I work in a range of styles as demonstrated in my galleries, including pencil sketches, watercolours, acrylic paintings, and digital paintings. Subjects that I can paint include general fantasy themes (fairies, elves, mermaids, warriors, knights, RPG characters, unicorns, dragons, mermaids, angels), science fiction, and urban fantasy. All prices are in $USD.

Commissioned work may include:

  • Cover art, book and magazine illustrations, interiors
  • RPG Character illustrations (original characters only – no fan art. Commercial commissions exempt from this exclusion).
  • General illustration work for personal or commercial use

See the Step by Step Commission page (Or click on the image below) for further details on what is involved in a commission.

commission process

Most commissions are completed within 4-10 weeks of payment depending upon size, complexity and media. If you are interested in a quote, please contact me.

Visit my Commissions Gallery to see previous examples (I’ve included some older work, to show the range of subjects I’ve done).

Commercial Projects

Cover Commissions

Please state up front deadlines and if non-disclosure agreements are required. I sometimes am booked a couple of months ahead, plus I also have a day job, so I may not be the best artists if you need a rush job.

Covers are painted at 300dpi, and allows for both electronic & print publishing rights (detailed within a contract).

Prices are based on the examples shown – these are fairly complex images. If a simpler cover is requested, please contact me for a custom quote (i.e. single character, single colour background etc)

I do not go back to ebook versions and extend them to fit a wraparound cover, unless we are not beyond the sketching phase – it’s just too difficult to go back to a finished painting and try and rework it into a landscape painting.

Basic Ebook/ Print Front Cover Art
$400

 

Sword's Call - Front Cover crop

 

  • Full colour illustration – detailed illustration like example
  • Front illustration only (5 x 8” to 6 x 9” @ 300dpi ~1800 x 2700 pixels)
  • Digital download/ email delivery (jpeg and pdf, or preferred format)
  • No text layout
Basic Ebook/ Print Front Cover with Text
$500

 

Swords Call Ebook

 

  • Full colour illustration
  • Front illustration only (5 x 8” to 6 x 9” @ 300dpi ~1800 x 2700 pixels)
  • Digital download/ email delivery (jpeg and pdf, or preferred format)
  • Basic Text (i.e Book Title, Author’s name)
  • Text layout and design for audiobook version

 

Basic Wraparound POD/Print/Ebook Cover art
$550

 

Sword's Call

  • Full colour illustration – detailed illustration like example (simpler illustrations may be negotiated)
  • 9 x 13″ @ 300 dpi (2700 x 3600 pixels) – front cover, spine, back cover
  • Digital download/ email delivery (jpeg and pdf, or preferred format)
  • No text layout
Wraparound POD/ Print Cover Package with layout
$700

 

Sword's Call Wraparound

 

  • Full colour illustration
  • 9 x 13″ @ 300 dpi (2700 x 3600 pixels) – front cover, spine, back cover
  • Digital download/ email delivery (jpeg and pdf, or preferred format).
  • Text layout and design work for front cover, spine and back cover. Includes eBook cutdown version
  • Text layout and design for audiobook version

Example audio book

Example audiobook cover

 

Traditional Watercolour Commissions (Private use only)

These prices are a guide only, based on a single character with a simple background and in watercolour. My tradition paintings tend to be watercolour on watercolour paper, unless otherwise specified, however I paint with acrylics or can do pencil work (which will require a custom quote).  If rights are required for commercial purposes, there will be additional fees (quote can be made available).

Please note, at the moment I am not doing portraits based on real people – i.e. I’m not painting fantasy portraits where the painting must look like a certain person.

ACEO/ Mini art (2.5 x 3.5″ on 4 x 6″ paper)

Please be aware this is a very small painting so a full character can not be painted, generally waist up or bust works best.  Registered mail does not include tracking, but requires a signature as proof of receipt. Tracking is available at extra cost for ACEO paintings.

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  • Prices start from $25 + shipping
  • Painted area 2.5 x 3.5 inches
  • Single character only
  • Watercolours on 300gsm watercolour paper
  • Shipped by registered mail with signature on receipt. If tracking is requested, this will cost extra and take longer as it will need to be sent as a parcel rather than mail.
  • Keyword paintings are cheaper than paintings with full descriptions, while complexity of image will impact on price as well.

 

5 x 7″ Small painting

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  • Prices start from $75 + shipping
  • Painted area 5 x 7″ inches
  • Single – 2 characters only. May include a small animal (i.e. dragonet, cat, wolf)
  • Watercolours on 300gsm watercolour paper
  • Shipped by registered mail with signature on receipt. If tracking is requested, this will cost extra and take longer as it will need to be sent as a parcel rather than mail.
  • Keyword paintings are cheaper than paintings with full descriptions, complexity of image will impact on price as well (this includes more than one character in the painting).

8 x 10″ Standard painting

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  • Prices start from $125 + shipping
  • Painted area 8 x 10″ inches to 8 x 11 inches
  • Single – 2 characters only. May include an animal
  • Watercolours on 300gsm  watercolour paper (minimum)
  • Shipped by trackable parcel with signature on receipt.

Character portraits & Fantasy Portraits

These prices are a guide only, based on a single character with a fairly simple background. The more detail and complexity introduced, the higher the price. All prices are in US$, though payment can be accepted in either US or Australian currency.

For pre-made commission pieces, check out my gallery at Portrait Adoption. (N.B. These pieces are likely to be cheaper as they were created for fun and don’t involve the same kind of work that regular commissions require). Some customisation is available.

Please note, I do not do fan art of existing characters. I may do characters from literature, or may consider your original characters from games like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2, but I don’t paint ‘famous characters’, actors, or characters from TV shows or movies .

Line-art Commission/ Sketch Commission

What do you get: 1 digital file in JPG ~1000 x 1500 pixels, used for personal web display or non-profit use (i.e. not used for commercial enterprise). Delivery by email or secure download. You do not get the original unless you pay extra to ship the original. This is currently $20 which includes tracked delivery. This price is subject to change depending on shipping costs.

Because this is such an inexpensive commission, there are no adjustments included in the commission. You send me the description, I do the drawing and send you the scan or the scan and the original depending on what you have opted for.

Pencil Sketch - Portrait
From $20

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  • Pencil sketch – portrait
  • JPG file ~1000 x 1500 pixels
  • Original is available for purchase ($20 extra – registered postage)
  • Single character only
  • Pencil sketch on standard drawing paper
Pencil Sketch - Waist up of Full Body
From $35

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  • Pencil sketch – waist up, to full body
  • JPG file ~1000 x 1500 pixels
  • Original is available for purchase ($25 extra – tracked and registered postage)
  • Single character ($20 for additional animal or character) Maximum of 2 characters total per sketch
  • Pencil sketch on standard drawing paper

 

Digital Commission

What do you get: 1 digital file in JPG format @ 180 dpi, used for personal web display or non-profit use (i.e. not used for commercial enterprise). Delivery by email or secure download. If you require avatars made from the painting for use in a forum or within a game, please let me know and I can do this as part of the commission for no extra cost.

Small Portrait
From $50

Greyscale character portrait

  • Bust/ Head & Shoulders only
  • 4 x 6″ (Approximately 700 x 1000 pixel)
  • Small Portrait (Bust/ Head and shoulders)
  • Black & White/ Greyscale Only
Small Colour Portrait
From $100

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  • Bust/ Head & Shoulders only
  • 4 x 6″ (Approximately 700 x 1000 pixel)
  • Full colour, minimal background

 

Standard Portrait
From $140

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  • Half body – Full body
  • Greyscale or black & White lineart OR
  • Photoshop tinted pencil sketch
  • 8 x 10″ (Approximately 1500 x 1800 pixels)
Standard Portrait
From $175

Emerel Bard

  • 8 x 10″ (Approximately 1500 x 1800 pixels)
  • Half body – Full body
  • Full colour, simple background (i.e. one colour/ simple texture)
Detailed Portrait
From $250

Kesitah - Image exclusive use of client Ruchira And Ipsita - Succubus character portraits

  • 8 x 10″ (Approximately 1500 x 1800 pixels)
  • Half body – Full body
  • Full colour
  • Detailed background/ landscape

 

Payments:

I accept payments through PayPal in either US or Australian dollars (this includes credit card transactions). I do not take on speculative/ royalty only work.

Rights and Publishing:

Unless negotiated, all printing and publishing rights remain mine. Commercial commissions will be specific to the commission request, and I still prefer to maintain the right to display the work in my gallery. I do not sell full copyright on any artwork commissioned (unless a specific work for hire agreement is in place).

I have the right to refuse any commission for any reason, but in particular requests for copyrighted/ trademarked characters, or work of an offensive nature.

Got other questions? Would you like a quote? Please contact me.