Commissions & Policies

Updated August 2018.

Commissions are available at certain times only. If you would like to get notified when commissions are open, please tell me so in an email to cmwyvern@gmail.com.

Commissions for the remainder 2018 are currently OPEN! If you are interested,  email me at cmwyvern@gmail.com with the subject line “2018 Commission Request” and the answers to the following:

  1. A description of the creature you want, including any reference images.
  2. Any other relevant information (a deadline you want the creature by, etc, any logistical issues).

Once I get your response, we will discuss any details of the design, and I’ll give you a quote (good for the rest of 2018) and tell you when I can make your creature. (This might take some back and forth, that’s fine!) After the design and price are agreed on, a down payment of 25% will secure your slot and I will begin your creature when scheduled. The rest of the payment is due after the commission is completed, and can be split up into up to 3 installments if you prefer. Once payment is complete, I will ship your custom creature to you.

POLICIES! Please read them all before you start asking me things 🙂 yay thanks 🙂

Creature Design (Commissions):

  • Not all designs will work with my style and process. The main thing I will consider when deciding whether to accept a commission is how much I like the design and if I can actually make it happen successfully.
  • PRICING: Custom posable creatures of my usual complexity will tend to range from around $750-$900.* (USD)
  • SPECIAL CASES!
    • Mmpoffs are available on demand right now (find ‘em in my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/CMWyvern). They cost $235
    • Eagle Wyrms are also super easy for me to make more of. They are $225.
    • Cloud Antelopes will be available in the future. I am making molds for the faces and feet. Price TBD.
    • Foxes (yes, whatever crazy color you want) will also be available in the future. I will be making a set of molds for those too. Price TBD.
  • SIZE: You do not get to decide the size of the creature. My workflow is adaptive and intuitive, and it’s really hard to work towards an exact size.
  • COLORING: No totally solid colored creatures. Gradients and markings are great! Dark markings on light backgrounds are ideal. Light markings on dark backgrounds can be difficult, but if they are not too tiny, it’s fine. (Painting the fur is like watercolor or markers: the colors are translucent, and they do not erase.)
  • A couple of common things that influence pricing:
    • FURRED FACES: Creatures with fully furred faces will cost more.  It takes many many many extra hours to create this look, and it’s incredibly tedious. Yes, it looks really good, so I will do it! But it will cost at least $100 more than if it was not a furred face. (NOTE: “non furred” faces will still have the face edges blended into the body, like this. This is what I mean by a furred face)  
    • FEETS: A couple of claws on soft paws are the easiest feet to make. Fancier feet take longer and may cost more.
  • Sometimes people ask me for some really wacky, creative designs. This is great – I love making something strange and new! However, if your design has some unusual materials or forms, I can’t always make it a reality. This includes most wings right now.
  • REMAKES: It is not possible for me to recreate a design exactly. Each creature (with a few exceptions) is made from scratch, one of a kind, without a mold or pattern, which makes it very difficult to replicate. Also, I dislike doing the same thing twice – I am a human artist, not a factory. Understand that IF I agree to a remake commission, it will be more of a “based on” than a copy.
  • I will consider fanart on a case by case basis. If your desired design is fanart, please make that clear and tell me what show/game/book/movie it’s from.
  • Reference (images and description) is great! If you’ve got a specific image in your head, please do your best to communicate it to me. I will fill in the gaps and make it work with my style. If there are issues with your design that I anticipate having difficulties translating into my medium, I will of course discuss this with you.

*Seem like a lot? Here’s why: It takes 30-40 hours of skilled labor to make one of these creatures. (That does not include the hours more that go into photography, putting images and information online, etc.) They are completely one of a kind, made with high quality materials and loving attention to detail. You will not find such a thing mass produced. In fact, one reason why I make these creatures (and other creations as well) is because I can make them better than something mass produced. I wish I could sell them to you for less, I really do – I want anyone to be able to have one. But the truth of it is, I have a fridge to fill and rent to pay, and we’ll see if this price range is even enough to make this artist thing viable…  This is my day job now.

Communication (General):

  • Please contact me via email to cmwvern@gmail.com. Please keep emails to one thread – it’s really confusing if you send me a whole bunch of separate emails. The contact form on my website will email me, but it’s better if you just email me directly. (Otherwise everything has the same subject line, and sometimes it glitches out and multiple people’s emails get into one thread.)
  • Email is my preferred method of professional communication. Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Etsy Conversations are not so good.
  • Commission specific:
    • Creatures take a long time to make, and involve a lot of steps with bake time, dry time, etc. I really appreciate your patience as I work to make the best creature I can for you. I’m allowing a generous amount of time to complete commissions, so I don’t anticipate falling behind schedule. That said, don’t hesitate to ask me for progress reports if you feel like you haven’t heard from me in awhile.
    • If you need your creature done by a certain time (christmas, birthday, etc), you need to tell me upfront. I will do my best to oblige.

Payment: (Commissions):

  • Unless otherwise noted, whenever I’m discussing funds I will be using US dollars. Paypal and Etsy will convert this for you.
  • I will give you an estimate on your design which is good for whenever I state the estimate is good for when I give you the number. After that, you will need to get a new estimate from me.
  • Payments will be made via Paypal or check. Check is prefered, but especially for international orders, Paypal may be more convenient.
  • I will start work on the commission once you have paid me 25% of the total price. In the interest of making my financial management and commission waitlist management easier, this needs to be in one lump sum. (We can space out the other 75% into up to 3 installments if you want.)
  • I will ship your creature when it is paid for in full, including shipping.
  • If for whatever reason you decide to cancel the commission before it is complete, and you communicate to me that this is the case, I will refund 25% of the payments that you have made. If you ghost me for more than 1 month, I will assume that you have abandoned the commission, and you will not receive a refund. (By “ghost” I mean that you are not responding to emails and generally being completely unresponsive))

Payment Plans for Non-Commission works:

  • Unless otherwise noted, whenever I’m discussing funds I will be using US dollars. Paypal and Etsy will convert this for you.
  • Payment plans can be made with up to 4 payments. (All payments don’t have to be the same amount – you could give me, say 50% and then 20% and then 30%. I just want no more than 4 payments per person per transaction. Otherwise it tends to evolve into a very confusing, drawn out situation.) It’s cool if you can predict when these payments will take place (say, 1 per month) but if you need to adjust the timing for whatever reason, I understand and can work with you.
  • If the creature/item is in my Etsy shop, you will use the “other” payment option. This will mark it as sold, but you won’t have to pay on Etsy. I will then send you money requests on Paypal or you can mail me checks.
  • Payments will be made via paypal or check, or sometimes Etsy listings. I would actually love it if you sent me checks – these other 3rd parties take a cut.
  • I will ship your creature/item when it is paid for in full, including shipping.
  • If for whatever reason you decide to cancel a payment plan before it is complete, and you communicate to me that this is the case, I will refund 25% of the payments that you have made. If you ghost me for more than 1 month, I will assume that you have abandoned me, and you will not receive a refund. (By “ghost” I mean that you are not responding to emails and generally being completely unresponsive).

Shipping (General):

  • I will ship anywhere in the world that the post office lets me.
  • I will use insurance and tracking whenever possible. (International shipments may not offer these)
  • Shipping for normal-sized creatures ~ $16 USA, $56 everywhere else. Shipping for Mmpoffs and other small items that cost less than $400 ~ $6 USA, $18 everywhere else.
  • If you want expedited shipping of any variety, I can oblige. It will cost extra.
  • I am not responsible for customs fees, delays, etc, that occur after I have shipped the doll, and I will not falsely mark international packages as gifts.
  • I use recycled shipping materials whenever possible, because it’s easier on your wallet and Mother Earth. Your creature will probably arrive in a reused Amazon box.