Well, its finally come to pass:
is now the first DeviantART group/user to be authorized use of my sprites for their mission logs/journals.
A little while ago, *deceptitroops
contacted me to see if I'd be willing let my sprites be used in #Decepticon-Nation
's mission log journals. After some careful considering, and a request to put in said journals using sprites a standardized "This sprite is not be used, reproduced, recolored or otherwise modified in any way without express consent from the original artist." disclaimer, the first one has now been posted using my G1 Starscream
Older mission logs are also to be updated as need be with sprites instead of the DA bullets they where using up to now.
What this means in the long run is, evidently, potentially higher visibility all around for my sprites. Admittedly, only one sprite per journal is used - and I'm pretty sure it's all on a "one mission, one character" basis, but the potential is still there. Also, this means I'd have to back to making G1 characters (and any and all repaints thereof) as soon as possible. Specifically Decepticons since, well, the group is
Good news for G1 lovers out there!
Bad news for everybody else who don't care for or don't like G1 that much, though.
Something else that was pointed out to me is that all of this could lead to the one thing I've never really given thought about or dismissed outright: COMMISSIONS!
I've done a few sprites in the past that where more art exchanges than anything else, or contacted artists because they'd made a great-looking fan character or, more commonly, just made sprite versions of my friends' characters or for them as birthday gifts and such (see small, and very eclectic, line up down below.)
Which brings me to the latest question rattling through my brain of how much should I charge for these things?
A price point of 5$/200pts was suggested to me by *deceptitroops
, but the sprites made where smaller and less detailed than mine. To date, I've come up with this list of price points, but it's definitely not final:
Basic-sized: 5$ or 200pts (i.e. Minibots
/ tapes / individual Micromasters, Insecticons, etc.)
Deluxe-sized: 10$ or 400pts (i.e. Autobot car like Prowl
, Decepticon seekers
, Action Masters, standard-sized NAILs
, Junkions, etc.)
Mega-sized: 15$ or 600pts (i.e. Optimus Prime
, Micromaster combiners like Sixliner
Ultra-sized: 20$ or 800pts (i.e. Grimlock
, Ultra Magnus
, Pretenders and their outer shells, etc.)
And so on. Combiners like the Protectobots, Combaticons and any and all such-sized characters and anything resembling a Mecannibal by it's size and wacko proportions would be higher-priced, obviously. And don't even get me started for something as big as Omega Supreme and Metroplex/Metrotitan. As for the exchange rate between money and DA points, I just took a guess that it was at a 1:40 ratio. If it's something else, it'd be changed accordingly.
Do these prices seem fair even...?