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Terms of Service

Please read through the following terms carefully before ordering a commission or con badge. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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1. Content

4.1 Rating: Generally speaking, commissions should fall within a G to PG-13 rating.

  1. Romantic, playful, or suggestive scenes are usually okay. Explictly sexual or extremely violet scenes usually are not.
  2. Badges, being meant for public display, should fall within a G or PG rating. Badges may be humorously or playfully suggestive but not explicit.
  3. I may from time to time draw tasteful or explicit nudity, but this is solely at my own discretion.

4.2 Authorized characters: Generally, you should request artwork of your own characters only. If you are requesting other people's characters, please obtain their permission first and have them get in touch with me to let me know it's okay.

  1. Requests for suprise gift art or badges may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Requests for copyrighted characters is generally discouraged but may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

4.3 Refusal: I reserve the right to refuse any commission for any reason, including, but not limited to, schedule, subject matter, personal preference, etc.

2. Approval & Revision

  1. All approvals and revisions should be conducted via e-mail. Communications conducted verbally, or via Twitter, chat, or messenger programs, may not be honored.
  2. For all commissions : You will first receive a very quick rough thumbnail sketch for approval. The point of this sketch is to see the planned composition of the artwork; placement, pose and attitude of characters; and relative sizes of characers and objects to each other. Approval of this thumbnail sketch is necessary before continuing further work on the piece.
    1. Any major changes requested in composition, pose, attitude, or relative sizes AFTER the thumbail has been approved will result in additional charges, depending on how much work towards completion has been done.
    2. No need to focus on details such as character markings, fine character expressions, clothes, coloration, and similar at that point. You may point something out if you think it's important but most of these changes can be made at a later stage once the overall composition is approved.
  3. For sketch commissions : Once the thumbnail is approved, the commission will be completed and you will receive a scan of the final sketch. If there are any changes or corrections to make, please relay those as clearly and concisely as possible. Generally you may make one round of revisions after the sketch is completed; additional charges may be added:
    1. if there are additional rounds of revision for which the artist is not at fault, or
    2. if extensive changes are requested which should have been corrected at the thumbnail stage, or
    3. if changes contradict or differ from details that were included with the original commission request or during thumbnail approval.
  4. For color commissions : One the thumbnail is approved, you will receive a refined pencil sketch for approval before moving on to ink and color. Changes to this sketch may be made according to the guidelines set down in Section (2.C) above. Once the sketch is approved, ink and color will be completed and you will receive a digital file of the final commission. Generally you may make one round of color revisions, including changing or adjusting specific colors; additional charges may be added:
    1. if there are additional rounds of revision for which the artist is not at fault, or
    2. if extensive changes are requested which should have been corrected at the thumbnail or rough sketch stage, or
    3. if changes contradict or differ from details that were included with the original commission request or during earlier approvals.
  5. For badges: You will first receive a rough sketch of the badge artwork, including the badge name and other typographic elements. This rough version should be checked carefully for the layout and composition of the artwork; placement, pose, and attitude of the character, and expression or physical details such as markings or wardrobe; and spelling and typeface of the name and any other text on the badge. Approval of this rough sketch is necessary before completing the badge artwork. If time allows, a version of the final color artwork will be sent for final approval before printing, lamination, and delivery of badge.

3. Payment & Delivery

3.1 Payment Methods: Payment for online or mail order commissions and badges may be made by debit card (using Square Cash), credit card (using Square Invoice), by Paypal Invoice, by Dwolla, or by mailing a check or money order if necessary. Payment for badges or other work picked up at a convention may be made using cash, or a credit or debit card (using Square).

3.2 Payment Schedule: Payment due dates are determined by type of commission, as follows. Alternate payment schedules may be arranged based on client history and at the artist's discretion.

  1. Payment for single pencil sketch commissions will be due upon approval of thumbnail sketch, before sketch is completed.
  2. Payment for single color commissions will be due upon approval of refined rough sketch, before ink and color is completed.
  3. Payment for larger commissions (such as sequences, model sheets, comics, or projects exceeding $200) will be broken into multiple payments. A down payment of at least half the total will be due upon approval of thumbnail sketches, with the balance due upon completion. Payments may be split further into additional milestones for very large projects, as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Payment for mail-order badges will be due upon approval of rough sketch, before badge will be completed and shipped.
  5. Payment for convention pick-up badges may be made in person when receiving the badge at the event.

3.3 Delivery: All sketch and color commissions are delivered digitally, via email or web server upload, at no extra charge. Digital versions of badges may also be requested at no extra charge.

  1. Physical artwork (including final sketch commissions, preliminary drawings for digital color work, or inkjet prints of digital artwork) can be mailed upon request, with additional charges to cover shipping and packaging.
  2. Mail-order badges are shipped in a protective cardboard mailer. Shipping and packing fees are added to the price of the badge. Multiple badges shipped to the same address may generally be shipped in the same package to save on postage.
  3. Lost badges: Badges which become lost or damaged during use may be reproduced using the original digital files. A fee for retrieval, production time, and shipping will be charged before a replacement badge is produced or shipped.

4. Copyright

4.1 Rights transferred: The following rights are included with the price of a commission:

  1. You are purchasing the right to own one or more of the following:
    1. a physical piece of original artwork (in the case of sketches or real media);
    2. a physical printed or otherwise manufactured copy of the artwork (in the case of badges or prints);
    3. an electronic image file in the form of either a scan of the original artwork, or artwork that has been produced digitally.
  2. You have the right to store and view copies of the artwork on your computer(s) and electronic device(s), to print copies of the artwork for your personal use, and to display the artwork in your home or workplace.
  3. You have the right to share unaltered copies of the artwork with your friends, and to post the artwork to your personal web site or your gallery on forums such as FurAffinity, Twitter, and others, so long as the artist's name and copyright information are included on the artwork.
  4. You have the right to resize or non-destructively crop the artwork for the purposes of posting online. You also have the right to crop a section of the image to create one (1) icon or avatar for use on online forums or communities.

4.2 Rights not transferred: The following rights are not included with the commission, but may be purchased or negotiated for if necessary:

  1. You do not have the right to edit or alter the artwork in any way, mechanically or digitally, except as specified in point (4.1.D) above.
  2. You do not have the right to publish the artwork in a printed publication, or post the artwork to any web site or service whose purpose is to either make money directly (as through subscription or sales) or to promote a commercial business or service.
  3. You do not have the right to sell prints or copies of the artwork, or to print the image on any kind of for-sale merchandise, such as clothing or mousepads.
  4. Use caution when uploading artwork to any web site or service, and make sure their terms of service do not grant them unlimited rights to artwork.

4.3 Rights reserved: I retain the right to post a copy of any commission to my web site and/or certain art communities, or to use any commission as a component of convention displays, for the purpose of self-promotion.

Last revision: September 17, 2015