Hey folks! These are some clarifications to things I get asked about regularly:
WHAT I LIKE TO DO
I figure if you're commissioning me, you probably have already looked through the gallery and have a pretty decent grasp of what I like to paint. But that's not all I like! There are lots of things I enjoy drawing but haven't time, opportunity or a good enough idea to rate a painting yet. I do reams of sketches with a good ol'sharpie and copy paper but there's only so much time I have for nicely worked up paintings. For example, although I've drawn approximately a million werewolves, I hadn't done very many transformation sequences until recently. So you may have a great idea or creature or character - don't worry I'll reject the commission because there aren't any gryphons or were-mushrooms or crab people or whatever in the gallery yet. And even if were-mushrooms float your boat in that special way but not mine, I can still have a good time painting one and turn out a nice piece for you, so no worries.
Plus I like a bit of a challenge, it keeps me sharp.
Don't note me on DA or Tumblr, please! I've had problems on both sites with notes disappearing and people's feeling getting hurt because they think I'm ignoring them, while I've only once had problems with gmail when my account was hacked a while back. I keep all my commission stuff in one place on gmail, and that makes it considerably easier on me.
I don't usually post commission queues. This is partly because some commissioners prefer to remain anonymous, partly because sometimes circumstances change - for example, if we're having a rolling blackout then I'll work on sketching or sewing instead of digital painting and this can change when pieces get finished. If I don't answer to you right away, please don't panic - remember I'm in South Africa, we're currently suffering under a very constrained power grid and blackouts, and we sometimes have internet problems that can last a couple days at a stretch.
I take payments via Paypal. This is currently the only way I take payments. You put half down to secure a place on the queue, and pay the second half when you finish. You don't have to pay the processing pay (although I certainly appreciate it!). Don't send under "gifts" or "friends & family" to avoid the fee! Remember to leave a note telling me WHO you are and WHAT you're paying for - if I have several of the same type of commissions or the payment goes through a different email than the one used to contact me, I may not know that email@example.com is the same person as the Mr. Rubin Farr who just paid me.
I'm asked about special or extra charges. Honestly it depends on exactly what a person is asking for. Multiple characters in a scene, for example. Two characters won't warrant an extra charge, but if you wanted say ten full length characters in the same picture all wearing complicated costumes and fencing or something, well. It depends on the situation - just ask me about it in the initial email.
I'm perfectly OK with doing mature rated artwork. There are things that I don't feel comfortable with, like most artists, but all you have to do is ask when inquiring about a commission. The work I post online is
moderately censored, but that's usually at the request of the commissioner. I'm also OK if a commissioner doesn't want to be identified when I post a work. And although I like being able to show what I've done, I'm also OK if a commissioner prefers not to have the work posted at all.
Any more questions, feel free to email me. Remember it never hurts to ask!
Basic commission info: