Below you’ll find answers to things I have often been asked, or things people have commented upon, that I thought I might address here. A lot of these are questions I was previously asked over on Instagram.
Click on any question to be taken to its answer, or just scroll to read them all. If you scroll all the way down, you can leave me a comment with any question you might have! 💕
🌈 How long have you been drawing?
Drawing has always been my favorite thing to do with my time since as long as I can remember! But I took a serious interest in art as a career around age 12.
🌈 Can you teach me how to draw?
I’m sorry, I can’t… Two reasons. One being, most importantly, I actively do not enjoy teaching. The second being, my work has a ton of shortcomings that I am always working to improve, and frankly no matter how much people like my art I do not feel I know enough to give classes. But I can recommend that you start where I did: with this book. Under $20 as of me writing this, its usefulness cannot be overstated, and it has a simple, friendly and approachable tone throughout.
🌈 Can you draw me something for free/for charity?
I’m sorry, but my schedule doesn’t allow for this. I am too busy drawing to make a living. While I have done fundraisers with my art before, they were started by me of my own accord.
🌈 I want to commission you, where can I see your prices?
🌈 How do I get a commission?
The short answer is you fill out a commission request form! But please make sure to read my Commission Terms first. If your inquiry is commercial, please email me directly with your project details and with your budget. I need to know your budget to present you with the options that will best serve you. I offer my artwork in a variety of styles that have very different prices.
🌈 Do you work for royalties/exposure/a percentage of sales?
I don’t. The only way in which I would draw “for exposure” is doing artwork for a convention if they were featuring me as a guest in some manner (and in that case, compensation comes in the form of travel/hotel expenses.) For all personal work, I require 100% payment upfront. For all commercial work, I require a signed contract, 50% upfront and 50% upon completion (with high-res files being delivered AFTER payment of the balance). Commercial work under $250 is paid in full upfront.
🌈 I’m not friends with/dating (insert name here) anymore. Can you take down the art you drew of us together?
No, sorry. The main reason for my low non-commercial rates is that it allows me to build a varied portfolio. I never take down my artwork for any reason, except my own wishes. I determine whether it is posted to my galleries and how long it remains there. This, of course, doesn’t apply to commercial work to which I have explicitly transferred copyright of to you as specified in the contract I provide.
🌈 What do you use to make art?
An iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate for most of my work. But I still rely heavily on my Cintiq 13HD and Photoshop CS for all post-processing. I very much recommend the iPad Pro as an art tool; it changed my life.
🌈 How did you choose your fursona?
I picked it because squirrels are my all-time favorite animal. I didn’t see a real-life squirrel until I moved to the US, though. I never saw one in Argentina, where I grew up. So to me they still feel kind of exotic, and watching the ones in my backyard is a lot of fun.
You could say I’m sort of squirrel-like myself, a bit all over the place, easily distracted, and always hiding snacks! 😅
🌈 Will you do a trade with me?
I am usually too busy to do art trades. If you want to approach me for an art trade, you will have to do your half first (AFTER I agree to do an art trade in the first place) and please understand that I only trade with people with a skill level at least somewhere close to my own, and who have a good track record for completing trades.
I take my trades as seriously as commissions. If you give a trade less priority because it’s an exchange of labor as opposed to money, please don’t approach me for a trade! My time is worth money, please give the time I put into your work the same value you’d give a money payment. It’s what I would do for you.
🌈 Where do you get your overalls/onesies/dresses?
If a company that makes onesies exists, I likely have at least one onesie (AKA bodysuit) by them. The two companies I own most onesies from are those I’ve done work for, namely, Onesies Downunder and Littles Laboratory.
As for overalls: everywhere! Hours and hours of searching for “overalls” or “skirtalls” or “overall jumper” or “shortalls” all over the Internet. Some of my overalls are from Hot Topic, some are from Target or Walmart, some are from off-brand Chinese sellers on Amazon or AliExpress, some are from Dolls Kill, some from Forever 21, some from eBay, some secondhand from Poshmark (great site!)
When it comes to dresses, I get lots from the kid’s section at Target and Walmart for daily, comfy wear, and for Lolita dresses, my variety is pretty wide too. I have a lot of Bodyline, some BTSSB, some Infanta, some Metamorphose.
My biggest tip is: don’t get stuck on “brand” or “new” when shopping for Lolita, Lacemarket is your friend; when it comes to everything else, look all across the board, meaning, look at men’s sizes and junior sizes too, you’ll find a lot of overlap and greatly widen your options. Also: customize! Most of my overalls were very plain, but I customized them myself with patches and buttons, making them one of a kind.
🌈 What do you use to edit your photos and videos?
LINE Camera, Gif Toaster, Burstio, Square Fit and RAKUGA-cute. These are all iPhone apps and I wouldn’t know about Android alternatives, or if Android versions of them exist. I often use 2-3 apps for a single photo! Also, on LINE Camera I’ve definitely invested a lot of $ in frames and stickers over the years, as well as made my own stickers from transparent PNGs. So if you can’t find a sticker or frame I used, that may also be why.
🌈 Why won’t allow minors to view/interact with your work?
For my own safety primarily. It’s honestly really sad. When I grew up (especially between the ages of 12-17) I regularly reached out to established artists and writers, both in person and online. This was not frowned upon, because most professionals, like most people, aren’t predators or abusers. This was true then and continues to be true now. I was taught common sense, and used this when dealing with asking career and/or life advice from adults. I told my mom whenever I spoke to an adult online or offline in any serious capacity. I developed contacts and friendships that I still have to this day as a result.
While a healthy dose of caution at ALL times should be paramount, I believe it is very important for children and teenagers to not have to be afraid of every strange adult online and offline, especially as they may sometimes not have access to the type of advice they need in their social circle.
These days, especially if you produce any kind of kink content, any interaction with minors whatsoever can be misconstrued (while this has not happened to me, I’ve been really shocked by what I’ve seen misconstrued against others.) So, I feel it safer to make all of my platforms 18+, and I refuse to interact with minors that aren’t family members in any capacity. Shitty huh? I’m really super sorry, and I’m forever glad that this wasn’t a thing when I was growing up myself. 🤷♀️
🌈 Where do you get the clothes for your bears?
Many different places, since I have bears of different shapes and sizes! I’ve gotten them from the obvious sources (Build-a-Bear) but also from the baby section at Walmart and Target, lots of things from AliExpress, some from eBay, some from Etsy. I buy a lot of dog clothes for my bears, as well as real baby clothes and accessories. You are welcome to ask me about a specific piece and if I remember where I purchased I’ll tell you! 💕
🌈 Where do you get your teddy bears?
See this page. If you ask me where I got a specific bear, usually I no longer remember and/or the teddy will no longer be in stock. But the info there should help you find it, and I can probably remember the official name or brand of a teddy if you ask me, which can help you find it for yourself. 😊
🌈 What is a “squelf”?
My original “fursona” was a squirrel-elf hybrid, with squirrel-elves being a common species in the universe of my fantasy book series, Meganeea. Many years ago, a friend of mine and fellow furry, Zorinlynx, referred to my fursona as a “squelf” and it stuck. So even though my fursona is a full squirrel now, I still like to use it, and people still call me that. 😁 Hence… “Squelfland”!