Hello! I’ll go ahead and answer some of the most frequently asked questions here.   Please do me a solid and read through this before sending a message, just in case your question is already answered. If you still have a question after reading through this, please shoot me a message over on Etsy or email me at email@meganlara.com!  

Are You Accepting Commissions?

I'm not open for individual commissions currently; however, if you are a company/looking for licensed artwork, a book cover, etc. or something of that sort, feel free to message me and inquire about my rates/availability!  I am especially fond of doing cover work, so if you're a company looking for a cover artist and are interested in my art, feel free to shoot me a message to see if I have a spot open. 

Will You Design A Tattoo For Me?  

No, sorry!

What Are Your Rates?  

I am currently not giving out my hourly rate, as I'm not totally open for commissions, and my rate might change by the time I open them back up.  

Will you do free work for me?  What if I will pay you in publicity/exposure!  Shipping is really high to my country; can you send me high-res files?  I promise I'll only print one off!  Can I have free samples to review?  Free art for promotion?  

 I appreciate your interest in my work, but no, no, no, no, no, noooo and no! 

When do you post portraits for sale in your etsy shop? May I reserve a spot? 

I am not currently offering portraits, but do check back from time to time!

The print on my shirt came out wrong. Do something!

I don't do any of the t-shirt printing myself, sadly, so I'm not much help.  I only do the designing, so it is best to contact the company you purchased them from first. If you have issues with Etsy art prints, please message me over on Etsy.  

May I use your art for promoting my product?

No.  I don’t like my art to be associated with other brands/projects I’m not involved with.  I like to keep close tabs on my art. .  

Is all of your work licensed?

A lot of my work (Firefly, Marvel, etc.) is licensed, official work. What isn’t is transformative/parody work inspired by pop culture.  I love painting and paying homage to things I love.  

Why aren’t some of your designs available?

Some are awaiting approval, while some never got approval and are just portfolio pieces now, while a few are limited edition.  

What’s your XBL/Steam tags and can I friend you on FB?

I tend to only want to play with people I know in real life (no offense!), and you’re welcome to subscribe to my personal FB page or “like” my art page. I make a lot of things public, but for the most part I just friend people I know IRL. No hard feelings! 

Can I send you the prints I bought to have them autographed?

Not currently, but I d have autographed prints available in my Etsy store now! :)

Can I use X design as a tattoo?

Absolutely! You don’t even have to message me to ask.  The ONLY thing I ask is PLEASE buy a print of the design you want.  This serves two purposes:  it helps to support me and my art, and you can bring it into your tattoo artist so they can work off of that instead of a low res JPG.  Please send me a photo afterward so I can see it, though!  I absolutely love seeing people get my artwork tattooed on them.  

Can I use your art on things on my etsy store? (Coasters, shoes, etc.)

Thank you for asking, but no you may not.

What program do you use to create your work?

All Photoshop and my giant Cintiq. I don’t know diddly squat about illustrator. I tried, briefly, but it’s just not as fun for me!

Where can I find your shirts?

All of my shirts available for purchase are listed on this website!

What cons do you usually go to?

Currently I'm going to C2E2, Denver Comicon, Gen Con, Emerald City Comicon, DragonCon and New York Comicon.    

Can I interview you?

If they are text-only and shorter, then maybe!  Shoot me a message and ask. :)  

But I am open to interviews for publications, though I generally don't do video interviews.  I prefer e-mail ones, please!  

Will you be my mentor?

The fact that you thought to ask me is wonderful and super sweet and I'm very flattered, but I unfortunately am unable to do that at the moment due to time constraints.  Thank you so much and good luck in all that you do. 

Will you donate art to me for *insert charity here*?  

Sorry, but again, this is a request I get a lot.  I only donate to charities of my choosing, sorry!

Will you share x, x or y on your page?

No.  I try to keep my page focused on my own artwork / artwork in general.  I don’t like to use it as a platform for others to gain likes/shares.  I tend to only share things that I feel people who follow me would be interested in seeing.  I do not participate in that “share for share” stuff.  

What is your process?

All Photoshop on Cintiq 24HD. Draw a small thumbnail sketch, gather references, refine sketch, remove anti aliasing, colour, halftone and finished.  

How do you like your Cintiq versus other tablets?

Cintiq 24HD is miles above all the other tablets I’ve used. I haven’t tried the Yiynova so I can’t be sure, but I would recommend it over a Cintiq if you’re NOT a professional.  If this is your job, however, I’d go for the Cintiq (at least from all the comparisons I’ve read).  

Please email me so I can ask you a question

I get asked this a lot.. or “email me so we can discuss a commission.”  Just message or email me first, I don’t bite!  :)

“Can You Please Give Me Some Advice On Art, Various Career Stuff, Etc. Etc.?”

I receive a lot of emails asking for advice, and I really appreciate that you value my input! Thank you so much for that. :)  Unfortunately, though, I can’t dole out a ton of useful advice to everyone that emails me, because I tend to be kinda wordy, it would take up too much time, and I would be making less art. I don't mind talking about it at conventions!  Here is some generic advice that I tend to give everyone just starting out:  The rather cliche mantra I’ve used throughout my career has been “Fake it until you make it,” and that’s essentially the summary of my career-related advice. :)

Other things I abide by and have learned over the years:  draw every day.  Don’t expect anything to be handed to you.  Be a decent person.  Help others.  NEVER feel entitled to anything.  Be kind.  Research anything and everything you’re curious about.    Don't get in your own way.  Don't burn bridges.  Don't tear down other people in order to build yourself up.  If you instead build others up, you'll be building yourself up, too.  

Question not answered here? Have a product photo you want to send to me? Message me on Etsy or email me at email@meganlara.com!