few websites that showcases my art without permission. Now I don’t mind some people sharing my artwork on Tumblr, Youtube, or any other safe website just as long as they give me credit for making it (although I would like to be notified about it first). What bothers me is when some websites don’t give me credit and they are either trying to sell prints of my artwork or use my artwork to lure young people to adult themed websites (that’s disgusting on so many levels). I’ve already done some research on Google (basically typing my DA name in the search box, and clicking on websites that aren’t deviantart) and I already found over 20 websites that are misusing my artwork. I’m taking steps (thanks to my Uncle) to remove my artwork from those websites. Also, watermarks can only go so far, because certain websites still take artwork despite it having a watermark.
I’ve never realized how big a problem art theft could be until I started growing my talents as an artist and my popularity as an artist grew. I implore any and all of you artists here on DA to take steps to protect your artwork as well. If any of you are having trouble with art theft I suggest you read my Uncle’s journal and deviation here:
Do a google search (or use some kind of search engine) of your DA name and/or most popular pictures and make sure your stuff isn’t being used without proper credit. Any website that isn’t your DA page, art pages, or any page linked to deviantart, is probably a website that took your art. But be careful with your search! When I searched my user name I came across some websites that had mature content in them, so make sure to do this when you’re ready.
Ooookay, I didn’t mean to scare any of you with art theft or anything. I’d just hate to see any of you go through what I’m going through right now.
Now, to talk about commissioning and stuff. As some of you know I am a college student, and now I’ve reached a point where I’m starting to run out of funds for education. I don’t want to borrow any money and go in debt, so the logical thing would be to earn money. What better way to do that than through commissions? So, shortly sometime this month, I will be opening up commissions to the public. I will be setting up a paypal system along with a commission order form of the sort. I’ll dedicate another journal and a few deviations to my commission info in the near future. Just letting you know I’ll be starting it soon.
Though, when I do start commissions, I’ll only be able to do a certain number at a time. This semester I’ll be juggling doing commissions, college classes, big art projects, and trying to get a real job. So I’ll only be able to do about 3 commissions at a time (depending on how complicated they are).
The next thing I want to talk about is how often I’ll be able to upload. I have a feeling this semester will be my busiest semester yet, not just because of college classes but because of how much I have planned. As a result, I will not be able to upload as often as I did in December. Now in December, the 31 days of uploading was more of an experiment. I’ve always liked the idea of uploading something once a day (as Markiplier uploads at least one video per day), but I’ve found out that doesn’t fit my schedule (as I missed uploading something three times….). I definitely don’t want to go another semester without uploading something (never again!), so I’ll be uploading at least something every month. I’d much rather upload something every week, but we’ll just have to wait and see how this semester pans out.
And now the last thing to talk about: my comic series. I want to start working on my own original comics as well as continuing SatBK: Chaotix, but in order to do that I’ll have to drop some projects so I won’t be wasting energy. Which means, The Champion will most likely be canceled. I hate to cancel it, but me and my sister have hit a significant roadblock in creating the story, and we’ve lost motivation to finish it over time, so I think it’s best to cancel it. That means I’ll be closing The Champion group, however, that will leave room for me to create a group dedicated to completing SatBK: Chaotix. That also means all you who have volunteered to help create the comic (don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you!) will be administrators/staff of the group. Hopefully I have time to start the group before the 20th of this month, but if I don’t just know it will be up eventually.
As for my own original comics, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to finish the Tracer Animatic. Unfortunately some of the sound files weren’t recorded properly, and I have no idea if I’ll ever get the original voice actors to say them again, so that will have to come to a hiatus. However, the main TRACER series will be in the works. At this point I’m just tossing ideas back and forth, creating concepts, places, characters, story, basically I’m designing everything I need to make this comic a success. So a lot of concept sketches will be coming your way!
I’m not entirely sure when I’ll be able to officially get more comic pages uploaded this semester, not only because of all the other things I have planned, but because I’m trying to finish some sculptures in time for my school’s art contest. The prize money for the art contest could go toward my school expenses, so I’m working to complete some sculptures for that contest.
*whew* okay then, I wonder if there’s anything else I missed. Hmmm, I don’t think so. Thank you all so so much for read this incredibly long and ranty journal!
Run for yer lives! 2015 is coming! AOISUDGHAOSIBDGPOAWIRENGPAIWNEGFPOINWEKNRALJKSNDGLNASDFg
DAY 31 (and wuddoyaknu, the last day....yaaaay!)
31 days of uploading> xaolin26.deviantart.com/art/31…
artwork @ me!
*here lies the last day of 2014*
Welcome to my page. Thank you for taking the time to read this. And if you’re a new watcher, welcome aboard!
I’m an aspiring artist who’s trying to make a name for herself in the world of art. I specialize in creating comics, action in comics, concept sketches, special effects in Photoshop, sculptures, costuming, and much more. I’m nowhere near perfect, but I’m still improving my skills as an artist.
I’m also Christian and proud of it! Don’t let that discourage you though, I’m a friend to everyone and I don’t judge others for what they believe in.
If you ever need a friend or someone to talk to I’m here for ya!
Feel free to look through my gallery and give me pointers on how to improve my skills.
IMPORTANT> If you intend to use my artwork for personal projects, websites, etc., then please contact me about which picture you want to use, what you want to use it for, and so I can approve of it or not. It's best to contact me via. note here on DA or through my email: email@example.com
There’s a lot of projects I’m participating in.
Currently I’m collaborating with:
Sonic Revolution to advertise for the group
Sonic Redesigned to make a fangame
Saphfire321 to turn her fancomic into a comic drama
AMTdootlas to create comic pages for his Sonic Universe series
My own independent projects include:
SatBK: Chaotix (fancomic)
Medic's medigun and pack (for 3D portfolio and conventions)
Future projects I want to start:
Tutorials for comics, costuming, etc.?
TRACER original series
Xiao Teng: The Friendly Dragon
As you can see I have a lot on my plate. So I’m pretty busy most of the time. However, I still try to stay connected to everyone here, and even if I don’t respond to comments right away I always read them.
Updates may be slow, but I’m always working on artwork to upload into my gallery.
my Youtube channel (which doesn't have much on it) > www.youtube.com/channel/UCD2c0…
Background character submissions for SatBK: Chaotix are currently closed for now. I have all the characters I need for the background to get the comic rolling. However, those who have already submitted characters before this announcement will still have their characters drawn, and character submissions will most likely happen again.
Here's the deviation for the character cameos themselves> xaolin26.deviantart.com/art/Sa…
I do have a livestream chanel, but I barely use it . . . > www.livestream.com/xaolin26?t=…
A collection of la icons for your amusement: