Information on Commissions and Other Sales by Gnotknormal / Gnot Ryune
General definition of 'Commission' in regards to artwork: "Artwork commission" generally refer to pieces of artwork purchased from an artist, of work that they themselves have completed on your behalf. This can include work created from scratch or work that has already been started by an artist beforehand. Commission work can include physical items, but the sale generally refers to the rights to the completed image, including in digital form.
General Terms of Service
:: Rights and Privileges
With completed artwork, you may;
Share it with others on your social media
Use as an icon/banner/display image
Use as character references
You may NOT;
Use for commercial purposes such as; selling on, selling prints of the image (including stickers), using in commercial projects such as games/webcomics and memes.
Remove my signature if it is included in the artwork
The above terms can sometimes be negotiated depending on the type of commission, but this may incur a further charge and a signed contract to affirm that both parties agree - particularly in the case of purchasing additional rights such as the right to sell on artwork or publish by the buyer.
Specific commission types may remove or add to the terms stated here - in that situation, the individual terms override/replace those in this section.
It is always appreciated that when sharing artwork, you refer/link back to the artist. However, if you have paid for a commission, I do not require this and simply ask for it as a kind gesture!
:: Payment and Arrangements
For direct purchases of commissions: payment is through PayPal. (At least) 50% of the charge will be due before I can start work. Please do not send me any money until the cost has been discussed.
For purchases through third parties (Ko-fi, fiverr.): payment is processed through the third party and must be received before work starts.
A sketch will be sent to the buyer to confirm and make changes before lineart and colouring is done.
Some types of minor edit are allowed after final piece is sent out (within the first month of sending). This will depend on the commission type.
No further edits will be done after this, though if you want a base colour image to then be fully coloured you can pay to have this done.
Images with backgrounds can be sent with and without it at no extra charge.
You may not take credit for my work. Please be respectful of the hard work artists put in.
References images are needed for both original characters and fan work. Please don't presume that I know the characters that you're referring to even when they are from mainstream media.
Where insufficient images are provided and artwork does not reflect the character as you intended, there will not be a refund.
I cannot replicate styles of someone else's work, I draw in my own style.
Purchases of fan art including my characters DOES NOT encompass a purchase of that character. My characters remain my own.
I reserve the right to withdraw from working on your piece at any time, in this instance I will issue a refund.
I also reserve the right to not explain myself should I withdraw a commission, but I would usually tell you.
Prices are subject to change at any time.
Additional Terms for Assisted Character Design
Base price can include a colour-in of a free reference sheet (you to find) and a clear colour legend.
Small re-draws/adds to a free reference sheet may be considered.
I will not help to design complicated characters without the purchase of (at minumum) a reference sheet.
More complicated characters may require multiple reference sheets which you can also buy from me or take my sketch for another artist to complete.
If you have paid for a general commission and through the process, you have asked for my help/input in large aspects of the character design, I reserve the right to either terminate the commission or request additional fees for the work.
:: Client Etiquette ~~~
Purchasing art commissions can be quite scary if you've never done it before - and you've got to start somewhere. Whether it's with me or with another artist, here is some general information regarding how you should behave when commissioning an artist!
Your Behaviour - Important!
Remember we are human beings not art dispensing machines. Show basic respect when commissioning an artist.
Purchasing a commission does not mean buying a friendship. Constantly messaging an artist after commissioning them is not okay (unless you are already friends). Joining shared servers, commenting in public channels or pages, or their personal Discord are great ways to communicate and potentially become friends.
Do not ask for freebies or beg for additions to commissions. If we offer discounts, it will be on our initiative (and we will tell you!).
Do not complain about prices. If you can't afford an artist's rates, find someone else. Remember, you're paying for their expertise and experience. Commission prices regularly increase so don't be surprised if you re-commission an artist and they charge more each time.
Do not underestimate our work. Art is not easy, so don't trivialize it. If you think it is, try doing it yourself.
Do follow the artist's payment schedule and arrangements. Respect their preferred payment methods.
Do always read the Terms of Service. Understand what you're agreeing to before making a committment.
Additional tips on how to be an A-Star client
'Please', 'thank you' and 'I'm sorry' have a big impact!
Artists welcome some changes during the commission process, but please be mindful not to push it too far. If you need to make multiple changes, acknowledge the impact it has on the artist.
If you need to cancel, postone or alter the commission, inform the artist promptly and clearly. Remember that artists may feel frustrated, but we understand it's part of the job. But additional emotional labour (comforting you in your guilt) is not the artists responsibility.
Tipping artists is appreciated, but not obligatory.
Supporting artists by following them, sharing their work, and providing customer testimony is also SO valuable.
Remember you can also mute accounts on most platforms. If you prefer to only view art in one place, you can still follow artists elsewhere and mute their posts. Even just an extra number on the follower count can help a LOT.
Sharing the work with credit is always greatly appreciated. If the artist is on the platform you are posting to, then tag them if you can!
Content That I Can Do
Cartoons of real people (permission must be granted by that person)
Sexual nudity negotiable (I must be sure that you are over 18)
Will NOT do!
Complex armour without proper references
Any ILLEGAL images (I'm pretty certain that I don't need to elaborate on this - but if you need to know then ask)
Art of real people without their consent (unless they are a public figure)
Heavy drug usage/reference
This page last updated July 2023 - You'll find a more direct update of my work by following me on social media