Forgotten (Almost) Commission
Recently, I was looking through my library of file CDs and came across my first commission: the frog pond series. I had almost forgotten about it…almost.
Frog Pond History
I agreed to my first commission back in 2002. It all started when my husband and I walked in to a new wine shop in our soon-to-be home town. It was a cool, artsy wine shop called “Green Frog Wine Shop”. The name caught my attention.
I recall talking to the proprietress while tasting some of her wines. She talked about wine, I talked about drawing. I agreed to create a frog drinking wine as a logo for her shop.
On subsequent visits to the wine shop, the proprietress told us of her business plans. She planned to do a bed & breakfast in the building that housed the wine shop. She also wanted to do a day care center and a taxi service. In our little town, these businesses were lacking.
Soon, I was drawing tadpoles, taxi drivers and a frog greeting customers with a candalabra.
Then, there was the catering business and maybe it would all be part of “Frog Pond Plaza”. She certainly had the energy to do these things.
When it came time to deliver my cartoons, I found out that the “Green Frog Wine Shop” was going out of business. Apparently, the proprietress’ parents had health problems and she was moving back to their home to take care of them.
I don’t remember the terms of the commission. It was a verbal contract. I know I was supposed to be paid. She didn’t have the money to pay me. Instead, I was paid in wine bottles.
I appreciated that she honored our contract as best she could.
That was the first and last time I worked with only a verbal contract.
I did an additional frog for my husband, who was and is a webmaster. I must have been having a ton of fun!
Oh, we drank the wine and it was fine.
The way I did the frogs was by doing graphite pencil drawings first. Then, I would scan them into the computer. I used Corel’s Painter program to re-draw the cartoon. Then I added colors and fills.