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NAMU-THE-ORCA's commission sheet (updated) by namu-the-orca NAMU-THE-ORCA's commission sheet (updated) by namu-the-orca

Update: Altered prices, pics, and added a different type of digital commission as well as traditional commissions. 


Uploaded in full size so you can see all the examples clearly! Please go to the commissions journal here to get a spot: fav.me/d7tc7zz

How to commission me

1) I can only work on a limited amount of commissions at the same time, so if you're interested in a commission please comment or shoot me a note to see if anything's free. Places are usually filled on a first come, first serve basis (unless some pressing deadline has to come first). If you've got a place please send me a note/email with the info (as specified below). NOTE: bigger projects or 'official' scientific work operate on a separate basis. Please mail or note me for info and prices on those.

Commission:
Just denote the type of commission you want here, so either realism, semi-realism, sketch etc. etc. Also make clear whether you want a background or not.

Character(s) or animal(s):
Here's the place to tell me who's going to be in the picture. If it's an OC please provide me with a good reference sheet, or, in case that's not available, a (really) detailed description will do as well. For a real-life individual I will need a few good photos from multiple sides. It's always nice to know a little about an OC's/animal's character too, and, if applicable, the relationship between multiple individuals; it helps with painting them, especially if your idea for the painting is only general or vague. In case you don't want any specific animal but just an individual of a species there's no real need to include references here (I'll look those up myself) unless you of course have something special in mind, e.g. a specific kind of colouration or pose. 

The painting
This is your place to tell me what you want. Maybe you've no idea and want to leave everything up to me which is of course fine, but if you have any particular poses/lighting/mood/whatever in mind now's the chance to tell me ;) Please be as detailed and precise as you can be: I cannot read your mind across the internet and it'd be a shame if your particular idea just didn't happen in the painting because of a lacking description. If there's multiple characters/animals in the picture please describe what they are doing etc. Having a 2+ animal commission gets a bit boring if they're just sitting next to each other doing nothing! Background, if included, should also be described here. Again, be as detailed or general as you want and need to be.

2) When I get your note I may need to ask you some more questions in case anything is unclear to me. I'll run a 'final check' with you about what I have in mind for the painting and, if you've commissioned a real 'big' painting, will throw in a simple sketch to check up on poses/ideas. Obviously this won't be done with a sketch commissions because, well, it'd be basically finished by then. Once we've virtually shaken hands and agreed on our commission, you'll have to pay a 50% advance of the price. I won't start work before I receive that money!

3) I get to work and may keep contact with you if any questions still pop up during the painting process or if anything else needs to be communicated. Commissions may take up to 4 weeks to complete - most will be finished before that time, though, especially the simpler ones.

4) Once the commission is finished I will ask you to pay the other half of the price before I send a large version of the JPG file your way (at least 2500px wide/high and at 300dpi). That's that!



Terms, conditions, rights and other things to keep in mind

They are mentioned in the poster as well, but please keep these things in mind.

General:
:bulletblue: I know it says character almost throughout, but you DO NOT NEED A CHARACTER for a commission! If you just want a painting of three zebras gallopping across the savannah with a cheetah chasing them - totally fine. I paint 'general' (wild) animals just as happily as anything else :)
:bulletblue: I WILL draw practically any animal besides humans (still figuring out those, I don't want to pain you with my experiments). The only group I really seem to have some trouble with are felines, but they're no disaster. It may take a little more time for me to get something satisfactory which will show a little in the price, but good references and steady sketching will get me a long way. I'm always willing to try so please don't be hesitant to ask!
:bulletblue: Most of you who are familiar with my work will know that my specialities are cetaceans (all dolphins, whales and porpoises) and birds.
:bulletblue: I WILL NOT draw sexual themes. If you want a sweet picture of two Spinner dolphins gently gliding along belly to belly - that's fine - but nothing overly pornographic or totally focussed on your character's crown jewels. Excessive gore; basically the same deal. Animals will die and not everyone is lucky in life, especially not when you're a wild animal, but please don't ask me to paint something that's blood and guts everywhere with the sole purpose to look gross. Not sure how political one could get with animals, but I won't do racism, political views/themes either.

Payment and pricing:
:bulletblue: All prices are in Euros. If you need to convert to USD or any other currency, you can go to www.x-rates.com/calculator/
:bulletblue: All prices are based on ONE animal/character per piece. Additional fees apply for added animals/characters.
:bulletblue: Prices given for traditional pieces do NOT include shipping and/or framing.
:bulletblue: Prices for full traditional pieces, scientific illustrations and large projects are upon request only.
:bulletblue: I ONLY accept payment through Paypal, with real money. I do not and will not do point commissions.
:bulletblue: In case you decide to cancel your commission, you will be refunded based on how far I am in the painting process. Early stages: 100% refund (so that's your 50% advance) Halfway: 50% refund (I keep your advance but you won't have to pay the other half) Almost finished: 0% refund (you'll have to pay the other half of the price anyway).
:bulletblue: I know it says in the picture that prices shown are estimates because (amongst other things) "not everyone has an equal budget". Please don't see this as an invitation to come begging for me to lower my prices for you - there is a difference between 'Hi we are a nonprofit organisation and were wondering if we could get some discount on 10 illustrations we want to order' and 'aahhh I'm out of money you're expensive!!11!!1!'

Your and my rights:
:bulletblue: The copyright © of the painting remains with me. When you pay for a commission you pay for the painting itself, not for the copyrights involved (unless of course discussed otherwise). 
:bulletblue: Based on the above, you are not allowed to recreate, edit, alter, claim or profit from the bought commissions.
:bulletblue: Your characters (if any) remain copyrighted © to you.
:bulletblue: You may use the commission for personal use. You may repost to a private gallery or website, as long as credit is given to me Namu-the-orca/Frédérique Lucas and a link is provided to the original post here on deviantArt (or, in case it is not posted to my gallery, to my profile page here).
:bulletblue: I may decide to cancel and refund your commission at any time.
:bulletblue: I may refuse to accept a commission without having to tell you why.



A little note about the prices

Prices may change without notice; this is my first time doing commissions and as I very rarely keep track of how long I work on a piece, I'm not sure yet of how well aimed my current prices are. They may be raised or lowered in the future to better fit the hourly rate I have in mind and the actual time spent on a commission, and the price estimate I give you may not coincide with the prices given here (many of these, I have found, are rather too low).



COPYRIGHT NOTICE
All submissions in this gallery, be it photos, paintings or drawings, are copyrighted to me, Namu-the-orca. No one has the right to alter, distribute, copy or use my art without my written permission unless stated otherwise. My submissions are NOT stock

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:icontassietyger:
tassietyger Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh so tempted... I wanna see you do all of the flamingos and grebes of the world! Them, or American vultures and cranes.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooohhh that would be so awesome! I'm such a sucker for scientific illustrations that show a whole group of animals, plus birds are mega awesome so I'd totally love doing either of those. Feel more than free to be tempted enough : p 
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I agree, it just beautifully shows the diversity of nature. Another cool idea is to have ungulate families of the world including cetaceans. I have always wanted to do that, but they proven to be quite hard to draw at times.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oohh that would be neat too! Will definitely shake some people up I think, not many know the cetaceans are so related. Makes for an interesting poster, one whale amongst land dwellers haha.
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhmm the way I see it is on the left we have our perissodactyl families which going to the right are our artiodactyl families. The very far right is a representative of the hippo family, which leads us to all of the cetacean families which are above our land dwellers.

If I had the time and skill, it would be a very impressive poster. You are right it would shake some people. My girlfriend still cannot see how whales are hoofed mammals.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, that would be an interesting representation. I always find it curious to think how from the same common ancestor, the land-based ungulates turned into relatively peaceful grazers, while the cetaceans turned into some of the biggest hunters on this planet today. Going on their relatives on land, one would almost expect all of them to be more of the dugong and manatee type. Do you perhaps know where in the evolution of the cetaceans and the ungulates this split in diet became apparent? Were the earliest ancestors carnivores, and did the ungulates deviate from that diet by becoming herbivores, or was it the other way around, with the cetaceans becoming carnivores from a herbivore ancestor?

Well, if you'd ever be up for a big project commission like that, feel free to shoot me a note :) And no blaming your girlfriend, I was thoroughly surprised when I first heard it too! Although the water-living, echolocating hippo goes a way to span the gap.
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:icontassietyger:
tassietyger Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually there have been lots of papers that do discuss the evolutionary diet changes in ungulates. Based on the fossil record and the evolution of mammalian teeth, the ancestral ungulates would have been omnivorous and occupy a niche not unlike that of civets or raccoons. As the dinosaurs died out, that is when they experimented with their diets. Members of the perissodactyl line (Mesaxonia) became completely herbivorous. However in the artiodactyl line (Paraxonia) there have been several independent lineages of carnivores and herbivores. Among the paraxonians only two lineages evolved to be carnivorous - mesonychians and whales. Remember whales are descended from the hippo line (which they and the pigs were the only paraxonians left that retain the omnivorous ancestral diet), so there never really was a moment in the evolution of cetaceans where they ever had a sirenian phase of being aquatic herbivores. So to sum up your answer, whales were never carnivores or herbivores to begin with solely because these diets were experimented among ungulates themselves. The real answer is that whales were the few the ungulates that remained to be omnivorous until they fully became carnivores.

Yes, I will definitely note you some time about this! It would make a very great and powerful poster of evolution (not to mention I just love ungulates! :heart:) Plus it will convince my girlfriend otherwise (this is the only thing that we argued over in our relationship xD)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, thank you so much for that extremely helpful answer! Seriously I have been wondering about that for a while, so to have it clearly laid out like this is super enlightening. You sure know your ungulate evolution! I definitely learnt something new about the whales, thanks again :)
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MLP-HeartSong-FiM Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you horses? :o
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I do :) 
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MLP-HeartSong-FiM Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yee! How much in USD? :O
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that depends. As you can see on the sheet, prices vary greatly depending on what medium, what style and even what pose or individual animal you want. Also, as you can read in the instructions, there is a clear and easy way to go about commissioning something.
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MLP-HeartSong-FiM Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
kk! <3
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Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
now that I have a lot of points, like over 1000, can i commish things? :U
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm afraid not  - as it reads in my commission terms I only do commissions for real money, not deviantart points.
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Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh darn! well, nice stuff
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm sorry to have to reject people, but I'm afraid points are not all that useful in real life. Thanks!
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Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aww how much are full digitals in american ash? :O
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ash? do you mean usd? At any rate, you can see the prices on the sheet - that is what it is for
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Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
united states dollar ($) American money

aww kk! :D
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:icondolphingurl21stuff:
Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
can i commish a realistic color with bg? how cheap could you go?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sent you a note :)
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:icondolphingurl21stuff:
Dolphingurl21stuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D saw it!
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:iconpoorartman:
Poorartman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
great info
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you again :)
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:iconpoorartman:
Poorartman Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
anytime :)
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:icontavotrio:
tavotrio Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Great great! I probably will ask few commissions in the next year!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, that would be great! I'm looking forward to it :D
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:iconmistersaxon:
mistersaxon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to link to this page on FB if that's okay with you - I have a few friends who love their pets and, frankly, can probably afford to do something with you. Maybe nothing will happen, maybe your inbox will explode (but I doubt it). If it's a problem let me know and I'll unlink.

Honestly, I would love to commission a picture too but how are you with small mammals as the animal(s) in question would be guinea pigs? I'm not trying to book a slot (yet) - I was just wondering if that was the sort of thing you would do.

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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's totally cool - quite appreciated actually! As long as of course a link back is provided, but I'm pretty sure you've thought of that already :) Would be great to do some pet portraits, definitely something different from the usual whales and dolphins.

Small mammals should be fine. I'm gonna be honest and say I have never drawn/painted a guinea pig before, but pictures for reference and a practice sketch or two always come a long way, even with new species for me.
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mistersaxon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I linked straight to the commissions page - it seemed the easiest way :)

I thought you would be okay with guinea pigs - the trick is to capture a good expression since they have fairly expressive faces, in fact. Pets may not be what you want to do but they are the animals that most people will have a connection to so it might be a profitable side-line!

:sun:
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool! Never knew guinea pigs were that expressive in their faces, but I'll totally take your word for it :D Oh that's not what I meant at all, I'd really love to do some pet portraits. Different from the cetaceans, but that's exactly what makes it fun. And, like you say, it's the animals many people want to see in a piece of art!
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mistersaxon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It would be hard to draw it but here's an example: last night my son took a few chunks of carrot out to the guinea pig enclosure (they live in a heated, lit, shed rather than the house because my wife is allergic to them). Clearly they were expecting either salad leaves or grass because when he put the carrot in their run the just looked at it, at him, back at the carrot, at him again and then, /very/ grudgingly, dragged a piece of carrot away to devour in the dark.

He said their look was "very disappointed in him" :D I have said he should video every encounter...

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:iconangelmc18:
AngelMC18 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are you going to publish here that poster about killer whales distribution? i would love to see it.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I'm definitely going to, I'm just waiting for a reply from a Killer whale researcher who is an expert on distribution and ecotypes in the Atlantic. I still need a little help with that part of the world, since the current ranges are more questionmarks than actual ranges ;)
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:iconcalvinorca25:
CalvinOrca25 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
now thats all cool wish i had money to do things like that
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It'd be cool to do a commission for you; you can always note me if you do :)
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CalvinOrca25 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
will do :)
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:iconalfapachyderm:
AlfaPachyDerm Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what program you use to digitally create some of your art work? I am thinking about trying some digital pieces. 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My programme of use is mentioned in the description for all my digital pieces; it's Photoshop CS5 :) For a tablet I use a wacom intuos 3
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AlfaPachyDerm Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I appreciate it. Keep up the fantastic work!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No probs at all, thanks to you too! :D
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:iconomnicogni:
omnicogni Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   General Artist
nice!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank! :D
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:iconlestatsluver666:
Hmmmm, I saw someone mention tattoo designs....I shall keep this very high in my mind. I want to ge the the A42 orca's to celebrate seeing them in the wild, but am hesitant to design such a thing myself
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that sounds like an awesome idea for a tattoo - let me know if you'd be willing/ready to go ahead with such a project :)
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:iconlychnobia:
Lychnobia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I would definitely commission you if you would make traditional art :(
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've added traditional art as an option now! :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I have been thinking of adding traditional art to this overview - and I'd definitely be willing to do a traditional commission for you :) I work solely with pencil and pen though, paints aren't something I've really come to grips with yet.
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Lychnobia Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I am still thinking what kind of image I could commission from you...
Pretty hard to decide.
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