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Journal Entry: Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:58 AM
As much as I enjoy drawing images of my own characters, I also love utilizing and developing my traditional and digital art skills through drawing the great and unique character designs of others out there. It's a great way for me to grow as an artist and to help others express their vision.

I'm available for character image commissions in the following formats (please note new pricing):

- Detailed Sketch - Cutting Edge Sex Appeal by Dualmask Christiana 2010 by Dualmask $10

- Digital line art - Gunning Rider by Dualmask Nia 2008 for Contest by Dualmask $20

- Full digital color (cel shaded) work - Jet Dancer 2011 by Dualmask Shining Fighter - Full Color by Dualmask $20

I'm good at/most comfortable with drawing:
- Female characters
- Super hero-inspired themes
- Action-oriented work
- Pinup/cover art

I am less comfortable with:
- Anthro/non-human characters
- Complex backgrounds
- Machinery/robotics/mecha

I can also ink and/or color your art:
BlackCatwoman - inked by JP by Dualmask Jessie - collaboration by Dualmask
Price will vary depending upon the complexity of the art.

Some nudity is acceptable. Detailed backgrounds or complex situations will increase the price. If you're not sure if your request will be acceptable, feel free to ask. I'm very adaptable.

I accept payment through Paypal, no e-checks please.

Please note me if interested, and thanks in advance!

  • Reading: The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
  • Watching: The Big Bang
  • Playing: Duodecim 012 Dissidia: Final Fantasy
  • Eating: Trail Mix
  • Drinking: Water
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Got a technical question: How do clients pay you for commissions? You have a Paypal account or...? (I tried opening one a few days ago for a different reason. If you use Paypal then I hope you have better luck with it than I did. Couldn't get the damned site to work at all.)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, Paypal. It's always worked fine for me. I've heard of people having problems with it but I never did, not as far as sending or receiving money. I've had Paypal for, I think the last 5-7 years now and the hardest thing I ever had to deal with was getting them to replace the debit card that connects with my account. Even that was years ago, and not a problem now.

Paypal works very simply: the email address you use for the site is your bank account "number". You need to have a regular bank account to connect with it so you can verify your account and send/receive money easily. I think it CAN work without a bank, but not using one or not verifying it is what causes the problems most people tend to have.
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
A lot of my characters are otherwise non-human but I think I have an idea I want you to try that might work.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds intriguing. I'm not against drawing such things, I just want people to know what my strengths are and what they aren't. I'm all for taking on challenges.
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
ah ok. cool : }. Both are futuristic in a sense actually. The non-anthro one is about characters in an alternate 1930s/40s world where a time traveler introduced future technology to the world in the late 1800s and and by the time of World War II, the world has been split into two societies: one has embraced the technology so there are zepplins, flying cars, hovertrains, strange new architecture and a lot of future stuff while the other prefers going at its own pace and its pretty much the same as people in the real 30s/40s were like. The main characters are a test pilot turned fighter pilot named Roger "Ace" Williams, who's body was burned in an explosion so he is outfitted with a metal mask and robotic pieces to essentially become a cyborg who can do stuff like have guns/lasers and missiles shoot out of his arm, have a radar system, and some other cool stuff. His companion is a millionaire heiress turned adventuress, Kathryn Hawk who helps him gain confidence and get out of sticky situations with her calm, cool, and seductive manner and then there's Ace's mechanic Danny who helps him out too but just Ace and Kathryn might be nice.

The anthro idea is where a teen gets caught in an accident that puts him in a coma and somehow, he wakes up in an anthro world set in the future where he's in the body of a legendary intergalatic wolf/werewolf hero and he has to find out why this is going on with the help of the hero's sexy and smart girlfriend )also a wolf) as they explore this new world/universe, all the while with gangsters and archenemies of the hero coming after them.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They sound like some interesting characters, and well within my abilities.

If you're interested in a commission send me a note and we can discuss it further.
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Okay. What other information should I include in the note?
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Nice. Do you get many commissions this way? Presumably one reason you've gotten as many as you have (I don't know the quantity but assume it's more than one) is due to your being on DA for as long as you have.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Actually this is just one method I use. I also get some from the job services forum here on dA by posting something similar to what I wrote here. Most of my first commissions came from a completely different place: the City of Heroes (Villains) message boards. Lots of players love to see artists draw their in-game avatars, but you have to actually be an active player to post there (which I'm not anymore), or at least I think.

I don't know if the number I've done can be defined as "a lot" based on how long I've been doing them (you can see the majority of them here [link]) but I've done more than a few. Things were really slow in 2010 but it's picked up again now. I would say it definitely depends upon having some history here, but good work speaks for itself. You might just have to market yourself a little differently than I would (and I perhaps need to try some better methods myself).
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
I was thinking that also; these days, publicity must be gotten through as many routes as one can track. Obviously I couldn't do it exactly as you do, since my art is a different genre.

Have thought of opening a print account here. It wouldn't lead to a windfall but it could be a nice source of pocket change. I must disagree on one point, though: Good work does not speak for itself. You're great at what you do. I'm great at what I do, also. But no one else knows it unless you get that publicity. As you said, hanging around DA long enough certainly helps. But there are countless artists here with good chops...& no one sees their work, because no one knows they exist.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well I wasn't saying that someone "automatically" gets noticed because they're good. Very few if anyone gets successful without some kind of marketing...I just didn't think that needed to be said. :shrug: After all, being good is dependent upon how many people are willing to drop money for the product, but if they don't know about it, or if there is no complete product, there's no market.
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Also, this has nothing to do with the above, but I was perusing chess instruction on Youtube (started playing recently) when I found this: **Chessmaster Theatre** I don't know if you'd appreciate it but I found it uproariously funny.
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