Commission of CanisAries: Arph

Paid: $20 USD + $8 USD tip
Commission: A flat colour, full body redesign of the character Arph from my animated series Nyah Has an Adventure
Date of payment: August 19, 2018

Context:

CanisAries / Wolframclaws / Blanisquid / lovecraftisafurry / @Depresstopus is an awesome artist from Finland. Mostly known for her artworks and fanfiction in the Twitch Plays Pokémon community, she started to test the waters of the world of accepting commissions in 2018, much to my and everyone else’s delight. The first commission I have asked of her is a redesign of one of the main characters to my Nyah franchise.

Result:

After the Australian Shepherd-like fur markings of the new Arph were sorted out, and the basic shape of the character was defined, payment was made after a rough sketch was produced of the finalised artwork, which is shown below.

Now all that’s left to do is figure out how to retroactively un-canonize Arph’s old design… Oh, well. Introducing the new and improved Arph!

https://www.deviantart.com/wolframclaws/art/Commission-for-NeonWabbit-760063996

Commission of Asdfghjkl590: Meloetta

Paid: $28 USD
Commission: An image of Meloetta from Pokémon
Date of payment: March 26, 2017

Context:

Asdfghjkl is a friend I made in the Know Your Meme community. I commissioned him to make art of the Pokémon known as Meloetta. After a few instances where the eyes didn’t look quite right, I drew him a basic idea of what I wanted them to look like and he soon delivered.

Result:

Payment was made after the following piece of art was finalised.

Meloetta by Asdfghjkl590

Patreon for Duo Cartoonist

Pledged: $25 per month
Rewards: Access to behind-the-scenes of DuoCartoonist’s works, Special tools for painting and animation
Patreon start date: October 2015

Context:

DuoCartoonist are two animators who made quality MLP-related content using Toon Boom software. They had a special Patreon tier for animators, giving away Photoshop brushes, tools for colouring in images quickly, and puppet rigs.

Result:

After a couple of months backing the tier described above, DuoCartoonist shut down their Patreon and seemingly disappeared from the internet.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds by Mane6

Pledged: $15
Rewards: Digital copy of game, Name in the credits, Access to backers-only forum, Use of backers-only alternate palette for each character
Indiegogo start date: September 20, 2015
Indiegogo funded on: October 20, 2015
Estimated delivery date: April 2017

Context:

Them’s Fightin’ Herds is the spiritual successor to MLP: Fighting is Magic, which was cancelled due to a cease and desist by Hasbro. Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ characters were designed by Lauren Faust, who helped develop the 2010 MLP reboot. On top of this, Them’s Fightin’ Herds uses the Skullgirls engine.

Result:

Them’s Fightin’ Herds was released to Steam Early Access on February 22, 2018. The backer-exclusive palettes were included. The backer names in the credits are currently nowhere to be seen.

HERTZFELDT ON BLU-RAY by don hertzfeldt

Pledged: $34
Rewards: Physical copy of the blu-ray
Kickstarter start date: July 16, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: August 16, 2015
Estimated delivery date: January 2016

Context:

Don Hertzfeldt is an animator who used to focus primarily on making animated cartoons where all the drawings were done on paper (but he does draw digitally now). He has been featured in a couch gag on The Simpsons, but he is mostly known for his short film Rejected. As all the DVDs featuring collections of his short films were sold out, this campaign to create a blu-ray of his work was definitely not one to miss.

Result:

The blu-ray arrived at my place on March 29, 2016.

It contains the full version of It’s Such a Beautiful Day, World of Tomorrow, and his short and student films, all remastered specifically for the blu-ray.

There was also a cardboard insert and mini-booklet about the World of Tomorrow film inside the sleeve.

I tweeted about it here:

Tower Unite by PixelTail Games

Pledged: $15
Rewards: Access to backer-only updates/polls, Backer tag beside name in-game, Name on a plaque in the game’s plaza lobby, Desktop backgrounds, Steam Early Access copy of the game, Exclusive backer-only digital in-game item (gold trophy)
Indiegogo start date: July 13, 2015
Indiegogo funded on: August 13, 2015
Estimated delivery date: N/A

Context:

In Garry’s Mod, there is a fun gamemode known as Cinema that lets you watch online videos with other people in the Source engine. There was also the elusive GMOD Tower gamemode that expanded upon this concept with minigames, and it was something which I could never join as the servers were always so far away and the ping would be unbearable. When the creators of these two gamemodes announced a spiritual successor in the Unreal engine and local Australian and dedicated servers, I was ready to back it.

Result:

Tower Unite was released on Steam Early Access on April 9, 2016.

On the 14th of June 2018, it was just updated to version 0.5.0.0

Backer Tag next to name in scoreboard (tab key by default):

A scoreboard in Tower Unite.
A scoreboard in a Tower Unite lobby server. There is a Backer tag next to me and two other players.

Exclusive item and How to find NeonWabbit’s name in the credits:

After joining a Plaza/Lobby server, head out of the Transit Station where you will see the entrance to the Boardwalk. On the 2nd plaque here (to the left), you will see it towards the bottom. Also pictured here in the following screenshot is the exclusive item for backers in my inventory.

NeonWabbit's name listed on a plaque in the lobby.
The backer credits of Tower Unite. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Brice Dickinson”.

Yooka-Laylee – A 3D Platformer Rare-vival! by Playtonic Games

Pledged: $20
Rewards: Name in the credits, Digital download on Steam
Kickstarter start date: May 01, 2015
Kickstarter funded on: June 17, 2015
Estimated delivery date: October 2016

Context:

I didn’t really grow up with Banjo-Kazooie, but I did play a lot of Donkey Kong Country, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, and Viva Piñata – and those were really fun. So obviously when these ex-Rare developers announced a spiritual successor to their Banjo games, I decided to take a stab in the perfect dark (heh) and make this the first crowdfunding project I pledged money towards.

Result:

Yooka-Laylee was released on PC and multiple consoles on April 11, 2017.

To find NeonWabbit’s name in the credits:

After opening the game, head to the Options & Stuff menu where you can access the credits. Navigate the credits using the on-screen controls.

The backer credits of Yooka-Laylee.
The backer credits of Yooka-Laylee. NeonWabbit’s name is listed here as “Darien Brice Dickinson”.

Patreon for Hioshiru

Pledged: $10 per month
Rewards: Thank you, High resolution files, Exclusive 18+ content, Monthly sketch packs, Video speedpaints, Voting in polls
Patreon start date: March 23, 2015

Context:

Hioshiru is a Russian artist who makes quality furry and MLP-related art. I figured I could learn a thing or two from her video speedpaints and high-resolution files, so I decided to support her Patreon for a while.

Result:

Hioshiru posts Patreon-exclusive content fairly regularly, and I feel I am getting my money’s worth.