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Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Fulltime microbiology student that likes to draw and occasionally animate :P

Table of Contents:
I. Why I decided to do commissions
II. Costs/rates
III. Policies/things you should know before asking for a commission
VI. Contact Info


I thought long and hard about commissions, and after talking to many people, both real life and online friends, balancing their insights, watching this inspirational video here,… and also due to recent episodes, I've decided to do commissions.

If you really want to know what pushed me to do commissions, I can summarize it briefly: I'd rather be a "sellout" and get at least some compensation for my efforts, than a "pushover/doormat" who's efforts go to waste and is really what people only use you for: free drawings. Every artist I know or follow does not do free work, and I realize now it's through commissions that artists make money to make a living. It's not "just for fun" as people tend to view it. I do make drawings for fun of course, but it's also a skill, and I'm tired of my skill being taken advantage of. I have more reasons as to why I was pushed in this direction, but that will turn this little commission page into another rant, and we don't want that :P


I don't actually know how to properly price commissions, and I don't know how much my art skill is actually worth, and it's not like I'm a professional artist with a degree in art, so here is what I was thinking was most reasonable: (costs are subject to change depending on feedback/user input as well)
  • For any colored/complete drawing, icon, YouTube banner, etc. I was thinking about charging for the labor alone, at $10/hour. It's slightly above minimum wage so it seems reasonable to me, but if it's a bit steep I am up for negotiations. Here is some estimated rates to give you an idea of approximately how much it would cost: 
    1. Generic drawing/character portrait: 1-2 hours*, so that would be ~$10-20
    2. Icons: On average, it takes about 1 hour tops*. So that would be ~$10
    3. Banners: On average, it takes about 3-4 hours*, so that would be ~$30-40
      * = times are just estimates. Time is subject to variation depending on the complexity of the artwork that the commissioner is requesting

###To prevent people from backing out of deals at the last minute, I might have to require people to pay $10 upfront for the first hour before I start. (But this counts as the cost for the labor of the first hour, it's not an additional charge).###
  • For T-shirts and other commercial products, I'm going to be a bit of a stickler about since you're going to be making money off my artwork, so I'm going to make it more expensive. Here's my two proposals:
    1. Option 1: I put a fixed cost (that we can negotiate depending on the complexity of the design) + the labor rate, and we end it there.
    2. Option 2: I just charge for the labor rate, but we somehow split the profits of the shirts, but in your favor (IE I get like 10% of what you make. Also negotiable).
        You can go with either one, on whichever you think will maximize your profits.

  • I will send you a sketch of the commission to get your seal of approval to start on the line art and coloring.
  • I WILL NOT CHARGE YOU for the time taken during the sketch. That's just not fair. I WILL ONLY start my labor rate charge ONCE I get your approval of the design and start the line art and coloring.
  • If you do not like the design or the layout, NOW IS THE TIME TO TELL ME. Tell me all the things you want fixed, or redone, RIGHT NOW. Because if you tell me it's okay and make me do all the work of coloring it in and you change your mind after I finish, I'm not going to be a happy camper.
  • With that said, once I start doing the line art YOU CANNOT BACK OUT OF THE DEAL. That's why I require people to pay upfront before beginning.
  • HOWEVER, if you change your mind and it's still in the SKETCHING stage, I will refund your $10 (or whatever fixed cost in the case of commercial products)
  • PLEASE TRY TO BE SPECIFIC IN YOUR REQUESTS. It's really hard when people want something from me, but when I ask them what they just say "Surprise me." I can't read your mind, I don't know what you want. The more detailed and clarifications you give to me in your requested artwork, the easier it is on me, and I think it will save both of us time and frustration.
  • Character references would be ideal. It's hard for me to draw something based off description alone.
  • The artwork by itself is still mine. I reserve every right to use it (though at most I would only use it in a portfolio or speed art video).
  • Costs are in US Dollars
  • Payments are through PayPal (for now unless there's another way to do this kind of stuff)
  • I will give payment info when discussing the commission with you
  • If you are under 18 and/or using your parents' stuff to pay, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ASK THEM FIRST AND GET THEIR PERMISSION AND MAKE SURE THEY'RE OKAY WITH THESE POLICIES AND COSTS! I don't want to get into legal trouble, and I don't want to get you in trouble with your parents!!
  • I also reserve the right to decline a commission.
    • If your request involves intense amounts of gore, sexual themes, causing harm on someone else, etc. you can pretty much guarantee I'm going to say no.
    • I will put a status when I am open or closed for commissions. Please try to respect that and not flood me with requests in that time.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, when you send me a commission request, PLEASE verify that you have read these policies and that you are okay with them. Also if you are paying with your parents' money, verify that you have asked them and that they have given you permission, and are okay with the policies and costs. I cannot do your commission until you have done so.
You can contact me via a deviantArt note, or send me a PM to my YouTube…
I would prefer if people did not tweet me about commissions as I feel that 140 characters per post is not enough to discuss things, and also I don't want to spam my twitter feed.

V. FAQ's

Q: That's an outrageous price!!!! How do you expect me to pay that much for drawings that aren't even that good?
A: (Okay yeah no one has actually asked this yet but I'm putting it here for future notice) I'm still new to the commissioning business and trying to figure out what seems reasonable. So they may go up or down depending on user feedback and input from other artists and commissioners. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Q: You put up this commission page yet you don't take commissions that often, what is this -_-?
A: I am a busy college student, and I mostly made this so people will stop expecting free stuff from me. For those crazy insane people that actually think my artwork is good for some reason, I will only know if it is good enough to them if they are willing to pay for it. Also I like making animations, which is a time consuming process so I don't always have time for commissions. In the summer I have more time so I'll more likely say yes, but even then, there's no guarantee

Q: You've done free stuff for some Youtubers...why not me? =\
A: Chances are I am friends with that YouTuber, and I happened to feel like drawing them for fun and felt like giving it to them. If I don't know that YouTuber personally, even if they are big, they are subject to the same policies as everyone else. As I said before, it's my drawings, and my right to decide what to do with them so if I feel like making a drawing for a friend as a  present or gift one day, I have every right to.

Q: Okay so wanna be friends then? ;D
A: That's not how it works. I've been exploited and betrayed by quite a few "friends" so becoming a friend of mine will take a lot more than just sucking up >.>.

Q: Why are you charging for art...? It's not even a real job and-
A: No. Just STFU and GTFO. If you think art is that easy, go make your own banner and drawing then. The fact that you're looking for someone to ask already reveals you don't know how to do it or don't want to spend X amount of hours making it. And really, if some people can make more money than a college intern at a biotech company by playing games and putting them on Youtube, being asked for minimum wage for artwork isn't that illogical of a request.


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Socoolgirl94 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave Prezpai! :D
Alliedforce35 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Prezleek, I just wanted to say something important to you;
I'm sorry when I deleted my original account I insulted or upset you in any way. My thoughts back then were a complete mess. Actually, when you complimented the 1mt Kimba plush I made, I was actually very flattered. That comment of yours meant a lot to me, and still does.

In short, I want to thank you for that small, but meaningful support you gave me in the past, and once more my apologies if I have upset you in any way.
prezleek Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You haven't upset me at all! I'm glad you're feeling better, and it's great seeing you back on DA again. Your kind words and fan arts made my day(s) when you showed them to me, it gave me joy I was able to appeal to someone.

That being said, don't sell yourself short - your creations and art are awesome and it's always great seeing that you keep drawing/creating on.
Alliedforce35 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks Prezleek! Don't worry about selling myself short; after these 7 years I realized how important it is to stay loyal to the things you love and care, and protect them with your strongest defiance no matter how bad the odds are at your favor.

Well... I guess I should start opening up a bit. I wish I could talk with you more often but, naturally, because of security reasons you can't give away your email. In that case, my name in-game is... Dialga (yes, yes, I know...).
prezleek Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I'll add you ingame next time I'm on! (PS: it's a fine username, do not worry :P )
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Vergil-yoshi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Always wonder which Skillcape you wear man.
prezleek Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Prayer :)
ask-berd Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2016
all this shit is super nostalgic
you're the best, my boi
may all the yaks be in your posession

Also happy belated birthday
prezleek Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I'm glad you enjoy the nostalgia! And thank you :D
ask-berd Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
i'll enjoy it forever
lemme know if you ever wanna hang out we'll scissor or some shit fam :iconokhandplz:
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