Hi, I'm Zelaphas
Welcome! I’m an artist from Chicago and world traveler who now resides in Nantes, France.
I create original character illustrations and designs for a variety of products, from t-shirts to beer labels, stickers and more. Animals, fantasy creatures and other beasts are my favorite subjects. I tend to focus on teeth, claws, and wild hair in my semi-realistic beastly drawings.
I refer to my art and travels as a “journey,” much of which I share via the membership platform Patreon. You can also watch me bring my beasts to life through my regular Twitch streams.
I'm a regular at many conventions and events. At my iconic dark purple table, you'll find shiny metallic prints, recycled cardstock prints, luggage tags, stickers, zines, apparel, and more. The range of my wares and designs is ever-growing, and I'm always open to new ideas or suggestions.
You can find me next at:
Confuzzled, England 22-26 May
NEXT! Anthrocon, United States 2-5 July
Eurofurence, Germany 19-23 August
PENDING Furry Blacklight, Paris France 29 October-1 November
PENDING Art to Play, Nantes France 14-15 November
Countdown to my next event:
⚠️NOTE: Due to the Covid19 pandemic, events and conventions around the world are being cancelled or postponed. I will update my schedule above as news comes in.
These cancellations and government lockdowns have severely impacted my income; Even if events later in the year remain as-scheduled, I may be unable to attend due to various travel bans, or attend with a reduced stock due to lags or closures in worldwide shipping and my reduced income preventing me from stocking/restocking my wares.
You can help me during this time by buying me a coffee, purchasing something from my shop, ordering a commission, or joining my Patreon. Thank you!
I love bringing others’ characters and imaginations to life. Below are some of the most common projects I offer. Open a chat with me if you don't find a project that fits your idea.
Prices are in USD and Euro and may be re-assessed every 3 months (typically at the end of January, April, July, and October). Quotes are good for 4 months from the moment they are delivered.
B&W Symmie Icons
Expression Sketches (x 3)
OPEN, DELAYED DELIVERY
Contact me for a quote
Need to get in touch? Whether you’re ordering a commission, have a question or just want to say hi, I’m all ears.
I aim to respond to all inquiries within two business days.
Terms of Service
Although my artwork is usually suitable for a general audience, I do not accept commissions of any kind from minors, defined as those to be under 18 years of age.
Agreement to these terms
Upon hiring me to complete a piece (defined by establishing a written agreement and paying the first or full payment), the client agrees to the terms outlined below. These terms are subject to change, however any clients will be notified ahead of time. Any terms agreed upon prior to the start of a project shall hold for that individual project unless otherwise discussed with the client.
Unique terms for individual projects may be discussed in writing, typically over email. In such cases, those terms supplement the terms described here and hold for their designated projects.
The terms described here hold unless otherwise communicated between myself and the client. Unique terms supplemental to those described here must be documented (via email, text, chat client, or other digital and recordable means), with confirmation replies from both client and myself.
Paper receipts shall suffice as documentation of supplemental terms and agreements where email communication is inconvenient or unnecessary, such as conventions and events. I encourage clients to make digital facsimiles of paper receipts, e.g. via cameras, smartphones or scanners.
Quotes are valid up to 4 months after they are delivered in writing.
Ownership & Display of Work
I retain the rights to display any completed work in my personal galleries as portfolio samples unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon with the client.
The client holds the same rights to display my work at their discretion, provided it is not in a place or manner that is harmful to my name, brand or reputation, and provided that I am listed as the creator of the piece in a clearly displayed way.
I also retain the right to use rejected WIPs or thumbnail sketches in new pieces including new commissions with other clients, share WIPs or early access with my paying patrons on Patreon, live stream work on commissions via Twitch, YouTube, Twitter/Periscope or other means, unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon with the client.
I reserve the right to create and sell prints or other duplications of completed work unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon with the client in writing.
The client does not have permission to duplicate or sell duplications my works in any way unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon in writing.
If the client would like the right to modify completed works they have purchased (e.g. add color to an inked piece), this must be discussed with me for written confirmation and permission.
The client is free to sell traditional-medium commissions, such as sketches or inks on paper (e.g. if the original is a physical item).
I frequently get asked about using my work (commissioned or not) as tattoos. Here is my general policy around that:
Please contact me first for permission in using one of my designs as a tattoo.
Send a Ko-Fi tip for use of the tattoo, become a patron on Patreon, or buy something in my shop (see links below).
Send me a photo after you have the tattoo finished. It doesn’t need to include your face or any revealing details, I’d just like something to share on my social networks.
Payments are to be made via PayPal, or SumUp or cash if in-person. Refunds will be made in the same mode cash was received unless otherwise discussed with the client.
Additional fees do not apply to the vast majority of my commissions. Please ask if you are unsure.
Certain circumstances may warrant an additional fee or charge. These are outlined below and are subject to change, and may be altered or waivered at my discretion. In some cases, more than one fee applies. Other fees not listed here may apply. All fees will be discussed with the client prior to commencing the project.
|Fee/Charge||Conditions||Cost added to quoted commission price|
|Rush delivery||Your commission must be delivered in 7 days or less.||+100% if jumping 0-5 others in my queue, +200% if jumping 6+ others in my queue|
|Quick delivery||Your commission must be delivered in 15 days or less.||+50% only if jumping others in my queue|
|Ownership/Printing rights||You would like ownership and printing rights of the commissioned piece. Unless otherwise discussed, I retain the right to advertise the piece and display it in my portfolio.||+450€|
|Private Commission until completion/certain date||You do not want your commission to be revealed to the public (via WIPs, livestreaming or sharing with my Patrons) until the piece is fully complete or after a certain date within a year or less from completion.||+20%|
|Private Commission||You do not want your commission to be revealed to the public by myself at any point in time (i.e. I do not get to advertise or display it in my portfolio, nor sell prints).||+100% and +450€|
Edits & Completion
Work on any project does not begin until first or full payment is received and both client and myself have agreed to the project and terms in writing.
Small projects (typically those quoted at €100 or under) such as sketches and day-of orders (e.g. those ordered & delivered at conventions or other events) are to be paid in full and completed without any edits. Edits may be impossible after such orders are completed depending on mediums used and the nature of the project.
Larger projects may be broken into smaller payments with a preview or progress view after each of the first payment(s) and final product delivered after the final. Written communication between client and myself will describe how payments correspond to previews and how many previews are allowed in a given project.
Previews and other works-in-progress images may be displayed on my Patreon for my paying patrons, and may be delivered to the client at my own discretion unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.
Any edits requested outside of what has been agreed upon in writing between client and myself are billed at an hourly rate of €30.
At conventions and events, I aim to complete pieces before noon of the final day of the event, or by an hour before close of a one-day event. I promise free shipping on any orders ordered at conventions or events that I cannot complete before this deadline.
All other deadlines must be requested by the client and agreed-upon by myself in writing. If no deadlines are discussed, I will complete work as soon as possible.
If the project does have a deadline, client must respond to my questions or requests for feedback in a timely manner (within 2 business days) during the project. Failure to respond will relieve me from liability to meet the deadline.
Should I fail to meet an agreed-upon deadline for which I am liable, I will discuss the matter with the client. The client owns any and all paid work for their project, in progress or completed, by the point of the deadline. If paid-for work is not in a suitable state of completion as agreed upon in writing, I will discuss potential refunds with the client.
Shipping & Delivery
I offer free shipping to any custom orders placed at conventions or events that I cannot complete before the event is over. If the commission is completed within an hour before close of a one-day event or before noon of the final day of a longer event, the client is responsible for picking up their commission before the event is over.
The client is otherwise responsible for any shipping costs should they choose to receive the original of their ordered piece, where applicable.
All clients will receive a hi-res, 300 dpi scan of their project where applicable and when I have resources available (e.g. I may not have access to a scanner at conventions and events, or a project may be too large for conventional scanners).
Information I Collect
To fulfill your order or complete a commission for you, you must provide me with certain information, such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product or for the commission that you’re ordering.
Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, work on your commission to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.
Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.
Specific third-party platforms which I use
I use the following platforms to store your data in the following ways in order to run my business, complete commissions, and fulfill orders:
Gmail: I may communicate with you via Gmail, and our conversations and all contents therein will be retained within our private email conversations.
Telegram: I may communicate with you via Telegram in private conversation and we may share files, images, or your personal shipping details with one another.
Trello: I may share your alias and image files on public-facing Trello board in order to track my commission orders and progress. If you have specified you wish your commission to remain private, I will use a placeholder name and image instead.
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.
How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Dana “Zelaphas” Teixeira, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at email@example.com or via my website.