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deviantWEAR sizing preference: medium or larger
Print preference: Foot, matte, original rez
Favourite genre of music: Whatever the hell it is Zappa did
Favourite photographer: Lois Greenfield
Favourite style of art: Futurist, Watercolor Inversions
Operating System: Windows Server 2000, XP Pro, OSX, Three Flavors of Linux, C64, Cat brains
MP3 player of choice: Media Monkey.
Shell of choice: Walnut, almond, or gravy, but not pudding
Wallpaper of choice: Actually, I prefer paint
Skin of choice: The one I'm wearing
Favourite cartoon character: Kineda
Personal Quote: Never flash evaporate a kitten
The Vac says: I've changed my username from nhillium to wetdryvac, to be in keeping with my usual business presence.

Commissions: Now at a single rolling slot - too much work on my plate to track four. I'm also putting together a list of reference pieces below so folks have an idea what sort of work they're getting at a given price range. I work in found materials for much of what I do, which means originals almost never use acid free/archival materials. This is mostly personal preference due to loving how paintings age and react over the years, but also because when I'm working on paper that cost me $30 a sheet at a large size, I *worry* about wasting it, and my work suffers. All digital finals are be provided as JPG, TIFF, PSD, etc. Name your format(s).

Commissions start at $50.

$50 gets you a sketch in pen, pencil, brush and ink, or similar. One primary focus element, scanned to digital final. Toss me shipping, and you get the original, signed. Like this: Crow by wetdryvac

$100-$300 as above, but larger and with more complex technique, and optional digital elements. Shipping still gets you the original, signed, but the final may look *nothing* like the original once digital elements are in play. Like this: WDV - 289 - Dreams Visiting Moon by wetdryvac

$100-$1000 gets you a traditional (For me, not for most) watercolor inversion or mixed media inversions. The price goes way up once once I start layering, or working on huge paper. I'll ship you the original, signed, but that *doubles* the cost, and shipping may be very expensive if the piece is fragile. Like this: Of Shield 003 - Meditation by wetdryvac ($300), or like this: WDVMM - 0070 - Tree of Coyote by wetdryvac ($500) or like this: WDVH - 0002b - Moonrise by wetdryvac ($1000)

$50-$500 gets you a print-ready poster as a layered tiff or PSD. This is closer to production work, so unless you've got an idea I love, this category has the decent chance that I'll turn you down. If you want it signed, I'll try to find a printer, print it, sign it, and ship it. That's a *pain* and adds $100, minimum. If you print it and ship it to me, and cover the cost of shipping back, I'll sign it without it costing you nearly as much. Like this: Safety First (Spelled Correctly) by wetdryvac

$200+ or more (complexity, size of paper matter) will land you a strange-blueprint profile view of your original spaceship or vehicle in pretty much any role playing game system. Digital final. I'll sign the original and send you that for an extra 50%. I do a *lot* of editing digitally on these, for such things as symmetry and line correction, so your original is pretty much guaranteed not to look at all like your digital final. Like this: Zherlan PCH by wetdryvac

Sculpture: Ask. Sculpture tortures me, so I usually don't work in sculpture. If you absolutely must have something I've sculpted, prepare for a price designed to make you go away.

My Poetry: $50-$500, to your specifications. $50-$1000 more, have that poetry incorporated into artwork I think works with it.

Your Poetry: IF - and only if - your poem resonates with me, $50-$1000 to have that poem incorporated into artwork I think works with it. So far this has gotten turned down almost as often as sculpture requests.

I take paypal, 25% up front, or a minimum of $25 if I'm giving you a range of potential prices. For a range of prices, that means you've set a price cap, and I've set a minimum price - the final price is determined by how much work went into the piece. Final payment once I've finished the piece.

I sometimes do matting and framing work - very strange matting and framing work, mind - and will occasionally be able to frame your piece if you want. Framing ranges from $50 to $200 per foot of longest edge, depending upon materials and difficulty. Every frame is unique, which is nice, but shipping a frame - especially a large one - is insanely expensive. I treat frames as their own artwork in contrast/complement with whatever they're framing, and a serious custom frame could potentially run much higher than $200/foot on the longest side if you've asked for something tricky like copper and braised steel. I do not typically build frames with glass over the art, and won't ship glass if I do.


Pencil - 0035 - HCF by wetdryvac
Pencil - 0035 - HCF
Another early sketch - perhaps 1996 or so. Yep, the number is arbitrary, since I just found it in the archives and slotted it where I could.
Pencil - 0034 - Astra 2 by wetdryvac
Pencil - 0034 - Astra 2
An early sketch - perhaps 1996 or so. Yep, the number is arbitrary, since I just found it in the archives and slotted it where I could.
Dislodgic and Wetdryvac Collaboration: Calm Sky by wetdryvac
Dislodgic and Wetdryvac Collaboration: Calm Sky
Pencils: Dislodgic -…
Inks and Inversion: Wetdryvac -

I had a lovely time on this - Dislodgic made collaborating easy, and was a joy to work with.

I typically print out pencils and paint directly into them. This time, however, my printer was on hiatus, so I built the backgrounds on paper - two separate paintings - and scanned them in. The lighter tones painted into the pencil-work are done digitally.
Knife Repair by wetdryvac
Knife Repair

A while ago, my partner and I wandered down the a relatively nearby Korean grocery. There, amidst the foodstuffs, we discovered some old proper steel blades. They were in somewhat rough shape, but the steel was good and we needed a cleaver. The one pictured here, well – sometimes a blade will speak to you, either as, “This is perfect,” Or, “This is a perfect project.”

This one, well: Definite project material. The handle was friction-taped together, the steel was somewhat rusted, and under the friction tape, bits of dry-cracked handle floated around some. Usable, but far from ideal.

Now, a few years later, I finally had the chance – and remembered – to take down the knife and do more than just scrub the rust off and oil treat it, which was as far as I’d gotten when we brought it home.

I didn’t document the teardown, but that… was pretty spectacular. Found an old spider nest under about 10 layers of tar based friction tape. The wood of the handle was excellent, but had dried and cracked. Pieces of wood were missing. Spray foam had been injected under the tape to make up for the loss of structure, and cracks were starting into the remaining structure.

The serious saving grace was a proper and robust tang around which the grip had been formed of two pieces of wood.

Repair went something like this.

    1)      Clean everything – remove spider nest remains, foam, and whatnot.

    2)      Resurface the faces of the wood, brush out the steel of the tang.

    3)      Locate wood to rebuild structure. I had cedar, which is utterly the wrong wood for this job, but not prone to rot, and easy to carve with the equipment I had on hand.

    4)      Carved the cedar in place – two piece – by string wrapping, removing some wood, re-wapping to carve another angle, and so forth. Tedious, but fun, and since I was working without a vice and didn’t trust my eye since it’s been years since I carved anything like this, the best way to shape-match.

    5)      Once the two pieces of cedar were shaped, removed them, did a final clean, and rubbed glue – I’m a huge fan of titebond wood glue, since it’s structural as heck – into the cracks forming in the remaining handle body.

    6)      Glued cedar pieces in place, and used a close-wrap of cotton string down the length of the grip, tucking both ends into the body.

    7)      Burned the cedar chips left over from carving, and rubbed them into the string for color and texture.

    8)      Laminated the string to the handle with more glue – titebond is waterbased and waterproof when dry, which means that following the tight-wrap, it further shrinks the string, and creates a full laminate permeated bond.

Upshot, the grip is comfortable and rough, has some deformations where the string was joined – cotton string on a long roll tends to be knot-joined once in a while if it’s the cheap stuff – and is now a solid string-to-steel-to-wood single piece. No water will get in, and if I get annoyed with the deformations, I can sand into the rough spots without buggering up the integrity of the grip.

Balance: Bloody nearly perfect.
Deformations: I haven’t carved the last end of the grip to shape – I wanted the structure first – and I haven’t sanded out the texture of the charcoal, but the part my hand’s in contact with for cutting is spot on.
Sharpness: It’s a cleaver, so it’s not honed to a razor’s edge – just to proper cleaver sharpness.


The build was lots of fun, and took most of an evening. Add another 48 hours to set up the glue, and perhaps another hour if I decide to sand and shape, and we’re good to go.

I suspect I’ll be doing a couple more of these as art projects for utility’s sake, so if anyone wants to purchase something, yell and I’ll see what’s available for a starting point.

This one, however, is not for sale: It'll be outlasting me, and I plan to use it for the duration.


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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
love  your style! :)
wetdryvac Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
sure thing! :icondancingplz:
Cyberfoxbat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the watch! Your work is amazing so counterwatched :D

Liz Ashley - in the woods by Cyberfoxbat  
John-Logan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the watch.
wetdryvac Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Certainly. Nifty work.
Korrigan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thanks for your visit and :+fav:ing my work!
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wetdryvac Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
You're welcome.
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks very much! :iconred-flowerplz:
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