I started playing a cool, complex dog breeding sim game – http://www.dynastydog.com
I’m djinni over there. Check it out if you’re into pet games and genetics! I made some cartoony dog bases you’re welcome to color and use on the site. Load these png files into your favorite art app and have at it.
Aaaaand, requests are now closed! There are 207 requests, and the tip tally is at $1,312. Now’s the part where I settle in to do the work.
First off, this weekend, I’ll be sending out emails to folks who got tip incentive commissions, to get the notes and references I need to make your art!
Then, I’ll be working on that art and the icons themselves. I’m estimating this batch will take me about two months. It’s a little larger than the last batch.
The incentive goals! I’ll be making 15 bonus icons for randomly chosen requests. I’ll also be doing 3 animal art card prizes, and two art streams to create as many more animal art card prizes as I can! This is great, because every animal art card brings me closer to my animal trivia card pack!
I am trying to think of another fun incentive for you all, since this was a very successful icon day. I will keep you posted! Or… maybe I will make it a surprise? We’ll see! 😀
Since we raised $1,312, I’ll be donating 10% to the cat rescue where I got Herbie and Gremlin. I am quite pleased to be bringing them 140 dollars tomorrow. This will help to cover a little bit of the ever present medical and food expenses for their cats.
Thanks to all who participated! This is always fun. 🙂
Tonight’s the last night for requests! Get yours in before I close requests tomorrow morning! I usually wake up around 8, and I’ll probably give it a little more time to catch those last-minute requests, but then we’re done.
There are 190 requests, and the tip tally is now at 1104! So, everyone who tips gets two icons, and I’ll be doing more icon prizes, too! Thank you so much to everyone who’s participated! Once I have the final total tomorrow morning, I’ll bring our 10% donation down to the cat rescue on Friday.
This morning, there are 177 requests, and the tip tally is at $899. At 1,000 everyone who tips gets two icons, and there are two more days to get in a request. Will we hit the incentive goal? :O
If tips go over 1,000, I’ll add a new incentive. If they hit 1,100 I’ll add in 5 more icon prizes, and if it hits 1,200 I’ll do a second art card stream. I also want to think of something else fun to do if we hit that amount, but I haven’t decided what, yet.
There are now 151 requests, and the tip tally is at 753. You have until I wake up on Thursday morning to get in your requests, so have at it!
In other news, I am currently camping out in our walk-in closet with these two fine individuals:
The orange and white furred fellow is Herbie Buttons, and the black furred fellow is Brigadier General Gremlin. They are both quite pleased to be here, and I am so happy to welcome our two new cat friends into the family!
Here’s the update for day three! The tip tally is at 570, so there will be an art stream, more bonus icons, and we’re over halfway to folks who tip getting two icons. There are 113 requests, and there’s still plenty of time to get in a request! http://thestorydragon.com/?p=938
It’s the second day of icon requests for batch #29, and it’s off to a great start! There are 67 requests, and tips are at 357 – this means there will be 5 randomly chosen bonus icon prizes, 3 animal art card prizes, and we’re ~140 dollars shy of 5 more bonus icons plus the art stream. So, that is pretty awesome! Thank you to those who are participating! 😀
There’s lots of time to get in your request, here: http://thestorydragon.com/?p=938
Icon Day 28 has been completed, so you know what that means… it’s time for Icon Day 29! First, I have a bit of news.
New Location – The Story Dragon Studio is now located in the back office of The Casual Collector, located at 1215 Cornwall Ave. in downtown Bellingham! The goal of our new space is for it to be an open studio setting where folks can come visit and see artists at work, and for local artist friends to hang out and create. Swing on by and say “hi” if you’re in the area, and check out all the awesome collectables, curios and weird stuff in the main store!
Cats – It’s now been two months since my cat Vincent’s passing, and he is sorely missed. He can never be replaced, but because we have room in our household, we have the opportunity to adopt two new cats who have been waiting for homes at a local rescue. Herbie Buttons, a 2 year old boy, has been with the rescue since he was a kitten. He is a cuddly guy who will be my new Emotional Support Animal as a part of my anxiety treatment. It’s my hope that he’ll also like to come to the studio with me and be our shop cat! We’ll see what his comfort level is with this, of course. The other cat is his friend, Gremlin, who has been waiting for a home ever since she came into the rescue 4 years ago. That’s a long time to wait – so we’re happy to be working with the rescue to make this happen.
Icon Day – This is an event that I periodically run, where you can get a user avatar for free, or for a tip! There are also additional pictures you can get along with your icon, as tip incentives. If this sounds like fun to you, read on! (Why is it called Icon Day when requests are open for several days, and the batches take me a couple months to complete? It started off as a single-day event – all the icons I could draw in a day – but the project expanded and grew. Now, I think of “Icon Day” as the day I send out all the finished icons!)
Requests are: CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who participated! If you missed out on this batch, I’ll likely have another when this one is completed.
What will I get? You will get a 100 x 100 pixel icon made in watercolor and ink, scanned in, with a thin black border added, in my usual cartoony style. The original art is not shipped out, but you will get a high resolution (300 x 300 pixel) version as well. Both will be delivered to your email!
Here is a link to the last batch, so you can see examples – http://thestorydragon.com/?p=588
And you can see many past batches on my livejournal – http://djinni.livejournal.com/tag/icon%20day
Free Icons in this batch will be ink and one color of watercolor – you can choose, or I’ll choose one for you!
If you tip, your icon will be in ink and full color! If your character is largely one color, this will still include the colors I use to shade and make the picture pop, and a choice of background color if you’d like.
When will I get it? I aim to get the icons done in ~2 months. I work on them around other projects, and of course, the actual amount of time might vary depending on the size of the batch and what other work comes my way. Fear not, however! I have done this 28 times in the past and drawn literally thousands of icons for folks. You will get your art – and if you don’t, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll sort that out.
Here’s where I include a little note – I know my limits, and if the number of requests nears it, I reserve the right to end the request window earlier than planned. But, don’t worry – I will post a note here if I do. If you don’t see that note, send in your requests!
Charity – the primary goal of Icon Day is not charity fundraising. I’m adopting new cats soon, and certainly tips will go into that budget, which is fun, but not any sort of emergency. I’m a freelance artist, busking on the internet! However, this round I will be donating 10% of the tips to Whatcom Voice of the Animals to help other cats up for adoption with this small rescue group. They are always dealing with vet expenses and the day-to-day costs of taking care of and rehoming animals in need. Since we can’t hug every cat, this is the next best thing. 😉
Some Rules – I will keep this quick, since most of it is on the form. One icon per person. Request and reference links should be all-ages appropriate. No adults-only content or themes. No fanart or pictures of copyrighted characters or based on celebrities/public figures/real people who aren’t you or your friends. No themes based on copyrighted media properties – no Dr. Who costumes, company logos, etc. – sorry. One character per icon. A pet or other small, additional critter is fine. Please ask me to draw cute critters!
Linked Icons – One popular theme is to have two icons be linked, so the characters are touching noses, etc. I can do this! Both people should fill out a separate request, and in the notes, mention that this is to be a linked icon and include the email address of the person whose request should be linked to yours! I will email the finished files to you both.
Tip Incentives – If you send a tip of any amount, your icon will be in full color! Here are some other tip incentives. Some are for everyone, based on the total number of tips, and some are additional pieces of art that you can get along with your icon. Finished incentive art will be mailed out to you!
$0 – everyone who requests before the cutoff will get an icon. Free icons will be in ink and one color. Requests with a tip will be in ink and full color.
If this goal is reached, goal reached! I will choose 5 random requests (no tip required) to receive a second, surprise icon based on their first request!
if this goal is reached, goal reached! I will choose 3 random requests (no tip required) to receive a surprise animal art card which will be shipped to the winner!
if this goal is reached, goal reached! I will pick another 5 random requests to receive a second, surprise icon based on their first request. Also, like last round, I will do a live art stream day, where I draw animal art cards for folks to win as more prizes. Check out the art cards from the last round on the previous batch’s icon page!
if this goal is reached, goal reached! folks who tipped will get a second icon in full color, based on their first request. This will be a second icon of your character or based on a theme you provide.
Animal Art Card – $20 – I’ve been working on a project to develop a set of animal cards, with cartoon artwork on one side, and facts about that animal on the back. To get this started, I’m offering a 2.5″ x 3.5″ art card of the living animal of your choice (sorry, no extinct or mythical critters… yet!), with a full background of their natural habitat. You can get multiple cards if you’d like, and if I get multiple requests for the same species, I’ll just have variant cards in the eventual set, so it’s all good! I retain the right to print cards of the image, but you get to keep the original. Note, they don’t have the facts on the actual artwork – that will be added when I get the set printed up. From the last batch, the project now has fifteen animals, which is pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to adding to this!
Character Bookmark – $40 – Your character or critter of choice (for animals that are non-specific characters, you can have up to four on one bookmark) , drawn as a ~2″ x 5″ bookmark with a thick black border, cut out around the character, and sealed in clear plastic. This will be shipped to you ready to use as a bookmark or to put up anywhere you’d like a bit of cheerful art!
Page of 24 Icons – I offer pages of 24 icons (drawn at 1.5″ x 1.5″, same as the requests) as a commission option, and if you’d like one now, in addition to your request icon, your tip will go towards the tip tally! These are $100, and I will contact you to get the details of each icon on your page.
The Animal Password – the password on the form is gila monster. Thank you for reading the rules before making your request. 🙂
The Form – Requests are closed, so I’ve taken down the link to the form. If you have any updates or corrections to make to your entry, email me at email@example.com
Tip! Please use the button below to send your tip through paypal. You don’t need a paypal account; you can use a debit or credit card.
Updates: This post and daily updates on the tip tally, etc. will appear on my blog – www.thestorydragon.com – as well as on my livejournal page, with links appearing on my twitter feed. You can keep up to date through any of these sites.
And if you have any questions or comments, you can reach me through any of those sites, or send an email to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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