Sorry about the sudden disappearance! I got bit by a brown recluse and I am very apparently allergic. I’ll be replying to notes, getting back to work, and shipping orders off come tomorrow morning.
In the mean time, here’s a quick preview of a commission… Still have some styling and touch-ups to do though. ^^
I drew a thing for my roommate at 1 AM because that’s what we do.
She was convinced halfway I was drawing her fursona with my dog, so it became a German shepherd. Todd just wants to be loved. Will nobody love Todd?
All this NSFW art I draw is going to make my daughter’s parent career days at school really awkward…
There have been several people telling me I need to charge more for these $5 commissions…but here is the logic behind it:
- They’re fast. I work on several in the morning to warm up for the bigger work while I drink coffee, and I work on the second batch while my baby girl naps in the afternoon to wind down from the bigger stuff. No major time is taken, as they take 30 minutes per character.
- They sharpen up my ability to work quickly, which is great for conventions and market days!
- They’re affordable. Pretty much anyone can afford one. If I can make someone’s day with art that they want, at a price that won’t impact them negatively, in an amount of time that doesn’t impact me negatively, there is no harm done.
- Advertisement. Doing these have led towards more exposure for this blog, my pages, and all that jazz. That exposure brings in bigger commissions, which goes towards taking care of my family. My family is everything, so I am extremely grateful for all of this.
So what have we learned? Commissions are not always about instant gratification, and money isn’t always the main focus up front. I won’t be doing $5 watercolours or $5 plushies any time soon, but you can bet I’ll keep up the $5 speedpaint commissions as long as it makes people happy and is fun to do!
Got a few requests to see my sculpture work after mentioning plans to make R34 sculpture kind of things, so here ya go. This guy has glowing LED eyes, weighs a ton, and took countless hours. He was a lot of fun to work on through it all and is now with his new owner. ^_^