FREE Ressources for Commission Artists

Start by watching the above video I made if you haven’t already (^-^) The content below makes much more sense afterwards. Anyway, here’s the mentioned blog post with free template text that you can use for your Commission Info page.


Where should I put my commission info?

If you have a website, I would suggest putting it there (like I did). But besides that, you should post it on the social media sites you are active on.

  • deviantArt: Create a journal entry called “Commission Info” . Update the same journal each time you make chances. You can choose to notify your followers of it or not. You can also upload a picture with all your info, since you can easily replace image files on dA.

  • Youtube: Put a link to your commission info in the videos’ description. Since you cannot post photos in the description, it is not the best place to post your full info.

  • Instagram: There are a couple of ways you can go about here. Post your commission info over several Story-slides and pin them together as a group on you profile. Call it “Commissions” or something like that. If you have over 10.000 followers you can also attach a URL to your stories referring to your website/order form/dA or whatever is relevant for you. You can also post the link to your commission info on the profile itself. Or, you make regular a multiple post with all your info as images. It can be hard to fit terms and all your info in these small images, so maybe have the basics in the pictures and use your profile to link to the actual info page.

  • Tumblr: Same as deviantArt, basically. Post your info in a post and link to your post from your menu, so it as easily accessible.

  • Facebook: I would create a post with the categories of commissions I’m taking, and adding some text with the prices. Or, I would post the pictures into a gallery folder called “Commission Info”. However, I don’t find Facebook to be the best place to host commission info, so a link to your info page is probably better.


The following sections are template text that you can copy and use for your commission info page. Remember to alter it so that it fits you and the way you handle commissions. The text is divided into the following caterogies:

  • Status & Slots

  • Ordering & Payment

  • About commissioning me

  • Examples and Prices

  • Do’s and Don’ts

  • Terms of Service

NOTE: After each section I write a NOTE like this one, and you shouldn’t copy it - it’s just me explaining what you can do in this section ;P

Feel free to use it as you see fit FREE and without needing to credit me. If you want to support me, leave a like and a comment on the video in the top of this blog entry.


Status & Slots:

Status: OPEN/CLOSED/WAITLIST
One commission equals one slot- so if one person orders three pieces, that person fills up three slots. If all slots are taken you can ask to be put on a waitlist.

Slot 1:

Slot 2:

Slot 3:

Slot 4:

Slot 5:

NOTE: If you have the possibility to change text color, you can make “OPEN” green, “CLOSED” red and WAITLIST some other color you like. Put as many slots as you are open to take. When someone takes your slot, put their username next to the slot or just write “TAKEN”. Some artists also write what type of commission was ordered. Example:

“SLOT X: SKETCH - HALFBODY for Username”


Ordering & Pricing:

How to order:

Send me an email/PM/put your preference here
Include the text form somewhere in the message and fill it with your order info:

GENERAL INFO:
Your name:
Your e-mail:

Type/category of commission:
How many characters:
Any specific wishes/details you want included:
Background: 

CHARACTER(S) INFO:
Character name:
Character personality/description(s): 
Please give me everything you have on your character that you want me to have in mind when drawing them - also characters from series since I might not know them. You can also send me a youtube link to a video portraying the characters' personality.

By sending this order I confirm that I have read and accept the terms of service for commissioning “ARTIST NAME”.

You can place multiple orders in one mail, just include the above info multiple times.

Please include reference images of your character(s). If there is anything specific you would like me to get inspired from (e.g. environment for background or stock images for poses) please include them as well. If you cannot provide reference for the character (meaning you only have a text description), an additional +X$ will be added to the price.

Send your order to youremailhere @ mail . com

Payment method:

Paypal only/Points/Bank transfer/Etc.

NOTE: I use Paypal only! It is the most reliable international transfer service I have used so far. If you recieve domestic orders, you might want to consider the possibilities for domestic transfers as well. For instance; regular bank transfer.


About commissioning me

Before you order, please make sure to have read my Terms of Service. These terms apply to private commissions only. This information is NOT applicable for commercial work, therefore the art can only be used for the client’s personal purposes.

All prices below are base prices. Things that might increase the price are complex character designs, number of characters, not being able to provide a good visual reference, complex backgrounds and amount of detail in the image in general.

NOTE: I added this section in the beginning of the page even though it might as well have been in my terms. A lot of people who have wanted to commission me wanted to use the art commercially, at which the price is significantly higher. So I put this here as a kind of disclaimer. Same goes for the price. I wanted to state early on, that there are certain factors that can affect the final price.


Examples and Prices:

NOTE: List the type of commissions you will be taking. You can easily write out all the categories you plan to offer, even if you sometimes only open up for some of them. Be sure to notify in the “STATUS”-section which commissions you are open for. I cannot give you anything to copy and paste for this section, since it usually is very different depending on how you want to build up your categories. The following are pictures to inspire you to build your categories.

EXAMPLE 1: Each category is a “type of shading”; Sketch, Lined, Flat colors, full colors, etc (except for chibis that I only did in full colors).

Greyscale sketch
Flat Colored.PNG
Chibis.PNG
Painting


NOTE: The images above are my old commission categories. Today I have divided the sections differently. Next time I update my info I might go back to this type of categorization. You don’t have to pick ONE way and stick with it. You are free to change things around every now and then so it always best fits how you take commissions at the given time. Also, sometimes renewing the look of your page is exciting to you and your clients.

 

EXAMPLE 2: Categorized after how much of the character’s body is in the image (cropping).

FULLBODY - $XX

Additional Characters: +50% each


HALFBODY - $XX

Additional Characters: +50% each

PORTRAIT - $XX

Additional Characters: +50% each

 

Additional stuff:

Other croppings to consider:

  • Thigh-up

  • Bust

  • Dynamic pose (is usually halfbody/fullbody)

  • Chibi

Other shadings to consider:

  • Colored sketch

  • Celshaded color

  • Black/White (B/W)

Other CATEGORIES to consider:

  • Comic pages

  • Character sheets

  • Animated art

  • Avatars

  • Pixel art


Some great commission info pages to give you inspiration and how they are using categorization (opens in new tab):

Info images for Instagram

Here are some examples of how I have used Instagram to show my commission info (outdates info/prices):


Do’s & Don’ts

Will do:

  • Humans

  • Creatures

  • A portrait of you and your loved ones

  • Couples/ships of any gender

  • Fanart

  • Original characters

  • Any sexuality (+NSFW)

  • Fluffy flamingos*

Will not do:

  • Fetishes

  • Hateful art

  • Imitation of other art styles or artists

  • Gore

  • Mechas

  • Long-leg Johnson

  • USA’s president


* Only very fluffy ones

NOTE: Customize the lists so they fit your wishes. The ones I put on were just examples. You might want to draw something that is on other artists’ “will-not” list. Don’t feel bad about that! That just means you might get some niche orders and that’s awesome. There is nothig wrong with the subjects on “do-not” lists (usually).


Terms of Service

NOTE: The following is a copy of my terms. Some places the text is underlined, which means you should put in your own info to replace mine/blanks. Remember to READ IT THROUGH if you copy-paste the following text. You NEED to make sure it fits the way you work. Also note that the terms underneath apply to digital drawings! Make sure to change the facts about final product handling if you do traditional art and ship them off.

If you have a problem with any of these statements, they may be changed if discussed with me prior to ordering your commissioned piece.

1. GENERAL TERMS

  • All drawings will include a subtle signature that you may not remove.

  • I might record the drawing process and post it on my youtube.

  • Prices are subject to change based on demand.

  • I have the right to reject any order that I do not feel comfortable drawing for any reason.

2. PAYMENT

  • Currency accepted is either USD or Danish Kroner and can be paid through PayPal or any domestic bank transfer service. 

  • All commissions must be paid in full upfront. For big pieces ($100+) I can agree to split the payment.

  • Don't send me the funds before I have agreed to give you a slot and requested you to send me the payment.
     

3. PROCESS AND DELIVERY

  • I will notify you when I have started on your commission and you, therefore, lose the rights to a refund (see point 7 further below for more info on refunds)

  • While I'm working on your commission I will make reviews with you to make sure I make it just right for you!

  • Amount of reviews depend on the complexity of the work.

  • During the reviews, you will see work-in-progress and these images will usually include a watermark and be smaller than the finished piece.

  • The time it takes to finish your commission varies 1 week - 3 months depending on factors such as health, complexity of commissioned piece, other work and con seasons.

  • If anything comes up that will slow the progress of the initially estimated delivery time I will let you know asap.

  • Once the piece is finished you will receive the full-resolution image. Note that there is no physical product. Depending on where you live, we can arrange to print your artwork. Just ask :)

 

4. REVISIONS

  • A fee will be added if you want something changed on the final drawing - unless, of course, a misunderstanding from my side has been made.

  • If you wish for me to change something in the drawing you have previously been satisfied with, I will charge you a fee to change it. The amount of the extra charge depends on the change you want me to make.

  • If your reference is unclear to start with changes will come at an extra charge.

5. COPYRIGHT / USAGE POLICY

  • I, the artist, claim the rights to the produced drawing, not the buyer. Therefore I am allowed to use the copyrighted artwork to:

    • Promote myself with it everywhere

    • Publish books with it

    • Display it everywhere to my liking

    • Post it wherever I want
       

  • The buyer is allowed to:

    • Use the commissioned piece for personal use unless agreed otherwise (yes, you can upload it to your dA, Instagram, tumblr, etc.)

    • Print the artwork and claim the character(s) as their own, but not the artwork itself.

    • Use the artwork to promote themselves. You are not forced to give me credit when you post it but it is very appreciated.

    • Use the artwork on their Youtube channel and in monetized videos as long as the artwork itself is not the main reason for the earnings.
       

  • The following is considered copyright infringement:

    • Reproducing/using the copyrighted artwork commercially - means making money off it in any way.

    • Claiming the artwork as your own

    • Removing my signature from the artwork

    • Altering the artwork without my consent
       

  • I reserve the full rights to the image and it's use/distribution unless otherwise agreed upon (rights to the image for your own non-personal use may be purchased).

 

6. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

  • I will do everything I can to make my customers happy!

  • If you have a problem with anything in regards to the commissioned piece please tell me right away so we can find a solution together.

 

7. REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY

  • The buyer is not allowed a refund once I started working on the commission.

  • If for any reason I am unable to start your commission you will receive a full refund.

  • If you cancel your order before I started it, you can get a full refund.

  • If you are getting a refund, do not request a Paypal chargeback. I will transfer the money back to you myself.

  • If you request a Paypal chargeback at any point when you were not allowed to ask for a refund you will lose all beforementioned rights to the commissioned piece and I will have the full right to profit further from it in any way. I will also decline the chargeback and give Paypal our conversations in which we talk about the commission as evidence that I have completed work for you. Futhermore you will be blacklisted for commissioning me again.


If the buyer breaks any of the points stated above they will lose all beforementioned rights to the artwork commissioned by me, the artist, and I will have the right to profit further from the commissioned artwork in any way I see fit. If you have a problem with any of these statements, they may be changed if discussed with me prior to ordering your commissioned piece.


NOTE: If your info page is getting big, consider posting your terms on a different site and CLEARLY link to it from your info site.


We’re at the end…

Thank you for reading! And for watching my video C:

I hope my entry here was useful to you. Feel free to ask questions if you have any. I would recommend you to leave your questions in a comment on the video, so the answer can be seen and helpful to a lot of people!

Thank you again ~ take care ♥

 

Preparing for Artist Alleys

Spring and summer in the Danish art community mean con-season and Artist Alleys. I have signed up for three cons this season. The first convention is this Friday (April 27th - 29th) and is at J-Popcon. The next Artist Alley is only one week later and is Comic-Con Copenhagen (May 5th - 6th). The third is not until August, but it still means that I have to prep for two Artist Alleys at the same time - and the deadline is closing in.

So here's a rough overview of an artist's mind when con-season is closing in.

 

How I make my Artist Alley products and pricing them

I'm a home printer. I have invested in an Epson SureColor P-400 inkjet printer. It has 8 ink cartridges and prints up to 13 in / 33 cm wide images. I want to be able to control every single one of my prints personally to ensure the best quality. I have tried a lot of different paper over the past year but Matte Cotton and Lustre-paper types have turned out to be my favorites so far. I especially adore Baryta paper.

 

Pricing my products for Artist Alleys

Printing for an artist alley is a little pricey and in the future, I might buy some of my prints online if I suspect certain prints to sell really well. One large print (A4) costs me roughly $2.50 in inks and approx. $1.50 in paper depending on the type of paper I choose for the specific print. I'm selling this kind of print for approx. $10 so I do profit from them but since I'm not guaranteed to sell them I'm not guaranteed to profit from them either. If you'd have to calculate the time I use for proofing the prints, signing them and packaging them as well, then the profit is pretty small in the end. Especially if you include the costs in ink and paper it takes to test print every drawing or if the printer leaves marks by mistake (because it happens). These are just some of the costs (and potential costs) you should have in mind if you're considering to become a home printer like myself.

In time I plan to raise my prices, but I'd rather start a little low and go higher than the other way around. Sometimes I adjust the prices a little when I arrive at the con so that I don't stand out too much from the other artists. However there are a lot of things to consider if you start comparing prices such as, but not limited to, paper quality, art quality and how much each print costs the artist to make. Even art styles are okay to include in these situations. How unique are your products?

Sometimes, if you order your prints from a printing service you might get them for approx. half the price a piece compared to what it would cost me to print myself. The reason is that you usually buy bigger bulks of your print at a printing service and therefore save some money. This way you can sell them cheaper at the convention and still make a nice profit.

 

Special artist alley prices and offers

For artist alleys, it is a good idea to have special offers - at least I have very good experience with it. So I typically offer one large print (A4) for approx. $10 and 2 for approx. $16.50 (these prices are converted from Danish Kroner). Same goes for my medium and smaller prints and stickers. The smaller they are the "bigger" the offer. E.g. stickers are roughly $2 each but you can get 3 for approx. $4. Basically, it means that a single item gets cheaper the more the customer buys and who doesn't like things getting cheaper?

I usually also offer specially priced commissions at conventions if I'm in need of a little extra cash. Thought from my experience I have learned not to take on too many commissions and not underprice myself. I think it is better to not take any commissions because the price was "right" rather than stress myself out the entire weekend, just so I can finish a few cheap commissions. That's my personal opinion at least.

 

Things I keep in mind when pricing for artist alleys

I always aim to break even from a convention. Being part of an artist alley is truly fun but not worth financially ruining yourself over. Make sure to at least cover the fees in connection with the con such as the ticket, the table fee and your print costs (from those that you sold).

At my first artist alley where I brought prints, I had no clue what or how to price them. I had some idea of what my art was worth, but I also knew that I was using a budget printer at the time and had very little experience with selling my artwork - let alone produce the prints. Before I left for the con I wrote a price list containing two price sets. One price set included my minimum prices. These were the prices that I was not willing to go under. The other price set included my preferred prices. They were higher than my minimum prices but I felt like they better reflected my art's worth. When I arrived at the convention and most of the other artists had set up their tables, I took a look around to see their prices. I especially looked at the paper quality, trying to determine their art experience and art styles. Then I found those that reflected me the best and compared their prices to mine. I wasn't too off and basically went with my preferred prices.

Don't underprice/undervalue yourself as an artist. People will see right through it and will more likely move on instead of buying your items. "Art is a luxury" I always tell myself.

 

My Artist Alley setup and shop design

After last con season, I invested in a set of storage cubes. I saw a lot of other artists use them and got very excited about the possibilities for future setups. This season will be the first time I'm using them and I have a pretty good feeling about it. I already made some initial test setups and they're shown below.

 

Sharing your artist alley table with a friend

For J-Popcon 2018 I will be sharing my table with a friend, and we will have a setup close to what can be seen in the images below. We have this idea of mirrorring the table across the middle but I have so many products that I will probably be all over the table by the end. My prints as well (hah!). I'm sitting on the left and my friend will be sitting on the right as the corners indicate.

vores-setup.jpg

Solo setup for artist alley

For Comic-con I have a much smaller table, and I will not be sharing it with anyone this time. The test setup so far looks like this:

comiccon-aa-setup

I'm doing more tests next week once J-Popcon is over. I will also do a proper entry with pictures after the cons and talk about my experiences in the artist alley.

 

Self-promotion

Artist business cards

I've made new business cards again this year. I want to make a new card every year. If for no other reason, then just to have my newest artwork on the cover. Below you can see my evolution of business cards so far. I attended my first artist alley in 2015 doing only commissions - not bringing anything to sell other than that. I didn't attend any artist alleys in 2016 so my business card was the same for a long time, but when I got back into attending in 2017, I made two new cards with the only difference being the little icon on the back which would fit my current avatar on the internet at the time.

businesscard-history

This year, for the first time, I'm going with round corners. A lot of the business cards I have collected from others over the years start to show damage in the corners. I thought going with rounded corners might counteract that a bit. I do not spend a fortune on my business cards (yet) so I usually go with some sort of economy printing service (Vistaprint so far). I might try to order from a different place next time to see the difference in quality.

 

Neat-looking promotional items for artist alley

I wanted to make a banner or a roll-up this year, but I didn't have "the right artwork" for it yet so maybe next time. I think it looks very inviting and professional when artists have a banner, a little sign or a roll-up with some of their artwork by their table.

I'm also hoping to bring a tablet where you can sign up for my newsletter. Using a tablet to show off your Youtube videos is also a great idea. I like to make a specific artist alley playlist for this purpose and let it play on repeat somewhere where people can see it.

In the future, I plan to have a mini-portfolio to hand out along with my business cards. Especially to potential clients.

 

Artist alley attendance shoutout on social media

This year for J-Popcon I made a small collab with my friend whom I will share the table with. We're both posting the collab on our Instagram accounts. I like to show my followers the table plan of the artist alley as well to let people know where they can find me.

Below are the images for our Instagram accounts. I still have to figure out what to do for Comic-con.

instagram-artist-alley-01
instagram-artist-alley-02

A list of my Artist Alley products

This is a list of the products that I will be bringing along to my Artist Alleys this year:

  • X-large prints A3 (limited designs)

  • Large prints A4 (approx. 10 different designs - most of these are not available in other sizes)

  • Medium prints A5 (approx. 5-7 different designs - most of these are not available in other sizes)

  • Small prints A6 (approx. 6-8 different designs - none of these designs are available in other sizes)

  • Stickers (approx. 10 different designs)

  • Some original drawings sold at a higher price

  • Prints with traditional finishes such as gold paint

  • Some misprints and old clearance prints

  • Artist Alley commissions

The list below is new products that I consider to be on my WISHLIST and some of it available next year or through my shop later this year:

  • Badges

  • Zipper bags

  • Notebooks

  • Bookmarks

  • Planner stickers

  • Enamel pins or acrylic charms

  • A zines (small artbook - usually with a specific theme)

  • Colouring book

  • Shirts with original gothic/fantasy themes

 

There is a lot more I could talk about, but this post is meant to be more of an insight into my head right now rather than a complete guide. I hope you can draw some inspiration from my thoughts. The first convention is Friday this week. Then there is less than a week until the next one. I still have some designs for both prints and stickers that I need to finish, so I better stop writing this post and get back to work, hah.

If there is anything you'd like me to include in the post-artist alley blog post let me know in the comments below.