This section includes policies specific to commissions; please read the regular
policies page as well as this one for complete information.
Current Status: OPEN - LIMITED
(Updated 8/25/22) I am currently only accepting commission types on the first list below. I am NOT looking for OOAK posable art doll
commissions at this time, and I make no guarantees about future availability. That said, if you're interested, you're welcome to
email me at email@example.com to tell me about what you're interested in. If it's something I might be interested in
making in the future, I'll make a note and contact you later if/when I am open for commissions of that variety.
Currently available commission types:
- Eagle Wyrms - $340 (slots: 6 (4 short brow, 2 long brow)) (example example)
- Mosspigs - $500 (slots: 3) (example)
- Ornate Fantasy Bird Skulls - $50 (slots: 3) (examples in the shop)
- Pumpkin Pincushions - $50 (slots: n/a) (example)
- Dragonfly Dragons - $350 (slots: n/a) (example)
- Miscellaneous Projects - $? (slots: n/a) (drawing, painting, graphic design, odd jobs, etc?)
Closed commission types (for pricing reference):
Note 1: Just because it’s on the currently available list doesn’t mean I can accept commissions for it right away.
I may have other projects in progress that need completing first.
Note 2: Prices listed are the base prices. If your design requires significant additions, the price may change.
See “Design & Pricing” below for complete details.
- Fantasy Foxes - $900 (slots: 1) (example) Can have 1-3 tails.
- Bonewolves - $800 (slots: 1) (example)
- Toucangriffs - $1000 (slots: 2) (example)
- Cloud Antelopes - $800 (slots: 3) (example)
- OOAK posable art doll creatures - $$$-$$$$ (Slots: ?) (See sections below for design & pricing details)
I will typically announce any open commission slots first via my newsletter
and then on social media, but you are also welcome to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Commissions will be awarded more or less on a first-come, first-serve basis. If I am not able to take
your commission at the time you first ask me about it, but might be able to later, I can add you
to my commissions interest list for the type of commission you are interested in. Persons on the
list will get first dibs when the commissions are opened. Interest lists are not binding in any way
- nothing is finalized until money changes hands.
See the above section for a price list of current semi-custom items.
Fully unique commissions are particularly stressful for me, and I will only accept them
occasionally and if I really love the design. Completely custom posable creatures of my usual
complexity will range from $850-$1500+. Prices for simpler creatures and other projects vary widely
and may be significantly less!
Design & Pricing
Pricing: Pricing: The total price of a commission = (Base price of creature/item*)+
(Any modification costs**)+ (Shipping***) + (Any extra materials costs****).
- *See previous sections for current prices.
- **Minor changes to the design (like 1 extra tail) won’t change the price;
more involved changes might cost extra.
- ***Scroll down to the end of this page for shipping info.
- ****If your project requires me to acquire some special material, I may ask you
to pay for this. If it’s something that I can use for future projects too,
(like a new color of fur), I might only bill you for part of the cost. Your
bill for new materials costs will take into account all or part of what I pay
to have that material shipped to me and/or cost of any samples I have to order
(if applicable). I will ALWAYS discuss with you before any money changes hands
if I need special materials and what the cost of those might be. Details
specifically on new fur for posable creatures are addressed later in this section.
Reference: If you’ve got a specific image in your head, please do your best to
communicate it to me. Images and text description 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.
- 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.
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 on completely OOAK creatures.
Please read the descriptions in my galleries to get an idea of how big they tend to be.
Creatures made with resin parts/patterns will be similar in size to previous works
made with those parts/patterns.
Coloring: No totally solid colored creatures.
(Example of as close to
solid colored bodies as I am willing to do.) 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. (If you ever see a glow in the dark fur for sale, please
point me in its direction!) (Painting the fur is like watercolor or markers: the colors
are translucent, and they do not erase.) Resin/polymer 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/flocked 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 more than if it was not a furred face. “Non-furred”
faces will still have the face edges blended into the body!
(A fully furred face)
(A non-furred face)
Feet: A couple of claws on soft paws are the easiest feet to make. Fancier
feet take longer and may cost more.
Wings: No wings of any kind that I have not previously made.
Feathers: No. Sorry. I have bad luck with them.
Remakes: It is not possible for me to recreate a design exactly.
Understand that if I agree to remake a creature, it will be based on the original,
NOT an exact copy. If the work is older, the remake will be better quality! The more
resin parts and/or patterns used in a given design, the more similar it can be to a
past work. Prices on remakes will be consistent with my current quality of work,
not the price of the original.
Concept Sketches: I do not typically 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.
Communication & Timing
Please contact me via email to email@example.com. 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.
Commissions are SLOW. Creatures take a long time to make, and involve a lot of steps
with bake time, dry time, etc. Please allow something like 1-2 months for commission
completion from the time I actually start work on it. (Simple creatures, like Mmpoffs,
tend to take significantly less time.) I really appreciate your patience as I work to
make the best creature I can for you. I am far more interested in quality than speed,
and I do not thrive on rushing. I am invariably happier with the results when I give a
project the time to tell me what it wants. Some steps of making these creatures are not
reversible (especially trimming and painting the fur) and rushing is a bad idea. Also,
there are many periods of letting glue and paint dry, sometimes overnight.
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, you need to 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, or if it’s not possible, I’ll let you
know before any money changes hands.
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.
I may make similar works in future and sell them to other people.
If there is an exception to this rule, it will be explicitly noted in writing and needs
to be discussed upfront. (For example, if I make a doll of your original character based on
reference images you provide me, I will acknowledge that it is not my design, and I will not copy
it to sell to others.)
All photographs that I take of your commission will remain my copyright. (You are more than
welcome to share these images with a mention of Fruit-Bat-Phoenix, though!)
Payments will be made via Paypal, credit card, or check. I may make a listing for you to
pay me via my shop, or send you a paypal invoice.
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.
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 preference).
I will ship your creature when it is paid for in full, including shipping.
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
*Things happen, I understand. If for some reason you wish to delay or change a payment
plan, please communicate with me about it! In virtually all cases, I will be able to
work with you! These rules are here so I can have something to point to if something
goes really wrong; in reality I’m quite chill. As long as I get paid in full eventually,
My default is to choose the least expensive USPS shipping option + insurance.
See Policies for more information on my shipping practices.
To get the cheapest shipping, I may ask if you are ok waiting to make the final payment
until the commission is complete and ready to go. I can then measure and weigh the parcel
and charge you the right amount.