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Journal Entry: Sat Sep 20, 2014, 8:57 PM
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Over the last week, I know alot of you have had questions regarding my motives, and such. Well, it's time I answer them as best I can.

I'll start by saying that what I'm about to say is going to come across as damning to myself, but ya know.... I don't care about that. I'm the type of person that doesn't tell lies, and if someone doesn't like the truth, then that's their problem, not mine. As per the norm, I will not name anyone, especially since this matter is technically between me and the parties responsible. Anyway, now that that's out there, on to the wall of text...

Over a year and a half ago, probably longer, a Deviant came to me with a commission for his alien race of, what looks like a cross between a snake and a biped. Ok, not an unusual commission right? Well, it turns out that this race doesn't have much room for artist interpritation, and after a couple attempts at trying to draw the character, and failing hard, I moved onto other images as to not keep other commissioners waiting on their pieces, figuring I'd come back to it when I could get it right. Fast forward to a few months ago, and after a few angry Skype messages about the subject, I try again. This time I got a little closer, but it was apparently still not good enough for the commissioner, and I was back to square one. Finally, this past Tuesday (Sep 16th), he got fed up with the waiting, and posted my name on what is effectively his 'artist to beware of' list. As to be expected, he only told a half truth, that I'm a year and a half behind on drawing his character, and that I've ceased contact with him (If any of you saw the messages, you'd understand why). He failed to mention the fact that I had tried to draw the character, and only his inability to allow for artist interpretation caused this issue.

Now, I know many of the people who have commissioned me have commissioned others for artwork of their characters as well. And in almost every case, the character looks very different from one artist to the next. Heck, even I've come to expect that. Just look through my gallery and favorites! Talk to my customers! Talk to the people I watch!, they'll all tell you the same thing, that they don't expect their character to be drawn the exact same way, every time someone new picks up a pencil or stylus.

Does this excuse me for taking so long? No, certainly not, I admit responsibility for that. But that doesn't excuse this persons behavior either.

That said, once these military pinups are finished, I'm gonna try to wipe my slate clean. I emphasize the word 'try' though, since this is still the only way I can make any money, I'm still gonna take in new commissions to ensure I have can still upload the finished images. Ergo, I want everyone reading this to do something. If I owe you -anything- that is more then 6 months old, note me immediately. Tell me what it is you commissioned (IE, 2D or 3D), what we came to an agreement to (subject matter etc), and give me some alternates of what you'd like me to do. I can't do refunds, but I can atleast get you something for what you've paid for. Same rules apply ofcourse, so don't break my commission rules.

Now, what's coming in the future?

Well, one of the biggest changes other then the new ToS, which all new commissions will adhere to (meaning if I owe you anything, it's grandfathered in), is that my prices will be going up. I'm still not certain exactly how much they will go up, but rest assured I'm likely going to talk to both artists, and commissioners to figure out a good price point for everything. If nothing else, my prices may be based on the time it takes me to actually work on the piece. The reasons for this is because as much as I like to talk about getting out, it's just not gonna happen at my current rate (and admittedly, spending habits). I know not everyone is going to like the price hikes, but if I want to get out of this place, or at the very least prove that it's a viable way to make money, it's gonna have to be done.

Here's the current prices, and the Terms of Service:
Commission Price List 2014 by Tank50us Tank50us Terms of ServiceCommissions and Pricing
Before commissioning, please look at my prices ahead of time, and look at my most recent works. I say this because the answer to the question "Will you draw X" is in both the commission information sheet, and in my gallery. However, if you don't find what you're looking for, do not assume I do not take commissions for that subject. It may mean that no one has commissioned me for it.I am always taking in new commissions, even if I already have a mound of images piled up. I do this because I make a living off of being a commission artist, and as a result, it may take time for me to get to your image. Be patient, I will get to your image as soon as I am able.If you are in need of an image by a certain day, then you must declare that when you order. Rush orders carry with them a 10% increase to the normal pricing. This is not out of greed or anything, but as it stands, I have a hard time convincing the people I live with that this is work and


Please guys, read the ToS. I don't have a problem with you not liking them, but trust me when I say that I've seen far worse ToS's from artists who are far better at this profession then I am. And some of them don't even offer Work in Progress shots.

Now, what's going on in my personal life? Well, last month I broke down and got myself my own marks-of-the-leach (food stamps). Since then, I've been given all kinds of hell from my step grandmother over my choice of buying primarily for myself, and not for her. I don't know how many people watch me get these things, but the last time I checked, since they're in my name, don't -I- have a choice in how I use them? Just saying ya know? This has naturally led to no end of headaches since she doesn't seem to want to let me touch anything I didn't buy.... because I'm a greedy SoB that only thinks of himself... I didn't know self preservation was such a bad thing. "You and your mother don't know how to bargain shop!" is her excuse I might add. Now, feel free to correct me at any point, but... isn't that what coupons are for? And on top of that, can anyone think of a reason why I should have to stand in an aisle for several minutes comparing weights with prices? I know I do that sorta thing in RPGs when I'm trying to figure out what to spend skill points on, but last time I checked, when I'm playing an RPG, I'm on my computer, eating no ones time but my own. When I'm in a store, blocking the aisle while I compare two bags of chips I'm not only wasting my own time, but the time of shoppers. When I shop, I know what I want, roughly where it is, and if I'm gonna do any comparing, it's just a minute or two of scanning prices in a spot that's (somewhat) out of the way, and out I go. In effect, I can enter a store empty, and be out inside 45 minutes with a car load of food, buying what is effectively within a budget I set, and my own preferences.

I'm sure you guys all shop differently, but I know my fellow artists who are crunched for time probably do the same as me... time is money after all.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday on the 16th. Granted, it was a day marred with the unfortunate dark side of being an artist, it was nice to know that some of you do care enough about me to wish me good luck as I aim towards level 29. Who knows, maybe I'll find someone to be with before I hit level 30. Any takers out there? Females only ofcourse.




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Amy Myers Beach Dragon by Tank50us
Have your ladies show off what they got... but in a way that will make anyone else want a bit more....
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Dragon Adoptables Round 1 by Tank50us

pick a Dragon when commissioning
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James News
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I'm an average person, not much to look at, and my job situation sucks (who's doesn't). But, I have an active imagination, which is step one to being a good artist in my opinion.

Current Residence: Middle of Nowhere Arkansas
Favorite genre of music: Classic Rock, Instrumental
Favorite style of art: Dragon Hybrids (that's what I call them)
Operating System: Windows 7
Personal Quote: I was born a Free American, I will LIVE a Free American, and I will DIE a Free American.
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How much do you guys think I should raise my prices? fav.me/d6yoq6y 

44%
7 deviants said 15%
19%
3 deviants said 10%
13%
2 deviants said other (please specify)
6%
1 deviant said 25%
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1 deviant said 50%
6%
1 deviant said 75%
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1 deviant said full double (100%)

2015 Calender Project

US Army: :iconbiocoal: Salute the Troops by Tank50us
US Navy: :iconulario: (WDFF) Claimed
US Marines: :icongeneraltate: (Commission) Claimed/paid
US Air Force: :iconcrimsonfalke: (Exchange) Claimed/Paid
German Army (Deutsches Heer): faolchu-paiseanta Claimed
German Navy (Deutsche Marine): :iconbiocoal: Claimed/Paid
German Air Force (Deustshe Luftwaffe): :iconcaninehybrid: (WDFF) Claimed/Working on sta.sh/02dcu0dqmwff
British Army: :iconheroesfanboy138: (Commission) Claimed/Paid
British Royal Navy: :iconkuuztinr: Claimed
British Royal Air Force: :iconheroesfanboy138: (Commission) RAF Recruitment poseter by Tank50us
Russian Navy (Военно-морской Флот Российской Федерации): :iconbiocoal: Claimed/Paid
Russian Army (Сухопутные войска Российской Федерации): :iconbiocoal: Claimed/Paid
Russian Air Force (Военно-воздушные cилы России): :iconjetdelta7: (Commission) Bare All For the Motherland by Tank50us

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Your welcome! :) Also you can take down the journal you featured. You can still feature some of my art if you want. I would appreciate it my friend. But just if you want to. :3
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Thank you for the watch!
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thanks for watching
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thanx for watching!!!
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Sorry for not doing it in time, yesterday was sick and did not come to work
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happy birthday!
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happy birthday :cake: *pies you in the face with cake.*
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