Flaming bat

Abandon Ambition

the canvas dictates teeth and lines and i obey in its confines

(formerly known as "Zelaphas")

Abandon Ambition is an art project from Dana Teixeira focused on exploring restraints on creativity (like squeezing fiery bats into square outlines) while ignoring restraints on business growth (like global financial crises or pandemics).

The result is meant to be art for art's sake: Abandon ambitions like wealth and fame and just get the ink onto the paper. Any gold coins tossed in my hat along the way are a happy accident.

"The canvas dictates teeth and lines, and I obey in its confines."

Abandon Ambition focuses on animals and mythical beasts, with an emphasis on their teeth and more sinister features.

Most pieces feature crisp line-art done digitally or traditionally, with textured color fills and some light enhancements. Bats, hyenas, wolves and other popular beasts are a common feature.

For those who wish to collect the art of Abandon Ambition, it's often made available in the form of stickers and small print runs. Bespoke commissions are a rarer occurrence.

While larger ambitions have been abandoned, your $upport is still more than welcome. A purchase from the shop or joining on Patreon will gift you the art you seek and ensure its continued creation. Learn more below.

A group of 4 images from Abandon Ambition's Etsy shop

Shop

Collecting things is fun. Even if those things have sharp teeth.

You'll find my art on a huge variety of stickers (vinyl, holographic, blacklight-reactive, etc.), luggage tags, prints, and other stuff too.

Early access for your support

Creating my work requires tools like Dropbox to save my files, Photoshop to edit my work, and supplies like inking pens and fine paper. Your support via Patreon directly contributes to each piece I create, and you'll get early access to what I'm working on, plus a backlog of diaries and other stuff I don't share anywhere else.

Commissions...sometimes

I occasionally offer "YCH"-style commissions for full-body character art, banner animals, and telegram stickers. Subscribe to my mailing list to stay tuned for my next commission opening.

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Terms of Service

Eligible signees

Although my artwork is usually suitable for a general audience, I do not accept commissions of any kind from minors, defined as those to be under 18 years of age.

Agreement to these terms

Upon hiring me to complete a piece (defined by establishing a written agreement and paying the first or full payment), the client agrees to the terms outlined below. These terms are subject to change, however any clients will be notified ahead of time. Any terms agreed upon prior to the start of a project shall hold for that individual project unless otherwise discussed with the client.

Unique terms for individual projects may be discussed in writing, typically over email. In such cases, those terms supplement the terms described here and hold for their designated projects.

The terms described here hold unless otherwise communicated between myself and the client. Unique terms supplemental to those described here must be documented (via email, text, chat client, or other digital and recordable means), with confirmation replies from both client and myself.

Paper receipts shall suffice as documentation of supplemental terms and agreements where email communication is inconvenient or unnecessary, such as conventions and events. I encourage clients to make digital facsimiles of paper receipts, e.g. via cameras, smartphones or scanners.

Quotes

Quotes are valid up to 4 months after they are delivered in writing.

Ownership & Display of Work

I retain the rights to display any completed work in my personal galleries as portfolio samples unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon with the client.

The client holds the same rights to display my work at their discretion, provided it is not in a place or manner that is harmful to my name, brand or reputation, and provided that I am listed as the creator of the piece in a clearly displayed way.

I also retain the right to use rejected WIPs or thumbnail sketches in new pieces including new commissions with other clients, share WIPs or early access with my paying patrons on Patreon, live stream work on commissions via Twitch, YouTube, Twitter/Periscope or other means, unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon with the client.

I reserve the right to create and sell prints or other duplications of completed work unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon with the client in writing.

The client does not have permission to duplicate or sell duplications my works in any way unless otherwise discussed and agreed-upon in writing.

If the client would like the right to modify completed works they have purchased (e.g. add color to an inked piece), this must be discussed with me for written confirmation and permission.

The client is free to sell traditional-medium commissions, such as sketches or inks on paper (e.g. if the original is a physical item).

Tattoo Policy

I frequently get asked about using my work (commissioned or not) as tattoos. Here is my general policy around that:

Please contact me first for permission in using one of my designs as a tattoo.Send a Ko-Fi tip for use of the tattoo, become a patron on Patreon, OR buy something in my shop (see links below).Send me a photo after you have the tattoo finished. It doesn’t need to include your face or any revealing details, I’d just like something to share on my social networks.

Payments

Payments are to be made via PayPal, or SumUp or cash if in-person. Refunds will be made in the same mode cash was received unless otherwise discussed with the client.

Fees

Additional fees do not apply to the vast majority of my commissions. Please ask if you are unsure.

Certain circumstances may warrant an additional fee or charge. These are outlined below and are subject to change, and may be altered or waivered at my discretion. In some cases, more than one fee applies. Other fees not listed here may apply. All fees will be discussed with the client prior to commencing the project.

Fee/ChargeConditionsCost added to quoted commission price
Rush deliveryYour commission must be delivered in 7 days or less.+100% if jumping 0-5 others in my queue, +200% if jumping 6+ others in my queue
Quick deliveryYour commission must be delivered in 15 days or less.+50% only if jumping others in my queue
Ownership/Printing rightsYou would like ownership and printing rights of the commissioned piece. Unless otherwise discussed, I retain the right to advertise the piece and display it in my portfolio.+350€
Private Commission until completion/certain dateYou do not want your commission to be revealed to the public (via WIPs, livestreaming or sharing with my Patrons) until the piece is fully complete or after a certain date within a year or less from completion.+20%
Totally Private CommissionYou do not want your commission to be revealed to the public by myself at any point in time (i.e. I do not get to advertise or display it in my portfolio, nor sell prints).+100% and +350€

Edits & Completion

Work on any project does not begin until first or full payment is received and both client and myself have agreed to the project and terms in writing.

Small projects (typically those quoted at €100 or under) such as sketches and day-of orders (e.g. those ordered & delivered at conventions or other events) are to be paid in full and completed without any edits. Edits may be impossible after such orders are completed depending on mediums used and the nature of the project.

Larger projects may be broken into smaller payments with a preview or progress view after each of the first payment(s) and final product delivered after the final. Written communication between client and myself will describe how payments correspond to previews and how many previews are allowed in a given project.

Previews and other works-in-progress images may be displayed on my Patreon for my paying patrons, and may be delivered to the client at my own discretion unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.

Any edits requested outside of what has been agreed upon in writing between client and myself are billed at an hourly rate of €35.

Deadlines

At conventions and events, I aim to complete pieces before noon of the final day of the event, or by an hour before close of a one-day event. I promise free shipping on any orders ordered at conventions or events that I cannot complete before this deadline.

All other deadlines must be requested by the client and agreed-upon by myself in writing. If no deadlines are discussed, I will complete work as soon as possible.

If the project does have a deadline, client must respond to my questions or requests for feedback in a timely manner (within 2 business days) during the project. Failure to respond will relieve me from liability to meet the deadline by a full 2 weeks per delayed response.

Should I fail to meet an agreed-upon deadline for which I am liable, I will discuss the matter with the client. The client owns any and all paid work for their project, in progress or completed, by the point of the deadline. If paid-for work is not in a suitable state of completion as agreed upon in writing, I will discuss potential refunds with the client.

Shipping & Delivery

I offer free shipping to any custom orders placed at conventions or events that I cannot complete before the event is over. If the commission is completed within an hour before close of a one-day event or before noon of the final day of a longer event, the client is responsible for picking up their commission before the event is over.

The client is otherwise responsible for any shipping costs should they choose to receive the original of their ordered piece, where applicable.

All clients will receive a hi-res, 300 dpi scan of their project where applicable and when I have resources available (e.g. I may not have access to a scanner at conventions and events, or a project may be too large for conventional scanners).

Privacy Policy

The following privacy policy covers both my website, https://abandonambition.com, and my business practices in general as it pertains to my collection, storage, use, access and deletion of customer data.

Information I collect

To fulfill your order or complete a commission for you, you must provide me with certain information, such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product or for the commission that you’re ordering.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, work on your commission to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; andas necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 5 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Specific third-party platforms which I use

I use the following platforms to store your data in the following ways in order to run my business, complete commissions, and fulfill orders:

Gmail: I may communicate with you via Gmail, and our conversations and all contents therein will be retained within our private email conversations.Telegram: I may communicate with you via Telegram in private conversation and we may share files, images, or your personal shipping details with one another.Trello: I may share your alias and image files on public-facing Trello board in order to track my commission orders and progress. If you have specified you wish your commission to remain private, I will use a placeholder name and image instead.Etsy: When you order from my online shop, you will share details such as your name and shipping address in order to allow me to complete your order.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Dana Teixeira, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at email@abandonambition.com or via my website.