Hello! I’ll go ahead and answer some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please read these before you send me an e-mail. I get a lot of messages, so this will hopefully cut down on how long it takes me to get back to you! I will not respond to questions that are answered here, sorry.
Are you accepting commissions? Not at the moment, but I will be sure to update my facebook page if I open them back up.
Why don’t you sell portraits like the ones you do on your page? I don’t have the time right now. Maybe sometime in the future!
Shipping is really high to my country; can you send me your high-res files? I promise I’ll only print off one. Absolutely not.
The print on my shirt came out wrong. Do something! First: I do NONE of the t-shirt printing. Only the designing, so it is best to contact the company you purchased them from first. Sadly, I can do nothing for you, personally. If you have issues with Etsy art prints, please email etsy @ meganlara . com
Second: It is very possible that the tee you purchased is distressed, which is something I do a lot. It’s intended to give it an aged effect. If it looks a little aged in the preview, then that’s how it’s supposed to look on the tee, too.
Can you send me free samples to review? Sorry, but no. Thanks for asking!
Will you do some free art for me/my band if I promise to promote you? No.
You should create x, x and x! It would be awesome and I’d buy it. Unfortunately I don’t really have time to take up many suggestions, as I have a lot of other work going on at the moment!
Is all of your work licensed? Most of my work (Firefly, Marvel, etc.) is licensed, official work. What isn’t, falls under parody and fair use.
Why aren’t some of your designs available? Some are awaiting approval, while some never got approval and are just portfolio pieces now.
What’s your XBL/Steam tags and can I friend you on FB? I tend to only want to play with people I know in real life (no offense!), and you’re welcome to subscribe to my personal FB page or “like” my art page. I make a lot of things public, but for the most part I just friend people I know IRL. No hard feelings! : )
Can you give me any tips on t-shirt design/art in general? I’m pretty bad at imparting advice/explaining my process. I lurk on the Conceptart.org forums all the time, and have learned a lot of stuff from reading their threads and watching their challenges. It’s really surprising what information you can find online; there are tons of tutorial videos out there. : ) As far as getting accepted at tee-a-day sites: great execution + great idea = all you need. Well, and persistence! Don’t get down if your first design doesn’t get accepted. :)
Can I send you the prints I bought to have them autographed? I have autographed prints available in my Etsy store now! :)
Can I use X design as a tattoo? Absolutely! But please send me a photo afterward. :)
Can I use your art on things on my etsy store? (Coasters, shoes, etc.) Thank you for asking, but no you may not.
What program do you use to create your work? All photoshop and my giant Cintiq. I don’t know diddly squat about illustrator. :3
Where can I find your shirts? All of my shirts available for purchase are listed on this website!
What cons do you usually go to? Planet Comicon, C2E2, SDCC, Otakon, DragonCon. Usually just for fun, but I may start getting a booth soon. :)
Can I interview you? Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for interviews. Unfortunately it is cutting into my art time, so I am going to have to decline for the time being. I wish I could!
Will you be my mentor? Sorry, but as is the case with the above question, I just do not have time. I get many requests and if I accepted them, I would have no time to draw. :(
Will you donate art to me for *insert charity here*? Sorry, but again, this is a request I get a lot. If I donated to every charity I’m asked to, I’d have nothing left over. So I will donate to charities of my choosing only, sorry!
Will you share x, x or y on your page? No. I try to keep my page focused on my own artwork / artwork in general. I don’t like to use it as a platform for others to gain likes/shares. I tend to only share things that I feel people who follow me would be interested in seeing.
What is your process?
All Photoshop on Cintiq 24HD. Draw a small thumbnail sketch, gather references, refine sketch, remove anti aliasing, colour, halftone and finished.
How do you like your Cintiq versus other tablets?
Cintiq 24HD is miles above all the other tablets I’ve used. I haven’t tried the Yiynova so I can’t be sure, but I would recommend it over a Cintiq if you’re NOT a professional. If this is your job, however, I’d go for the Cintiq (at least from all the comparisons I’ve read).
Question not answered? Have a product photo you want to send to me? E-mail me at info @ meganlara . com