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The commission desk is open. I will draw things for you at your request. The prices listed here are base prices for a drawing of one or two of my own characters in a tame situation with normal costumes and a simple background. I can draw your characters, fancy costumes, detailed backgrounds, etc. but the cost may go up depending on complexity of your request.

Web Icons - $10

This is the cheapest thing on my list. I will make a 100 x 100 pixel avatar icon in full flat "cartoon" color for just ten bucks. You don't get any originals on paper, just the icon in gif or jpeg format sent to your email. Specify which format you prefer or I will pick the most efficient one for the image. I can also make animated gifs but that will cost more. Obviously icons have to be PG rated / SFW.

Pencil Sketches - $25

These are done on 8 1/2 x 11 white copy bond with #2 graphite pencil. Base rate is $25 for a pencil sketch: 2 of my own characters, nude or clothed in simple garments in a basic, low-detail environment. Adding more complexity means the price will go up.

Budget Sketches - $15

For those of you with big hearts but small pockets, here's something you can afford. Quick, cheap sketch will be done on a half sheet with #2 graphite pencil. Right now I've got a stock of 8.5 x 7 sheets of mint-green paper (similar but darker and more soothing to the eye than the background color of this web page.) Get it while it lasts. After the green stuff is gone I will switch to cutting copy bond in half, which will be 8.5 x 5.5 and stark white. Adding complexity to your request will make the price go up just like for normal sized work.

Inked Drawings - $40

Done on 8.5 x 11 white copy bond, just like the Full-Size Sketch, except underdrawing will be done with non-photo blue pencil and then inked over. Base rate is $40. Same content limitations as the sketch.

Budget Ink - $30

An inked drawing over blue pencil on a half sheet of paper (digest size). Smaller, quicker, less elaborate... Save yourself ten bucks and still get something relatively cool. All content guidelines apply.

Badges - $25

A 2x3.5 inch card (same size as a business card) cleverly composed and colored in an expressionistic manner with Prismacolor pencils. Your character and name are arranged in a tiny scene and laminated in an ID-card cover with a hole punched in it. These are $25. Even though they're a lot of work to make, they are too small to charge more.

Comics - $75

I will do sequential art to your specifications or from your script, but it will cost you $75 per page because comics are more work than pinups. Same materials as the Inked Drawing above, same content guidelines.

Digital - ASK

Color cartoon artwork is expensive because it takes a long time to finish. I'm not convinced that the finished product is worth the price I have to charge to make it worth my while, so I am reluctant to offer color. You can ask if you think you've got a compelling idea, but I'd have to be really enthusiastic to take on a color assignment. However, I can do graphic design with great relish. Logos and graphics prices will depend on size, complexity, and use. Let me know what you want and we'll decide on a price. Use is a factor: Art for duplication and distribution such as an ad banner, T-shirt design or an album cover will cost more. Or offer me royalties.

Also note that digital-only artwork's content is restricted to PG or light R ratings by PayPal, so if you don't want the original, you may have to use a different payment method. See more information under porn below.

Factors That Increase Price

Actual Commission Examples

Sailor Anna's girls at the mall

This is a scan of a pencil sketch commission. With my current pricing scale, this would cost $30 ... my base rate plus $5 for having to draw somebody else's characters. The designs were not too outlandish, the costumes and setting very easy, so no extra charges for that.

Hester gets a new dress

An inked drawing. This one has three of my own characters, but look at that crazy detail on the dress! It was $60 because I spent some time finding a reference for a good-looking dress from the right time period, and then a long time drawing it.

Kangy enjoys good food

This was an inked commission, which I went ahead and colored so I'd have a recent example of my coloring. The original commission was base price ($40) since it's my own character in simple costume (in Kangy's case, no costume at all!) If the commission had been color I would have charged $80 for it. Yes, it's expensive, but coloring is twice as much work, and it's not fun.

Let's Make a Deal

Write to (with "Commission Request" in the subject line so I don't delete it as SPAM.) Do not send money before you have discussed your commission with me. Tell me what you'd like me to draw and I will tell you if I can do it, and how much it will cost. We also have to make sure we can use PayPal or figure out a different payment method, depending on the nature of your request. Once we have negotiated a price to our mutual satisfaction, I will start drawing, and you can pay me any time thereafter. It's important to get the details ironed out at the beginning so I know what I'm doing and you know what you're paying for.

Payment In Advance

Although I may start drawing as soon as the request is finalized and the price agreed to, I do not ship the finished art until I receive payment. You get your artwork AFTER I get my money. I won't rip you off; I have to maintain a professional reputation.

Changing Your Mind

I recommend that you have your commission idea completely thought-out before agreeing to a final price. Once I have started work, my time is non-refundable. If you suddenly decide you want something different than what we agreed on, you will have to pay a "kill fee" which could be part or all of the price of the original commission (depending how much work I have done on it.) A new price will have to be negotiated for the new commission, and you will be sent both the aborted piece and the final piece (since you will be paying for both of them.)

I Retain Rights

Sale of the artwork does not include reproduction rights. I reserve my privilege to post the artwork to my personal galleries or submit it for publication. You do not have the right to copy, distribute, or sell the artwork except in the following situations: You may post a scan onto your personal website or image gallery. You may sell the original artwork to someone else; the same stipulations will apply to the new owner.


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