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general questions about explodingdog

How do you chose titles to use?
I have no organized system for choosing titles. I pick titles that give me ideas for drawings.

Is this a service?
Do you charge for this?
My client needs a logo for his company, and i heard that you do free drawings, can you email me a drawing of a dog and cat wearing suits playing frisbee? i need it by friday.
I am sorry but you have misunderstood this site. People suggest titles and i do drawings from some of them, then post them on this site. If some one likes the picture i drew, they email it to their friends and say "hey, look at this funny picture."
This site could be thought of as a long term semi-collaborative art project. Nobody pays for anything. and when i draw a picture using someone's title it is added to the front page for anyone who is interested to look at. By submitting a title you get nothing beyond that I might do a drawing based on that title.

If I send you a title does it make it my drawing?
No, you can tell your friends I did a drawing from a title you submitted, but you don't get anything beyond that.
You have no rights to the drawing, any of the characters in the drawing or anything produced from the drawing.

If i give you a link on my website will you draw a picture for me?
I will buy a book or tshirt if you do a drawing for me.
Is there any way i can bribe you to draw a picture for me?
No, you can't bribe me.

I am writing report on you for school, can you answer some questions for me?
I am very flattered that you are interested in writing about me for your project.

Please use google and read what has already been written on explodingdog and the interviews I have done.

If you still have questions, feel free to ask but it might take me a few weeks to get back to you, so plan ahead.

When will you use my title?
Some titles i use right away, some hang around for weeks, and many never get drawn.

Why don't you return my email?
If you sent a question about ordering or an order you have placed to it should have been answered. we usually try to get back to order questions within 24 hours during weekdays, but sometimes it takes a little longer.

If you sent an email to and i have not replied, i am sorry. i try to write back to most people who ask me questions, but i get more email than i can answer i don't have time to answer everything.
i also tend not to answer personal questions.

why are monkeys big and green?
if i choose a title with the word "monkey" in it, i will replace it with whatever word i choose. (most likely "monster")

i once saw a drawing of a guy holding a heart that said love or something? can you help me find it?
you can use this google search box to search pictures by their title

questions about making drawings

what do you use to make your drawings?
all the drawings are drawn in Adobe Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

i have questions about drawing tablets.
i have made a page with information on drawing tablets. (I made this page in 2001 and have not updated it since then)

how do you use photoshop to make your drawings?
can i see one of your original photoshop files?
my drawings are very simple but if you are wondering how they are drawn or want to see my photoshop files i have made a page with a quick description of how i do my drawings

can i commission you to make some artwork for me?
maybe. but it won't be cheap.

questions about the use of my artwork

can i make my own t-shirts?
sure. if you want to make some t-shirts of drawings feel free. as long as you are not trying to sell them or use them to advertise for your company, i don't mind.

will you do drawings for an album cover?
probably not. i get this question about ten times a week, and have stopped responding to it. (i am very sorry to everyone who i did not respond to.) something about making CD cover art makes me uncomfortable. also, with so many people asking, you wouldn't want me to say yes or there would be hundreds of albums with explodingdog covers out there.
if you have something you want me to listen to send a cd to the address below.

can i use you art on my site?
if it is a noncommercial or personal site, i probably will not mind. but please give me credit and a link. credit: "sam brown, explodingdog"

do i need permission to print out, email, or download your drawings for my own personal use?
you do not need my permission. i encourage you to use my drawings for personal, not for profit, or educational uses.
print them out and hang them up.
email them to friends.
paint your own copies of them on your walls.
use them in your powerpoint presentations.

can i use your art on my products or in advertisements for my company, church, or political campaign?
will you create free art for my products or for advertisements for my company?

can i hire you to do illustrations for my company, magazine, or product?
it depends on the project, how much you are going to pay me and a few other factors.
you should know that i do not make my living as a professional illustrator. because of this i have the potential to be more difficult to work with than someone who is a professional illustrator.

do you have a portfolio of the professional work you have done?
no, i do not.

can i interview you for my web site or magazine?
yes, but unless there is some reason it can't be done i would prefer to do the interview over the phone.

can i get a tattoo of one of your drawings?
i am flattered you want my drawing on your body forever. i am little uncomfortable saying yes, but the question has been coming up a lot lately. i don't have any real problem with you getting a tattoo of a drawing from my website. i am not going to custom design it for you. i am going to feel bad if the tattoo artist really screws it up and you blame me forever. but send me a picture of it if you get one done.

will you do a drawing for my site, or zine?
will you participate in my project?
if you email me this sort of question and i like your stuff, i will probably say yes. and then never do it. i have done some stuff but nine out of ten times i fail to do what i say i will do. if i say yes and you want to remind me often you will probably have better luck. i don't do this to be rude, i am just bad at concentrating enough to get something done.

production questions

wow, your tshirts are great, who makes them?
Brunetto tshirts

who hosts your site?
tilted planet

question questions

ok, i read all the answers to questions and i still want to ask you something. how do i do it?
ok, you can email me at if you promise not to ask me to draw your album cover.

if you want to send me mail that goes in a truck, email me for the address.

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