Verminator Studios

Name's Seth! Known online as Seth Vermin, I'm a 29 year old guy from Southern California and livin' the dream.Art's been my thing pretty much all my life and my main goal and dream is to live successfully off of my art and let my independent studio take off.I specialize in cartoony illustration, especially character art. A lot of this has a tendency to fall into the "furry" category, but not all of it! The thing I'm doing currently is what I want to do with my life, to provide people with enjoyable illustrations and merch.If you would like to support me, you can do so on Patreon. Even $1/month both helps me and gives you access to tons of content as well as a chance at free art.


Commissions

Please read my Terms of Service, by commissioning me you are agreeing to it.Base prices are below, they should give you an idea of the range my artwork will cost.You may be charged higher for more complex work, depending on your situation.I take payments through PayPal or CashApp. No checks or money orders.

Icons - $45

The similarities in expression are caused by people frequently asking for the same one. I have no restrictions or difficulty drawing other facial expressions. Feel free to ask for things other than smug or grinning if you want that!

Busts - $50

Waist Ups - $55

Fullbodies - $75

Terms of Service

Last updated on October 20, 2020

Introduction

The Verminator Studios Terms of Service is mandatory and non-negotiable. Failure to accept or comply with the terms of service will result in a rejection.Purchasing a commission counts as an implied-in-fact contract, and failing to adhere to the terms of service will result in termination of said contract.If you do not agree with these conditions, you are free to find someone else to commission.All commissioners must be 18 years of age or over.Misrepresenting one's age in order to get a commission will result in termination of the commission and permanent blacklisting.

ETA, Updates, Content and Edits

ETA
The average turnaround time is two weeks to a month unless otherwise stated.
If the commission isn't completed during the otherwise stated time frame, the commissioner will be informed and all messages sent will be kept on record.Messages inquiring about commission status before the two week mark will be disregarded, if you do not understand why please read the first bullet point again until you do.Aggressive, repeated messaging will not expedite the art process or a response. Instead, this behavior will result in the termination of the contract.If applicable, the commissioner will be compensated a percentage of the original payment, based on how much work has already been done.
The artist does not keep permanent copies of PSDs, and deletes them after a full seven days upon sending out the finished product.
If the commissioner never answers the final product message, they may NOT come back later on for edits or changes.UpdatesThe clean commission queue can be found on Trello. Read the sidebar before asking further questions.
Works in progress are posted on the commissioner's Trello card, which will be linked when there is an update.
Most commissions are added to Trello right as they are paid for, if not they will be added the following Sunday.YCHs that have multiple slots of the same content are not uploaded to Trello.Delays, new offers, and updates to my queue can be found on my art Twitter (@VermStudio).An account on Trello or Twitter isn't required in order to see updates, there is no excuse not to check.
Refusal to use the resources provided to track your commissions is not the problem of Verminator Studios.
Angry and aggressive behavior, especially in response to not checking Trello, will not be tolerated and may result in a refund of a percentage of the original payment, depending on how much work is done.If the commissioner goes quiet but is still clearly active online, and ignores any further messages from the artist or ghosts him and this behavior persists after a week, the commission will be canceled without a refund. A file of what was done so far will be sent to the commissioner.ContentIt is the commissioner's responsibility to provide an accurate concept for the image they are purchasing.
If the commissioner opts for "artistic freedom", they willingly forfeit their rights to ask for content changes.
The commissioner should not purchase artwork from Verminator Studios if they do not like the style.
Verminator Studios generally has a very exaggerated cartoony art style, and will not "tone down" exaggerations at the commissioner's request.
Verminator Studios will not draw something "the way this other artist drew it".If the commissioner desires a "diet" version of another artist's work, they should not commission Verminator Studios.Verminator Studios will not draw in another artist's art style, period.
The commissioner is required to provide accurate, clear, and up-to-date references. If references are not up-to-date, please notify the artist what's different CLEARLY and AHEAD OF TIME, preferably before the commission is started.
If the commissioner has a male canid character, and needs an up to date ref, they can use this ref base to quickly mock up something up to date on their own.There are other free ref bases out there, too. The commissioner can utilize them and have an accurate character ref.If using a text description, it should be to the point, and not lengthy. Character backstory is not needed.
Verminator Studios may reject the commission if the description is overly confusing or complicated.
Verminator Studios will and won't draw the following content: Click Here
If the commissioner wants a high resolution version of the image, they must note this before work is started.
Verminator Studios doesn't usually work at a resolution higher than 2000 x 2000 px.
The image then gets resized further to be uploaded to various sites, and that’s often the highest res there is unless otherwise asked for.EditsThe commissioner must specify if they want to have a sketch linked before inking begins.As stated above, if the commissioner opts for "artistic freedom", they willingly forfeit their rights to ask for content changes.The commissioner must be VERY clear with what they want.
The artist refuses to do "experimenting", either ask for something or don't.
This means no "hmm lets try this type of background/color/marking/whatever... nope lets try this one." ad nauseam. No free labor.
Pedantic, unhelpful, confusing or nitpick edit requests will not be made.
Example, "my character has five fingers", "the wrist looks weird", "move this leg a little to the left and make it bend this way", "make him smug but angry at the same time".The commissioner is not entitled to a massive change halfway because they didn't like their previous idea.
If the commissioner wants something entirely different after the picture is past the sketching stage, they must pay to get a new one.
Verminator Studios will not redo anything for free.The artist only cares about the commissioner's opinion.
Therefore, the artist takes no interest or demands from the commissioner's friend(s), partner(s), family member(s), etc.
Only those that pay get a say.
Furthermore, pose changes can only really be made prior to the inking stage.Changes of detail, markings, piercings, et cetera, must be paid for.
Edits are still labor, and the commissioner is not entitled to that for free.

Payments and Refunds

Payment is only accepted through PayPal and CashApp.Money is done through invoices only, unless otherwise stated.If the commissioner disappears after 48 hours without paying the invoice or responding to messages, the transaction will be canceled and their slot will be open for taking again.
Payment is needed upfront, work will not be started without it.
If the commissioner intends to send an eCheck, they must notify this ahead of time.eChecks incur a 20% NON-NEGOTIABLE convenience charge and work will not be started until the payment actually deposits.
Convenience charge is non-negotiable. Using Paypal or CashApp for DIRECT payments is the only method which will not incur convenience charge.
If the commissioner refuses to comply, doesn't accept the fee, and sends an eCheck anyway, they will be refunded and blacklisted.
Payment plans can be negotiated, and are encouraged over eChecks.
An initial payment will have to be made, and the commission will be worked on to the extent of the value of the initial payment.
It will not be continued until another payment is made, and it will not be completed until the full price of the commission has been paid for.
Failure to pay within the agreed upon time will result in a termination of the commission.
Chargebacks are NEVER necessary and have NO excuse. Friendly fraud is illegal.Filing a chargeback over uncompleted work without contacting Verminator Studios first will result in a permanent blacklist, will be disputed, and will possibly result in legal action against the commissioner.Filing a chargeback after the commission is completed to scam Verminator Studios will result in legal action to the full extent of the law.
Accidental chargebacks made by the commissioner's bank or otherwise will still be disputed over PayPal.
Deceitfully claiming the chargeback was an accident with evidence to the contrary will result in legal action.Refunds will not be granted because the commissioner is broke.Artwork is a luxury, and it is not the responsibility of Verminator Studios to pay for the commissioner's financial negligence if they choose to buy artwork they couldn't reasonably afford.Refunds will not be granted if the commissioner decides that the artwork, art style, or anything therein does not fit the idea they had in mind.Verminator Studios is not responsible for the commissioner buying artwork that is in a style they do not like.As stated earlier, "It is the commissioner's responsibility to provide an accurate concept for the image they are purchasing."
This means that if the artist has started and/or made progress on the commissioned piece, and the commissioner isn't happy with how it is coming out, the commissioner is NOT entitled to a complete refund. Labor is not free.
A partial refund may be granted, with the value of the work already done deducted from the total amount.It would be wiser, as previously stated, to not waste the artist's time nor the commissioner's time. The commissioner is expected to look at examples of Verminator Studios' previous work. They should not invest money in something they do not want.

Character Ownership + Gifts

By commissioning Verminator Studios, the commissioner agrees that the character(s) they are purchasing art of are either theirs, or that they have consent to purchase art of said characters.
The commissioner also must be certain they would theoretically have full consent if they decide to commission a surprise for someone.
VERMINATOR STUDIOS TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COMMISSIONER'S ACTIONS IF THEY DECIDE TO NEGLECT THIS.
If the artist suspects foul play, he will deny the commission entirely and blacklist the commissioner.
If the artist doesn't know and goes through with the commission, the character owner is more than welcome to ask for a removal of the artwork from the internet.

Use, Conduct, and Conclusion

Use
Commissions may be posted on social media with credit to Verminator Studios, Seth Vermin, or my username on the site you are on.
The commissioner may NOT sell prints of the art they have purchased without permission.Royalties are expected and a contract must be worked out.
Adopted characters may not be sold for a price higher than what you bought them for.
Images may be cropped and resized as the commissioner pleases.
The commissioner may not pay someone else to make edits to artwork purchases from Verminator Studios without consent.
This includes paying another artist to finish a sketch.Very likely, Verminator Studios will grant permission to do this, but it is expected of the commissioner to ask first.By purchasing a commission you agree to it possibly being featured in advertisements and promos for other offers from Verminator Studios
The commissioner is more than welcome to opt out of this for any reason.
The commissioner is also more than welcome to request their artwork not be posted as well.Conduct
Commissioning Verminator Studios is not a donation or favor, it is a business transaction and the commissioner is not entitled to any personal relationship with the artist.
This includes but is not limited to: friendship, roleplay, sexual discussion, sex, romance, or any other connection to the purchaser.
It should also go without saying that just because the artist drew something for you does not mean he is interested in the content.
Being respectful goes a long way. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.Barking orders when changes are desired, cussing out the artist, insulting the artist's style or any other disrespectful behavior will result in a termination of the contract as well as a blacklisting.All interactions are documented and saved, and the artist will take no issue in exhibiting the commissioner's aggressive behavior publicly once the contract is terminated.The artist is not a vending machine any more than the commissioner is a talking wallet or credit card.The commissioner ought to speak the way they prefer to be spoken to.
Please try to be polite! "Please" and "thank you" go a long way!
This last point isn't a contractual requirement, however, it is deeply appreciated to at least acknowledge the receipt of a commission once you have gotten it.The artist is a human being who is performing a skilled labor especially for you. If you really can't even bring yourself to show some degree of gratitude and decide to ghost the artist instead, know that your silence speaks volumes.Conclusion
In conclusion, by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the commissioner agrees to an implied-in-fact contract.
If the commissioner breaches this contract, they are subject to the consequences of doing so.

I'm a contributor to the webcomic Data and Downloads, and it is my our most important project!Data and Downloads is a webcomic based off of a homebrew Digimon themed Dungeons and Dragons campaign DMed by the wonderful Ectodrool! The main three characters represent the player characters: Kells (Dirgeserval), Adrian (Ectodrool) and Blaine (VermStudio, that's me)!