|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!
So a few days ago I asked you lot if you’d like to see some gore or some flowers when I try to paint one of Edward Hogg’s faces. Some of you said both. A few asked for flowers. Lots of you asked for blood.
I honestly can’t decide, choose the one you like; it’s the same face, just with different… decoration.
In case you never heard of the Nightside: here’s a hint.
The guiltiest literary pleasure I’ve had (that includes fan fiction, so think upon the idea of “guilty” in this case). The world where its’ always 3 AM, where you can trade soul for a row of drinks, and where you never know what happens next - you get the idea.
If anyone ever has guts to adapt this story for screen… well. See, there’s also the one (and thankfully only) Razor Eddie, who is technically one of protagonists, if you can imagine a protagonist being indifferently terrifying, immortal, and able to cut through anything (including gods, space, and time) with a simple straight razor. Normally I don’t think about the possible faces of book characters (that has something to do with me being more auditory person than anything else), but the moment I first tried to sketch Edward Hogg I realized there is literally nobody else who fits the character better.
I believe there’s no wonder in the fact that the terrible need to paint him as Razor Eddie has been eating me for months.
In fact, it still does.
The needs are always hungry.