Q: Wait a sec, didn't you previously go by CMWyvern?
A: Yes, my old art name was CMWyvern. I changed to Fruit-Bat-Phoenix in fall 2019. (CMWyvern was hard for people to spell and say*, and Fruit-Bat-Phoenix felt less confusing as well as more authentic to me personally). If you see images floating around on the internet watermarked as CMWyvern, they are mine.
*A wyvern is basically a dragon with two legs instead of the usual four. I assumed this was common knowledge when I choose my old name, but it turns out that for many people, this is a lesser-known bit of trivia.
Q: Can I buy ____?
Q: Is ____ for sale?
Q: What is the price of ____?
A: Is it in my shop? If yes, you can buy it there. If it is in the gallery but not in the shop, it is not for sale, and that exact item is either already sold or not for sale. Similar items may or may not appear in the future. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the work. Posable creatures may range from $200-$900, but that is just a vague estimate.
Q: Will you make a commissioned creature for me?
A: Possibly. Some creatures may be available on a made-to-order basis. Fully open ended commissions may occasionally be opened. Please sign up for my newsletter to be alerted when commissions open. I find commission work stressful, and parts of my work are weather dependant, so I will not take commissions frequently. That said, feel free to email me to discuss a design at any time. If I am especially enthused by your idea, I will be more inclined to work with you.
Q: How should I care for my posable creature doll?
A: Gentle is best! I design my dolls to be as durable as possible - but they are fine art, not toys. Infrequent posing, handling your doll with clean, dry hands, and storing your doll out of direct sunlight and the hands and mouths of small children and pets, will make sure your doll lasts for many, many years. If your creature gets dusty or its fur needs styling, please blow, shake, or gently brush it. NEVER get the fur wet - this will weaken the color on the fur and allow it to rub off. Varnished areas of the clay/resin parts of the doll are quite water resistant; unvarnished areas are slightly water resistant. (Acrylic paint is not water soluble once dried, but it can absorb moisture, which will make it more likely to scratch off.)
Q: Will you make a tutorial or otherwise tell me how to make something?
A: Sorry, but no, not really, not yet. Making a tutorial is not super high on the priority list, but it is a someday possibility. If such a thing happens, I will edit this FAQ to include it. Note: I tend to talk a lot more about the process if you happen to have a conversation with me in the real world. Don’t be a stranger!
Q: Why is shipping expensive?
A: It is what it is. If you don’t believe me, walk into a post office and mail something. Large companies (aka Amazon) have normalized “free” shipping, but the fact is, shipping is not actually free. Little guys like me cannot afford to eat the cost, unfortunately.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: Yes. I acknowledge that my work can be expensive, and if paying in installments is helpful for you, I am happy to work with you. More information on payment plans can be found in Policies and Commisions .
Q: Where'd you get such a slick website?
A: I wrote the code myself! No prior experience, no formal classes. My knowledge comes mostly from w3schools, with some key tips and help from of a couple of code-savvy friends, and a handful of miscelaneous online articles. Visual Studio Code is the free program I used for writing html and php.