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Not all designs will work with my style and process. The main things I will
consider when deciding whether to accept a commission are how much I like the
design, and if I can actually make it happen successfully.
This section includes policies specific to commissions; please read the regular
policies page as well as this one for complete information.
Pricing: Custom posable creatures of my usual complexity will tend to range
from around $750-$1000 (USD). (Simpler creatures, such as Mmpoffs or Eagle Wyrms,
will be significantly less than that). Certain creatures may be available in a
made-to-order semi-custom style for a fixed price (unless you desire significant
modifications). Current made-to-order creatures can be found in my
and/or will be announced via my newsletter and social media.
Reference: If you’ve got a specific image in your
head, please do your best to communicate it to me. Images and text desciption are
both good. If there are issues with your design that I anticipate having difficulties
translating into my medium, I will of course discuss this with you. Please be proactive in describing what you want;
I will fill in the gaps and make it work with my style.
Size: You do not get to decide the size of the creature. My workflow is adaptive
and intuitive, and it’s really hard to work towards an exact size.
Coloring: No totally solid colored creatures. Gradients and markings are great!
Dark markings on light backgrounds are ideal. Light markings on dark backgrounds
are difficult, but if they are not too tiny, it can be done. Metallic or glow in
the dark paint on fur is not possible. (Painting the fur is like watercolor or
markers: the colors are translucent, and they do not erase. Clay sections of the
creature are done with normal acrylic paint and can have all the details and
metallic/iridescent colors you want.)
I will tell you when we are discussing your design if a new fur is needed.
I do a LOT with adding color to the fur, but some looks can only be created by
starting with the right base. If your commissioned creature requires that I buy new fur,
you pay 50% of what it costs for me to acquire that fur. That includes buying swatches,
shipping, and the actual price of the fur.
The reason for this is that faux fur fabric is expensive. It can cost $30-$60 (USD) per
yard/meter, and often can only be purchased online in whole yard/meter increments. Finding
the right fur can require extensive searching, and I will need to get swatches of it to
make sure it will work. (There is a LOT of bad quality or not dense enough fur out there.
The only way I can tell if it is good is to touch it and test trim it.) You can expect
to pay something like $20-$50 if I’m getting a new fur for you. I’ll keep you in the
loop as I’m shopping for it.
Please bear in mind that the process of getting new fur may add several weeks to the
make time of your commission.
I don’t mind getting new fur - I will eventually be able to use it on more than just
your project. This is why I’m only asking that you pay for half.
Furred faces: Creatures with fully furred faces will cost more.
It takes many many many extra hours to create this look, and it’s
incredibly tedious. Yes, it looks really good, so I will do it! But it will
cost at least $100 more than if it was not a furred face. (NOTE: “non furred”
faces will still have the face edges blended into the body.)
Feet: A couple of claws on soft paws are the easiest feet to make. Fancier
feet take longer and may cost more.
Wings: No feathery wings. No feathers. I have bad luck with them.
No wings of any kind that I have not previously made.
Remakes: It is not possible for me to recreate a design exactly.
Each creature (with a few exceptions) is made from scratch, one of a kind, without a
mold or pattern, which makes it very difficult to replicate. Understand that if I
agree to a remake commission, it will be based on the original, NOT an exact copy.
The exception being semi-custom creatures and resin-cast creatures - these will still
have slight variations, but they will be far more twinlike than something made fully
Fanart: I will consider fanart on a case by case basis. If your desired design is fanart,
please make that very clear and tell me what show/game/book/movie it’s from.
Concept Sketches: I do not provide concept sketches as part of commissions.
Very rarely are detailed sketches part of my workflow.
I often do rough sketches to figure out the scale of the body or work out color ideas, but
I am much happier (and much better at) sculpting than sketching. I find I think better
in clay than in pencil. Trust me, you don't want to see the sketches.
Communication & Timing
Please contact me via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep emails to
one thread - it’s really confusing if you send me a whole bunch of separate emails.
Comments and DMs on social media are not an acceptable method of communication
about anything purchase-related.
Creatures take a long time to make, and involve a lot of steps with bake time,
dry time, etc. Please allow about a month for commission completion from the time
I actually start work on it. (Simple creatures, like Mmpoffs, will take significantly
less time.) I really appreciate your patience as I work to make the best creature I
can for you. I tend to send a couple of progress updates throughout the process,
especially if I need more input on the design, but don’t hesitate to ask me for progress
reports if you feel like you haven’t heard from me in awhile.
I reserve the right to photograph your commission. I do photography outdoors in natural
light. This means that I am at the mercy of nature to provide me with suitable weather,
which may not be plentiful at all times of year. It may take several days or weeks before I
can take pictures of your completed creature. If for whatever reason you do not wish to have your
commission's pictures made public, or maybe you commissioned a gift and want the images withheld
from the internet until the giftee has received the item, please let me know upfront.
If you need your creature done by a certain time (Christmas, birthday, etc), you
need to tell me upfront. I will do my best to oblige.
By purchasing my work, you gain ownership of the physical item itself.
Copyright remains with me (Calyn McLeod, aka Fruit-Bat-Phoenix). The design remains
my intellectual property.
If there is an exception to this rule, it will be explicitly noted in writing.
If I create a commissioned work based on a detailed character design
that you created and provided to me, then the design is your copyright.
All photographs that I take of your commission will remain my copyright.
(You are most welcome to share these images with a mention of Fruit-Bat-Phoenix!)
Payments will be made via Paypal, check, or another payment method we agree upon.
I can accept credit cards through my shop.
I will start work on the commission only after you have paid me a non-refundable down
payment of 25% of the total price, not including shipping.
I will ship your creature when it is paid for in full, including shipping. The
remaining 75% of the price + shipping may be paid in up to 3 installments, with
the last payment being not more than 3 months from the time of completion of the
commission. (You may pay me before or after the commission is complete; I have no
Things happen, I understand. If for some reason you wish to delay or change a
payment plan, please communicate with me about it. In most cases, I will be
able to work with you.
If for whatever reason you decide to cancel the commission before it is complete,
and you communicate to me that this is the case, I will refund 25% of the payments
that you have made beyond the down payment. If you ghost me for more than 1 month,
I will assume that you have abandoned the commission, and you forfeit the refund,
even if you contact me again after that month has passed. (By “ghost” I mean that
you are not responding to emails, not paying me, and/or generally being completely
To determine the shipping cost for your commission, I need to know your country of residence
and any special shipping requests you might have. (I will not falsify contents, value, or gift status
on international shipments). My default is to choose the least expensive shipping option + insurance.
I don't need your full address until it's time to ship the item.
See policies for more information on my shipping practices.