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Commissions and me

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 25, 2015, 10:38 AM



Hey dear friends and watchers

and especially dear commissioners waiting on my list,


I have to write a little journal about what it means to commission me as a private person, because I recently made the experience of dissapointing a commissioner for the first time.


At first:

I love to draw for private persons.


I love to hear all the stories behind each character, all the passion and effort that has been put into this fictional person.
It inspires me and makes me happy to read/see/hear that people around me are creative and are willing to give their creations trustful into my hands.
I love it to give your creation and imagination a face and a body and to visualize everything you want. I´m thankful for that. Thankful to have the chance, to be a part of your creativity.

Drawing for roleplayers and authors was always my dream. These drawings are my creative roots and i never want to stop with private commissions because of that.

Nevertheless, art is work - not only spending hours of joy.
Art is the result of years of practice, hours of frustration and last but not least, hopefully one day, my only job. I work as a freelancer for 4 years now, but art doesn´t pay my rent yet.
I have a part-time-job wich still pays my bills and wich (of course) takes 50% of my working time away. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season.
It´s difficult to live from art here in Germany and i´m not that kind of adventurous person who would just try it – come what may.

I tried to apply for many publishing houses during the last years and luckily i get more and more orders for publications. Especially the first months of this year were totally unexpected exciting!
It´s important for me to work for this clients, if i want to live from creating artworks one fine day.
The progress is slow, but i see and i feel it especially when it comes to private commissions.


And here is the gist of the matter.

Artwork for publishing houses always beats artwork for private clients.
Sounds hard, but its reality if i want to work for the industry.

Commissioning me means relative cheap prices (there are many artists with same skill that take more money), but you have to know that it also contains long waiting times.
Even when i already started your commission, it might be delayed for several weeks or months, if i get jobs for publishers.
I have to decline every work that has to be done fast (maybe for a birthday present in a couple of weeks or something like that) and i can´t promise to have something finished at fixed date.

I´m very sorry for that, but only publishers have the right to set a deadline for me, because they have fix marketing plans and put a lot of money into every publication. If i would finish my artwork too late, it would cause COSTS!
(....and they would never hire me again)


Important is:


Every private commissioner can be sure to get his work done, but it may take a lot of time!

Please consider this, if you want me to draw for you.

I hate dissapointing people, because i am known as a reliable person. I just had to fix this on virtual paper, for everyone to know.
If somebody on my waiting list is now not longer willing to wait, i´m totally okay with that. Just drop me a note and i will cancel your slot.

I might should have written this journal earlier and i´m sorry for everyone who had wrong expectations about me and my commissions.


Thanks for reading! Heart 



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Melanie
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Germany
Hey folks!

My name is Melanie, and i´m a freelancer!

I`m mainly an autodidact. My graphical education includes a vocational diploma for art and a few courses, like nude drawing.

During the last 4 years, i dared to go public with my art and worked at several role play conventions. I have mostly drawn original characters for other role players, which I still love to do! :)
I ´m a role player myself and i know how much passion, effort and love sticks in RPG characters. That was and is my biggest impetus: to catch their storyies on paper, to show a unique fictional person with all her strengths and weaknesses.

After drawing for private persons, i applied for several jobs at publishing houses and other companies.

Examples:
I drew for „Ulisses“ who publishes „The Dark Eye“, the biggest German Pen & Paper RPG.
DSA: Arms and armour by Phantagrafie
Also for "Splittermond" (Uhrwerk Verlag)
Moon Symbols by Phantagrafie
"Spherechild“ (another RPG)
Spherechild: Spaceship by Phantagrafie
for „Oldib Verlag“ who publishes dissertations and other scientific works referenced to J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bookcover: Yearning for middle earth by Phantagrafie
and for the winery "Steffen-Lex":
Riesling Fairy by Phantagrafie


I'm always looking for new partnerships, so if you are interested feel free to contact me via my illustrators email address:
phantagrafie@gmx.de
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Commissions and me

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 25, 2015, 10:38 AM



Hey dear friends and watchers

and especially dear commissioners waiting on my list,


I have to write a little journal about what it means to commission me as a private person, because I recently made the experience of dissapointing a commissioner for the first time.


At first:

I love to draw for private persons.


I love to hear all the stories behind each character, all the passion and effort that has been put into this fictional person.
It inspires me and makes me happy to read/see/hear that people around me are creative and are willing to give their creations trustful into my hands.
I love it to give your creation and imagination a face and a body and to visualize everything you want. I´m thankful for that. Thankful to have the chance, to be a part of your creativity.

Drawing for roleplayers and authors was always my dream. These drawings are my creative roots and i never want to stop with private commissions because of that.

Nevertheless, art is work - not only spending hours of joy.
Art is the result of years of practice, hours of frustration and last but not least, hopefully one day, my only job. I work as a freelancer for 4 years now, but art doesn´t pay my rent yet.
I have a part-time-job wich still pays my bills and wich (of course) takes 50% of my working time away. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season.
It´s difficult to live from art here in Germany and i´m not that kind of adventurous person who would just try it – come what may.

I tried to apply for many publishing houses during the last years and luckily i get more and more orders for publications. Especially the first months of this year were totally unexpected exciting!
It´s important for me to work for this clients, if i want to live from creating artworks one fine day.
The progress is slow, but i see and i feel it especially when it comes to private commissions.


And here is the gist of the matter.

Artwork for publishing houses always beats artwork for private clients.
Sounds hard, but its reality if i want to work for the industry.

Commissioning me means relative cheap prices (there are many artists with same skill that take more money), but you have to know that it also contains long waiting times.
Even when i already started your commission, it might be delayed for several weeks or months, if i get jobs for publishers.
I have to decline every work that has to be done fast (maybe for a birthday present in a couple of weeks or something like that) and i can´t promise to have something finished at fixed date.

I´m very sorry for that, but only publishers have the right to set a deadline for me, because they have fix marketing plans and put a lot of money into every publication. If i would finish my artwork too late, it would cause COSTS!
(....and they would never hire me again)


Important is:


Every private commissioner can be sure to get his work done, but it may take a lot of time!

Please consider this, if you want me to draw for you.

I hate dissapointing people, because i am known as a reliable person. I just had to fix this on virtual paper, for everyone to know.
If somebody on my waiting list is now not longer willing to wait, i´m totally okay with that. Just drop me a note and i will cancel your slot.

I might should have written this journal earlier and i´m sorry for everyone who had wrong expectations about me and my commissions.


Thanks for reading! Heart 



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Earthdawn: Legend by Phantagrafie
Earthdawn: Legend
Here it iiiis!
My favorite illustration that i did for the new german "Player´s guide of Earthdawn". It also is my desktop background at the moment.^^

This was SO MUCH FUN! :D
I had a lot creative freedom and could interprete the scene as heroic as i wanted! Yeeaaah!

La la la la Eeeeeeeepic sword, eeeeeeeepic armour, eeeeeeeepic story, baaaaadass f****** creepy monster! La la la la

Other illustration for Earthdawn RPG:
Earthdawn: Magic by Phantagrafie
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Terry, commissions and an event

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 16, 2015, 2:20 AM

Hey folks,


I recieved during the last days many comments and faves on my tribute to Terry Pratchett, who left the world way too early. It really lifts me up to see so much people care about his death and to share wonderful mermories that he have gave us through his books. This saturday, i met some old friends and we raised our glasses to honor this great man. We remebered the diskworld and all the loveable characters and we were sure, that Pterry was looking and smiling at us from above. Heart 

Tribute by Phantagrafie

I want to thank you, as usual for every single fav and comment, but it may take a while because i´m really busy working on several projects and illustrations AND my job is more time-consuming at the moment because of the easter rush.

My commission waiting list is growing, and i´m making very slow progress. Sorry for everyone who has to wait soooo long. :( (Sad) 

As a little reminder, and if you life around Bonn (germany), there is a possibility this weekend to get a little illustration without long waiting times.
I´m drawing life-commissions at the Fantasy-Pub "Voyager" and in the evening is a reading from my wonderful best friend and muse, Laura Flöter. She will read some parts of her two published novels "Der Engelseher" and "Nirgendland".

Art meets book Event by Phantagrafie

Join us if you want, i´m very much looking forward too see you there and have a little chat! :happybounce:





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Earthdawn: Magic by Phantagrafie
Earthdawn: Magic
Yay!
Ulisses published one of my illustrations for the upcoming new edition of "Earthdawn"!
Do you recognize the little girl from my teaser, a few weeks ago? Now yoe know what she is staring at :)

You can find the article about the new illustrations here: www.ulisses-spiele.de/neuigkei…

Other earthdawn illustration:
Earthdawn: Legend by Phantagrafie
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Habe mir erlaubt, dich auf meine Freundesliste zu setzen :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   General Artist
Immer gern! :)
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
sehr schön! +fav Heart +fav 
Mit Sonntagsgruss DF007
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Wow: was für eine phantastische Welt zum Eintauchen! Grosse Klasse +fav Heart +fav 
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   General Artist
Vielen dank! Wobei vieles natürlich auch der imagination meiner auftraggeber entspringt^^ ich sorge nur dafür dass es jemand zu sehen bekommt! :)
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gentleEvan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Beautiful art.
Your very pretty and you have such lovely eyes.
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   General Artist
Awww. You´re too kind^^ :blush:
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Chenria Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: vielen, vielen Dank für den Kuchen :la:
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015   General Artist
Bitte gerne! :D
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Tiamatus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Thank you so much for the fave!
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