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We proudly present a glorious selection from the November Gallery submissions Ode-to-simplicity.

Open your eyes.
Open your soul.
Feel the beauty flow within.
Don't forget to :+fav: this journal if you like it.


From Light into Darkness by KrzysztofJedrzejak


Roller by siamesesam the places you'll go by BlauBeerKuchen Transformed by tholang
Synergy by Einsilbig Bioreactor by dynax700si Herbsttag by BlauBeerKuchen
veins by mj-magic Nymphaea - The first night by JakezDaniel cold spring flower by amsterdam-jazz



Red Lock by KizukiTamura


Somehow Greenish by EintoeRn /\/\/\ by WTek79 Quatro by freMDartet
October Line by wchild The Unquestionable Lightness Of Truth by WTek79 Obliques by Douce-Amertume
Mes souvenirs de recif by LeMatos Geometries (Part 3) by Einsilbig Gentle rain by freMDartet



Withered Cradle. II by dragonfly-oli


autumn song by VisitingFahrrad The wind is golden. by dragonfly-oli subtle by incolorwetrust
Knot 04 by Dave-Heyborne Ladybug by JoseMelim Embedded by MatsHolmberg
Stump Pathways 02 by Dave-Heyborne let it rain by m-lucia a strange nostalgia [iii] by BlauBeerKuchen



Albufera by Durdenyr


DoWn by ifsantag a strange nostalgia [ii] by BlauBeerKuchen Unlamented by Eukendei


Evening Mirror by Metal-Bender


Pink Strays by Pierre-Lagarde



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Collected and arranged by augenweide

Kind regards,
Ode-to-simplicity team

i love things simple by simplicity-fan keep it simple by simplicity-fan

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POINT OF SIMPLICITY
free e-magazine about fine art photography
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Feature #017 - Best of January 2013

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 31, 2013, 6:47 AM



-Summoning the sun- by Janek-Sedlar
Song of Ice by champivet
The kiss of light by emmanueldautriche
frosted mushrooms by michellis13
Sligachan Sunrise by pestilence
Gallows Sunrise by Traniel23Shine through the clouds by aoao2A Wash Of Color by kkart
last winter by arbebuk
Morning Sun by BokehLight
Road to Thicket Portage! by JosephTimburyyes by KariLiimatainen
Solace by KrisVlad
Day 11 - Precious by EliseEnchantedInto the blue by Svenimal
Blue Universe by Kara-aMirkwood by AphantopusBelgium - Nature's Frontier by lux69aeterna
Salish Sea treasure by taslishaw
gloomy silence by RonnyEngelmann
The Bay Lights by StevenDavisPhoto
Talisker Bay by TobiasRichterPatience by VerticalDubai
Night Dreamer by FedericoMeuli
The day of raining birds.. by tuminka
Rialto Twilight by LAlightThe Four Horsemen by AquarianPhotography
Happy Valentine's Day by LUCILALEYLAinfinito.. by kriakao
Speicherstadt by Matthias-Haker
^V^ by vabserkReflections of Autumn by alexgphoto
I loved these colors ... by MustafaSEZERDuo by simonebyrneWhen you go... by MustafaSEZER
Painting with Light by hateomThe Bay Lights by StevenDavisPhoto
Seagulls by MustafaSEZER
Frozen Morning by Atinaj
Hope by cloduyspring by Fwirll
Winterscape by Piroshki-PhotographyCanyon Light by PeterJCoskun
Switzerland by RobinHalioua
Monument Valley, drive-through by alierturkThe Lion's Den by Kendra-Paige
Fairy Path by RobinHaliouaForest Symmetry by DrewHopper
-Secrecy of transformation- by Janek-SedlarPeacock by ADancerInTheDark
Ancient Forest by RobinHalioua
January by incolor16Small, Fragile and Blue by AnnimouseMoonlighting... by RadekDemjan
Hazy mountains by romainjlStarDust. by ZEUS1001
Fly away by ZoranPhoto
Dunstanburgh Castle by TobiasRichterThe clouds are not the same by ElenaHelfrecht
Odi et amo by TwiggyTeeluck
Netherlands 12 by lonelywolf2acceptance by jyoujoliberal arts by jyoujo
I live in a pink pink world by Allerlei
Autumn haze by LukasSowadadirty little secrets by jyoujo
Invincible by MyLifeThroughTheLensHostile take-over by LinRuPhotography
Torridon by TobiasRichter
Vitamin Sea by Oer-WoutCuckmere Bay by TobiasRichter
Twilight by LuizaLazar
Obsessions by NellekeDay 6 - Magic Bubble by EliseEnchanted
Cuckmere Bay by TobiasRichter
littoral by NWunseen
Between two worlds by MikkoLagerstedt
Salt by klapouchBig Ben at Sunset by AlexGutkin
As The Sun Goes Down... by Cluke111
A place in this world by aoao2Times Square by Matthias-HakerLondon Tower Bridge by xMEGALOPOLISx
cold winter by BaxiaArtIn her memory. by incredi
Undiscovered land by m-eralp.13.01.30. by dasTOKBaltic Sea... _18_ by my-shots
Railway station by jericho1405
sLEEPING bETWEEN pISTILS by NENE00Escape by RawPoetry
Gold by feanutriPremiere by woxys
Cute Hamster's 2 by CanchupottericaLu 05 by davesten
Peace by DawnFire84
Time by PerzikhoofdMagical worlds by Dipliner




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BIG WHITE FEATURE

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 4:54 AM
Here it goes! :iconwhiteheartplz: Big white feature for you! :iconwhiteheartplz:


:thumb194809117:Luna. by zemotion
Visiting Neverland. by incredi:thumb214068115:
White by jeminafredriikaA place for dreaming by Elanor90meer aus pusteblumen by AnnikaLikes
Neverending Lane by thrumyeyeEnjoy the silence by Elanor90Frozen Silence by MarcoHeisler
Winter wind. by Lukreszja205 by NigritaAutumn morning by the-little-boo
:thumb276437274:255 by NigritaCheaper by pagit
:thumb213618366:Honey in the Heart by Oer-Woutsoft touch by aoao2
Butterfly by xZaikoSpring by NitrokLet the pounding seconds go by AlicjaRodzik
Soft beauty ... by aoao2mist by aoao2would you believe me by quadratiges
White Pearls. by MateuszPisarski....strayed into a dream by FreeSpiritFotographyMusic lives every where by Lifebug
Just Relax by onixaWhich Way Should I Go? by this-is-the-life2905When in Rome by BlueColoursOfNature
happy feet by xmarvelTiny by bebefromtheblockFoggy by medinka
Forevermore by Elanor90.166. by NigritaSnow White + the Poison Apple by Cyril-Helnwein
best wishes... by Megsonwinter kiss II by JoannaRzeznikowskarose infrared by photofairy
Snow swirl by AnitaAntiFreeze by o-kaykaybreathe into me by mebilia
.: silence :. by biszkopciiktranquility by tjasaawakening by Megson
all about.. by impatienssin this sweet.... by impatienssDivided by Stridsberg
fading by illusionalityIn Memories Bright by AlicjaRodzik
Olo by Al-BaumYou Don't Bring Me Flowers by AlicjaRodzikRaspberries by JustHoldMe
Mysterious Snowflake by nnIKOO8.52 - How to breathe. by dragonfly-oliOuter side by FeliDae84
silence by jyoujoeven cold heart can bleed by OrwaldIce Wave by intao
Winter Light by intaolucky star by photofairyThe Lady's Book. by andokadesbois
Just an ordinary blowball by d67Breathe underwater II by kczajkowskaThe Matrix has you by Rosse-San
See the sun...again by Fra-EmerLady Grace by LilyasPurple. For Selina by WALKING-GIRL
Amaryllis II by apricot-dreamingfragile.. by impatienssfrosting by tjasa
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature by BlueColoursOfNatureone of the few by JustynaStolyhwocandy love by mayat-s
we by Subaru7coco by JustHoldMeI'm fine by lieveheersbeestje
.s.m.i.l.e. by candymaxLittle Bird by bebefromtheblockLove is like stars by SliMBdF
Meet the sea by iTayliePerhaps. by bebefromtheblockSmall Beauty by Lady-Tori
like dancing butterflies by LenaCramerFleurine by sophiaazhou* by LauraDK
dream. by Yvonnne92Life by ScarletteDeathEmergence ... by julie-rc
am I invisible? by fragilesimplicitythe 1st of May by armeneInto The White by MaaykeKlaver
White noise by leenikprecious tears by Orwald Winterdream by Inside-my-ART
Light Violet by liajediMagic World by thrumyeye3 by Picturs-Of-Me
squama by tka4u4aShiny Heart - Heart 28 by DorottyaSMoonshine by pqphotography
Blueberries.. by Manso0nthe white by mollyzhang..:: I will remember you ::.. by Whimsical-Dreams
                               The More You Know by Alexandru1988WHITE ROSE by THOM-B-FOTO

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Macro in Nature Contest!

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:47 AM

dragonfly-oli and me, AljoschaThielen, made up a contest for you!
We chose a theme all photographers can participate in.

Theme: Macro in Nature.

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Rules:

:new:<span id="result_box" class="" lang="en">You can submit every picture that corresponds to the topic</span>. <span id="result_box" class="" lang="en">It does not matter when the picture was taken.</span>

:bulletyellow:You need to fave this journal!
:bulletyellow:"Macro in nature" can be a closeup of a flower, of drops in nature, etc. But NATURE and CLOSEUP has to be involved in it.
:bulletyellow:You need to send your submission to either dragonfly-oli or AljoschaThielen in a note, telling us it is for our contest. You will be added to a folder with other submissions. If you are not added to this specific folder, just note us.
:bulletyellow:Two submissions per person.
:bulletyellow:You may change your submission, but please tell it to us in a note.
:bulletyellow:ONLY PHOTOGRAPHY, manipulations or heavy edits will be disqualified.
:bulletyellow:The jury will be us, so we two choose the winners and will announce them some days after the deadline.

See the entries here:
aljoschathielen.deviantart.com… and dragonfly-oli.deviantart.com/f…

Examples for nature-macro:

Little Sparkle by AljoschaThielenThe jump. by dragonfly-oli
Caught in the beauty by AljoschaThielen

Prizes

We are always looking for prizes, so if you want to donate something, please note us.

1st place:
1 month PM by dansch
500 :points: from K1ntar
300 :points: from lieveheersbeestje
100 :points: from dragonfly-oli
100 :points: from AljoschaThielen
100 :points: from PawelMatys
30 :points: from head-in-the-cloud
30 :points: from xX-Fantasia
20 :points: from Optionator
20 :points: from mylittlebluesky
Journal feature by dragonfly-oli
Journal feature by AljoschaThielen
Journal feature by Optionator
Journal feature by miontre
Journal feature by lindelokse
Journal feature by siren10101
Journal feature by Astrikos
Journal feature by mysticdragon666
Journal feature by PandaPearls
Journal feature by AJ333
Journal feature by luckydesigns
Journal feature by DianaGrigore
Journal feature by AlexanderPaupoff
Journal feature by hayzy
Journal feature by Kara-a
Journal feature by dansch
Journal feature by mylittlebluesky
Journal feature by hayley--jade
Journal feature by GiuliaDepoliART
Journal feature by rainylake
Journal feature by K1ntar
Journal feature by Ashqtara
Journal feature by TheRafflesia
Journal feature by SweetButtermilk
Journal feature by xX-Fantasia
Journal feature by Kaosah
Journal feature by VictorianPrincess
Group feature in :#through-emilys-eyes:
Group feature in SquarePhotos
Group feature in NatureWeb
Critique by luckydesigns
Critique by DianaGrigore
Half body commission by HelenaVDF
Black and white portrait by Jessica-Prando
Illustration commission by BritLawrence
Digital art commission by tinta-estudio
Color and background commission by SageFillyLuna
2 chibis and 1 colored headshot commission by devinaaa
Chibi commission by naomicchi-desu
Journal skin commission by miontre

2nd place:
300 :points: from K1ntar
50 :points: from dragonfly-oli
50 :points: from AljoschaThielen
20 :points: from xX-Fantasia
10 :points: from mylittlebluesky
Journal feature by dragonfly-oli
Journal feature by AljoschaThielen
Journal feature by Optionator
Journal feature by miontre
Journal feature by lindelokse
Journal feature by siren10101
Journal feature by Astrikos
Journal feature by mysticdragon666
Journal feature by PandaPearls
Journal feature by AJ333
Journal feature by luckydesigns
Journal feature by DianaGrigore
Journal feature by AlexanderPaupoff
Journal feature by hayzy
Journal feature by Kara-a
Journal feature by dansch
Journal feature by mylittlebluesky
Journal feature by hayley--jade
Journal feature by GiuliaDepoliART
Journal feature by rainylake
Journal feature by K1ntar
Journal feature by Ashqtara
Journal feature by TheRafflesia
Journal feature by SweetButtermilk
Journal feature by xX-Fantasia
Journal feature by Kaosah
Journal feature by VictorianPrincess
Group feature in :#through-emilys-eyes:
Group feature in NatureWeb
Critique by luckydesigns
Critique by DianaGrigore
Sketch commission by by Jessica-Prando
Illustration commission by BritLawrence
Digital art commission by tinta-estudio
Full body character commission by SageFillyLuna
2 chibi commissions by devinaaa
Chibi commission by naomicchi-desu

3rd place:
200 :points: from K1ntar
25 :points: from dragonfly-oli
25 :points: from AljoschaThielen
10 :points: from mylittlebluesky
10 :points: from xX-Fantasia
Journal feature by dragonfly-oli
Journal feature by AljoschaThielen
Journal feature by Optionator
Journal feature by miontre
Journal feature by lindelokse
Journal feature by siren10101
Journal feature by Astrikos
Journal feature by mysticdragon666
Journal feature by PandaPearls
Journal feature by AJ333
Journal feature by luckydesigns
Journal feature by DianaGrigore
Journal feature by AlexanderPaupoff
Journal feature by hayzy
Journal feature by Kara-a
Journal feature by dansch
Journal feature by mylittlebluesky
Journal feature by hayley--jade
Journal feature by GiuliaDepoliART
Journal feature by rainylake
Journal feature by K1ntar
Journal feature by Ashqtara
Journal feature by TheRafflesia
Journal feature by SweetButtermilk
Journal feature by xX-Fantasia
Journal feature by Kaosah
Journal feature by VictorianPrincess
Group feature in :#through-emilys-eyes:
Group feature in NatureWeb
Critique by luckydesigns
Critique by DianaGrigore
Sketch commission by by Jessica-Prando
Illustration commission by BritLawrence
Digital art commission by tinta-estudio
Full body character commission by SageFillyLuna
1 chibi commission by devinaaa
Chibi commission by naomicchi-desu

Llamas to all winners by:
dragonfly-oli AljoschaThielen HelenaVDF awesomeizzy BonzzGX Small-Jessamine silverwing-sparrow siren10101 Willowstream Astrikos PandaPearls AJ333 DianaGrigore AlexanderPaupoff Isalovesphotography Avrodite head-in-the-cloud hayzy Kara-a mylittlebluesky GiuliaDepoliART LiviaRedo Schnitzelyne Ashqtara kumArts Hridya TheRafflesia SweetButtermilk xX-Fantasia VictorianPrincess sammiegirl5678

Good luck to all participants and have fun!



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Something of utter and complete magnificence and insanity is coming very soon. 

I can't tell you everything, but it's the culmination of a dream many of us thought would never happen.  It involves 3D animation by some of the best people in film and video, incredible action and adventure and one smart-talking green cat. 

It's a video game.

It's a Bizenghast video game.

It's a Bizenghast video game in a fully 3D world.

And I'm going to play the voice of Dinah.

Told you that you should have sat down.

Stay tuned, because on Valentine's Day, the town of Bizenghast is about to get a little bit stranger...and a whole lot bigger.

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Journal Entry: Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:29 AM
:rose: Wonderful works...

Parasoling by JeanFan red by oprisco Follow me by BlackJack0919
soliloquy by tjasa distance. by nrprtm rainbow by Megson
Butterflies 2 by yv The Siren Says by JJohnsonArtworks 12:00 AM by cetrobo
:thumb124805913: Invisible winds by Julie-de-Waroquier Once upon a time... by incredi
me in her by beyondtheskies 70's rose by the-little-boo
Golden Sunset by soulofautumn87 Reach for the Light by DorotejaC Magical Morning. by andokadesbois
:thumb319377564:  :thumb347563013:  :thumb347728865:
switzerland4 by Gehoersturz  love's waiting by purple-rx Lovefool by kyokosphotos
Circles by laura242 Denz by Al-Baum Little point by Photo-Grafixx
so beautiful.... by AlicjaRodzik Set The Fire To The Third Bar by Alksndr  have you ever been on the sky? by Santina
The Dress III by jane-beata Formas Verdes by too-much4you Consideration by bebefromtheblock
Frozen heart by Stefania-R breath in - let go by SabrinaCichy :thumb163318375:
Just a memory. by incredi scent of dried flowers... by phoenixgraphixstudio Window to the soul... by MartaC
memento. by awfultosee Non je ne veux pas danser by Al-Baum Autumn by Fredrik-Rattzen
whisper by impatienss Misread by Oer-Wout deliciousgreen by PatrickRuegheimer
Spring is coming by onixa Steadfast Seagull by soulofautumn87 winter wonderland. by simoendli
Dawn Of Darkness by Thinking-Silence W e l c o m e T o T h e W o r l d B a b y L u n a by AliWithAnEye
.:Little Red Riding Hood:. by neslihans Wear - Heart 16 by DorottyaSThose dark days... by MsPixie
Tingle by RaBBiTKa savanah flower by ucilito Tilt by AnitaAnti
jade2345a by RichardN That little white book by DorottyaS monolog 366 by Mastowka
Good Bye... by DarkSaiF Autumn is gone by LiiQa the Fading Light by IsacGoulart

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: silence of the night
  • Reading: The seven secrets
  • Watching: spring coming
  • Playing: piano
  • Eating: pancake
  • Drinking: tea
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A Little Fursuit Cost Perspective

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 18, 2013, 8:39 AM
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WHY OUR COSTUMES ARE "EXPENSIVE"


I posted this info over on Tumblr, and thought others might find it interesting!

Someone just sent me a note that read:
"Seeing all the materials you guys use for your fursuits, I can really see why they're so pricey. "

Thanks for noticing! We are asked to justify our prices pretty often, or even accused of charging too much, but I think a lot of people just do not realize that there is A LOT of expense (and not just in materials), and a TON of time that goes into making each suit. And sure, lots of people plug in features to our price calculator and come out with a $3000-$7000 figure, and must be imagining us sitting around in bathtubs full of cash. Truth is, we don't make a whole lot of profit - where does it all go?

First, consumable materials. These are items that need to be bought new for each and every suit because they get completely used up in the process. This includes casting resins, sheet plastics, foam, polyfill, paint, elastic, velcro, pattern paper, thread, and FUR.These items total approximately $300-$350 for a fursuit of about this complexity

But wait, there's more! A lot more - consumables are pretty easy to figure out on a per-project basis, but after that we go into general expenses, and for that we need to start taking averages. So, with the aid of last year's tax documents...

Let's say we make roughly 2 costumes per month - and again, this is going to have to be the "average suit", somewhere in the middle of the scale and complexity of all of our projects - I figure it all equals out to a fairly simple 1-color fullsuit. We charge about $3,000 for a white wolf suit. Here's what goes into that (note, all figures are last years TOTALS for these categories, divided by 24, or two suits per month):

Materials and supplies: $1200(and I rounded this DOWN) (includes the consumable materials above, plus mold making, tools, equipment, and equipment maintenance)
Contract labor: $800 (aka Mom's paycheck)
Taxes: $550 (this is state and federal)
Studio overhead: $500 (40% of our rent and utilities are claimed as a business expense to reflect the amount of our house that we've devoted entirely to the business)
Other fees: $350 (includes paypal fees, shipping expenses, etc)
Total Expense: $3400

Oops.

Luckily we turn out just a little more than 2 costumes a month on average, so we end up breaking even most of the time. When we can manage to turn out three or four suits a month (that's one suit a week) on average, we start making a modest profit.
ALSO! the average costume takes about 100 man-hours to produce - subtract the already accounted-for contract labor, and we come out with about 60-70 hours. We would like to make at least $20/hour, which means we would have to charge at least $4600 for that same white wolf costume in order to actually sustain ourselves at a 2-weeks-per-suit pace.


Now, I see this being a potential question:
If you were to do the math and say, "Ok three people with 100 hours of work, over 10 days - wait a minute, are you actually proposing that you should each only do a little over 3 hours of work a day?!"

No! And this was a bit of a lack of clarification on my part. Let me explain.

Firstly, our actual work pace is definitely more than two of these a month on average. It's probably closer to 3, hence the fact that we are not operating in the red.

Secondly, and more importantly, is the difference between "man-hours", aka active work hours, and everything else that happens during the work day. The work day encompasses those active work hours (in other words, times when we are actively pouring resin, shaving fur, running the sewing machine, etc), and ALSO transitions between tasks, setup and cleanup, breaks, and administrative duties (email answering, bookkeeping, inventory and ordering, etc). After you add all that in, the time spent "per costume" easily doubles.

I hope this information has been helpful to everyone reading it!







Commission Status:

Commissions are CLOSED

Price Quotes on Costumes are open!
Please email Info@clockworkcreature.com. We do not answer DA notes.



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