Q. How long have you been drawing?
A. Drawing has always been my favorite thing to do with my time since as long as I can remember! But I took a serious interest in art as a career around age 12.
Q. Can you teach me how to draw?
A. I'm sorry, I can't... Two reasons. One being, most importantly, I actively do not enjoy teaching. The second being, my work has a ton of shortcomings that I am always working to improve, and frankly no matter how much people like my art I do not feel I know enough to give classes. But I can recommend that you start where I did: with this book. Under $20 as of me writing this, its usefulness cannot be overstated, and it has a simple, friendly and approachable tone throughout.
Q. Can you draw me something for free/for charity?
A. I'm sorry, but my schedule doesn't allow for this. I am too busy drawing to make a living. While I have done fundraisers with my art before, they were started by me of my own accord.
Q. How do I get a commission?
A. The short answer is you fill out a commission request form! But please make sure to read my Commission Terms first. If your inquiry is commercial, please email me directly with your project details and with your budget. I need to know your budget to present you with the options that will best serve you. I offer my artwork in a variety of styles that have very different prices.
Q. Do you work for royalties/exposure/a percentage of sales?
A. I don't. The only way in which I would draw "for exposure" is doing artwork for a convention if they were featuring me as a guest in some manner (and in that case, compensation comes in the form of travel/hotel expenses.) For all personal work, I require 100% payment upfront. For all commercial work, I require a signed contract, 50% upfront and 50% upon completion (with high-res files being delivered AFTER payment of the balance). Commercial work under $250 is paid in full upfront.
Q. I'm not friends with/dating (insert name here) anymore. Can you take down the art you drew of us together?
A. No, sorry. The main reason for my low non-commercial rates is that it allows me to build a varied portfolio. I never take down my artwork for any reason, except my own wishes. I determine whether it is posted to my galleries and how long it remains there. This, of course, doesn't apply to commercial work to which I have explicitly transferred copyright of to you as specified in the contract I provide.
Q. Will you do an art trade with me?
A. I am usually too busy to do art trades. If you want to approach me for an art trade, you will have to do your half first (AFTER I agree to do an art trade in the first place) and please understand that I only trade with people with a skill level at least somewhere close to my own, and who have a good track record for completing trades. I take my trades as seriously as commissions. If you give a trade less priority because it's an exchange of labor as opposed to money, please don't approach me for a trade! My time is worth money, please give the time I put into your work the same value you'd give a money payment. It's what I would do for you.