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Art is Freedom, Don't Enslave It
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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Mystery Skulls - Ghost
  • Reading: Some random bodice-ripper because I'm weird
  • Watching: Sailor Moon
  • Playing: Tales of Symphonia/Dawn of the New World
  • Eating: Steak, shrimp, and homemade cookie cake w/frosting
  • Drinking: Martinelli's Apple Cider
Hey there, all.  So here's the thing.  I've got quite a bit of free time on my hands, and money's getting a little tight.  Plus, drawing stuff for folks is always fun.

As such, I will very likely be doing commissions in the near future.  But before I do that, I was wondering if I could get some tips and guidance from folks who have done commissions before.

Like, how do you determine what you charge?  How do you avoid overloading yourselves?  Are you specific in what you'll do commissions on (i.e., only OCs) or will you draw anything/everything?  How did you psyche yourself up to be confident enough to DO commissions?

Not sure how to put this clearly.  But if this is in your inbox and you've done commissions before, I'd greatly appreciate you sharing your experience so that I can get started myself!

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day, too!
Two Best Friends Play: Shin Eddie by EnvySkort
Two Best Friends Play: Shin Eddie
So I'm watching the Two Best Friends playthrough of Silent Hill 2 (which they are burning through like crazy at the moment) and they've had a lot of fun analyzing (and making fun of) the slovenly anti-Adonis by the name of Eddie, who is at one point seen gorging himself on not one, but two pizzas.  Where'd he get pizzas in Silent Hill?  Hell if I know.  Anyway, Eddie is a crazy psychopathic manchild with a crippling persecution complex and a growing appreciation for "standing up for himself" by means of shooting anyone he perceives to be making fun of him (the crazy asshole even admits to killing a dog because it looked at him funny).

As such, Eddie has been a topic of great discussion in the Youtube comments, particularly a certain commenter who joked that the true final boss for the game is "Shin-Eddie," sort of like Shin-Akuma from Street Fighter in that he's got god-mode, SNK-boss-level powers.  It's more of a joke, really, since Eddie is a fat, ugly, lying, useless pile of garbage and every scene he's in shows just how pathetic he truly is.  On the other hand, he's clearly mentally unbalanced which makes him somewhat of an unnerving threat when you face him as a boss later in the game, at which point, he has killed a number of other people and justified their murders by saying they were making fun of him.

Sorry if I'm losing you folks who've never played Silent Hill 2, but long story short, the fans jokingly created a character, and my fiance encouraged me to give drawing him a shot.  So here you go, whether you understand it or not.
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31 DAYS OF MAGICAL GIRLS - DAY 31 by EnvySkort
31 DAYS OF MAGICAL GIRLS - DAY 31
WE'VE FINALLY MADE IT TO THE END OF THE MAGICAL GIRL CHALLENGE

HOLY CRAPS I DID IT

DIDN'T MISS ONE SINGLE DAY

So here's Day 31, which was a "freebie" day meaning I had to come up with something on my own other than the themes listed for previous days.  My fiance and I had both shot ideas back and forth about what else should be on the list, and we both agreed that an emotion-based magical girl could be kinda cool so that's what I went with today.

Because really, there's a ton of stuff to choose from with emotions.  Envy, anger, joy, etc.  So I went with sadness.  Yeah, a bit of a depressing way to close out my highly successful Magical Girl Challenge, but she was fun to design.
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31 DAYS OF MAGICAL GIRLS - DAY 30 by EnvySkort
31 DAYS OF MAGICAL GIRLS - DAY 30
HAHA oh wow cue me having to make sure this drawing was hidden when I left my desk at work.  Oh jeez.

So the theme for Day 30 of the 31 Day Magical Girl Challenge was Magical Boy, so I present to you Testos-Tyrone.  Think of him as a slovenly college dude who just so happens do develop magical girl powers, but rarely washes his costume (don't worry, he conducts the smell-test).
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31 DAYS OF MAGICAL GIRLS - DAY 29 by EnvySkort
31 DAYS OF MAGICAL GIRLS - DAY 29
OH GOLLY DAY 29: WORKING

So here's our magical girl for the day.  I went with a magical businesswoman (with the wonderful accessories of her briefcase and her 1980s cellphone).  She puts her career before children, unless she has to use her magical girl powers to save children, in which case they are her priority.  Oh, but if you need her help, you'll have to schedule an appointment with her secretary.
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Kay
United States
Gonna draw till I die. And then, I'm gonna keep drawing until I die some more!

Current Residence: My epic 2-story cardboard box, NOW WITH LIGHTING!!
Favourite genre of music: Video game music, techno/house, trance, jazz
Favourite style of art: Colors! Lots of colors! And action! The body in motion! Also... CARTOOOOOOOONS!
Operating System: Uh.... Rock Star energy drinks?
MP3 player of choice: Just a simple CD player, thanks
Shell of choice: Snail Shell
Wallpaper of choice: Creepy stuff
Skin of choice: The skin I'm in, baby
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime
Personal Quote: "Oh goodness..."
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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Mystery Skulls - Ghost
  • Reading: Some random bodice-ripper because I'm weird
  • Watching: Sailor Moon
  • Playing: Tales of Symphonia/Dawn of the New World
  • Eating: Steak, shrimp, and homemade cookie cake w/frosting
  • Drinking: Martinelli's Apple Cider
Hey there, all.  So here's the thing.  I've got quite a bit of free time on my hands, and money's getting a little tight.  Plus, drawing stuff for folks is always fun.

As such, I will very likely be doing commissions in the near future.  But before I do that, I was wondering if I could get some tips and guidance from folks who have done commissions before.

Like, how do you determine what you charge?  How do you avoid overloading yourselves?  Are you specific in what you'll do commissions on (i.e., only OCs) or will you draw anything/everything?  How did you psyche yourself up to be confident enough to DO commissions?

Not sure how to put this clearly.  But if this is in your inbox and you've done commissions before, I'd greatly appreciate you sharing your experience so that I can get started myself!

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day, too!

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:icondeadgirl127:
Deadgirl127 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Eww you're friends with 12momjosh12?
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:iconalidythera:
Alidythera Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch its very encouraging! Also thank you for notifying me of the art theft!
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:iconkaizellea:
Kaizellea Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
You, my friend, is a legend. Clap 
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:icon47eyre73n:
47eyre73n Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Loving the comments that you're leaving on ThePurpleGuy28 's stolen art, they're hilarious. You're like, my hero rn.
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:iconkysonkyoko:
KysonKyoko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015   General Artist
Thanks for noting the art thief problem I'm currently dealing with. The only thing I wish DA had now was a "report deviant" option. Not just "report art" or "report comment". Report Deviant would make finding and banning art thieves much easier.
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EnvySkort Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
That's how it used to be many years ago.

There used to be an option at the Help Desk for reporting art thieves.  All you had to do was include the person's name, a list of the stolen artwork and the original sources of the artwork, and it'd get taken care of within a few days. 

But I can imagine, considering the rampant theft around here, that the staff (who are mostly volunteers) got swamped with reports and needed to streamline things to eliminate that backlog.  That's why nowadays, only original artists can file DMCA reports to get stolen artwork taken down.  The "Report Deviation" feature works every so often, but the DMCA has more clout.  Which is a double-edged sword, since some original artists are inactive or have unfortunately passed away and thus cannot file them, which means that any work of theirs that gets stolen may remain up on thieves' accounts.
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KysonKyoko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   General Artist
How can I file a DMCA report?
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:icontenanikki:
Tenanikki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the heads up on the stole art ;_; i hate when people do that but you cant really tell unless you know. again, thanks!
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:iconlordofthevillains:
LordoftheVillains Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy New Year!!!
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:iconglitter-panda:
Glitter-panda Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
your art is really good~ and i wanted to apologize if my response to you was harsh. i wasn't trying to imply you had been the one bullying that person. and i do not support art thieves. i asked them to remove their stolen pieces but never got a response to that, just a response for defending them against the bullies, however they were banned either way...
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