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Hello mates,

With the opening of Obsidian just on the horizon, and this shop heading into its sixth year, things need a bit of a preening to keep things fresh.

In the last 6 years, I've graduated high school, graduated college with a degree in Computer Science, and am now working as a software developer.

But Cattrin, you say, what about the Arts?!

Never fear, I didn't neglect my creative side- and along my CS studies I took art classes too- and have a minor technically two in credits but that wasn't allowed *cough* .

So, if anything, I should be better than ever at serving my favorite community!

Below are links to each of my previous shops, if you'd like to peruse the Cattrin Art Museum.

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


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Update: Photobucket made a terrible decision and won't allow offsite hosting unless paid, so all my past work prior to using Imgur will not be visible. I'm working on a way to mass re-upload works, but unfortunately, unless Photobucket comes to its senses, they won't show up on the original posts any longer. Sorry mates!

Side note: if you had a work that is being affected by this turn of events, and need to re-download it again, I can find it for you on my account and upload it to a more friendly host at your word.

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I'll draw pretty much anything you'd like me to, within reason. Event banners, desktop backgrounds, ect, but my main focus is forum avatars.


Here are some examples of the styles you can choose to order your avatar drawn in:

1.)
(your general "my pirate doing X" arrangement)
2.) (completely selection-tool based, similar to a silk-screen)*
3.) (big-headed, simple, cartoony)
5.) (pirate perspective)

* if you've been on the Xmas in July or seasonal event pillages where I was drawing up people's ideas, it is the same style as those.

And some examples of animations:


These can be as subtle (blinking, expressions, cat tail moving, isolated events) or large as you'd like, but keep in mind that the forum size limit doesn't like really complicated animations. :c

All avatars are drawn at 500px then shrunk to 150px.[Here is one in full size.]

Special orders: As a side note, most of my degree was in the traditional mediums- mainly graphite drawing with a little watercolor and oil painting mixed in. If you want a graphite or watercolor piece instead, please PM me.

Payment: As I said, I'm doing these just for tips. That means if you don't want to pay me, you don't have to: I'll do art for free.

But please take into consideration my time and effort when making that decision.

I accept payments on both Doubloon and Subscriber oceans- Obsidian too! If you're on a dub ocean though, please send me a PM on the forums with a time, so I can be on to meet you.

I have Cattrin on all oceans, so I may pop on your ocean to ask you a question about your order if need be, but otherwise my only active pirate is on Cerulean.

If you would like one, please fill this forum out:


Pirate name:
Ocean:
Description of what you want (please include here what style you want it after, use one of the above numbered pictures as a reference):
Eye type/colour (YPP-style vs actual eyeballs):
Portrait link:
Do you have an familiars or pets you would like included?:
Include any injuries?:
Animated(if so, elaborate)/inanimate:
Nose or no nose?:
Name on avatar?(yes/no):
Border?(yes/no):
Any other details:

And either PM or post it here, whichever you'd like. If you choose to PM me, please indicate whether it is OK for me to post the sketch and final to this thread for others to see. If you do not specify, I'll post here by default.

I will post a preview of your order to the forum, or PM if it is private, once I begin your avatar. When your preview is posted is also the opportune time for you to comment or ask me to change things, as it is much easier at this point than when it is completed.

Live streaming: [Link to my Twitch profile] . When I'm drawing, I may start a stream to record my real-time work. I am on the East Coast of the United States, so you're most likely to catch me drawing between 4am and 7am YPP-time on weekends. You can follow my account and get email updates, if you'd like, when I go live.

You can also chat while watching, and I will chat back. :)

Queue:
Bisca
Keerin
Mikipiki

I keep track of the schedule at the end of every post when I deliver an avatar. It reads top-down, meaning here that Bisca will receive her avatar next. If I leave your order out on accident please tell me so I can add you. c:

Happy 2017 everyone!

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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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There isnt enough of me in your examples... :P
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She removed my example she showed in earlier ones xD
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Bisca - Emerald Ocean

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There isnt enough of me in your examples... :P

 
he removed my example she showed in earlier ones xD


I try to use examples from the previous years' shop in the new one. Since my style changes, I don't like to use examples that are too old, even if I like them.

I also tend to edit the first post of a new shop after doing a few pieces to add those to the examples so that new customers have the best idea of what to expect.
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Here's Bisca's:



[Watch here!]

Hope you like it! The stream stopped a little early since I stupidly made my hotkey to stop recording the "2" key. :P

It's now a less frequently used key, haha.

Queue:
Keerin
Mikipiki
Nexal
Vettias
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Ohhh my god I love thattt! Thank you <3
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Here are some sketches for avatars I'll be working on this weekend:

Keerin:

Mikipiki:

If you two have any last-minute changes you'd like- something I got wrong in your order, please speak up! I can also do edits after delivery, since I didn't give you guys much time to see the sketches.

I think I'll be able to do one each morning, so I'm hoping to get both done this weekend.


 
Thank you <3


Thank you. Glad you like it. :)

Queue:
Keerin
Mikipiki
Nexal
Vettias
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Alright mates, in just a few minutes I'll be streaming [here] Keerin's avatar.

Come say hi!


Done!

Here's Keerin's:



I hope it's what you wanted. :) You can view your stream recording [here] .

Queue:
Mikipiki
Nexal
Vettias
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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That's exactly what I wanted :D Thank you, Cattrin!
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Runkeerin of Emerald
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Petunia-rrific avatar by Cattrin
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In a few I'll be streaming [here] with Mikipiki's avatar. Come take a look!

Done!

Here's Mikipiki's:



[watch here]

I hope you like it. :) I had some fun with the textures since it was looking a little wanting otherwise.

 
That's exactly what I wanted :D Thank you, Cattrin!


Great! :D

Queue:
Nexal
Vettias
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Heya,

I send a request for an avatar using the PM's.
I hope that is allowed.
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[14:17:38] Crazysanta says, "Buying CAMO Chameleon!! Send me a tell <3"
[14:17:52] Gloninduil says, "camo camo camo camo camo chameleon <3"
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Hello all,

This weekend I think I will only have time for one avatar.

Nexal, here is your sketch:



You said to have fun so I'm going a bit silly and having your octo enamored with your tattoo.

Watch out for a livestream Saturday and Sunday mornings!

As always, if you'd like something changed, it's never too late, even after it's delivered, but please try to let me know asap.

 
Heya,

I send a request for an avatar using the PM's.
I hope that is allowed.


Of course! I'll add you to the queue.

Queue:
Nexal
Vettias
Herieman
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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I will be streaming Nexal's avatar [here] shortly- come say hi! Done!

Here's Nexal's:



There's with and without the hearts, as well as with and without the hat, as I wasn't sure if you wanted the hat if you had the tattoo.

The stream had a connection issue, and so it is split up between [this video] and [this one].


Hope you like it!

Queue:
Vettias
Herieman
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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that looks really good
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Sketch for Vettias:



Arch perspective is a bit wonky here, but I'll address that in the final. :)

I will start this on Saturday, and it'll most likely be a two-day piece due to the detail, so you have plenty of time to say if you'd like anything changed.

 
that looks really good


Thanks mate! I sent you a PM, by the way, in response to your message.
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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I'm really liking where this is going, can't wait to see the product!
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I'll be streaming part 1 of Vettias' avatar [here] in a moment- Come say hi!

[Watch Pt1 here]



Lines today, color tomorrow. Hope it looks on parr with your idea.

Be sure to let me know if there's anything you'd like altered!

Queue:
Vettias
Cptnronen

ps- I realized Twitch doesn't keep your videos forever only after they deleted Keerins'- sorry! I'll be including links to copies stored in "Highlights" instead, which the internet tells me stays forever.
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Streaming the final part of Vettias' avatar [here] momentarily- come chat. :)

Done!

Here's Vettias':



I hope it's alright- I had to simplify down the architecture since the patterning would be too detailed to see in the final piece.

Twitch split up the stream due to connection issues: [here] and [here]

Since I'm putting the videos into "highlights" to keep them indefinitely, it won't tell you there that the sound has been muted due to copyright- but it's been muted in most places due to copyright. :c

[This is what "brb cat" means on the stream. :P]

Queue:
Cptnronen
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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this is really an incredible job cattrin, the attention to detail in this piece is striking. Thanks so much, and I'll get together a bigger tip for you for this.
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My sketches for Cptnronen's avatar are a bit different, since it's hard to "sketch" a nebula. I decided to do some barebones values just as a stand-in.

I've decided to go with silhouettes since having your ship in full color and detail would end up being lost in the background anyways- if you'd still prefer otherwise, please say.







I had three different ideas to mock for possible silhouettes- your original idea, plus some closer ones. Please pick one you'd like made!

Unless you'd like them in this geometric style, I'm planning on more realistic silhouettes.

Either one could also include the swirling dust animation you described.

Queue:
Cptnronen

 
this is really an incredible job cattrin, the attention to detail in this piece is striking. Thanks so much, and I'll get together a bigger tip for you for this.


I'm glad you like it! That'd be very kind of you. :) Could you please PM me with your availability?

Side note:
I got the official OK from Grey Havens to be able to have subscriber pay from my Twitch channel, which is great!

What's not great is, as far as I know, Twitch only lets people have that option if they are a much larger and more active channel than mine is.
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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:S I dont know how to choose, they all look awesome. I think I still like my original idea the most... but whatever you feel will work :) I trust you.
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:S I dont know how to choose, they all look awesome. I think I still like my original idea the most... but whatever you feel will work :) I trust you.


Kinda love the second one a lot!! Looks really adventurous.
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Stream starting [here] momentarily!

Here's Cptnronen's:



And [here] is a link to the stream.

Unfortunately it wasn't recording the fitting soundtracks I was listening to, which is a bummer!

The size should be OK for the forums, but let me know if it complains and I'll fix it.

Queue:
No one?!

But what will I do on my weekend mornings now? :c
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Thank you once again for the amazing art Cattrin.

 
The size should be OK for the forums, but let me know if it complains and I'll fix it.

Yep worked fine.

 
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No one?!

But what will I do on my weekend mornings now? :c

Dont complain, I could ask for more :P
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Dont complain, I could ask for more :P


Feel free to.

You were wanting to know about payment, and since I can't have subscriber pay like you were thinking, could you tip me on Obsidian?

I can use the money for advertising tournies to help people find the shop.

Everything is so expensive there currently, I could barely afford the tourney I made for your stream with my pilly money!
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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Nobody on your list!
Tssssssk... I'll sacrifice myself once more... (Gosh I love your art too much)

Pirate name: Bisca (& Kaizokage)
Ocean: Emerald
Description of what you want (please include here what style you want it after, use one of the above numbered pictures as a reference): Hmmm... 1
Eye type/colour (YPP-style vs actual eyeballs): YPP
Portrait link: http://emerald.puzzlepirates.com/yoweb/gallery/portrait.wm?pirate=Bisca&itemid=72525425&classic=$classic
Do you have an familiars or pets you would like included?: A black raven
Include any injuries?: Nope
Animated(if so, elaborate)/inanimate: Maybe? The flames perhaps.
Nose or no nose?: No!
Name on avatar?(yes/no): Nah
Border?(yes/no): Nope
Any other details: So I've been dating this super nice guy I met on the Dutch Meetup about a year ago.. I would love a picture of him and me sitting by a campfire (which is where we talked a lot irl during the meetup).
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If you look at cptnronen's the right way it looks like the ship is actually part shoe and the third column of the nebula sorta looks like a person walking towards it and now I just can't unsee it. Don't mind me, I need sleep, even though I've already slept all day cause of this stupid migraine >.>

Your art is still awesome as always though.
/me goes back to lurking in the shadows.
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Sketch for Bisca:



For the fire, I'm thinking of a low glowing-embers type deal instead of a big roaring one.

I'm a romantic, so I can't have you guys just sitting by the fire. Unless you rather that, in which case, no problem, no cuddles, just let me know.

Also let me know if you'd like any other changes. I have another order that squeaked in a few hours before yours. Depending on if it takes me one or two days to complete that order, yours will either be done next Sunday or the weekend after. Plenty of time to deliberate!

Queue:
Empresstamar
Bisca


 
If you look at cptnronen's the right way it looks like the ship is actually part shoe and the third column of the nebula sorta looks like a person walking towards it and now I just can't unsee it.


If I'm seeing the person you're seeing- they have fabulous hair. Hope your head feels better!
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Cattrin of Cerulean
Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
X tells ye, "Stop yo drawing fool!"

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I feel I need to make an independent post for this- sorry to double post!

This is a heads-up that I may have to be more serious about tip collection, whether that's through using watermarks on avatars until I received payment, or asking for payment up-front, or something else, I haven't decided yet.

Unfortunately, it's come to my attention that over half the pieces that I post are not getting their agreed-upon payments. This is not a new trend, but now that I am doing fewer avatars, it is becoming more obvious.

This was a more understandable outcome when I was in university and would deliver an avatar months after ordering. But now that the turnover rate is a week or two, and people are picking up their avatars after delivery, it should not be as big of a problem as I am encountering.

I understand that everyone has busy lives, myself included, but I am now having to take the time to stalk the people I have not gotten word from, on their active oceans. This has always been a small part of my job as a forum artist, but the extent to which I am having to now is getting out of hand.

I also understand that people take sometimes unexpected breaks, but for the cases of people that have not paid yet, they are actively logging on to their oceans and I have been unable to catch them.


Currently, my process is the below, roughly:


If you have not gotten to me in one week from delivery, I will send a PM to you reminding you that you owe me, and to see when you are available. At this point I will also check your profile to make sure you've been active on the forums to be able to see these messages.

If you have not gotten back to me in two weeks, I will repeat this message.

If I haven't gotten a reply back from either of these, I will start hounding you on your active oceans to remind you in-person.

If the logs show you as not active on the forums or your active oceans for over a month, I will consider the payment on-hold and check to see if you've returned periodically.

Obviously I can't do anything to make anyone pay, but I can bug you enough that maybe you'll reconsider your decision. ;)

If you do not have a PM from me on the forums, don't worry, you don't owe me anything! I'm keeping the names of those that do private, however. I'm not trying to make them feel bad about this, I just want the payment that was agreed upon and that which I think I deserve for my time and effort.

I know that Puzzle Pirates is still a game, and so I shouldn't take this too seriously, but at the same time, I have to have some protocol and open discussion about this since I do not appreciate the way things have recently been heading.

It is not the length of time between delivery and payment that is a problem, because I don't mind if it takes me a month or more to find a time when we both are available. That's totally fine! The issue here is that for some of you, I am receiving no attempt to set up a payment in the first place.

As it says in my first post, you can choose to not pay me if you think my work is not worth your tip. But if we agree upon a tip, I expect you to either follow through, or be up-front about why you are not tipping.

Again, sorry to be lengthy and serious, I promise this won't happen often, but this is important.
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Avatar by Apollo (we miss you :c), Blakbead, Angelira, Coriander, and Accelerator!

 
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Don't feel bad, Cattrin! You do excellent work that is well worth every poe. People need to be conscientious about the orders they're placing, and make sure to follow up with the agreed upon payment. Even though this is a game, the time and talent you put into your artwork certainly isn't fake!
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