FAQ

Hey there! My name is Kyle, and I am a professional pixel artist, animator, game designer, and writer from California. I make games for a living, and when it comes to my work, I am easily the most passionate person you've ever met; just ask me!

  • Do you take commissions / are you available for hire?

Yes, you can commission or hire me, but my availability is always changing. Please use my contact info to get in touch about my current schedule, and include sufficient information about your project so I can estimate the work involved and decide if we'd be a good fit.

  • How can I contact you?

You can use my contact form on this site, send me an email at TractorBeamTuesdays@gmail.com or message me on Discord at Calamity_Kyle#4630

  • What are your rates?

My standard rate for short term freelance work is $50/hr USD + any transfer fees if applicable. This is not set in stone and can vary. I also can offer flat rates, but this is not typical, and I’ll need a full breakdown of the work you want done before I can give an estimate. I can work with most budgets, so in your first message, please let me know your ballpark budget for the project and we can discuss.

  • Will you work for revshare?

In general, no. When I believe a project is particularly promising, I may be willing to negotiate payment + revshare for compensation, but this is the exception, not the rule. This is how I make my living, so I never accept fully revshare based compensation. I got bills to pay.

  • What are your flat rates for characters, tiles, etc.?

Because every piece is different, the complexity and time it takes to complete them can vary dramatically. For that reason, I do not offer any broad flat rates based on category. My rates are always on a case by case basis, based on the work involved.

  • How long would it take to make X? What would making Y cost?

I would love to be able to tell you, but the best I can do is give you an estimate based on being provided sufficient information. An estimate is exactly that; an estimate. It is not a guarantee. I'm only human, and both art and game development are iterative processes. It's not possible to know every factor that can come up, but I'll try my best.

  • What is sufficient info for you to make an estimate?

Sufficient information for an estimate includes, but is not limited to: Description of assets, number of assets, sizes, perspective, style, art references, your timeline, your budget, and any gameplay considerations. More information may be required on a case by case basis.

  • How is payment handled?

I don't accept Paypal, sorry. I am, however, open to many other options. If you're in the USA, recommend using Google Pay or Zelle. If you're in another location, I recommend Wise (formerly TransferWise), but also accept Swipe. Other methods can be discussed if necessary. The client is responsible for any and all fees or costs involved in making payment.

  • Will you do an art sample?

My portfolio should be more than sufficient for determining my ability, but yes I can do an art sample if it is paid at my regular rates. I don't do any free art samples under any circumstances; that's what my portfolio is for.

  • Where else can I find your work? Do you use social media?

My primary social media for all things related to my pixel art and game development are Twitter @Calamity_Kyle https://twitter.com/Calamity_Kyle and ArtStation https://www.artstation.com/calamity_kyle

I technically have a Facebook and Instagram under the same name, but they are not active at this time. You may also find my work on Reddit under TractorBeamTuesdays and on PixelJoint under RollToNotDie. If you find my work other places, I'd love if you let me know, as it may be stolen.

  • Do you stream? What's your streaming schedule?

I live stream my pixel art and game development on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/calamity_kyle

My current streaming schedule is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-4:00pm PST, excluding holidays. Schedule is subject to change, follow me on Twitter or join our Discord for updates!

The Pixel Palace Discord server is open to the public! This is the official Discord server for the stream as well as a community of indie game devs, hobbyists, enthusiasts, and fans coming together to share what we know, support each other, and ultimately help our respective creative fields flourish! Join us here: https://discord.gg/xvtSm5V

  • I love your work, but don't have a need to hire you. How else can I support you?

Thank you! You're too kind. There's a variety of methods to support me.

You can become my patron on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/calamity_kyle starting as low as $2 per month, which includes articles I write on art and game development, as well as some perks for patrons, including the Legendary Tier ($15 per month) which comes with an emote of yourself to use however you want!

For one-time shows of support, you can buy me a coffee or two on Ko-fi at https://ko-fi.com/calamity_kyle.

You can also subscribe or donate to my Twitch channel and unlock some sweet pixel emotes created by me to use anywhere on the site. https://www.twitch.tv/calamity_kyle

Finally, you can support me for free by following my Twitter, my Twitch, joining our Discord, and spreading the word about my work. Thank you so much to anyone who supports my work in any form; every bit counts more than you know for artists like me.

  • Why should I hire you?

I'm just a delight.

  • Who shot first?

Question is invalid; Han is the only one who shot.