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PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT IF YOU ARE NOT ENTERING!!!


Thank you so much for the support, but please do not post it in here if you are not going to enter. I am giving out numbers and its hard for me to fix peoples entries when there is already over 300+ of you. I cannot go back threw 44 pages just to find yours.


It's here! 5,000 watchers!

5000watchersomgnowaiwut by Rainbow-Rocket

Wow! Thank you SO much guys! We cannot believe how much support from you guys we have received, its staggering to think about where we were last year to where we are now. Not only are we celebrating an amazing milestone of 5,000 watchers but we are coming up on our 1 year anniversary and 60,000 page views too! That is incredible! 

On February 20th of 2015 we sat down and decided to learn how to plush. It was hard at first - super hard - but with patience we began to grow as artists. With our growth came so much, and not just in our business and skill levels. We started out small, but now we don't just have watchers, we feel like we have built a solid and caring community of amazing people like you. We have done so much, achieved so much, and we cannot wait to see what the years to come bring... 

So to mark all these AMAZING goals we have or are about to break, we have chosen to do a raffle for one of our custom handmade plushies of any size... within reason! We want to have a chance to give back to you guys. <3

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Rules

  • Favorite this journal and leave a comment! (we expect this to get pretty popular so this is how we will be keeping track - if you dont fav and comment you won't be entered)
  • You must be a watcher.
  • Please understand that waiting time for plushies won from this contest may be 3 - 6 months.
  • NEW WATCHERS MAY JOIN!
  • You do not have to post your real name for the facebook/twitter confirmation. Simply state that you have followed on either.
  • ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ALLOWED (This means you may only use ONE account.. Please don't make us kick you for being unfair.)

Prizes


First entry drawn -
One large plush - no overly complicated designs please!
One free digital copy of our guide to sewing - plush basics when we release it in summer 2016.


Second entry drawn -
One chibi plush - no overly complicated designs please!
One free digital copy of our guide to sewing - plush basics when we release it in summer 2016.


Third entry drawn
One Pokémon Micro plush- no overly complicated designs please!
One free digital copy of our guide to sewing - plush basics when we release it in summer 2016.


How to Enter


Favorite this journal to enter and leave a comment (If you do not leave a comment you will not receive a number for this raffle! Please read this carefully) - that's all you need to do. You can earn more entries to this raffle by doing any or all of the below tasks! For every entry you will receive one number. You can earn up to 5 entries if you do all the below tasks as well as fav'ing this journal.


  • First person to screenshot for us the 5,000 mark and send it to us will get +2 entries KlttyCannon won!
  • Create a journal to advertise this raffle +1 entry
  • Tell us why you want to win in your journal +1 entry
  • Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rainbowrocket) and add to your entry+1 entry
  • Follow us on Twitter (Rainbowrocket_) and add to your entry +1 entry


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Questions

1. How does shipping work?


- We pay for the shipping and yes we will ship to other countries.

2. What if I don't have Facebook or Twitter?


- Don't worry about it, you just wont receive the extra entries.

3. Do I need to be a watcher?


-Yes, you must be a watcher in order to participate. If we see that you are not when we have drawn your number you will be skipped.

4. Do I need to state a reason as to why I would like a plush?


-If you would like to be counted for that extra entry... then yes.

5. What type of plush does it have to be?


-Anything (within reason of course) We do CS, MLP, and so much more. We will do whatever your heart desires.



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Deadline

February 20th 2016 - our one year anniversary! 


We have begun assigning numbers! PLEASE DO NOT POST MORE THAN ONCE! If you have already posted, you can either edit or reply to your FIRST comment. If we have missed something, we will come edit or add to our own entry. This will prevent us from counting you twice whilst we go threw each page. If we see we have counted you twice we will be forced pull you from the raffle. We have a very strategic system for this, we will see if we have you more than once. 


Thank you,
Rainbow and Rocket



  • Mood: Wow!

Hello everybody!

I get asked frequently ‘how do you price your art?’  “How do I evaluate how much I should charge for commissions?” etc.  Recently, I’ve read a few disappointing posts on how some people devalue either themselves or others’ art purely because it is posted online either as digital or traditional.  We often see people with very low prices being taken advantage of by commissioners who want to obtain amazing art for pennies on the dollar without notifying the artist that maybe their prices are too low.  On the flip side, we also see people who complain that art is ‘too expensive’ when the pricing of the artist’s work in question is appropriate.


In response to these, I’ve decided to create a journal designed to help you (yes you, reader) understand that your work has value and how you should price your work as a result.  It also might shed light on a pretty widespread problem online of people who undercharge for their work unknowingly and the epidemic of people who wish to take advantage of these people, often swarming these artists unfairly in an attempt to leverage the insanely low prices to their advantage at the disadvantage of the artist.



A bit of background


Art as a medium is pretty different than it was 10 to 15 years ago.  The accessibility to art and art programs, as well as the ability for people to create art has expanded tremendously with the creation of cheaper tools, more options, more artists, etc.  There are more artists now than there have ever been before, especially as deviantArt has grown.  While activity on deviantart might have slowed, the options for art, people to follow, and outlets to view the art have all increased.

 

That sounds pretty intimidating if you’re an artist who wants to do commission work.  Almost equally so if you are someone looking to get art for yourself.  With all these artists, and all these options, is your work worth anything?

 

YES. 


While the approachability of art is steadily increasing, its often really easy to overlook your own artistic value, especially when you’re often surrounded by people you might interpret as superior to you.  Regardless, your hard work in creating art, especially for someone else, is important to recognize!  YOU are worth something, and you’re undoubtedly worth more than you think, as our own self-perception often devalues our own work.  If you are considering opening commissions, modifying your prices, or scouting for art commissions to order, here are a few things to consider.


A problem in the Community


Have you ever seen an artist on deviantArt that has huge amounts of demand for their work because of how cheap it is?  99% of you will answer yes.  More often than not, these artists are undervaluing their work either unknowingly or knowingly (but under the impression that they are not worth more). 

 

I know of one particular artist (and I won’t use names for the sake of respect), who has very complicated and valuable commissions for 8$.  The value of this work if done as freelance industry work would easily exceed 400$, yet they were not aware of their under-pricing.  As a result, hundreds of people flocked to this person in hopes of scoring a sweetheart deal on their art without realizing that the pieces in question could take upwards of a month to complete (for 8$ mind you).  Do you think these people thought that the artist would benefit from this in any way?

Deviantart has a bit of an issue with the devaluation of digital and traditional art works purely because of their online format.  There is a huge fallacy that ‘because it’s on Deviantart that the work is my its nature worth less’. 

This causes a few problems that impact a great number of groups:

:bulletred: Artists undercutting themselves unknowingly are hurting income potential.

:bulletred: Artists will then try to undercut the lower prices to hike demand, driving overall work price and value in the community down.


The result is hours of work by very skilled artists for less than fast-food wages, often going under 1$/hour of work, work that is specially tailored to the buyer performed by skilled individuals!



So how should we price?

How should you price your art?  There’s a few steps.

First step? (Time to wrap your noodle around this big one)  YOUR ART IS WORTH SOMETHING!  Holy crap!  Yes, your art, regardless of who you are, is worth something, and a pretty decent something, too.  Spend hours on a drawing, even a sketch?  That’s hours of your own time refining your craft.  Drawing for someone else?  You are making something special for someone else with your time and your resources and your signature creativity!  YOU HAVE VALUE, YOU ALWAYS HAVE VALUE!

Crazy huh?  Well it shouldn’t be.  In fact, if you’ve drawn anything in your life before, you’ll know that drawing and art takes a lot of time and effort.  Drawing for others?  Even more so!  It’s the most important aspect to consider when pricing and evaluating your own work.

 

Second step?  Let’s consider the following:

In the United States (which we are using as the standard in this case because of deviantArt’s centralization in California), the minimum wage is $7.25.  That means the lowest you can legally be paid for doing employed work is $7.25, which is usually fast-food job wages.

So assuming it takes you 2 hours to sketch a drawing for someone:  If we are going by the minimum wage rate, that’s:

2 hours * 7.25 = $15 for a 2 hour sketch.  Seems reasonable right?  Sadly, most artists on deviantart charge LESS THAN 10$ for a sketch that might take as long as 4 hours!  What if it takes longer? 

Let’s also consider this:  Artistry is a specialty skill.  While anyone can learn art, it takes time, patience, and effort, and not everyone has the same style.  Art is something unique to everyone, and that makes it very valuable.  Do you consider something that unique to be worth minimum wage?

So assuming that we raise the per/hour cost a bit to say, 10$/hr.  That 2 hour sketch is now worth 20$.  Now we’re getting somewhere.

So as an artist, what does that mean for me?


It means you should do the following:

• Estimate how long various artistic processes take you to complete.  For many people, doing a full drawing with color and one character takes between 5-7 hours (I personally take way way longer than that to work, but we’ll use this range as an example).  Assuming minimum wage:

5-7 hours * 7.25$ =  $36.25 - $50.75

Now this might vary depending on skill, but this is a good starting place.  Now assuming you work at lets say 10$/hr.  That becomes

5-7 hours * 10$hr = $50-$70 for a full colored 1 character commission.

For traditional, also figure in the cost of supplies it took for you to create the image, so you’d estimate the base time + cost of materials.

This leads into a rather tricky problem with the consideration of the infamous deviantArt points. The issue with deviantart points (not that they’re necessarily bad) is that 1.) its not actually currency, and to be traded back to $, deviantart takes a 20% cut and 2.) it inflates the perceived price of the work.  Example:

assuming the previous reasonable prices for a 5-7 hour piece of art evaluated at 7.25$/hr:

80 points to 1 USD = 5-7 * 7.25* 80 = 2900 – 4060 points. 

Someone who doesn’t run that conversion will say ‘holy crap that’s a lot of points’ and might be quicker to assume the work is ‘too expensive’.  Thus, the deviantart devaluation process begins.

I often see full images ranging between 500-1200 points.  While from a numeric perspective (500 and 1200 being pretty respectable numbers) running the conversion brings this to $6.25 and $15! 

for a full picture….

See the problem?  It’s incredibly important to realize that while deviantart currency is nice and convenient, its often a bit deceiving at evaluating your own work.  Not only that, the fact that the artist only gets 80% of the monetary cut means that points can be a problem for artists who use commissions as an income source, even if they are easier.  If you choose to use dA points as a pricing evaluator, just remember:

• While easier to obtain, they are worth less.

• If you are evaluating your own pricing, remember to do the 80pts to 1$USD conversion.

• When buying a commission, remember to also do the conversion, because you might be severely underpaying an artist!


There’s yet another aspect when it comes to pricing: Demand!

Time for an economics crash course.  Specifically in microeconomics, there is something called a supply and demand curve.  Basically, this is a representation of how supply of something, and the demand of something can drive prices of whatever the good is.  Usually, if the demand is high, the supply will need to be higher to deal with this pull for demand.

Now art isn’t exactly a commodity.  You can only make so much of a supply, and when you’re creating art on-the-spot for someone, that supply is usually about as fast as you’re capable of working.  So what do you do if your demand is high?  Increase your dang prices!  If the demand for your work is crazy, then it’s a good indicator that your work has a good amount of value behind it!  Remember when I said you had value?  Its true!  Take a look at some other artists pricing with your same demand structure to see how much you should increase.  However, increasing 5$ here and there to rest the waters is a good start.

 

If demand is low, don’t worry!  Odds are you may have fallen prey to the online art devaluation issue, or people just aren’t aware of your work.  Remember the basic structure for pricing based on the minimum wage scale.  If you need to feel the waters, you can slightly change the prices around that area.  Another key thing to remember is that commissioners will respect it when you value your art and understand its value!  While you might have people climbing all over you for super cheap deals, raising your prices only eliminates the ones taking advantage of you, and chances are that the people who still want your work and respect it’s value will still buy from you!


So what does this all mean?

 

Well to sum it up:

1.) YOUR ART HAS VALUE! 

Never devalue yourself because you think you’re not as skilled as other people, or because of the underpricing issues on deviantart.  You took time and care to make something special, whether its for you or for someone else!  You and your art have value!  Respect that and others will too!

 

2.) Estimate the time it takes to make something and build a good cost structure based on Money-per-hour estimates.  If you are unsure, start at 7$/hr and play with it from there.  You’ll find the sweet spot, trust me.

 Here's a cash clock you can download to help estimate your prices!
www.online-stopwatch.com/downl…

3.) ART IS NOT A COMMODITY

Art is not McDonalds, it isn’t fast food!  Art is something special, and it can’t be made in the blink of an eye on-demand.  Art is made by people who practice, try very hard, learn, and put pencil-to-paper or stylus-to-tablet for hours, if not weeks!  While most of the time you might only see the finished product, know that behind every image, there is someone who spend a lot of time and a lot of heart creating something just for you!

If you see artists that might be undercharging themselves, do them a favor and let them know respectfully!  It will not only help them better value their own work, but it will boost their confidence! 

 

When dealing with points, always ALWAYS convert to USD$ to get a better idea of the real value, not the inflated deviantart value.  And remember, points are only worth 80% of their dollar counterparts!

4.) DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY HAVE LOW PRICES

Seriously, if you do, you are not only hurting and devaluing that artist, but everyone in that community because of the disrespect.  While it might be an amazing deal, and the artist might be fine with the low prices, let them know if they might be charging too little.  They will thank you for it and better understand their own value!


Your art has value!

Never let anyone tell you otherwise.  Whether its digital art, traditional art, fanart or something completely unique.  The time you take to make something and the care and emotion you create it with is worth more than any $ can determine.  It’s something special to everyone.

Never forget it.



~Dan

Welcome to the ninth installment of CRLiterature's new article series, The Tearoom Debates! We've shamelessly ripped off Mrs-Durden and CRPhotography, who currently run a bi-weekly series of opportunities for group readers to debate both sides of questions like "film or digital?" and then, in the next article, spotlight the input of the previous week's commenters.


Last Time: Rhyme vs. Free Verse


We wanted to know why DA is flooded by free verse with little traditional/fixed form and rhyming poetry to be found. Here's what some of you had to say:

"There are some traditions that are outdated and no longer applicable in everyday life. The situations or parameters for them to be helpful have disappeared and their application would be frightful at best. To suggest that fixed form poetry belongs in that category would be entirely erroneous, however. Fixed form poetry is our history and it bears the origins of the spoken and written word. Every continent holds its own magical languages with their interesting poetic quirks, and this is what poetry was created and shaped from. Centuries and millennia of people expressing their thoughts, feelings and philosophies have a place in the world we see around us.

Forms like the Pyong Sijo of Korea, the Magali Shairi of Georgia and the English Madrigal are very old and beautiful. They convey the evolution of language in three vastly different geographic and cultural locations. They also teach writers of different backgrounds and skill levels particular lessons that appear only in their respective fixed forms. Some fixed forms use meter and refrains, others syllabic count and alliteration and others rely simply on a shaped structure. They all force a writer to explore their own limitations and expand their thinking while producing something completely unique to them. Often as writers, we get stuck in what we perceive is our own voice, but this is just us repeating the same sentiments in a similar way but with different words. Breaking this cycle is paramount to our growth as writers and fixed form is a crucial way to achieve this." -- kiwi-damnation 



"If I were to make an analogy with free verse being a three-legged stool that performs the function of a chair quite well, rhyme would be the Louis XIV chair with the carved armrests that makes people go, 'wow, that's a nice chair'. Likewise, I see Free Verse as the pure and bare bones of poetry - the vision and the sentiment, its core, are equally valuable as those in a fixed form with rhyme, but it's the craftsmanship of knowing how to handle rhyme and make it work that will pay off and augment the reading experience exponentially. Just like that Louis XIV chair comes closer to sculpture or architecture than the stool, so does a rhyming form bring poetry closer to music, which has not only the intent to bring a message across, but also to enchant - in my opinion, by emphasising the beauty of the form more." -- BATTLEFAIRIES

"I like the challenge of the Rhyme or Tradition forms (or even a form that the poet has invented him/herself).  I have read more than once that restrictions breed creativity.  We as human beings naturally do not like restrictions.  We often rebel and defend against restrictions in every aspects of our lives.  It is this same rebellious spirit that in fact created free verse.  However with no restrictions, we limit our creativity.  I feel that I have grown as a writer thanks to the limits in placed upon myself by the traditional forms and rhyme.  When the two lines I have decided must rhyme I have to ask myself "is that really what I want the line to say?  Is there another way to say it? Could I use maybe another bit of symbolism to convey the same idea or can I come up with a better one?"  Often I can find myself digging though a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus trying to fix the ideas in my head to a word on the page (because my mind often doesn't work in fixed words).  I also find it easier to make a rhyming or traditional poem if I am not thinking in words but in ideas or images." -- psycocat 

"I read a verse novel and if anything it drove home the point that I associate rhyming with humor. Thanks Dr Seuss. in general, good poetry is good poetry. it shows when you thought through the word choice and when you were busy wanking to your thesaurus." -- neurotype 



"I think rhyming is an incredibly difficult addition to poetry (as I've learned during the DFC). I find it really helps adds a certain appeal to the way a poem sounds and adds a beautiful rhythm when used correctly. However, I believe rhyme shouldn't be forced of put in "just because" since sometimes this can create a very awkward poem. Honestly, the reason I avoided rhyme for so long in my own work is probably because it reminds me of English class in school. That was when most of my poetry was created just for a mark rather than to convey anything meaningful." -- autumnicity 

"If rhyme impedes the message of the poem, than it's a needles distraction. If rhyme supports the message of the poem, than it's a beautiful distraction. That said, I don't see why free verse and rhyme can't coexist." -- Carmalain7 

"
Free verse is not free of structure, nor is it any easier than writing in rhyme, so if everyone could stop perpetuating that myth, that'd be great. Free verse is free of fixed structure, forms that exist in name - sonnets, pantoums, haiku, sestina, and so forth. It may be "free" verse, but only in name; you still need to consider your enjambment, punctuation, rhythm, tone, everything that makes good writing good. Just because a lot of bad writers write in free verse doesn't mean free verse automatically makes for bad or easier poetry. A good artist can make something wonderful out of any materials presented to them." -- SilverInkblot 



"I think there are (at least) two big reasons free verse is more prominent here.  One is that there seems to be a misconception among writers that free verse is inherently more expressive, and that formal restrictions necessarily restrict meaning/feeling.  Personally I disagree on both points, although I didn't always.  What changed for me was essentially just that I got better at working with forms because I happened to enjoy it (which I know isn't the case for everybody, and that's fine too).  That kind of leads into the second reason that I suspect, and that is that although I hesitate to use the word "easier," free verse is more accessible when you're starting out.  For someone who has never written either, I think that free verse really is easier, just because the learning curves are different (although naturally improvement gets harder over time no matter what you're writing).  And when people learn poetry using one style or another, it makes sense that they'll get more attached to it, because they've been successful in expressing themselves that way and perhaps not in the other.  This is also fine, I think, as long as we don't feel too high-horsey about it." -- HuntingForHappiness 



"The real issue is that we've got several hundreds of years' worth of rhyming poetry behind us, where free verse has only been a mainstream thing for the past 100 or so. Modern fixed form poetry has to fight the fact that it's not fresh unless done very, very well. That's the plain and simple truth of it. We have centuries of magnificent rhyming poetry to read already. If any fixed verse poetry written now wants to hold its weight, it has to be good.

Having said that, it's important for writers to push themselves to do both. Being good at fixed forms is a skill that requires developing, the same way that being good at free verse is a skill that requires developing. Fixed verse still has its place in this day and age, and to say that it should stay in the past is, frankly, incorrect. But, on the flip side of that, there's so much room for exploration in free verse that we can't possibly have touched on in the comparably short time we've had to write and read free verse that it makes sense that more people branch out into that these days. It's not necessarily that it's better, but it's more relevant to this time period." -- ikazon 

"The number of words that rhyme is very limited, resulting in many situations where you can anticipate the rhyme to come. People tend to not appreciate that in this age; they appreciate even less when you invent new words, for some reason. So you're stuck trying to please people who don't want what they expect and who refuse to allow you to create new words. XD A rock and a hard place, to be glib. This is an age-old problem with poetry, not just with rhyme. But that's another topic for another day." -- TheBrassGlass 

"Simply put: it's a matter of style, of what one wants to do rather than spinning the roulette. I mean, if I wanted to write a poem about serial killers, it could be equally as good in free verse or fixed form (although the subject probably wouldn't be the best thing to write about). Laziness plays no part in this, because the choice to rhyme and/or use a form or not is completely up to the writer. In conclusion: both are just fine, and no one side should receive any discrimination purely based on its basic principles. The only way to judge a style is how it is used by each individual writer." -- Aerodynamic877 



"If something is free verse and non-rhyming, I tend to hear it as contemplative and soft. Someone is speaking in quiet bliss, quiet discontent, or quiet horror. It's a thoughtful kind of thing even if the imagery is sharp. Because of this, and because of the lack of structure, I think the authors have to be doubly careful about how they're turning a phrase. They need to make the work stand out and hold attention, and they really should make use of rhythm, repetition, and all those good things fixed forms love too. 

Rhyming works, for me, go above and beyond in failure and success.  The words have a ring between them, making the sounds stick in your head for better or worse. Rhyming works also, as some people have mentioned, seem inevitable. This can make a poem seem forced if it was clear the writer was stuck with certain sounds and only paid attention to the last word in each line. In a well-written one, though, it becomes powerful. You feel that this statement could only have ever been expressed this way, though you may have been too caught up in the words to notice that rhyme on your first read." -- dragoeniex

"
I see so many people talking about how free verse is 'easy' or 'lazy' poetry. I disagree whole-heartedly.  When I first began to write poetry, I wrote exclusively in rhyme, because honestly, rhyming poetry is much simpler. You have a fixed form, a fixed rhyme scheme, and you make the words fit into the form. Free-verse...good free-verse poetry is much more difficult to write because there are no rules or sets of guidelines. It's you, a pen, and an empty page, and you have to create everything. You rely a lot more on metaphors and imagery, and those things take much more skill to put together in a cohesive way, especially with no set form or rules. Also, to those who think free-verse poetry is simply prose in a fancy hat, I challenge you to attempt to write a GOOD free-verse poem, using poetic structure and a poet's tools. Write a metaphor without sounding cliche, and put it together in a way that flows as a poem should. It's much more difficult than writing a short prose essay on a subject, I guarantee you." -- MozartsNemesis



This Time: Is fan-fiction really literature?


"Omigosh of course it is. I've always been frustrated by the view that it could be anything but that. To be fair, I'm been frustrated by anyone who has the gall to tell me that there is such thing as "true art" or a "true form" novels. God, this isn't Shadow the Hedgehog. There is no "ultimate lifeform" of what writers do. Fanfiction is real writing as much as a cup of tea is a real beverage." -- Naktarra 

"
Of course it is real literature. The only problem I see with fanfiction comes with the fact that when you want to publish or make any money from it, since you are basing it on a universe that in most cases already belongs to someone, you're probably never going to be able to... unless you do like Someone Else and change the names and slightly alter the situations on your fanfiction so you can publish it. :') 

But yeah, back on track, I despise the whole "fanfic isn't literature" thing that some entitled people spout. It is as real and as awesome as any other writing. Sure, a lot of people use it just as a morbid, make-my-guilty-pleasures-come-to-life kind of thing, not because they love writing in itself, but that doesn't always create a bad product. So you ignore the bad, as for everything else, and cherish the good." -- TheMaidenInBlack 



"
I would say it is. I think it's often criticized unfairly for being bad; but really, there are fantastic fanfics, just as there is horrible original fiction. The other big argument against is its lack of creativity. Which, I can sort of understand in some respects. But at the same time, I've seen some tremendously creative fanfics that take the characters and put them in worlds completely different from the original, and yet manage to keep the characters in-character. Like any media, I really think that the quality of the product relies on the skill of the author; not necessarily the topic material." -- ObsydianDreamer 

"
I think trying to define "real literature" is harder than trying to figure out whether fan fiction is "real literature" or not. I'd say it's real writing. And as such deserves to be looked at through that lens.

I also think that since it's working from (not just inspired by) something someone else built, that it is in a way more of a starting point for most writers. Sort of practice. Or even practice for writers between projects. (I know several published authors, including some big names, who enjoy writing and reading fan fiction!) An author has to learn to build his or her own characters, world, story, etc. Usually when writing fan fiction, you're pulling some of these elements from someone else, and that's something worth noting." -- PinkyMcCoversong 


Over to you, DA!



Sorry if it's not that good.  And yes, the first bully is a male, and the second one is a female. Let me know if I spelled something wrong in the comment section below and for god sake QUIT APOLOGIZING THAT YOU'RE REPORTING A GRAMMAR MISTAKE TO ME AND EXPECT ME TO GET MAD! Sorry I had to let it out. But I'm just telling you, I'm not mad or anything. It just happens to much to meSans Nervous Icon ...Anyways if wish to criticize then please send it to me in notes. And please be nice. 


I'm not sure if I should turn this into a series, but I hope you enjoy this! 

(Y/N)-Your name

(B/#/1/N)-Bully number 1's name

(B/#/2/N)-Bully number 2's name






~Reader's POV~



I fell to the ground injured in an alley way and looked at (B/#/1/N) and (B/#/2/N). These two have been bullying me for a long time now. Like, they won't leave me alone! In fact after they beat me up, they make me cry and tell me to go kill myself. Ugh, such pains. "Ready for more?" (B/#/1/N) said smirking. "N-No...please, no more..." I said crying. "To bad, because we're ready to beat the living crap out of you again." (B/#/2/N) said smiling evilly. 



"Heya." A voice said. I recognize the voice, it was the voice of Sans.  I saw Sans behind both of them. I meet him two months ago when (B/#/1/N and (B/#/2/N) stilled bullied me. They both jumped and turned around to see him. They expected him to be human, but after they turned around, they looked shock that he was actually a skeleton. "W-W-W-Who are you?" (B/#/1/N) said with a shaky voice. "I'm Sans. Sans the skeleton." Sans said as his white pupils dimmed. "W-W-W-W-What do you want from us...?" (B/#/2/N) asked.


"I want nothing from you... Now let's just get to the point." Sans said before giving a scowling look at them. "DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A BAD TIME? You're really not gonna like what happens to you. Now get out of my sight, or I'm going to lose my temper." Sans said as he sound DEAD serious. (B/#/1/N) tried to punch him but Sans grabbed him by the wrist and slammed him to the ground while breaking his right arm. "A-AHHHHH!" (B/#/1/N) screamed in pain as held his right arm.

I was shock and terrified at this. "S-S-Sans! Why did you do that?!" I said, but Sans didn't answer me and I looked at  (B/#/2/N) who was looking at Sans in terror with fear in her eyes. "It's a beautiful day outside, birds are singing, flowers are blooming...on days like these, kids like you. SHOULD BE BURNING IN HELL..." Sans said as his left eye flared up in rage. The voice was so angry that it terrified (B/#/2/N). Not wanting to upset Sans even further just to end up like her best friend, she immediately picked up (B/#/1/N) and ran away.


Sans's eyes turned back to white and looked at me. "You okay, kid?" He asked, however, I refused to answer his question and replied to him with anger and fear in my voice. "S-S-Sans! You shouldn't do that! Even though they bullied me, they didn't deserve that!!" I said. Sans then looked at the ground feeling guilty.


~Sans's POV~



"Why didn't you tell me about them? This wouldn't have happened if you told me about this. I could have talk them out instead of this." I said giving a worried look at (Y/N) while sweating. "Listen, I don't care if you try to talk them out of this! Even though if you try to do that! The same thing would happen!" She said looking angry. I sighed before closing my eyes. "Listen." I commented before I opened my eyes as my pupils aren't seen. "I am trying to protect you. You don't understand how I feel. I did everything to help you and this is what I get in return?" I added sounding serious. "N-N-No! I do understand! It's just that I don't want this to happen again....! Please...please...just, let's forget all about this and pretend like nothing ever happened." (Y/N) said nervously. 


~Reader's POV~



I was hoping that he would accept my mercy. Sans closed his eyes and sighed. He opened them and his pupils where seen again. "Alright. I forgive you." Sans said smiling. Sans  putted his  boney hand on my shoulder. "Should I take back home?" Sans asked. "Sure. My mom can help me out with these wounds." I said smiling.


We walked out of the alleyway and walked back home.


~End!~

In follow up of the obvious "how to" journals on both anatomy and color, I'm gonna continue this series with a how to on drawing every day.
Over the last year I've participated in many challenges that required me to do a drawing a day for a period of time. Most notably the color challenge and refinement challenge, but also a lot of speedpainting and daily sketching.

Over the past few years a lot of people have asked me how the hell I would manage to do a sketch every single day, so I figured it would be nice to share some of my own experiences, tips & tricks with you to help you step up your drawing game.


About time management


Priorities

Save The Kitten by Xinom
Every person has priorities in life. We deem one thing more important than the other, so we tend to do that first.
"I have no time for this"
is the equivalent of:
"There are other things that I deem more important, so I prefer to spend my time on those"
This isn't inherently good or bad. After all; some priority's are very valid (work, study, spending time with family/friends). It is, however, something to be aware of. If you're one of those "I have no time for drawing" types of people, this doesn't mean you really have no time to draw. It means other things in your life demand so much of your time that you end up with no time left for drawing. Figure out what these things are. Are they really that important for you? Is it really that impossible to squeeze in half an hour of doodling into your day, perhaps when waiting for the bus or having a break at work or school?


You don't have to put in a tremendous amount of time

Environment thumbnails - 20151208 by DamaiMikaz
You don't have to produce a full blown painting every single day. On some days you'll have all the time in the world and you can manage to do a full painting. On other days you'll only have 15 minutes and the only thing you can manage is a quick sketch on a scrap of paper. It doesn't really matter.
The act of drawing daily is mostly a way to maintain your skills. To keep your hands flexible, your brains up to par with drawing and your inspiration flowing. Unless you're planning up to end up at the high end of the art industry, there's no reason to force yourself to keep to meticulous 12-hour-a-day training schedules (and even then 12 hours a day isn't that healthy). It's quite the contrary. If you're a hobbyist, one of the most important things about art is to have fun while doing it.


Know your weapons of mass distraction

162/365 bloodborne 4 by snatti89
With managing your time, also comes to topic of distraction or procrastination. About things you don't deem useful but still spend a lot of time on. These are activities that are easy to cut time on. Think about things like watching Netflix, TV, using Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp... or browsing the internet in general. 
Be aware of your weapons of mass distraction. Only then can you make the conscious choice to sign off, turn off your computer or your phone, and focus on what you really want to do.



About your mindset


It doesn't have to be good

You always follow by Hellstern
Many people get hold back by their own mind when it comes to drawing.
"What if it doesn't look good?"
"What if I try drawing this pose and I can't pull it off?"
"What will people think of me?"
These are all very familiar thoughts for a lot of artists (and some very valid ones as well) but the thing is; these will get your nowhere.
Every single artist has suffered a moment of self-doubt. Most of them suffer more than just a moment of it. It's common. Not only you suffer from it, but there's a huge chance that amazing artist you follow suffers from it as well. We all do.

The difference is that some people decide to let the self-doubt paralyze them, while other people fight it as a boss and just keep on drawing.
Be one of those people that fights it like a boss! If you're afraid other people won't like your art, then don't publish it. You don't have to put your art on the internet. Hell, you don't even have to show it to your friends! Just keep it to yourself if you feel that keeps the pressure off for you. Of course you won't pull off drawing that new thing at once. Nobody does! And yes... people will always think things about you. Some good, some bad. You can't change that, so why bother? People's thoughts have no power of you unless you let them have that power. Confide in yourself as a person, in your ideas and your (growing) skill. 


You don't have to be inspired

Peggys rocks by beavotron
Not every drawing has to be inspired. The goal of drawing daily is... to draw every single day. It doesn't matter what you draw, as long as you sit down and make a drawing. Nobody is inspired 365 days a year. If you feel uninspired, just take a picture from another artist*, a landscape, an object in your room, and draw it!
*Note: when publishing a picture that's copied or highly referenced from another artist, credit that artist. Otherwise that might get you into trouble.


It becomes routine

Perspective practice by MugenMcFugen
I don't know if you ever started working out or training, but it's a familiar feeling. When you first start out in bad shape, the training hurts. Both physically and mentally (as you get confronted with your own lack of capabilities) and it's for that reason hard to stick with it. But when you do keep up with it, you'll gradually find it easier. You get in better shape. The training doesn't hurt that bad anymore. Instead you're fueled by seeing how you improve, and you try to keep pushing your body to its limits to see what you can do. And gradually the social part gets easier too. Saying "you're going off to gym" is no longer getting you weird stares, as people in your environment know that's what you usually spend your time on, and they get used to it soon enough.
Well, this whole thing goes for drawing. When you first draw, you suck. You'll get better over time, and you'll be fueled by your own improvement. When you first tell your friends/family you're not coming because you've got other things to do, they'll frown upon that. When you do it more often, they'll start accepting that as part of who you are.


borderland by ptromea

The bottom line of the story is; keep up going. It'll get easier in time :huggle:



Star! Star! Star!  Read my other how to's as well Star! Star! Star! 
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Good exercises
Drawing from life

Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time. 
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
How to: ColorAs a follow up of my "How to: Anatomy" journal that was received so well by the community, I will continue this series with a how to on color.
Color is considered to be one of the hardest subjects when it comes to art. Most beginners (and even some advanced artists) struggle to get the colors of their work right. I myself do as well. This journal is by no means a full coverage on how to color. It will however be a good list of resources to get you started on this hard subject.
A few things to get started
There are a few things to color

There's hue and value. Hue determines what place in the color spectrum the color is in (red, green, blue.. etc). Value determines how dark or light a color is. In order to understand colors, you have to know how to influence and work with both of them.
Your brain is deceiving you

Thank you to everyone who had liked, shared and shown general excitement for the resurrection of the exquisite corpse! Now the sign up phase is over (sorry, no more can join this round!) and it is time to play!

Because we are so awesome and have had such an amazing sign up response, the corpse will be split into two teams: Team Fire and Team Ice! You will both start off from the same line, but it will be up to you guys where it leads on! 


I'm a participant! What happens next?


Read this carefully and ask questions if you are confused!

The first line has been sent to the first person on the list. The power is now in their hands to allow the poem to travel between all participants using the deviantART note system. Please only use notes- do not post this elsewhere or you spoil the game!

When it is your turn, you will receive a note from the previous participant and you will see only their line of the poem. (senders, make sure you start a new note, do not forward the note you received on! This stops any potential chain and extra lines being seen!). You will then send your line to the next participant. (Title the note with your team name helps me a lot!)

When you send your note on, please ensure you also send your note to BeccaJS (that's me!). I will be collecting all the lines together to arrange the complete poem, which I will post at the end in a journal. I will also use this as confirmation you have registered your line and the chain continues. If I am not copied in, I will believe you are no longer playing and move on to the next person. (Nb. after 48 hours, I will send you a nudge, and if no reply after a further 24 hours, you will be moved on).

Besides the technical, relax and have fun! We have no idea how the poem will turn out in the end, but it will be something we've never seen before! 

Participant order


This is the important bit! See who you are expecting a note from, see you you are sending yours too. Remember to copy me in and all will be grand!

:fire: Team Fire:fire: 

  1. BeccaJS
  2. WinteroftheSoul 
  3. Solarune
  4. TheMaidenInBlack 
  5. origamizebra 
  6. ArynChris
  7. Passed X 
  8. dragoeniex :bulletred:
  9. bay7sawan
  10. classic-poet
  11. PinkyMcCoversong
  12. SRSmith
  13. SedahLiah
  14. Arthisa
  15. DriftingAlong
  16. inkstaineddove
  17. Vocable

Edit: for those wondering how we are progressing, the red and blue bullets on each team shows who currently holds the ball for the team! Feel free to cheer them on with warm fuzzies and such!

If you have any questions, general comments or want to share progress, please comment below :D

Thank you and enjoy!


Dining by Rachelsabines


Dinner Dates & Girl Talk

Jared was sitting patiently in the dimly lit bar waiting for his date to arrive. He was an entrepreneur, so he always dressed as if he were meeting a potential client. One of the downsides to being a career orientated man is that at 27, he had focused so much time on work that he had completely overlooked women. He had met someone on an online dating service and arranged a date. Tonight he wore the grey slacks that hugged his behind, his favorite light blue button up with the first button open, and the watch his sister gave him for Christmas that year. He knew his date the moment she walked in. She had dark hair that fell in waves just below her shoulders. Her naturally bronzed skin shone in the dim light. Her almond eyes lit up the moment they locked with his.

"Jared!" She called out

"Wow, Marah your profile picture does you no justice. Excuse my boldness, but you look stunning."

They moved from the bar to restaurant. They were halfway through their appetizers when Marah set her fork down.

"Jared, there's something I should probably tell you."

Jared swallowed hard and prepared for the worst.

"I'm having a wonderful time tonight, but the truth is I really don't like men."

"You what?!"

"It's too bad; you'd make such a beautiful woman..."

"Excuse me just a moment" Jared stood up and walked towards the restroom.

As soon as he was out of sight, Marah reached into her purse and pulled out a small vile. She removed the cap and put three drops into Jared's drink. She had just enough time to cap the vile and put it back in her purse before Jared sat back down.

"Feeling better?" Marah asked  

"Yeah, just shocked" Jared replied as he took a large drink of his wine. “ I thought this was going so well”

Marah smiled and they continued their meal in an awkward silence.      

Jared could feel his body temperature rising.

"Is it hot in here?" Jared asked

"Nope" Marah said, "just you" and she smiled.

Jared took another sip of wine. He almost felt drunk, but knew that he wasn't, he was still only on his first glass. He felt a tightening in his chest, like his insides were being forced into a new shape. He looked down where his flat, sculpted abdomen had been and instead saw perky breasts practically forcing the buttons off his shirt. He turned his head and felt hair brush his shoulders. He grabbed a spoon from the table and looked at his reflection. His eyes were still the sparkling blue they had always been, but his face was rounder and softer. His five o’clock shadow was gone and in its place were full lips and high cheek bones. Looking at himself, he looked like the type of woman he would totally hook up with. His mousy brown hair that had been gelled in spikes at the beginning of the evening now hung almost perfectly straight    near his shoulders. He looked like the girl next door type that had filled his high school fantasies.  As Jared admired his newly begotten body, Marah watched in amazement. It had been almost three years since she was given the same concoction, though her transformation wasn't nearly as quick or smooth. Jared looked up from his spoon, straight into her eyes.

"What's going on?" He asked practically panicking.

"Calm down honey, everything is fine" Marah said soothingly "in a few hours everything will have settled and you'll be feeling as good as you look." She ran her tongue around the outside of her upper lip for emphasis. "Why don't we order dessert and talk about a new name for you. I've always been fond of the name Charlotte"

Jared smiled. He had always wondered what life as a woman would be like.” I like Charlotte"

Marah laughed "Charlotte it is. So for our second date" Marah teased as she reached into her purse” we should meet at your office and talk about how to market this" and held up the tiny vile.

Charlotte's eyes became as large as dinner plates. Marah winked and put the vile back in her purse.

"Dinner’s on me tonight babe" Marah said as she put cash in the bill folder. She helped Charlotte out of her chair and wrapped her arm around Charlotte's waist to keep her pants from falling.

Charlotte leaned into Marah's shoulder, it was weird being the shorter of the two, having gone from a 6 foot male to a 5'6 female.

"Marah?" she asked

"Yes?"

"What happens next?"

Marah laughed. "I take you back to my apartment and show you why they say girls have more fun"

 Brunettes-women 00247694 by Rachelsabines
 

~Zuleika 

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The hole by du-laThe Nocturnal Mother by ManuelAdrianzen Gandurile unui mort by AlexandrinaAna 
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by ghostexist ripple and shadow by awjay Home Tree - infrared by MichiLauke 
Tapestry by VicEberly AB2016-006 by Xantipa2 ps259 by Campo-Diaz 
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Heaven For All by Bibire 
Mrs Death by midgardart Good Morning 2016 by pyros Solstice by arminmersmann2
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Home Details 2 by SenhArt THE BAD BLUE HOLE by LEQUARK White sunflower 1 by NikiAndo 
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Visions in blue by Linlith
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i reach up high by awjay
La distanza piu' breve by dermamred 
Worth by Markus43
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Untitled by mehrmeer
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once in a blue moon by HippieVan57
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Omen by guille1701
THE BAD PESTILENTIAL MISTS by LEQUARK 
Lost Shaker by Jhouchin2
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mirror by partiallyHere Amalthea by DanNeamu Postcard from Tokyo 13 by JACAC
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Before the Blood Moon by DVanDyk
The hole by du-la 
gore by crazyruthie
doona portrait by leb communication by davespertine Bank by arminmersmann2
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Pierrot The Clown by BlindEyeTwist
The Walk by lien 
Istanbul 7 by featKae
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Watch Over My Dreams... by ansdesign Collage -Dark Hater 35x30 by Batorrr Postcard from Tokyo 15 by JACAC
Zueri by dasTOK Absorbing Surroundings by mislyd freedom at last by vandersonart 
Simple bonheur by meszarts
The  window by CelaCe 
CCVI. by arianeka
Living in Lego by Igor-Demidov Nostalgia by Ralu77 Kashmiri Chai by MKSchmidt
winter by is-blind Rhyn by RhynWilliams Improvisation on a plastic tarp by Sei-Zako
When I Think About by JanRobbe 12-18-15 by RichardLeach five inside by sth22art 
Belgrade 1 by featKae
Relax by CristianoTeofili 
together by marrciano
a special by RichardLeach one thought at a time by chriseastmids Lost Letters by annasandalaki
Future Space Art by DanStefan Monocle by MarinaCoric P2100085- by lwc71
Tell Me Little Bird by Canankk Cercando una forma per l'Universo by SenhArt L'opera des parkings, Acte 2, scene 3 : Red Box... by Pierre-Lagarde 
1469 by Chris-Mann
Ladies @ Table by berlinhelmut 
Megalomelange by RipfangDragon
somewhere to run to by davespertine Starfucker by CristianoTeofili Haiku I by kolorits
MISTY MORNING - SEVEN by EmmanuelVASSAL Reverse World by Metal-Bender My giant friend by mldzz
Homecoming by tsukiko-kiyomidzu 19 JANVIER 2016 by JFBAYLE Madness by kats-photos 
Black-n-White Dream_10 by caddman
Study Dreams_04 by caddman 
Scaring birds by Piarvi-Recherreen
Collage -Make up your mind by Batorrr Cyr25 by Campo-Diaz New Centurions by SenhArt
CS 129 by sth22art inclination by Saturns-Child Dolbadarn castle by RhynWilliams
20 JANVIER 2016 - MINIMALINES by JFBAYLE Human relationship by amiejo 54 / 72 by ra-gro 
Vers Le Gris by KizukiTamura
Echolalia by Coalescing
Invisible bridge by lostknightkg Image by ltiana355 Search of Alchemy by arminmersmann2
Lethe by Etimasia Borderline by Ettelle Another day slips away II by dynax700si
Cosmogony, the mistake of creation by Greyguardian Winter touch II by lostknightkg UF2015-281 by Xantipa2 
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Superstition. by Phototubby
Abstract Urban Landscape by KizukiTamura Heads Up by madbaumer37 L'ecureuil by djailledie
horizons of dreams by aerendial iced tree by ltiana355 save our souls by christophf
the heavy syllables by PsycheAnamnesis Waiting In The Rain by JonUriah Biogenesis by JoeMacGown 
grain free by awjay
Seagulls of Bosphorus by Canankk
2016-01-11-08-4  Crazy laser pointer 3 by berlinhelmut The Cruel Season by Inextremiss Floating Rings in the Dark. by CopperColour
hurry.. by tuminka Monomania by Einsilbig Moleskine#012416 by yagey
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old by gepardsim Uthra: I Was Not Able To Speak by Iskaeldt Moleskine#011816 by yagey 
Feeling mystic I by Epytafe
Snowman by nexui
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"You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same." -Jonathan Davis.