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DarkRubyMoon
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Contact The Artist

UPDATED APRIL 5, 2016

Contact the Artist to commission a work of art or simply suggest an idea for a new image to sell on products at my store. Contact me via email at... darkrubymoonstore@gmail.com

Prices on my artwork as of April 2016 are as follow. Prices subject to change, so email me to confirm price. Please note, I do not accept all art request nor do I work on short deadlines. As the only artist for this store, I will generally work on images that can be resold in my store first and those images that interest me first. Other works are done dependent upon my availability. You must allow lots of time for artwork completion (minimum of two months in most cases, though I try to finish works as soon as possible). I also do not like frequent revisions of artwork. If you have something specific in mind, your description must be very detailed and if possible supply supporting images. By commissioning artwork from me, you agree that I retain the rights to all art produced by me unless otherwise specified. You agree that you may not reproduce, post, reprint nor distribute my artwork by any means. This includes posting for resale, re-printing, posting online by any means. My artwork may not be altered, modified, nor used for an unauthorized purpose. I may cancel a project at any time, payments are final, and I can not be held liable for artwork not meeting any criteria nor deadline. You are responsible for payment even if the work of art does not meet your specifications or does not meet your standards for the image. This fee may be waived if I determine that I was unable to adequately meet your request or do not believe that my work conforms to the work ordered. A sample image will be sent for approval. Prior to approval, you may dispute the quality or the content of the work. Once an artwork is approved, you must make payment. Paypal is the preferred method of payment, but I do accept cash, check or other payment methods. Contact to confirm payment option. Payment MUST be made in full before artwork is delivered.

There is an extra charge for revisions. For some mediums of artwork like originals, revisions may not be possible. Bulk discounts are available for quantity purchases. There is some natural variance in the look and quality of every work. If you are in no rush for a particular item and don‘t require it to have a specific name or organizational affiliation, I suggest offering your idea as a recommendation. If I like your idea, I may draw the image for my store at no additional charge. If the work you request particularly interest me or has marketable value, on occasion I will waive the commission fees and do a work for free.

Most artwork can also be ordered on mugs, mouse pads, keepsake boxes, canvas bags, stickers, pins, puzzles, teddy bears, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, ornaments, Flip camcorders and more! Some images however may not be suitable for some products nor permitted on some products. This is especially true of adult oriented designs. Many products have different criteria as to acceptable images. For example, US postal stamp images have a lower tolerance for content than do T-shirts. Images that can be printed on a T-shirt may not be permissible for a stamp. Some images simply do not fit well with some merchandise. If you request an image for a particular product, it may be reproduced and sold publicly for the entire product line. If you want this product for an exclusive sale, the price is significantly more expensive and must be specified in your request.

Current market pricing is generally based on artwork size, cost of materials, cost per hour for work, deadline, and what sort-of rights You wish to retain for Your artwork. I try to be very specific so there is no confusion as to what You are purchasing so that You will be as pleased with the work as possible.

I am not a well known artist and I don't have big name recognition, so my cost per hour of work will be set at approximately $10 per hour. A rough sketch done in either pencil, pen or digital generally takes about one hour per figure plus a half hour to two hours for background depending upon its complexity based on a typical 8”in X 11”in drawing. To give You an idea of what I mean by a rough sketch, http://darkrubymoon.deviantart.com/art/Smokin-131279979 would be considered a rough sketch. It has a single figure and a moderately complicated background. Cost of materials includes computer usage, paper and medium for the work. For a digital only work, that would be about $1 per hour for my computer. Add an additional $1 for pencil work, $2 for pen and ink, $2 for back and white coloring. So for the sample drawing which is just a sketch done on computer, the market price so far is $10 (single figure) + $1 = $11 for an 8.5 x 11 hi resolution copy if the work was for private use only in which I retained all the rights. Realistically, the current market does not support this price due to the number of artist available, so I make a lower resolution version with image size is 6"in X 8"in, 15.24 centimeters X 20.32 or 576 pixels X 768 pixels as measured by Window's Paint available for $5. For more detailed works, I calculate based on a full hourly rate and do not lower the price as much as the detail and time for the work increases.

The value of rights varies on what rights You wish to purchase. Rights to a work must be negotiated at time of purchase. Currently, I am basing the value of the rights as follow, but these rates are subject to change. If You want to publish the image in a book for example that You plan to earn money from, but don't mind me continuing to resell the image on my own merchandise (mouse pads for instance) you can add $20 per publication. So the price for that image is now $25 to publish in one book. If you want to use the same image again for advertisement, add $20 again. If you want to use the image on your own merchandise (sell your own mousepads), and don't mind me doing the same, the price increases based on image value. So, I would probably double the image cost ($11 X 2 = $22). If you want exclusive rights to the image (only You can use and sell the image), the cost is doubled again ($11 X 4) or we could negotiate royalties. If you want me to send You the original physical drawing, not just a scanned copy, you can add another $10 for shipping and handling. Generally speaking, I don't like to give rough sketches of my works to customers because I value my reputation as an artist, and in most circumstances I donate my own time to clean up my work so the image You would receive might look more polished than the sample provided. I would try to provide You something more like http://darkrubymoon.deviantart.com/art/Dragon-s-Tail-163626182 , but this sort-of work generally takes 2 hours compared to the one hour of the other image. Coloring, different mediums, and materials all add to the time and cost of the work.

Adult Oriented Artwork- I will do some adult oriented artwork, but I do not have control of whether or not the printer will reject such art for printing on products or art prints. As with all orders, such images are selected on a case by case basis. I will not do any images involving young looking characters nor excessively violent or obscene images. Absolutely no art with characters under age of 18 in sexual positions. I am very open minded, so email me with your request, and I will let you know if I can do the work or not. There are many laws with regards to such content, so while I may not personally object to the subject matter, I may be unable to produce it. Extra fees may incur for some adult artwork.

Bulk orders- I do modify prices for bulk orders or orders of multiple images. Prices vary depending upon the type and quality of the image and the time to complete the works of art. Prices are typically lower for orders of multiple images unless the works must be done in a short time span.

Time for Work- The time for work can vary greatly depending upon the type of artwork you wish to purchase, the quality and the medium of the work.



INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

Revisions have been made to my policy with regards to International orders of original artwork due to an increase in art scams. I will no longer sell or ship any original artwork outside of the US and Canada valued at over $50. I will only sell drawings done on paper. I will no longer sell canvas or framed artwork outside of the US or Canada. Original artwork will only be shipped internationally to a confirmed residential address or confirmed gallery address that matches the payment information of the purchaser. I will no longer ship framed prints sold directly by me outside of CafePress or other intermediary internationally. Payments MUST be made prior to shipment. International order payments can only be made through PayPal. OVERPAYMENTS FOR ORDERS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

ORIGINAL WORKS

Check my store and deviantArt for prices of professionally printed artwork. Any artwork not appearing as a print option may be added at request. All original works may be resold as a print. Purchasing a original work is for the work itself and not the rights to the work. I retain all copyrights to all my works unless otherwise specified. All emailed sample images include watermarks. You may not post, print, publicize, or use these image on other products. Emailed images are solely for personal viewing. I do not object to sharing emailed images with friends, but they must not be published publicly. Original works valued over $50 will no longer be sold internationally.

  • Quick Sketches scanned and emailed $5. Sample will be sent with a watermark and payment is made upon approval. Once payment is received, the image without watermark will be emailed. Image size is 6"in X 8"in, 15.24 centimeters X 20.32 or 576 pixels X 768 pixels as measured by Window's Paint. Image will be emailed as a Jpeg, BMP, and PNG file format. Other formats are available upon request. (Rough sketch. Done in pencil or pen, then scanned as a black and white image or as pencil line image.) Note: these are rough sketches done usually in ten minutes or less. (Note: Do not have permission to re-distribute this image for sale) Revisions are $1 per revision to the image. Add $2 for this image to be added to a product in the store. Be sure to specify product. Payment is done through Paypal money transfer after notification artwork is completed. Details provided via email.

  • Black and White scanned images emailed $7 . Sample will be sent with a watermark and payment is made upon aproval. Once payment is received, the image without watermark will be emailed. Image size is 6"in X 8"in, 15.24 centimeters X 20.32 or 576 pixels X 768 pixels as measured by Window's Paint. Image will be emailed as a Jpeg, BMP, and PNG file format. Other formats are available upon request. These are cleaned images meaning they do not show erasure marks or sketch lines. (Note: Do not have permission to re-distribute this image for sale) Revisions are $1 per revision to the image. Add $2 for this image to be added to a product in the store. Be sure to specify product. Payment is done through Paypal money transfer after notification artwork is completed. Details provided via email.

  • Color Digital Images emailed $10 . Sample will be sent with a watermark and payment is made upon approval. Once payment is received, the image without watermark will be emailed. Image size is 6"in X 8"in, 15.24 centimeters X 20.32 or 576 pixels X 768 pixels as measured by Window's Paint. Image will be emailed as a Jpeg, BMP, and PNG file format. Other formats are available upon request. (Coloring typically done on computer but may be done by other means. ) (Note: Do not have permission to re-distribute this image for sale) Add $4 for this image to be added to a product in the store. Be sure to specify product. Payment is made after notification artwork is completed. Details provided via email.

Printed Artwork

You may order a artwork to be printed and mailed. All mailed prints are printed on quality 8.5” x 11” in paper (photo paper or card stock) and are signed and numbered. These images are the same as above but numbered and printed to be mailed. Frames vary in color. Please note: The glass in the frames have a high occurrence of breaking in shipping and so all orders of framed prints are insured. Please be careful when opening delivery. I may not be held liable for any injuries resulting from broken glass.

  • Full color no frame $12 plus shipping and handling (Shipping cost vary with size and weight. Typically $5, but is subject to change.)  With frame $15 (plus shipping handling and insurance + Typically $10 but is subject to change. Shipping cost vary with size and weight. Framed work no longer available for international orders.) 

  • Black and white no frame printed $9 plus shipping and handling With Frame $12 (plus shipping handling and insurance. Shipping cost vary with size and weight. )

  • Sketch printed no frame $7 plus shipping and handling (+5) with Frame $10 (plus shipping handling and insurance Shipping cost vary with size and weight. ) 

Very Limited offerings on select original artwork may be available. The following prices are estimates for such commissioned works. Please email for precise prices, estimated time, and availability. Type of traditional medium for the artwork and the art surface (paper or canvas) may vary. If specify medium used, additional charges may incur. Traditional mediums include copic markers, watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, pencil, pen and ink, oil, pastels. The following prices do not include framing or matting of artwork. Matting and framing may be available at extra charge. Prices are based on cost of materials + Time + overhead and are adjusted based on demand for my artwork. Please note, the following is intended as a cost guide only and may not be the actual price for a commissioned work.

  • Original Quick Sketches mailed (original done on letter-sized or larger paper (size varies on availability. Usually letter sized but may be smaller.), done in pencil or pen and ink) $25 aprox + Shipping and handling (approximately +$5 Shipping cost vary with size and weight. )

  • Original Simple images -One figure, simple or no background. Cartoonish (no pre-approval) $20 to $30 + Shipping and handling (aprox $5 Shipping cost vary with size and weight. )

  • Original Complex comic images - Multiple figures with more detailed background. Cartoonish $30 to $50 + Shipping and handling Shipping cost vary with size and weight.

  • Original Complex Realism - Realistic figures and details $80 to $100 + Shipping and handling Shipping cost vary with size and weight. Not available for international orders.

  • Original Art Gallery Quality - Extreme detail with complex backgrounds and patterns $200 or more + Shipping and handling (Prices vary. Not available for international orders.)

  • Watercolor done on watercolor or illustration paper mailed (may include some ink). Approximately letter sized or slightly larger.

    • Simple images -One figure, simple or no background. Cartoonish (no pre-approval) $30 + Shipping and handling (aprox $5 Shipping cost vary with size and weight.)

    • Complex images - Multiple figures with more detailed background. Cartoonish $40 to $80 + Shipping and handling

    • Complex Realism - Realistic figures and details $80 to $120 + Shipping and handling Shipping cost vary with size and weight.

    • Art Gallery Quality - Extreme detail with complex backgrounds and patterns $150 + Shipping and handling Shipping cost vary with size and weight.

      Purchasing the rights to an Artwork

      There are several variants of licenses regarding right to a work of art. I currently only permit either retaining full rights to the work or selling the full rights to a work of art. Normally, unless otherwise specified, I always retain full rights to any work of art I produce. By doing this, I can monitor and control how my artwork is used, how many copies of a particular work of art is made, and the manner in which an artwork is used. There are several reasons why an artist retains the rights to a work of art. If an artist were to charge for the actual time involved in creating a single work of art, even by minimum wage standards, the work would have to sell for a price too high for most people to afford. By selling copies of a work, the full value of the work is spread across a lifetime of sales. When one buys the rights to a work of art, that individual is essentially purchasing the combined entire future potential value of a work of art, all its potential earnings and potential revenue. Buying the rights to a work also creates legal issues for the creator of the work who can now no longer reproduce elements of the artwork whose rights have been sold. Therefore, typically I only sell rights to a work of art on rare occasions when the commission is both significant and the commissioned work is such that it is likely to increase sales of the works for which I retain copyright. If you would like to discuss purchasing the rights to a work, contact me via email to discuss this. Should I sell an images rights, you will receive a very high resolution graphic file either on disc or via email, a printed copy of the image, and a contract outlining in detail the rights for which you are purchasing. The minimum price for rights to a work of art is $300. This is no longer available outside of the US.




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