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I've tagged up with my roommate to start doing adoptable auctions here on dA, and I'm curious if anyone has any tips? We've been submitting them to a lot of groups, and the auctions will be lasting for two weeks ... we love the idea of continuing to make adoptables, but because of how busy a schedule I lead I can't justify making any more if they won't bring in any money.

Do any of you guys out there have any tips for someone just starting out on making adoptables? Any good ways of promoting besides groups (which I feel I've nailed)?

I haven't even so much as gotten a comment on any of my works. I'm a little concerned nobody likes my style.
Adoptable: Jelly Girl 1 Auction [OPEN] by tarorae
Adoptable: Jelly Girl 1 Auction [OPEN]
Hello there, froods! My roommate and I have decided to try our hand at adoptables. We're doing a test run to see what styles/type of characters  appeal to the masses before we decided whether or not we're continuing with this. This is number one in a round of several.

So let's get started!

Everybody loves jellies, don't they? With how transparent and floaty they are ... how could you not want one?

tl;dr: No need to be jelly anymore!




So how is this going to work?



Because these babies are gonna be posted up in several adoptable groups, it's very important you read through the rules and follow them accordingly. I won't have many, but the few that I do have are very important to follow.




The Rules



1. Please leave a comment with your bid in the comment. This is my golden rule. These guys are going to be posted up in several adoptable groups, and it's the only way I can keep track of who is bidding on which adoptable.
2. When commenting, please let me know which adoptable you're bidding on if applicable. 
3. Whille these adoptables will be all yours when you've purchased them, these adoptables cannot be sold for your own profit after you purchase them. At the end of the day, these are still my designs. So please don't re-sell them.
4. Please follow dA ToS. By buying from me you agree to follow it.
5 All payments should be sent through paypal in CAD, as that's where I'm from -- therefore, that is my currency. Much appreciated!




Auction Info



PLEASE READ: Each auction will have differing price points depending on the content. At the end of each auction, the winner will be contacted, told that they have won, and payment will be expected within 24 hours of the auction end. If payment cannot be made, the next highest bidder gets the spoils.

 Upon the completion of your transaction, you will receive your un-marked character flats, and any other goodies from the tiers you may have purchased along with it will be on their way ASAP. Please allow a week to two weeks for any extras you may win. I do lead a fairly busy schedule. I will contact you if it takes longer than this. Some months are busier than others.


Start Date: May 25th, 2015 12pm Pacific Time Zone
End Date:  June 8th, 2015 12am Pacific Time Zone
Starting Bid: 10$
Min Bid Increase: 3$
1st Tier AB: 40$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes. 
2nd Tier AB: 50$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes, as well as a fully shaded version of your character.

Auction Status: Open

HB: None yet.
Winner: None yet.


Lines and Character Design by tarorae on dA. Colours by blazing-smolder on dA.

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Adoptable: Anthro 1 Auction [OPEN] by tarorae
Adoptable: Anthro 1 Auction [OPEN]
Hello there, froods! My roommate and I have decided to try our hand at adoptables. We're doing a test run to see what styles/type of characters  appeal to the masses before we decided whether or not we're continuing with this. This is number one in a round of several.

So let's get started!

Creatures can come in all shapes in sizes. This one was originally inspired by a fawn with bat wings. It ended up looking more like a winged, spotted hyena faun! So it was coloured appropriately! This character might appeal to those looking for a fursona, anthro character, or something cute and original to collect!

tl;dr: like random animal mash-ups? SO DO WE.




So how is this going to work?



Because these babies are gonna be posted up in several adoptable groups, it's very important you read through the rules and follow them accordingly. I won't have many, but the few that I do have are very important to follow.




The Rules



1. Please leave a comment with your bid in the comment. This is my golden rule. These guys are going to be posted up in several adoptable groups, and it's the only way I can keep track of who is bidding on which adoptable.
2. When commenting, please let me know which adoptable you're bidding on if applicable. 
3. Whille these adoptables will be all yours when you've purchased them, these adoptables cannot be sold for your own profit after you purchase them. At the end of the day, these are still my designs. So please don't re-sell them.
4. Please follow dA ToS. By buying from me you agree to follow it.
5 All payments should be sent through paypal in CAD, as that's where I'm from -- therefore, that is my currency. Much appreciated!




Auction Info



PLEASE READ: Each auction will have differing price points depending on the content. At the end of each auction, the winner will be contacted, told that they have won, and payment will be expected within 24 hours of the auction end. If payment cannot be made, the next highest bidder gets the spoils.

 Upon the completion of your transaction, you will receive your un-marked character flats, and any other goodies from the tiers you may have purchased along with it will be on their way ASAP. Please allow a week to two weeks for any extras you may win. I do lead a fairly busy schedule. I will contact you if it takes longer than this. Some months are busier than others.


Start Date: May 25th, 2015 3pm Pacific Time Zone
End Date:  June 8th, 2015 12am Pacific Time Zone
Starting Bid: 15$
Min Bid Increase: 3$
1st Tier AB: 40$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes. 
2nd Tier AB: 50$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes, as well as a fully shaded version of your character.

Auction Status: Open

HB: None yet.
Winner: None yet.


Lines and Character Design by tarorae on dA. Colours by blazing-smolder on dA.

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Adoptable: Axolotl Auction [OPEN] by tarorae
Adoptable: Axolotl Auction [OPEN]
Hello there, froods! My roommate and I have decided to try our hand at adoptables. We're doing a test run to see what styles/type of characters  appeal to the masses before we decided whether or not we're continuing with this. This is number one in a round of several.

So let's get started!

Axies have become a super popular and sought after pet. Now you can have one of your very own, without the tank and need to feed! Heck, a lot of the care is really up to you, in this case

tl;dr: like axies? We delivered!




So how is this going to work?



Because these babies are gonna be posted up in several adoptable groups, it's very important you read through the rules and follow them accordingly. I won't have many, but the few that I do have are very important to follow.




The Rules



1. Please leave a comment with your bid in the comment. This is my golden rule. These guys are going to be posted up in several adoptable groups, and it's the only way I can keep track of who is bidding on which adoptable.
2. When commenting, please let me know which adoptable you're bidding on if applicable. 
3. Whille these adoptables will be all yours when you've purchased them, these adoptables cannot be sold for your own profit after you purchase them. At the end of the day, these are still my designs. So please don't re-sell them.
4. Please follow dA ToS. By buying from me you agree to follow it.
5 All payments should be sent through paypal in CAD, as that's where I'm from -- therefore, that is my currency. Much appreciated!




Auction Info



PLEASE READ: Each auction will have differing price points depending on the content. At the end of each auction, the winner will be contacted, told that they have won, and payment will be expected within 24 hours of the auction end. If payment cannot be made, the next highest bidder gets the spoils.

 Upon the completion of your transaction, you will receive your un-marked character flats, and any other goodies from the tiers you may have purchased along with it will be on their way ASAP. Please allow a week to two weeks for any extras you may win. I do lead a fairly busy schedule. I will contact you if it takes longer than this. Some months are busier than others.


Start Date: May 25th, 2015 12pm Pacific Time Zone
End Date:  June 8th, 2015 12am Pacific Time Zone
Starting Bid: 10$
Min Bid Increase: 2$
1st Tier AB: 30$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes. 
2nd Tier AB: 40$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes, as well as a fully shaded version of your character.

Auction Status: Open

HB A: None yet.
HB B: None yet.
HB C: None yet.
HB D: None yet.

Winners A: None yet.
Winners B: None yet.
Winners C: None yet.
Winners D: None yet.

Lines and Character Design by tarorae on dA. Colours by blazing-smolder on dA.

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Adoptable: Magical Girl Auction 1 [OPEN] by tarorae
Adoptable: Magical Girl Auction 1 [OPEN]
Hello there, froods! My roommate and I have decided to try our hand at adoptables. We're doing a test run to see what styles/type of characters  appeal to the masses before we decided whether or not we're continuing with this. This is number one in a round of several.

So let's get started!

Have you ever wanted your own magical girl but couldn't design your own? Or maybe just wanted something different from the typical Sailor Moon style most people associate them with? Well, we've got an adoptable just for you!

tl;dr: like magical girls? WE'VE GOT JUST THE THING!




So how is this going to work?



Because these babies are gonna be posted up in several adoptable groups, it's very important you read through the rules and follow them accordingly. I won't have many, but the few that I do have are very important to follow.




The Rules



1. Please leave a comment with your bid in the comment. This is my golden rule. These guys are going to be posted up in several adoptable groups, and it's the only way I can keep track of who is bidding on which adoptable.
2. When commenting, please let me know which adoptable you're bidding on if applicable. 
3. Whille these adoptables will be all yours when you've purchased them, these adoptables cannot be sold for your own profit after you purchase them. At the end of the day, these are still my designs. So please don't re-sell them.
4. Please follow dA ToS. By buying from me you agree to follow it.
5 All payments should be sent through paypal in CAD, as that's where I'm from -- therefore, that is my currency. Much appreciated!




Auction Info



PLEASE READ: Each auction will have differing price points depending on the content. At the end of each auction, the winner will be contacted, told that they have won, and payment will be expected within 24 hours of the auction end. If payment cannot be made, the next highest bidder gets the spoils.

 Upon the completion of your transaction, you will receive your un-marked character flats, and any other goodies from the tiers you may have purchased along with it will be on their way ASAP. Please allow a week to two weeks for any extras you may win. I do lead a fairly busy schedule. I will contact you if it takes longer than this. Some months are busier than others.


Start Date: May 25th, 2015 10am Pacific Time Zone
End Date:  June 8th, 2015 12am Pacific Time Zone
Starting Bid: 15$
Min Bid Increase: 3$
1st Tier AB: 50$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes. 
2nd Tier AB: 65$ -- gets you the flats you see with the water mark removed, as well as as a chibi headshot for your roleplaying purposes, as well as a fully shaded version of your character.

Auction Status: Open
Winner: None yet.

Lines and Character Design by tarorae on dA. Colours by blazing-smolder on dA.

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  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Legend of the Quill Prelude
  • Reading: The Graveyard Book ~ Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Downton Abbey
  • Playing: Transistor
  • Eating: Udon soup
  • Drinking: Mango-passionfruit nectar
Well, it seems that all of my hard work is finally paying off. I'm really excited by recent turns of events, and would like to fill you all in:

First - Legend of the Quill is going to crowdfunding! That's right! After 15 years of work (world building, illustrating, editing, formatting), I finally found a company that is capable of affordably producing my dream binding for this book!
However, in order to do it, I have to order 500 copies (which is 5 times more books than I've ever sold of any of my previous titles). In order to facilitate this dream, I will be running a Pubslush Campaign to raise the needed funds. Pubslush is very fast-paced, so it needs all the supporters to be funding RIGHT out of the gate, and that means I need to start building hype! So, please! bookmark the campaign link -  legendofthequill.pubslush.com. I'll be posting up a notice when the campaign has gone live, so please check it out, donate for fabulous perks, share the campaign, and win a little piece of my soul!

Second - Which brings me to my second piece of news: my new job! As many of you know, I went through a divorce, and it forced a lot of change in my life, including (not insignificantly), the need for a new, higher-paying job. Now, I wanted to ensure that I was doing something I loved, rather than just transferring to another dead-end job like the one I was in. I am now working part-time as a teacher at the Community Centres in Victoria, teaching Creative Writing and Making Comics. I am also working full-time for FriesenPress Publishing, a self-publisher. I'm able to apply all my knowledge from having self-published 6 books to date with my creative passion to help others print their books! Our quality and attention to detail is fabulous, so if you're thinking of publishing a book, let me know and I can hook you up with some sweet deals.

Third - Recognition. It's an artist's lifeblood, and I'm finally getting some. I'm so so grateful to all the people out there who have recommended me for contests, or who have encourages magazines and conventions to get in contact with me. Thank you all!! The result of which are some amazing milestones for me: I won first place at the GottaCon Cosplay Contest (my first 1st place finish) for my Zia costume from Bastion. I will be a special guest at the Camosun Comic Arts Festival (April 11th) and at IFcon (October 31st). My book, First Born, is in the running for the Self-Published Fantasy Slushpile Contest. My articles will be featured on various online blogs/magazines over the upcoming months. And my Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Astra-C… has surpassed 250 likes!

So, if you'd like to be kept in touch for events that I'm putting on (including workshops, readings, conventions, etc) and new releases of my work (comics, novels, cosplay) - please follow my Facebook page, and sign up for my Mailchimp list: eepurl.com/biWGCr

Up, up and away!

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Astra Crompton
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Astra was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself through self-taught drawing, singing, sewing, painting, writing and creating worlds for her numerous stories. The majority of Astra's art features her original fantasy characters, from Steampunk to sci-fi to high medieval fantasy genres. She is a published author for her Ul-Zaorith novels, runs multiple web comic projects, and hopes to someday put out the related table-top role-playing game Ul-Zaorith: Otherworlds for which she is already working on illustrations and writing. She also freelances for children's books illustrations, book cover design, tattoo design, game design, clothing modification and creation, and character illustration.

Current Residence: Canada/Ul-Zaorith
Favourite genre of music: alternative, contemporary, classic rock, classical, etc.
Favourite style of art: strong line-art, soft colour, dynamic manga,
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: Winamp: tried, tested and true.
Favourite cartoon character: Zuko & Iroh, Jessica Rabbit, Nightwing, Wiccan & Hulkling,
Personal Quote: What is to give light must first endure burning.
Interests

Webcam

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Thank you very much for the fave and happy eastern. :)
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tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Easter to you too!
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Leck-Zilla Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like your cosplay of Ivy Valentine. #GreatJob 
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tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! Next Soul Calibur cosplay I'm working on is Cassandra from SC3.
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not a problem, one more question: do you have an instagram account

mine is @ebwillpower93 
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I don't, actually. Sorry!
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Greetings and thank you for the fave!
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Hello! Lovely to meet you~
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