The Character Portrait Studio is intended as a resource by Iwaku's artists for Iwaku's roleplayers. Many roleplayers do not have the ability to draw their own character, and finding the perfect picture can be a huge pain. With our Studio, we aim to provide players a chance at awesome custom artwork while also supporting our artist community through paid commissions and practice freebies. RULES OF THE STUDIO 1. Respect the artists. They are putting their time and skill into giving you a service. Make sure to read their commission requirements/rules, treat them kindly, and be patient. Even when you are paying for a commission, it's important to remember that these artists have to divide their time between school, work, and Iwaku. Members that abuse or harass artists may be blacklisted. 2. Honor your commitment to commissions. If you accept a commission, finish your commission. Try to give your clients regular updates if your commission is taking longer than expected. If you can't finish a commission or it's more than you can handle, tell your client. Iwaku is not responsible for transactions between members. However, we will take complaints seriously. Give refunds if you have accepted money and will not be doing the work. Artists that abuse client trust for paid commissions will have their shop archived and potentially face suspension or a ban. 3. Lurking and inactive members will have their shops closed and archived. These members can be identified by their grey or dark grey names. We want to make sure players are making requests to artists that are HERE and available to do commissions. You can always request your shop be moved back (using the Thread Moderation Request form), or create a new thread. SETTING UP SHOP Members can set up their art shops in any way they please. We do have a few suggestions to make sure you have enough information in your shops, though: - Provide plenty of example images in your chosen medium(s) and style(s). This gives people a good scope of what you can do. - Explain which medium(s) and style(s) you prefer to do your art in. This keeps people from requesting digital anime art when you prefer traditional ink sketches in the style of Gustave Doré. - Have a clear price/estimate list for paid commissions. Don't forget to explain how you take payments (Paypal, Google Wallet, Patreon, etc.). Some people may not be able to send you money through your preferred service! - If you have a project that is taking longer than a few days, send progress updates/images to your clients. That way they don't think you've forgotten or skipped out. - If you have any special rules about how your art may be used or shared, or anything you refuse to draw, make sure to include that information. It keeps people from unknowingly crossing a line! MAKING ART REQUESTS There are two ways to request a portrait: request directly from an artist by visiting their shop, or post a request thread and let the artists come to you. When requesting art directly from an artist, make sure to read their rules. Don't contact them about things they won't do; it's impolite. If they have a form to fill out, use it. When posting a request thread, give as much detail as possible about your request. Providing example images often helps. It is also a good idea to post a bio or description of your character's personality. You'd be surprised what details can be helpful!