WIP Wednesday #6: Commission Work

The last couple weeks have been so filled with art. Most of my time has been spent on commission work, which I am thrilled for! Shameless self promotion: I will have three slots opening again soon – contact me (email, Twitter, what have you) if you’d like to claim one! This month I had the pleasure of creating some quote pieces (much like the Harry Potter ones I made) for three characters from the Gentlemen Bastards series. This book series, beginning with The Lies of Locke Lamora, is one of my all time favorites and I was so excited for this project! And even more exciting, it meant creating something without a direct reference which is something I am always looking to gain more skill and confidence in.

After figuring out the expressions for each character in my head, it was time to start sketching. The initial character sketches came together pretty quickly and after touching base with my client to make sure she approved of the rough drafts, it was time for refinement! Once the finals were approved, it was time to add in quotes and lay in the color. I’ve got two of three completed, but don’t want to share finals until I send them out to the client first.

commission quotes   color testing

My other commission this month was of an adorable little kitty! As a crazy cat lady, I am always excited to be drawing kitties. I received a ton of fabulous reference photos to work with (always a plus!) and had fun sitting down to do some loose sketches. I was really pleased with the final product, and definitely hope to do more pet commissions in the future!

sox commission

Something I realized while working on these commissions is that they take time. I mean, duh. But my point is, I kind of forget that this isn’t my full time job yet. Time to work on commissions has to be fit in the same free time I have for blogging, friends, dates with the hubs, and my personal art. It’s a tough balance, one that I am definitely still learning. This month, it meant that all personal art projects have been kicked to the curb. (Remember those Sailor Scout sketches I shared on Instagram? They haven’t been touched since then. All in good time!) It also made me realize just how excited I am to be able to have this be my full time job come September when my daughter starts school. To be able to have time to work on my own art and commission work – that’s just gravy!

What have you been working on lately?

  • MagicCatJenny

    I love seeing works in progress! You’re so talented. Since it’s not your full time job yet, what do you do? (I’m just curious) 🙂

    • Kay

      No problem! I’m a stay-at-home mom and I’m homeschooling my daughter for her kindergarten year. Makes for busy days! I adore it, but I a looking forward to days of full time art!

  • B.

    I love the kitty! Honestly, I love all your work!

    • Kay

      Thank you B! <3

  • gamerwife

    Pet commissions?! Sox is adorable!

    • Kay

      He was such a fun kitty to draw! And, yes, definitely pet commissions! 🙂

  • Awe, I love Sox! Maybe I need to get a commission of my turtle lol.

    • Kay

      Eee I’ve never drawn a turtle before! So cute! 😀

  • It must be fun working on art by commission because you always get to work on something new! I can see why your own art would be put to the side since you’re so busy, but that’s definitely a good thing because your art is amazing!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      I really do like commissions for that reason, and also because they often push me out of my comfort zone which is great! It’s been so long since I’ve been open for commissions though that I got used to just drawing whatever I want all the time haha! It’s nice to switch it up. 🙂

  • Wow, they look amazing so far, Kay! (And Sabetha’s hair is perfection.) I can’t wait to see them, when they are finished! And aww, Sox is adorable, and I love the idea of pet portraits in general.

    • Kay

      I haven’t done a lot of pet portraits, but I love drawing them when I get the chance. Also, you’ll be getting an email this afternoon – they are all finished! 😀

  • Wow they look amazing and great Kay on getting so much work in the art world! That is fantastic! I can’t wait to see the completed work. Just tons of blog posts and photography on my end of the world.

    • Kay

      Thanks Dina! I’ll be sharing the finals on Instagram for sure. Sounds like both good things on your end! 🙂

  • I love your work! And yes, I imagine all those gorgeous illustrations need tons of time. But, I feel like you’re managing it quite well!!! 😀 I love that kitty portrait <3 So cute!

    • Kay

      Thanks Pepi! It’s been so long since I was open for commissions that I kind of forgot how time intensive they can be (also because I am so much more critical when it’s work that I am doing for others!) but I am having so much fun with them!

  • Danielle Knapp

    Your work is seriously one of my favorites – Sox the cat turned out adorable 🙂

    • Kay

      Aw, thank you Danielle! Pet portraits are always fun.

  • Oh, I love these! I love your art style a lot! And those are super fun commissions!

    • Kay

      Thank you so much!

  • That’ll be so exciting come September.
    I always love when you add a background to your drawings. They always tie the image together so well.

    • Kay

      Thank you! They are something I definitely struggle with, but I do really enjoy the look of the quote pieces.

  • Amazing <3 Well done to you.

    • Kay

      Thank you!

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