Hello!

I am Jay Pillerva (pil-YER-vah), an independent digital illustrator and author. I love drawing cute, warm things and writing dark, scary books. How fitting!I left my animation job to pursue freelancing and to work on my own content. I write young adult novels and design characters for streamers, hobbyists, and even fellow authors. I aim to create my own identity in this vast digital space.

Email: jaypillerva17@gmail.com đź’Ś



Hardware and Software

Display TabletXP-Pen Artist 12 Pro
Desktopi7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz 16 GB RAM GTX 1050
TabletiPad Air 4th Generation with Apple Pencil
Illustration SoftwareProcreate, Clip Studio Paint EX, Affinity Designer, Adobe Illustrator
Animation SoftwareClip Studio Paint EX, Adobe Animate
Layout SoftwareAffinity Photo, Affinity Publisher

Featured Testimonials

"Investing in Jay’s artwork was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only was I totally pleased with the product, but the process was also fun and easy. Working with Jay felt like simply talking to a friend. Highly recommend!" —Ally

"Jay was so great to work with! She took a wonky stick figure sketch I provided and really hit it out of the park. She brought my characters to life perfectly. Jay was also very communicative and provided updates at every stage of her process which made receiving the final product all the more exciting! I would not hesitate to work with her again as well as recommend her to others!" —Kiley

"Great Artist. Was very patient and a pleasure to work with. She kept me updated every step of the process, responded in a timely manner, and was making sure I was happy with the piece. Would definitely recommend Jay to others." —Riley


Testimonials

Reviews customers have shared on my commission services


"Jay was so great to work with! She took a wonky stick figure sketch I provided and really hit it out of the park. She brought my characters to life perfectly. Jay was also very communicative and provided updates at every stage of her process which made receiving the final product all the more exciting! I would not hesitate to work with her again as well as recommend her to others!" —Kiley

"Jay made my wildest dream come true. I did not expect to get the exact thing I asked for as it was pretty strange to begin with but she did it with no questions asked. She was so kind and easy to work with. Definitely will get to commission her again." —Cooper

"Working with Jay was a delight, start to finish. She was able to give me a quote for the first piece I ordered after I sent her the details, including a breakdown of how the pricing went. There were no issues at any point with communication from her, I was the one who kept being delayed due to circumstances so her patience was greatly appreciated! Jay provided multiple WIPs and allowed me plenty of time to give feedback or raise any concerns I might have—but really, I had nothing but glee because she got everything perfect. Still, the option was there if I needed it! The finished project is amazing, I love showing off the art to friends (and including Jay’s Twitter info each time!) and just smile whenever I look at it. I’ve since spoken to her about commissioning her for more projects, and can’t wait to work with her further! Cannot recommend her enough!" —Faux Ghoulie

"Great artist, great art, great person. Could not recommend more. Will commission again in the future, likely multiple times." —Thorsten Kleeberg

"Jay was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. She made it apparent through our discussion prior to commencing work that she not only wanted to do a good job, but also cared about my original character who I was getting commisioned. Jay asked about not only my color choices but about my character's personality and background to make sure she could deliver exactly what I was looking for. I was given an expected timeline at the start and frequent updates as things were progressing. I was thoroughly satisfied with the final product I was given and would highly recommend Jay to anyone looking for high-quality art." —Nelley

"Amazing artist and super pleasant to work with." —Matt D.

"Investing in Jay’s artwork was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only was I totally pleased with the product, but the process was also fun and easy. Working with Jay felt like simply talking to a friend. Highly recommend!" —Ally

"Jay was fantastic to work with. All communication was fantastic from clarifying my requests and ideas to helping with revisions and providing the commission. In total Jay provided six unique works (D&D characters) which matched the source material (rulebook art) perfectly. I look forward to working with you again in the future!" —Cullen

"I love the art style, the reason why I commissioned in the first place, I also appreciate your work and professionalism while working with me." —Chow

"I knew Jay was the right person to work with when I needed beautiful backgrounds illustrated! So very happy with the process and how it all turned out. Would definitely come back for more art!" —Lala

"Jay is an absolute joy of a human being and an absolute joy to work with. I recommended her to everyone I know and can't wait to comm her again!" —Marcie P

"I love the drawing I received so much! I commissioned a drawing of Bakugo from MHA and Jay mentioned that they don’t do fanart often, but looking at the art I received you would never be able to tell. it is absolutely perfect and I hope to commission again in the future! " —JR

"I had never worked with an artist for a commission before and was unsure of the process. When reaching out through social media, there were lots of hits but too often it just felt like bots—vague responses without any form of certainty. The first thing I liked about Jay was there were links to her portfolio and rates which immediately screamed professional. I acknowledged that I was new to the process and she was so friendly, courteous, and patient with me the whole way. The way she was able to listen to my ideas and not only know exactly what I wanted, but actually EXCEED what I was looking for, making this such a seamless and rewarding experience. I hopefully have a lot more books left in me and I will not hesitate to reach out to Jay in the future!" —Brandon Braxton

"The artist did an amazing job and I really appreciated her professionalism as well. " —Linnae

"Thank you so much again for your brilliant work! You've brought the scene to life and I'm obsessed with it! Truly so lovely to work with and I'll definitely be back again. " —Anise Starre

"Service was very quick and I got my order nicely before the deadline. And the fact she has set working times made communication very predictable. Despite the big time difference, the communication went very well... The finished piece really looked like the photo of my partner with our cat. She nailed it!" —Laura

"Jay was very friendly and responsive and made sure I was happy with every detail. She took all of my requests into account and delivered a great result!" —River

"Great Artist. Was very patient and a pleasure to work with. She kept me updated every step of the process, responded in a timely manner, and was making sure I was happy with the piece. Would definitely recommend Jay to others." —Riley

"Jay knew exactly what I had in mind. Her talent exceeded my expectations. We are very happy to have done business with her. I highly recommend her." —Sarah


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Artworks

Illustrations for various projects


Illustrations


Character Art


Cover Illustration and Layout


Featured Testimonials

"Jay was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. She made it apparent through our discussion prior to commencing work that she not only wanted to do a good job, but also cared about my original character who I was getting commisioned. Jay asked about not only my color choices but about my character's personality and background to make sure she could deliver exactly what I was looking for. I was given an expected timeline at the start and frequent updates as things were progressing. I was thoroughly satisfied with the final product I was given and would highly recommend Jay to anyone looking for high-quality art." —Nelley

"Jay made my wildest dream come true. I did not expect to get the exact thing I asked for as it was pretty strange to begin with but she did it with no questions asked. She was so kind and easy to work with. Definitely will get to commission her again." —Cooper

"Jay knew exactly what I had in mind. Her talent exceeded my expectations. We are very happy to have done business with her. I highly recommend her." —Sarah


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alt. The Metropolis Series
illustrated novels by Jay PIllerva

Author Abandons the Story

QUINN VASQUEZ is a fictional book character, and the Author has left her story unfinished. That shouldn’t have been an issue, as life still goes on in the fictional Metropolis. Quinn attends school, deals with boy problems, and all those other things you’d expect from a cheesy teenage story. However, the Author’s old, forgotten work begins to collide with the new, causing Quinn’s reality to shatter. Now, she has to deal with monsters and overlapping timelines that only bring chaos, and without the Author to fix things, she isn’t sure what to do.Worst of all, if she tells anyone about what the Metropolis really is, they turn into monsters themselves.Quinn and the Metropolis (alternatively known as The Metropolis Series) is a three-part illustrated novel series that explores what happens to unfinished work, and what dangers its characters have to face in turn. Will Quinn be able to overcome these challenges, or will the world around her spiral into ruin?

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Drama

Content Warning: Mild Horror, Violence, Profanity, Implied Intimacy, Existential Dread, and Discussions of Loss and Grief


Books in the Series

Available as ebooks and paperbacks
Click on a book to view its synopsis



THE METROPOLIS SERIES #1

Quinn and the Metropolis

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Drama

Content Warning: Mild Horror, Violence, Existential Dread

QUINN VASQUEZ has problems with her romantic life. No biggie. It’s just like your average teenage drama. But what if you suddenly have these monsters that begin popping out of nowhere, and suddenly, poof! They’re gone, and everyone goes about their lives like nothing happened. As these strange happenings begin to unfold, why does it feel like time has been repeating itself over and over again? Most importantly, where did those monsters come from?As everything begins to spiral out of control, Quinn kisses her normal high school life goodbye. She becomes a fugitive and is blamed for all the weirdness. But why, what has she done, or are the accusations rooted in what she didn’t do…?Follow Quinn as she discovers the secrets of the Metropolis and learns how to grasp its bizarre existence.


THE METROPOLIS SERIES #2

Quinn Beyond Bounds

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Drama

Content Warning: Mild Horror, Violence, Existential Dread

QUINN VASQUEZ has always believed that Cassandra Diaz was just a girl in her head, a personification of her deepest, darkest thoughts—but she was wrong. Cassandra is real, and she’s only growing stronger. Quinn is convinced that she was involved in the disappearance of one of her closest friends, her leads taking her beyond the Metropolis’ bounds, straight into Cassandra’s territory.She shares her mission with Julio, a boy with the same determination to stop Cassandra. However, he has a few quirks of his own, mainly concerning his past with an ex-lover. He remains secretive about the topic, and only shares his life in obscure little pieces. His world is a deep, mysterious ocean, and Quinn is no longer sure what she’ll find if she dives in.In the quest to stop Cassandra, travel beyond bounds to uncover more secrets the Metropolis keeps hidden.


THE METROPOLIS SERIES #3

Quinn and Cassandra

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Drama

Content Warning: Mild Horror, Violence, Profanity, Implied Intimacy, Existential Dread, and Discussions of Loss and Grief

QUINN VASQUEZ and CASSANDRA DIAZ are both fictional characters in the Author’s Metropolis. Despite their shared state, they are nothing alike. While Cassandra is notorious for violence and murder, Quinn just wants a normal life at St. John’s Academy. After the trouble she faced being Cassandra’s look-alike, Quinn cuts her hair and embraces her new appearance. However, the line between them blurs even more after Cassandra kills someone at a party filled with Quinn’s schoolmates.While her friends at St. John's are determined to solve the mysterious tragedy, Quinn is pulled into a silent battle against her evil twin. Cassandra is trying to reclaim her spot in the story, a position that Quinn currently holds. Because she was scrapped and forgotten, her anger and frustration culminate into one grand plan: to destroy the Author’s precious work, to erase the Metropolis forever. Quinn then asks herself: Can Cassandra really do that?But as their origins slowly come to light, Cassandra gains the upper hand. Quinn’s determined to keep the Metropolis alive, no matter what it takes.

Now available!


Request Free Copies

Are you a book reviewer or blogger? Or do you just like reading more books? If so, you may request free digital copies of my books in exchange for a rating on Goodreads. A written review is optional but appreciated!In the message form below, please include the following:
• Enter "Read Quinn" as your subject
• The book/s by me you'd like to read
• Preferred book format (PDF, ePub, or Mobi)
• A link to your Goodreads account that actively rates books
Please enter the correct subject and provide all of the requested information or your message will be ignored.Thank you for your interest in my books!


Contact

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Note: As of January 2023, the artist is no longer taking commissions full-time. They have now limited the number of slots to just two-three projects per month.

Commissions

Rates and information on commissions. Please read everything carefully.

Character Rates - Personal Use

Starting rates per character in USD. Prices may increase for more complex designs.

Backgrounds

Includes interiors, exteriors, and outdoor sceneries. Rates of backgrounds depend on the complexity and style of the commission.

StyleEasyMediumComplex
Line Art$30$50$70
Flats/Shadows and Highlights$50$80$110
Vector/Lineless/Painted$80$120$150

Static Vector Emotes

$25 - 1 Emote
$70 - BundleŮ­ of 3
$110 - BundleŮ­ of 5
For commercial use for your streams and servers!

*Bundles only apply if the same character/asset will be drawn in different expressions. If your emote set comprises of different characters/assets, the single rate of $25 will be charged per emote.

Commercial Use?

This is any piece of art used for branding and meant for monetary gain. These include cover illustrations for albums and books, streaming and video assets, thumbnails, social media banners for business profiles, logos, and designs for merch. If you feel like your artwork may fall under any of these categories, please request a quote upon inquiry.


Terms of Service

• Working hours are in GMT+8.
• Rush jobs will not be accepted, but if you have a deadline, please specify it.
• While "first come, first serve" is usually implemented, the artist will prioritize projects with deadlines.
• Reselling my works as NFTs is strictly prohibited.
• The artist reserves the right to deny any request that is out of their scope and abilities.

Estimated Delivery Time

• Estimated delivery time is around two weeks to a month depending on the complexity of the artwork and the number of orders in the queue.
• Note: As of January 2023, the artist is no longer taking commissions full-time. They have now limited the number of slots to just two-three projects per month.

List of Services

• Character Designs, Original Characters, and Reference Sheets
• Fantasy Characters, including TTRPG and Video Game Characters
• Cartoon Portraits, Profile Pictures, and Social Media Icons
• Pets and Animal Characters
• Fan Art and Other Derivative Works
• Interior and Exterior Backgrounds
• Banners, Thumbnails, and Other Promotional Artwork
• Merch Artwork
• Static Emotes for Twitch, YouTube, Discord, and other related platforms
• Book Cover Illustrations and Wrap-Around Designs
• Other Similar Work
Note: All commissioned artwork will be made in the art style shown on the portfolio page.

Limitations

A request will most likely be denied if it contains the following:
• Extreme Gore, Nudity, and Sexual Content
• Mecha and Vehicles
• Overly Complicated Character and Background Designs
• Offensive Content
• Other Projects Outside the Illustration Medium Including Graphic Design, Video Editing, and Animation

Payment, Updates, and Revision Policies

• Once a concept is agreed on, full payment of your artwork is required to place your order.
• When your order is already placed and an initial sketch is sent to you, no refunds are allowed. Your artwork is specially made for you and takes time to create.
• If you are unsatisfied with the sketch, please communicate your concerns. However, revisions must not contradict your initial instructions. As much as possible, know what you want to have made before sending your inquiry.
• Once the sketch is approved by you, major revisions, such as asking to change the character's pose and overall appearance, will not be entertained.
• Up to three minor revisions (such as color changes and the addition of small details) are allowed per artwork. Additional modifications and versions of the piece may require an extra fee.

Payment Methods

• Bank transfers or card payments through TransferWise
• Invoicing to your PayPal address

Delivery

• Regular, step-by-step updates will be sent.
• Hi-res file/s of the artwork/s will be sent via Google Drive link once completed.
• Default dimensions of the final artwork are 2480 x 3508 px (A4 size) for illustrations and 3508 x 3508 px for bust and profile picture commissions.
• Custom dimensions can be requested.
• All artworks are provided in PNG with a 300 dpi resolution.
• If you wish to have your artwork printed, CMYK versions in PDF and/or JPG can be sent to you without any additional cost. Note that only digital files will be fulfilled and printing services will not be provided.

Artist’s Rights

• The artist retains ownership of the artwork and has the right to use any commissioned piece for portfolio and promotional purposes on their website and social media. If you, as the client, are not all right with this, especially for commercial projects, please feel free to reach out.

*If you avail of the artist's services, you agree with all the terms stated above (Updated January 13, 2023)