Hello again and welcome to the January ’20 Cuddly Octopus update!
We know, it’s a little bit late this month, but hopefully the new releases (and our announcement below) will make up for that!
So, what’s the big news? Well, starting this month, we’re going to trial a new program some have asked us about since Day 1: the ability to commission some of our contracted artists directly through us.
So how does this work? Well, you’ll be allowed to ask certain artists of ours of to draw a certain character of your choosing. Now, our artists are free to draw (or not draw) whatever characters they like, so if the artist you select says ‘no’ to the character you want, we will not force them to take your request. Additionally, we will allow you to specify certain details in the design process, but the amount of details you are allowed to request will be limited at our (and the artist’s) discretion.
The cost of most of our contracted artists is around $1,000 for the base fee, with the exception of KyuriTizu who costs a significant amount higher. You will need to contact us directly for further information. Through this process, we will also remain the sole owner of the commissioned work for commercial purposes and will sell it through our website and partners, as any other cover in our lineup.
In addition to the amount paid by the commissioner minus $150, the artists themselves will receive increased compensation based on sales of the design for the first month (close to the full net sale value). This is to motivate them to draw a character they otherwise might not have much interest in.
The following artists will be available to commission through us during this trial run.
You will be responsible for providing:
- The character!
- Clothing requests
- Example poses from other works
- Possible facial expressions
After the process is completed, you will receive:
- 2 x All Ages version of the cover
- 2 x 18+ version of the cover
- And the original source files of the artwork
- A cute keychain which may or may not be related to octopuses.
Finally, we reserve the right to pull the plug on this program at any time or for any reason. If you are interested in this program, please contact our support e-mail or poke Hrothmund#6303 on Discord for further information.
Whooh, that was a lot of announcing, so let’s get to the pretty new artworks. In this update, we launched 5 new dakimakura cover designs and 1 new tapestries.
- Ana (Fate Series) by Amo
- Carmilla (Fate Series) by Shadowgrave
- Ibaraki (Fate Series) by Krokobyaka
- Yui Yuigahama (OreGairu)
- Shuten (Fate Series) by Akizone
- Nya (Original) by Nyatrix
The following characters are currently being draw:
- Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers) by Kyuritizu
- Vanilla & Chocola (Nekopara) by Nyatrix
- Yoshino (Date A Live) by Amo
- Ishtar (Fate Series) by Shadowgrave
- Enterprise (Azur Lane) by Tony Guisado
As usual, the premium P80 2-Way Silkette versions of most of our new designs will be available on Sakura-Palace.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Cuddly Octopus!
– The Cuddly Octopus Team