It has been quite a while since I wrote my last "info" Journal crivannia.deviantart.com/journ…
Almost a year in fact! Since then there have been a lot of changes: in the style and quality of my work, and on the approach I'm now taking towards it. The info in this journal concerns all of my active watchers and anyone who currently has a commission ordered or who is planning to, point or Paypal being irrelevant. If anything, this just makes me realize how far I've come from drawing bad character concepts with a mouse.
A TL;DR summary will be written following each section!
Onwards to the Info!
Many have commissioned me over the past year, and I've had to deal with quite a lot of bullcrap and learned to manage time. The hard way. These changes are a reflection on the new direction I want to take with my art and on what I've learned since I started doing commissions.
My Paypal account has been up and ready for a few weeks, but I have not yet openned Paypal commissions. Why? Because I've been planning a fresh kind of start:
I currently have 5 point commissions in cue, each of them paid and accounted for. These are not the final point commissions I will take, only the "before-last batch". Unlike the other times I had my commissions open, I WILL NOT be opening a slot every time I finish one off. My point commissions will remain closed until all of them are completed. Which means it will only be in a little while. When they reopen, however, I'll be opening 4 slots for LAST OPPORTUNITY point commissions. Said slots will be open for one week, and after one week I will close point commissions at the current prices. These will not be the very last point commissions I will be taking, but only the ones at the current prices. Essentially, I'll be advertising commissions, will be posting prices in USD, but will be accepting THE EQUIVALENT VALUE of the price in points. This was prompted by the abysmal fact that my fullbody colored commissions, which take anywhere from 8-14 hours of work, were payed for with 100 points, but that is only equivalent to 25 cents.
-I will not be reopening point commissions until all of the currently cued orders are completed.
-After that, I will be opening 4 slots, and ONLY 4 slots, for point commissions at the current prices. The slots will be closed after one week, regardless of wether or not all 4 are filled.
-All commissions will be closed until all of those orders are completed.
-Then, I will reopen commissions, posting the new prices in USD, only accepting the funds through Paypal or the equivalent value in
Up until now, I have worked systematically from commission to commission in order of date received. However, as many other artists may agree, this does not function especially well for aspiring artists. This method has made me sometimes lose sight in what I was supposed to be doing, and in consequence made me sink into endless art blocks and slumps in motivation to finish or even start commissions. I personally think it's something I need to stop before it starts really affecting my work ethic. Therefore, I will now be working on commissions with the following method and rules: I will be working according to my inspiration towards the various subjects, therefore I will essentially be picking at random through the commission list based on what I'm in the mood to work on. Once an order is placed on the list, it WILL be finished, but when it will be finished does not rely on when it was ordered.
I'm allowing myself to work on ANY commission on the list, regardless of when it was ordered in comparison to the others.
~New Commission Prices~
I will be posting these as soon as I figure them out and put together a commission ID. They will be listed in said ID and in my donation box.
The following is information I have already posted in the original info journal. The previous info journal will be deleted.
Hey guys, time for commission info! Here's the basics:
-Please be patient. I'm still a student so I have school.
-Please be as specific as you can when ordering.
-Do not ask me to edit an order once it has already been completed.
-Please credit me as the artist if the image is to be used elsewhere.
-Please do not alter the image without my knowledge.
-Please do not use the image for commercial use without permission.
-I have the right to decline an order if I feel I that the request is not within my ability.
-You may cancel the order ONLY if I have not started the lineart stage.
I must receive payment BEFORE I start the picture. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Wills and Won'ts:
-Mildly sexual themes but nothing too explicit
-Yaoi or Yuri
-Complicated costumes, but depending on the level the price may go up
-Animals (mostly accompanying a character)
-Violence and gore, but nothing like "smashing heads open" or anything extreme
-Hentai or other very explicit drawings (artistic nudes are obviously accepted)
-Furries (I might accept, but I am just putting this here since I am not particularly good at them)
-Copying/Redoing of an existing image or screenshots of anime or cartoons (even if it is in my own style)
-Mecha's (I'm just not good at them. But if your heart is set on that, then I could try)
I still reserve the right to refuse any commission for any reason.
Prices are in my donation box!
Kiribans are where someone screencaps a specific milestone in pageviews designated by the artist, in this case me. If you screencap the one I've marked, then I'll draw you a gift!If you want the gift screencap it! The gift is a request from the winner of said Kiriban. The gift will be in whatever style I wish it to be, and it is MY choice whether to accept to draw your request or ask for you to submit a different one. Kiribans will not be on the work list, but are noted on my personal to-do list.
If you're interested in an art trade with me, send me a note! Once I receive it, I will decide whether or not to accept. If I do accept the art trade, it will not go on the Work List, but will be on my personal to-do list. Art trades are higher in priority than requests, but to me are not as important as commissions.
As some may have noticed, my requests are open. However, the way I see it, a request stays exactly that, a REQUEST. Requests are not an order, neither have they been payed for, so basically I treat them like this:
If you request me, I will ask what it is you are requesting. If it is something that looks fun to draw and that would be enjoyable, I will basically keep on a kind-of separate list in my head. If it was something that I would have to get out of my way to draw, chances are I'll say no. So basically, they don't go on my work list, they will be pretty much be done once I feel like drawing something non-work-related, and I'll look at the request and pick the one I feel like drawing. So if you request something and I don't say no, if might not be drawn right after, but it will probably come out eventually.
Now there are a lot of people who go around just requesting pictures from people, I have no problem with that, I just have a problem for when people get mad at you because you pump out commissions instead of their request. To which I answer "I'm sorry, I don't think you read my reply to your request, please read it over. If you have, then remember that they PAYED for it, therefore yours has, I'm sorry about it, less priority." There is nothing you can do to make your request more important than someone who payed for it, unless you are a family member, charity, or the drawing being for something other than just for your or your friend(s)'s enjoyment.
I do not want to offend anyone, or discourage requests at all, I just wanted to clear up whatever questions people may have been asking themselves about how I deal with different things. And if you were offended or insulted by this, then I'm not sure you understood the point I was trying to make, I'm sorry about that.
TL;DR: If you request something, I am not obliged to go through with it. No matter how insistent you are, I decide if and when I will draw your request. They are NOT priority.
~Work List Slots~
My Work List is where I list all the pending Commissions. Take notice that requests and Kiribans aren't in this list, if you don't know why go read those paragraphs up there^. My work list does not comprise of permanent slots, and I may close or open any at MY OWN leisure. For example, if I am planning a vacation and only have two people in cue, I may not accept your order until I decide to start working regularly again. Of course, these are always conditional, and if anything changes you will be updated through journal or note if it affects you personally.
TL;DR: I decide when and how many slots I open.
That is all for my info journal, I hope the read wasn't too bad, and I hope the TL;DR's were helpful!