Baseline rates listed are for commercial use of original commissions by Independent Creators & Co-Ops.See the Add-Ons & Discounts table for the reduced or increased fees for Personal Use and Commercial Use by Incorporated and Non-Incorporated Businesses.All commissions include a plain-text file with pre-written alt-text that can be used when sharing the work in contexts that support alt-text such as websites and social media posts.
Independent Creators & Co-Ops
|Half-Page Interior/Character Half-Body||$150|
|Full-Page Interior/Character Full-Body||$200|
Add-Ons & Discounts
|Commercial Use by Non-Incorporated Businesses||+50%|
|Commercial use by Incorporated Businesses||+100%|
|No CC BY-NC 4.0 Release||+100%|
|Release as CC BY 4.0 instead of CC BY-NC 4.0||+100%|
All rates are consistent with, or in some cases well under, the recommended rates of the Graphic Artists Guild.
CC BY-NC 4.0 Release
30 days after first commercial use of the art by the Client, or 30 days after final art is provided to the client for personal use, the Artist may release the art under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.Work already released under a CC BY-NC 4.0 can by licensed for commercial use by other customers at 50% the rate of an original commission of the same kind.If you’d like to make the art more accessible for commercial use by other creators, you can pay an additional fee and the Work will be released under a CC BY 4.0 license instead.
Work For Hire
I firmly believe in creator-owned work and only take on work for hire contracts for existing IPs, and only at a substantial premium above my advertised rates. Contact me by email if you wish to discuss a work for hire rate.
Commission Fee Examples
|Type||B&W or Color||Rights Granted||CC License Mods||Total Cost|
|$80 (Spot)||x 1.5 (Color)||x 1.5 (Commercial Non-Inc. Biz)||x 2 (CC by 4.0)||= $360|
|$200 (Char. Full-Body)||n/a (B&W)||x .8 (Personal Use)||n/a (No Change)||= $160|
The following language is commonly used in my contracts. The contents of your contract may vary from this language based on the specifics of your commission.
Be sure to read your contract and send me any questions about its terms prior to paying your first invoice.
1. Payment & Delivery
All fees will be billed to the Client via PayPal invoice. Invoice(s) will state deadline(s) for payment.Work will begin upon payment of first invoice.Any remaining balance due upon the Client’s acceptance of final Work.The Artist will deliver all files necessary to enable the Client’s usage rights upon receipt of full payment.
2. Revisions & Alterations
Artist will check-in with the Client with progress at each stage of the Work (i.e. Sketches, Pencils, Inks, Colors)The Client may request one pass of revisions at each check-in.Additional revisions will be billed at 25% of the original commission fee.
3. Rights Granted
Rights granted are conditional upon receipt of full payment.Personal Use enables the Client to use the Work in any non-commercial context. The Client cannot license the Work to other entities.Commercial Use enables the Client to use the Work in commercial contexts. The Client cannot license the Work to other entities.The Client cannot create, sell, or distribute the Work as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) or any other type of blockchain reliant crypto-art.30 days after first commercial use of the Work by the Client, or 30 days after final Work is provided to the Client for personal use, the Artist may release the Work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. Preventing or altering the release of the Work in this way shall require payment of an additional fee subject to all terms.Any usage rights not exclusively transferred are reserved to the Artist. Usage beyond that granted to the Client herein shall require payment of an additional fee subject to all terms.Original Work, including sketches and any other preliminary material, and all copyrights therein, remains the property of the Artist unless the Client pays an additional fee subject to all terms.The Artist retains the rights to display all Work created for the commission, including preliminary materials and final art, in their portfolios, including in print and online, and to submit such work to art and design periodicals and competitions.
4. Attribution & Contributor Copies
To credit the Artist under the terms of this contract, the Client shall credit the Artist as: “JN Butler”In contexts where a link to the Artist’s work is appropriate, the Client shall link to: “https://jnb.art”The pronouns they/them/theirs will be used when making reference to the Artist in any medium.If the work is included in publication of physical products and/or digital files, the Client shall provide the Artist with at least 1 contributor copy of each category of product (for example: 1 softcover book and 1 PDF).
5. Penalties and Fees
A 5% monthly service charge will be billed for any late payments.
6. Unauthorized Use
The Client will indemnify the Artist against all claims and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising from uses for which no release was requested in writing or for uses exceeding the authority granted by a release.
7. Limit of Liability
The Client agrees that they shall not hold the Artist or their agents or employees liable for any incidental or consequential damages that arise from the Artist’s failure to perform any aspect of the Project in a timely manner, regardless of whether such failure was caused by intentional or negligent acts or omissions of the Artist or a third party.
8. Acceptance of Terms
The payment of the first invoice by the Client shall evidence acceptance of these terms by the Client.Receipt of payment by the Artist shall evidence acceptance of these terms by the Artist.
JN Butler works with expressive power of ink in traditional and digital mediums. They are inspired by the sublime terror and macabre humor of our fleeting lives. They have a BFA in Drawing from University of Cincinnati DAAP, and an MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University.
Show your support for their work and buy them a (decaf) coffee at ko-fi.com/jnbutlerart
You can email them at email@example.com
Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression, W. Enstice & M. Peters, ISBN 978-0-13-603190-1International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, International Release, ISBN 978-0-578-02500-1For a Better Tomorrow, ed. S. Ghosn, ISBN 978-0-9823159-9-6
10 MILLION HP PLANET, Sandy Pug Games, itch.ioAEGIS, Erik Bernhardt, itch.ioAll Must Bow, Bleak Horizons Press, KickstarterCombat Wheelchair v3.0, Sara Thompson, Free on Google DriveMedicine on the Path: Disability in the Witcher TTRPG, Sara Thompson, Free on Google DriveMonster Manifest, JN Butler, itch.ioSidequest, Nirav Sanghani, itch.ioThrough the Veil: Tales of the Feywild, Anthology, DMs GuildTide Breaker RPG, Nick Butler, tidebreakerrpg.com
Fiction & Interactive Fiction
The Exquisite Corpse in Maggots’ Keep, Sandy Pug Games, KickstarterWIZARDPUNK, Sandy Pug Games, itch.io