Character Reference Sheets

Prices for 2020 have remained the same as before.

 

Character reference sheets are available in different styles to suit your character or budget. Two full body view minimum. Build a custom reference by adding extra closeups and views, outfits,  action sketches, and/or expression sketches.

 

NSFW availability: Reference sheets with genitals showing are welcome, on the condition that a SFW version of the sheet is produced as well.

Simple

Default. Simple clean lines and flat colors.

$50 per full body view.
$10-$30 per closeup.
Detailed Ink

More emphasis on line detail, thinner lines overall. Great for characters who are themselves detailed, such as characters with scales, extra fluff, or anything else that needs an extra bit of detail.

$70 per full body view.
$15-$45 per closeup.

No examples yet

Add Shading

Semi-detailed rendering added on top of flats. 

+$30 per full body view.
+$5-$20 per closeup.

Character detail may incur an additional fee if markings or attributes are complex. (Stripes, spots, wings, specific horn types, etc)

Included with all character reference sheets:

  • A background, usually a fill/gradient with some texture and a border, in a color scheme that complements your character.
  • The character’s name in an eye-catching, character appropriate font.
  • If desired, biometrics for the character, like height and anatomy dimensions.
  • Color swatches ONLY if the ref sheet is shaded, OR if specifically requested by the customer.

Things I would highly suggest to include on a reference sheet:

  • Front and back views. Obviously.
  • At least one closeup of your character’s most interesting or most detailed part.
  • Height. It greatly helps the artist to get size relationships correct when drawing your character in a setting or with other characters.
  • Dimensions of important anatomy. Breast size, junk size. Waist/hip/ass/paw size if those things are important to you or will be important in artwork you commission. Other things like tail/ear length might also be handy.

Things I would discourage on a reference sheet:

  • full side view. Usually not needed unless your character has something interesting on their side that needs to be shown. In that case, I’d suggest a closeup of the area instead.
  • written bio. Blocks of text about your character’s past, likes and dislikes, and anything else that an artist who will be using the reference to make art for you would find irrelevant for the scene.
  • character weight. Tends not to be necessary, and in addition, most people are not very good at choosing a realistic weight for the character based on height and body type. Best to do your research first or leave it off all together.

Template Reference

NOT YET AVAILABLE

These will be a variety of predrawn poses in front and back views to choose from to build your ref sheet.

 

The prices will be as follows:

As-Is – $15 per view.
No alterations made to lines, flat colors added only.

Minor Alterations – $25 per view.
Two attributes can be altered/added/removed: ears, tail, hair, muzzle, genitals, breasts hand or feet.

Major Alterations –  $30 per view.
More than two minor alterations or any single major alteration, such as body type, leg type (digitigrade, etc), adding wings or extra parts.

Extra Alterations – might as well get a custom at that that point!

Character complexity fees apply to templates.

Ordering Information

  • Send an email to mosa@mooncatart.com
  • include any existing relevant images of the character, if possible. If no artwork of the character exists, images of other similar characters may be used as reference for each element, such as body type, hair style, etc. Photographs of real people and animals are welcome as well. Supplement with written description.
  • Include photographs/drawings/descriptions of any props to be included on the sheet if applicable.
  • Inform me of the number of turns, closeups, and props you require, and the type. (For example, nude front and rear view, front clothed, closeup of head with specific expression, and prop detail of weapon/accessory.)
  • Style of sheet (simple, detailed, stylized, shaded, etc)
  • Any biometric data you wish to be on the sheet, and your character’s name.