Now that the second batch of images are up, onward to batch number 3!
This one will be a little different. This time I’m doing holiday cards! Everyone replying will get a holiday-themed Copic illustration. If you tip, I will send you a physical copy. Joy!
Please read this full post. It won’t take too much of your time, promise!
What you’ll get
- Each person replying to this thread will receive one holiday-themed Copic portrait illustration entirely for free, distributed digitally.
- Everyone who tips $15 or more will receive their copy in the mail, along with a short seasonal greeting and an inked sketch! (The postal notebooks I am buying for these are approximately $6 before tax and take about an hour to prepare, so the margin isn’t too large here!)
Here is an example of what you will get if you tip! Page 2 will be a prose greeting that isn’t shown here.
- Requests will be open until Monday at 9AM United States Pacific Standard Time. (If I get completely flooded, there is a soft cap of 100 slots in this current batch, though I may take more.)
- Requests will be completed at a rate of approximately one a day, posted to social media at the time of their completion. I will also create a post here when the batch is done. Resolution on these is capped at the high-resolution settings for Twitter, but I can provide high dpi images upon request.
- Illustrations can be of the same or different characters (up to a maximum of two, if you tip).
- Props for your character (including silly hats, Hawaiian shirts, monocles, and whatnot) are allowed. Please give a brief description of what you’d like drawn if you request these! References for these props are also welcome.
- Your illustrations will be constrained to four pages of a Moleskine Postal notebook. I will try to mail all of these before the Christmas holiday (December 25th).
- Commissions will be completed in pseudorandom order. This is to allow anyone a shot at an early commission, without putting strain on people in non-US timezones. I use https://www.random.org/lists/ as my randomizer.
- To reduce confusion, please request only your own characters. If you want a batch of interlinked illustrations (say, to signify a relationship), please have each person ask for their own character separately. These may be batched together within reason.
- By requesting here, you assert that you claim ownership over the characters and references that you send me for purposes of making art for you. Please only request illustrations of characters you own. DO NOT request illustrations of copyrighted works or other things that could get me in trouble.
- Please provide reference images for your illustrations. As before, these can be the same or different for each illustration that I do for you.
- All illustrations and themes must be PG. Please keep your references PG as well, because I might want to stream these or show them informally to other people. If you want PG13 or adult work, ask me privately, and it’ll go onto a separate commission queue.
- All illustrations I create here will be posted publicly to social media, primarily on my account on Twitter. The personal greetings I write for you will be private only to you. If you’re not comfortable with this, please contact me privately for a separate commission.
- Limit one slot per person. You are on the honor system here. Please do not sock puppet or use alternate accounts to request multiple slots, as these will deprive other people of timely access to their requests. If you’d like more than one illustration, please contact me privately here or on Twitter so I can schedule a commission just for you!
- I will be maintaining a separate account just for these commissions. If I become aware that I cannot complete your request for any reason, your tip will be refunded in full. I will even pay the PayPal transfer fees.
- All public images I release here will be covered generally under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. However, the recipients of each request may do whatever they please with their own illustrations. Just please give credit where credit is due. 🙂
- These illustrations will be produced on a best-effort basis. Refunds after a work is completed are not guaranteed, but may be provided if you are not completely satisfied. Please read PayPal’s terms of service and summary of changes, including those effective November 18th, for a summary of your rights if you choose to tip and aren’t completely satisfied.
- I may allow small changes to illustrations for you within one week of their completion. Please let me know. But, do understand that I also have a day job that may prevent these changes from being immediate. Do keep them reasonable!
- DO NOT POST YOUR MAILING ADDRESS TO THIS THREAD. I will contact you separately for mailing information.
Please reply to this post, filling out the following fields in your response:
- What character or characters would you like me to draw for you?
- What expressions would you like these characters to have in my illustration for you?
- What references do you have for these characters? (Please provide at least one image reference per character. Text references are difficult to get right!)
- These illustrations will be holiday themed. Do you have a particular favorite end-of-year holiday I should mention in your card?
- Did you tip? (Letting me know who you are when you tip is usually fine. If you forgot to do so, just reply with the last four digits of the invoice ID or send it to me privately.)
- What name would you like to be credited as? (This will be used when I post your illustration to social media.)
- If you’re receiving a physical copy, how should I contact you for your mailing address? Post something that I can use to drop you a line! (Preferrably, in a form that will confound bots, such as itisdark at that Gmail thingy.)
If you desire to tip, here’s the shiny button! (It’s still a generic PayPal donation link for now. I’ll sort that out eventually.)
And now that all of that’s out of the way…
Reply forth with the art that you’d like!
Phew, these are back a bit further than I wanted to post them because of a busy month. Here are all of the scans!
Thank you again for commissioning me! Next will be Holiday Cards! I’ll be opening that within the next hour or so.
Over the past six months, I’ve been experimenting with expensive art markers. This started, more or less, as an accident: I became curious about the medium after finding a set of Distress Markers on a sale from Massdrop.com. After playing around with them and drawing a few small pieces, I found myself dissatisfied with their color selection, relative lack of portability (TSA was unkind to the storage tubes), and streaking texture, so I started to branch out to see what else was available.
What follows are my condensed findings. I tried Distress Markers, Tombows, KAISERfusions, and Copics, and after learning how to handle them, eventually settled with the Copic sketch 25th Anniversary collection and some add-ins.
Pros: Very strong ink flow, inexpensive, water soluble, and very kind to paper. These blend nicely and are very unlikely to bleed through the page they’re used upon. Color selection is a set of colors not normally found in other sets.
Cons: Terrible as an introductory marker kit. Since Distress emphasizes faded and less common colors, these leave much to be desired in terms of vibrancy. As with all water-soluble markers I’ve tried, these also streak heavily, even when blended, leaving muddy textures on the page if you’re not careful. Storage is also an issue: the tube larger sets come with doesn’t travel terribly well.
Pros: Very similar texture and saturation to Distress, making them very compatible with the aforementioned kit. Common colors are found in this line, and colors are on average substantially more vibrant than Distress markers.
Cons: Like Distress, these streak the page and can create muddy, oversaturated blotches if you’re not careful. Varying paper weight can help this: thinner papers with a folded paper towel for bleed-throughs can substantially reduce the streaking and likelihood of problems, but this limits the media you can tolerably work with with this kit.
Pros: Since these are alcohol-based markers, they blend very well and have a much lower propensity to cause streaks and blotches on the page. Much less expensive than Copic markers. Relatively odorless versus Prismacolors and other alcohol-based markers.
Cons: These bleed through pages like nothing else. They also show shoddy toner quality, which causes small streaks and imperfections in the colors. Color selection is also confusing, poorly matched with the labels, and often not what you expect. Blending with Copics or brush pens like Sakura leads to black muddy patches that ruin drawings. Non-refillable. No brush tips on the set I tried.
Copic sketch (regular and 25th Anniversary):
Pros: Some of the best art markers on the market. These bleed through pages less than KAISERfusions (I still use a paper towel, though), have very little odor, and blend beautifully. These are the markers I use most heavily, and find to be an absolute joy. Blend beautifully. Vivid color palette. Refillable.
Cons: Expensive: $186 for a 36 pack, $8 per marker at many retailers. Most larger kits are deeply confusing and do not have a good color palette (follow this advice when buying). Missing colors are expensive and hard to find if one lacks a local retailer.
I hope this post will be helpful to someone wishing to buy new art markers for themselves. I’ll be making separate posts with my art, so you can see just what I’ve put together with these.