Commissions

I am always available and glad to take commissions! Here I will talk about the range of payments I expect to get for commissioned work and ways for contacting me.

Contact

My preferred method of contact is by email. Please state the nature and requirements of the work and provide the necessary guidelines, and I’ll reply in acknowledgement that I have recieved your message. We might later discuss details upon doing the project and negotiate the price depending on further specifics. My email is nikgothic@nikgothic.com, or you can visit my ‘About‘ page for a built-in form.

You can also contact me on Twitter. Feel free to send a direct message to me.

I am also available through Discord and Skype, but I would provide you with my username through email or Twitter DM.

For payment, you can refer to my PayPal link. Donations are welcome, too.

How to make an email:

There is no need to write any formal letter if you don’t know how to do it or are uncomfortable. I’m friendly and understanding and you can approach me and ring me any way you like. But here are some key pointers that might help you in composing a good commission letter:

  1. Please state that you want to commission me for work in the email subject field, and then give your greetings. Introduce yourself if you like!
  2. State the nature of the work that needs to be made by looking at the sections below. Would you like a lineart drawing? A full comic? Video editing? I need to know what I’m getting my hands into and how I should price it.
  3. Provide me either a written description of the work you need to be done, or visual references. If I’m drawing characters, whether your own original characters or copyrighted ones, I still need to see references, which you can provide in one-to-several images. The look and stated result have to be clear so I wouldn’t make an irreversible error in the process.
  4. Explain the purpose for the work and how you’re going to utilise it(i.e. illustration as an avatar, to share it on social media), and if I am allowed to display my work on my own social media and website. You are free to tell me if I need to add a message. For example, creditting the commissioner, linking to their social media profile, or adding a written message or a promotion. If you say nothing on this matter, I will just credit the commissioner by their name or Twitter handle.

Once I read your letter, I will respond that I have acknowledged your request and I might ask questions furthering on some specifics or unresolved details, or we could give each other suggestions. I will also state my projected price for the commission, and the link in which to make the payment. I am not starting work until I get payment, and I give refunds only if I haven’t started the work process yet.

Things to keep in mind

  • Prices must be in USD.
  • I have the right to refuse the commissioned work if its nature serves to harmful ends such as promoting biggotry, targets a group based on their ethnicity, sexuality or gender identity, or if for whatever reason I am not comfortable with it.
  • I can make NSFW content, but the details of that I want to negotiate in private. I may have reservations over posting it on my own social media or website. Commissioner must be at least 18 years of age to order NSFW content.
  • I’m willing to do minor revisions and corrections when making a work(such as lineart and colouring, or keyframes on video) free of charge and to take suggestions, because customer satisfaction to me is important. Usually I like making different colour variations for any work. But if the client asks me to do major corrections(like big changes of lineart or draw new and different figures entirely), I will demand an additional price for my effort.
  • I own the rights to the work and I will assume automatically that I am allowed to use it for my own self-promotion and to share it on social media. If the client wants to keep their work strictly private, or wants to share my work to a select group of people/social media, they must state so in advance.
  • You can’t masquerade my work as your own, and you can’t gain receive  royalties from it, unless we have made a mutual business agreement for doing so.
  • Clients must pay in advance before work begins. Once work begins, I do not give refunds.

Illustration

I mostly illustrate using traditional ink on paper for lineart and colouring digitally, and sometimes I also draw lineart digitally using a tablet. I love drawing cartoons and cartoony styles, preferring simple and expressive faces, realistic body anatomy, and stories and characters set in the real world or history. But I also draw art in any genre of fiction, including fantasy and science fiction, and do realistic portraits with other tools(like pencil, watercolour). I can try to emulate any other existing “style”.

I do commissions based on the number of principal characters featured. Think of a principal character as a lead actor in a movie: They have a unique identity, and they exude a great prominence or detail. They are heroes, villains and supporting characters. The prices below are based on a single principal character, and the price may be increased depending on the number of principal characters added. Characters that do not have an established identity such as extras, crowds of people etc. do not count as principal characters but are “part of the scenery”, and including them in the background of a scene does not affect the price unless they exhert an unusual amount of effort to illustrate. Prices below are for full body shots, but if they are framed up close(the bust or the head), I will reduce the price accordingly. No price is fixed! If you want me to illustrate a character I’m not familiar with, I will ask you to provide references in your commmission.

Phase 01 – Sketch ($10)

Quick and dirty sketch made only for conceptual or referential purposes. I can draw these traditionally with graphite pencil or pen, or digitally. I might do some rudimentary shading. +$5 per additional character, or very detailed background.



Phase 02 – Lineart ($25)

Detailed black-and-white outlines drawn with ink on paper or digitally. Good basis for further colouring. Also includes filling all black spaces and possibly a single shade of grey. +$10 per additional character.



Phase 03 – Flat colours ($30)

Traditional or digital outlines with digital colouring. It may include some key highlights or shadows. +$15 per additional character.



Phase 04 – Detailed shading ($50)

As above but with detailed digital highlights, shadows, and some atmospheric lighting. This category also includes realistic portraits of people and animals. +$35 per additional character.



Phase 05 – Scene ($100)

A “scene” is basically a shaded character in a detailed background, where the background becomes an important component of the image which the characters interact with in some direct or indirect sense. +$50 per additional character.



Comics

Comic page ($50-200)

A comic page entails multiple frames of drawings based on a script and having variable levels of detail and colouring. Price depends on how “complex” the art style is, ranging from as little as $50 for simple and black-and-white drawings, to $200 for detailed and coloured artwork. Comics are drawn with traditional ink on paper, scanned, and then coloured digitally.



Design

Logo design ($200)

Graphic design in various forms and purposes varies in price, with a general guideline that logo designs for companies cost around $200, poster design is $40, while product packaging and books of standard cost more and are negotiable.



Video

Video editing, animation and special effects ($30/hour)

Video editing includes everything from basic cutting and sequencing, to motion graphics, infographics, hand-drawn animation, special effects and other embellishments. Also includes sound design.



Other things

My other fields include basic 3D modelling and animation, web development, photography, game development, etc. Basically anyhing that revolves around graphic design, and for any of these assignments prices vary upon the content demanded and are negotiable.





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