Typically in the winter months I hibernate to some extent. Besides taking the time to enjoy the Holidays and my family and friends, I take a break from public appearances and concentrate on working in my studio exclusively; it’s just such a hectic time of the year. This year, however, I wanted to try something different. No, I won’t be attending any more conventions until 2016 (which is also just around the corner), but I am going to offer something that you can only get from me at conventions: commissions!
Beginning today and extending through January 31, I’m taking commission requests through the new Commissions Request Page (jmdesantis.com/commission-requests/). Of course, there are no guarantees that I will be able to get your commission out to you by Christmas or any other specific date, but I promise to get them done as quickly as possible and on a first-come-first-serve basis. So the sooner you make your request, the better chance you have of getting it quickly.
Also with this offer, I’m adding in a new commission type to my already extensive art commissions: writing commissions. I’ve been brainstorming for a while now how to offer something similar to a convention sketch using my writing. After all, offering commissions at conventions has made me a better artist, and I’m always looking for ways to push my writing more. So, I’m going to test the waters with this new commission type.
That said, the only type of writing I’m offering for commissions at this point is poetry (rhyme scheme or not). It’s the only type of writing that I think I can get done in a relatively short time while doing a good job. I’m not certain how much demand there will be for this commission type, but it is an effort to promote my writing a little more and give people who enjoy my writing an opportunity to get something as personal as my art commissions offer.
If you are interested in any of these commissions, please note that with my rigorous schedule for Chadhiyana, my web-comic, Gentleman Cthulhu, and my teaching job, I have very limited time to complete any commissions. I can estimate completing only one or two per week and of course my contractual work with my publisher and my job take precedence. There are 10 weeks from now until January 31 (not including this week), so that means between 10 and 20 requests is all I’ll be able to handle (maybe with a little spill over toward the end of January, as I’ll take requests up to January 31).
Again, I’ve done commissions in the past, but only at conventions. This is the first time ever that I’m offering this service outside of a convention setting (well, there was one time a few months ago, but that was only because I wasn’t attending Baltimore Comic-Con as I usually do). The idea came because I had people asking me about doing commissions remotely at New York Comic Con. And while I answered I don’t usually, I did offer to work things out for them.
If this works, it may become something of a regular thing–but let’s test it out first. That’s why I’m offering this for a limited time only. We’ll see how it goes.
Interested in a commission? Visit the Commission Request Page (jmdesantis.com/commission-requests/) for contact information and price guides.