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Ivy Cave
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
freelance illustrator, digital painter, muralist, sign maker, hand letterer, etc.
Dear friends,
I'm very sorry I disappeared again. My husband's work has stalled, so I got a straight job at the small grocery store across the street. It's leaving me with very little time and enegery to work. So I've decided to finish up the jobs I have already accepted, and to stop taking online commissions for the time being. 

I'm very sorry about this. It's always been my dream to be successful in illustration, but as I get older, I'm craving a more meaningful relationship with art. Even when I am exhausted I find I can create personal pieces, but working for other people has driven me to the brink of self-loathing. 

So I'm going to be focusing on my own work for a bit, because I feel like I've just lost all my digital mojo. I can't seem to even open Photoshop without a panic attack.

I've been working in a slightly different style inspired by french art deco; large masonite boards, in pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic and gold leaf (because I inherited a lot of it, and I am a Klimt fanatic). I recently finished my first large painting in years, maybe ten years; it took two months to complete. I find the time by working in short bursts. This is a radical departure from my previous methods, but I've gone into hermit mode again because it is taking up a lot of mental real estate.

I may be going nuts, but this is where I was always meant to go, and I think I've finally started to make some progress. As my husband says, the faces I paint have been haunting me my whole life, and I plan to find out why. Art has become my therapy. I'm compiling a lot of thoughts about this process - a layman's theory of self-psychoanalysis through meditative art - but it may be too out-there to post. I've got to remember, the internet is forever, and a lot of what I've posted in the past embarrasses me today.

When I started on this website I decried "high art" and "fine art" and embraced my own form of "low art." And I still do! I've come to the conclusion that there is no true distinction. Reluctance to delve into fine art was a form of self-defense, a way of avoiding deep criticism, of shirking my responsibility to create a lasting and meaningful body of work. It was a necessary mistake. I was attempting to destroy my own ego. In reality, I was uncovering it piece by piece.

Thank you for your continued patience with me, world. 
- Mx. Ivy Cave
  • Listening to: the trees talking
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: the world burn
  • Playing: a dangerous game
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: manly tears

COMMISSIONS

Hi, I'm Ivy! I draw other people's original characters.

RATES:
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Color Sketch:
$10

Digital portrait:
5x5 - $25
8x8 - $40

Digital full body:
5x5 - $30
8x8 - $50

DEALS:
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- Buy 2, get $5 off
- Buy 3, get $10 off
- Buy 4, get $20 off

To order, please write to chalkitupRVA@gmail.com with the subject line COMMISSION (so I don't miss it!). Please include all information up front - references, size requirements, and your preference of portrait vs full body. I will try to comply with any request within reason.

NOTES:
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-If you have a deadline, please let me know. For anything due within 2 weeks, there is a minor fee. My work timeline is a little bit unpredictable, as I have to be satisfied with the job and sometimes I have to do several versions. If you need something within a certain time period, please just let me know and I'll do my best to make you happy!
-My policy for original character art is to ask for payment up front. If you would like a different kind of illustration, please contact me at chalkitupRVA@gmail.com to discuss the specifics. For larger jobs, usually I ask for a deposit and the rest upon completion.
- I can do portraits of real people. There is no extra charge, but be aware that I'm not a traditional portrait artist, so it will come out looking like my usual work.

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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice gallery

Have a bunny
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2018
...the happiest of birthdays to you....hope you're having a totally rad time...=3
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner May 11, 2018   Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday to You! :party:
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KittySib Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconrainbowsparkleplz: :iconcakeplz:HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :iconcake-plz: :iconrainbowsparkleplz:
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Gurdim Featured By Owner May 11, 2018
i hope it's being a happy birthday :)
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday my dear :) 
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A few days from today, the history books show an entry.  An entry of mystery, and portent, as the great powers came down upon the Earth, and, in accordance with the wishes of the mighty King Kong, granted the world a boon.  That boon was you.  And lo, let it be said to all that you are to be wished a Happy Birthday upon that day, with the most excellent and amazing of cakes to partake in! :D (Big Grin) Have your cake and eat it too
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MeepSeptic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
Hai nice to see you....? You know Pickwick........

Thats my mom......

I'm "Ro" ♡
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Invaderskull1995 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :) :cake::iconbirthdaycakeplz:
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017   Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday to You! :party:
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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
...the happiest of birthdays to you awesome artist...=3
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday my dear :heart:
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PrincessKaelen Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :heart:
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KittySib Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcakeplz: :party: Happy Birthday! :icongiftplz: :iconyay-plz:
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