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Apr. 3rd, 2010

Mistral Sprite

Commission Information

Interested in a commission? Great!

CONTACT: kellyj913@gmail.com
PAYPAL: kellyj913@gmail.com
Full Art Gallery: Mistral's DeviantArt Gallery

Pricing: prices vary with size, detail, etc. Commissions are priced on a case-by-case basis. Once you've decided what you want, contact me with a description and I will give you a quote based on the pricing guideline. Feel free to contact me with any questions. All artwork is done on 9in x 12in sketchbook paper.

What I Draw: I specialize in animal and fantasy artwork with dragons as my subject of choice. I draw anthropomorphic characters as well as human and humanoid characters. I can draw just about any animal/race/etc. you want; if you don't see an example of what you're interested in commissioning, I can draw up a quick sample for you to get an idea of what it looks like in my style.

What I DO NOT Draw : I do not draw adult-themed artwork (e.g. yiff, pornographic). Tasteful nudity and/or suggestive themes are fine. I do not draw published, copyrighted characters belonging to anyone other than the customer, such as anime, videogame or comic book characters.

Payment: I accept cash, personal check, bank check, money order, and PayPal. Commissions will NOT be started until the payment is received in full. For orders over $50.00, 50% of the total must be payed up front as a non-refundable down-payment before the commission is started. The remainder of the payment is due once the commission is completed.

Price Guidelines (in USD):

Basic Sketch: $15.00
Description: a quick pencil sketch that is rough and a bit messy.
Examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
- Add detail: + $5.00-$10.00
- Add additional character: + $5.00/character
- Add shading: + $5.00-$10.00
- Add simple background: + $5.00

Simple Line Art: $20.00
Description: a cleaned up sketch with a simple flare pen (or similar ink media) outline.
Examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
- Add additional character: + $5.00
- Add shading: + $5.00-$10.00
- Add simple background: + $5.00

Detailed Line Art: $40.00-$50.00
Description: a cleaned up sketch with a simple flare pen (or similar ink media) outline containing intricate details and patterns. These pieces make great tattoos, logos, etc.
Examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
- Add additional character: + $10.00
- Add shading: + $5.00-$10.00
- Add simple background: + $5.00

NOTE: For Detailed Line Art commissions, I will provide you with the sketch before proceeding with the inking process. Any minor edits can be made at this point. The edited sketch will be provided for a second and final round of minor edits. The artwork will be inked after this second round of edits.

Colored Art: $60.00
Description: A full-colored illustration in colored pencils, made to order!
Examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
- Add detail: + $5.00-$10.00 per character
- Add additional character: + $10.00
- Add simple/frame background: + $5.00
- Add detailed background: + 10.00

NOTE: For complicated/involved commissions (e.g. multiple characters with a detailed background), I will provide you with the sketch before proceeding with the color. Any minor edits can be made at this point. The edited sketch will be provided for a second and final round of minor edits. I will continue on with the coloring process after this second round of edits.

Reference Sheet: $75.00
Description: Done in colored pencils, a full colored-picture of your character with two colored detail features of your choice. Details feature will include bulleted descriptions based on information you provide. A silhouette scale with your character next to a 5'5 human will also included upon request
Examples: none (your commission will be the first!)
- Add additional detail pictures: + $5.00/detail

NOTE: I will provide you with the sketch before proceeding with the color. Any character/detail verifications can be made at this point. The edited sketch will be provided for a second and final verification. I will continue on with the coloring process after this second round of edits.

Icons: $15.00
Description: A full color icon image in two sizes: 100x100 and 300x300.
Examples: Samples, 100x100 Example 1, 100x100 Example 2

Con Badges: $25.00
Description: A portrait of your character with their name with a simple color background. Commission does not include lanyard or lamination.
Examples: Example 1

Interested in Something Else? Listed above are what I commonly work on and readily commission. However, you are not limited to these choices! These are my media of choice, but I can also work with black-and-white graphite illustrations and watercolors, for example. If there is something not listed that you'd like to commissions (a signature or logo for a website, for example), do not hesitate to ask be about what I can do for you!

The Fine Print:
- I reserve the right to all artwork commissioned, and may post or present all commissions wherever I choose. The customer will be credited as the commissioner, but as the artist, all artwork copyrights belong to me. I do NO reserve the right to the characters commissioned.
- The customer does NOT have the right to profit from commissioned artwork; customers are not allowed to sell any prints or edited products (e.g. icons, signatures, etc.) of commissioned artwork.
- With the exception of icons, commissions are completed on a first-come-first-serve basis. A time estimate will be provided but not necessarily adhered to based on the current queue. Art expedites may be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- I will provide weekly updates on commission progress. Updates will not include scans of the actual commission. If you prefer not to receive updates, please let me know.
- Unless specified, no artistic liberties will be taken with commissions. If anything, I will be conservative with details, color choices, etc. Customers should provide sufficient details and reference pictures to ensure 100% accuracy.
- I am not responsible for any payments lost in the mail.
- Customers are welcome to request the original artwork. Artwork will be mailed in a large envelope packed with cardboard/backing. Any additional expenses above and beyond standard mailing (delivery confirmation, insurance, Priority Mail, etc.) will be payed by the customer. I am not responsible for any artwork lost in the mail.

Aug. 29th, 2009


The Flock In Texas

Some recent pictures of the little beebs here in TX ^^ Enjoy!

The Flock In Texas (photo heavy, be warned!)Collapse )

Aug. 25th, 2009

BW Mistral

We made it!

The birds and I are now in Lubbock! The road trip was a lot of fun, all of which was documented by kaz409 on her Facebook - I'll pirate photos and post up some commentary as soon as they're e-mailed to me ^^

I don't have too much to say at the moment. Despite settling in pretty quickly (birds cage/stuff constructed, stuff unpacked, errands finished, most all academic/financial things taken care of), I'm still kinda stressed out over the move back to Texas. I'm dreading the paperwork and organization I have to tackle tomorrow :\ I'm anxious to get the ball rolling, for I really struggle with these transitions. I'll be fine, I always am! It just takes a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I was too negligent during those couple of weeks off...I could have read some papers, or kept in touch more with my lab about summer research, Fall 2009 planning, etc. I could done a number of the things I spend today and yesterday scrambling around to do. At the very least, I could have psyched myself up for returning to academia. Instead, I was in TOTAL vacation mode, and did absolutely nothing! Students, why do we always do this to ourselves?!

Currently, I'm not looking forward to the grad school gauntlet, complete with insane multitasking, endless work weeks, and tap-dancing for the masses in the name of Intro Bio courses. However, I know this feeling will fade with time. Soon my game face will be on, and I will be as motivated as ever about my program. In the meantime, I think I'll dodge reality with some lifelisting and Carnivale-watching!

Aug. 14th, 2009

Care Bear Cousin

Update From B-tree

The fun updates:

1.) I uploaded some photos on my Flickr accout! Now there are photos from my San Antonio trip, along with my Monadnock hike and a handful off odd photos: To The Account!

2.) I gutted my My Birding Life List, which was quite a project. The final count is 417+ birds! I hesitate on the exact number due to a handful of hummers whose species I cannot quite remember. My Costa Rica master list is in TX, so the slated count will have to wait. The latest addition was the Black Skimmer on Plymouth Beach, spotted this past Monday :D

My time home has been most enjoyable! I've made the rounds visiting family, and have been able to spend quality time with my dear friends (although not nearly enough - I want to get some serious gaming and goofing off in with you guys this weekend!). I've soaked in plenty of time at the beach by jogging Wollaston and birding various MA beaches (Monomoy next Tuesday, whoooo!). I've taken in NH via a Mt Monadnock hike, and I've sent my hellos and regards to Boston's South Bay via touristy walks with my mother. Today I'll head in to JP to greet the Arboretum, and to take in a Sam Adams brewery tour with the folks and Nancy (so much family time!).

The birds are doing okay. Belina is a little sick (inflamed cere, sneezing, feels a little underweight to me), so this morning we're heading over to the vets to figure out what's wrong. It's probably just a bacterial infection that she'll get some antibiotics for, so I'm not too worried. Archie, however, has me concerned. I think my move really hurt him. He has been grumpy towards me, and very food territorial. He doesn't sing his morning songs, and he's not nearly as affectionate as he used to be. He's not as social with Belina and Gen, nor is he social with other people. He lets us all know where his personal bubble is, and turns into a little stinkpot whenever I invade it. To make matters worse, he turned into a seed junkie :\ I noticed these changes back in December, but they are all quite pronounced now. These are all signs of a psychologically damaged cockatiel. I was afraid this would happen...poor Archie <:( I'll fix him up once we are back in TX. Genny is behaviourally and physically fine, per usual. That's about it, not a very exciting post e.e

Aug. 2nd, 2009

Mistral Sprite

Home Stretch

I can't BELIEVE this is my last week in NY - where did the summer go? Friday, our last field day, was an absolute wash-out (quite appropriate given the record-breaking amount of rain the northeast enjoyed this summer). We were able to get the playbacks out for their final day, but all gridding and GPSing was put to a halt. I had to chauffeur assistants to airports, so it didn't affect my duties all that much. It was harder saying goodbye to my crew than I thought. There were ups and downs throughout the season, and particular quirks and moral issues that came from time to to, but in general, they were all hard workers and genuinely good people. Best of luck to you all, Schmidt Lab Bird Crew of 2009!

So, what do I have to do between now and this Thursday?

- Help our fearless crew leader out with GPSing nests (59 more to go! And yes, our crew leader is stuck with us to help out until Thursday, mwahahaha. That goodbye is going to be tough)
- Clean and pack our trailer at IES (almost done with that, not too hard)
- Clean and pack our apartment (Ugh...I like being migratory, but the house-closing gets old!)
- Prep and mail some final packages (easy enough, I can do that today)
- Furniture runs with Quinn - we have free storage at IES for all the furniture we collected!
- Data entry. So much data entry...I don't think all of it got entered during the season, so it will be my duty assure it's all in the database. I propose a weekly "Data Day" next year!

That's about it, really. I have a slew of personal things to get done, but I've a couple weeks to do that (lots of re-packing to do x.o).

Whew. Everything will get done...For now, I'm going to meet up with my sister and brother-in-law for a nice jog around the property, followed by a property tour of IES.

Jul. 26th, 2009

Mistral Sprite

Better late than never, right? ^^

So, uh...LJ kinda slipped through the cracks this summer, as did my participation in the internet social scene; for that, I apologize! I don't know why I do so poorly with updates and keeping in touch during the summer months. I think I get wrapped up in all of the RL things going on, and with so many evening hangouts, seminars and social events to enjoy with roommates/labmates/institute-peers/etc., I get out of the internet habit...It's not that I value one set of recreations over the other (internet vs. RL), I am just SO bad at balancing the two! I'm sorry everyone, I should be a better friend :\ I love looking at your arts, keeping up with the important things going on in your lives, and reading about the philosophies and musings weighing heavily on your minds. I really want to let you all in on what's going on in my life, as well! I had every good intention of taking/posting pictures, letting you all know about the field season, the crew, the first Lower Hudson Valley experience, but I just...didn't x.o I'll do better next year, that's a promise!

In a nutshell, the field season was very productive, the living arrangements were cozy and enjoyable (great roommates, lots of Ultimate Frisbee and micro-brew, lots of Seinfeld), and minimal exploring of the area (I'll be better about that next year, too). My project is still going on, and it will end next Friday. We've a lot of packing and cleaning to do before we all leave, but it will all get done. Lots of database work has been going down, too.

I've done some artwork! I'll post it up once I get back to my apartment ^^

I leave here for the Boston area on August 6th-7th, and I leave for Texas with kaz409 on August 20th. I'll be back in Lubbock on the 25th with MY LITTLE BIRDS! :D My landlady gave me the OK to bring them, free of charge. I found out she loves cockatiels, which worked out very well for me!

Okay, that's all!

Apr. 29th, 2009

Care Bear Cousin

Made it to NY!

A quick post to let you all know that the road trip to NY was a success! I am currently at IES, procrastinating the workload that did not get finished just prior to moving (I'm procrastinating ALREADY? Not a good sign!). The northeast seems to be enjoying a heatwave - it was close to 90 yesterday x.o I think the temperature finally broke, for it was pretty chilly this morning (according to weather.com, it is supposed to be in the 60s today. Phew).

I made awesome timing getting out here. I arrived in Dutchess county on Sunday evening around 7:30pm, and that was after taking my TIME during the road trip! I stopped a couple of times in Missouri to do some birding: once Friday afternoon, and once Saturday morning before leaving the state. I spent a good chunk of Sunday morning with Nan (mother's friend) in Ohio, as well. I toured her farm, took a walk with her and the dogs, AND went out to breakfast before leaving for NY. Yikes! The trip will have to be a little tighter coming back since I will have the birds with me (hopefully), but it's nice to know that the trip is shorter and less arduous than I imagined it being. I drove about thirteen hours a day and popped some blood vessels in my eyes, but other than that, the trip wasn't all that bad!

My lab mates will be arriving later this week, and the rest of the crew will be arriving mid-May. There is still a lot of equipment prep to get done before setting up the plots, but none of it should be hard or very time consuming. I'd imagine we'll be able to hit the field this Saturday. That gives me a couple days to finish up all of the computer work hanging over my head, and to tie up all the loose ends that were never really completed last week.

What else...OH! The apartment! It's really nice! Since the landlord is moving in once we leave, the house had a lot of work put into it over the winter/spring. The walls are all freshly painted, the appliances are new, and everything is functional and clean. The house is probably a little under a century old, which is fairly new compared to many of the houses in this part of country. A few perks of the house: it is cable/internet ready (I won't disappear this summer! Yay!), it has a washer/dryer, and IT HAS A POOL! :D

Okay, that's all for now. I really need to get to work.

Life birds gathered during the trip:

Prothonotary Warbler
Henslow's Sparrow
Field Sparrow (embarrassingly u.u)
(Wish I got the Cerulean and Yellow-throated Warblers while I was in MO!)


Apr. 18th, 2009

Xeni&#39;s gift

6 Days in Counting!

When the day of my thesis defense comes, and I am asked what the hardest part of my research was, I will respond with:

"Removing the packaging off of sixty iPod shuffles, damnit!"

Friday afternoon was spent assembling the playback apparati for the experiments this summer. Sixty speakers, sixty iPod shuffles, sixty tupperwares to transform into weather-guards...out of all the construction steps the project took, the iPods were by far the most challenging! My fingers are all cut up from removing the heavy outer-plastic. I blame Fiskars brand scissors for the blood I shed in the name of behavioral ecology. Perhaps a better tool would have aided in the damage control.

I leave for NY next Friday, which is just...unreal! I still have a lot to do before then. I need to guarantee an A on an exam this Tuesday (An A means I don't need to take the final, which means I can leave for NY on Friday without ruining my GPA), and I need to finish up the lab database. It's not very hard, it's just a lot of data that needs to be carefully organized so Microsoft Access doesn't yell at me while I'm working with me. If anyone is really good with Access, I have a few questions that I can't find answers for! Can you help me?

What else? Not too much...I found out Kaz is most likely going to drive back with me to TX (YAAAY!!), and the birds are most likely going to come with us (DOUBLE YAAAAY!!!!). OH! I added a lifebird to my list today: the Ash-throated Flycatcher! Six more, and I will hit 300 US birds. SWEET. I think I can do that before I leave TX

I think I could live in Arizona...I can't stop thinking of how awesome the wildlife was there!

Okay, back to database entry...who'da thought this is what I'd be doing on my last Saturday in Lubbock? X.x

Apr. 14th, 2009

Mistral Sprite

On Keeping in Touch with Friends

I just spent the last hour and half on the phone with Kato, one of my best buddies from college, and what a balm for the soul that was! I hadn't talked with Kato since last October! So much has changed for both of us since then, it was really good to catch up. It sounds like she's doing great, and is doing the best she can to pursue all of the goals she has been working on since undergrad. I got in touch with a couple other friends this evening, and was able to chat with Eileen (oldest sister) for the first time since San Antonio. An evening of work that most likely should have been done was lost, but I think it makes a world of difference to keep in touch every once in a while. A short phone conversation every once is much better than a substantial one every year or two. I'm trying to be better with my phone/contacting habits...it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, I don't mean to get so absorbed and lose complete track of time!

I'm gonna go to bed, so tired..x.o I'll give a life update later! Maybe I'll give it over the phone if I have your number! ^^

Apr. 7th, 2009

Xeni&#39;s gift

My brraaaaiiiin....

Holy CRAP. When I think things can't get any busier, they get...busier x.o I can't believe the semester is almost over. I can't believe I leave for New York in TWO WEEKS! I hardly have my act together for finals and finishing up all of my TA responsibilities, let alone for preparing to hit the ground running on the field in early May! I have to pack, too...we've got a whole apartment to deem inhabitable for the summer, which involves packing up a lot of stuff from the kitchen, bathroom, etc. When did I become so migratory? I've a feeling this will be the pattern for quite some time, but I can handle that. Now, if only I could find a way to get my cockatiels to migrate with me.

Thank you all so much for the recipes! I haven't looked the details over yet, but the suggestions look really tasty. I'll get to commenting to replies ASAP, most likely this weekend! I might use a recipe or two for a cook-out I'm going to on Saturday (yes, it is warm enough to have cookouts in Texas right now).

This past week I have spent a lot of time organizing the finances and logistics of traveling/moving for the summer, which is always more exhausting than it sounds. I finally have most of the paperwork completed, and I think everyone in the NY crew is on the same page. I have a huge list of little annoying things that need to get done, and a whole bunch of anticipated summer pitfalls I need to figure out how to cross (I know something weird is going to happen with my mail forwarding, I just know it! Those sorts of things always get screwed up!).

What else? I had my first committee meeting on Monday, which involved a powerpoint presentation of my research proposal. That took more time than it should have to get together this past weekend x.o Tomorrow will be eaten up with seminar speaker obligations, Thursday will be lost to coursework, Friday will be a mix of those annoying chores, grading, and MIST-NETTING! :D I've been told my netting experience is pathetic, and that needs to change before the summer. I'm losing half of Friday to handling/processing practice, but that will be a welcomed break from everything this past week has thrown at me (and from what this week will continue to throw at me x.o).

My life is a little boring to read about right now, bit it has been very productive!

Did I mention I saw a white ibis in Lubbock last week? That's WAY off course for this bird species...it was quite a lifebird to collect!

Okay, I need to get offline and defrag x.o

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