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Commission related Questions

How can I contact you about commissions?
Please EMAIL ME (not notes) at wolfnymph AT gmail DOT com for any questions or comments regarding commissions!

What are your prices?
My price guide can be found here - Digital Commissions

When do you open for commissions?
I don't schedule my commission openings, but I try to open up at least once a month after I complete a certain amount of already existing work.  Commission openings happen via my journals on Deviantart, Furaffinity, Weasyl and Tumblr!

What is your turn around for commissions?
I have a very long turn around time, I will admit.  I don't have a usual turn around time, but I am trying my best to get to everyone as quickly as I can while still taking on enough work to pay bills.

What are my rights as your client?  What will I get when I commission you?
That information can be found in my Terms of Service - tinyurl.com/katiehofgardtos

What will you NOT draw for commissions?
That can also be found in my Terms of Service - tinyurl.com/katiehofgardtos
"The artist will not handle depiction of illegal activities, sexually explicit (x-rated) materials and hateful images. Non-explicit fetish, artistic nudity, violence, gore, and humorously offensive work will be considered on a case-by-case basis."

Do you accept trades, or will you do free art for me?
I no longer accept trades, and I don't do free art.  I must pay my bills and feed my family with the income generated from my art, so all my time is dedicated to working in paid work.  When I do get any free time for other art, I like to work on personal art if I can.

Do you do collaborations?
Sometimes, but very VERY rarely!  As implied in the above answer, it has to be a collaboration commission for it to be worth it for me.



Livestream related Questions

Where is your channel?
My stream channel can be found here - www.tigerdile.com/stream/eskiw…

Where can I find your chat rules?
You can find the chat rules here - shadow-wolf.deviantart.com/jou…

What time do you livestream?
The time I stream varies greatly, as I struggle with some sleep issues.  I can't ever promise the time of day or night I will begin a stream session.  

How do I find out if you are streaming?
I post stream alerts to Tumblr, FA, Weasyl, and Twitter.  In addition, Tigerdile has a subscription feature which alerts you via email when I am streaming.

How do you decide what you are going to livestream?
I stream when I have commissions so that I can better time myself and validate my hours. 



Art and Business Related Questions

What program and tablet do you use?
I use Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom Intuos 3.

Do you have any tutorials?
I have a few resources in my DA gallery here - shadow-wolf.deviantart.com/gal…

How did you get started drawing?
My mom taped down a piece of paper to my high chair when I was very small, and gave me crayons to smash into said paper!  I always wanted a way to express what I dreamed about or thought up.  It just snowballed from there.  Now I guess I just smash other materials onto paper in a slightly more sophisticated manner!

What art school did you go to?
I graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 2009.  I have a BFA with a focus in illustration.

What have been your major artistic inspirations and influences?
My biggest influence and inspiration will always be nature and animals (moss, birds, trees, bugs, animals, rivers, mountains EVERYTHING!)  Artistic influences have changed over time.  When I was a kid I was heavily inspired by comics and video game art, as well as fantasy book covers.  In high school anime was very influential for me, and I discovered the online furry fandom around that time as well.  

Entering college, my influences exploded and blossomed into a million different facets!  Art history showed me Baroque art and classical sculpture.  I learned about golden age illustrators are came to appreciate the work of J.C. Leyendecker.  I immersed myself in the work of painters and illustrators alive today, and took influence from dozens of fellow working artists.  

One of the artists that's stuck with me as an influence from the very very beginning though, is James Gurney, creator of the Dinotopia books.  He continues to be a major inspiration for me, and I learn a lot from his blog and his books!

Any tips for young artists?
The two most important thing I can tell a young or inexperienced artist are to KEEP DRAWING and to HAVE FUN!  Practice really does make perfect, draw as much as you can.  And if you stop having fun at art, maybe you are loosing sight of why you want to be an artist.  Try to recapture that, even if it means taking a break.

How do you use references as a tool without having to exactly or almost copy it to get the anatomy right?
I'll look at maybe a dozen photos of an animal I want to draw, sketch them directly from the photo as practice, and then take what I've learned from that practice to draw my own.  I also might take one of my own photos (a stock photo whose owner allows it) I've taken and exaggerate/tailor it in my drawing.

How did you get the audience and clientele you have today?
I started posting my art online when I was very young, before I went to art school.  I've gradually built up an presence and a name for myself just from being active in online art communities and being productive with my art.  There is a lot to be said for just being present when it comes to marketing.  I've found a great online niche, but it's always good to be present in art communities in real life too.  Join your local art association, try to get work hung at local coffee shops.  VOLUNTEER, just about any volunteer work will get you noticed and be fun and helpful!  You never know where a good art connection will be made, so go out there, meet new people and be PRESENT.

How do you pick whether to work in digital or traditional for an idea or commission you get?
For the most part, these days I am working mostly digital.  So unless something is specially advertised as a traditional commission, it will be done digitally.

Why have you stopped using markers?
I've developed a sensitivity to the fumes of markers that leaves me coughing for days after I've stopped using them.  I've tried different brands, and it's not really a matter of ventilation.  I physically cannot stand using them anymore, so it's not an option.

Do you draw humans?
Yes! I don't often get commissioned for art of humans, so you don't see them in my gallery very often.  But I can, do and very much enjoy drawing and painting human subjects!

What conventions do you go to?
I always go to Rocky Mountain Fur Con, and some years I attend FC as well.




Character Related and Personal Questions

Can I use your character(s) to RP, or in a story of mine?
Please don't!  My character all have their own personalities and stories already.  Creating your OWN characters and stories is way more fun than using someone else's anyway.  Get creative, make your own world to play in with your rules and your characters!  

Do you accept fan art?
Of course!  It makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I get fan art of any of my characters.  All I ask is that you don't depict any of them in adult situations.  But I'm sure Nym would love to have tea with one of your characters, or climb trees with another!

Can I chat with you?
I'm on Tigerdile streaming a LOT, so you can chat with me there!  I don't really use AIM, gchat or skype very much at all, I just can't get in the habit of it.  Although I do have a public Skype account under the username Eskiworks.

What is the deal with your dog?
A lot of people are very confused about my dog and art of him...  So here's the skinny!  My dog was an American Eskimo Dog (eskie for short) named Wolfy.  He was my childhood best friend, who lived a long wonderful life till the age of 16 when he passed away of old age.  He is NOT a character.  He was a beloved family member with real stories, and a real life.  I have drawn a lot of art of him because he was my very best friend for much of my life.

If you had all the time in the world to work on any art you wanted(no more commissions, school projects, etc), what would you create?
I would develop the many worlds and stories that have been churning in my mind for years. I have several head-worlds that are just BEGGING to get out and be created!  I try to write about them or draw bits from them when I can, or when urge to create gets so strong it hurts, haha!

I might add to this at some point, but for now that's it!
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96037 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional
Where can I find a list of past work you make prints of and what sizes etc are available . Do you have a list with pricing for that?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Good question, thank you!  I'm hoping to set something up soon so it's easier to find and purchase prints.  Since it's not up yet, I'll just drop the info here for now:  Currently 8.5" X 11" prints are $15 each, and 13" X 19" prints are $50 each.  Nearly everything in my gallery is available as a print, with very few pieces that are the exception!
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96037 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional
Awesome, thanks for the info! ^_^
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thesketcher06 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey Eski, I'm going to be re-vamping my ToS soon, and I was wondering is you mind if I base  some of mine on some of yours? I've been looking at other(more professional) artist to get ideas. Or if you know of any good resource to base ToS information for artist that you could tell me it would be very welcomed!


Keep up the wonderful work! Your art never seizes to amaze me through the years!
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely, feel free to use the entire thing word-for-word if you like!  It's helped others, and I want it to continue being a help to people who need it.  =)
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thesketcher06 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!!<3
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MojoLiazon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, handy info for artists who like your work or who want to figure out what best practices to adopt, need references for that sort of thing but they can be hard to find
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BambiMunroe Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quick question, what dimensions do you typically use for digital images? Ex: 6000 x 4500 pixels
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually work at 300 dpi (standard print resolution), with my different canvas sizes.  Different types of commissions are different canvas sizes, like full body paintings are 8.5" X 11" (at the resolution of 300 dpi, that's 2550px X 3300px).  Full illustrations are typically bigger, with canvas sizes starting at 11" X 14".
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ZoraBear Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Digital Artist
What brushs do you use for photoshop?
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TaiusQuinn Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   Digital Artist
She uses a custom brush set, that if you email her with a request to have it, she'll generally give it to you. It's 3 brushes that act like loaded acrylic paintbrushes.
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ZoraBear Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Digital Artist
i don't know her email.
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TaiusQuinn Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Digital Artist
She lists it in her priceguides, terms of service, and the majority of commission topic journals. Wolfnymph@gmail.com
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Catrojan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not sure if i miss any part of the FAQ on prints, but i wanna ask-- Do you paint all artwork in CMYK mode or RGB mode? unknown if they may or may not be printed out in the future.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I want the artwork to be printable, but every time I paint in CMYK whichever printer the client takes the file to screws it up. I think it's because it's becoming more common for RGB files to go to print, so print services of all kinds are adapting. So when they run into good ol' CMYK again, they are at a loss! I make sure I have files of both types available for all contingencies.
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Catrojan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Having both file type as in painting them in RGB and only convert to CMYK after completion?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Or the other way around, whichever!
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Catrojan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahah thanks for the advice Eskie!
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lorespin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an additional question for ya, Lady Esk!
I'm considering attending an online art school which seems to be ridiculously expensive but that aside,
were you able to pay off any student loans you acquired while attending school in a reasonable time? Did it make things difficult for you? I currently have a 1 yr old daughter and am trying to determine whether heading into the illustration world is ideal for me. T.T
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'd really rather not discuss my finances if that's ok! I will say that the debt IS a big deal, and the return after your graduate during your career is dependent on your skill level, knowledge of the industry, your people skills and business skills, luck, and a million other things. Art school was great for me, I needed it very much personally. But if your goal is to have a career that with support your daughter and yourself, it's not the most stable field. Freelancing isn't a steady paycheck, and studio jobs are very hard to come by. Both are highly competitive, especially in today's market when it's easy to find young, inexperienced, or desperate artists to do jobs for free or cheap. Of course there is a good side to working in the art field, but I wouldn't tout it as the most stable career for making enough income to support a family.

Plus, there are ways you can get around going to art school in the first place. The internet is FULL of amazing free or cheap resources. I know many successful artists who circumvented art school entirely, so they carry the burden of student loan debt. Consider those free/cheap options first. The vast majority of studios and freelance clients don't look for a degree, they look for the quality of your work and how good you are to work with. You can develop these things without the degree!

I wish you luck!
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lorespin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
That's exactly the information I was looking.
Currently, I'm a Veterinary Technician so we wouldn't be completely alone, although I am a single mom so the finances was just a concern for me. I'm sorry if you thought I was trying to pry. Not my intention at all!

I will definitely look harder into the free alternatives first--I was more interested in art school since they help with the understanding of color theory and how to properly use digital tools like Photoshop since I seem to lacking when it comes to color that's aesthetically pleasing, lol.

I doubt you have the time, but if you are ever willing to open some private livestreams for an apprentice, I'd love to learn from you.

Thanks for your time & good wishes. ^^
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No worries, I didn't think you were prying! <3

Here's a good list of resources from fellow artist ~DimeSpin that might help you on your search for free art info - [link]

I also have been giving thought about tutoring via livestream, but I haven't decided how I would set that up yet. It's a good idea, and something I'd want to do!
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lorespin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and thank you very much for the info!
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lorespin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg. I would be all over that like white on rice. ;P
I don't know how much help I'd be but I could help brainstorm on how to get it working if you'd like. Either way I'd loveeee to be included in said tutoring and will be awaiting the word! ^^

Rock on Esk.
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have a question as well, I opened up commissions just this year and so far it has been going fairly well. However, I use Paypal to receive payment, and they do not have insurance for digital products/services! Thus, a commission payment which was paid upfront and completed in May, was then revoked in september by the client's bank because they thought it was not a legitimate product(and did not bother contacting her about it before taking the funds back). Luckily, the person was a friend of mine and she has agreed to of course repay. But what really shook my confidence in using paypal, was when the issue arose I created a dispute and provided all of the necessary proof of purchase/the product, including the original commission request and conversations between us. Paypal told me that it did not matter, because it was not a piece that was shipped and had a physical shipping receipt for proof, there was nothing they could do and the funds were given back to the bank. On top of that, although the client told her bank it was a legitimate product, they had already removed the funds and would not replace them (we had to redo the whole process). So if the client was a stranger, there is no way of knowing, if this were to happen again, whether you would be repaid for the commission :S

SO, how do you protect yourself as an artist dealing with digital products and services?

(Sorry that was long winded! You are an inspiration and aspiration of mine!)
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am not familiar with this issue via paypal, how very odd! I think you might be able to protect yourself from this issue in the future by sending an invoice via paypal before doing the commission, instead of allowing them to send payment without an invoice. I have heard this is one of the better ways to protect yourself as a seller via paypal.
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your response, yes I always use invoices with specific details and my terms of service. Paypal just refuses to insure or protect digital services for whatever reason :(

May I ask what you use to transfer funds?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately there is nothing you can do then but to document your transaction and work as best as you can and make your case if it comes up again. To accept payment, I simply email the prospective client a total after we've worked out details, and they send the payment to my desired email address!
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps I may try email money transfers in the future.. Thank you again! I had thought that working with a middle man could protect me better, but I am beginning to think perhaps I give them a portion of my money for no reason ;)

While I have you I just want to say I truly love your work and you have grown so much as an artist over the past couple of years, keep up the great work! :heart:
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You would still have to use paypal the way I do it, and you'd be offered less protection without an invoice as well. I would recommend looking into some other methods of transferring funds online, or start asking for money orders to be snail-mailed to you.

And thank you, I appreciate the kind words!
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a question, what would you advise to a self taught artist who would like to draw to your calibur? Could you give any advice on how you got so good, or give any advice on what to study or learn?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There are a TON of free resources online for the self taught artist! I always direct people towards my buddy's art resource list for that - [link]
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thankyou for the list, but I'd really like to know what helped you learn to paint.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The answer, is using resources like these to learn, straight hard core practice, and observing from life. I hate to say, but that's it!
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Well thats better than nothing. I've bought books that in the end only say this. But sadly with most tutorials I've seen online and in books they use programs that I don't have. Instead of using photoshop, I use Corelpaint which they claim is just like photoshop and is the "industry standard". Well it doesn't have a round brush, gradient, or many other photoshop buttons I've heard of and see in those tutorials. I still feel there are so many subjects left unsaid when I see these because in the end, I can't do what their talking about and I see others blaze through these subjects. Even with all my practice I've done and years to come, I still feel I'm not even close to what others have done, and call my scribbles "art".
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There will always be artists ahead of you skill-wise, and your head will always be twenty steps in front of your hands when it comes to your skills. Try not to compare yourself to others in this way, this article sums it up nicely - [link]

"comparison" is a killer, don't let it get you down. Keep going, love what you do, and you will make it.
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Very true.:) Thankyou.
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Bluari Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
can I have a little question here? :3

how do you know if person who is commissioning you is a real, honest person who don't want to trick you or will not pay you? have you ever had a problem with such people?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I require payment up front, which pretty much eliminates that issue! Of course, they have to trust that I'm a real honest person who will not run away with their money. I try to communicate with people as much as I can, and make sure my work list and schedule are readily available. If I'm accessible as an artist, I think maybe that makes it easier to hand payment over before getting the product.
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NTC7 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Simply reading the wonderful things you have to say about art reminds me why I want to be an artist.

Thank you for being one of the biggest inspirations in my life.

I'm going to go draw now.
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Wubcats Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome new FAQ, Bacat! Haha, my question made it! Woohoo! Lol XD I learned a little tonight, so thanks! :hug:
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