The purpose of this page is to give some brief guidelines to be aware of when requesting a design.
Please read the Design Guidelines (first category) which outlines what I will and will not draw.
If you are new to commissioning the other categories may be informative to you.
The topics covered include:
- Design Guidelines
- Artistic Considerations
- Artwork Usage
This is not a substitute for an official Terms of Service or Commission Brief or Contract.
1. Design Guidelines
1. Content Guidelines
Here are some content categories I am comfortable designing:
- male, female, or gender-diverse characters
- safe for work (SFW) scenes or imagery
- science fiction and fantasy
I reserve the right to reject a design request for any reason.
Although currently I am not accepting NSFW design requests, I am open to suggestive imagery and am willing to draw partially nude or nude characters if it serves the design.
If I think a design is out of my skill range I will let you know.
In the event of cancelllation, you will need to pay for the time spent on the design already completed.
4. Communication Method
Email is the best way to contact me and helps with recordkeeping.
In general, if you are not sure about something, just ask. I am here to help!
2. Artistic Considerations
1. Style versus Likeness
In general, artistic styles are not copyrighted, but the likeness of a character is.
Artistic styles cannot be copyrighted but characters are.
Some companies are more protective of their IP than others. In most cases, fanart is of benefit to a fandom and helps support the original properties.
2. Image Resolution and Size
If you intend to print a piece of artwork it should be sufficiently large and of sufficient resolution (300ppi/pixels per inch) to be printed.
Digital only artworks can be smaller and of a lower resolution (72ppi).
If you want to use an artwork for multiple applications (e.g. an avatar, a banner) with different ratios, the artwork can be designed to try fit this.
Pixel art works best at small resolutions (e.g. 400 x 640 and smaller), so if you would like a larger size the canvas can be multiplicatively enlarged upon export (e.g. x2, x4, x6, etc). This is useful for using pixel art as a banner.
3. Sourcing Reference Imagery
In communicating with me it will be helpful to provide reference imagery to communicate a mood, colour scheme, or style. Some useful copyright-free websites for this include:
Copyright free websites can provide a good starting point.
3. Artwork Usage
1. Personal Use
Personal use of artwork includes:
- Showing the artwork on social media or online
- Using the artwork as an avatar or banner
- Printing a copy for your wall
2. Business Use
The following are considered business use:
- Using the artwork as an avatar or banner for a business page (e.g. a monetised streaming page or a shop)
- Displaying the artwork on a website which collects funds from advertising
- Using the artwork on merchandise which you intend to sell
- Printing copies and selling them
- Using the artwork or assets in a game you intend to sell (or may sell in future)
3. Crediting the Artist
Unless you purchase Intellectual Property of the artwork, you must credit the artist when displaying the design.
The rights of the artwork remain with the artist unless IP is purchased.
The original artwork files (e.g. Clip Studio Paint or Aseprite files) remain with the artist. In purchasing the artwork, you purchase the final product not the working files.
4. Prohibited Use
Uploading the artwork to an artificial intelligence or cloud to train an artificial intelligence network or provide image data for any purpose is strictly prohibited.
Converting the artwork into a Non-Fungible-Token (NFT) or uploading a representation thereof to any blockchain network to create a digital asset is strictly prohibited.
Uploading the artwork to any digital portfolio website or digital marketplace under the guise of it being your own is strictly prohibited.
If you have any questions about the above please include them in your Artwork Request.