Krakencon 2016 Pre-Con Commissions are OPEN!

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It’s been a while, but I’m still alive!
Actually, my computer broke, and the image files I want to attach with those blog articles are in that computer ||orz

Anyhow, I’ll be at the Fall Krakencon, 2016!
I’ll be at the indie artist alley section, table N7, next to the very awesome Mewblood, whom I met in person for about 5 minutes in Seattle two years ago. Check out their super duper cute comic!

To make things less stressful for myself, I’m opening up commissions today for EVERYONE reading this, and will be closing Krakencon requests next Wednesday, and online commissions on the 20th.

For those who are going to the convention, you do NOT need to pay shipping; just come to my table, pay, and pick it up. For those that don’t know, I do not do most of my commissions at conventions anymore–they’re mailed out, because I don’t like to be rushed by pulling all-nighters or distracted by attendees, and would rather put my best effort into my work. By preordering, you don’t need to wait for me to mail it to you.

For anyone on the internet, I am opening up commissions as well for you too! The only catch is that you need to pay additional shipping. Online commissions close on November 20, at the end of Krakencon.

Here’s some stuff to think about for these commissions:
These are ALL TRADITIONAL ART commissions. I will provide a scanned image if you want, but the thing HAS to be mailed you you.
You can also order anything in my online shop too, which will be cheaper because you would not have to pay additional fees for the item, and combined shipping would be cheaper (but you would still need to pay the necessary shipping). I will consider discounts, depending on what you want to purchase.
-I can write or paint something in blacklight ink for no additional cost. Blacklight ink is invisible in normal light, but bright blue when under a blacklight–I refuse to write anything bigoted, racist, or offensive in that matter.
-I’m okay with some nsfw, but no heavy R-18 stuff. Don’t be shy to ask, I’m not going to disclose your name and your fetish to the whole world.
-I’m not drawing anything that involves politics and presidential candidates. That’s for someone else to do.
-I’m okay with drawing someone covered in gore and blood, but I am not okay with drawing someone in the act of killing someone else.

Okay, now for a few samples.
Because the commissions vary so much and can be customized, here are some samples, what they represent, and the approximate price range. a2016-10-30-23-38-57
above sample: Card sized commission,monochrome with a hint of color, color paper, no round corners, and chibi: $8

Card Sized Commissions, 3.5″x5″-great for Christmas  and birthday cards…or cards for any occasion. I can make it folded, or cut it to a small rectangle.
$8 each, and if you go to Krakencon to pick it up, there is a $1 discount off anything on the table when you pick it up!
-Will be drawn as chibis on default. If you want it to look more realistic, you will need to indicate that, and no additional cost for that.
-Order more than one card sized commission, and each one will be $7.50
-Default color is Monochrome, with a hint of color. I can add more color, or keep it monochrome on request.
-Additional character or two for no additional cost
Shipping within US: $0.60
Shipping outside of US: $1.60
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!
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above sample: Medium Size Commission, color, color paper, with rounded corners: $15
Medium Size, 5″x7″
$15+
-Optional Rounded Corners, no additional cost
-Color or Monochrome, no additional cost
-Random Color paper, or you can choose brown paper or parchment/cream paper, or white, for no additional cost
Shipping within US: $1.50
Shipping outside of US: $2.50
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!
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above sample: Larger Size, Brown Paper, monochrome, $25

Larger Size, 8.5″x5.5″
$25+
-Brown Cardstock (but you can request color/parchment cream/white paper for no additional cost)
-Optional Rounded Corners, no additional cost
-Color or Monochrome, no additional cost
Shipping within US: $2
Shipping outside of US: $3
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!

To order, please email pennydox@gmail.com
Commissions will be completed 1-2 weeks after the convention
Please include:
1) If you are picking up at Krakencon or if you live inside or outside the United States
2) Size of the commission
3) Color or monochrome (or monochrome with a hint of color), and rounded corners or straight corners
4) If you follow a fandom I draw/follow–I might leave something extra…if I feel like it.
6) I post these online, but if you want to keep it a secret, please indicate that, or if you don’t want me to post it until a certain date (such as christmas). If you want me to tag the image when I post it via instagram/twitter/tumblr, please indicate the screenname.


Thank you, and I hope you will enjoy your commission! :3

 

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Arquebeous Dance: A Sio Ogura Fan Anthology

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So I’m walking out of conventions for a while to work on this project, which is called ‘Arquebeous Dance’. It is a fan-tribute anthology for a series called Nobunagun by Masato Hisa, which has a VERY small fanbase, but very dedicated fans nonetheless. Which is why I decided to join this project and contribute a small comic for it.

The project is dedicated to Nobunagun:

You can check the anime out here, but I recommend skipping episode six and seven when watching the first time around, which are filler episodes.

Also, you can’t deny this is an awesome opening for an anime:

[You can read chapter 1 and the three most recent chapters in the manga here]

Anyways, a large reason for participating in this project was that the manga isn’t sold in America! A friend lent the Japanese volumes to me, but even though I can’t read anything, I just look at the illustrations over and over to understand (although my friend does clarify some things for me). So I hope, when I finish this project, some of you would be interested in spreading the word around, and if there’s enough of a fanbase, some company might consider translating it :D

Arquebeous Dance is a fan anthology that revolves around the main character SIo Ogura. Since the anime was accurate enough to cut off at around volume 4, I decided to make my comic the branch between what happens at the very end of the volume, and what happens in the beginning of the next volume. That way, it’s not quite a spoiler, but a bridge to understand what the outcome for the future of the series will lead to.

These will be the only two ‘preview pages’ of the nine-ten page comic, but I will also be including 4koma comics, and other illustrations in it too!

(comic is right to left, and no text)

set1_finalA set2aIf you’d like to participate, please check out our tumblr for more information on guidelines, deadlines, and contacting us to be on the list! Deadline for open call of artists is June 1, but completion of art is in September! Also, please only participate if you’re a fan of the series. When you pour your heart into something you love, the work always shows, and we want our anthology to be all about that! Support the series, support Masato Hisa!

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Mailing Out My Small Commissions

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Have you ever gone to a convention, and the artist said they have to charge you extra for mailing your product? Have you wondered why it would be around five extra dollars? I mean a package stamp is about fifty cents, so what’s the deal?

The answer is simple. IT COSTS. A rigid envelope costs about $1.50, and in my state of California, shipping a piece of work in a rigid envelope usually costs between $2-$4. Oh, and don’t forget transportation too! The reason is because these pieces need to be protected, and enter the post office and leave unharmed to your house. If you found a beautiful drawing crinkled on the side, that feeling is awful. And when you tell the artist, they feel awful too. That’s why commissions cost extra when mailing out.

Well, I’ve devised my own method to tackle this problem. Of course, I doubt many would follow my own curriculum, but I thought I’d share it anyways in case anyone wants to try it out and tell me if it works for them or not.

Introducing: The Jackie Packing Method!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I do a lot of online shopping (you can say I might be similar to a shut-in), and I keep all my envelopes. I have been collecting for years, and I don’t really get many mail commissions anymore (unfortunately).
With this personal method, it reduces the cost of my packages to about $1.16-$2.30, no need to shop for envelopes, I’m biking distance from the post office, and I do not charge extra when selling these things at conventions. So basically, you get the entire happy package for $20 mailed to you (in the U.S.)

So here’s an easy step-by-step guide:

note: I use this method for all my commissions that are 8.5″x11″.

1.Bag the artwork in a clear bag, and insert a good backing board. A good backing board is either a very rigid sturdy one or one that is slightly flexible but bends back to shape very quickly.

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2.Tape the piece to center the inside of the envelope. The envelope should be padded and exceed at least an inch around the piece. You want the piece to lay in the center.

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3. Draw a cute picture that says ‘DO NOT BEND’ on it. Cross your fingers that the postman/postwoman reads it and follows it.

4. Seal the envelope, and you’re done!Mailing package3

This method cushions all the corners while keeping the actual piece in the center intact. It bends, but the backing board will bend back to normal. My backing boards are pretty rigid, so unless your forcefully bend it like an iphone6, it won’t break. The tape is very easily removed and won’t damage the art because the art is in a plastic mylar bag. So voila! My own personal technique.

So any of you guys have cool techniques? Share them here!

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COMIC IS UP FOR PREORDER!

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Here’s the tumblr link, and please reblog it if you can: jackieloart.tumblr.com/post/93…

PREORDER FOR THIS COMIC IS UP!

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The Story:

The story is inspired by Laura Renfrew’s original character Lady Vanity, and her childhood as ‘Starlight Lass.’ Along with her partner ‘Fluffy Girl’, they team up to beat the bad guys. Life is great, but what’s really in it for the both of them?

19 pages full color, each pre-order includes a gift. 

Why preorder?
I don’t want to rely on crowdfunding because I know not a lot of people are interested, and they often take out a portion of money. I just want to keep it sweet and simple–buy a package, get a gift. Buy the higher tier package bundles, get a discounted commission :)

What are these ‘bundles’ you speak of?
The bundles help me get extra money to fund the printing and mailing. Buying a bundle includes a discounted commission along with the free gift that comes with every purchase.

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This comic is ALREADY completed and printed in an anthology, but I want the individual copy because then I can sell my comic cheaper, and I need a more up-to-date comic for a certain art show I want to enter in (my last self-published comic was more than four years old and does not qualify). The problem is that I would like a set of printed ones for my partner who is the colorist, and she lives across the globe in AUSTRALIA. In addition, I need the money to purchase envelopes and sleeves for them, and also need factor shipping/handling costs—THAT ADDS UP.

I hope you guys can help out by spreading the word or even *gasp* purchasing a copy yourself. 
For more info on what you can get,  please click on this link and click on one of the pre-orders and see if you’re interested

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Angry Artist Alley: How do I order a commission?

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This article is pointed more for the consumer and not artist (although i recommend both of you read it). I get asked this quite a bit at cons, and some people are too nervous to ask the artist even though the sign is in plain sight. So be brave, because you may never ever get the chance to request whatever you want next time you go to that con ;)

You might think it’s really obvious people will want a commission. But why the hell do you always see signs on everyone’s table that says “Yes, I do commissions!” I’ve got two hanging on my table, and one inside my portfolio. Do I really need that many? Hell, I don’t think people really pay attention to  my table but it’s there. Usually people just ask. Or they don’t know it at all. Or too scared to ask.

But uh…what’s a commission?

The quick answer is that you can ask the artist to draw something for you, for a price. Your request will determine the price, and the artist will execute it for you. Approximate time varies between artists and projects.

Is it just for drawing?

Nope. Crafts and even services (like music) can be requested as commission. At comic conventions, drawing just happens to be the biggest thing around.

To the consumer:

  • Before you even CONSIDER ordering a commission, LOOK AT THEIR ART. If you LIKE the art, THEN YOU ASK. Not the other way around. If you are staring at the price tag and not even the art, this is very poor conduct. At least glance at what you like before you choose whether or not you want a commission. Often there are samples in portfolio binders on the table, please check those out too.
  • Please do not ask the artist drawing behind the table ‘hi, did you draw this?’ It’s kind of a given, but you have no idea how many times people ask me that when I’m doing a commission behind the table. It really grinds my gears, but you know, it’s the same feeling when people ask you how much something is on the table when there’s a freakin price tag right next to it. And sometimes when the person didn’t draw the work they are flattered that you think they did. Now, if they’re not drawing behind the table, that’s when you have reason to ask.
  • If you see a sign that says ‘I do commissions!’ or ‘ask me to draw anything!’ or ‘I do requests!’ or any other similar sort, please ask “hi, can I order a commission?” instead of “do you do commissions?” The latter is when you can NOT see a sign on the table. This is because not all artists will do requests, and that when there’s a sign on the table, you don’t want to have the artist constantly repeat themselves.
  • Don’t just blindly ask ‘how much does a commission cost?’. This confuses the artist many times, because it can cost anything. Instead, point to an example, ask about an inked piece, or pencilled piece, etc. Give some sort of direction before you just ask that question. This clears a lot of things up. **to the artist: this is why you need a portfolio or set examples on the table so people can see what you’re capable of.
  • Pay beforehand. Because if that artist drew it and you forgot to pick up your commission, you practically wasted the artist’s time to do other commissions as well as have them hanging with a piece of work they have no idea what to do.
  • Remember to pick up your commission. No seriously, if you forget don’t blame it on the artist.  I still have a Heart no Kuni no Alice bookmark from five years ago, person never paid for it or picked it up yet.
  • If you’re an artist, avoid asking ‘how do you do this?’ Artists have trade secrets and sometimes aren’t really comfortable talking about it. Not everyone is very open to how they execute things.
  • If you are going to use it as a website logo or company work, you must inform the artist. That kind of work should require a contract or document, most commissions at comic conventions are more for non commercial purposes only (like a souvenir or gift, not like a resale or company mascot thing).

To the artist:

  • Customer should pay FIRST. The half and half thing is too much of a hassle, and you should be responsible for working your best on a commission. To make sure your customer gets the commission, please read this article.
  • Don’t half ass it. No.
  • There will be times where you have absolutely no idea why someone in their right mind asked you to draw something, but you don’t mind drawing it. I’ve had a kid come to my table asking for Shugo Chara when my entire table was infested with drawings of people jumping in the air, punching the paper, or slashing a weapon at the viewer. She was ten and her dad just told me she liked my work. Well, hope she liked it. 
  • If someone is going to use it for their website/company, you should charge much more, as you are literally giving them commercial rights to use your design on everything they’re using it for. It’s completely different business, and should be dealt with more professionally.

How do I order a commission at a convention?

1) Look at the artist’s work first. Hopefully there’s a portfolio, and a stand with lots of prints or whatever. If it’s crafts, you can often pick up and touch the stuff (but make sure there’s a sign that says it’s okay to touch, because sometimes it’s not). If you like the work, THEN ask for the price.

*if you ask the artist for the price and THEN ask a request, it’s like paying someone to draw something for cheap without caring how good or bad it looks. This is VERY poor conduct, and I am really against it. This situation is often caused by people who under price their commission work, and often upsets the balance of everyone else’s commission prices.  When I see a booth selling sketches for under ten dollars, it makes me sad, because I feel the artist feels that they aren’t worth more than that.  Pricing my own drawings for twenty is already low (I don’t sell sketches I sell inks and colors), but because of the ‘competition’ of prices, it’s probably going to stay that low until people consider selling their sketches for more than ten dollars.

2) Politely ask the artist about a commission. If their table has a sign that indicates they will draw requests or do commissions, then just ask for a request directly. You don’t have to first ask ‘did you draw this?’ and then ‘do you do commissions?’ Just ask ‘Hi, can I order a commission? How much does it cost for ________?’ This gives the artist a peace of mind when they know you are somewhat committed before asking the price. Also tells the artist that you respect their artwork before asking how much it would cost. Of course, sometimes budget is not good, but the fact that you liked the work before you thought of the price is a better feeling for the artist than asking for the price and walking away.

3) Tell them what you want. Remember, this is a comic convention. Be mature about what you want. There’s a line between asking something ridiculous just to piss off or make the artist uncomfortable, and asking the artist to draw something you like but not sure if they’re okay with it. If you are really asking something absurd, highly detailed, gundams, added background, or pornographic, prepare to pay extra money.

4) Give them the payment, leave your name and number for them. Also, remember where their table is located. Artist will contact you when they’re done, or in some other way (depending on artist’s preferences). For you artists, check this post out.

5) Come back to the table and admire it. Upon receiving, regardless if you like it or not you should thank the artist and be happy. If you didn’t like it, then pay the artist AGAIN and ask. I’d hate for that to happen, but hey, at least you will be given ‘another chance’ with a little extra cash. Don’t toss it. Think of it like this: the artist probably spent over an hour for you, you should be happy for that.

Someone once asked me to do a bleach commission, and although I admit it wasn’t the best thing in the world, when he saw a picture of it (because i had to drop it off for him), he told me to ‘just keep it’. I was so heartbroken :(

….and there you have it.

This guy pre-ordered two color commissions from me and picked it up at Animation on Display 2014. Of all the things he requested, I have not been asked to do a color commission in about two years (although i constantly do color stuff on my own for my prints). Like I said before, sometimes you just get that art request that seems to be really out of place, but sometimes is really fun because of it. Here’s my happy customer:

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Rebecca and Nami, One Piece. Color commission, Marker. Each was trimmed and came with a backing board (which is why he could hold both pieces like that). I got so excited when I got this request, I hope that guy feels the same too.

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Angry Artist Alley: Can you draw me a…..?

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This is an article is to point out what might or might not be a sensitive topic for artists and consumers, hope to bring empathy to both sides of a nonexistent argument.

One thing I want to tell everyone is that as an artist, we have the freedom to draw what we want. Whether or not you like it, we’ll do it for ourselves. Sometimes we draw it for you too. And you have the freedom of liking what you like too. Everyone has their own little fetish. That’s the wonders of internet. Just don’t get caught with child pornography videos on your computer though.

And another thing is that yes, people have their likes and dislikes, but you shouldn’t hate someone just because you don’t like something they like.
This happened twice recently, and I am concerned about this kind of….behavior.

In my most recent two conventions, someone asked me ‘H…hi….d…do you d-d-draw f-f-furries?’ I’ve never been approached with that thing, but I said ‘Sure, although it’s my first time I don’t mind’  Well, I didn’t get to, probably because I said it was my first time, but yea. Here’s my point:

We’ve got people who like furries, people who love moe, people who love yaoi, people who love BOOOOOBs, you get it. I’ll be honest here: I like blood and guts. It’s pretty obvious from my table stand. I’m not embarrassed (okay maybe when little kids get nervous, but that’s what their mommies are for). I’ve got a number of nicely built women on the pics. Yes they have four packs, what about it? But don’t be too shy. We all like something not everyone else does, it just gets REALLY extreme that’s all. The internet is full of wonders, yes?

I mean, I think it’s great you walked up to my table and even decided to ask me if I could draw something. But don’t be too shy (it makes me uncomfortable too!), what’s the worst someone can do to a complete stranger they don’t know in that situation? They’d just say no (well there could be worse but don’t argue with this). And if they joke about it with their friends, it’s not like they know who you are and if you’re scarred forever. Hell if that’s the issue, this blog would be flooded by some seriously ridiculous requests.

In my comic drawing group, I used to think people who did the kind of art where girls had quadruple FFF cup sizes and people who drew women with unworldly amount of muscles were really freaky people I should never associate with. But you know, they’re pretty much as normal as anyone else. Like sure, they’re not ashamed of liking it, but do I hate them because of that? Nope, and I think they’re really cool people! We draw on google hangout, and of course, one person is courteous enough to turn off his screenshare when he is doing NSFW stuff. What a gentleman!

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So I’m talking as an artist behind artist alley: You don’t hate someone because they asked you to draw something specific. Sure I can see how you might think they’ve got a few loose screws in their head, but if you don’t want to draw what they like, don’t do it! And if you want to challenge yourself, then be my guest. You set up an artist alley table at a comic convention, what do you expect? But here’s the thing–don’t hate your customer because they like a certain kind of art (i.e’ i hate that person coz they like sasuke, or I hate that person because they’re a brony). That is, unless they’re pushin your buttons and trying to make you very uncomfortable, and communication sucks. Then you have my permission.

And I’m going to talk to the consumer here: Have some confidence in what you want. Just ask ‘do you draw yaoi?’ or ‘do you draw furries?’. Don’t be too hesitant, some of us get it. Some of us might not look like we’re into that stuff yet turn out to do it secretly and then secretly get excited they got a chance to do a commission of it for someone. Here’s another thing: you just walked into a COMIC CONVENTION, and you don’t think some of us understand you?  What’s the worst that can happen? They don’t know you.

Last convention there was a boy who made a slight argument about one true pairings and how he doesn’t get how people would be interested in Yaoi pairings. I just answered ‘boy, you have no idea’ and giggled. Too cute. 

Be confident.

For anyone who is interested, I have never drawn furries in my life because no one has commissioned me, and if you do, yes i can do it. Hell, if  it’s yuri, yaoi, loli, shota, guro, any of that stuff I’m completely fine with drawing it, as long as it’s not extreme NSFW stuff. One thing I do NOT draw are dead turtles, or kids shooting other people. Many artists have things they’re okay with drawing, and some have things they don’t feel comfortable drawing. If you’re curious as to what the artist might like drawing, LOOK AT THE ART ON THEIR TABLE. And if the artist you’re commissioning isn’t comfortable with drawing what you want, don’t push it. Peer pressure is horrible at a con. Please request responsibly :)

WAIT. Whatever you do, avoid drawing highly religious figures: I don’t want to get into the specifics, but there have been instances involving shootings. So be careful, don’t push it THAT far.

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