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Why are you no longer taking commissions of licensed characters, aka “fan art”?

Back in November, I made the original announcement  that I will be ending fan art commissions. I have been getting a lot of questions on the matter so I thought I would make another post letting people know my reasoning behind this.

Firstly, no, I did not receive any cease and desist orders or anything like that.  While not impossible, it’s highly unlikely that something like that would happen on the relatively small scale that I have worked.  Still, just because I probably would never get in trouble doesn’t make me feel better about creating unlicensed sculptures.  

That being said, I never expected to be getting so many fan art based sculpture commissions.  When I first started taking commissions again back in 2012, I was commissioned for a Pokemon sculpture, of the character Koffing.  Ever since then, I have been getting more requests for licensed characters and less requests for the original characters and fantasy creatures that I love.  

When I exhibited at Designer Con last November and saw all the amazing originality and storytelling of attending artists, it made me realize how my art has veered from the original path I had laid out for myself.  I have become better known for fan art rather than my own original creations.  It’s not what I want for myself or my art.  While I have enjoyed recreating people’s favorite characters and learning a bunch of new techniques in the process, it’s time to move onward and upward.

Ending fan art commissions is my first step in getting my business back on track in the direction I want to be going.  This year, I will be expanding my collection of original works, creating more educational material, and generally doing more of what I want to do.  I will still be taking commissions, for now, for original characters, animals, pets, and fantasy creatures.  However, the plan is to one day phase out commissions completely.

I have been told “but you would make so much more money!” and “you would be so much more popular”, in reference to fan art.  But it goes so far beyond money and popularity.  It’s about enjoying the art I create and feeling good about it.  It’s about being known for my own original ideas, not the ideas of others.  It’s about following my own path and my own dreams.  I only have so much time each day.  I want to be spending it on what I WANT to be doing, not what will make me more money/make me more popular/etc.

While I am so happy to share with my viewers and see their reactions, at the end of the day, I make art for myself.  And if I am not happy, what’s the point?  Life’s too short to not love what you do and do what you love.  

(As a side note, I am not telling other people what to do here or looking down on anyone that does fan art.  This is just me explaining why I have decided to take the direction that I have.)

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Materials and Tools

Please read the description of any piece to see what materials I used for its construction.

My maquettes are constructed using Aves Apoxie SculptSuper Sculpey, and Sculpey Firm.  I also work with Monster Clay and create molds/casts from these sculpts.

My armatures consist of household aluminum foil, as well as aluminum armature wire.  I paint with Cel Vinylpaints, using both an airbrush and regular brushes.

I buy my wood bases at Jo-Ann, Michael's, and AC Moore.  They are available at most local craft stores in the US.  I am not familiar with where you can purchase them internationally, but factory direct craft sells wood bases and ships internationally.

For Supply Purchase, Try....

dickblick.com
utrechtart.com
sculpt.com       
smoothon.com

Concerning Sales

If a piece is for sale in my gallery, it will state so in the description.  If it does not mention being for sale, it was either a custom piece created for someone else or it has already been sold (or I am just not selling it!)  Please do not ask me to remake any pieces in my gallery; not only is this boring for me to do, it defeats much of the purpose of owning an original.  I do not mind sculpting the same character again, but it needs to be in a fresh light.

Check out the for sale section in my gallery to see a selection of works currently available for purchase.

A Note About Questions

I will no longer be responding to material related questions that can be answered with a simple Google search or that I have answered on this page.  I am not doing this to be mean.  I get a LOT of questions that I simply do not have the time to respond to.

If you have a questions about technique, PLEASE check my tutorials in my gallery to see that it isn't answered there first.  I put a lot of time and effort into those and they explain a majority of what I do.  

Group Requests

While I appreciate the motion,  I do not accept requests to unthemed groups or groups with themes that are irrelevant to the particular sculpture.  Please don't take it personally if I decline your group invitation.  I welcome themed group invitations, regardless of quality control.


Comments

Yes, I have comments turned off.  It is for a number of reasons, but mainly because I don't have the time to manage them.  If you need to get in touch with me, please use the contact form on my website, emilysculpts.com.

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All sculpture photos are taken by my Husband, Joe Coleman :iconphantom42:
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SamGorsuch Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bookmarked the web page!
You specialize in creature kind of sculpts, so I'll have to come back.
Keep up the great work!
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Jumei Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very brave of you to decide this. But I wonder, was copyright never a reason for you to quit making licensed characters? It can get you in a bunch of trouble, if you're unlucky that is.
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emilySculpts Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
it was part of it, for sure :) 
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Elkarouge Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is understandable on the content of the fanart, but at the same time, the majority of those people who have their own "creations" that's all they are choosing to display. Yet after conventions, for their commissions, they do lots of licensed characters. I am one of those people. I personally was going to order from you but decided not to once I read this. No rudeness intended but I don't think you should shut them out completely. Maybe take an order or two of the ones you do, do. I have many of my own characters, but at this time I'm not really interested in sculptures of them.

Just some feedback, you're of course welcome to ignore it. :D Great sculptures though.
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emilySculpts Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
To each their own :) this is my own path I have chosen for myself and my art. Yours is obviously different. I am just as free to follow my path as you are yours. Just as you are free to commission me or not. I eventually want to be completely free of commissions. This is just the first step. Good luck in your ventures!
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Elkarouge Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same to you. :)
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KingGigabyte Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
That's pretty understandable, I have a few original things I hope to commission you for some day and i'd love to see your interpretation of them. 
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Dragon-by-Design Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
It'll be exciting to see what you create next!
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CJM99 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Well said :)
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scowlingelf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Although I am sad I missed out on getting fan art from you, I always feel weird asking for non-original characters for commissions, anyway. I also totally understand about wanting to do original stuff... you pour your heart and soul into a personal project, and nobody cares because look! A pikachu!
Enjoy doing what you love! :)
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emilySculpts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't say no one cares.  It's human nature to be drawn towards things that we recognize and are familiar with.  I would just rather be known for the things I create myself!  My personal work gets a good bit of attention too, when I am able to get some posted.  And there will be a lot more of that very soon :)
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costume-cat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student
Emily I know how you feel. I am no where near your level of art but a few years ago all I did was fan work. That was not what I wanted. I wanted people to love the original stuff as much as the fan stuff. It's not about money or popularity it's about sharing your own creative vision to your watchers. I am really happy and excited for you to move on and do what YOU love not what others want you to love. If you ever need someone to talk to regarding this don't hesitate to send me a note because I feel the exact same way you do. 
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emilySculpts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much for your kind words :)  i am a firm believer that if you follow your heart, money will follow.  i DO have to be concerned about money, to a degree, since this is my livelihood.  but creating art solely for the purpose of making money just isn't a way to live, in my opinion.
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costume-cat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student
your very welcome C: and I understand that side as well and I totally agree about the making money off of art is not a way to live. 
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emilySculpts Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, with the sole intent of making money at least haha. If I didn't make money off my art, I wouldn't have an income. It's a fine line to walk as a professional artist. Keeping a balance between doing what you want and still being able to pay the bills is an endeavor. That's why I am not stopping commissions completely just yet. I have to make a living! But stopping fan art is a huge step in the right direction for me. Exciting!
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costume-cat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student
It is very exciting I wish you luck on your new chapter C:
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Paintzapper Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can say I am excited to see more of your original work.  It is always really neat to see someone create something new just from an image in their mind.
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emilySculpts Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you kindly!  i completely agree!
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