|I do a lot of things...|Hey folks! I'm want to see my best friend Kay for her birthday and Xmas, but she lives in Michigan and I'm a little tight on cash. I found a flight that goes from LAX to Detroit for around 600 dollars, which is VERY doable...IF I get commissions.
NEW PLAN: Kay is coming to Los Angeles for New Year's. The ticket is my birthday/xmas gift to her. Still working towards gaining the ticket, but now traveling with animals isn't a concern
So here's my plan.
I'm sure some folks are looking for Xmas goodies for their loved ones. And I haven't been terribly open for commissions of late. So if you're looking for a character sheet, I'm available!
Here's some examples of what I can do for you for 150 to 250 dollars (price going up with complexity:
Commissions will be digital illustrations, the equivalent of a 9 by 12 sheet of paper, FILLED with drawings of your character. It can include poses, turnarounds, acting to specific circumstances. Animals, fantasy or realistic, are allowed. Humans are fine. Furries are ok. But the more limbs, markings, and inorganic stuff you want tacked on, the more the price will increase.
ALTERNATIVELY, if you're looking for something cheaper, I can do BUST COMMISSIONS.
These are card-sized digital paintings of your character's head and shoulders.
They are in the 40 to 80 dollar range
Some examples of these
All should be completed by December 10th.
Payments must be upfront and through paypal, USD. If you can't afford the full amount, I'm willing to split the payment in two (initial amount, then the other half given when artwork is completed).
Please email email@example.com for communication. Tumblr eats messages so I do not trust it.
Any time I go to an industry event like CTNX, I don’t bring a portfolio. I’m too busy and cheap to throw one together. Or more importantly, I’m never happy with anything I make which is older than a week. So I bring my sketchbook instead.
It’s so much easier to show my work to audiences closer to my age (35 or younger) than it is to older ones. I happily show my sketchbook to everyone available not for the pleasure of praise, but to field test emotional reactions to my work. Whatever folks hover over, what they point to and what they’re willing to comment on, that lets me know where to go. Professional, amateur, or neither, I learn a lot about the effect of my work through them.
But older industry folks won’t let me in on their reactions. They play things so close to the vest, I have to interpret all kinds of subtle body language and tonal queues that I’m simply not a natural at picking up on-the-fly. They restrict their words to the most generic phrases and criticisms. I’m not sure if they’re wary of saying more lest they “hurt feelings” or worse, they have nothing to say.
Are they just jaded? Are they just interested in my technical skill and that’s all they have to critique? Is it that my creative skill doesn’t appeal to them? Not sure. Could be any one of those things, could be all three. But it’s led me to believe portfolio crit is a lost cause in any environment which demands said industry-folks need to split their attention between you and the next cup of coffee. That’s maybe the major downside to CTN Expo. I can’t get the honest reactions I need to progress.
So I give up on them except when convenient. Instead, I hand my sketchbook to the folks sitting at individual tables. They have more advice to give. They got more things to say about creativity, including whether they enjoy my interpretation of reality or not. And they have more suggestions about what to check out to continue branching out and exploring what I can do.
Children too are enlightening. Understandably, not all my work is “kid-friendly”. But I’m careful when they ask to look through my book. I’ll curate it, making sure to skip over pages with content that would upset their parents. But my design elements are the same in the kid-friendly stuff as well as the more adult fare, and there I find positive reactions. They don’t care about being nice. Kids are frank and cruel like that. They just know when they like something and immediately beeline for it.
Young artists, ones honest with their tastes, are similar. They haven’t the vocabulary to express what works and what doesn’t, but they’re blunt. And I like blunt. You don’t have to interpret bluntness.
Any time though I can get a grey-hair to grin, laugh, or go “hey, I like this!”, I feel a little extra accomplished. If I can get the jaded guy to break his stoic face, then something worked.
Now to just get that reaction to be more consistent.