Commissions are open now through January 2018, so hurry and get your name on the list!

J. M. DeSantis is raising his commission prices in 2018 (after January)!
To get a commission at the prices listed below, get on the November 2017 – January 2018 commissions list.


J. M. DeSantis opens commissions through his website on his off-convention season (November through January of the following year). Limited space is available as J. M. can handle only about one or two requests per week (with his commitments to ChadhiyanaGentleman Cthulhu, other projects, and his teaching job). Commissions can be mailed to anywhere in the world. Keep in mind that shipping outside of the United States (J. M.’s current residence) is of course more expensive.

No reproductions or publications may be made using commissioned art or writing! All commissions (art and writing) are for personal use and display only; not for reproduction or publication! J. M. DeSantis reserves the right to reproduce or publish any commissioned piece, unless otherwise requested, or if the work is not his by origin (i.e. a commission featuring your original character will not be reproduced). Pricing differs for all professional writing jobs, fine art, and illustration work. Please refer to the CONTACT PAGE and send an inquiry for those prices and availability.

Commission prices are listed below (and subject to change at J. M.’s discretion). Use the contact form or e-mail link further below for inquiries and requests (be sure to include the word COMMISSION in your message’s title).


All art commissions (as listed below) are such as typical of an artist at a comic convention. They include one character with a blank background.

Commission Examples by J. M. DeSantis
Commission Examples by J. M. DeSantis

Types of Commissions

Black & White A pencil drawing, outlined and shaded using pen and inks (pencils-only are available by request; same price).

Colour A character on a flat colour background (unless otherwise commissioned). Coloured using watercolours and outlined in black pen.

Fine Art Unlike Colour Commissions (which have a flat colour background), “fine art” commissions have layered colours and textures in the background and are decorated with various imagery and text associated with the character(s) depicted. Coloured inks are also used to further enhance the image.

Other types of commissions are available upon request (such as acrylic paintings). Inquire below. Special pricing will apply.


Pricing in BOLD black reflect current prices.
Pricing in RED reflect planned increases in February 2018; subject to change.


Size/Type B&W Colour “Fine Art”
4″ x 6″ $15.00–>
6″ x 9″ (sketch books) $45.00 $60.00 $90.00 (not avail on all SBs)
9″ x 12″ $30.00>
11″ x 14/17″ $60.00 –>
$80.00 –>
$120.00 –>
Sketch Covers $40.00–>

NOTE: Sketch covers need longer drying times and tend to need more layers of watercolours, due to the paper types used.

Extras (add to above prices)

  • Headshots = 1/2 price (not available on 11”x14”/17”) (new in Feb 2018!)
  • Additional Characters* = +$20.00 ea > + $30.00 ea
  • Full Body Characters* = +$10.00 ea character (new in Feb 2018!)
  • Full Background* = + $30.00 – $60.00 (varies; artist’s discretion)
  • Suggested Background (basic, vague shapes; silhouettes) = +$20.00 (new in Feb 2018!)
  • Wraparound Sketch Covers = up to double price (artist’s discretion
  • Add Text to Art = +$5.00 (up to 24 words) (new in Feb 2018!)

*not available on small 4″x6″ or 6”x9” commissions

NOTE: Additional charge of up to $20.00/piece may be added for intricate details and/or colors. (new charge in Feb 2018!)



Writing commissions are printed on paper and may use any font of your choice. Handwritten commissions are available (see pricing below).


Per 4 Lines = $10.00 (Thus: 8 line poem = $20.00; 12 line poem = $30.00; etc).

When commissioning poetry, please indicate rhyme scheme (AA-BB, ABAB) or if you wish to have none at all.

Extras (add to above prices)

  • Handwritten (neatly; rather than printed) = $2.00/line
  • Calligraphy (rather than printed) = $5.00/line*

*NOTE: J. M. does not currently offer calligraphy as a stand-alone service!


Be sure to include the word COMMISSION in your message or e-mail title (this way J. M. has an easier time finding it and your request won’t get lost in J. M.’s often overflowing mailbox.). J. M. DeSantis currently accepts PayPal only. Shipping charges will apply.

Please do not send any payment until the commission has been agreed upon and you have been placed in J. M.’s commissions schedule. Receipts available upon request. Full payment must be received before commission is mailed or delivered.

By contacting J. M. DeSantis about your commission, you hereby agree to all of the above terms.

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