What graphic tablet do you recommend?
I’ve started my digital painting adventure with Wacom Bamboo S. Shortly after, my husband gifted me Wacom Intuos 4 M and I had been working on it for over 4 years. Recently I’ve upgraded to Wacom Cintiq Pro 16.
If your budget is small, you can easily get used to drawing on S size Wacom tablet, or simply buy one of the Huion tablets – they work really good, but don’t last long years as Wacom’s. I’ll not point out any models, because there is a new one every few months.
What program do you recommend for digital art beginners?
I always paint with Adobe Photoshop CC. I had been using other programs like Clip Studio Paint EX, PaintTool SAI and Corel Painter, but I like the flexibility Photoshop is offering. If you’re looking for free painting program I recommend Krita.
On what canvas size do you usually work?
I usually use standard poster print size (8x11in, 300ppi, so 2400x3300px) for all of my projects, unless some specific dimensions were requested. If I’m about to draw many details, I’m making the canvas twice as big (4800x6600px). Increasing canvas size allows you to paint even very tiny details more easily without worrying about those annoying pixels. At the end I’m always scaling down my pictures to the requested size.
How long does it take to completely finish a painting?
Everything depends on the complexity of the requested image and how fast our communication is.
If you consider a time spend on painting, I create a speed painting in less than one day; detailed portraits in 2-3 days; full illustrations can take up to a week of everyday painting. But working on a painting is always a process of communication, looking for right references, exchanging ideas, making revisions and so on.
Do you make tutorials?
Yes! I love teaching and sharing my knowledge via tutorials is an awesome thing to do. I learned a lot about digital painting from tutorials and now I want to give something back to the community. You can check out my DeviantART, Patreon, page about private tutoring, and my online courses. Unfortunately, I haven’t created one page for my tutorials yet.
Are you open for commissions all the time?
Generally yes. You can send the inquiry whenever, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours). I’m a freelance artist, which means painting is my full-time job. Sometimes, the queue is few weeks long, so you will need to be patient and wait a little bit longer for your illustration, but I rarely decline commissions without deadline.
How to make a commission inquiry?
Most commissions begin with a simple description of what you’re looking for send directly to my email Lenamo.firstname.lastname@example.org. But I encourage you fill my commission form. It will help you set your idea in order and provide all the information I need to discuss the commission details. Once we decide on a general direction, size, and budget, I’ll send you my PayPal details, and wait your payment. When the payment got processed, I’ll add you to my schedule.
If you encounter any problems while filling the form, please read my commission form guide, where I briefly explain the issues.
Do you send sketches?
In most cases, I’m sending few rough sketches and few progress updates during my painting. The number of these updates depends on the scope of the project, which means for sketch commission you will receive only one progress update, but for complex illustration you may receive several.
Do I get to offer feedback during the process?
Of course! I encourage you to send me your impressions throughout the whole commission process. It’s the most important at the beginning of my work, when I send you the initial sketches. I really believe that having a strong concept guarantee a satisfaction upon receiving the final illustration.
You can read more about my process on my commissions page and in my commission policies.
What is a difference between commercial and private commission?
Commercial commission: I prioritize commercial commissions over private commissions to guarantee that they will be finished before the deadline. The Client gain exclusive rights to reproduce or use the artwork for all commercial purposes. Please note, that any activity that generates a revenue or is meant to promote your product or brand is considered a commercial activity. I still hold the right to display commissioned artwork in my portfolio and websites, including social media on the conditions we agreed in Contract.
Private commission: I retain ownership of the artwork to be used for commercial, educational, and promotional purposes. Finishing private commission may take longer, because if unexpected delay occurs (like illness mine or my son’s) I need to make changes to my schedule to ensure that commercial commissions will be finished within given time frame. Because of that private commissions are much cheaper than commercial ones.
How long do I have to wait for finished image?
I’m always prioritizing commercial commissions with the shortest deadline. Later, private commissions as they are listed in my schedule, so in order of completed payments.
Commercial commissions will be always finished before the given deadline.
Private commissions will be finished in the shortest possible time – usually in about 2 weeks from the moment I start painting, up to 2 months for complex illustrations with many characters. Please keep in mind that usually I have my schedule filled for a month ahead, which means you will need to wait about a month before I start painting your commission. I will always tell you what is the waiting time BEFORE you make a payment.
Can you paint a portrait from a photograph?
Absolutely! I can paint a portrait of your friend or family member, and I will never post it online without your permission. I find it really important to protect your privacy. Many of the fantasy characters in my gallery were based on the real life people. I can also combine various photographs into one portrait. Fill my commission form so we could discuss the details.
What if I want changes once the illustration is in progress?
I’m trying to keep you updated with the illustration progress from the rough sketch to the final image. This means you can suggest changes during the whole creative process. However, if you decide to completely remake previously accepted element, additional fees will apply.
Will I be able to print the illustration from you?
It is always possible to print my illustrations in good quality. However, while it is possible to print them, it doesn’t mean it’s recommended. If you order a desktop quality portrait, it will simply look bad when printed in a poster size. If unsure, you can always contact me for printing tips or inquiry for an additional work to add more details to your illustration.
Can I order a print from you?
Yes! I can arrange a print and shipping for you. It’s possible to order prints up to B0 size. For my prints I usually use 160g/m2 satin paper. Please contact me directly, so we can discuss the details.
Pricing and Payment
How can I find out what will be the cost of my illustration?
To check if your illustration may fit your budget you can check my commission page. The prices listed there should give you the general idea how much your illustration will cost. To give you an exact price I’ll need to know the details about the illustration you’re looking for. Please fill my commission form.
How do you set the price for a commission?
All prices are approximate and are determined by the following:
- monochrome vs coloured
- number of characters and objects being drawn
- art style (sketch vs painterly style vs detailed)
You can consider a price to be a measure of my time spent painting – the more you pay, the more polished and detailed portrait is. You can follow the logic (from cheaper to more expensive)
Shot: Bust < Waist up < Full body
Pose: Static < Dynamic
Background: Gradient < Misty shapes < Detailed < Illustration
Outfit: Potato bag < Casual outfit < Knight armour < Steampunk outfit
Resolution examples: Desktop wallpaper < Book cover < Poster print size
Can I commission a less expensive version of an artwork?
I’m always trying to adjust my client’s budget. It’s always possible to create a smaller or simplified, less detailed version. Contact me and I’m sure we will figure something out!
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept both PayPal and direct bank transfers.
To make a payment via PayPal use my email address Lenamo.email@example.com or quick link below:
To make a payment via bank transfer, please contact me directly and I’ll provide the details.