I'm finally making this journal, instead of answering each note or e-mail separately! Sorry for taking so long. So: yes, I am open for commissions, both personal and commercial, for digital portraits and illustrations! If you're interested or have any questions, please comment below, send me a note, or an e-mail (earlinwe at gmail dot com).
The article is divided into three parts:
I What I will and will not paint,
II Creation prices, where you can find a list of prices for personal commissions, which also are the prices for the designing/painting part of commercial contracts.
III Commercial use of my work and copyright, where you will find some additional details about what exactly can be considered a commercial use, and the corresponding prices.
I. What I will and will not paint:
I can paint portraits, both of actual and imaginary people, landscapes, and illustrations. Fan art is also possible, under certain conditions. If you want to know more about what I will and will not paint (especially if you're interested in fan art), you can find a more detailed explanation HERE.
II. Creation prices:
The prices indicated in this section are those paid by personal commissioners, who are allowed to keep the high-resolution picture for as long as they want, and share it with their friends and family. They can also post it on social media, as long as I’m properly credited, with a link back to my DeviantArt or ArtStation page. I also ask my commissioners not to share my work on DeviantArt, since I use this website as an art portfolio... if they want, I can add their name and a link to their own social media account in the description of the picture when I post it online.
Portraits of actual people: 75 €
So, how does it work? You send me a reference photo, and tell me what style you'd be interested in (by mentioning one or a few of the portraits from my DA gallery). If you would like me to add more elements to the picture, we can negotiate a higher price. Once we agree on the colour palette and style of the final work, you pay me the full price, either via PayPal or bank transfer. About a week after receiving your payment, I send you the final, high-resolution file.
Portraits of fantasy and imaginary characters: 90 – 200 €
The price depends on the complexity of the portrait, from a simple bust to a full-body painting with complex character design, an extra character, or anything that results in me spending more time on the painting. To give you an idea of what these prices correspond to, you can look at the five pictures above, whose prices would range from 90€ (first one, on the left) to 200€ (last one).
As for the process: you send me some reference pictures or a description of the character, a style reference from my DA gallery, and anything else you may find useful. We then agree on a price, and you pay me half that price immediately. I send you a first sketch, and you can ask me to make some changes. I then refine the sketch we agreed on further, and send you a low-resolution picture. You pay the second half of the price, after which I send you the high-res picture. The whole process may take a few weeks.
Landscapes and illustrations: 150 – 300 €
Again, the price can vary a lot, depending on how long I spend working on the painting… The prices of the pictures above would range from 150 to 300€, but more complex pictures (many different characters interacting, very detailed landscape,...) could cost more. The number of corrections you can ask me to make also depends on the complexity of the piece. Like in the previous case, we determine the price before I start to work on the painting, and the payment is divided into two halves. The painting process, after payment, can take up to a month.
III. Commercial use of my work and copyright:
First of all, unless stated otherwise, the paintings I share on DeviantArt can be downloaded for any personal use, as long as you credit me, don’t use my work for any hateful purposes, and don’t modify my pictures. You can share it on social media, but if using it is part of an advertising strategy, or results for any reason in you earning money, it becomes a commercial use, and I'd like to be paid for that too ^^ For instance, using my work as a YouTube banner can make your channel seem more attractive, and you can monetize that attractiveness: therefore, it is considered commercial use. Printing one of my paintings as a greeting card for your grandmother is personal use; but also printing a hundred of these cards and sending them to your business partners is definitely commercial! If you have any doubts, don't hesitate to ask me.
If you want to use my work for commercial purposes, whether it’s a commission made for you or an already-existing piece, you need to pay an extra fee. The exact amount of money is determined by a lot of factors, including the intended use, how long you wish to be allowed to use that picture, how many copies of it you’ll make, whether or not you want to have the exclusivity of use for that picture, and for how long,…
As an example, a base price for the book cover of a young author self-publishing their first e-book would be 100€, on top of the creation costs. But a big company using my work for a worldwide marketing campaign would need to add at least two zeros behind that number. At least. That price can vary a lot, but don't worry, it can also be negociated!
That's all! If you have any questions, or think that something is missing in this guide, don't hesitate to tell me