Tattoo Designs- $50+
*My tattoo design prices start at $50. Please do not try and negotiate a lower price for designs that may be deemed as "simple". I put a great deal of work into designing, and I guarantee a beautiful product!
General Pricing Guide (please note that this is just a general guide. Any design could potentially be more or less.)
-Small designs- (forearm, ankle, ect.) $50-$65+
-Medium designs (Calf, Arm, chest, ect)- $65-$125+
-Shoulder designs- $75-$125+
-Half back designs- $100-$200+
-Full Back designs- $300-$500+
-RibCage/Long leg pieces- $100-$250+
If you have something in mind that does not fall under these categories, of course feel free to ask.
contact me for a quote
General Tattoo FAQ:
Q: Can I use a pre-existing design for a tattoo?
A: Using pre-existing artwork for personal use is a serious topic. You must ask me prior to getting the design. Designs that were previous commissions are off limits. Buying the rights to use the design as a tattoo is $10 USD. That fee covers one time, limited use (tattoo) rights that will protect both you and the tattooist from any copyright disputes.
Q: Can I tweak a pre-existing design for a personal tattoo?
A: Please do not do this. I put great effort and time into my designs to get them to look the way I want them. That is the way they are meant to be displayed. If you would like a similar design with edits, you may commission me for a custom design.
Q: Will others be able to use my design?
A: I do not condone other people besides the paying commissioner to use the design as a tattoo. I can not help art thieves who may try and steal the design. To prevent this, I can place large watermarks over the design for an extra $50. The reason for this somewhat hefty fees is that I get continual business by posting my art online. Large watermarks hinder the viewership that I receive, thus limiting the number of potential clients who see my work.
I do sell prints and merchandise of completed tattoos at conventions.
I still retain the copyrights to completed designs. The tattoo design is still yours, but I hold the copyrights.
Q: How many revisions do I get when paying for a design?
A: The client has 2 included major revisions to the initial sketch. After that, there may be a fee for additional revisions.
Revisions to a finished colored piece are a bit trickier. I ask that commissioners are very specific when describing the colors that they wish to have represented. I will go back and make color corrections if I have made a major flaw on my part (i.e. the commissioner asks for a blue rose and I paint a red one) or if the color correction is relatively minor (i.e. the commissioner would like the colors desaturated).
I will not tweak sections of a tattoo's color for the sake of 'seeing how it will look'. I can do this for an additional fee. Please note that this is normally something that should be discussed with your tattooist.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for what happens after I complete your design. Where you go to get your tattoo design done, and who tattoos your design is YOUR business. Please remember that it is best to carefully research tattooists to find someone whose work you admire. Going to a rinky-dink tattoo parlor and paying $100 for a tattoo will 9/10 times produce poor results. I am not to blame for this, so please do not try and complain to me if your completed tattoo does not look like the design I gave you.
9x12 inch illustration with no background- $100+
*Multiple characters, full body poses and style will factor into the price.
9x12 inch with background $150+
No Background- $125+
No Background- $150-250+
Bigger Sizes, Obscure sizes, Canvas and More- Note me for a special quote
Custom sizes include:
2.5x3.5 inches (ACE0)
Please note that I have a minimum working fee of $35. I do not take commissions under this price. The reason for this is that time spent communicating with the client, material costs, preparation time, and working time are not worth the headache for less than this amount. This means that, yes, ACEO cards start at $35. Sketches start at $35. Lineart starts at $35.
If you want to possibly find my original work cheaper, feel free to check out my online store where I occassionaly sell ACEO cards and sketches at a discounted price.
*Note: DO NOT ORDER SOMETHING IF FOR ANY REASON YOU THINK YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY.
*PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND BEFORE SENDING A COMMISSION INQUIRY*
Ordering a commission is simple
Just Follow these steps:
1) Read over my Commission page. Make sure to understand my policies, prices, ect.
2) Be sure that my commissions are open. This can be found with my Art Status information
3) Send me a note with what you have in mind (be as detailed as necessary), and I will get back to you as soon as I can with a price quote
Will you draw anything?
A: No, I will not. I will consider all commission requests, but please do not be offended if I turn away a commission. I am still a student and there are some things that I do not feel confident enough to produce at an acceptable skill level. I draw people, but people take me about 100x more energy and time than other subjects. Because of this I charge A LOT more for them.
I will not draw overly sexualized subjects. Cuddling, kissing, and nuzzling are perfectly fine.
I do not mind drawing blood and gore. Please no hateful subject matter though (send me a note if you aren't sure).
I do not depict self harm (cutting, references to suicide) unless the meaning behind it is a positive message (i.e. overcoming self harm)
Always feel free to send me a note if you are unsure if the subject matter is something I will draw.
Paying For a Commission
Payment? How does that work?
I prefer to use paypal. Even if you do not have an account, you can still use a debit card/credit card with Paypal. It is fast, easy, and safe.
I do not require payment in advance unless it is a pricey order. For orders over $100, I require a partial downpayment after the initial sketch is complete so that I know you are serious about the commission and being able to pay. Once I finish the item, I will post it on deviantART Stash with a watermark and ask for the payment. Once I receive payment, I will send the commissioner a clean, unwatermarked version of the work and ship the original. Failure to pay will result in your item not being shipped, and a possible auction/resale of your item.
What is Paypal?
Paypal is a safe, fast, and user friendly site for making online payments. You do not need to sign up for an account to make a payment through paypal. It is the site that Ebay, Etsy, and many other online stores use for their checkout process.
I don't have a card...I can't use Paypal.
If you are younger, and don't have your own debit or credit card, then perhaps ask your parents before making a purchase. They might be able to help you, and make a purchase for you. Always ask your parents' permission before making an online purchase!
Do you accept payment plans?
Unless the order is unusually pricey, I do not accept payment plans. Be sure that you are capable of paying for a commission before it is ordered.
Why do you not accept point Commissions?
Art is how I make a living. I can't make a real income off of points.
If an item is cancelled, it will not be finished or posted. If you have already paid a downpayment for an order over $50, you will not be issued a refund. This is a kill fee that covers the time and effort that I have already put into the order. Please, please, please do not order something that you think will need to be cancelled.
Cancelled items that have been started will most likely be tweaked into other pieces, personal projects, or used in some other way. Canceled items will not be shipped to the client, nor are they to be used by the client.
All commissions come with 2 revisions to the original sketch as long as the revision is within the confines of what the commissioner asked for originally. I am not, for example, going to redraw a tiger if the commissioner originally asks for a wolf. I will of course tweak the pose, design elements, ect.
A complete change in order (such as in the case of changing a tiger to a wolf) constitutes a cancellation of the old project. I will retain the kill fee, and you may order a new commission.
Once the sketch is okayed, major revisions can NO LONGER be made. The commissioner must make sure they accurately describe how they would like the commission colored.
Minor color alterations can be made upon completion of the commission if I incorrectly something such as a marking. Images WILL NOT be entirely recolored unless for some reason a major mistake is made on my part.
Once I finish the image, I will present the finished image to the commissioner with watermarks. This will allow the commissioner to review the commission and okay the final result. Watermarks will not be taken off the image until the commissioner pays for the remainder of the commission. If for some reason the commissioner refuses to pay the remainder of the commission, the commission will not be shipped and watermarks will not be removed.
The blacklist is a list of people (not to be made public) who are not allowed to order future commissions for severe reasons. There are very few ways to become blacklisted, as I am a pretty easy going person.
1. Refusal to pay- I have completed your commission to your liking, but you refuse to pay.
2. Rude or Obscene behavior- I don't consider pickiness or strong opinions to be considered 'rude'. Cussing (at me), name calling, abusive language... this is what I am talking about.
3. Other extreme circumstances that may become obvious to me if they arise
Terms of Service
Please Read carefully to understand what both party's rights are when ordering a commission.
Artist Rights: The artist (Katy Lipscomb) retains all copyrights to the image. This includes the right to sell prints or other merchandise, the right to reproduce the image, the right to claim the image as her own, the right to display the work in her portfolio and the right to license the image to third parties.
If you are uncomfortable with me reproducing your commission for prints, this can be negotiated for an extra cost. The vast majority of my revenue comes from print sales, so understand that this will reflect considerably in the pricing structure.
For Original Artwork
The client is ordering the original (physical) copy of the artartwork. The client retains the right to resell the original artwork in an unaltered state with the certificate of authenticity if one was provided. Work before May 2015 may not include a certificate.
The client has the right to use the artwork in its unaltered form for personal uses such as desktop screensavers and personal blogs or websites. The only alteration of an image allowed is cropping for the use of an icon on a website or forum (non commercial use only). When posting full artwork online, the artwork must be a low resolution file with the artist's signature included and a link back to the image either here on deviantART or Facebook.
The client may not claim the artwork as their own.
Artwork for a Specific Purpose (tattoo designs, apparel designs, commercial work)
The client is paying for specific usage rights for a specific purpose. The clients retains the rights specified in the initial agreement. The client is not ordering the original work of art, unless negotiated.
Negotiation of Rights: All rights can be negotiated or bought for an additional fee. Please consult the Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines for a good resource for budgeting a certain project, or ask me and I can walk you through how much certain rights and terms cost.
Some rights that can be discussed and purchased:
-The right to reproduce or sell on merchandise (royalty fees may be expected on top of normal commission fees)
-The right to use for the promotion of a brand or business (such as logos, banners, ect)
-Exclusive rights for a prescribed period of time (rights that prohibit the selling of the image to third parties)
I DO NOT accept buyouts. This means that under no circumstances (unless the the job is worth the headache) will I sell all of my rights to a client.
The selling of rights is a separate transaction than the selling of an original piece of art. Understand that working under a contract with negotiated rights will reflect in the cost of the job.
By placing an order for a commission, you are stating that you understand and accept these terms.
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PENDING (contacted but have not yet responded):
1. Jack Stevens (Pending)
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3. Laura Daniela Pulido Daza (Pending)
4. Niccoll (Pending)
5. Chybo (Pending)
6. Little Green Men (Pending)
8. BlaCk-FounTaiN-9086 (Pending)
7. Penny Ballantyne (facebook)
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9. Mike Wohlrab
11. Kelsey Bjork
12. Jayme Rider