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Hey folks,

So I've been thinking about making some interesting offers commission-wise. Of course, I could just continue to do commissions as I do them now and I'm enjoying that, but once I finish my current list I would like to do something special for a while, or offer a special as an extra. I could use your help to perfect some basic ideas I've got. If you think they're rubbish don't hesitate to tell me either, heh. Mostly though I'd just like to hear what you think of them and if you think something would make them better or more interesting, please share.


25 full-color busts - $75-$100 each.
Pro: Fun portrait and color exercise. Not too big so it doesn't get boring.
Con: Possibly too expensive, but I can't really sink below $75.

50 full-body sketches - $25 each.
Pro: Quick, good gesture exercise, doesn't get boring if enough variety in character is offered.
Con: Need to do many for it to be really profitable, could get too much.

Your Soundtrack Design - $50-$75
Explanation: You send me a song you like, along with three key words that may be anything (animals, colors, personality traits) and I give you a full color speedpainting of whatever comes to my mind when I combine those four things.
Pro: Lots of fun, quite relaxing for me, surprise element for the commissioner.
Con: Surprise may also be negative, not certain of the enthusiasm and possibly too expensive.

Your Mythological Creature - $50-$75
Explanation: You describe your personality to me in five key words and give me your favorite color. I will then pick whichever (existing) mythological animal suits you best and implement your color into the design. Final images will be sketchy with flat colors or colors with hints of shadow.
Pro: Again lots of fun, surprise element for the commissioner, transparent images can be used.
Con: Same as soundtrack design.


I had more ideas, but most of them are unfinished. I would be most interested to hear any and all ideas you have, they could be based on mine or something entirely different that you feel should really be done :>. Let me know, I'm looking forward to reading your comments!

~ Lhune

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DireWolfwere Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those last two sound really cool:D
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Kihara-Quagga Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty cool!
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:iconkurokikumo:
I think they're all great ideas and pretty reasonable price-wise. For the ones you're least sure about (I guess the last two?) you could offer a limited number and see which is more popular like you said. Or you could keep it open as an option regardless of popularity since it could catch someones eye anyway and you wouldn't really lose out if only a few wanted one.
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LhuneArt Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I'm going to open 10 slots for three types (soundtrack, mythological creature and the busts) and see what people choose most. The results will be a nice reference for new commissioners and it will be a good test for me to see if the prices are profitable and if I can keep it up.
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:iconkurokikumo:
Good plan :) I think you'll do very well.
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ArrinKirr Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally love the soundtrack design, but I think the mythological creature option would be the most popular.

The 25 torsos and the 50 full-bodies would be wonderful for developing artists who are having trouble drawing their characters at different angles and poses.
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DancingInTwilight Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
a person with a or their choice of mythological creature?
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LhuneArt Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I would be the one choosing the creature based on the personality traits and color :).
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Rebeccannoying Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Personal opinions on each :dance:

Busts: I would say the prices is fair (assuming of course this means a completed painting and not a sketch), but you have one problem: lots of people draw busts, and busts are typically static. If I were a commissioner looking for something in that price range, I'd prefer a more dynamic image. However, what you have to offer is of exceptional quality, so I'm pretty sure you'd still get takers.

Sketches: These sound like a lot of fun and the price is a great deal, especially if you had something like this ([link]) in mind. However, just be careful of offering 50 slots; those may get tedious after a while, and you don't want to be burned unduly. You might take them in batches of 10 or 15 rather than 50. I would also caution it if they take you more than like, 2 or 3 hours (I have no idea how fast you go, but any longer than that and I think you'd be selling yourself short). If I was hunting for cheap but high quality commissions, I would DEFINITELY take you up on that offer. Also, if you keep it a steady thing, it will be a great way for some fast cash :3

Soundtrack Design: This sounds like a great exercise for your creativity, but I'm not sure how many people would be willing to pay that amount of money for something so open-ended. I also think 50 to 75 bucks is a little high for a speedpaint. I would cap it at 50 dollars rather than 75, but then again, that isn't very much money for the effort you put out :/ I'd use this type of commission for personal experimentation, creativity practice, and possible portfolio material in mind rather than profit.

Mythological Creature: Although I feel that more people would be interested in this idea than the soundtrack commissions, I still feel like the prices are kind of high. Perhaps if you were inventing a new and unique creature rather than assigning a color scheme to a pre-existing one they would fare a bit better. The idea sounds a bit like making custom adoptable, and adoptable rarely go for such high prices. I think with some slight modification of the price range or the basic concept, you'd be in a great spot with these :)


Anyway, that's my two cents on your ideas :3 Regardless of what you choose to do, I think you'll find customers because your work is so high quality. Maybe the best way to find out what works is to simply open a few sample commissions and see what sells. I really like how you're being creative with commissions and hopefully it draws in more customers.

As for other ideas... One commission type that is growing in popularity is a sketch page commission. Instead of getting one sketch, the buyer gets a whole page of a couple poses, studies, and etc. (here's an example: [link])Personally I'd love that. I've also been thinking of something like a commission lottery, where lots of people buy a cheap commissions, but one random person (draw the name from a hat or something) will get upgraded for free. That will give people an extra incentive for buying the cheaper ones and might help you generate cash faster, if you need it. A final idea would be to make art specifically for or on an object; i.e, you might take a sketchbook with a blank cover and decorate it, or buy some of those photo coffee mugs and put art in them instead. You'd have to deal with shipping, but people might like the idea of getting a personalized object and you could try your hand at crafty projects, if that appeals to you :)
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LhuneArt Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the extensive comment :>. About the mythological creature thing; I consciously chose to stick to the classic mythological creatures, because otherwise it would really just be a custom adoptable. Of course, I would give the creature a twist of my own and work with the color that was given to me so that it becomes as personal a thing as possible for the commissioner. The price is on the high end because of the quality of the final result; I don't have pre-made lines (like an adoptable would) and I would try to make the poses interesting and dynamic based on the personality traits, plus they would be flat color at the least (I may sketch in shadow or paint it in, I'd have to find a method that suits me).

I could offer 10 commission slots where people can choose either of these types for a lower than usual price so that I can check the enthusiasm and figure out how it works for me, plus create examples for other possible clients. How's that sound? :>
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