Art Sales Questions
Do you do paid commissions?
How long can I expect a commission to take?
Why do you charge so much for a commission?
Do you sell prints, merchandise, and/or original artwork?
Are you attending any conventions?
General Art Questions
How long have you been drawing?
Where did you learn to draw?
Is art a hobby for you or a career?
Can you teach me to draw?
Will you critique my art, please?
What do you draw besides anthropomorphic art?
Who or what artistically inspires you?
How much time do you spend on a picture?
What materials do you use in your art?
Why don't you draw yiff/hentai/porn?
Will you draw free art for me?
How come you did gift art for so-and-so, but you won't do it for me?
What's an art exchange? Do you do them?
Art Sales Questions
Usually, yes. I take up to three commissions at a time Details are up on my Commissions page, as is the current waiting list.
Sometimes it can take several months - it all depends on several factors.
In all honesty, I have issues with my energy levels due to depression and thyroid problems. This can be exacerbated by the how much I'm working at my day job and the time of year. Inspiration doesn't always strike me, especially in the winter.
How long it takes also depends on how far down my waiting list you are. If there are two people whose commissions I have to finish before yours, it could be awhile. Even if you're at the very bottom of my waiting list, it shouldn't take me longer than nine months to finish your commission.
If you've commissioned me and want to check on the status of your commission or are just curious as to the current wait time, check out the waiting list on the Commissions page. It lists the current status of each commission.
When you commission an artist, you are paying for several things:
• You are paying for the cost of the materials. Art supplies usually are not cheap, especially *quality* materials.
• You are paying for the time spent. On average, it takes me at least 20 hours of work to do a commission. If I were to charge minimum wage per hour on an average drawing, it would cost over $150. Depending on how many hours it actually takes me to finish a commission, I may or may not make minimum wage on it. I think that is more than fair. I am attempting to be fair to my customers while still getting paid fairly for my time and efforts.
• You are paying for years of training and experience.
At conventions I sell prints, magnets, stickers, bookmarks and other merchandise. Please e-mail me for the current list of what I have available. Bookmarks are available for $3 each or 4/$10, magnets and prints are $2 each or 3/$5, and stickers are $1 each. (See shipping and handling costs here.)
If there's a specific piece that you'd like a print of that you don't see available, please e-mail me. (This depends on if I have a suitable original file to work from and permission to print it.)
As for original artwork, I sometimes put up originals in the art show at various conventions. Otherwise, if you just happen to see something on my site that catches your eye, and you just have to have it, it is possible that I may be willing to sell it to you. This does not mean that I still have or am willing to part with every piece of art on this site. Please e-mail me if you are interested or have any questions.
I also occasionally place old artwork up for sale on Furbid.
General Art Questions
I've been drawing my whole life. My first public exhibitions were on my grandmother's refrigerator. Very cliché, I know.
I took the mandatory art classes in grade school, and some elective ones throughout junior high and high school. I drew pictures for my friends in study hall. I constantly doodled. Up to this point, I was largely self-taught, although I did pick up a bit in art class. After high school, I majored in art at the local university. I learned a lot in college, especially from life drawing classes. I'm still learning about art and drawing to this day.
Hopefully a career (hence the four years spent studying it in college). I would like to illustrate children's books, or something else illustration related.
Well, I can't *teach* you, per se, but I can give you some pointers on my Tutorials page.
I used to, but these days I am just too busy. Sorry! (If you're a friend, feel free to e-mail me anyway.)
I like surrealistic imagery, general fantasy, pop art, wildlife art and portraiture. Check out my College Portfolio, Illustration, and WoW Fanart pages for some examples of my non-anthropomorphic art.
Scads of things! I find inspiration while looking through magazines, watching TV, or just from life in general. I'm inspired by art movements like Art Nouveau and Pop art as well as by traditional animation. My friends and other internet artists are also an inspiration.
It varies - it depends on the size of the artwork, the medium, whether there's a background, general complexity of the image, and how inspired I'm feeling. A mixed media drawing with a background is averaging me 15 -25 hours these days. Computer coloring can also take 20+ hours. A pencil/pen sketch is usually around 2 hours, whereas refined pen or pencil take much longer. A watercolor painting can run up to 20 hours.
Due to the restrictions of doing my artwork in an apartment instead of in an actual studio, most of the art that I'm doing these days is done with pen, markers (which can push the ventilation issue), and Prismacolor pencils, or is computer colored with Photoshop. I also have been known to work with pencil, watercolors, acrylic paints, pastels, and charcoal on occasion.
While I have no objections to drawing *tasteful* nudes, I will not draw pornography. The artistic nude is, at least in my eyes, completely different from pornography. Artistic nudes express the beauty of the human form. Life drawing helps artists learn anatomy and other skills. Porn exists for the solely for the purpose of getting someone hot and bothered. It upsets my artistic sensibilities as well as my personal morals. There are plenty of people that have no objections to drawing that sort of thing, so if you want it, please ask someone else about it - not me.
No. It greatly annoys me when people e-mail artists and just expect them to draw something for free just because the artist can draw. We are not art-making machines.
Even though art *can* be fun, making art is actual work. Artists don't just magically pull completed artwork out of their butts. Art takes time and effort to do, as well as money. Artists expect to be compensated. It's not that artists are greedy capitalist dogs out to keep the little people down, either - we need to make money to survive, just like everyone else does. You wouldn't ask your doctor to treat you for free or your mechanic to fix your car for free - why expect an artist to do the same? It's ridiculous, not to mention insulting!
In the past when I did do requests, people tended to be unappreciative. How would you like to do hours of work without any compensation, or even a simple "thank you"?
I simply don't have the time to do free art for strangers who make demands of me out of the blue. And no, I won't make an exception and do free art just for you.
I make gift art for a lot of reasons: to make someone feel better, to commemorate a special occasion, or just because I like a character and felt like drawing them. The person who I'm giving art to didn't demand that I draw anything for them or even expect me to. My generosity should in no way be mistaken for me accepting a free request.
An art exchange is an arrangement where I draw something for you in exchange for you drawing something for me.
If we agree to do an art exchange, please take this seriously and uphold your end of the bargain.
Please keep in mind that any commissions I may have take precedence over all trades.
Also, if we have not made an agreement to do a trade beforehand, please don't send me gift art and expect me to reciprocate.