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Cody Vrosh
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Flame Onward. Finished image from the video posted on instagram (@codyvrosh) yesterday.

#firestarter #art #illustration #flameon #watercolor #fantasyart #rpg #characterdesign #artistsofinstagram
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Staring contest. I love finding art you kinda forgot about. It's like discovering a bonus prize in the bottom of your art file.

#inkwash #artprocess #art #illustration #demon #grayscale
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The Journaling​ Ram takes notes, fond memories of things once headbutted.

#TeethTuesday #TeethCreatures #TheBookOfTeeth #ram #journal #randomaccessmemories #art #illustration
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I like this drawing so much I'm kinda afraid to paint on it. Then I remember, if I ruin it somehow, I just get to draw it again, and I enjoy drawing. #paintypainty #ink #violinist #tentacles
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I’ve been having trouble making/posting art lately. It all seems a bit trivial in light of what’s happening. I have to remind myself not to let them steal our joy. I’m gonna keep creating #ProFuture, #ProNature, #ProFeminism, #ProDiversity, #Pro…Teeth?, #ProOptimism art so I can remind myself why we #RESIST.
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Swim Fast, Sink Young.
2016, Watercolor and Ink on Paper.
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New painting vid up on the youtube. Watch it! #turtle #timelapse

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Flayrah, Commission, 2016, Watercolor and Ink on Paper.

This was so much fun to make! I wanted to tell any commissioners of artwork out there, be it from me or otherwise, how to get the best work out of your artists. The commissioner of this piece has been coming to my booth at Emerald City ComiCon for a few years now. Every year we chat about art and randomness, he supports the work by buying a few things, and has asked about custom paintings. This year he came up to me, said he remembered that we were both fans of Watership Down, and wanted to commission a piece inspired by it. He picked a couple paintings of mine that he liked, told me the elements in them that he liked, colors, poses, etc. Usually I like to clarify time frames and usage rights, for selling prints, for example. He told me to take my time, and that he would love for me to sell all the prints I like. So basically he commissioned a painting inspired by something I love, using colors, poses, and mediums I love, in completely my style, with no real time obligation. I delivered a piece of art I’m totally proud of and I know it’s going to a great home. I probably put more hours into it than I charged him for, but that’s offset by print sales and the priceless, joyful nourishment that making art provides.

To summarize,
How to get the best commission out of an artist:
1) Know your artist. If not in person, then know their style and your shared interests. If they love the thing your commissioning, they’ll get deep into it.
2) Know their art. Tell them what you love about their art, and what you would like in your commission that is similar. Themes, color schemes, moods, etc.
3) No time pressure. Or ample time if you need it for a specific occasion.
4) If appropriate, encourage print sales. That really shows you want the artist to be supported, and it can be hard to make a living as an artist sometimes. Plus, knowing your commission fee isn’t the only income from the painting means more work can be put into it, which means better art for you.
5) Be awesome. It’s really gratifying to work with good people, and to know your art is owned by good people.

Now go buy some art, it’s good for you. You’ll treasure a custom painting, or drawing, or puppet, more than whatever weird stuff you were gonna buy, and your favorite artist probably needs new brushes and a sandwich. Mmm, I’m gonna have a sandwich. To the commissioner of this piece, it was a pleasure, so thank you!
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