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Here are the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for my visual art commissions. My apologies for sounding like a jerk throughout.

Commissions are OPEN with TWO slots available. There are three pictures in progress or queued.


You should be safe here, but be aware that the rest of this site contains strong language and adult material. Don't go wandering around if you'd prefer not to encounter such things!

Media and prices/payment

Paper

Tan drawing paper, 5.5" x 7.75" -- I've made a knightly vow to draw nothing but animals in this drawing pad. I've used only Prismas there so far, but graphite is an option.

Toned tan drawing paper, 9" x 12" -- suitable for any subject and either Prismas or graphite.

White watercolor paper, 5.5" x 8.5" -- I have a ton of this. It's suitable for any subject and any drawing media besides Prismacolor. Prismas look really bad on this paper.

White watercolor paper, 11" x 15" -- This is suitable for any subject, and any of the drawing media.

White watercolor paper, 22" x 30" -- This is suitable for any subject, and any of the drawing media. This paper is rough-edged, and usually needs to be cut down. Then it's an even more awkward size to frame.

Drawing media

Prismacolor erasable colored pencils -- I use these for lineart for colored media. This has the benefit of blending in a million times better than graphite with the subsequent color/shading, but sometimes makes the lineart difficult to see in the photos during that stage. I try to get a good enough shot for you to approve it or request changes.

Graphite (mechanical pencil) -- I use this for lineart for graphite, and it's much easier to see than the colored pencil! I also sometimes use different softnesses for detail work on graphite pieces.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils -- I use these for color/shading. They make me go through a elephant's weight in pencil sharpeners, and would try an elephant's patience with frustration, but they sure turn out beautiful.

Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolor pencils -- I use these for color/shading. Woodless, they are even harder on pencil sharpeners.

Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolor pencils combined with watercolor -- I use these for color/shading. I am not yet confident enough in my watercolor solo skills to offer anything in that medium.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils combined with Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolor pencils -- Prismas go down really well on top of dry watercolor pencil, and this combination is especially useful for filling spaces with rich color without having to tediously pencil in half a square foot of minute Prismas color. Oh, and color blending in such spaces as well!

General's Woodless Graphite pencils -- I use these for "color"/shading. As they are also obviously woodless, they are just as bad for the pencil sharpeners as the watercolor pencils.

Faber-Castell eraser pencils -- I use these for detail work on both graphite and watercolor pencil pieces. They don't work with the other drawing media.

Graphite blending tools of various brands -- I use these for texturing mostly, and not on all graphite pieces.

Kum pencil sharpeners -- I just felt the need to mention them again, since they're kinda like oxygen to me when it comes to visual art.

Pricing/Payments

I accept PayPal only, and will invoice you for the agreed-upon amount. All prices are in USD. Yes, even if you live in my very own city, I only accept PayPal.

I reserve the right to determine my own prices, but I will be entirely straightforward with you about the reasoning behind the price I ask. Prices are mostly based on how much material I have to use up to draw the picture.

A 5.5" x 7.75" or a 5.5" x 8.5" picture starts at $15.

A 9" x 12" picture starts at $25.

An 11" x 15" picture starts at $40.

For any of these sizes, please add $7 for a more complicated background.

Anything larger is negotiable, but the price is likely to rise exponentially for bigger pieces because they use up so much more material.

To be mailed the original piece is $10 extra for addresses within the U.S.. For addresses outside the U.S., I'll check the shipping price and let you know before you commit. It may be prohibitively expensive.

For commissions under $50, you must pay upfront. For anything $50 and above, we can come to an agreement about paying in installments.

If you would like me to send you the physical picture at a later date (for whatever reason), don't hesitate to get back into contact with me. The same shipping prices will apply.

Cancelation/refunds

You may cancel for a full refund throughout the lineart process. Once I've started coloring, a partial refund is negotiable but not guaranteed. If I have completed the piece, no refunds will be allowed.

It's true I offer low-ish prices because I enjoy the creation process, but that doesn't mean I don't covet (and, in fact, need) that money. I've probably already spent it on supplies or snacks anyway.

If I feel the need to cancel the transaction, I will offer a full refund during the lineart stage. If it's later in the process, I will offer a half refund.

If a physical picture is lost/damaged/stolen in shipping, any refund of the shipping cost will be contingent upon my receiving compensation from the shipping company.

Timeline/Turnaround

Timeline

After you fill out the request form, I will email you as soon as possible. Please note that, as I am going through cancer treatment at this time, my response may be delayed as much as several days (and, no, I can't be more specific than that). If it's been more than a week, however, I am OK with a prod in whatever friendly, polite form you please (except coming to my house and actually prodding me, unless you're vaccinated and also bring cake, in which case, please come to my house and actually prod me).

You and I will discuss what you want via email. This may or may not be a very long, detailed, intensive discussion, depending on your needs for your picture. I want to draw to specifications as much as possible. If you're not interested in a lot of back-and-forth to get all the details hammered out, let me know that I'm free to use my judgment about them.

If you've requested something that requires more imagination from me than directly copying a photo of animal(s), I'll offer some pose suggestions/rough compositional sketches for your approval. These will be extremely generalized and blobby; their purpose is to determine on a large scale what I'll be drawing.

At this point in the proceedings (and once you've approved a rough sketch, if needed), I will send you a PayPal invoice. I'll confirm with you when I've received your payment and am ready to start drawing.

I will draw rough lineart and present it for your approval. You may reject the lineart and request a compete redraw one time, and I will draw it on the opposite side of the same sheet so as not to waste paper. Yes, the one-time rejection/redraw policy applies to the entire lineart stage. You may not reject rough lineart and then reject the refined lineart of my redraw. I just don't have spoons for that.

I will refine the lineart and present it for your approval. At this point I can still change details, and I am willing to change a few small things or fewer larger things. I am the judge of what qualifies as smaller or larger, and how many of each I'll do.

Once I start coloring, not a lot of changes can be made. If you would like me to send you regular progress shots (they're just phone photos), I will do so; then you may request changes, but I can't guarantee I'll be able to honor these requests. I'll let you know, of course, whether or not I think it can be done.

If you prefer not to have progress shots, to be surprised by the final product, that's fine too.

Sometimes I digitally touch up certain unsatisfactory (to me) aspects of a picture after scanning. I'll explain in detail what I've done and why, in these cases, and send you a file of the unaltered scan as well so you can decide which you like better.

I! Do! Not! Sign! Pictures! I'll be happy to sign the back of it if you're getting the physical drawing, though.

The final picture file(s) will be emailed at the size they scanned at, in .jpg format. I cannot work with .png files with the limited software I own. At times I may have to use Google Drive rather than email for sending files, depending on their size. I'll get 'em to you somehow!

If you request and pay for it, I will mail out the physical drawing as soon as I possibly can, in the U.S. usually via UPS but sometimes FedEx. The same cancer treatment considerations apply to this length of time. I'll declare the value as the payment amount for the commission, including shipping. If you are outside the U.S., please be familiar with your country's current restrictions/quarantines before you request the physical drawing.

Turnaround

Look, I have cancer, and sometimes I'm not able even to sit up. I want to complete your picture as soon as I can (and definitely want to be feeling good enough to do so!), but I can't make solid promises on this score. Smaller pictures usually take me a few days, and for medium pictures, tack on a few days more -- but it all depends on my state of health.

The longest I can envision taking to complete a commission 11" x 15" or smaller is three weeks, which I know is a long time for those sizes. I don't think it'll ever get that bad, but I do want to throw that number out juuuuuuust in case.

For sizes bigger than 11" x 15", I'll do my best to give you an estimate, but you need to know I won't be certain there either.

Rights of usage

With the commission, you are purchasing the right to use the picture in any non-commercial way you please, so long as I'm credited as the artist.

Allow me to reiterate: you may use this picture however you want, as long as you're not making money off it and my name is attached.

Please be familiar with your country's copyright laws when considering how to use a piece of fanart.

Let me know if there's some reason I shouldn't post the image on my website/social media, use it to advertise commissions, or offer it on merchandise. I can't guarantee I'll agree to that, but we can at least discuss it.

I know that in some contexts (for example, as a site header), a spot for image crediting is not immediately available. Please put my name adjacent to the picture where you can; where you can't, it needs to be somewhere accessible. For a commission artist, this is a business concern, not just personal vanity. (It's also personal vanity, so there are two good reasons to comply with this rule.)

My name is spelled "kuroiyousei." Please don't capitalize it, put spaces in, or whatever. Copy-paste if you need to. If you prefer to use people's real-life names instead of online names (for whatever reason), please let me know. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.

If you're feeling kind, please link to kuroiyousei.net. This is not required (because my website has adult content, and I know some folks won't be comfortable linking to it), but is another business consideration and I would appreciate it.

Images for commercial purposes are negotiable. It'll probably run you $50-$75 extra, but that's just an estimate.

Drawings of animals and some examples with hypothetical prices

Pet portraits are my primary focus, since I seem to be better at drawing animals than people. It doesn't actually have to be a pet, though; if you just want a picture of a certain kind of animal, I'm up for it.

I can directly copy a photo of your pet, but more reference photos than just the one you want copied are usually a good idea -- and absolutely required if the photo you want me to copy is low-resolution or otherwise difficult to make out. More reference photos of your specific pet are great, but photos of other animals of the same type (species, breed, coloring, etc.) also work.

If you want a picture of your animal in any old pose, not necessarily a specific pose from a particular photo, I'll work with you to come up with the pose and the composition. In this case, I will need several good reference photos of your animal. "Good" means "high-resolution" so I can see details of conformation, coloration, etc.

I'm historically indifferent at drawing horses, but if you want to give me a try in that area, I'm always happy to practice.

If you're looking for a portrait of a fictional animal, we'll have to discuss it. I'm not opposed to the idea, but they're so much more difficult than real animals because of a shocking! lack of available photographs. And I've never drawn a dragon I was satisfied with. Except Trogdor, occasionally.

Same goes for extinct animals.



^ Rainbow trout, drawn using several reference photos. Digitally altered so the background is slightly bluer than in the physical picture. $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75" x 5.5"


^ My maltese-poodle mix Hiko, copied from a photo. $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75" x 5.5"


^ Trans pride badger, copied from a photo (colors altered). $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75 x 5.5"


^ A hummingbird, copied from a photo. $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75 x 5.5"


^ Whale shark, copied from a photo. This is a photo rather than a scan, and I'm not sure why. $15 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 8.5" x 5.5"


^ A co-worker's cane corso, copied from a photo (including the background). $100 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 18" x 24"


^ Gift art for a co-worker, drawn using several photo references. $100 - Watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper, 24" x 18"


^ A co-worker's dogs, copied from a photo (background altered). That photo was blurry and dark, so I also used several reference photos of these two dog breeds. $130 - Watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper, 30" x 22"


^ Gift art for a friend, drawn using several photo references. Watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper of a size I can't remember.


^ Old exchange art, drawn using several photo references. It's graphite, and kinda looks like I might have drawn it on printer paper? I just wanted to show how my horses never come out quite right. Skull-face aside.

Drawings of people and some examples with hypothetical prices

Although animal drawings are my main focus (and, apparently, area of skill), I may be willing to draw people. If I accept the commission, I don't mind drawing fanart, original characters, and real people. Send me your request, and I'll let you know whether or not I think I'm up to it. Some character designs/outfits/poses lend themselves better to my abilities than others.

If you want me to copy a photo of a real person or real people -- friends, family, celebrities -- that's something I can usually attempt. More reference photos than just the one you want copied are usually a good idea -- and absolutely required if the photo you want me to copy is low-resolution or otherwise difficult to make out. Reference photos of your specific friend/whoever are great, but photos of other similar people (race, body shape, etc.) can also help.

I will get so burned out on a picture with a bunch of people in it that it may not turn out as well as one with fewer. I may charge you more. It may take longer (see above for turnaround). I may even entirely reject the request.

I may be able to draw non-human people, depending on the complexity of their design. The more a non-human person looks like an animal, the more likely I am to be able to draw them.



^ Original character of original species, drawn using several photo references. $15 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 8.5" x 5.5"


^ Original character of original species, drawn using several reference photos. Digitally altered to widen the character's face. Color saturation is off; will use a different scanner for future pictures on this paper. $25 - Prismacolor on toned tan paper, 9" x 12"


^ Gift art for a friend, drawn using a couple of photo references. Has been extensively digitally altered (you can see the really clumsy part in the lower right). $40 - Prismacolor on white watercolor paper, 11" x 15"


^ My great-grandparents, copied from a black-and-white photo (background altered, obvs). $47 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 15" x 11"


^ Gift art for a friend, drawn using several photo references. $43 - Watercolor pencil combined with watercolor on white watercolor paper, 15" x 11"


^ Fanart, drawn using several photo references. $100 - Prismacolor combined with watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper, 24" x 18"

Backgrounds

All drawings come with a simple background by default. Sometimes this will be some or all of what's in the background of the photo I'm copying; sometimes it'll be some solid colors; sometimes a combination of the previous two. We'll discuss it.

If you want a more detailed background, we can discuss that too. Please keep in mind that I'm not very good at getting the perspectives/angles right in an indoor setting, and that outdoor settings are very much subject to the notes about repetitive objects under "Stuff I won't draw."

More detailed backgrounds require reference images.

If you want a landscape without any people or animals in it (except, like, tiny and undetailed), that's negotiable. It seems unlikely that you would, but stranger things have happened! Also, see "Stuff I won't draw."

Stuff I won't draw

Dead animals. By that I mean I will not depict an animal so it appears to be dead. Animals that are currently dead in reality, but appear alive in photos from their lifetime, are obviously fine.

Violence or abuse against animals. I consider modern hunting and fishing in developed nations both violence and abuse.

Wounded animals, unless the wound is healed. Of course I won't reject a request to draw your three-legged dog and so on!

Animals fighting, except within the course of nature. For instance, a couple of bucks locking antlers is fine, but dogfighting is not.

If you want pictures of animals copulating or with a focus on genitalia, you must have some very specific reason for wanting it that I can't fathom unless it's for teaching vet school (in which case, let's talk). Otherwise, to each their own, I guess, but I probably won't draw it.

I don't draw people in sexual situations either. Something merely suggestive may be OK. Feel free to ask; I'll let you know whether I'm comfortable drawing what you have in mind. Non-sexual nudity is fine, as long as I have adequate references.

I don't draw abusive or hate-driven situations, but I'm a little more open, in the people category, to drawing fighting/wounds/corpses. It depends largely on the context; please just ask.

I'm fine with drawing animated characters, but I can't handle anime/cartoon styles. Cel shading is entirely beyond me. I draw in a semi-realistic style sometimes, and a more realistic style at others.

Complicated objects are hard. For instance, computer keyboards, machinery with a lot of small parts, cluttered surfaces (unless you list every single thing they're cluttered with), etc.. I can suggest such things, but not draw them in detail.

Same goes for multiple repeated objects, especially when each one needs to look just slightly different than the rest. For instance, leaves on a tree or bush, a bunch of flowers of the same type, grains of something granulated, books on a shelf, strawberries in a bowl, etc.. I'll have to suggest rather than detail this type of thing too. This does not necessarily apply to hair, feathers, or scales.

Architecture, except with clear and comprehensive references.

If something has a pattern on it (cloth, carved wood, etc.), I need a really good reference for that too. I cannot come up with patterns on my own. I mean, I can usually handle a nice tartan, but curved lines require a lot more concentration.

Lettering. If it's on an object or a shirt or a sign or something, I'll give it a try. But, like, dialogue bubbles or something? My handwriting is not suited to that at all. I'm happy to type it in after scanning, though!

There are probably a hundred more things I could list as will/won't draws, but I'll stop here. Don't worry; I'll let you know if your request contains something I'm not comfortable drawing. We might be able to alter the idea so it satisfies us both.

Reference images

I do not copy other people's visual art. I work from photos only. If something is entirely fictional, I welcome other people's visual art as inspiration and to understand what it looks like. I still won't copy it, though.

Photos on the internet of animals, settings, and public figures are often available for use as references. But look out for copyrighted photography! I can use copyrighted photos for inspiration and understanding of what something looks like, but not for directly copying!

In pictures of people: for pose, body shape and proportions, and other aspects of a drawing, I usually use one or more stock/reference photos. Very occasionally, I'll have my family members pose and let me take pictures of them (and I make a pretty good hand and foot model myself). I start my reference search on Getty Images, and move to DeviantArt stock/reference photo communities next. If you have stock/reference photos in mind that you'd like me to reference, I'll be happy to have them.

Photos I don't want to receive

I don't know why anyone would send me any of this, but the internet be like that. Here are some examples of photos I do not want to see:

Photos containing sexual content

Photos containing hate speech, abuse, etc.

Photos that include humans and appear to have been taken without their knowledge or consent. Obviously stock photos and reference photos don't fall into this category. If you're getting something off some random website, though, exercise caution and respect.

I can't list all the things I'd rather not see pictures of; just be rational and send me pictures of your desired subject with not a lot else going on. Or crop the other stuff out. Seriously.

Nonsense

I won't tolerate it. Did I mention I have cancer?

I promise I am full of good will, though. I will try my best to draw what you want the way you want it. I will try my best to make it look good. If it's a portrait from photo references, I will try my hardest to make it accurate and recognizable.

Your initial request, or your request on further discussion, may be rejected as I see fit. I may give you an explanation, but I don't owe you one, just as I don't owe you service.

Also, if you have some username/email address that offends me, or if your tone is disrespectful, or if you insult or harass me about anything, including prices or the timeline, those are very probable reasons for my rejecting having anything to do with you.

Please don't try my patience with endless change requests.

If I accept a commission and then your attitude alters and you start behaving rudely or unreasonably toward me, I may cancel the transaction. This is a measure of last resort after I try to work things out with you, but I reserve the right to take that step. See "Cancelation/refunds" above.

Don't be a jerk.

Privacy Policy

I, kuroiyousei, the commissioned artist and the sole administrator of kuroiyousei.net, collect your name, email address, possibly your mailing address (which may include your real-life name), any photos you choose to share with me, and less personal data such as a description of the picture you want, via the Google Form titled "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions."

Please see Google's Privacy Policy for information on how Google handles information provided in Google Forms.

I will have access to all of the information provided in the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form through Google. None of it is stored here at kuroiyousei.net. I will retain your email address in my Gmail Contacts.

I will use your email address to contact you, discuss commission details with you, and send you a PayPal invoice. The email address you provide must be the email address you use for PayPal, in order to help prevent fraud.

I will use your mailing address to send the physical picture to you, if you request it. The mailing address you provide must match the shipping address associated with your PayPal account, in order to help prevent fraud. Provide your real-life name as part of the address if you believe that will make the process smoother; a name in the "Mailing address" field of the form will only be used to address the package.

Please see PayPal's Privacy Policy for information on how PayPal handles personal information provided to them.

I will not share the information provided in the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form with any entity without your explicit permission (which will not be required in the majority of cases). There is one exception:

I use the name you provide to credit you as the commissioner and (if applicable) as the intellectual-property-holder. This information will appear on my website or social media along with the piece you commission, and will not appear anywhere unconnected with that piece. The name you provide in the "Name and pronouns" field does not need to be your real-life name.

I use the pronouns you provide only if I need them. If you don't provide pronouns, I'll use "they/them" or just try to avoid using any.

At any time, you may contact me from the same email address you provided in the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form to request that I change the name and/or pronouns by which I refer to you.

There is no field on the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form in which to provide a URL you would like me to link your name to. However, if you request that I do so during any of our communications, and I choose to comply, you may also request the URL be changed or removed at any time, again using the email address you originally provided to contact me and make the request.



Now that you've read the entire TOS and the Privacy policy without skipping parts, you may or may not be ready to fill out a commission request form.

Here are the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for my visual art commissions. My apologies for sounding like a jerk throughout.

Commissions are OPEN with TWO slots available. There are three pictures in progress or queued.


You should be safe here, but be aware that the rest of this site contains strong language and adult material. Don't go wandering around if you'd prefer not to encounter such things!

Media and prices/payment

Paper

Tan drawing paper, 5.5" x 7.75" -- I've made a knightly vow to draw nothing but animals in this drawing pad. I've used only Prismas there so far, but graphite is an option.

Toned tan drawing paper, 9" x 12" -- suitable for any subject and either Prismas or graphite.

White watercolor paper, 5.5" x 8.5" -- I have a ton of this. It's suitable for any subject and any drawing media besides Prismacolor. Prismas look really bad on this paper.

White watercolor paper, 11" x 15" -- This is suitable for any subject, and any of the drawing media.

White watercolor paper, 22" x 30" -- This is suitable for any subject, and any of the drawing media. This paper is rough-edged, and usually needs to be cut down. Then it's an even more awkward size to frame.

Drawing media

Prismacolor erasable colored pencils -- I use these for lineart for colored media. This has the benefit of blending in a million times better than graphite with the subsequent color/shading, but sometimes makes the lineart difficult to see in the photos during that stage. I try to get a good enough shot for you to approve it or request changes.

Graphite (mechanical pencil) -- I use this for lineart for graphite, and it's much easier to see than the colored pencil! I also sometimes use different softnesses for detail work on graphite pieces.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils -- I use these for color/shading. They make me go through a elephant's weight in pencil sharpeners, and would try an elephant's patience with frustration, but they sure turn out beautiful.

Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolor pencils -- I use these for color/shading. Woodless, they are even harder on pencil sharpeners.

Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolor pencils combined with watercolor -- I use these for color/shading. I am not yet confident enough in my watercolor solo skills to offer anything in that medium.

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils combined with Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolor pencils -- Prismas go down really well on top of dry watercolor pencil, and this combination is especially useful for filling spaces with rich color without having to tediously pencil in half a square foot of minute Prismas color. Oh, and color blending in such spaces as well!

General's Woodless Graphite pencils -- I use these for "color"/shading. As they are also obviously woodless, they are just as bad for the pencil sharpeners as the watercolor pencils.

Faber-Castell eraser pencils -- I use these for detail work on both graphite and watercolor pencil pieces. They don't work with the other drawing media.

Graphite blending tools of various brands -- I use these for texturing mostly, and not on all graphite pieces.

Kum pencil sharpeners -- I just felt the need to mention them again, since they're kinda like oxygen to me when it comes to visual art.

Pricing/Payments

I accept PayPal only, and will invoice you for the agreed-upon amount. All prices are in USD. Yes, even if you live in my very own city, I only accept PayPal.

I reserve the right to determine my own prices, but I will be entirely straightforward with you about the reasoning behind the price I ask. Prices are mostly based on how much material I have to use up to draw the picture.

A 5.5" x 7.75" or a 5.5" x 8.5" picture starts at $15.

A 9" x 12" picture starts at $25.

An 11" x 15" picture starts at $40.

For any of these sizes, please add $7 for a more complicated background.

Anything larger is negotiable, but the price is likely to rise exponentially for bigger pieces because they use up so much more material.

To be mailed the original piece is $10 extra for addresses within the U.S.. For addresses outside the U.S., I'll check the shipping price and let you know before you commit. It may be prohibitively expensive.

For commissions under $50, you must pay upfront. For anything $50 and above, we can come to an agreement about paying in installments.

If you would like me to send you the physical picture at a later date (for whatever reason), don't hesitate to get back into contact with me. The same shipping prices will apply.

Cancelation/refunds

You may cancel for a full refund throughout the lineart process. Once I've started coloring, a partial refund is negotiable but not guaranteed. If I have completed the piece, no refunds will be allowed.

It's true I offer low-ish prices because I enjoy the creation process, but that doesn't mean I don't covet (and, in fact, need) that money. I've probably already spent it on supplies or snacks anyway.

If I feel the need to cancel the transaction, I will offer a full refund during the lineart stage. If it's later in the process, I will offer a half refund.

If a physical picture is lost/damaged/stolen in shipping, any refund of the shipping cost will be contingent upon my receiving compensation from the shipping company.

Timeline/Turnaround

Timeline

After you fill out the request form, I will email you as soon as possible. Please note that, as I am going through cancer treatment at this time, my response may be delayed as much as several days (and, no, I can't be more specific than that). If it's been more than a week, however, I am OK with a prod in whatever friendly, polite form you please (except coming to my house and actually prodding me, unless you're vaccinated and also bring cake, in which case, please come to my house and actually prod me).

You and I will discuss what you want via email. This may or may not be a very long, detailed, intensive discussion, depending on your needs for your picture. I want to draw to specifications as much as possible. If you're not interested in a lot of back-and-forth to get all the details hammered out, let me know that I'm free to use my judgment about them.

If you've requested something that requires more imagination from me than directly copying a photo of animal(s), I'll offer some pose suggestions/rough compositional sketches for your approval. These will be extremely generalized and blobby; their purpose is to determine on a large scale what I'll be drawing.

At this point in the proceedings (and once you've approved a rough sketch, if needed), I will send you a PayPal invoice. I'll confirm with you when I've received your payment and am ready to start drawing.

I will draw rough lineart and present it for your approval. You may reject the lineart and request a compete redraw one time, and I will draw it on the opposite side of the same sheet so as not to waste paper. Yes, the one-time rejection/redraw policy applies to the entire lineart stage. You may not reject rough lineart and then reject the refined lineart of my redraw. I just don't have spoons for that.

I will refine the lineart and present it for your approval. At this point I can still change details, and I am willing to change a few small things or fewer larger things. I am the judge of what qualifies as smaller or larger, and how many of each I'll do.

Once I start coloring, not a lot of changes can be made. If you would like me to send you regular progress shots (they're just phone photos), I will do so; then you may request changes, but I can't guarantee I'll be able to honor these requests. I'll let you know, of course, whether or not I think it can be done.

If you prefer not to have progress shots, to be surprised by the final product, that's fine too.

Sometimes I digitally touch up certain unsatisfactory (to me) aspects of a picture after scanning. I'll explain in detail what I've done and why, in these cases, and send you a file of the unaltered scan as well so you can decide which you like better.

I! Do! Not! Sign! Pictures! I'll be happy to sign the back of it if you're getting the physical drawing, though.

The final picture file(s) will be emailed at the size they scanned at, in .jpg format. I cannot work with .png files with the limited software I own. At times I may have to use Google Drive rather than email for sending files, depending on their size. I'll get 'em to you somehow!

If you request and pay for it, I will mail out the physical drawing as soon as I possibly can, in the U.S. usually via UPS but sometimes FedEx. The same cancer treatment considerations apply to this length of time. I'll declare the value as the payment amount for the commission, including shipping. If you are outside the U.S., please be familiar with your country's current restrictions/quarantines before you request the physical drawing.

Turnaround

Look, I have cancer, and sometimes I'm not able even to sit up. I want to complete your picture as soon as I can (and definitely want to be feeling good enough to do so!), but I can't make solid promises on this score. Smaller pictures usually take me a few days, and for medium pictures, tack on a few days more -- but it all depends on my state of health.

The longest I can envision taking to complete a commission 11" x 15" or smaller is three weeks, which I know is a long time for those sizes. I don't think it'll ever get that bad, but I do want to throw that number out juuuuuuust in case.

For sizes bigger than 11" x 15", I'll do my best to give you an estimate, but you need to know I won't be certain there either.

Rights of usage

With the commission, you are purchasing the right to use the picture in any non-commercial way you please, so long as I'm credited as the artist.

Allow me to reiterate: you may use this picture however you want, as long as you're not making money off it and my name is attached.

Please be familiar with your country's copyright laws when considering how to use a piece of fanart.

Let me know if there's some reason I shouldn't post the image on my website/social media, use it to advertise commissions, or offer it on merchandise. I can't guarantee I'll agree to that, but we can at least discuss it.

I know that in some contexts (for example, as a site header), a spot for image crediting is not immediately available. Please put my name adjacent to the picture where you can; where you can't, it needs to be somewhere accessible. For a commission artist, this is a business concern, not just personal vanity. (It's also personal vanity, so there are two good reasons to comply with this rule.)

My name is spelled "kuroiyousei." Please don't capitalize it, put spaces in, or whatever. Copy-paste if you need to. If you prefer to use people's real-life names instead of online names (for whatever reason), please let me know. My pronouns are she/her or they/them.

If you're feeling kind, please link to kuroiyousei.net. This is not required (because my website has adult content, and I know some folks won't be comfortable linking to it), but is another business consideration and I would appreciate it.

Images for commercial purposes are negotiable. It'll probably run you $50-$75 extra, but that's just an estimate.

Drawings of animals and some examples with hypothetical prices

Pet portraits are my primary focus, since I seem to be better at drawing animals than people. It doesn't actually have to be a pet, though; if you just want a picture of a certain kind of animal, I'm up for it.

I can directly copy a photo of your pet, but more reference photos than just the one you want copied are usually a good idea -- and absolutely required if the photo you want me to copy is low-resolution or otherwise difficult to make out. More reference photos of your specific pet are great, but photos of other animals of the same type (species, breed, coloring, etc.) also work.

If you want a picture of your animal in any old pose, not necessarily a specific pose from a particular photo, I'll work with you to come up with the pose and the composition. In this case, I will need several good reference photos of your animal. "Good" means "high-resolution" so I can see details of conformation, coloration, etc.

I'm historically indifferent at drawing horses, but if you want to give me a try in that area, I'm always happy to practice.

If you're looking for a portrait of a fictional animal, we'll have to discuss it. I'm not opposed to the idea, but they're so much more difficult than real animals because of a shocking! lack of available photographs. And I've never drawn a dragon I was satisfied with. Except Trogdor, occasionally.

Same goes for extinct animals.



^ Rainbow trout, drawn using several reference photos. Digitally altered so the background is slightly bluer than in the physical picture. $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75" x 5.5"


^ My maltese-poodle mix Hiko, copied from a photo. $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75" x 5.5"


^ Trans pride badger, copied from a photo (colors altered). $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75 x 5.5"


^ A hummingbird, copied from a photo. $15 - Prismacolor on tan paper, 7.75 x 5.5"


^ Whale shark, copied from a photo. This is a photo rather than a scan, and I'm not sure why. $15 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 8.5" x 5.5"


^ A co-worker's cane corso, copied from a photo (including the background). $100 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 18" x 24"


^ Gift art for a co-worker, drawn using several photo references. $100 - Watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper, 24" x 18"


^ A co-worker's dogs, copied from a photo (background altered). That photo was blurry and dark, so I also used several reference photos of these two dog breeds. $130 - Watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper, 30" x 22"


^ Gift art for a friend, drawn using several photo references. Watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper of a size I can't remember.


^ Old exchange art, drawn using several photo references. It's graphite, and kinda looks like I might have drawn it on printer paper? I just wanted to show how my horses never come out quite right. Skull-face aside.

Drawings of people and some examples with hypothetical prices

Although animal drawings are my main focus (and, apparently, area of skill), I may be willing to draw people. If I accept the commission, I don't mind drawing fanart, original characters, and real people. Send me your request, and I'll let you know whether or not I think I'm up to it. Some character designs/outfits/poses lend themselves better to my abilities than others.

If you want me to copy a photo of a real person or real people -- friends, family, celebrities -- that's something I can usually attempt. More reference photos than just the one you want copied are usually a good idea -- and absolutely required if the photo you want me to copy is low-resolution or otherwise difficult to make out. Reference photos of your specific friend/whoever are great, but photos of other similar people (race, body shape, etc.) can also help.

I will get so burned out on a picture with a bunch of people in it that it may not turn out as well as one with fewer. I may charge you more. It may take longer (see above for turnaround). I may even entirely reject the request.

I may be able to draw non-human people, depending on the complexity of their design. The more a non-human person looks like an animal, the more likely I am to be able to draw them.



^ Original character of original species, drawn using several photo references. $15 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 8.5" x 5.5"


^ Original character of original species, drawn using several reference photos. Digitally altered to widen the character's face. Color saturation is off; will use a different scanner for future pictures on this paper. $25 - Prismacolor on toned tan paper, 9" x 12"


^ Gift art for a friend, drawn using a couple of photo references. Has been extensively digitally altered (you can see the really clumsy part in the lower right). $40 - Prismacolor on white watercolor paper, 11" x 15"


^ My great-grandparents, copied from a black-and-white photo (background altered, obvs). $47 - Graphite on white watercolor paper, 15" x 11"


^ Gift art for a friend, drawn using several photo references. $43 - Watercolor pencil combined with watercolor on white watercolor paper, 15" x 11"


^ Fanart, drawn using several photo references. $100 - Prismacolor combined with watercolor pencil on white watercolor paper, 24" x 18"

Backgrounds

All drawings come with a simple background by default. Sometimes this will be some or all of what's in the background of the photo I'm copying; sometimes it'll be some solid colors; sometimes a combination of the previous two. We'll discuss it.

If you want a more detailed background, we can discuss that too. Please keep in mind that I'm not very good at getting the perspectives/angles right in an indoor setting, and that outdoor settings are very much subject to the notes about repetitive objects under "Stuff I won't draw."

More detailed backgrounds require reference images.

If you want a landscape without any people or animals in it (except, like, tiny and undetailed), that's negotiable. It seems unlikely that you would, but stranger things have happened! Also, see "Stuff I won't draw."

Stuff I won't draw

Dead animals. By that I mean I will not depict an animal so it appears to be dead. Animals that are currently dead in reality, but appear alive in photos from their lifetime, are obviously fine.

Violence or abuse against animals. I consider modern hunting and fishing in developed nations both violence and abuse.

Wounded animals, unless the wound is healed. Of course I won't reject a request to draw your three-legged dog and so on!

Animals fighting, except within the course of nature. For instance, a couple of bucks locking antlers is fine, but dogfighting is not.

If you want pictures of animals copulating or with a focus on genitalia, you must have some very specific reason for wanting it that I can't fathom unless it's for teaching vet school (in which case, let's talk). Otherwise, to each their own, I guess, but I probably won't draw it.

I don't draw people in sexual situations either. Something merely suggestive may be OK. Feel free to ask; I'll let you know whether I'm comfortable drawing what you have in mind. Non-sexual nudity is fine, as long as I have adequate references.

I don't draw abusive or hate-driven situations, but I'm a little more open, in the people category, to drawing fighting/wounds/corpses. It depends largely on the context; please just ask.

I'm fine with drawing animated characters, but I can't handle anime/cartoon styles. Cel shading is entirely beyond me. I draw in a semi-realistic style sometimes, and a more realistic style at others.

Complicated objects are hard. For instance, computer keyboards, machinery with a lot of small parts, cluttered surfaces (unless you list every single thing they're cluttered with), etc.. I can suggest such things, but not draw them in detail.

Same goes for multiple repeated objects, especially when each one needs to look just slightly different than the rest. For instance, leaves on a tree or bush, a bunch of flowers of the same type, grains of something granulated, books on a shelf, strawberries in a bowl, etc.. I'll have to suggest rather than detail this type of thing too. This does not necessarily apply to hair, feathers, or scales.

Architecture, except with clear and comprehensive references.

If something has a pattern on it (cloth, carved wood, etc.), I need a really good reference for that too. I cannot come up with patterns on my own. I mean, I can usually handle a nice tartan, but curved lines require a lot more concentration.

Lettering. If it's on an object or a shirt or a sign or something, I'll give it a try. But, like, dialogue bubbles or something? My handwriting is not suited to that at all. I'm happy to type it in after scanning, though!

There are probably a hundred more things I could list as will/won't draws, but I'll stop here. Don't worry; I'll let you know if your request contains something I'm not comfortable drawing. We might be able to alter the idea so it satisfies us both.

Reference images

I do not copy other people's visual art. I work from photos only. If something is entirely fictional, I welcome other people's visual art as inspiration and to understand what it looks like. I still won't copy it, though.

Photos on the internet of animals, settings, and public figures are often available for use as references. But look out for copyrighted photography! I can use copyrighted photos for inspiration and understanding of what something looks like, but not for directly copying!

In pictures of people: for pose, body shape and proportions, and other aspects of a drawing, I usually use one or more stock/reference photos. Very occasionally, I'll have my family members pose and let me take pictures of them (and I make a pretty good hand and foot model myself). I start my reference search on Getty Images, and move to DeviantArt stock/reference photo communities next. If you have stock/reference photos in mind that you'd like me to reference, I'll be happy to have them.

Photos I don't want to receive

I don't know why anyone would send me any of this, but the internet be like that. Here are some examples of photos I do not want to see:

Photos containing sexual content

Photos containing hate speech, abuse, etc.

Photos that include humans and appear to have been taken without their knowledge or consent. Obviously stock photos and reference photos don't fall into this category. If you're getting something off some random website, though, exercise caution and respect.

I can't list all the things I'd rather not see pictures of; just be rational and send me pictures of your desired subject with not a lot else going on. Or crop the other stuff out. Seriously.

Nonsense

I won't tolerate it. Did I mention I have cancer?

I promise I am full of good will, though. I will try my best to draw what you want the way you want it. I will try my best to make it look good. If it's a portrait from photo references, I will try my hardest to make it accurate and recognizable.

Your initial request, or your request on further discussion, may be rejected as I see fit. I may give you an explanation, but I don't owe you one, just as I don't owe you service.

Also, if you have some username/email address that offends me, or if your tone is disrespectful, or if you insult or harass me about anything, including prices or the timeline, those are very probable reasons for my rejecting having anything to do with you.

Please don't try my patience with endless change requests.

If I accept a commission and then your attitude alters and you start behaving rudely or unreasonably toward me, I may cancel the transaction. This is a measure of last resort after I try to work things out with you, but I reserve the right to take that step. See "Cancelation/refunds" above.

Don't be a jerk.

Privacy Policy

I, kuroiyousei, the commissioned artist and the sole administrator of kuroiyousei.net, collect your name, email address, possibly your mailing address (which may include your real-life name), any photos you choose to share with me, and less personal data such as a description of the picture you want, via the Google Form titled "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions."

Please see Google's Privacy Policy for information on how Google handles information provided in Google Forms.

I will have access to all of the information provided in the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form through Google. None of it is stored here at kuroiyousei.net. I will retain your email address in my Gmail Contacts.

I will use your email address to contact you, discuss commission details with you, and send you a PayPal invoice. The email address you provide must be the email address you use for PayPal, in order to help prevent fraud.

I will use your mailing address to send the physical picture to you, if you request it. The mailing address you provide must match the shipping address associated with your PayPal account, in order to help prevent fraud. Provide your real-life name as part of the address if you believe that will make the process smoother; a name in the "Mailing address" field of the form will only be used to address the package.

Please see PayPal's Privacy Policy for information on how PayPal handles personal information provided to them.

I will not share the information provided in the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form with any entity without your explicit permission (which will not be required in the majority of cases). There is one exception:

I use the name you provide to credit you as the commissioner and (if applicable) as the intellectual-property-holder. This information will appear on my website or social media along with the piece you commission, and will not appear anywhere unconnected with that piece. The name you provide in the "Name and pronouns" field does not need to be your real-life name.

I use the pronouns you provide only if I need them. If you don't provide pronouns, I'll use "they/them" or just try to avoid using any.

At any time, you may contact me from the same email address you provided in the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form to request that I change the name and/or pronouns by which I refer to you.

There is no field on the "Pet portraits and other visual art commissions" form in which to provide a URL you would like me to link your name to. However, if you request that I do so during any of our communications, and I choose to comply, you may also request the URL be changed or removed at any time, again using the email address you originally provided to contact me and make the request.



Now that you've read the entire TOS and the Privacy policy without skipping parts, you may or may not be ready to fill out a commission request form.