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So! Gonna put it right upfront, you're probably going to see a whole lot less activity from me (more than usual anyway) for the next week or two, but there's a reason behind that!

And no, it's not that I'm hooked on Dark Souls (although that is a fairly notable factor to consider)

The MAIN reason is that I got hired at an animation studio and so now I got work to do for the big chunk of the day!

That said, catch ya on the weekend, might do a stream on Sunday. Probably will sleep in (without feelin' lazy too)
They say home is where the heart is, but in my home, it's where my computer connects to the Wi-Fi automatically

Yes indeed, that thought did come to me just before I fell asleep one night
For the month of August anyway, but still!

In August, my time's going to be notably taken up by my new job, being an animation instructor for a local youth group. For those of you who were or are curious about animation, this isn't really a master's course I'm instructing on, it's a precursor to university animation, if you want to think of it like that. Not exactly strenuous stuff, but regardless, I'm going to be rather preoccupied for five days a week for three weeks.

Been a long time since I was last nervous and excited at the same time.
CURRENT LISTING
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.: :iconthe-rebel-angel: :. Full Colour, 1 Character ~POSTED~

.: :iconnyx2857: :. Full Colour, 2 Characters ~POSTED~

.: :iconurulai: :. *Ink, 2 Characters*

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THE OFFERINGS (all prices are in Canadian Dollars, CAD $)
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SKETCHES $15 + $10 per additional character/panel (PAC), Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7mjmrq

INKED $35 + $25 PAC, Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7z3ru3 (picture it without colour!)

FLAT COLOURS $45 + $35 PAC, Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7z3ru3 (picture it… as it is!)

FULL COLOUR $70 + $60 PAC, Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7vrwbn



THE RULES
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•As always, NOTE me if you want a commission
•You can only buy one slot per listing, no buying up of additional slots
•Nothing R-rated (nudity, gore, etc) and ask me first about particular interests/fetishes, please don't assume that I'll automatically do it (got a thing against MLP, for instance ^^")
•Above all, ask if you've got a question!



HOW TO COMMISSION
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1. Pick a offering above (and quantity if it applies!)
2. Send me a note, preferably with the subject line "Commission" or something like that
3. I'll respond soon as I can, letting you know if there is a slot available, and if there is, you can fully express what you'd like for a commission
4. Upon agreement of content, payment address will be given to commissioner and once I've received payment, commissioner's content will be confirmed and I'll get to work!

I will also send work in progress images to commissioners as I work, if they would like to have those
Happy 2015 from my home, the Canadian mid-north. Blazing heat in the summer and frosty cold in the winter, and it looks like it's time for another year of that!

Here's to a promising year. May we approach these new days with joy and hope.
I wish you all nothing but the best in what you do that makes you most happy in life.

I'll be back in the city soon, I look forward to picking up the tablet stylus once again!
So, I'll keep this journal rather short because the title's pretty self-explanatory.

I've been thinking I want to perhaps make another tutorial or two sometime in the future inbetween commission work. Thing is, I'm curious to hear what people would like me to do a how-to about.

List anything you like, no matter how abstract it may sound. Perhaps someone else out there is wondering the same thing!
CURRENT LISTING (6 Slots Remain)
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.: :iconciodemolitions: :. Full Colour, 1 Character ~POSTED~

.: :iconthegoldenmoon: :. Flat Colour, 2 Characters ~POSTED~

.: :iconsandelin: :. Full Colour, 4 Characters (Two Scenes) ~1/2 POSTED~

.: :iconashleythejackal: :. Full Colour, 1 Character ~POSTED~

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.



THE OFFERINGS (all prices are in Canadian Dollars, CAD $)
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SKETCHES $15 + $10 per additional character/panel (PAC), Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7mjmrq

INKED $35 + $25 PAC, Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7z3ru3 (picture it without colour!)

FLAT COLOURS $45 + $35 PAC, Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7z3ru3 (picture it… as it is!)

FULL COLOUR $70 + $60 PAC, Max 5 characters
  Example: fav.me/d7vrwbn



THE RULES
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•As always, NOTE me if you want a commission
•You can only buy one slot per listing, no buying up of additional slots
•Nothing R-rated (nudity, gore, etc) and ask me first about particular interests/fetishes, please don't assume that I'll automatically do it (got a thing against MLP, for instance ^^")
•Above all, ask if you've got a question!



HOW TO COMMISSION
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1. Pick a offering above (and quantity if it applies!)
2. Send me a note, preferably with the subject like "Commission" or something like that
3. I'll respond soon as I can, letting you know if there is a slot available, and if there is, you can fully express what you'd like for a commission
4. Upon agreement of content, payment address will be given to commissioner and once I've received payment, commissioner's content will be confirmed and I'll get to work!

I will also send work in progress images to commissioners as I work, if they would like to have those
Alright, during this time that I've been doing sketch commissions, there's been a fair number of people who've been asking if I can do commissions beyond that. Lineart, flat colours, full colours, and such.

To put it simply: YES, I do want to start offering those again… BUT there is a potential problem

Let's start from the top. The reason why I started sketch commissions in the first place was because, at the time, I was quite busy in my final semesters of university and didn't want to have people wait anywhere between 2-3 months for me to get like one full colour commission done. I felt the sketches were a happy medium between people who wanted art from me and me being able to produce them in a timely manner. Now that I've graduated from university, I no longer have to juggle work between classes and art so that WOULD free me up to do larger-scale commissions.

Now, here's the reason I say "would". Way back in year 2 of my 4 year program, the university offered a special deal to those who wanted to get the Adobe Creative Suite 6 for their own. If you paid a little extra each semester for your tuition, you would get CS6 at a reduced price in the end to have all to your very own. Now, it's been all well and dandy thus far, but since the beginning of this month, every time I start up Photoshop or any Adobe software, I get a message that basically summarizes to "register now or continue trial". To my understanding, us students at the time did not sign up for this deal to get an extended trial of CS6, so I will be taking this up to see what exactly all this means and if I can get it sorted proper.

What this means for commissions is that, due to the possible chance that CS6 could suddenly just lock down on me, I can't offer full colour commissions at this time. I REALLY don't want to be put in the awkward situation where I'm not done someone's commission as well as all the other people in line behind that one, especially after they all paid already.

Fortunately, I also own Paint Tool SAI which, thankfully, has NOT been threatening me to register. Because I do all my shading work in PS and not SAI, I would be willing to offer anything up to flat colours in the near future. I'll practice how to shade in SAI in the meantime, which hopefully shouldn't take too long to do.


If that was TL;DR, here's the cliffnotes:
•I want to do more commission variety, but due to Photoshop threatening to lock down on me, that puts a damper on those plans
•Since I also own SAI, I can at least do lineart and flat colours while I learn to shade with SAI


In addition, should I become confident in my shading abilities with SAI in a timely manner, I also would be willing to offer an upgrade to full colour to those who bought a flat colour commission without having to wait in line again.

I figure this is the best plan regarding the circumstances. In the end, I just want to avoid not only having me hung up to dry if I get locked out of CS6, but also not screw over those who paid for a full colour commish only to have me tell them after they've been waiting for ages that I can't do it at the time.

You can expect me to post another journal in the near future, perhaps along with a sample artwork, of new commission offerings.

By all means, please let me know what you think if this sounds fair or not.
If you've got an opinion, let me hear it!


Cheers,
ACM
CURRENT LISTING (8 Remain)---------------

.: :iconkezzajam: :. 5 Sketches, 6 Characters ~POSTED~

.: :iconsandelin: :. 5 Sketches, 5 Characters ~POSTED~

.: EMPTY SLOT! :.

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Same prices as last time ($15 Canadian Dollars for the first sketch/character, and then an additional $10 for each additional sketch/character). I work on a pay-first policy. Note me if you'd like a slot ^^

A couple things to add this time, so please read on, if you would be so kind

•The sketch style will be different this time, akin to this fav.me/d7i42b8
Overall, I believe it's going to be a better experience for both myself and commissioners. I can crank out these sketches much faster, and you get more bang for your buck, like shading and other pretty things!

•I've decided to put a limit on the amount of sketches you can get in ONE commission
5 Sketches of one character,
6 Characters in one sketch,
or a total amount of 15 characters over a series of sketches
(for that last one, that averages to 3 characters per sketch in a 5 sketch commission)

•This is optional but it REALLY helps out in the long run. When you make a payment on paypal, say who it's from (aka, say your username). All I get from a regular payment from paypal is how much money I received and from the real name of the user. I don't know you all personally, so if you can include something as simple as "(username)'s commission", then I don't have to bother confirming with you that it is indeed you who paid and not say the other 3 guys who want the exact same type of commission

•Speaking of paypal, PLEASE make sure you're paying in CANADIAN dollars. You're actually paying me more than you need to when you pay $15 USD. There have also been a couple instances where this conversion has actually shortchanged me, but it was only out of a few cents or a dollar at most, so I'm not complaining. Even so, please make sure of that detail

•I'll allow a commissioner to buy additional slots on a list but only when I've completed their previous commission and there are empty spots left

•Also, I really wish I could say this without the phrase "this goes without saying, but" please... please... PLEASE... have your money ready to pay when you order a slot, like within two days. I don't want to hold a slot forever for a guy who says he'll get the money to pay at the end of the month or something similar. If you can't pay right away, please be courteous for other people who might want a commission, if not for my sake, and step down. It means a lot to me

Apart from that, same rules as the last time (Nothing adult rated, don't do fetish work, etc)

Here's to a successful batch!
Cheers!
-ACM
Not too many commissions to go as of writing this, so I might as well ask this now.

For the next batch of commissions, at the same price, how many would be interested if I did the sketches like this fav.me/d7i42b8 instead of how I normally do it, at the same price of $15?
The black lines are a little more sketchy, yes (it IS a sketch after all), but in return I'll throw in some shading!
If you're interested, let me know in the comments!

Also, I've been meaning to put together a stream channel, either for watching art or games (or both!). So far, it's coming together, but during some tests, my friends say the video and audio wasn't all that great, so I'll be tinkering with that some. More details to come as things develop!
I've been getting a lot of notes regarding the matter so I figured I should post an explanation.

Two days ago, I had my graduation ceremony and yesterday, I had my screening of my short film Noob!
Speaking of which, since it's been screened, I'll do my best to post it online as quick as I can, but I need to speak with some profs regarding the matter of posting online. It has to do with showing in animation festivals, you see, a criteria of which is that it can't be publicly online before it is shown in the festival, which I think is a bunch of malarkey, in my own opinion.

Anywho, that's what I've been up to.
Back to commission and overdue art work!
Ahhh...

It's nice to get that off my back.

Now that the short film Noob! is all done, I can get back to commissions and some art that's long overdue ^^"

Well! Better late than never!

And if I get stressed along the way, I can chill out with my new relaxing game... what was it called again... Dark Souls 2 or something such... x3
Hello folks!

Cutting to the chase here, gonna start the second round of commissions. For the most part, same rules as before, $15 CAD for a single character (+$10 per additional character/pose) for a SKETCH COMMISSION, but allow me to explain a couple updates:

•For every subsequent commission batch, starting with this one, I'm going to have some fun and throw in a bonus theme. A commissioner that requests a commission that fits with the bonus theme will receive the advantage of having their commission high on the list of priority. For simplicity's sake, I'll try to make each bonus theme worth the same as a single character sketch. If no one wants the bonus theme, regular commissions will eventually fill up the slots from the bottom up.
This batch's bonus is...
FIRE EMBLEM UNITS!
(Example:fav.me/d76rmq2)
For $15, I will make pixel art of your character as an FE unit!
If you're not familiar with Fire Emblem, I'll explain a few things about the stats.
HP: Health, how much damage a unit can take before it is defeated
Str/Mag (Which stat it is depends on if the character attacks with weapons or magic): How strong a unit's attack is
Skill: Higher values mean easier to hit targets and pull off critical attacks
Spd: Affects how well a unit can dodge as well as determining if they can attack multiple times in one move
Def:Higher value reduces more physical damage
Res:Higher value reduces more magic damage
Lv: Goes up to a max of 20
All other stats have a cap, these vary from units to units in the real game, but since I designed those bars to fit 30 increments, we'll say it's 30 for everything but HP, which can go up to 60

Some other things about this bonus theme:
• It's a FE "unit", so that means ONE character
• No mounted units (units on wyverns, horses, or winged horses). Not only do I think that would make more work that's worth more than $15, I also think that me trying to draw an actual horse is nightmare fuel xD
•This last point is more nit-picky than anything, but if you're going to have a strong unit, at least have the level high as well and vice versa. Or at the very least, consider making a unit weak in certain stats if he/she's strong in other stats. It gives interest and thought to the playstyle of the unit. If not for my sake, then consider those who DO play FE who are going to possibly critique your character's stats, even though it doesn't actually exist in-game... ^^"
And on that note, to those of you critiquing theoretical stats, don't be a total arse about it. This is all meant to be in good fun, so if someone who doesn't play FE makes stats you don't agree with, that doesn't warrant an excuse to rage about it.

And back to the final, but VERY IMPORTANT update note I want to make:

•I have a feeling that some of you are going to want me to draw muscled female characters. I'm fine with that, because if I wasn't, I wouldn't have posted the Elly comic on FurAffinity in the first place. However, you should be aware that I don't believe in excessive amounts of muscle mass on female characters. I KNOW that's going to be an unpopular opinion with a good lot of you, but quite frankly, if you do want that sort of stuff, there are plenty of other artists in the sea.
Essentially, I am willing to draw femuscle of a similar level as this www.furaffinity.net/view/12746…
The key idea here is the curves that classically make up a feminine form as opposed to the more angular and box form that classically makes up a masculine form.
If that was TL;DR for you, then I'll sum up. If the woman looks like a man body with breasts, then that's going to be a no from me.

And as before in the last batch, I work PG, nothing R rated, and my original restrictions apply as well (original journal here: acommonmisconception.deviantar…)
And also feel free to ask questions about anything here I have or have not said!

Cheers!
-ACM



BONUS SLOTS (First 4 to meet bonus theme will be placed here!)-------------

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REGULAR SLOTS------------------------

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Please send a note to place a commission order.
So yeah, a new year! Woot!

Alrighty, first of all, commissions. They're coming along quite nicely, in fact, all of them have been sketched on paper, and all they need is the digital treatment. I am SO glad I'm doing just sketches this time around for commissions, easily the best decision I made in a good while, regarding doing art for others.

In other news, these next four months are going to be hectic for me, not because of commissions, but because, short and simply, I got a film to make! The animation student's graduation requirement here is to make a 3-10 minute film, so a LOT of my time is going to be devoted to that as well. If I slow down in the commissions department, I'll make up for it by posting work in progress here. Well, more than the usual amount that I'll be posting

See ya next month, folks!

-Eric
Yes, that's RIGHT. After an age and then some, I have decided to start taking commissions again!

However, this time, I will ONLY be doing DIGITAL SKETCH COMMISSIONS

The reason why? I was quite disgusted really with how little I managed to get done over this past summer. So this time, and for a good while, you can expect me to do digital sketch commissions. It's sure as hell not as fancy as my other works, but it's also much faster. I actually want to get stuff done than look back and see I only did one or two pics a month.

So, enough of me griping about stuff I didn't get done. Let's talk about the stuff I will get done, hm? ^^

For reference, this is the calibre of quality you can expect when you get a sketch commission acommonmisconception.deviantar…
And my base rate is $15 (Canadian dollars) plus $10 per additional character

For now, I will start with 10 spaces, 5 on DA and 5 on FA, but you can expect to see the number of spaces increase. It's just 5 per website for now to get an idea of how much people are interested.

My rules of commission pieces are:
•Nothing R-rated (no nudity, extreme violence, etc.). I'd like to be able to show family and friends what I do without being mysterious about it xD
•I work on a pay-first policy
•I am not the kind of guy who tends to particular desires like vore and inflation. Please ask beforehand on what you'd like
•Note me for what you'd like for a commission
•And of course, if there's something you don't understand, please make a comment!

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:iconreap22: Cancelled
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So, I think it would be a good idea for to start a monthly journal, lessens my time inbetween previous journals, and you get to know what's going on with me. Sounds like a win-win to me ^^


So! November, eh? What can I say?


Last month has been moderately successful. I've gotten projects done, maybe not as quickly as I would've hoped, but done nonetheless. Schoolwork is starting to become a little more, how do I say it, pertinent as I'm required to make more progress updates on my assignments. But rest assured, I have time set aside to do my brand of art ^^


Speaking of which. I've decided to take up commissions again soon, but only in the form of digital sketches. I'll post another journal with the details later, and my reasonings too.


You can also expect me to put more of my animation assignments up here too in the near future. I'm putting a lot of effort into these, and I think it's only fair that you guys get to see what else I've been working on in the meantime instead of hearing me just jabber on and on about it.


Apart from that, let's see. Tried a sword-fighting class this past saturday. Now THERE'S an activity I can get into, and it also makes me want to watch The Princess Bride yet again, for good reason of course x3



That's all for me today, catch ya again later!

-Eric

Well well, where should I start off? Hmm…


Some people have been asking about commissions and such, namely when are they gonna open again or when are new slots gonna pop up. To that I say I want to take a break from commissions for a little bit for a couple reasons. One, I want to update my commission offerings list. Maybe I'll add a couple things, but you'll for sure see the removal of the full colour offering. I feel I just take RIDICULOUSLY long doing those, especially compared to the stuff before it. Perhaps I'll do limited full colour maybe, like as an avatar or something, I dunno, I'll think about it. Secondly, I want to change it this way because I'll be entering my final year of university soon and I suspect things will get hella busy, most likely. The less time I have to spend doing one commission, the better it is for everyone in the end.


Another thing I want to point out is that I want to take a little break from commissions so I can work on personal projects. I also would like to work on other things as well. I might even consider opening up publicly for art trades ^^


And lastly, my laptop. Alas, Yoshi did not survive the water spill and to fix the laptop would have cost nearly as much as just buying a new one, so I just decided to shell out some dough for a new laptop. Thank god for external hard drives, that's all I can say.

Hm, perhaps I should a decal/skin for this laptop too. Would anyone know if there are such places where custom decals or skins could be made? (God, I sound so out of touch saying that. It's almost as bad as saying "Does anyone know if it's possible to be hooked up to the internet without cables?" xD)


Anyways, I've got that off my mind >w<

Cheers folks!

-ACM

Original Text: July 4th, 2013
Spilled water on my laptop...

Major derp moment for me. xp

Looks okay for the time being while I let it dry. I REALLY hope it's okay

Update: July 10th, 2013
Welp, there's the good news and the bad news.

The good news is, none of my files on my watered laptop were damaged. Everything opens up, and runs, fine.
The bad news, however, is quite problematic. The battery still works, but I have effectively turned my laptop into a desktop as the battery can no longer seem to charge when plugged in, although it can still use power from the plug-in. In addition to that, for a couple days after the initial incident, it seemed to randomly shut off. It hasn't happened since then, but I'm still hesitant to use it for extended periods of time because of that fact.
So, this weekend, I'm gonna take the old girl in to a repair shop, see if it can be restored to its prime. If so, that's great and that's one less thing to concern myself over. If not, that's one more thing to concern myself with ^^"
And as for you commissioners still waiting on your commissions, not to worry. I'll still be able to work on them once I install photoshop and the driver software for my cintiq on the desktop here.

Hang in there Yoshi, please don't go dying on me now.

(PS: I've nicknamed my laptop "Yoshi" because it has a Yoshi decal on it)
Holy crap, it's been a while since I wrote last.

First things first, big thanks to those who wished me a happy birthday and extra kudos to those who went out of their way to make a present as well *tips my metaphorical hat to RoboBio (DA) and MightyMouseFan78/FurvusWolf (DA/FA)* ^^

Secondly, the university year is starting to wind down, so I'll be busy focusing most of my time on that. I'll work on commissions when I can. God, I'm so slow ><"

Apart from that, hm, not much else to report x3

Cheers folks,
ACM
Well let's see...

Got a couple commissions on the go, but it's mostly gift art I'm working on lately, about 7 different pieces to do. Busy busy busy, but also very rewarding, for I find it much better to give than receive ^^

Also plan to add on to the commission info sheet. More inventory, or the "DLC" if you will (Actually, DLC's kinda an appropriate term since commissioners will receive my works online xD).
Some other stuff to be done, but yeah. Feeling relaxed now that I'm at home ^^

Oh, and Happy Doomsday, by the way x3