PD Poll Resules
So, a while ago, after finishing a year of Public Domain Photos, I asked what you wanted me to do in 2013. The results are in, and the top two things people want are MORE PD PHOTOS and some free artwork (offered chibis or busts)! So I will split the difference. Since there is one vote between them keeping them from being a tie, I will do a PD Photo one month and a free chibi/bust drawing the next (and alter each month between the two). So there will be 6 new photos going into the public domain each month chosen by my watchers via a poll and 6 free to use (with limited credit) chibi or bust drawings. These will appear throughout 2013 - one each month starting in January. In January, since the free art was the top choice by one vote, we will start off with a free bust!
New Year Commission Sale
So, deviantART has created this new nifty Commission Widget
which you can see displayed on my profile with two different sales going on now: Full Body Female characters (5 available) and Senshi Busts (5 available). Both are offered at $5 off for the new year and each commission comes with a free PUFF
!. I am in love with this commission widget btw. It is only offered to Beta Testers now (proudly a member of) but anyone can commission a Beta Tester who is using this widget. Once it is out of testing, it is possible that it may be for only Premium members or for all members - not sure yet (haven't heard anything on that). At any rate, there has been a little rage
on the topic because deviantART is taking 20% of the profits... but this is what I have to say to that:
I expected a 10 to 30 percent royalty to be taken with this type of a widget. Anywhere you submit your work to be sold with the aid of another company will have a royalty taken by that company. And it is usually at or more than the 20% that deviantART is asking.
Also, because deviantART is having the price listed and paid for in points, they aren't actually making any money at that point since it is their virtual currency simply coming back to them (they essentially zero out a previous transaction they made with someone else). Basically, it is like a charge for using a more convenient method to sell commissions - and it is more convenient. I just put up the widget on my profile and it was very very easy to set up, no additional haggling required, no notes to keep up with, and no need to exchange emails and hope the person pays me the right way (or at all) via PayPal or my donation widget.
And the "at all" I just spoke of is becoming an epidemic for artists offering commissions as customers want to haggle pricing (now they can't) and then don't want to pay anymore until they see part or all of the work - and then run off with it without ever paying (called a scam). This widget takes both of those issues and makes them disappear.
20% is a very small price to pay for this convenience and this guarantee of getting paid in the first place. No more explaining and sitting idly by waiting for the 25% down payment to come through before I start working, no more haggling, no more arguing, no more finished work with no completed payments... I'll give up the 20% for that.
New Year Sailor Puffs!
So, as many of you know, I created some awesomely cute Sailor Puffs
a while back. I do plan to start some Puff adoptables in 2013 for 10 points each, but to get me in the MOOOOOOOOD, I decided it would be fun to do a puff giveaway! Puffs don't HAVE to be Sailor Moon related, but that is what I created them for (hence the title: "Sailor Puffs" lol). The giveaway is for 10 Sailor Puffs. You can only claim ONE SLOT with ONE OC. If you do not have some type of a reference picture on deviantART, don't bother claiming a slot with your OC because I am not going to pull a puff out of my butt and hope it doesn't stink lol.
These are FREE and as such, all OTHER ARTWORK comes first. This means it could take a month or more before I finish any of these - please understand this and don't beg or otherwise harass me about why yours isn't done yet, why a different one got done before yours, etc. I WILL give your slot to someone else if you complain!
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