art by poe essey


Poe Essey is a nonbinary artist based in Vermont, US. They work with a variety of styles and media, including illustration, sculpture, and literature, and specialize in character illustration.


current large-scale projects


status: early development
What started as a throwaway backstory for dnd character over time somehow spiraled into its own thing largely divorced from dnd. It's mostly a worldbuilding project about a system of planets, collectively called Myrios, each with different environments, inhabitants, etc. There are a handful of characters as well as some lore for it, but nothing very finalized yet.


status: early development
A story that was initially planned to be a modern supernatural slice of life comic, but has since been revamped into a victorian-inspired cyberpunk setting called Lor. The current intended format is a mix between a visual novel and a comic, although this could change. It's undergoing a lot of worldbuilding, but is intended to have a more solid plot that the initial iteration (although the details are still being worked out). It mainly focuses on Olivandre, a vampire, and Cameron, a half demon.


Commissions are currently open for the following type(s):

  • $15 Rough Sketch Busts

Commission Terms

I highly encourage that you read this section thoroughly before commissioning me. Please do not be alarmed by the length of this section; these terms are fairly standard and are in place to outline the commission process as well as to protect both the artist and the client in the event that an issue arises.
Terms are subject to change. This page contains the most up-to-date terms. By commissioning me, you are agreeing to these terms.


Current expected turnaround time: approximately 1 month

Completion time for commissions will vary depending on several factors, such as the type of commission, my current schedule, and other commissions in the queue. Please keep in mind that I have a full-time job outside of commissions; I generally only have time to work on them on the weekends.

Commission acceptance is not first come, first served; I will accept requests that I feel I am best able to complete. I will continue to accept commissions until all slots are filled.

  • If all slots are currently filled, you can still apply to be put on the waitlist using the commission request form. In the event that I get many applicants at once, I may choose to contact any applicants beyond the queue limit with the option to be waitlisted. Clients on the waitlist will not be invoiced until they are assigned a slot in the regular commission queue.

  • Once a queue slot is open, I will contact clients on the waitlist in order of acceptance to confirm interest. An invoice will be sent after interest is confirmed. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will send a follow-up email. If I do not receive a response within 24 hours of the follow-up email, the slot will be forfeit.

  • Please note the waitlist has no maximum time limit, nor is there a guarantee that I will get to waitlisted clients before commissions close; however, the waitlist does not expire, and waitlisted clients will get priority when commissions are reopened.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your commission, please contact me.


After receiving your commission request, I will email you within 24 hours to let you know if I have accepted your commission. If so, I will respond with a price quote.

  • If your commission is NOT subject to additional fees, I will send the invoice at the same time as this email. This price is NOT negotiable. You do not need to respond to this email.

  • If your commission IS subject to additional fees, these will be explained in the email with the price quote, and I will await your response before sending an invoice. This price MAY BE negotiable within reason, although this will usually involve simplifying your request in some way. Please respond to let me know if you accept the price as-is or if you would like to discuss possible changes.

  • If I do not receive a response within 24 hours, I will send a follow-up email to confirm that you are still interested. If I do not receive a response within 24 hours of sending the follow-up email, I will assume you are no longer interested and your commission slot will be forfeit. You may reapply for a slot at any time so long as the form is open, but you will be added to the list in order of when your new request is received.

I will occasionally send progress shots as I work on your commission. Please let me know as soon as possible if there are any changes you would like made. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will continue working.

  • Minor revisions are generally free, but major revisions such as pose changes will be subject to additional fees after the initial sketch has been approved (or if the 48 hour waiting period has passed).

  • Frequent or excessive revision requests may also be subject to additional fees.

Upon completion, I will send a low-res, watermarked version of the image for final review. You will receive the full-size unwatermarked image after you pay the remaining balance.


I will request half payment up front as a deposit, and half upon completion (with the exception of rough sketch commissions). I will not start working on your commission until I receive the initial deposit.

  • You may choose to pay the full amount up front instead of two split payments; if you do so and then request a cancellation, the deposit will be deducted from your refund.

  • All prices and payments are in USD. I do not accept cryptocurrencies of any kind as payment.

  • For rough sketch commissions, I will request full payment up front.


If you choose to cancel your commission at any point before completion, your deposit will not be refunded, but you will not be charged for the remainder.If I cancel your commission myself, you will be refunded in full.Cancellations are not accepted once I have sent the final review of your commission.I may refuse or cancel any commission for any reason, and I do not need to state my reasoning for doing so.


You may post the image and use it for icons, character profiles, etc. but you MUST provide explicit credit, as well as a link back when possible. Please avoid posting the unwatermarked image; watermaked versions for posting will be provided.You are free to have the image printed, but only for personal use. You may not use the image to gain profit in any way, with the exception of selling it along with the character(s) depicted, in which case the value can be no more than the amount you paid for it.With permission, I may stream or post your commission online, either in-progress or finished, alone or with other works of mine, potentially to advertise or promote my work. I may also include the image in my personal portfolio.


Please use the form below to get in contact with me, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.Please do not use this form to request a commission; use the form linked in the commission section linked above. If you have commission inquiries (e.g. pricing, commercial use, etc.), you may use this form.