Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login

Changes

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 16, 2017, 8:35 AM






Well, I was going to write a new journal about the death of my nearly 7-year-old laptop, Pickles, but I recently got news that my ball python, Ozy (usually known simply and lovingly as Snake), passed away late last year :(  I have been worried about him a lot over the past year, since I had to move away to the UK again and leave him behind in Canada with my in-laws, so in a way it wasn't exactly a shock, but I still feel rather terrible about him - he was pretty young for a snake still, only 6, and he had the sweetest, chillest, most placid demeanour I could have ever asked for.  I'll miss you, Snake.  Fission Mailed :(

In non-pet-related news, yes, my laptop was nearly seven years old, and after its optical drive and a number of its keys on its keyboard all broke, its fan crapped out and it started repeatedly overheating, its plug developed a worrisome sparking habit, and finally it started crashing and failing to reboot for no apparent reason, Pickles has finally been retired.  It's been a stressful month trying to work out the bugs, but there was just no saving it, and I've had to resort to getting a new laptop on a budget - it's nice enough, although not as top-of-the-line as Pickles was in his day, but at least I can keep working and I backed up most everything beforehand.  I DID intend to open for some freelance commissions this month, but problems with my laptop resulted in me really not having the time anymore.  Sorry guys!

God, what else is new?  Same old, same old.  Husband's still working on his PhD thesis which is coming along well.  Harborne is extremely nice to live in, so much nicer than Bearwood, and our room mates are great, and nerdy enough that we all get together for Magic games every other night or so.  We miss our friends back in Canada, but we still manage to Skype once in a while and get a few more sessions in for our ancient D&D campaign that we're desperately trying to keep going despite it all.  I'm still plugging along on Endless Realms work, but it seems the development team is going into a bit of a review phase and so I might have a bit less to do coming up - I'll try to give people a head's up if I think I'll be opening for commissions!

Anyway, I think that's all for now.  Sigh.



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Haha, okay, so I never told anyone I was going to Germany before I left, but anyway, was gone for two weeks, but I'm back now ;)  My mother-in-law was in Europe with a friend and took Casey and I on a trip - we met up in Prague for two nights before catching a train to the Black Forest where we did some sight-seeing and hiking, then caught a day cruise up the Rhine before heading back to Birmingham.  We ate much in the way of meat and potatoes o_o  I don't usually write lengthy journals anymore, but I found I ended up forgetting a lot of the neat details from our last trip, so I'm writing them out this time :b

Prague was really neat, beautiful architecture, but crowded.  Coincidentally, the "Blade for Hire" image I painted recently... well, I had searched for references of cool medieval taverns, and it turned out the tavern I drew the most inspiration from is in Prague!  We ate there the second night.
Blade For Hire unfin2 by jocarra


We also tried a trdelnik, which is a hollow sweet pastry roll that was being sold everywhere in Prague and made the streets smell perpetually like waffles :drool: - we have actually had them before at the Richmond Night Market and were severely underwhelmed by what tasted like a bland cardboard tube with a scraping of custard inside, so we almost gave them a pass, but seriously, authentic trdelniks are actually quite delicious!  Chewy and sweet, dusted with sugar, and as the ice cream melts, it infuses the pastry with its flavour :3~

After Prague, we made our way to Rothenburg in Germany, which is notable as a fully-walled medieval town.  We opted to not go on the Night Watch tour since there were a ton of tourists, and instead returned to the wall around midnight and walked it then - it was actually pretty surreal, perfectly silent and dark and empty, and if you're a fantasy or history buff, it was a lot of fun to actually experience walking a medieval wall in the middle of the night.  It's entirely different from what you can experience while shoulder-to-shoulder with dozens of tourists gradually queuing their way around in a line.  The only thing that was missing was the extra sense of danger - the walls in Rothenburg had wooden railing which wouldn't have been there back in the day!  But we were glad for it, since we didn't have a light with us and had to navigate the stairs, towers and walls entirely in the dark :b

Our next stop was Füssen - our hotel was nestled at the foot of the Alps, edged by forest and just a two minute walk from a lake, which frankly reminded both of us a lot of British Columbia - to rub in the Northwest nostalgia, however, it was also pouring in rain :V  We went for a walk anyway, and found an adorable little black salamander on one of the trails enjoying the shower.  He seemed liable to be stepped on where he was, so I shooed him into the underbrush where hopefully he remained safe :3.

We visited Freiburg after that, which Casey wasn't as fond of, but the Minster was beautiful, and perhaps our favourite European cathedral we've visited.  There's a lovely market surrounding the building that we grabbed some street goodies from before heading inside just in time, coincidentally, for a live pipe organ performance.  I'll spare you all the gushy details, but I never had heard a live pipe organ performance before, and as a passionate music lover, being immersed in waves of sound from the various surrounding pipes worked into the architecture at multiple points was thrilling and I think I'm going to be a little disappointed every time I listen non-live, non-surround sound pipe organ music :b  ((How often could that be, you ask, that I listen to pipe organ?  Probably every day, among a variety of other eclectic music genres :b)) 

We also went to Schlossberg tower, which sits atop the hill beside the city and overlooks the valley, commanding an impressive view.  We convinced Casey's mother to join us despite her being terrified of heights and hiked up the 500m hill only to find the tower had been closed for maintenance and repair!  Well, rather disappointed, we, uh, jumped the gate and went up there anyway, haha (Casey's mother remained below, watching apprehensively :b).  On the plus side, there was no one else up there, so that was neat... it certainly wobbled when you stand on the very top, though (its distinctive spiraling supports were notably absent that day), so what we did was very much at our own risk :b  Worth it, though!

Triberg was next, which was, despite the tourist-iness of it, really quite nice.  It boasted at least two wonderful shops featuring beautiful hand-carved wood pieces - tribal masks, rugged animal statues, walking sticks, chess sets - and, of course, it had cuckoo clocks.  Now, I never really cared about cuckoo clocks before Casey, but anyone with an appreciation for art should love visiting the Master Carving Club shop, who uphold the highest traditional standards in cuckoo clock-making.  The artisans were very passionate about their craft, and it was wonderful hearing them talk about their work.

Triberg is the home of cuckoo clocks, but also the original Black Forest cake (which is way boozier than we make it in North America!) and Germany's second highest waterfalls.  Although filled with tourists and fairly standard compared to the waterfalls you can find all over the Northwest, the waterfalls were really enjoyable and we enjoyed hiking up them and down again, although the real hiking took place at our next destination just outside the resort city of Baden-Baden, where we hiked at least 30km over the course of two days (Casey's mother opted to skip out on those :b) through the Black Forest and the neighbouring castle ruins of Altes Schloss, which features a very cool windharp, an instrument I had never encountered before and would enjoy having.



We didn't actually explore much of the city proper in Baden-Baden, although we did visit the Lichtentaler Allee park and gardens, which did a great job of incorporating sprawling green space, striking older architecture, and stylish modern establishments.

After Baden-Baden, we caught a cruise up the Rhine before eventually travelling by train back to Birmingham, where Casey's mother wanted to see around the city - while perhaps expecting more from the city (it's not exactly a shiny tourist city out to impress :b), she enjoyed Brindley Place and got to see the Bull Ring and the crazy mirrored monstrosity that is Central Station :V.  We also met up with some distant relatives that live in Coleshill and took a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon together.

Then, quite abruptly it seemed, I'm back to sitting in our ghetto flat in Bearwood that still has no furniture and has had no hot water for almost three months now because the landlord refuses to pay to fix the boiler.  lol.  Being away was nice while it lasted!

* * * I've unexpectedly gotten some free time on my hands - accepting first-come-first-served, pay-what-you-want commissions TODAY (Thursday) & TOMORROW (Friday) ONLY!  Commissions under $300 only, please.  Please message or email me with details, and have Paypal payment ready to go in USD - cheers! * * *

PRICES

Prices are based on an estimate of how long a commission will take me at a rate of $25USD/hr.  I've listed commonly requested products below with examples - if you don't see an example of what you want, I can still probably do it!  Just ask :)

$35-$100 (1.5-4 hours)

shaded rough sketch / coloured rough sketch / simple cellshaded ex1 ex2 / clean bw lineart / clean coloured lineart / icon ex1 ex2 ex3 / bust ex1 ex2 / shaded lineart

$100-250 (4-10 hours)

couples icon ex1 ex2 / complex shaded lineart / coloured shaded lineart ex1 ex2 / speedpainting ex1 ex2 ex3 / detailed portrait / detailed bust / complex cellshaded ex1 ex2 / simple single char ex1 ex2 / detailed couples portrait

$250-500 (10-20hrs)

single char ex1 ex2 / single char+bg ex1 ex2 ex3 / multiple chars ex1 ex2 / multiple chars+bg ex1 ex2 / "simpler" map ex1 ex2

$500+ (20+hrs)

map ex1 ex2 / complex single char+bg / complex multiple chars / complex multiple chars+bg ex1 ex2

PAYMENT

Payment is due when I'm ready to begin your commission.  Please do not pay before I am ready unless previously negotiated, thanks!  When prompted, please send your payment in USD to my Paypal ( jocarra@gmail.com ).  You can either send the money to me for goods/services, or I can create an invoice for you.  Partial payment plans are available for larger commissions, but full payment is required before I can give you the final product.  Finally, tips are absolutely not expected or required, but very much appreciated!  Thank you!

PREFERRED SUBJECTS

I will happily consider most any species, character, or subject matter, adult or no.  As a general rule, though...

  • More preferred subjects = wildlife/nature, anthro/were, fantasy/tribal, dark/horror/monsters, romantic/sensual adult
  • Less preferred subjects = urban/industrial, technical/mechanical, graphic/extreme adult

WHAT YOU'LL GET

My appreciation! <3  You'll get a maximum quality JPG or PNG, and optional PSD/AI file(s); size/resolution depends on product (eg. icon vs full illustrations).  Every time I send you an image (sketch, WIP, finished product), you may ask me to make a few minor revisions if necessary (eg. "Could you make his paws a bit bigger?"  "Could you make her eyes darker?") - if you wait to ask for a revision (eg. waiting until the finished product to say you'd like an entirely different pose), I likely will be unable to do so :( (at least, not without incurring extra cost, I'm afraid!)

TERMS OF SERVICE

Unless otherwise negotiated ahead of time...

  • I must be able to contact you reliably.  Failure to respond in a timely manner (within two weeks) may result in you losing your commission spot.
  • I require an advance payment (either in part or in full) for all commissions, due when I'm ready to begin work.
  • A rough sketch and multiple WIPs will be sent to you for review and revisions - major/multiple changes requested after revisions are done may result in additional costs at my discretion.
  • We both have the right to publicly display the artwork online or elsewhere, or otherwise make personal usage of the artwork.
  • In cases of adult subject matter, you assert and affirm that you are of legal age to view and purchase items of an adult nature by commissioning me.
  • I retain ALL commercial rights to the artwork.  You cannot make commercial use of my artwork without my permission.
  • You retain ALL commercial rights to your personal characters in the artwork.  I cannot make commercial use of your characters without your permission.
  • I retain the right to modify, edit, or reuse the artwork in part or whole following commission completion at my discretion.
  • You retain the right to modify, edit, or reuse the artwork in part or whole following commission completion at your discretion.
  • I retain the right to cancel a commission at any time should you a) violate my rights, b) fail to respond or send payment in a timely manner (several weeks), c) harass or threaten me, or are otherwise rude or hostile.
  • You retain the right to cancel a commission at any time for any reason, but money cannot be refunded for work already done (even if incomplete). Cancelling a commission results in your losing your commission spot.

Thank you for your consideration!

Limited Commissions NOW CLOSED

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 19, 2016, 3:27 PM






* * * EDIT: Slots have been filled - I will contact you privately if I was able to take you.  Thank you so much to everyone who contacted me - I only wish I could do more for you guys!  Cheers! * * *

If you haven't already, if you're interested in possibly getting a commission from me, please contact me with your idea! :)  This is not first come, first served - I have roughly 20-30 hours available for freelance work this week, so I can only take so many people - I apologize to those I inevitably will have to turn down, and thank you all for your interest and support, even if I can't accept :)  I'll be making my decision on who I'm able to take on late Sunday or early Monday.

PRICES

Prices are based on an estimate of how long a commission will take me at a rate of $25USD/hr.  I've listed commonly requested products below with examples - if you don't see an example of what you want, I can still probably do it!  Just ask :)

$35-$100 (1.5-4 hours)

shaded rough sketch / coloured rough sketch / simple cellshaded ex1 ex2 / clean bw lineart / clean coloured lineart / icon ex1 ex2 ex3 / bust ex1 ex2 / shaded lineart

$100-250 (4-10 hours)

couples icon ex1 ex2 / complex shaded lineart / coloured shaded lineart ex1 ex2 / speedpainting ex1 ex2 ex3 / detailed portrait / detailed bust / complex cellshaded ex1 ex2 / simple single char ex1 ex2 / detailed couples portrait

$250-500 (10-20hrs)

single char ex1 ex2 / single char+bg ex1 ex2 ex3 / multiple chars ex1 ex2 / multiple chars+bg ex1 ex2 / "simpler" map ex1 ex2

$500+ (20+hrs)

map ex1 ex2 / complex single char+bg / complex multiple chars / complex multiple chars+bg ex1 ex2

PAYMENT

Payment is due when I'm ready to begin your commission.  Please do not pay before I am ready unless previously negotiated, thanks!  When prompted, please send your payment in USD to my Paypal ( jocarra@gmail.com ).  You can either send the money to me for goods/services, or I can create an invoice for you.  Partial payment plans are available for larger commissions, but full payment is required before I can give you the final product.  Finally, tips are absolutely not expected or required, but very much appreciated!  Thank you!

PREFERRED SUBJECTS

I will happily consider most any species, character, or subject matter, adult or no.  As a general rule, though...

  • More preferred subjects = wildlife/nature, anthro/were, fantasy/tribal, dark/horror/monsters, romantic/sensual adult
  • Less preferred subjects = urban/industrial, technical/mechanical, graphic/extreme adult

WHAT YOU'LL GET

My appreciation! <3  You'll get a maximum quality JPG or PNG, and optional PSD/AI file(s); size/resolution depends on product (eg. icon vs full illustrations).  Every time I send you an image (sketch, WIP, finished product), you may ask me to make a few minor revisions if necessary (eg. "Could you make his paws a bit bigger?"  "Could you make her eyes darker?") - if you wait to ask for a revision (eg. waiting until the finished product to say you'd like an entirely different pose), I likely will be unable to do so :( (at least, not without incurring extra cost, I'm afraid!)

TERMS OF SERVICE

Unless otherwise negotiated ahead of time...

  • I must be able to contact you reliably.  Failure to respond in a timely manner (within two weeks) may result in you losing your commission spot.
  • I require an advance payment (either in part or in full) for all commissions, due when I'm ready to begin work.
  • A rough sketch and multiple WIPs will be sent to you for review and revisions - major/multiple changes requested after revisions are done may result in additional costs at my discretion.
  • We both have the right to publicly display the artwork online or elsewhere, or otherwise make personal usage of the artwork.
  • In cases of adult subject matter, you assert and affirm that you are of legal age to view and purchase items of an adult nature by commissioning me.
  • I retain ALL commercial rights to the artwork.  You cannot make commercial use of my artwork without my permission.
  • You retain ALL commercial rights to your personal characters in the artwork.  I cannot make commercial use of your characters without your permission.
  • I retain the right to modify, edit, or reuse the artwork in part or whole following commission completion at my discretion.
  • You retain the right to modify, edit, or reuse the artwork in part or whole following commission completion at your discretion.
  • I retain the right to cancel a commission at any time should you a) violate my rights, b) fail to respond or send payment in a timely manner (several weeks), c) harass or threaten me, or are otherwise rude or hostile.
  • You retain the right to cancel a commission at any time for any reason, but money cannot be refunded for work already done (even if incomplete). Cancelling a commission results in your losing your commission spot.

Thank you for your consideration!



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Limited Commissions Opening Soon!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 15, 2016, 4:49 AM






Just making an announcement that I'll be opening for very limited commissions for next week - if you're interested, please feel free to contact me!  My rate is $25USD/hr, and you can check here for a pricing guide :)  Cheers!



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Looking back on art...

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 6, 2015, 9:19 AM






In 2014, I produced 119 illustrations, a little more if you include some icons I made for Endless Realms...

  • 78 Endless Realms images
  • 34 freelance commissions

  • 2 gifts



That leaves just 5 left over.  I made 5 images that were just for fun, 5 images that weren't "work."  They weren't much, but they include:



So... now it's 2015, and so far, I've done 111 illustrations, excluding the book buddies I just did for Endless Realms, along with a t-shirt project I was working on with GrowlTiger.  That's...


  • 96 Endless Realms images

  • 13 freelance commissions

  • 2 gifts



No personal art this year.



...



Yeah, I thought that was pretty bad, too.  To be fair, though, I had forgotten to count this picture of cartoon mini-foods I had started this year as something to try to relax with, but still.  I thought 5 pieces of personal art over an entire year in which 2 of them took less than an hour was pretty bad, but this year was worse o_O

A little distressed, I mentioned it to my husband: part of the problem with doing so much artwork as the breadwinning job for the household is that, well, frankly, when I DO have time off, I don't really WANT to do art.  But clearly, I WANT to want to, so he's given me an assignment, a "faux commission" if you will :b  "Draw something with the following three things you like in it: something hunky, some kind of fantasy creature, and some sort of food."

It's funny, I was actually a bit bent out of shape about it at first.  WHAT?!  What kind of weird picture would that be?!  Why can't I just do more art for my story since I haven't done any for over a year?  THIS IS JUST MORE WORK >8E  But then I chilled out and started thinking about it.

That's the trick, you know.  That's how I manage to keep going doing commission artwork, constantly creating works for people of worlds that aren't mine, ideas that aren't mine, characters that aren't mine - you have to get passionate about what the idea has to offer, think about what makes the creator so excited and enamored with the idea that they want to pay to have art made of it.  If you can empathize with the person, get inside their head and feel what they feel, then you can do art for them.

Except this time, it wasn't very hard, because the ideas were my own favourite things - I just had to come up with a way to combine them...



And I did.  I'm even pretty excited about it!  It's not done, but I don't care - at least I made something.  I really just wanted to mention this, if only to myself as a recording of it actually happening, just in the off-chance it slips away into the graveyard of forgotten unfinished art.  But if we're lucky, I'll manage to paint it some time this month :)



So sorry, guys.  I probably could have taken the time to do more commission auction bids instead, but, well, I figured I owed myself at least one personal picture this year :V



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Auction Winners Announced!

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 25, 2015, 11:12 AM







Alright!  First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who sent me a bid for my silent auction – I appreciate the support, even though I wasn’t able to select all of you.  Secondly, the winners!  I’ve selected Siegmar’s full illustration, Tabra’s pin-up, and Siochanna’s sketch – if I get the time, I will try to select additional winners from the received bids :) 


As for an update on our move, we made it to Birmingham in one piece, our luggage intact, just in time for Casey’s faculty welcome party :3  I quite like Birmingham, a lot greener than I expected, and the university campus is quite nice, although we kind of got stuck in a bit more “humble” of a flat than we expected – aside from a lumpy coverless mattress, we have zero furniture, cutlery, dishware/glassware, or towels/linens of any kind, so we have some shopping to do :b  Maybe it’s just our inexperience as renters, but our last shared flat had some basic common linens/dishes/etc. for everyone to use, so I guess I was expecting sort of the same – we left almost everything except clothing and our laptops at home.  Ah well :b  We were hoping to eventually find a single studio room for us, rather than a shared home, so it’s not that terrible for us to start accumulating stuff now.

Anyway, thanks again for all the support and well-wishes!  Hopefully, if I get the time, I will be able to take more commissions in the future!




Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Commissions Opening! Help us move overseas!

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 14, 2015, 11:46 PM






EDIT: Winners have been selected and my auction is now CLOSED.  However, if you're interested in being picked in the future, you may continue to send me your commission ideas along with your desired budget, and I can hopefully pick you in the future, time permitting! :)

* * * * *




Finally! I will be opening for limited, digital-only commissions at the end of September/beginning of October!


Casey and I are moving overseas again to the UK for his PhD program, and so any help with our (uncomfortably tight x_x) finances during this time would be greatly appreciated!  <3  I'm normally fairly busy with Endless Realms work, but I should have a bit more free timethe next coming month or two, so I've decided to hold a SILENT AUCTION - BIDDING OPENS NOW! Contact me privately with your bid and a description of what you'd like done :)  Email is strongly preferred ( jocarra@gmail.com) - a subject header like "(Your Username)'s Commission" or "(Your Username)'s Auction Bid" would be most helpful!  Including at least one reference image would also be helpful, but isn't necessary.  If you want the image to be kept private, need commercial rights for it, or have a particular printing format in mind, I need to know that, too.  Thanks!


I hope to leave bidding open until the end of September... ish, depending on the responses I get.  I MAY have time for multiple commissions (eg. one large commission, one medium one, and one small), so don't feel like I'll be motivated purely by who's willing to pay the most :b  I'll be looking at your various ideas and how much time I'll have available, and seeing what I can fit in.  I know some people hate how auctions inflate the prices of commissions, and I also know first-come first-served policies can result in people who have unfortunate working/sleeping hours getting left out, so I hoped doing this would be a little more fair for everyone :)


So... Yeah!  Bullet; Red Bullet; Red Bullet; RedTL;DR - Email me your idea, name your price, and I'll see who I can fit in!Bullet; Red Bullet; Red Bullet; Red  I'll announce the winning bid(s) once the auction closes.  If you have any questions, feel free to comment below :)



PRICES


Prices are based on an estimate of how long a commission will take me at a rate of $25USD/hr.  I've listed commonly requested products below with examples - if you don't see an example of what you want, I can still probably do it!  Just ask :)


$35-$100 (1.5-4 hours)

shaded rough sketch / coloured rough sketch / simple cellshaded ex1 ex2 / clean bw lineart / clean coloured lineart / icon ex1 ex2 ex3 / bust ex1 ex2 / shaded lineart

$100-250 (4-10 hours)

couples icon ex1 ex2 / complex shaded lineart / coloured shaded lineart ex1 ex2 / speedpainting ex1 ex2 ex3 / detailed portrait / detailed bust / complex cellshaded ex1 ex2 / simple single char ex1 ex2 / detailed couples portrait

$250-500 (10-20hrs)

single char ex1 ex2 / single char+bg ex1 ex2 ex3 / multiple chars ex1 ex2 / multiple chars+bg ex1 ex2 / "simpler" map ex1 ex2

$500+ (20+hrs)

map ex1 ex2 / complex single char+bg / complex multiple chars / complex multiple chars+bg ex1 ex2


PAYMENT


Payment is due when I'm ready to begin your commission.  Please do not pay before I am ready unless previously negotiated, thanks!  When prompted, please send your payment in USD to my Paypal ( jocarra@gmail.com ).  You can either send the money to me for goods/services, or I can create an invoice for you.  Partial payment plans are available for larger commissions, but full payment is required before I can give you the final product.  Finally, tips are absolutely not expected or required, but very much appreciated!  Thank you!



PREFERRED SUBJECTS


I will happily consider most any species, character, or subject matter, adult or no.  As a general rule, though...

  • More preferred subjects = wildlife/nature, anthro/were, fantasy/tribal, dark/horror/monsters, romantic/sensual adult
  • Less preferred subjects = urban/industrial, technical/mechanical, graphic/extreme adult



WHAT YOU'LL GET


My appreciation! <3  You'll get a maximum quality JPG or PNG, and optional PSD/AI file(s); size/resolution depends on product (eg. icon vs full illustrations).  Every time I send you an image (sketch, WIP, finished product), you may ask me to make a few minor revisions if necessary (eg. "Could you make his paws a bit bigger?"  "Could you make her eyes darker?") - if you wait to ask for a revision (eg. waiting until the finished product to say you'd like an entirely different pose), I likely will be unable to do so :( (at least, not without incurring extra cost, I'm afraid!)



TERMS OF SERVICE


Unless otherwise negotiated ahead of time...

  • I must be able to contact you reliably.  Failure to respond in a timely manner (within two weeks) may result in you losing your commission spot.
  • I require an advance payment (either in part or in full) for all commissions, due when I'm ready to begin work.
  • A rough sketch and multiple WIPs will be sent to you for review and revisions - major/multiple changes requested after revisions are done may result in additional costs at my discretion.
  • We both have the right to publicly display the artwork online or elsewhere, or otherwise make personal usage of the artwork.
  • In cases of adult subject matter, you assert and affirm that you are of legal age to view and purchase items of an adult nature by commissioning me.
  • I retain ALL commercial rights to the artwork.  You cannot make commercial use of my artwork without my permission.
  • You retain ALL commercial rights to your personal characters in the artwork.  I cannot make commercial use of your characters without your permission.
  • I retain the right to modify, edit, or reuse the artwork in part or whole following commission completion at my discretion.
  • You retain the right to modify, edit, or reuse the artwork in part or whole following commission completion at your discretion.
  • I retain the right to cancel a commission at any time should you a) violate my rights, b) fail to respond or send payment in a timely manner (several weeks), c) harass or threaten me, or are otherwise rude or hostile.
  • You retain the right to cancel a commission at any time for any reason, but money cannot be refunded for work already done (even if incomplete). Cancelling a commission results in your losing your commission spot.


Thank you for your consideration!




Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Good Intentions

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 25, 2014, 1:41 PM






You know what they say: the way to... online inactivity :V? is paved with good intentions!

To be fair, it's not just online inactivity I'm talking about, but rather the general lack of productivity on my part - I keep meaning to do all sorts of things: have more Endless Realms monsters completed regularly, post more journals now, come up with some good polls, do some personal work now and then, make some more progress on my waitlist - but I keep being, well... sick-without-being-actually-sick, I guess.

I was over at a friend's the other day, and I mentioned that I'd been suffering chronic stomach aches and/or head aches (you know, those annoyingly persistent ones that are not alleviated at all by either acetaminophen or ibuprofen?) the past month, and was frankly rather tired of it, and he asked, "Jen, haven't you been feeling like that since August?  I remember you complaining of the same thing before your wedding, but you assumed it was wedding-related stress and would go away," and I realized, actually, yes.  Apparently I've had more-or-less constant stomach aches and/or headaches for the past two and a half months.  So what the hell, body :b  Why you hate me so :c

So yeah.  I'm a bit behind on pretty much everything, it feels like, mostly as a result of me feeling consistently under the weather in a variety of ways, and I'm not sure why, and it doesn't seem to be going away.  Not that armchair-physician-ing is really worth much, but just for the hell of it: does anyone have any anecdotal stories about chronic body-feels-like-crap-but-is-not-actually-sick-iness and what made it go away?  You know, aside from the usual "I exercised/ate better/slept properly/drank enough water"...

Anyway, hoping to maybe to do at least one or two more Endless Realms monsters before the end of the month, and if I'm lucky, manage to get a Halloween picture done this year, as I missed last year's - they're a silly, just-for-fun-for-me-and-friends exercise that I'd like to do every year if I can, but so far I've only done two >_>  They're pretty inside-jokey, so harder for other people to enjoy, but here they are anyway!

Nerdy Halloween 2011 by jocarra  A Sleazy Tavern Nerdy Halloween by jocarra If you haven't seen them already, lots and lots of bonus nerd points if you can identify who/what everyone is dressed as :b



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






The Cold

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 17, 2014, 1:55 PM








T

oday, I woke to the sound of rain.


In the loft where we sleep, there is a series of six windows encircling one corner, creating a large, panoramic view of the suburban street corner on which we live.  Normally, we are assaulted by the light of a clear blue sky, sunlight pouring in happily and obliviously turning the loft into a giant oven which, coupled with the fact it’s halfway through October and we feel it should no longer be so warm out as to cause an uncomfortable amount of sweating while indoors in an unheated room, usually is not terribly pleasing to us.


Alternatively, we can leave the windows open.  The temperature of mornings in the loft is improved, but in place of that slowly growing discomfort that ever so gradually lurches through morning bleariness until you’re filled with a horrible alarmed awareness that, if you don’t get up now, you may very well bake to death, there is traffic.  Never-ending, constant traffic.  Honking horns, screeching brakes, emergency sirens, and the aggressive roar of overzealous drivers with their muscle cars and motorcycles and presumably tiny genitalia.  Suffice it to say, this is also not terribly pleasing to us.

 But today, I woke to the sound of rain.

The light was soft, diffuse, rendering the world a gentle, muted grey.  The sky was overcast, and it was raining; the traffic outside was turned instead to gently undulating waves of white noise as the sounds of tires over wet pavement pass by.  This is clearly not what one would call a nice day, but in my estimation, it’s pretty much the best I could hope for.


I’m done with it being summer.  Casey likes to describe winter as a necessary recovery period, the season that recharges and rejuvenates him like a splash of cold water to the face, allowing him the ability to enjoy the sweltering heat of summer when it inevitably comes again.  He likes being cold, though.  I don’t like being cold, but I do like the cold.  Don’t get me wrong; summer can be nice, lazing about in the heat until you’re driven to seek refuge in the closest body of water, but it’s a lot less nice when you aren’t able to be lazy, and when you don’t have a lake, river, or ocean conveniently nearby to refresh you.  You can be warm, and that’s nice, but it’s forced upon you.  It's not a luxury - it's not even a choice.

It’s when it’s cold out that warmth becomes something special.  It is, after all, the whole point of winter festivities: to seek light and warmth together, and to revel in your refuge of vitality and comfort you’ve forged for yourself, creating a little sphere of goodness in a world of darkness and cold.  In the summer, there’s nothing particularly special about warmth, but when it’s cold, all of a sudden, mundane things become magical, if only because they are warm.  Holding a cup of hot tea in your hands and letting the steam wash over your face; cuddling up beneath a blanket, and feeling the warmth of your loved one next to you, and listening to the sound of rain together; sitting before a fire, its warmth inexorably drawing people to its heat and light and vitality.  Suddenly, these ordinary things become special; they become cozy, a kind of warmth that can only exist in the face of cold.


I know most people don’t like the cold, but especially since we have the luxury of so easily being able to find warmth in our world, maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t be so hard on it.



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Happy Thanksgiving!

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 13, 2014, 1:17 PM






I know most of you are probably American and don't know what I'm talking about, but I'm Canadian, and in Canada, today is Thanksgiving!  Casey and I had intended to make our own alternative Thanksgiving meal involving things like orange duck and cranachan and maybe Balmoral chicken but, well, then we didn't :V (partly because I got sick and wasn't feel up to it anymore :b)  So we had a regular Thanksgiving meal with turkey, and speaking of turkeys, friends were bugging me to make a Turducken, so I did :b  ENJOY 8D

Happy Thanksgiving 8D by jocarra



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Recommend Some Music!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 3, 2014, 11:34 PM






Recommend some music for me!  I've been listening to the same music playlist for the last year in a row or so, and I do add a few new songs to it gradually over time, but nevertheless, I need some new music!  I can't promise I'll listen to everything people send me, but I'll certainly give at least some of them a shot :b  So, tell me, what's your most favourite song of all time?  What's the most unusual thing you've ever heard?  The best song to drive around in a car to?  To kickbox to?  Whatever it is, send me a link to it!

The point here for me really is to listen to some different music than I typically listen to, but just in case you care, I tend to like:

  • music in a minor key
  • music with repetitive motifs
  • music featuring long suspended notes, or instruments with drones
  • music with a strong beat
  • medieval music
  • world/ethnic music
  • baroque music
  • dramatic, movie-trailer-esque music
  • industrial noise/aggrotech
  • musical fusion
  • taiko and percussion
  • dance/club music and general techno/electronica

Anyway, here are two from me: "Avanti" by Corvus Corax, and "Preliator" by Globus.






Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






I got married! (Finally!)

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 14, 2014, 9:26 PM






Soooooo... I know I've been missing a good long while, but I'll have you know that it was, at least, for good reason!  On September 6th, I was wed to Casey/Theglavwen on the edge of Chilliwack Lake after nearly 8 years together - we were engaged to marry two years ago, but as many of you know, we had to unexpectedly move to Scotland before we had the chance.  But we agreed to see what we could come up with since getting back to Canada this last winter, and despite our outfits almost not arriving on time (they arrived the day before), it finally happened (and only with a few major hiccups, haha).

 Jen by jocarra

 Casey by jocarra

It was a small wedding with a pretty short ceremony (we wanted things to be casual and comfortable for our guests) followed by a medieval-inspired feast that we cooked/catered ourselves.  Some credits: outfits were made by Ravenswood Leather with custom modifications and embroidery designs by us, rings were made by Jewelry by Johan, my hair was done by Inna at Is., bouquet, hairpiece, makeup and nails were by me, cake was by Ganache Patisserie,and Casey's belt was made by Art on Leather (we already had the bracers and sword).  We were told he wasn't going to be able to come, but we were lucky enough to have our friend Doran-Blackdawn's father, a semi-retired photographer, take some photos for us!

Casey and Jen - the Kiss by jocarra



 

 Friend Photo by jocarra

Jen and Casey - On the River by jocarra

 

So, what's it like to be married?  To be honest, it's really about the same!  We've lived together for almost eight years now, practically attached at the hips and loving it (hah, that sounded a lot dirtier than intended), and as some other people have said, what defines a relationship really isn't its legal status or whether or not we have rings on our fingers, but something that can't really be easily or concisely written down in a public forum.  I'm not going to go into a whole lot of gushy private feelings, but I will refer briefly to the same story I told in my vows:

When I was little, the number one fear I had was never being able to find someone to love and be loved by - someone who really understood me, and connected with me, who I could devote myself fully to and be loved back in return.  I wanted more than anything else, basically, a Soul Mate, and was somehow terrified that I'd never find one.  So, then, it was almost literally a dream come true to finally find Casey.  We've been friends since we met in highschool 16 years ago, fell in love 8 years ago, and have since graduated university together, lived in Scotland for a year, and shared countless other life experiences together.  The fact that, now, we have a paper saying we are officially married doesn't change much of anything at all, but it was still wonderful to make what we are together finally official in the eyes of our friends, family, and the law.  I'm looking forward to sharing the rest of my life with him <3



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Back from Camping! And Back to Work...

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 8, 2014, 7:27 PM






Aaaaalright, now that I'm thoroughly crispy and had my fair share of campfires, kayaking, boating, barbequing, swimming, (not-quite-)water-skiing and my first thrilling tube fight with Casey... I'm back!  Feel free to skip this next part - it's really just me writing down the memorable bits of my trip for myself:

Had really great Canada Day and July Fourth barbeques (the campground has about as many Canadians, if not more, than Americans, despite being in WA) despite how humid it was this year, and it turns out that the beloved FatBoy's restaurant, now the American Family Grill, is still bloody delicious, so that's good.  Did a ton of boating, tried my hand at water-skiing, and tooootally beat Casey at tube wars XD.  Got to see our friend Lisa again after a good number of years, which was great - we hung out and did henna and generally did a bunch of catching up.  We checked out a cool local bar with live blues music (a friend was called up to sing with the band, which was pretty awesome), and I won at least half my pool games (although that might have had something to do with everyone else being inebriated, haha).  Casey and I also rescued a juvenile bat from roasting in the sun after we found him grounded in the middle of Lisa's campsite - he was absolutely adorable, and kept trying to climb my leg.  He didn't seem injured, so we set him up in a tree (we couldn't reach the bat boxes the campground has set up for them), and we're hoping he made it to the evening alright!  Also got to play with a lovely young dog named Niko who was tied up next to our site - the family hardly paid her an ounce of attention, and left her tied to a nearly shade-less tree half a lot away from them on a five foot rope, neglected to clean up her droppings, and did no more than pat her once and walk her to the end of their lot and back over the two days they were there.  I went over to say hello to her, and you could just see it in her face, how desperate she was for love and attention.  Spent a lot of time cuddling her, and she'd crawl up into my lap and wash my hands for me <3  She seemed to shy away from a lot of people, as if expecting to be struck, so I'm really hoping her family doesn't abuse her :(  I would have looooved to adopt her - she was one of the sweetest dogs I've come across in a long time - but obviously, I'm just a weird Asian that wandered up to their family dog and don't really have any rights over her :b

Anyway, now that I'm back, it's time to get back to work!  Going to try to take up P90X again in preparation for our wedding, although the heat really isn't helping - it was 30C/86F in our loft with all the windows open and fans going, and it's just exhausting trying to work out in the heat x_x  So we'll see.  As for actual commission work, I plan on tying up the loose ends this month - getting to Lushiko, Kahai and Xevian's smaller commissions, and making some more progress on Argent, Vangarthia, and Nero's works - but I mostly need to focus on getting back to my primary job as artist for Endless Realms after the art director was kind enough to allow me something of a vacation from work.  So my apologies for having to put my usual commission work on the back burner!

Hope everyone has been having a good season so far!



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Brief Hiatus, Note to Clients, and Closing Again

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:25 AM






Man, June ended up being way more hectic than expected >_O

Anyway, today's my last day before my first vacation in two years!  I'll be going camping for two weeks in the Okanagan, Osoyoos Canada/Oroville USA along with my fiance's family, as it's been an annual tradition for them since he was a baby (although we missed it for the first time last year since we living in Scotland, which he was rather upset about :b).  That being said, I will have zero computer or internet access, so I'll be unable to work on any art projects during that time.



... Okay, technically?  I could probably bring my laptop along and keep it powered using a car adapter, but to be honest, it's already overheated and crashed from 20C temperatures outside  (30C inside the loft here), with two fans going non-stop and all the windows open 16 hours a day.  I really don't think it'll do well in the 30-40C temperatures I'll be heading to, so... no laptop.

Plus taking electronics with you camping (with the exception of maybe things like GPS, cameras, and e-readers) is a bit lame :V

So yeah.  Will be back the second week of July!



I'm also closing to accepting any more smaller commissions again - since picking up some new projects, I need to finish those off now, and get back to work on Endless Realms material.  If we're in the middle of discussing commissions already (your name should be listed below), I can still take your request, but it will have to wait until I get back.

Thanks again guys for all your support!

Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Commission Update

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 12, 2014, 4:24 PM






I honestly never expected to get such a huge surge of commission requests! Since getting sick (which was super untimely and very inconvenient :b), I've gotten a little behind, but figured I should repost so that things are clearer.


Here's what I have so far, please let me know if I've missed you or am in error!

Vangarthia - single character realism illustration - early painting - paid in full

NeroFox1989 - single character realism illustration - sketched, awaiting response - advance paid

Argent-Fatalis - single character realism illustration - sketched, awaiting response - advance paid

BladeMcCloud - single character realism illustration - OPTED FOR PASS - unpaid

Seigmar - 5hr speedpaint - DONE - paid in full

RogueKitty - 2hr sketch/speedpaint - DONE - paid in full

Seribaba - 2hr sketch/speedpaint - DONE - paid in full

Aarha - 1hr sketch/speedpaint - DONE - paid in full

XernKara - 2 person port - awaiting response - unpaid

KitaWolfhawk - morphing eye icon - awaiting response - unpaid

LyonLover - 2hr(+?) sketch/speedpaint - DONE - paid in full

DinofelizC - 1 or 2hr sketch/speedpaint? - awaiting response - unpaid


Lushiko - multihour speedpaint/portrait? - awaiting response - unpaid

Caelestra - character badge - DONE - paid in full

Kahai - 2 character coloured lineart - awaiting response - unpaid

Xevian - 4hr speedpaint - awaiting July - unpaid



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Murphy's Law

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 11, 2014, 4:53 PM






I finally decide to open up for commissions, just a bit, accept down payment for some new work, and then promptly fall ill :V  Apparently have a norovirus infection or something, something of a recent local outbreak.  My apologies to those waiting for commissions or to hear back from me.  I tried working for a bit, but, just... isn't happening.  I know it seems sort of silly, feeling too sick to draw, but something about creative endeavours make them seem unusually difficult to do well if you can't commit properly to them.  Sorry guys </3   Please bear with me.



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Open for Limited Commissions!

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 9, 2014, 2:05 PM






It's been a long time, internet, but I'm finally, tentatively opening for commissions again.  My time is mostly taken up by doing work for Endless Realms, and trying to finish up the last bits of my waiting list, but since the projects there are either presently unworkable or proceeding slowly, I figured I might be able to open up in the meantime to some limited commission work for smaller pieces.  That said, to a limited degree, I'm now accepting commissions for sketches, icons, lineart, speedpaints, and a very small number of large portraits or single character illustrations - please let me know if you're interested!  Email me at jocarra@gmail.com, leave a comment, or send a note!  Slots are limited.  I will attempt to accept them on a first come, first served basis, but a few exceptions may apply!

EDIT: I am NO LONGER accepting large realism portraits or single character illustrations!  Other options are still available :)

$20 - 1-hr sketch/speedpaint/coloured lineart

Sketch Commission - A Dance of Fire and Ember by jocarra Sketch Commission - Quiet Contemplation by jocarra Reflections of a Beast sketch by jocarra Cry - speedpainting by jocarra

$40 - 2-hr sketch/speedpaint/coloured lineart

Sketch Commission - Hypnotic by jocarra Commission - Midnight Nuzzle by jocarra Sketch Commission - The First Sign of Trust by jocarra Sketch Commission - Silver Fury, Emerald Rage by jocarra Sketch Commission - Warming Up by jocarra Juniper Grove by jocarra

$40-80 - multi-hour speedpaint/coloured lineart/portrait/double portrait/badge

Merry Christmas 2013! by jocarra Speedpaint Commission - Riverside Encounter by jocarra Cuddles for Mister Snaggleface by jocarra JAYLIRESVRGIT by jocarra Icon Commission - Furan by jocarra Badge Commission - A Victorian Gentlefox by jocarra Badge Commission - Urban Warrior by jocarra Icon Commission - Demonic Union by jocarra

$80-150 - large realism portrait

Cmsn - The Hunt for Elsewhere - Determination by jocarra Commission - Hungry by jocarra The Question of Humanity by jocarra

$125-175 - single character illustration

Endless Realms bestiary - Molten Garuda by jocarra

Commission - A Little Bit of Risa by jocarra Commission - Power Unleashed by jocarra Commission - On the Run by jocarra A Quick Death by jocarra The Land of the Morning Star by jocarra



Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th






Since I've been posting tons of art from the game, I figured I should post a little FAQ about it. Please note that I'm not actually part of the development team, so I can't directly answer any of your questions. However, I can direct you to someone who can :)

* * * * * * * * *

The Endless Realms website, with race, class, and world info, along with FAQ and contact info

* * * * * * * * * *

What is Endless Realms?

Endless Realms is a pen and paper roleplaying game, similar to Dungeons & Dragons, World of Darkness, and Shadowrun.  It is designed to be a fantasy game, although it uses a d10 system that could be potentially applied to any setting.

When will it be out?

Since the game is so early in development, Endless Realms is not expected to be published and ready for sale for at least another year or two.  After all, the project only started a few months ago!

Who will the game appeal to?

Endless Realms is being designed to appeal to a broad audience: anyone should be able to pick up the rule book, skim it quickly, and be able to play immediately without difficulty, hopefully bringing in new and casual players previously stymied by the complexity of other PnP games.  The system will be fast and easy to learn and play, streamlined to allow fast character creation and permitting GMs to easily run spontaneous, on the spot campaigns.  However, the system also promises vast customization, allowing new and veteran players alike countless possibilities for roleplaying unique and interesting characters and campaigns, and creating custom classes, races, and monsters, limited only by their imagination.

Why is it called Endless Realms?

The developers are committed to doing their best to create a game that has "endless" possibilities!  They also intend to release a number of different campaign settings, or "realms", from which players can choose.

What kind of system is it?

Endless Realms will have a comparative d10 system, chosen because the developers felt it lowered the influence of random chance without eliminating it entirely, and to allow modifications such as bonuses and penalties on rolls to have a larger impact.  The developers feel power should be in the hands of the player, not luck.

What sort of playable races will there be?

The developers wanted to move away from the standard traditional races found in most fantasy games - as such, the only familiar race you can expect to see is Human.  All other races will be unique, original species custom-created for Endless Realms, each with their own racial skill sets.  While race development is far from complete, so far races include a plant race, animal-based races, and races never before seen, as well as the usual option of Human.

What about bestiary monsters?  Can they be playable characters or PC companions?

Absolutely (unless your GM says otherwise, of course)!  The developers want it to be easy for a GM or player to create new races, or allow players to use existing bestiary monsters as potential player templates.  There will be the ability to have monsters as companion animals, but likely only for select classes.

Speaking of classes, what sort of classes will there be?

Expect to see a combination of old and new classes - some will be familiar fantasy PnP classes, while others will be brand-new.  Each class is designed to allow vast customization - do you want your character to focus on defensive capabilities and crowd control?  Doing mass amounts of damage?  Or always having the right skills for those tricky moments in and out of combat?  You could have a party of only elementalists, and each would play differently with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Are the bestiary creatures and playable races "open species"?  Can I make my own OCs based on them?


Yes, they are open, so you may!  The developers would be thrilled to see any original characters you make, and you're welcome to use them for personal enjoyment, or to commission works of your OCs.  They ask, however, that no OCs based on Endless Realms creatures or races be used in any commercial form (such as being made available for print).

Looooong time, no update...

Journal Entry: Mon May 12, 2014, 5:50 PM






Yeeeeah.  Sorry guys, I really did mean to post some sort of update at some point, but... didn't >_>  Now it's half a year later, and I'm a terrible person :V



So basically, Casey and I are back in Canada for now, made it back safely and all that (although the airline temporarily lost all our luggage), although we may be moving again depending on where his PhD program takes him x_x  I'm hoping we'll stay within Canada, as dealing with visas was almost more painful than it was worth, but then again, getting into the best program is more important, so we'll just have to see.

In the meantime, since we're back in Canada for the next year at least, it means we finally get to plan our wedding <3  He proposed to me over two years ago, but since we had to leave for Scotland we didn't get the time for it, so we're trying to make up for it now :b  Going to be getting a custom dress from Ravenswood Leather and matching custom wood inlay rings from Jewelry by Johan - both companies make products that are unique, lovely, and surprisingly affordable, if anyone's looking!  We plan to have our wedding at the end of August (although an exact place/date hasn't been set yet), and are aiming to have it up on Chilliwack Lake at a friend's private lakeside cabin, or in a similarly remote/forested area.  So here's hoping all goes well in that department!

Artwise, I've been busy lately with contract work for the newly registered Lunar Games Inc, a company made by friends of a friend who've hired me on as their artist.  They're working on making a Dungeons & Dragons-like pen and paper fantasy RPG, called Endless Realms, and I'm presently doing creature concept work for the bestiary (which will be posted regularly), although I'm also set to do illustrations for the races as well.  I have a bit of catching up to do, posting wise, but will do my best to not spam all your inboxes with monsters :b

As for my regular commission work, although work on the PnP game takes up most of my time, I'm slowly but surely cleaning up my waitlist.  My apologies to those who have waited so patiently for so long!  Thank you <3  Depending on the response times and requests of the next few people in line, I MIGHT be able to open up for commissions shortly!  At the very least, I should be able to accept some smaller projects, such as single character illustrations, so keep an eye out for an announcement - slots are first come, first served!

Art Status

Commissions - temporarily CLOSED (see journal)

Last updated Feb 16th