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
TutorialI recently answered a message that required me to give a description of my photographic methods. I thought that this might interest my watchers on the whole so I am basically copying and pasting the whole message here. I hope it's of use.Tutorial2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Message goes as follows-
Yes my photographs are all subject to post production in one way or another, though never in the extreme. Just enough to get the best out of the images. For me post processing is a must. I have the kind of mind that just doesn't settle for second best when it comes to quality. This is why I am always tweaking my images, reprocessing them and uploading better versions as I improve my post production skills. At the end of the day, though purists will argue against me on this and thou
Ghost in the Shell HomageToday, one of the biggest projects of my career has finally released to the public. Genius Ash Thorp gave me the honor of posing for his homage to Ghost in the Shell, and seeing what he and his amazing team have done has moved me into tears of amazement.Ghost in the Shell Homage9 months ago in Personal More Like This
To see our work and the work of each amazing creative mind behind it, please go to http://www.gits2501.com/ and see the project in full.
Again, go to http://www.gits2501.com/ See it all! Tell me your thoughts!
I am going to go weep happiness in a corner now.
SUSHI DOG ART CONTEST - CLOSED + JUDGING!EDIT:: Only one week left in the contest! Get your entries in now! :3SUSHI DOG ART CONTEST - CLOSED + JUDGING!3 months ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT:: I'm extending the contest by a month, so now it ends February 20th!!
I've been wanting to do a contest like this for a little while now
So I recently did a TON of commissions to have prize money for a contest!
For this contest, you will be drawing (or creating however you want)
either of my sooshes!
They are all male by the way.
You are only required to draw one (unless it's the triptych)
but feel free to put them in a group together!
- it must be your own art.
- no bases or tracing will be allowed!
- please, have sportsmanship! this will be graded
On Art Schools + Art Style: A response to EndlingEndling posted this [click here] answer to a questioned by one of his followers on Tumblr.On Art Schools + Art Style: A response to Endling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It pertains to how his art school and supporters treated/reacted to his particular art style in an academic and professional setting. Give that a read first then come back here.
I posted a response to it that I also wanted to share on my DeviantART. (If you're getting tired of me ranting about my experience at school, sorry, but this stuff means a LOT to me. I want to try to inform other people of what my time was like there so that if YOU go, you're all the wiser.) Response was as follows:
This is partially one of my problems with art schools at this point in time. They're ridiculously expensive, and because of the rapid change in art/media industry and culture, fall into generally one of these two categories:
1) They typically have instructors who are remnants of doing their bes
Pet peeve 2I've seen this happen more than once. "This reminds me of pokemon. This reminds me of Okami. This reminds me of your ass."Pet peeve 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously, what do you think you achieve with a comment like that? Is the artist supposed to feel better that his/her oc looks like the fandom you're at the moment fapping to? Most of the artists I know want to be recognized for their own characters and ideas, and most of the time they haven't even thought - or better yet, heard - at all of that thing when the picture was created.
"This reminds me of--" is not a compliment. It's not a critique. It gives nothing new, but it makes you look like a snob who can't accept that when there is billions and trillions of people maybe might think of same kind of idea what someone else thought. If, as a comment, it's something, it's actually an insult of someone's imagination. Or, maybe, the person was actually inspirated about something. Let's say, he was inspirated by some pokemon. He liked the design and wanted
PE: How to Gain Exposure Without a DDDaily Deviations WeekPE: How to Gain Exposure Without a DD1 month ago in Art Features More Like This
Although deviations that become Daily Deviations receive a lot of feedback and exposure, this does not mean that you cannot receive the same kinds of feedback and exposure elsewhere without a Daily Deviation!
There are many, many ways for you to gain exposure on your own without a Daily Deviation. Here are some of the ways!
Groups: Submit to group Galleries and Favourites, take part in group shenanigans, become a group admin and more! All of these ways thrust you out of the corner that you are in and into the great world that is DeviantArt! Check out groups that focus on the art form that you are most interested in, or groups that offer feedback such as comments and favourites, or even groups that focus on suggesting your works for Daily Deviations! The possibilities are limitless.
forum: The Forum is a great place to gain more exposure through the act of interacting with other members! Create threads, reply to posts and get yourself seen! In par
Resources for adoptable artistsThought about it for a moment and figured I should probably elaborate more on the last poll I did - So here's a list of specific things from me you can use as templates.Resources for adoptable artists1 week ago in Personal More Like This
My auction layouts:
Feel free to copy/paste my artist's comments/descriptions and use them as templates.
My custom form:
*Up to ____ rarity permitted*
Colors (can be a palette, description or picture):
Desired traits, if specific:
Other (specific markings, eye color, etc):
Also check out my newbie resources!
About 3D sluts and big penissesHello my dear watchers! Today I would like to share some thoughts that are on my mind forever as it seems, but I have never written a journal about this and also, I have no idea where to start. It is no rant, it is just sharing my thoughts and you may feel free to comment here if you have your own thoughts about this. I aplogize for my english, those things are complicated to write about in a foreign language. And I am still the uncrowned queen of typos.About 3D sluts and big penisses1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It is about me being a woman and being confronted with boobies and skimpy outfits in the world of premade 3D content and pictures. It is about people feeling insecure about seeing naked men in this context while all those 3D dolls who wear nothing is totally fine with them. Yes, same old same old topic, but this time I would like to tell you my very poersonal view as a woman.
Please, feel free to just check out the newest items at the DAZ3D shop. Or also - visit renderosity, look at their newest works in the gallery. Or
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Last year I visited a craft fair and discovered in the paper decoration / paper crafting a super great new material.
Maybe some of you know it.
But here in german Cosplay scene, and perhaps also for many other countries it's really a novelty.
It can be used for paper decoration, for gemstones, paint and much more.
In this tutorial I made a kind of decoration for costumes versions/ setting f
cLOSED IM SORRY please dont offer anymoreYEAHHhhhhhhhhhhh imcLOSED IM SORRY please dont offer anymore4 months ago in Personal More Like This
looking for something simple, flatcolored sketches preferably? Offering a good luck chime MYO slot ;0;
BY THE WAY UH slots can't be sold alright? you can trade your myo or slot but cannot sell ;0;
it's not first come first serve or anything, just let me know if you'd be interested and please LINK to examples of your art
(or post thumbnails or whatever, don't just go "I'm willing" bc I don't wanna go digging through your gallery :C )
I'm only gonna be responding to those I'd be interested in trading with ;m; I'm so sorry if I don't get to you and please don't take it personally D; I'm not planning to do too many trades!
EDIT OKAY GOSH IVE ACCEPTED WAY TOO MANY I'm gonna leave this open but I'm definitely gonna crack down on who I trade with ;0; im so sorry omfg you're all so great...
Project Educate: Digital Art Week!Welcome to projecteducate's Digital Art Week!Project Educate: Digital Art Week!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This first week of december will be dedicated to the digital art community, so keep an eye on this space for updates and annoucements. Here is a glimpse of what you'll get to see this week:
3rdMONDAYOpening article (the one you're reading now!)What is SketchMatch? And rules
4thTUESDAYAn introduction to the Digital Art subcategories with
Everyone refunded! ETSY SCAM ALERT THIS IS A WARNING FOR EVERYONE WHO SELLS THEIR OWN ART OR GOODS! Although the scam took place through Etsy anyone can be a target!Everyone refunded! ETSY SCAM ALERT7 months ago in Personal More Like This
And probably the last because there's great news! EVERYONE who got scammed is getting their money refunded! I didn't get a personal email but I checked my account and yes, it looks like I get the remaining $160 back as well INCLUDING the chargeback costs PayPal charged me.
Although it'll take time to get over this terrible dilemma and build trust again, especially for the artists who almost lost a grand deal of money and need it badly and might still be dealing with the aftereffects, this is certainly a victory to be celebrated at the moment! If it were
Art Theft And Hot Linking With WDWParksGalMy dear friend WDWParksGal, formerly a Community Volunteer, recently discovered that one of her deviations was being "high jacked", or the proper used termed, "hot linked". This is a very serious issue that not only affects the deviant, but also deviantArt. We have been overwhelmed with this issue the last few weeks causing many stock providers and too many manipulators to change the way they handle their deviations and sites. A few have emptied their gallery and left dA completely.Art Theft And Hot Linking With WDWParksGal2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Since I had the opportunity, I asked her if she would like to write an article concerning this matter, and she jumped at the chance! So following is WDWParksGal thoughts on this situation.
I have been creating Photomanipulations for about six-years now. I have learned a lot, not just by experimenting with my PhotoShop Elements Programs that I have purchased over the years, but by watching YouTube tutorial videos, talking to other Manipulators, reading
So You Wanna be a Stocker?Welcome to the first "So You Wanna be a Stocker?" article!So You Wanna be a Stocker?2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I asked some of the biggest names in stock some typical questions that new stockers might have, in hopes that their answers will help stockers new and old learn a bit! I asked them different questions with some overlap in hopes of getting differing
Our interviewees today are faestock, Tasastock, and SenshiStock.
1. Is an expensive camera necessary?
Tasastock says, "No, but they are damned fun to play with! You can get a decent camera for a decent price nowadays that will shoot good quality images in the right conditions. Obviously they're not good for low-light or anything capturing movement, but if you handle them right you can make do with an ordinary camera, I've known plenty of people to do so."
SenshiStock says, "I don't know much about cameras, but the best photographs you can take are always going to be the ones that
Community Feature Project: If I Could DDHave you ever wished that you could pick a Daily Deviation Feature? I'm sure we've all seen an amazing piece of art or stock that we wished could have a bit more exposure. Well, this is your chance! This December we are encouraging you to feature your fellow deviants with a journal of images that you would feature as a Daily Deviation if you could. So let's embrace the Holiday Season and spread some good cheer by joining in and featuring our community!Community Feature Project: If I Could DD3 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The Game Plan
Create and publish a journal feature of images that you would choose for a Daily Deviation Feature from your preferred gallery.
(i.e. Stock providers would feature images from the Stock & Resources gallery. Photomanipulators would feature manips, etc.)
When your journal feature is live, link it back to your Community Volunteer's Community Feature Project Journal in the comments area.
(i.e. Stock providers will link to this journal. Photomanipulators will link to AbbeyMarie's jour
MYO Polette Contest ENDEDTo Enter:MYO Polette Contest ENDED2 months ago in Personal More Like This
● Feature this event in a journal and link it in a comment.
● By entering you are agreeing to all the terms and conditions stated below.
● You may enter as many times as you like, however you can only win once.
● Read through all the following information carefully
Contest ends 20/01/2015 (20th January 2015)
There will be three places, prizes will increase the more people enter!
For this event to take place, at least 10 people must enter.
- your MYO Polette
- full body shaded drawing of your Polette
- your MYO Polette
- full body sketch of your Polette
- your MYO Polette design
- headshot sketch of your Polette
death vigil coming this july :)aaand finally the official image comics july solicits are out and alongside many great comics... my li'l pile of undead necromantic fun!death vigil coming this july :)10 months ago in Personal More Like This
so if you wanted to get it, there it is, coming out in july, and i will keep you updated and well teased with upcoming issues material as by the time issue 1 hits...i'll be finishing issue 4 XD
and for those anxious about ravine issue 2 ron is wrapping ut his rewrite of it all finally and i am hoping that in a few days my next journall will be... F&/KYEAH WE SENT IT TO THE DAMN PRINT!
so stay tuned for that XD
Steps to Get More WatchersThis is a kind of stupid sounding journal and I was hesitant in writing this, but I've noticed that there's a lot of really talented artists in my watch list who don't have a lot of watchers.Steps to Get More Watchers1 week ago in Personal More Like This
Now, watchers aren't everything. There are far too many people on here who are watcher obsessed, and that is not a good thing at all.
Despite this, having a few watchers is a good thing. My favourite part about having a moderate group of watchers is that I get to interact with far more people. What I say in my journals and art sparks conversation, which is wonderful thing. It's also nice knowing that people like you or your art enough to want to see each thing submit to this website, and who fave your work.
Before I start with any tips or anything, I'd just like to say that I myself don't have a huge amount of watchers. There are thousands of people who have more than I do, but I went from 110 watchers to 1,100 in just over three months in the summer, when I was at my most active, which is
Tropes Vs Women in Video Games: Part 1Tropes Vs Women in Video Games: Part 1 Damsels in DistressTropes Vs Women in Video Games: Part 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anita Sarkeesian's first video in the much ballyhooed Tropes Vs Women in Video Games has finally been released. The verdict? Acceptable. There's really nothing that offensive in the video at all, as it's mostly just a history of the "Damsels in Distress" trope and how it's used in video games. It's fact based and fairly interesting to watch.
The only two criticisms I have are as follows:
1. As someone who's done a LOT of research into the making of Donkey Kong (primarily for the short Flossed In Time storyline that I illustrated for Brent and Dan http://www.brentalflossthecomic.com/fit/?id=1 ), I can say without question that her info about how Popeye came to be turned into Donkey Kong is wrong.
Donkey Kong came about because Nintendo of America's president Minoru Arakawa placed a large order for Radar Scope, a popular Japanese game). By the time the game arrived in New York, months had passed and in
Fabulous Friday Feature 13: H.P. LovecraftFabulous Friday Feature 13: H.P. Lovecraft2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Greetings, all, and welcome to my (appropriately, I think) THIRTEENTH
FABULOUS FRIDAY FEATURE
This week's theme is the creator of my favorite horror mythos: H.P. Lovecraft. Next week, I'd like to show you all some of my favorite pieces of all time, whether they come from someone well-known or someone with almost no watchers at all! If you've got someone you think should be featured in next Friday's Feature, send me a note with a link to their gallery and I'll take a peek I'd also love to hear about other features, particularly themed ones. I'll list those in the bottom section to help spread the word! The same goes for contests or news articles!
Please favorite this journal and pass it on! And if you liked this feature, be sure to check out the one from last week: http://azizriandaoxrak.deviantart.com/#/d5or3v3
And don't forget to let me know what your fave kind of horror story is in my poll!: http://azizriandaoxr
Soosh art contest, FOXPILL PLUSH PRIZE ADDED.Hello all! i'm doing an art contest! I want to get some artsies for myself of my sushi dogs and for my friends sushi dogs too!! I will add in a few other characters incase sushi dogs are harder for some people to draw *sometimes its hard to get the chibi style for them x3!*Soosh art contest, FOXPILL PLUSH PRIZE ADDED.5 days ago in Personal More Like This
So heres the prizes, just to get an idea, It will be money and plushie prizes! The plushie style will be like this:
*i will have more examples,non sushi dog examples, later this month!*
Foxpill plushie like this:
and cash prizes! if people wish to contribute for prizes that'd be awesome too, like art prizes and such! it'd make it much more exciting!
So First prize will be:
100.00 *can be in points if needed*
3 chubbs plushies by me
1 plush by foxpill
1 marker doodle by foxpill
3 little beepers by MikeyOpossum :s
High heels in female armor design.STOP IT D:!High heels in female armor design.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously. I mean, I'm pretty apt at walking on high heels. I do it quite regularly and I can keep it up for a long time. I agree it makes a woman taller, the stance more feminine and it makes the legs look longer. All of those are qualities to do with appearance, they are in no way practical and never will be. In fact, they completely defeat the purpose of armor which is to increase survivability and/or support the girl in the role she plays, which, unless it's simply "to look pretty", will NEVER need high heels.
Sorry about that. I'm just a bit tired of seeing epic armor designs that really appeal to me, only to have them completely destroyed with a pair of heels that pretty much make the foot stand vertical. >>
Convention BasicsComic Cons are our bread and butter. They're how we interact with our fans, how we sell a lot of our merchandise, and how we meet with other artists. Comic Cons are fantastic... but at the same time there is a lot of unknowns and variables to contend with. I'm just going to outline a couple of things which should be common knowledge. If any artists who have attended Comic Cons want to add their own advice in the comments section, please feel free to!Convention Basics2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Make sure that you travel light. Try and fit everything you can in as small a space as possible to avoid having to pay for excess luggage. Even if you don't fly, getting around an unfamiliar city with piles of luggage will just complicate things. If the con is local, you can probably afford to have more stuff on your table. But if the con is far away, or you need to take a plane or bus, it's probably best to try and pack as light as you can while still having as much inventory as you can manage.