Sunday, April 22, 2018

Commission Artwork Price List, Spring-Summer 2018

Don Simpson Commission Artwork Price List, Spring-Summer 2018

Update: I've been drawing comic book convention sketches and commissioned art pieces for fans and collectors since 1984, and most of these can be found on the internet (there are almost as many Don Simpson drawings of Spider-Man, a character I've never drawn professionally, as there are of Megaton Man, my most famous creation!). Some of the better examples can be found on the Comic Art Fans website and on my Donald Simpson Facebook page.

As convention season rolls around again in 2018, I look forward to crafting at least a few more (I'm planning on 3 Rivers Comic Con in Pittsburgh May 19-20, 2018 and NEO Comic Con in Northeast Ohio August 19, 2018). If you are planning on attending one of those shows, it's always a good idea to make your commission/sketch request ahead of time, and if you're NOT going to be anywhere near a show this summer, you can still purchase a piece of Don Simpson art with your favorite character via post!

I am particularly grateful for the commissions and freelance assignments I have received since the spring of 2014, when more than a decade of college finally came to an end (I now consider myself a "recovering academic")! Thanks again for your support, and help me pay back my student loans!! -- Dr. Donald E. Simpson, PhD

Don Simpson Commission Art Price List, Spring-Summer 2018

Email me what you have in mind and budget: donaldsimpson1713 - at - gmail - dot - com.

Collector commissions are so unique and personal that any price list attempting to be comprehensive quickly becomes impossibly unwieldy. Recently, I have created several commissions in the neighborhood of $200-$500, for single character pin-ups in ink to multiple characters in cover-like compositions. A number of factors, including complexity, number of characters, background, medium (pencil, ink, watercolor, color pencil), subject matter, etc., and good old-fashion availability and schedule affect this price of a given commission.

Generally, a commission consists of a full-figure drawing of a character in pencil or ink. I don't have separate pricing for "head shots," "torso up," or other configurations, as do other artists. I don't use markers or anything impermanent or that will fade or discolor over time; I use only the finest archival materials! (An exception to this is some of the non-commission preliminary layout work I do professionally as an illustrator, and occasionally in person for sketching at conventions.)

(I also have not done very many "sketch cards" or blank variant sketch covers-- but please inquire!)

Drawing a sketch in your sketchbook obviously entails additional shipping and logistics.

What follows is only the most basic ballpark of price lists:

My characters/creations (including Megaton Man, Bizarre Heroes, Border Worlds, "In Pictopia," etc.)

Basic 11" x 14" Strathmore 400 Drawing or Bristol, pen/brush and India ink: $200 on up.

Display 14" x 17" or 12" x 18" Strathmore 400 drawing or Bristol, pen/brush and India ink: $500 on up.

Color pencil on Strathmore Toned Grey, 9" x 12": $200 on up.

Other media may be available; please inquire.

Particularly complex or detailed characters such as Megaton Man, Yarn Man, and Jenny Woodlore in her textured spacesuit are more involving and labor-intensive, and may be priced 25%-50% more.

Number of characters, backgrounds, color, etc. will influence pricing.

Postage: add $20 to cover packaging and shipping via USPS First Class in the US. (Special shipping instructions may involve additional fee.)

"Special Requests" (and what isn't a "special request" in a custom-made commission)?!):

Popular characters that are not mine (straight or parody): Since I am drastically limited in the ways that I can publicize and exploit images of characters that are not my own creation (and not under my trademark or copyright), I generally charge 25% more, on up.

Requests likely to antagonize copyright holders legally, morally, or otherwise will not be considered.

Frontal Nudity/Explicit Erotica: Ordinarily, I will NOT draw my mainstream characters (Megaton Man, Bizarre Heroes), or other popular characters that are not mine, completely or partially nude or in compromising sexual or suggestive situations. I reserve the right to turn down any request I find objectionable for any reason. Please inquire if you have any questions.

Border Worlds, a "Mature Readers"/"Adult" title, is a different matter; many requests are subject to ordinary pricing, but commissions involving nudity or eroticism begin at 150% of the above prices, and may be turned down for any reason. Please inquire.

Commissions for Anton Drek characters (Wendy Whitebread, Forbidden Frankenstein, et al, signed using the pseudonym "Anton Drek") involving nudity or graphically explicit situations begin at 150% (mild nudity) to 200% (graphically explicit), on up. Please inquire.

Please note: I reserve the right to turn down any request I find objectionable for any reason.

Approval: For many commissions involving ink and/or coloring, I am able to email a preliminary sketch or pencil version to make sure it the buyer's expectations before finalizing the art.

Payment: check is preferred (mailing instructions will be provided); Paypal fees must cover the price of the art and shipping fee, plus 2.9% of the total + .30 (30 cents) per transaction. Please don't try to scam Paypal by claiming you are "family!"

The Paypal Fee Calculator is a handy online tool for estimating total prices.

This list does not cover everything by a long shot, so you'll just have to contact me!

Go for it: Describe your commission request to me at donaldsimpson1713 - at - gmail - dot - com and please be as detailed as you can. I will respond as promptly as possible. Thanks!

Update 2017: Some recent convention sketches and commissions have been colored pencil on grey or tan paper:

More traditional pen and ink commissions are below:

Pen and ink, private commission for Brian Cremins, presented to Harlan Ellison in 2015. Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel are ™ and © DC.

Pen and ink, private commission for James Hall, 2015. Dracula's Daughter is ™ and © Don Simpson, all rights reserved. Mr. Monster is ™ and © Michael T. Gilbert, all rights reserved.

Pen and ink, private commission for Flavio Pessanha, 2015. In Pictopia is ™ and © Alan Moore and Donald Simpson, all rights reserved.
 Blank cover variants (you supply):

A recent commission for a blank cover variant! (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more recent commissions.)
Characters created by Don Simpson are ™ and © Don Simpson, all rights reserved; the artist exclusively retains all rights to reproduce commissioned artwork in any medium whatsoever without limitation. Ownership of physical artwork by collectors does not include any right to reproduce or exploit such copyrighted images without express written permission of the artist.

All other characters are ™ and © their respective owners.

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