Wasn't sure where to put this...
So here it goes.
I need volunteers. There is a very big possibility I may be actually selling betta art, instead of doing free commissions. This is a big deal, as it's the step in the door to a digital art career. It's also a step in the door towards a much bigger 'Artists for Conservation' project I have planned (which will focus on conservation awareness and funds in exchange for prints and canvases of fresh/salt water aquaria).
But to get started, I need 'models'. I can use my fish, definitely, but I'm sure customers would want to see more than what I have ( as well the option to request their own fish).
Here's the deal, you volunteer your fish as a model, and in return you'll get the initial digital copy of that art piece featuring your betta. The very first time someone buys that piece, you will receive a physical print of the image as thanks for allowing me to use your fish to sell art.
I have considered other routes, like googling images of betta or simply drawing lovely betta specimens from AquaBid, but felt that would be cheating the owners - especially breeders who've put a lot of time into breeding such beautiful fish. If I do AquaBid fish, it'll only be with the permission and reference to the Seller/Breeder's auction/sites.
Any ways...for those who are interested, please let me know. I am looking for males, females, sororities, flares, dances, the whole she-bang.
P.S. - For those who are already waiting on commissions from me, no worries - I have the sketches, they will get done.