Q: I absolutely love your art, and gosh DANG have you got the skills for literally everything. I am both in awe and jealous. Keep it up! I can't wait to see your game become a real one! I would totally play it!

Thank you! I’m still working on improving a lot of stuff like anatomy and painting, but I’m glad you enjoy my stuff. I dunno if the Sedna project will ever be a real game, but i definitely want to keep working on it on my own time.

asked by lishadra
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Q: Hello there. I'd like to ask for some advice, if that's okay. My brother recently told his friend that I could do art for a game he(the friend) is making. However, my brother is trying to push me to do it without payment of any kind, saying that the opportunity is better than whatever price I would charge. (I'm currently studying art in college, and would like to do concept art eventually). How would you recommend I approach this? Should I take the job without pay? Thank you for your time.

DO NOT TAKE THE JOB. And don’t let you brother, or any family or friend, bully you into doing ANY work for free. Sorry if I’m coming off a bit rabid; I’ve had to deal with this sort of thing many times and the outcome is never worth the feeling of having been used and cheated. I hate to see it happen to others, and I get really agitated.

It is definitely not ok for your brother to promise your services to someone else so freely. It’s like promising a free surgery to a friend because your sister happens to be a surgeon. Concept art, along with any other visual discipline like illustration and animation, is a PROFESSION and must be treated with respect. If someone can’t respect you enough to pay for your expertise and training (with MONEY) for a project they plan on SELLING or DISTRIBUTING, they don’t deserve so much as a second of your time. In fact anything less that offering to pay you up front (unless a studio is contracting you, in which case you are capable of suing if they don’t pay you) is a blatant INSULT. It doesn’t matter if they’re your brother, grandma, or whatever. You dedicate a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears into honing your craft; it is not something any one else can lay claim to based on mere association.

I also want to get one point across most of all: You are not studying to become a concept artist SOMEDAY, you are studying to improve the skills you ALREAY HAVE. Conduct yourself as a working professional RIGHT NOW, and demand that others treat you with respect. If they can’t offer you pay, a contract, or even reliable references, you’re more likely to damage your reputation and embarrass yourself that get any “future opportunities”. Also, look to people working in the industry as your competition (not your school peers), and a guide for how how to conduct yourself when it comes to art and business (like James Paick, Ben Mauro, Jaime Jones). Even if you’re not at their level yet, treat yourself with and demand the same respect you would afford them. That is the first necessary step to becoming a professional artist in any discipline.

Tempers and angry outbursts aside, I STRONGLY recommend that you FIRMLY DECLINE the offer. Refuse to deal with them at all, as they have already shown how little they respect you. If they won’t pay you now, they certainly won’t pay you later. Move on, and keep working at your craft. As long you never stop, you WILL find opportunities. Just be wary of cons like this, and never feel guilty about preserving your professional integrity.

The Joker says all of this much more succinctly.

asked by cheshiresmoon
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Q: I really love your owlcats and was wondering if it's ok to use them in my (totally unpublished, just-for-fun) story as a critter that lives in the tundra/taiga of my fantasy world, and is also the emblem of one of the countries.

I’m flattered that you like the owlcats so much, but I would rather you didn’t use them for any world building or roleplay. Since I own the rights to the design, I need to control how they’re used so I can protect myself down the road. Thank you for asking first, and I appreciate your understanding!

asked by meladracis-nash
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Q: UGH your art is so beautiful. God damn that dunmer sketch is hot. :p

Thank you!! Yea I totally self indulged on that one… hahaha. I’m glad you like! Hopefully I can do more stuff with him in the future. ;)

asked by white-spectre
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I guess I’ll just leave this here then.