Brass tacks: It's not been a good time for me financially as of late. As much as I've been afraid to give this another try, terrified in fact, but I think now's probably the time to give it the ol' college try. Again, lol.
Apologies in advance if this is a confusing mess, I'm bad at writing these. (I'll edit it if I need to later)
The last time I opened up for commissions years ago (and why I've been so hesitant to open up for commissions since then) I, in my opinion, failed HARD at getting them done in a reasonable timeframe. I took on too much work and was not organized or prepared properly for it and I failed hilariously. Yes, all work WAS completed, but it took far, far longer in some cases than what could be considered "reasonable", which wasn't good considering it was all advance payment and was intended to be completed in a timely fashion.
So, basically, I'm trying this again (considering the circumstances) and attempting to have a "controlled environment" as it were. Starting out simple for now, may change down the road, but for now it's just this. I do not want a repeat of last time, so I'm making sure I can handle it, baby steps as it were.
Am doing quick, simple backgroundless character pin-up/standees/whateveryoucallthem for $20 each.
Examples of what I mean (some are newer works, some are a lot older):
Check out the folders on the left in my gallery to see some of the stuff I normally do or specialize in. Toylines, cartoons, video games, comic books, etc
examples: Transformers, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Marvel Universe, DC Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat, things of that ilk (but not limited to just these, please check the gallery for more!).
BREAK IT DOWN:
Q: How much?
A: $20 (Twenty Dollars)
Q: What payment methods do you take?
A: I can only accept payment by Paypal at this moment. Have had bad run-ins with money orders and cheques, not comfortable with them at this moment.
Q: You sure you aren't doing any other types of commissions? Only pin-ups?
A: Yes, I don't feel comfortable at the moment taking on anything larger while doing these for multiple people at once. This may change, but for now I'm keeping it simple. Getting myself overwhelmed will just lead to a repeat of last time, which I refuse to let happen. This is a very controlled experiment, lol.
Q: How do we do this?
A: Let me know what character you want in either a Note here through deviantART or an email to my email address (it's on the main page). After we confirm everything, you send payment to my Paypal address and upon receiving it I'll start work and then email it to you in 300dpi upon completion.
Q: Advance payment? Why?
A: Burned far, far, FAAAR too many times. Once for a very large sum of money. Never again. One (well, several, lol) bad apple and all that. If this was a larger sum of money/larger, more complicate commission, I'd do a "half now, half at the end" down payment thing.
Q: Advance payment?! How do I know you'll actually get it done and wont just run off with the money and screw me over? Or take AGES like last time?
A: My reputation is on the line. If I screw you over, you'll tell EVERYONE what I did. My "career" exists solely here, on the internet, so I'd lose everything (so to speak) if I did that. And rightly so. So, yeah, that's the basically your guarantee against that behavior, lol.
Q: Advance payment?! How do I know you'll get this done in a timely fashion and not take MONTHS like the last time?
A: Again, my reputation is on the line. This is supposed to be my personal "second chance" sorta thing. If screw up then I probably wont be able to do commissioned work again. Either because I'd never want to do it again, or because no one would want to commission me ever again.
Q: Are you sure you're not undercharging yourself horribly?
A: This is, to me, by my calculations, a reasonable "sale" price for the time to takes (for me) to do these simple pin-ups, which is why these are simple just pin-ups. If I was doing larger or more complicated commissions the price would be much higher, based on the hours of work they would require.
Q: Will you draw "OCs"?
A: Yes, provided they have a design already. I'm not designing characters, just drawing them. (PS: if you want an OC drawn, if you can please send me a bit of a character bio/personality info thing, last thing I want is to draw a miserable look on a character that's supposed to be happy all the time or vice versa, lol. Many times a character's personality can shine through on nothing more than the facial expression, and I do tend to focus on that a lot in my work).
Q: Are you posting these online afterwards?
A: I prefer to do so, and in fact many (most like "most") people insist that I do so (and if I haven't they ask why) but I want to play it safe and ask you first. Your choices:
1 - No
2 - Yes
3 - Yes, but with a big ugly watermark (note: my watermark is hilarious, at least to me anyways)
and if yes, do I have to wait until after a certain time/day to post (ie: after christmas as it is a present for someone, etc)
Q: A I allowed to post my commissioned art on my own dA page/blog/website/etc?
A: Of course! You paid for it, feel free, just be sure to credit me and link back to me
Sorry if this is unnaturally complicated or confusing. I'm terrible at this sort of thing, lol. I've probably forgotten something...