|yes, it's me to blame for this meme|
|I choose a colour. Blood red, dark gold, battered blue steel.|
I choose a flower or a plant to develop the mirrored pattern.
I choose a song from my playlist to quote from.
But before all that, I choose a person.
And this is what happens.
|COMMISSION STATUS ON|
Q: Doc, do you take commissions?
A: Why, yes, of course. Not often, though.
Q: Are there any general rules for your commissions?
A: Not really, but there are several taboos. First of all, I generally paint PG-13-rated images; I can add blood or sexual themes, yet I don't enjoy painting porn. I don't do detailed backgrounds unless you are willing to spare extra money. Also I'm not amused when you ask me to paint somebody whose anatomy I don't know well or somebody I don't like, just because this way I cannot be sure of the image quality.
Q: So you only paint the stuff you like, don't you?
A: Yes, and I think that's fair. See, it's simple: the more I like the characters, the more effort I put into painting them. Since there's quite a lot of characters I do like, it is safe to say I can paint almost anything.
Q: How can you tell if you can paint some particular image?
A: I always check if I can physically paint the image you'd like to have as a result before starting the serious work, so that I can guarantee it's possible.
Q: I want this and that to be done, now take my money!
A: No, I shall not. You pay me for work only when it's finished and approved from both sides.
Q: How long does it take to finish a commissioned work?
A: That depends on the specific work. Some get done within one evening. Some get revisited for weeks.
Q: What is the average number of commissions in progress you are usually working at?
A: One. I don't take several commissions at one time, because I want to be fully focused on one task and do it right.
Q: How do I know if you're working on a commission?
A: Check the top of this FAQ: there's my current status. If it says "off", that means I'm working on something (or: I'm tired, ill, asleep, on vacation, in a wood, collecting mushrooms...) and cannot take any orders right now. If it says "on"... there you go, I'm open for ideas!
Q: What's your pricing policy?
A: Easy to calculate. First we talk things through and I check if I can do what you want, and then we can choose from the following options:
• a rough sketch, lines only, non-printable size - 5 $ (extra character: + 2 $)
• a detailed sketch, grey shading, non-printable size - 10 $ (extra character: + 5 $)
• a detailed graphic drawing in shades of grey, printable size -25 s (extra character: + 5 $)
• a rough painting in color, non-printable size - 3o $ (extra character: + 10 $)
• a detailed printable painting in full color - 40-50 $ (extra character: + 1oS)
• adding detailed background starts with 15 $ and depends on the complexity of the work.
If you want a fully painted detailed design for printing on t-shirts, book covers, posters, etc., and the quantity of the prints is going to be over 100 pieces, the price starts from 300 $ (but is negotiable in any specific case).
Q: I want a pink dragon with butterfly wings and the face of drunken Benedict Cumberbatch carrying Clark Gregg dressed in a pirate hat and kevlar thongs into the sunset over the valleys of the Seven Kingdoms!
A: What were you smoking? Please, share! Also, I'm sure we can talk this over and make the image a bit saner. Or, I can do it... if you promise you'll NEVER show it to Benedict Cumberbatch and Clark Gregg, unless it was them who suggested the idea!
You’ve been patient about this, you asked quietly about the details without wanting to be too loud, and finally I can share…
“The Strange Tarot”, which is how we nicknamed this set of Major Arcana, is finally alive and real. It is a set of 22 cards, 70 x 120 mm in size, and each card represents both a character/place/idea from the “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” AND an actual Major card from the traditional set of Tarot de Marseille. Trust me when I tell you I am truly proud of this project: with all the sleepless nights and painful painting experience, this is one of the most interesting things I’ve ever created. At the moment I’m working on designing canvas bags for the first limited edition packs I’ve managed to arrange a few weeks ago, and now I can finally say that one is a success, for they are just like I imagined them.
The first edition consists of 21 copies: 20 for the people who ordered them the day I announced the printing, and one for Bertie Carvel just because the name and the first card of the set were inspired by his performance. There are already a few people who own their copies of this pack (including Mr Carvel), but don’t own a bag for storing the cards, so if you need one, just remind me of sending you one (this also includes Mr Carvel, because I cannot actually imagine keeping those slippery bastards in anything but a bag, sir).
As soon as everything’s finished, I’m sending them out (it is safe to assume I’m starting that on 31st of August, so you people don’t even need to be too patient). It normally takes 14-21 days to deliver things from Russia, but I hope for the best.
I’m still giving out the separate cards like digital prints; I can’t give you the whole pack due to the distressing amount of people who try to re-sell the design, but I can email you a file or two of the cards you particularly like — the only way you can pay me back for this is doing charity, and I like to think it’s just the right thing to do.
Now, about the pricing and further editions… It takes a printing office 10-15 days to fulfill a request on printing a non-standard pack, and it’s rather pricey. For me, 35+ EUR is a considerable sum, especially when multiplied by 21, so right now I’m trying to reanimate my budget. In short: I’m not arranging another printing for at least a month or two. When I do (which depends solely on figuring out the number of people who want to get one), they are going to cost at least 35 EUR for each pack. Anyway, I’m still going to keep you updated on this.
Aaand just to conclude this all…
THANK YOU, people.
This project started because of my sheer determination and the desire to make something I never tried to. It means a world to me that such a great amount of people share their kind words and support with me — and, in fact, you keep sharing. That’s the best kind of response any artist can dream of, and nothing of what I do would have been real without that)) Go on, share this magic with others. Support the artists. We artists are a grateful lot ;3
Gentleman Johnny Marcone didn’t look like the sort of man who would have my legs broken or my jaw wired shut. His salt-and-pepper hair was cut short, and there were lines from sun and smiling etched into the corners of his eyes. His eyes were the green of well-worn dollar bills. He seemed more like a college football coach: good-looking, tanned, athletic, and enthusiastic.
© Jim Butcher, “Storm Front”
Painted as a tiny gift for my dear friend <3