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UPDATE Mar 17th

Our baby is 2-4 weeks from beign born and my wife wanted to prioritize the final preparations so that we were ready in case he decided to spring up on us earlier, and that held me back a couple weeks more, which then held me back with the Professional (RPG companies) jobs and now I need to focus on that before I'm out of a job. The good thing is from now and on all baby stuff is done expect for the final call on the hostpital :D

Anyway, I have to finish all Professional stuff by the Tuesday next week, and I'm hard at work on it. I have only that one client and after that I'll be doing nothing but the commissions I owe and nothing else until I'm done with that.

Please bear with me one more week!

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UPDATE Feb 28th
Final countdown! I took a couple days off to finish as many RPG company illos as I can to go back to commissions around wednesday next week. It's a done deal now so next week will get busy with emails to commission and you'll see a steady artwork progress in here ;)
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Just a quick shout that I'm beign held a bit back with commissions. Our (first) baby Butterfrog is due to be born soon and I need to take care of lots of hospital/doctor (paying!) stuff in case he decides to be born sooner...  I'll keep moving forward with commissions while I do this, but things will be a bit slow. Once we hit March, the pace will increase to a decent beat.

Cheers and Apologies!


It's a boy!!!

I'm super glad to share with you all our greatest joy, God willing in about 4 months we will have a baby boy in our family. I could never imagine how strange and wonderful this feeling is, and we can't wait to welcome him into the world and teach him all our geeky ways!

Annnnd, Next year I'm starting on a second carrer. Architecture!

I'm a Graphic Designer but all my life I've been saying that if my other carrer of choice was architecture, not anymore. I'm going for it and if all goes well, in 5-6 years I'll be doing other kind of professional cartography ;).

Neither of this will affect "much" my illo-time, but basically all my TV and web browsing are GONE now :D All free time is for illo work!


This has been a rather "curios" year. Lots of major personal stuff happened and the illo work came almost to a complete stop around the middle of the year because of a major home remodelation and that really, REALLY hurt my schedule... After that major wall, I've been finishing some major projects and returning to the owed commissions I'm so darn overdue with.

The 6 remaining weeks are packed with lots of free time so I expect to chip fast at the private commission block. I'm already working on it and soon you'll start seeing these awesome characters brought to life. Private commissions have a high priority for what remains of the year, for I intend to clear my overdue commission slate at long last!

Lately I've been doing a lot of color and I'm super excited to  show it off, but I'm afraid that it'll have to wait for a while because most of it is artwork yet to be published. I must say thou that I had have the most amazing comment about it: -Diude, you color work is better than your B&W now!- This is a big deal for me because EVERYONE always say exactly the same, that my B&W is (was?) better than my colors. This is milestone No.1

Recently I've been contacted by a major third party published, one that is hot hot HOT right now, and if the stars are right and the planets align correctly (and the groundhog doesn't see its shadow), I may be working with the last one of my RPG industry idols that I've been wishing to work with for years. I'll let you know who as soon as I have green light on it. This would be Milestone No.2

And last (for this year), as announced a coule months back, the turning of this "side gig" into a formal and professional job, is going as slowly and stady as planned. I would LOVE to jump into this right away but I don't want to do it until I'm at least finished with 80% of the overdue private commissions. I really need to "be professional" about my late work if I really want to go pro. That another reason for me to put the extra effort on finishing with all these pronto this year. This would be mi final Milestone for this year.

Major stuff is coming by the end of this year and at the start of the next one too. Thanks for staying around and beign so patient!
I'm cleaning house and looking for some extra income for upcoming expenses and I'm putting some of my precioussess up for "adoption".

These are the original concept art sheets for Clinton Boomer's novel The Hole Behind Midnight, each is a 8.5 x 11" paper sheet on pencil and I'll include print of each character on the sheet you "adopt".

I'm letting these go for $50 each (shipping included). If you are interested please contact me.




If you want to see these up close, you can see it in here:
Sketch Dump: The Hole Behind Midnight by butterfrog

Legendary Games is running a Kickstarter to fund the print run of its Gothic line of supplements. You can get a ton of awesome gothic PDFs or/and Print products for a super reasonable price!!!

The campaign is really close to get 100% funded and it ends this sunday the 20th.

Check it out! > Legendary Kickstarter
After much MUCH thinking and a recent personal Milestone, I've decided to turn Butterfrog Studio (BFS) into a Professional Illustration and Design Studio.

For five years I've been pouring my head on paper (and digitally!) and did so happily as a hobby. Last year I started to take "Butterfrog Studio" more seriously and decided to start an RPG Publishing Studio. This was received as good news but many people got worried that I would no longer provide artwork because I'd be much too busy publishing. This got me a bit concerned because I didn't wanted to loose clients on the biz side that was more profitable (illustration) over the biz side that was more out of personal satisfaccion (RPG making), because in the end, I'm trying to turn BFS into an actual business and that requires to pay attention to the profitable side, and honestly, I enjoy illustration almost as much as RPG making.

What does going Pro mean?

For BFS, it means dedicating part of my time to it as any professional work requires, so, starting today, I'll have a formal second job, all dealings will be slightly more professional, and that I'll start providing "regular services" both free and contracted, like  weekly illos and monthly suplements, a much larger presence on the social media, and much more goodies All focused mainly in Illustration, cartography and graphic design for gaming.

In a nutshell, BFS is about to offer much more and at a faster phase, stay tuned!!!

Thanks for watching!
A buddy of mine, pocza is making a mini-funding run afford to continue his comic strip Pokeweed

If you like witty and cute comics this is a great chance to contribute in the making of one :D



Thanks for your suppot!!!
After ONLY a bit over 6 weeks of construction and dozens of hours of cleaning... My renewed studio is up!



The place is still not ready, there are many small (and not too small ) details yet to be done, like painting and putting up the batroom door, but I MUST restart on my illo work before I get more stressed...

This little construction took away 6 weeks of my time illo time, for it's was not only construction that needed to be done, but also lots of purchasing construction materials and movinng the furniture around. I had to ask for a lot of off-work permission hours to be present at the construction and supervise the whole thing, that was the price I had to pay in order to make this remodelation affordable. Lots of things went wrong, most of them got corrected. The whole thing remained withing budget, but in the end, I ended up without money (actaully, in red numbers) because I just couldn't get down to work and thus no work was completed and I couldn't get paid... Now not only I haven'tfinished my work, but I'm very close to losing many jobs because I'm much overdue on deadlines.

Why I couldn't get down to work? I had to move all my stuff around and half my home was in "ruins", and the other hal was packed up with the stuf I had to move to empty the rooms that were under construction. Also, when the workers left, I needed to clean my whole place up so that the place was liveable. Between the cleaning and all the extra shopping I had to do, I had precious to no time to sit down on a dusty corner to try and get some work done.

Now the contractors are gone, and my place is still unfinished, but mostly there. Enough at least for my to put my desk and laptop down to return to illustrate all my duties. Why the urgency of this construction and the obsessive need to clean up? I have HUGE news on the personal and illustration studio side that I'll share with you in a couple weeks more ;)

Back to the drawing board!
I've been delayed with 100% of my artwork and I believe I owe an explanation to my commissioners.

For pretty much all of 2013 I've been a little quiet. Very few uploads compared to previous years and precious few professional publications too. This is because I'm supposed to be wrapping up a lot of commissions from previous years, something I'm yet to acomplish.

This past July I had a nice two-week vacation where I planned to finally finish my due work, and I did achieve it to a certain point but no way near what I wanted, because then came the dreaded CONSTRUCTION!...

For over a year now, I've been planning the construction of a bathroom and several other "small" stuff in my home, and part of this planning included securing an affordable cost, which luckily I got. This construction was supposed to take two weeks and to start around mid august (by then I'd clear my commission slate) but the contractor was ready to start by the third week of July and if I let it pass then I'd miss the opportunity to do the construction, so I had to move and start to purchase all the required stuff for the construction detailing (batroom furniture, water heater, lamps, tiles, etc) this took a lot of driving around for choosing nice (and cheap!) stuff, checking prices, placing orders etc. A week after the construction started I found out that part of the deal of "affordable contruction cost" meant there will be no foreman at place, so I needed to be on top of the construction workers or else I'd risk having stuff built not how I needed it or where I needed it (or both!). Also, I never considered that the construction mess would spread to 75% of the house and the couple rooms I didn't lost to construction stuff/mess I lost'em to storage space to cram the rest of my stuff, which left me without a proper drawing place... Then I had to be supervising contruction stuff deliveries and taking care that my two doggies would run out the all-to-often-open-front-door when the contractors were taking materials in... All in all I needed to be "there" all the time until the workers left for the day, and then clean up so that I could get some illo work done, which killed most of my drawing time...

So, vacation time slipped by without much work done, now the so called 2-week construction time has turned to 3.5 weeks (and counting!)... My wife and I (and my doggies!) are growing a bit desperate of the increasing and neverending mess. I had to ask for several off-hours at the dayjob to be at home and continue to supervising job, something that will come around and bite me on my ass when I have to pay back those off hours...

Now the rightly-so eager commissioners are starting to circle abode me...


(a couple pics of what used to be our computer/tv room-studio a week ago. As of today the place is TEN TIMES MESSIER)

I'm SUPER happy that I finally got this construction project going (it is SUPER necessary!) but the consequences are turning a bit dire... At this time I'm reaching a stressful breaking point and I needed to explain myself to my commissioners for this delay before throwing myself at their mercy...

I hope I don't run out of luck!...
Peace out
FINAL HOURS, the campaign ends friday the 17th at nigh!!!

JOIN!!! www.kickstarter.com/projects/g…




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Image property of Game Smths LLC, artwork by Wayne Reynolds

The NRG system is a quick and easy to use new RPG format, the campaign is already funded and reaching for stretch goals at the moment. I'll be puting some work in it whe it gets developed in the coming months.

Please check it out!

COMMISSIONERS
I'll post a journal update about commissions this saturday. I'll be emailing all of you personally too.
The last two spots, I'll close for private commissions this year after these are taken!

Commissions 2013 by butterfrog

It's the time of the year where I open for commissions. I have open 5 more spots (batch B). The spots will remain available all July or until they are all taken

NOTE: I will begin with these Batch B commissions the second half of August

Bacth B
6. NecroTechno
7. RecordP
8. Pvr420
9. XburiedinblackX
10.Turbulence1973

All details are listed on the image abode, if you need any more info, just let me know here or in a note/email (use my paypal email listed in the commission's image).

Thanks!

For Reference:

Batch A (First half of August)
1.flamefox777
2.LoneArcher85
3.Kalebold
4.Lithrac
5.Cinemajack
I won't be going to PaizoCon this year, and this means two things on the illustration front:

1. More time to finish all due commissions (yay!)
2. The "yearly commissions for fund raising for PaizoCon" Is not taking place this year...

But! I'm dead broke and I need money, so I'll open commissions next month, stay tuned!
I've been quite "dormant" for a while now... that ends today!

Lots of art coming starting today!!!
My premium membership expired and I don't have a dollar to my name...

Is anyone interested in getting me a 1 year premium membership for a character sketch?

:D
A product I participated with Legendary Games

Conquering Heroes: paizo.com/products/btpy8z47?Co…

8 Fully fleshed out PCs for your player to us as their PCs or detailed NPCs for a GM.

Check it out!

The following two months, June and July, will be use EXCLUSIVELY to finish ALL due commissions I have in line. I'll just need to switch back and forth between RPG companies commissions on the first two weeks on June while I wrap a big project up, and then it's exclusively belated commission time!
UPDATE: I removed some gone illos and added a few old ones, which I making available for $20 a pop. The sale ends this sunday 24th. Also, there will be a current commission's update tonight

I'm selling some of my original, hand made babies (illos!) to get me thorught these months that I haven't been doing nothing but trying to catch up with all the pending work I have.

These are hand made pencil work in 8.5x11" paper. I'll include a print of the sketches and a color print of the final image. All signed.

Any of these go for $30 (except where noted) + $5 for shipping in the US or $8 anywhere else. Multiple drawings go with a single shipping cost. I'll throw in a couple of surprise freebies on each envelope ;) Payment is through paypal (please contact me for the account).

Normally I do this only once a year to raise funds to my trip to PaizoCon (July), but this year I've decided not to take on more gigs until I finish ALL I have pending and that's starting to seriously hurt my budget, so right now this is my only choice to get some extra cash.



Available illos (each $30)
Raziel of Amber by butterfrogAlexander Reinholdt by butterfrogMinotaur Monk by butterfrogSteampunk Astrologist by butterfrogEreviss Cierdel by butterfrogDeva, Elemental by butterfrogDeva, Beast by butterfrog

Ye Oldee Illos (each $20)
Akori of the Wastes by butterfrogHazhi Awass by butterfrogYukari by butterfrogStorhoi Whitescar by butterfrogCedric Elesing by butterfrog

Thanks for your support!

COMMISSION'S UPDATE 13/02: I'm in a bit of a stalemate, I'll be pushing this faster over this weekend

The next commissions in line:

WIP Corvin by butterfrog
1. TheEldritchMrShiny
2. Gavgoyle
3. Matt
WIP Curon RghSkPs F by butterfrog
4. Dark Knight Curon
WIP Wrose RghSkPs by butterfrog
5. Wrose
WIP Nic RghSkF by butterfrog
6. NicWold  

Some of these are B&W commish, so I'll move on faster with this batch. The listing order of the commissions is based on date (oldest to newest) and complexity (number of characters and color). My priority is to clear as many commissioners as soon as possible to get some peace of mind.

There are more commissioners in line that I'll list as soon as I start to clear these out.

Past (and recent) finished commissions
Ninja Catfolk by butterfrogMinotaur Monk by butterfrogRaziel of Amber by butterfrog
COMMISSION'S UPDATE 13/02: I'm in a bit of a stalemate, I'll be pushing this faster over this weekend

The next commissions in line:

WIP Corvin by butterfrog
1. TheEldritchMrShiny
2. Gavgoyle
3. Matt
WIP Curon RghSkPs F by butterfrog
4. Dark Knight Curon
WIP Wrose RghSkPs by butterfrog
5. Wrose
WIP Nic RghSkF by butterfrog
6. NicWold  

Some of these are B&W commish, so I'll move on faster with this batch. The listing order of the commissions is based on date (oldest to newest) and complexity (number of characters and color). My priority is to clear as many commissioners as soon as possible to get some peace of mind.

There are more commissioners in line that I'll list as soon as I start to clear these out.

Past (and recent) finished commissions
Ninja Catfolk by butterfrogMinotaur Monk by butterfrogRaziel of Amber by butterfrog
A while back I showed a couple of my monster illos beign made into miniatures for the Midgard Campaign Setting from Kobold Press. Now these miniatures have begun production :D

Eastern Front Studio lauched a KS campaign to start to produce the official mini's for the Midgard setting, the Kickstarter is a running success and is near it's end. Join the Kickstarter and get yourself amazing Midgard minis and the first ever Butterfrog minis!
Kickstarter> www.kickstarter.com/projects/6…



The campaign is fully funded and going for stretch goals already, and if the campaign it makes it into $25k, they will make a BIG mini out of my crimson drake>



The kicstarter ends this sunday night (20th)!
Illo work is finally picking up speed again. I'll start posting finished work tonight! I have finally set up a fixed-hour schedule as any regular job, with "rest" time and all. It sound a bit strange since this is a freelancing, not-main-job thing, but if I'm to take this seriously and continue a steady grow and serious deadline commitment, this may be the only way to do it. If people's happy with my turn-in time and I'm unstressed because of this too, I'm all good and happy having "office hours" for illustration too :)

Commission WIPs
Minotaur Monk by butterfrogNinja Catfolk by butterfrogRaziel of Amber by butterfrog

Commission work status remains the same:
-Won't take commissions with delivery before I finish all current work.
-I'll be posting 3 commissions updates weekly (most likely on moday, wednesday and fridays). These updates will appear on my dA front page journal and won't be appearing in your messages but once a week, not to flood your inbox with journals.

This focusing on previous work is affecting me economically. To try and offset this a bit, I'll be putting up for sale some of my original artwork in the next few days. I hope you are interested in some of it ;)

Thanks for you support and patience and looking forward to fulfill all work ASAP!