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Freelance Anime Artists on Bringing Client Visions to Life

Dar, a self-taught anime artist, skillfully blends semi-real rendering with dynamic anime styles. Drawing inspiration from TamoTaro and a 2-year 3D animation course, his creations shine. Explore his works on Dar's portfolio or commission him on Fiverr.
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In the vast realm of anime artistry, what distinctive elements or techniques do you employ that set your particular style apart from others?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
Hello! My name is Dar, and I am a fulltime artist. I do anime style illustrations, character designs, full illustrations, character sprites, emotes, ect.

Anime style is quite popular, but personally, I like the coloring elements of semi real rendering. I rely on lighting to make my artwork pop, you can see me use lens flare, rimlights often. Other than that, I will always try to have a character in a dynamic pose and/or scene.

I am especially familiar with a lot of franchises, be it anime/manga, j-pop, comics or movies. Therefore, I can understand the context and vision of clients if they ask for a specific franchise.

I also am good at mimicking other anime art styles.
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Within the diverse spectrum of anime genres and techniques, which specific projects or styles do you consider your areas of expertise?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
Typical anime artstyle is what I usually go for. But I find the character design part the most interesting for me. I love to create outfits and characters from different inspirations such as animals, objects or just colors.
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Are there specific artists or prevalent styles within the anime realm that have played a significant role in shaping your artistry and approach?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
I am a self-taught artist. I usually look up tutorials and speedpaints of others to see their process, and hopefully learn something at the end.

I had the chance to join a 2-year 3D animation course and that has helped a lot in forming my skill in environment and background drawing. The 3D skill also helps a lot in doing a rough background layout and lighting.
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Can you delve into your journey in the anime art industry, highlighting your experiences, training, and any educational qualifications that bolster your expertise?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
I am a self-taught artist. I usually look up tutorials and speedpaints of others to see their process, and hopefully learn something at the end.

I had the chance to join a 2-year 3D animation course and that has helped a lot in forming my skill in environment and background drawing. The 3D skill also helps a lot in doing a rough background layout and lighting.
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Could you showcase some exemplary pieces from your portfolio that best represent your skills and creative vision in anime art?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
Of course! Here are some of my proudest works so far. One is a work in progress but the overall picture is there. Client’s commissions are done in a giffy but personal projects would take a lot of time since I usually have too many ideas that I can’t choose from.
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What processes or methods do you employ to understand and bring a client's conceptual ideas to life through your artistry? What kind of input do you prefer from clients to start a project?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
The more detailed their description is, the better I can make it close to their vision. I have the ability to imagine scenarios vividly in my head and then translate them roughly into a sketch. I usually provide them 1-2 angles, maybe even more, and proceed when the client is happy with one.

As for the input, a race (human or creature), a pose, facial expressions, clothing and hairstyle is great as a base for a character creation, you can go further into the details with the color palette or inspiration image/character.
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In terms of personalization, what array of customization alternatives do you provide to clients to ensure their artwork is tailored to their preferences?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
In terms of personalization, what array of customization alternatives do you provide to clients to ensure their artwork is tailored to their preferences?

Like every anime artist, I offer portrait/half-body/full-body artworks at different price points. You can add additional characters, backgrounds, facial expressions, items, ect.

If there is anything you need, I will provide, whether it’s chibi art or full anime art.
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When finalizing and delivering your artwork, which file formats and resolution options are available to clients?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
Having experience in selling merch and pins, I usually take the printing needs of clients in mind and do artworks in large resolutions.

You can choose a size to your likings, for example a 4x4in print, or an A4 paper size artwork. All of them will be drawn in 300 dpi, suitable for printing.
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Can you shed light on the specific software or design tools that form an integral part of your anime art creation process?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
Clip Studio Paint is my savior. It offers a variety of brushes, as well as 3D objects for easier scene settings. Other than that, I prefer the UI better than Photoshop since the bars are less clustered. And it automatically comes in dark mode.

Sketchfab is another website that I use since I can choose a specific angle to have as a reference for any kind of object.
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Apart from working on established projects, do you also craft original and bespoke anime art tailored to individual client requests?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
Of course! Doing commissions is currently my main job. I have experience in delivering hundreds of artworks to customers with great feedbacks.
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What strategies and communication channels do you employ to guarantee a seamless experience and utmost satisfaction for your clientele?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
I would update the progress often, from the sketching process, to the lineart and all the way till the end. Clients will be able to change stuff along the way, reducing the risk of dissatisfaction, as well as a way to walk with them on the journey their vision has made.

Other than that, I would give out a free chibi or a free bust-up artwork when a repeating client returns at certain points.
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Can you elucidate your pricing framework, and are there any additional costs or charges clients should be aware of before commissioning a project?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
My prices are written fully and with detailed descriptions, as well as additional costs and terms of service. All you need to do is to read them before commissioning me, don’t worry it isn’t that long.
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How do you approach the intellectual property rights pertaining to the artworks you create, and what rights do clients retain once a project is completed?
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
As far as I can tell, small artists like me have no way to protect the rights of our work if it is stolen, especially when AI art is taking over. The only way we can do this is to add a small watermark anywhere in the painting.

My artwork base price is for personal use only, but if the clients want to profit from it, for example printing as merch, use for twitch banners/emotes, they can buy the additional cost of commercial use and all rights will be theirs.
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Are there specific types of projects or themes that you are more inclined to work on, and conversely, any that you typically choose to turn down? t-shirt design, aesthetic drawing, fanart, chib, recap, emoji, glow art, pfp, nsfw, old people, Furry, Animal, Fursona
Dar, Anime artist
DarAnime artist 4 months ago Contact
I accept all types of projects, whether it’s character designs, emoji, sfw, nsfw or even odd kinks, memes, forbidden subjects, I would do it all, unless it is intended to be used in an offensive way, for example racist content.

Personally, I don’t judge others for their fantasies or kinks, since I don’t think that is what defines who they are. So any requests, no matter how weird, I will try my best to deliver to them my work.

I only decline offers when I think that I don’t have the skill to fulfill their requests, or if my art style is not suitable to their visions.