Drawing tips

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 ♥

 

The making of a Princess

Step by step of a Digital Painting

One of my latest commissions was a drawing of the beautiful Princess Daisy. I exported out screenshots of some of the major steps in my digital painting progress and wanted to share them as inspiration to anyone who would find it useful.

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Step 01:

The Mockup

I usually develop several mockups - especially if the artwork was commissioned or if I have a lot of unclear ideas about the direction of the painting. If the artwork was commissioned I ask my customer to pick a mockup for me to continue with. If I'm just making the painting for myself I usually experiment with some thumbnailing before deciding which mockup to continue with.

In few cases I grow too attached to several mockups and I end up developing a little on all of them, turning them into proper sketches, before making a final decision.

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Step 02:

Lineart

It is 50:50 whether I decide to do clean lineart or go straight to shading/coloring on top of the sketch. At the moment I'm not focusing so much on cleaning up my sketch after I started painting on top of it, so if I want to make sure the sketch was properly cleaned up I just do lineart instead. I usually create clean lineart when the artwork was commissioned by a customer.

In reality it is probably the undecisive 'me' that kind of want to let go of lineart but just loves doing it as well.

I use a custom Photoshop brush with transfer to create lineart and I usually pick about 80% black as my tone for lineart. Sometimes I throw in a little hue (fancy word for color) as well.

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Step 03:

The flats

This is probably the least entertaining part of coloring. T H E F L A T S. My latest process is just to have a single layer containing all the flats. I might paint the different colors on each their own layer but once I'm done I merge them together into a single layer named 'flats'.

If I want to later, say, select all the hair, I just place myself on the layer containing the flats and use the 'magic wand tool' to select the hair, then I move onto the layer I want to work on while the selection is still active.

I used to keep the flat layers seperate and then shade each individually using clipping masks. However I often got lost in the amount of layers that piled up so I eliminated the amount by merging the flat layers together.

The lineart layer is on top of my layer of flats.

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Step 04:

Initial shading

I use a standard soft round brush for this step. I select some shades I want to shadows and highlights and make a new layer on top of the flats (still below the lineart layer).

The purpose of soft shading is only to indicate where the shadow and highlight areas are. Imagine that all the flat colors are the "midtones" and on this layer I paint in some highlighted areas with ligther tones and some shadow areas with darker tones.

TIP: When you select shadow and highlight colors, rebember to slightly shift the hue as well to get some variety into your color scheme.

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Step 05: First render

It is finally time to start working on layers above the lineart layer. This means that everything I paint on these layers are going to replace the lineart underneath. This used to be very frightning to me! I could never imagine wanting to work on top of my lineart and (gasp) replace it?! However once I figured out how cool it looks to use contrast in tones and color instead of lines to define features on the characters I got addicted to it.

In this step I also color the lineart. I simply make a clipping mask on the lineart layer and start coloring the lines.

I use the same brush for shading as lineart, only bigger. It also has a brother-brush which is exactly the same except it doesn't vary in size according to pressure. Those are my main brushes. When I find it hard to blend properly I use a custom brush for the 'smudge tool' to help along.

In this step I also changed one of the hands on Daisy because it looked ridiculous.

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Step 06: Corrections and second render

After shading and inital rendering I'm starting to add a little texture as well (mainly using custom texture brushes). It is also time to take a step back and reconsider my choices of color. I, personally, tend to start out too desaturated (it looks muddy) and turn up the saturation later in the process. I also adjust the overall light setting in this step using adjustment layers in Photoshop.

When I am satisfied I move on to the final corrections.

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Step 07: Final corrections

During final corrections of this piece, I noticed that the left shoulder (Daisy's right) looked weird compared to the other shoulder. It worked on the mockup - perhaps even on the lineart, but once I started throwing in colors it became clear there was something wrong, so I corrected it.

Sometimes we just don't see it because we work on the drawing for too long. Once I tell myself that the painting is finished, I wait until the next morning to post it because in 90% of the cases there is some small adjustments that I want to make. I simply cannot see the small mistakes because I've been staring at the painting for hours.

And finally I add a background!

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Final version

As I had predicted, the following morning after I had declared the painting "done", there was some minor adjustments including making her face a little shorter and narrowing the neck.

This was an overview of my painting progress. I hope you find it useful.