On pricing your artwork and creating a career...I am going to be speaking at an "Entrepreneurship In The Arts" program later today, and I've been organizing my thoughts. One subject that is certain to come up; "how do you arrive at a fair price for your original artwork?" I have some definite ideas regarding that question.On pricing your artwork and creating a career...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was always told that the accepted model for artists and artisans, when it comes to pricing, was double your costs for materials, figure out an hourly price (double that for your retail price if you plan to have wholesale/retail differentials), add it up and there's your item price. I think this model is pure bullshit.
I was also told "charge what the market will bear!" Again, vague bullshit. What if you live in a depressed area? What if you live in a third world country? What if you're at some artist's ally at a little convention and there is a kid sitting next to you selling her character sketches for $5 each?
Here is what I think. There are so many variables when it comes to pricing original art. Yo
Gerard quotesIf you have a quote that should be added to this list, please comment here and I'll add it.Gerard quotes4 years ago in Personal More Like This
(Interviewer) "Vampire bunny or rabid unicorn?"
"Vampire bunny. I don't wanna catch rabbies."
(Interviewer) "If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be?"
"A gazelle. Cause they run...from predators and they're very...graceful."
"It’s for the hamster that I’m gonna buy! This is so perfect!" [after opening a Christmas present from Frank, a hamster wheel]
"Craziest thing that ever happened to me was being attacked by a blackbird. It pecked the shit out of my head. We were staying at this hotel called the Phoenix in San Fransisco. We were leaving to go to a show and the bird just fucking attacked my head! And the next day, Slipknot was there, they were coming in as we were leaving and they got attacked by birds too."
(Interviewer) "What's the greatest thing about black clothing?"
"You can hide pretty easily... unless you're in Hawaii."
Erik Gets Tagged:iconnijil-xnv: tagged me! But when you get down to it, I'm really not that interesting, so let's tag Erik instead.Erik Gets Tagged3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. You must post the rules.
2. Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create eleven new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose "some" people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged them.
6. No tag backs
7. No stuff in the tagging section about "you're tagged if you're reading this". You legitimately have to tag "some" people. O:<
I. "Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal."
1) I am going grey. Prematurely, I suppose, grey around the temples. This would lend any other man a distinguished, decidedly dignified air. As it is, I rather resemble a powder-dusted bat.
2) Today is Mozart's birthday.
3) The previous fact was not at all about myse
When selling your work...Keep in mind this:When selling your work...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
800 points = around $10.
400 points = around $5
40 points = ¢50
Do you really want to spend a long amount of time on a drawing only to receive the equivalent of half a dollar?
If you want to share things for cheap or free because you enjoy doing it than by all means do so, but what I'm saying is, don't under value yourself, and for the love of god don't do commissions for 5 or 10 points. You're working for next to nothing if you do that.
What you need to do is find a good place to sell your art so you can sell it at a reasonable fair price that's fair to both you and the buyer. There are places around on dA for this.
Commissions-R-Us say that "A group dedicated to helping people in the search of commissions to be made, allowing them to find somebody to request a commission from deviants at different ways to pay, such as using the Deviantart Points, paypal, etc.
We also have a Priority Commission List for those who are in need of money! Please check them out
The Zelda Project is back!It's been a few years on hiatus but by good friend Sarah Quillian Scott Adella has The Zelda Project project up and running! This project is Sarah's dream and I'm honored to model as her Princess Zelda. She asked me to model YEARSSS ago when I cosplayed as Zelda from Twilight Princess. I can't believe it finally happened! Here are the first few shots from the set ^-^/The Zelda Project is back!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
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The Iron Ring's Sleeping Beauty replicas!The Iron Ring's Sleeping Beauty replicas!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So I was just blown away today by the amazing artisans over at The Iron Ring, who cast and fabricated replicas of the crown jewels from my historical Sleeping Beauty piece! Cannot even put into words how flattered I am by this sort of thing, gosh. <3
Go check out the rest of their work on facebook or DA, if you have a moment- amazingly high-quality cosplay and prop fabrication. Wowzers.
Gerard-- a life in quotes (part 3)“I wanted to challenge gender, abuse the audience. I didn’t want the girls to want to fuck me, I wanted the straight guys to want to fuck me.”Gerard-- a life in quotes (part 3)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
“It’s amazing to be here with people who love music in a non-violent way. If you’re mad, don’t throw a punch, don’t start a fire about it, don’t shout about it. Sing, that’s the most powerful weapon you have.”
"I thought if we made an album that tried to change the world, or give it hope, it would really happen. But all people found was death and destruction and misery and self-hate. I learned that the world doesn't want to be saved, and it will fucking punch you in the face if you try."
"Me and my kid brother used to grow up—we used to grow up? Everybody used to grow up! We had comics, and that’s the only thing we had to escape the kind of place we lived in. And it made us lift up our heads, make
Gerard-- a life in quotes (part 2)“It’s more important to keep yourself alive, there’s nothing worth ever hurting yourself over. I mean, I’m a person that goes through a lot of depression, and stress, and things like that. I’m generally happier these days. But I have, it’s normal, it’s completely normal to be depressed. […] I think it’s just important that you keep yourself alive, you just stay fighting.”Gerard-- a life in quotes (part 2)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Yeah, obviously we use vampires as a metaphor for something else, something deeper than just the supernatural. But there's just something about the bloodsucking walking dead, that can say so much to people. There are really so many people trying to get control over you on a daily basis and steal your soul in some way, take a part of you..."
"It all started off with the best intentions, but I took it too far and I ended up on a trip. There were some moments when I felt like I was on a crusade. I don’t k
How I Got Started...A journal entry from a friend prompted me to think about my beginnings as a mask maker. When I started making masks about 25 years ago (wow!) it was totally on a whim. I was born drawing. My fantasy art, when I was a kid, was pretty standard stuff (dragons, unicorns, things with wings) but I always had a good sense of design and color. I'd been dabbing in leather art...doing tooling on archery bracers and things of that nature. Nothing particularly spectacular or uncommon really but it ~was~ a good thing that I concentrated on tooling and carving first because I perfected my technique in that respect long before the masks happened.How I Got Started...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Back then, NO ONE made masks out of heavy leather with detailed tooling. It just wasn't done. Masks of leather were either thick and plain or thin and swirly/curly in the Venetian style. People used molds for the thick masks, and molds press and mar carving. People used their hands shaping the thin leather, but obviously the thin leather wasn't suitabl
Awkward Victorian Photos~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Awkward Victorian Photos3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You've all seen those awkward family photos. Guess what? The Victorians had them too!
Here are some awkward moments in early photography posted on my blog: http://vivavictorians.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/awkward-photos-19th-century-style/
Also, I've officially decided to become a university professor of Victorian literature. It took some soul-searching. Journalism is great, and I think I'll still earn a degree in it, but, ultimatelly, it's not for me. I'm not that agressive. I'm tired of people treating me with suspicion because I'm a reporter. It's a sad reality, but journalism is wrought with corruption these days, and as much as I'd love to be the one to change it, one person trying to be ethical in such a screwed-up field probably won't make much of a difference. I went into journalism because I always wanted to help people somehow; I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. I can still try to do that
A Fat Female Superhero - Half WayWe've reached the halfway point for entries in the Fat Female Superhero contest. I must say, I am amazed at the support and commentary for such an event. I think that most people have realised that it's not about winning a prize, but about challenging the accepted norms of the industry and creating characters that we want to see represent us.A Fat Female Superhero - Half Way2 years ago in Personal More Like This
With such a loose contest structure, accepting any strong female protagonist who defies body conventions, I'm amazed at the diversity that has sprung up in the entries. I didn't want to constrain artists and have them create something that only I define as "fat". It was up to YOU to decide what the word "fat" and "fit" mean.
And really, "fat" is such a curious, loaded word. To many, it is an insult. "You're too fat." But everyone has fat. Some have a little, some have a lot. Some peopel interpreted the "fat female superhero" as someone who is overweight or obese. Some saw her as simply someone who has fat deposits on her body that exist outside he
Frank's adorable hair.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZwpKPIeuak&featurelayer_embedded#!Frank's adorable hair.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't know how many of you have seen this, but it's adorable and FRANK. Look at Frank's hair! It's so much longer and fluffier and gah finally. I was so mad when he shaved his head, and so was my Frankie xD
Also Ray's arm. Look. It's just like...he has a perfect arm.
And Mikey's back to silent poker face, holding the kerrang award importantly, yes c: Looking fashionable xD
And Gerard is adorable. Hand gestures and brown hair and all.
Mikey quotesIf you have a quote that should be added to this list, please comment here and I'll add it.Mikey quotes4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"She is the most amazing and incredible girl on the planet."
"[Bob] teaches us all never to take any shit."
"Yeah, I have a headache, really bad. I was in a gas station and there was a pot of coffee and I looked at it for about a minute and then my brother [motions at Gerard] got a coffee and he taunted me."
Drugs and Depression
"My brother and I have a history of depression. It’s a genetic thing. People aren’t all wired the same. Me and him were born like that. So I take medication. And everything is great for us now. I’m happier that I’ve been since I was 14, I’m on top of the world, I really am."
"[Gerard and I] were pretty wild. People called us ‘the Chemical Brothers.’ I’d roll into places and people would always ask me if I had any drugs, because that’s what they were used to. M
Yaya's Cosplay Tips - Part 1I had to have emergency surgery this weekend to remove my appendix, so not only did I miss HeroesCon but I'm also on forced bed rest for the next little while. That means I had lots of time to write up some tips for cosplayers to prepare for a convention.Yaya's Cosplay Tips - Part 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tips on how to safely navigate a convention as a cosplayer - Part 1
Part 2 will be posted later this week, so check back soon!
ENGIE: PROTOCOL 1-1-3Zee Captain's note of summons had sealed my fate.ENGIE: PROTOCOL 1-1-33 years ago in Personal More Like This
I felt a cold pull at my stomach. Something else was coming, re-awakened by the presence of Captain.
Something worse than the shuffling noises of the red beasts outside. The sound of falling cannonball.
Whatever that fleshy monstrosity was, it cared not for me, but it's presence here led ANNIE straight to me.
...And it came to pass on the morrow, that the goddess in the machine came upon me and she wanted vengeance.
She was online, the thermonuclear bombardment of the core databank cube had failed to shut her down.
She was still alive, after all these years.
The explosive crash-landing of the hunter machine through the old roof drew THEIR attention.
I was now between two wild beasts, out for my blood.
What was Protocol 1-1-3?
Memories of Directorate weapon codes lingered in my mind, poisoning my thought pattern.
Could it be?
...So this was to be my death.
ANNIE had let me know that she
Giveaway: Win a 3 month subscription! Time to spread some deviant love!Giveaway: Win a 3 month subscription!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I'm giving away a 3 months subscription.
The rules are very simple - all you have to do is...
1. FAVE THIS JOURNAL
(that way more people will know about the contest)
2. TELL ME WHO IS THE SCARIEST VILLAIN EVER
It can be a character from comics, animes, movies, books...Your call!
In a sentence or two, tell me why you think that character is the scariest.
The more funny and original you are, the more chances you have of winning!
I will then pick out my favourite description, or maybe even a two!
Remember, you need to complete both steps to enter!
The winner will be announced on 16th February.
P.S. All the participants will get a from me, so everyone's a winner!
Good luck to all of you
Thanks to everyone who participated, I had so much fun reading your entries!
Congratulations to shinnii who is the winner. The rest of you will receive a llama each, as promised.
Super-Duper Firefly FAQPLEASE let me know if there's anything I should add! I will update this as I think of new things!Super-Duper Firefly FAQ2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pony Pricing Hat Pricing General Commission Info
What should I call you?
I like being called Firefly. It makes me feel pretty.
Did you steal your online name from Lauren Faust to make yourself feel more important?
Nope - I made
SNIPPY: die pilot dieIf a Pilot falls dead in the radioactive, frozen wasteland and there is no one around to hear it....do you think Captain would find out it was me?SNIPPY: die pilot die3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Allright. The rage has consumed me entirely too much.
What can I do to relax?
Fabric Stores and AndrocentrismA message from an artist and someone who works at a fabric store: Stop gendering your babies with colour!Fabric Stores and Androcentrism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every day I have parents and grandparents-to-be come in and have fabric cut to make quilts, blankets, baby clothes, diapers, curtains, etc for their soon to be newborn. And yet, I'm always asked the same questions over and over:
"What do you have that's for girls?"
"Where is the boys section?"
"We won't know the gender, so we need to keep it neutral until it's born"
And worst of all: "Does this fabric look too girly to you?"
I usually give some sort of half-hearted, "Well, it's your choice, I'm sure they'll love it!" response, but my secret answer is: QUIT IT. No, that fabric is not "too girly". Why would an infant boy care if his pillow has pink flowers on it? Why would a girl care if it has footballs or zoo animals on it? Why are pink and blue so wholeheartedly reserved for girls and for boys that the thought of giving that colour to the other gender is laughable, or worse
500 points giveaway!Hello!500 points giveaway!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
How are you?
I'll give away 500 points to 5 random people.
All you have to do to enter the contest is favourite this journal, and the winners will be decided randomly from the list of favourites.
Every winner will get 100 points.
Click fav and wait until 21. March 2012.
You may win 100 points...maybe not...it's worth a shot!!
Wit on the ViolaWhen a phone goes off in the middle of Lukas Kmit's viola solo, he doesn't miss a beat:Wit on the Viola3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm sorry. Just HAD to share that because three guesses who I thought of when I watched it? That is so an Erik move.
Actually, on second thought, Erik would probably kick the cell phone out the window along with its owner.
Engie: awakeI felt scorching heat and vibrating pain.Engie: awake3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There was an endless buzz in my ears of massive shell-shock.
Crunching noise of the ground.
For a brief second I saw tiny mushrooms and flowers under me, but they quickly disintegrated into dust.
Impossible. Shock-Hallucinations. I haven't seen grass in so many years.
Crawl forward. Away. Away from the heat.
Farther. Come on Alex. Get up. Walk.
Something was wrong. I wasn't supposed to be alive.
...Ion Cannon interrupts all electronic impulses, no matter how small, effectively scrambling, disrupting all neural activity and shuts down the brain.
Sure, the walls of the little house protected me from the flames of ruptured atmosphere, but how is my mind still active?
Only one thing could have protected me. Something which could bend all known laws of physics at it pleased.
Could it be? The note?!
Could Seven's luck actually transfer onto others?
If this is true, then Seven could be the key to my
So I visited PIXAR today!It was awesome! 8DSo I visited PIXAR today!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We spent about two hours there with one of their story artists, Adrian Molina. *u* Although the first 30 minutes we just all sat and talked and ate delicious burritos underneath a gorgeous painting from Toy Story 3.
Then he looked at my portfolio, which he liked quite a bit. He said I was twice as good as he was at my age, but I ought to loosen up my figures. Then he looked at my sketchbook, which he was super impressed with. He said I should just make my portfolio look more like my sketchbook, and I'd be a shoe-in at CalARTs. xD So that was super cool! He's super nice and says to email him with his portfolios or any art or questions and he'll give me suggestions. c:
After lunch he showed us a little bit of the studio (although we weren't allowed anywhere with actual work going on, which was too bad). But I got to see TONS of concept work for Brave, which looks pretty cool! I can't really disclose any info about it obviously, but it definitely looks a little better a