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Unless otherwise stated, prints can be made of most pieces in my gallery. They are printed on smooth matte surfaced white 65# coverstock, and are $5 each. Quantity discounts are available. If you have any questions about obtaining a print, just note me and ask.
Prices and Payment:
Prices listed in my spreadsheet are base prices for single character pieces with simple or no backgrounds. They go up depending on the amount of detail and/or background that will be involved in the piece, and the number of characters, as stated there. Please contact me for an exact quote. Please note that shipping varies. Some items ship free, some do not. Shipping listed is based on the estimate of what it costs me in postage and materials. More info on that below. Also, while I'm quite capable of working fast, the speed at which I finish a commission is dependent on several factors. It goes like this:
You contact me and let me know you're interested in a commission. I'll then quote you a price based on what you're looking for. My prices are negotiable to some extent, and I'm sometimes willing to take things in trade for artwork in a barter sort of sense (I have an Amazon wishlist I can provide if you're interested in going that route). Once this is set, I'll work up a sketch for you. PLEASE make sure you've given me as much descriptive information (and reference images if possible) as you can, as this will help immensely in my getting your piece accurate. I'll send you the sketch via a link in a note or email, or post it to my scraps (please let me know if you want to view any WIPS privately, otherwise I tend to post things). You check things over, let me know if anything needs changing or fixing (within reason!) and then you send me the payment for the piece. The following payment options are available:
1) With any major credit card via SquareUp (fees will NOT be transferred to the commissioner) Works Internationally.
2) With your Amazon account via AmazonPayments (all major credit and debit cards, electronic transfer from bank account, etc) US Only.
3) Via PayPal (all major credit cards, electronic transfer from bank account, etc, fees will NOT be transferred to the commissioner) Works Internationally.
4) Via mailed personal check (may require up to two weeks to clear).
5) Mailed money order.
6) Mailed well-hidden cash at your own risk. am not responsible for funds which fail to reach me. US funds only, please.
Once I've received payment (and checks have cleared) I'll go ahead with the inks and colors if applicable. I'll show you the piece at each stage of work. If you are not comfortable paying the full amount after the sketch phase, we can work out installments for each phase of the drawing. All payments must be received before the final files and original artwork will be released.
Cancellations and Refunds:
I reserve the right to cancel any commission at any time for any reason I see fit. In a situation where a cancellation becomes necessary the following policy will be followed.
If the commission has been paid in full, up front, and no work has been done, the commissioner may request cancellation and full refund at any time until work begins.
If the commission has been paid in full, up front, and is still in the first or second steps of the process (for full color commissions), a portion of the payment will be retained to cover the cost of the sketch/inks. The remainder of the price will be refunded to the client, and the work completed will be sent to the client either via e-mail or the postal system.
If the commission has advanced to the final step of the process then no cancellation is possible on part of the commissioner. The piece will be completed, and held for a minimum of two months. If the commissioner cannot pay for the piece within that time, I reserve the right to place the piece up for auction to recoup the remainder of the payment.
Small pieces such as badges, art cards, and bookmarks cannot be cancelled once work has begun.
The results of a cancellation on part of the artist will be decided on a case by case basis.
Wait Times, Revisions, and Feedback:
A great deal of the time spent on a commission tends to be either me waiting on feedback or implementing said feedback. Do feel free to poke me any time while I'm working on a piece for you. Reminders are ok if it's been a few days and you haven't heard from me. I won't bite your head off for it, so don't be afraid to do it. A piece may take me as little as a few days, or in the case of larger and more complicated things, a few weeks. Keep in mind that I do have other work to do in addition to being an artist, so this does have an affect on how long it may take me to finish your piece. If you want something fast, catch me on the weekends during a Tigerdile Stream, when I'm open for slots.
As to revisions on a drawing, I am open to reasonable tweaks at the sketch stage, and minor tweaks at the ink stage. Asking me to redraw an entire sketch after a number of small revisions will result in a minimum $15 fee. An entire redo at the ink stage is a minimum $30 fee (obviously if I screw something major up during inking, I'll redo at no cost to you). If you have concerns about getting the colors right, I will happily provide you with a marker or watercolor palette of the colors I plan to use in your piece before I begin, much like this.
Please remember that I am a traditional artist. I have no Undo command or Flood Fill button. If you wait until the piece is colored to change your mind, you're either out of luck, or looking at significant fees for me to redo the piece. PLEASE give me good info and feedback along the way so that this doesn't happen!
Pieces are typically listed in my queue in the order people have contacted me in, but are finished in order of what I feel like working on and by who has paid me. If you want something done OMG RIGHT NOW, as in bumped ahead of other pieces in my queue, a rush fee of not less than $30 will apply (fee may go up if complex work is desired). Please note that I will accept only ONE rush job at a time.
The pricing listed here is for personal, private commissions only, not commercial work. If you are interested in my business contractable rates for illustration, please email me for details.
It should be noted that I release all my work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. The copyright on all images produced and the right to make and sell prints of them remains with me, as the artist, unless otherwise negotiated with appropriate royalties/fees/compensation taken into account. I do not sell prints of every piece I make, but if you are uncomfortable with the idea of my selling prints from a commission I do for you, PLEASE discuss it with me up front. I may still include a print of any commission I do in my sample book, but I am generally sensitive to requests that I not make prints of a commission to sell to others.
Please do not ask me to draw trademarked characters (fanart), or characters that belong to other people unless you have obtained their permission. Also, unless otherwise discussed, I will post commissions publicly in my gallery at my discretion. If you do not wish to be known, I can leave names off of pictures or out of the description. If you want something drawn, but not put out for public viewing, please, talk to me (this does not include you wanting to post it to YOUR public gallery, but not have me post it in MINE. Sorry, that won't fly). Under the Creative Commons license terms, you are also more than welcome to take any commission (or gift art) I've drawn for you and repost it to your own online gallery or elsewhere. I only ask that you credit me as the artist who drew it.
Contact For a Quote:
You can reach me via email to ashley [at] alopexstudios [dot] com. Here's what I need from you:
I typically ship USPS Priority Mail using flat rate envelopes stiffened with cardboard. For commissions $50 and under, shipping is $5, $8 if you want to add insurance. This is pricing for shipments within the US.
If I can fit your piece into a 6x9 or smaller envelope, I will mail it for free. 9"x12" and larger commissions always require shipping. Shipping does not stack! If you commission two or three pieces and a handful of prints from me, it stays a flat rate. I do not charge shipping per piece. Except in the case of badges, art cards, bookmarks and similar small pieces, your commission package will include any thumbnails, practice sketches, and other materials created for it.
Shipping overseas can vary by country, but it should only be $15-$20. Shipping costs listed in the spreadsheet are based on an estimate of what it will cost me to mail off your piece via Priority Mail. I may be able to send art First Class at a lower rate if you prefer that option. If you're not from the US and interested in knowing how much it would cost, note or email me with your location, and I'll work up a quote for you.
If you are only interested in the digital copy of a piece, be sure to let me know. I have no problem providing you with a full rez scan of your commission. There will be no shipping charge for digital-copy-only commissions. The same terms of the Creative Commons license still apply, of course.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me either here, or via email.