โ“ F.A.Q.

Below you’ll find answers to things I have often been asked, or things people have commented upon, that I thought I might address here. A lot of these are questions I was previously asked over on Instagram. Since I’m not there anymore, I thought having the answers here might be nice.

Question Summary

Click on any question to be taken to its answer, or just scroll to read them all. If you scroll all the way down, you can leave me a comment with any question you might have! ๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒˆ How long have you been drawing?

๐ŸŒˆ Can you teach me how to draw?

๐ŸŒˆ Can you draw me something for free/for charity?

๐ŸŒˆ I want to commission you, where can I see your prices?

๐ŸŒˆ How do I get a commission?

๐ŸŒˆ Do you work for royalties/exposure/a percentage of sales?

๐ŸŒˆ I’m not friends with/dating (insert name here) anymore. Can you take down the art you drew of us together?

๐ŸŒˆ What do you use to make art?

๐ŸŒˆ How did you choose your fursona?

๐ŸŒˆ Will you do a trade with me?

๐ŸŒˆ Will you be friends with me?

๐ŸŒˆ Why do you work with/are friends with [insert company/commissioner/friend]? Don’t you know that they did [insert unforgivable action] or believe in [insert unforgivable thought] or that they like to [insert private activity or dynamic between consenting adults that just happens to squick you out]? Are you okay with being associated with them?

๐ŸŒˆ I saw someone saying you did/support [insert objectionable thing]! Did you know that this happened? Do you want to see? Do you want links/screencaps so you can see who badmouthed you? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐ŸŒˆ Where do you get your overalls/onesies/dresses?

๐ŸŒˆ Why do you dress like a little kid? Aren’t you a little old for that?

๐ŸŒˆ What is a “Little”? When did you realize you were one?

๐ŸŒˆ Can I commission you to make me a bead necklace?

๐ŸŒˆ What do you use to edit your photos and videos?

๐ŸŒˆ Why won’t you interact with minors?

๐ŸŒˆ Why are you so obsessed with your bears/treat them as though they’re alive?

๐ŸŒˆ Where do you get the clothes for your bears?

๐ŸŒˆ Where do you get your teddy bears?

๐ŸŒˆ How long have you been drawing?

Drawing has always been my favorite thing to do with my time since as long as I can remember! But I took a serious interest in art as a career around age 12.

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๐ŸŒˆ Can you teach me how to draw?

I’m sorry, I can’t… Two reasons. One being, most importantly, I actively do not enjoy teaching. The second being, my work has a ton of shortcomings that I am always working to improve, and frankly no matter how much people like my art I do not feel I know enough to give classes. But I can recommend that you start where I did: with this book. Under $20 as of me writing this, its usefulness cannot be overstated, and it has a simple, friendly and approachable tone throughout. 

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๐ŸŒˆ Can you draw me something for free/for charity?

I’m sorry, but my schedule doesn’t allow for this. I am too busy drawing to make a living. While I have done fundraisers with my art before, they were started by me of my own accord.

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๐ŸŒˆ I want to commission you, where can I see your prices?

You can view my prices here. Be sure to also read my commission terms here.

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๐ŸŒˆ How do I get a commission?

The short answer is you fill out a commission request form! But please make sure to read my Commission Terms first. If your inquiry is commercial, please email me directly with your project details and with your budget. I need to know your budget to present you with the options that will best serve you. I offer my artwork in a variety of styles that have very different prices.

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๐ŸŒˆ Do you work for royalties/exposure/a percentage of sales?

I don’t. The only way in which I would draw “for exposure” is doing artwork for a convention if they were featuring me as a guest in some manner (and in that case, compensation comes in the form of travel/hotel expenses.) For all personal work, I require 100% payment upfront. For all commercial work, I require a signed contract, 50% upfront and 50% upon completion (with high-res files being delivered AFTER payment of the balance). Commercial work under $250 is paid in full upfront.

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๐ŸŒˆ I’m not friends with/dating (insert name here) anymore. Can you take down the art you drew of us together?

No, sorry. The main reason for my low non-commercial rates is that it allows me to build a varied portfolio. I never take down my artwork for any reason, except my own wishes. I determine whether it is posted to my galleries and how long it remains there. This, of course, doesn’t apply to commercial work to which I have explicitly transferred copyright of to you as specified in the contract I provide.

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๐ŸŒˆ What do you use to make art?

An iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate for most of my work. But I still rely heavily on my Cintiq 13HD and Photoshop CS for all post-processing. I very much recommend the iPad Pro as an art tool; it changed my life.

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๐ŸŒˆ How did you choose your fursona?

I picked it because squirrels are my all-time favorite animal. I didn’t see a real-life squirrel until I moved to the US, though. I never saw one in Argentina, where I grew up. So to me they still feel kind of exotic, and watching the ones in my backyard is a lot of fun.

You could say I’m sort of squirrel-like myself, a bit all over the place, easily distracted, and always hiding snacks! ๐Ÿ˜…

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๐ŸŒˆ Will you do a trade with me?

 I am usually too busy to do art trades. If you want to approach me for an art trade, you will have to do your half first (AFTER I agree to do an art trade in the first place) and please understand that I only trade with people with a skill level at least somewhere close to my own, and who have a good track record for completing trades.

I take my trades as seriously as commissions. If you give a trade less priority because it’s an exchange of labor as opposed to money, please don’t approach me for a trade! My time is worth money, please give the time I put into your work the same value you’d give a money payment. It’s what I would do for you.

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๐ŸŒˆ Will you be friends with me?

I mean.. Maybe? Yes? This is going to sound harsh, and conceited, but I have learned that anyone who feels friendship is something that happens as simply as posing the “can we be friends?” question and, upon receiving an affirmative answer, then BAM! we’re friends, isโ€ฆ well, in all likelihood not mature enough for me (or possibly too intense/pushy for me to handle.)

This is coming from someone who would pose this question to people (though after some interaction, not randomly.) So I get the sentiment and good intent behind it. It may seem that making friends is complicated, so we want to make it almost transactional, and as easy as possible, under the idea that once we’ve established that we’re friends, we can relax around each other. But when you are an adult, it just doesn’t work like that.

You become friends (as opposed to friendly acquaintances) by doing things together, running in the same circles, doing things for each other. Then a couple years go by, and one day you realize at some point you went from acquaintances to friends. You’ll just know.

It’s also important to note: you are not my friend just because you commissioned me, not even if you commissioned me a lot. That makes you a commissioner, and I’m grateful for your support. You can be a friend who commissions me, but doing so isn’t an automatic path to friendship with me.

These days, it takes a lot for me to call someone a friend. I am not as trusting or as open as I used to be, and I make an effort to not let my social circles mix. As some among those circles know, I’ve been burned very severely in the past couple of years and I’m barely at a point of wanting to make new friends at all. I’m trying to keep my heart open, but I’m guarded with my feelings. So please be very patient with me, and it could happen.

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๐ŸŒˆ Why do you work with/are friends with [insert company/commissioner/friend]? Don’t you know that they did [insert unforgivable action] or believe in [insert unforgivable thought] or that they like to [insert private activity or dynamic between consenting adults that just happens to squick you out]? Are you okay with being associated with them?

My instinctive response to this question is to tell you to f*ck off, because you’re generally a toxic person, who foams at the mouth at the idea of having rumors to spread and the opportunity to judge others, perhaps to deflect from your own problems. If you are this sort of person, I have no interest in you.

However, to give you the benefit of the doubt, I’ll tell you the following, which should address any questions you may have:

โœจ I do not consider my working for a company, or shopping at a store, to be blanket support of every view they hold/item they release. In addition, I’m not made of money and will not trash half my wardrobe just because company X committed a faux pas and “needs to be boycotted” for Internet brownie points.

โœจ I refuse to judge people for their hobbies and/or kinks in which they engage themselves as part of a fantasy, be it in their imagination, drawing, or writing, or with consenting adults as long as minors aren’t being exposed and I don’t have to see it unless I specifically chose to put myself in that situation. I certainly find many fantasies gross, even revolting: despite this, I will defend to the death a person’s right to engage in them as long as no one is being hurt, regardless of how it grosses me out, because I DON’T HAVE TO SEE IT. I also don’t consider a person gross by association just because their fantasy squicks me out. Just don’t harm real people or animals, and don’t force me to engage or view that which I don’t want to view.

โœจ I do not check every gallery that every commissioner of mine has on every platform, and you should NOT consider seeing my art on anyone’s gallery to be a form of support for that specific person. You don’t need to tell me what is in their gallery unless they’ve drawn a character of mine in a way I asked it not be drawn.

If you feel that my association implies support regardless of the above, then I will kindly redirect your attention to the first paragraph once again.

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๐ŸŒˆ I saw someone saying you did/support [insert objectionable thing]! Did you know that this happened? Do you want to see? Do you want links/screencaps so you can see who badmouthed you? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

This is an addendum to the above, but you will find your answer in this post.

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๐ŸŒˆ Where do you get your overalls/onesies/dresses?

If a company that makes onesies exists, I likely have at least one onesie (AKA bodysuit) by them. The two companies I own most onesies from are those I’ve done work for, namely, Onesies Downunder and Littles Laboratory.

As for overalls: everywhere! Hours and hours of searching for “overalls” or “skirtalls” or “overall jumper” or “shortalls” all over the Internet. Some of my overalls are from Hot Topic, some are from Target or Walmart, some are from off-brand Chinese sellers on Amazon or AliExpress, some are from Dolls Kill, some from Forever 21, some from eBay, some secondhand from Poshmark (great site!)

When it comes to dresses, I get lots from the kid’s section at Target and Walmart for daily, comfy wear, and for Lolita dresses, my variety is pretty wide too. I have a lot of Bodyline, some BTSSB, some Infanta, some Metamorphose.

My biggest tip is: don’t get stuck on “brand” or “new” when shopping for Lolita, Lacemarket is your friend; when it comes to everything else, look all across the board, meaning, look at men’s sizes and junior sizes too, you’ll find a lot of overlap and greatly widen your options. Also: customize! Most of my overalls were very plain, but I customized them myself with patches and buttons, making them one of a kind.

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๐ŸŒˆ Why do you dress like a little kid? Aren’t you a little old for that?

I dress the way I do because it makes me happy and it’s how I’m truest to myself, it’s a form of self expression for me. Just like drawing, writing, or even creating personalities for my bears. I used to just longingly stare at other people dressing like that, and wish I could too.

Then I realized I could! No one was stopping me. And even if someone laughed once in a while, online or offline (very rare when balanced out by the positive feedback I receive) even then, the joy I get when I see myself in the mirror dressed as colorfully as a feel completely obliterates any bad feeling from occasionally being made fun of. The more I did it, the easier it was. And the more confident I felt, the better reactions I got.

These days I’m probably right on the verge of being one of those people that other people take photos of because I look so… “outlandish” to put it politely. ๐Ÿ˜… But that’s fine by me if I made someone smile. You should be true to yourself too! No one is stopping you, but yourself. You’d be surprised how freeing it is to not care about what anyone else thinks, but you!

And the truth is, even someone who judges you for it will have forgotten about you in minutes, when they run into the next person they’ll be judging instead. So just be happy. You only live once! ๐ŸŒˆ โœจ ๐Ÿ’•

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๐ŸŒˆ What is a “Little”? When did you realize you were one?

Being a Little can mean vastly different things to different people. I can only tell you what being a Little means to me: it means my inner child is a big part of my every day life, and while I am an adult, I view everything both through my adult and my inner child lens. I give serious topics the gravity they require, and the attention from my adult side, but in other things, I try to see life with the levity, innocence and colorful, upbeat attitude of childhood. This is reflected in the things I draw, in how I dress, in my blog, and in many of my interests.

Ironically, I generally don’t do well around actual children, I find them a little frightening, haha… so, it doesn’t really give me a way of connecting with children better, and I avoid them. My adult side really comes out around kids for some reason, and I can’t let myself relax. This may be due to a lot of bullying from other children when I was little myself. So it’s a sort of defensive reaction.

As to when I realized I was one: like many other Littles, I knew even in childhood something was different about me. I was often interested in things that were younger than “appropriate” for my age (while, paradoxically, being interested in literature that I was way too young for, such as Poe and Horacio Quiroga and George Orwell, as well as History in general.) I remember hating having to “graduate” to a bicycle from a tricycle, even though the trike was older and crappier. I wanted to dress colorful and childlike and preferred younger playmates, up until I turned 8 or 9 years old.

After that point, I just started being alone, because I didn’t fit in either with my peers or with younger kids anymore. I felt like an outcast. My peers made fun of me for liking toys, dolls and having no interest in boys or pop culture, and younger kids weren’t as interested in the sort of books I was reading or complex issues I enjoyed discussing while playing house. Lol. I wanted cute cups, and plates, and simple cartoons, and it was considered very inappropriate for a pre-teen girl to still be interested in such things. Great emphasis was put upon growing up quickly.

I have always been this way, but I didn’t realize that there were thousands upon thousands of people who felt similarly, or that there was a name for it, until late 2012.

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๐ŸŒˆ Can I commission you to make me a bead necklace?

I’m really sorry, but I only do those for fun or as gifts.

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๐ŸŒˆ What do you use to edit your photos and videos?

LINE Camera, BitCam, Gif Toaster, Burstio, Square Fit and RAKUGA-cute. These are all iPhone apps and I wouldn’t know about Android alternatives, or if Android versions of them exist. I often use 2-3 apps for a single photo!

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๐ŸŒˆ Why won’t you interact with minors?

For my own safety primarily. It’s honestly really sad. When I grew up (especially between the ages of 12-17) I regularly reached out to established artists and writers, both in person and online. This was not frowned upon, because most professionals, like most people, aren’t predators or abusers. This was true then and continues to be true now. I was taught common sense, and used this when dealing with asking career and/or life advice from adults. I developed contacts and friendships that I still have to this day as a result.

While a healthy dose of caution at ALL times should be paramount, I believe it is very important for children and teenagers to not have to be afraid of every strange adult online and offline, especially as they may sometimes not have access to the type of advice they need in their social circle.

These days, especially if you produce any kind of kink content, any interaction with minors whatsoever can be misconstrued (while this has not happened to me, I’ve been really shocked by what I’ve seen misconstrued against others.) So, I feel it safer to make all of my platforms 18+, and I refuse to interact with minors that aren’t family members in any capacity. Shitty huh? I’m really super sorry, and I’m forever glad that this wasn’t a thing when I was growing up myself. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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๐ŸŒˆ Why are you so obsessed with your bears/treat them as though they’re alive?

I’ve gotten many nice comments about my stuffie collection. Because they are quite pricey, sometimes I’ve gotten snide remarks as well (usually in the vein of being obsessed with material possesions/etc because I talk so much about my bears, post so many photos, take them everywhere, create personalities for them, etc.) For people who are just, wellโ€ฆ envious, there isn’t much I can say. But beyond that, I can explain a little.

I had NO friends as a little girl. This is no longer the case, but for all of my childhood, my friends were my toys. I created deep personalities for them, life stories, talked to them in my head. Theraphy wasn’t much of a thing then (though I certainly could have benefited.) I experienced my first bout of depression at a very young age, during a year where I only saw my mom on the weekends and spent the rest of the time at a depressing, awful boarding school because my home situation was too stressful for me to handle. Books were my escape and my toys were the only companions I had who didn’t tease me, hurt me or belittle me.

Even now in my late 30s, toys still give me this comfort. No matter how awful things are, a teddy bear’s hug is just as soft and comforting. Its eyes are just as warm and soothing. My dinosaur’s toothy grin is always the same. Material possessions may be just that, but for me they reflect what my imagination put in them. In some cases, because I take them everywhere, those toys are imbued with very poignant memories.

I’m well aware that they are not alive and they are material possessions. But they bring me a lot of comfort.

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๐ŸŒˆ Where do you get the clothes for your bears?

Many different places, since I have bears of different shapes and sizes! I’ve gotten them from the obvious sources (Build-a-Bear) but also from the baby section at Walmart and Target, lots of things from AliExpress, some from eBay, some from Etsy. I buy a lot of dog clothes for my bears, as well as real baby clothes and accessories.

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๐ŸŒˆ Where do you get your teddy bears?

See this page. Please do not ask me where I got a specific bear, however.

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