This is to announce that Danny's Shipyard and Miscellany is open for commissions!
The currently active commission is:
The "on deck" slot is:
The waiting list is:
The first thing to announce is that you can get 50% off your commission if you allow the end product to be released to the community. I think that procuring things for other artists to play with is important, and should net you a solid discount.
The next thing to talk about is general pricing. The full rate for a Tier 1 model [link]
is $40. Tier 2's [link]
are $80 and Tier 3's [link]
are $120. There is no Tier 4, but I may need to ask you for more money if you want me to try something that is outside my normal range of work, or is just highly extensive in some way. Also, if you desire that I not post any pictures/ renders/ etc of your commission, please be aware that all prices will be 150% of normal.
Models can be delivered in OBJ, Blender 2.49, and Vue VOB 7 formats. OBJ is VERY plain vanilla, but just about everything can open it. Advanced material work is not possible (for me) to export with an OBJ, and OBJ does not allow for rigging, pivot assignments, or anything else. Material tweaks, rigging, hierarchy adjustments, and other things will be up to you. I am by no means a Blender guru, but if you already are familiar with it, the Blender option is superior in terms of model hierarchy and model rigging issues. I am the most comfortable with Vue as a materials platform, but if you have Vue you know that its ability to deal with model rigging (other than Poser imports) is extremely limited.
If you would like to order a commission, please send me a note with your request, including your e-mail and as many helpful details about what you want as possible. If I think I can handle your request, I will quote you a price. If you approve the price, I will get to work.
When I reach a stopping point, I will send you some sample pictures. If you approve of the work, then I will send you a payment request through PayPal's invoicing service. Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you the model in your chosen delivery format. If you disapprove of the work, and the problem is relatively minor, then I will try to correct it. If the problem is major (say, requiring more than 50% of the model to be rebuilt), I may decline to retry - but you will not owe me anything either.
Please be aware that I do reserve the right to release "abandoned" commissions to the community. If your commission absolutely requires exclusivity, you should be prepared to pay for major revisions (or just accept the model as it is). Yes - I know this sounds a bit draconian, but when you aren't charging by the hour, you have to set some limits.
Some general guidelines to avoid disappointment:
1. If what you want to commission looks nothing at all like the pictures used for the Tier 1/2/3 examples, or like anything sitting in my galleries, I'm probably not the guy for you.
2. I'm not opposed to a bit of stretch here and there (I think it might be fun to try a mech again, or a ground vehicle), but there is more of a risk that I won't be ultimately able to get you what you want.
3. I tend to tweak the proportions of things as I go along, and also to generally use my own interpretation of concepts. I just tend to have my own style - which might be a good thing for you, or bad. Only you can decide if I'm the guy for you or not.
4. I am currently not interested in creating models of "iconic" ships from Star-Babylon-Gate-Trek-Wars of the Farscape Fireflies (if you know what I mean). There are gazillions of people who put tons of time into getting every little detail of those ships just right, but I am not counted among those gazillions. I certainly have no problem with the idea of trying to create something from an established universe, but I am just not really thrilled with having to compete in the arena of "getting it just like it was in the movies." (See #3.)
Cheers folks - thank you for taking a look!