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---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Selling yourself as a beginner
I found a prime example of this in a forum for artists seeking work. The thread title was „Starting-out artist looking for a chance",, and the thread told that the artist is „looking for a client for whom I may draw" and has „just graduated from art college". We all were at this point once, but usually it takes too long to realize that „beginner" is the wrong mindset, even if you are one. Such statements sound like excuses and are guaranteed to weaken your position. Don't make excuses. Do not justify your work, and do not justify your prices. This is a tricky habit to acquire since we're not very confident by nature, but remember the image you want to project, no matter what your actual experience level, is this: 'I am a professional illustrator. I know what I am doing. I am successful. I'm on the same level with my client and in an equally strong position. I am not a clueless servant but a business partner and expert who finds problem solutions.' To recap: you are not looking for a „chance". You are not „allowed" to draw for the generous benefactor client who might even pay you a little. You are a professional business (regardless of your actual experience and portfolio) acting as such, and deserving to be treated as such.
2. Not looking for nor making use of opportunities
Did you know there are hundreds of scholarships and grants out there for students? Not just in the United States but everywhere else as well! When was the last time you have taken advantage of portfolio reviews at illustration conventions and book fairs? Have you searched for websites that list contests where you can send in work (read the terms carefully)? Are you aware of the many illustration and digital art books and annuals that regularly accept submissions (such as Spectrum, the Illustrator's Society annuals, the Ballistic Publishing books, etc.)? If you want to work in the games industry, have you seen how many game development studios expressly welcome unsolicited art submissions in the „jobs" section of their websites? Are you reading blogs on freelance life and illustration and learning from your peers? Many great folks also post in forums (such as ConceptArt.org), sharing invaluable insight and experience. Do your research. Learn from everyone you can. The internet isn't just a playground for lolcats and a porn goldmine but first and foremost the most comprehensive professional resource in the history of mankind. Use it.
3. Relying on the client for all the paperwork
4. Not knowing standard fees in the professional industry
Many of us, when doing their first art or illustration jobs, are still highschool or college students, perhaps still living at our parents' home. So when we barely hit the minimum wage with that commission, it still feels like a nice, fat extra allowance, and one step closer to the new ipod we've been saving for. But when it comes to making a living, that's a whole new league. Until recently I could barely imagine what living in a big city costs. To live comfortably in Hamburg, Germany, it takes about 2000 euros per month – for a single person before taxes! Personal preferences will vary greatly, but no matter how frugally you live, you'll need to calculate with an hourly rate of 50-60€ for your average job. For you Americans: that's between $60-70 per hour – and that's just the minimum recommended by the German illustrator's association. Sounds like a lot? Check out a few examples of standard industry fees for different types of illustration: USA: whatafool.deviantart.com/journ… Germany: www.mediafon.de/meldung_vollte… The „Graphic Artists' Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines" contains even more examples of professional fees.
5. Thinking that the unpaid or low-pay job will pay off
It will. But only for the next DVD or book you've been planning to buy – it won't cover any living costs and you will probably earn legal minimum wage or less. Should you, an expert, really be making that little? If you do, you are probably not an expert nor a skilled master illustrator, and your client knows it, too. Many a client promises „exposure" to compensate for a meagre payment, but if you've ever spent more than ten minutes on the internet you already know that you can get exposure for free, on dozens of different art communities, social networks and portfolio sites; and that you also have the brains to find a market to your work and send your portfolio to specifically selected art directors and potential clients. You are the #1 expert when it comes to creating your own exposure. It is something you can take for granted. By the way, it does not pay the bills.
6. Not having a portfolio
This one might sound like a no-brainer here on the internet, but when I was an illustration student at the Akademie Leonardo in Hamburg I was shocked that at least half of my co-students did not, and probably still don't, have a professional-looking online portfolio or blog. It is nothing complicated: all it takes is simple selection of your best work, easy to flip through and clean looking, with your contact information visible everywhere. It's true that a few professionals don't have one, or only a Deviantart gallery – their careers just took off before the need arose. But most of us aren't child prodigies and need to present ourselves for a while or even years to get noticed. Your portfolio is what you show clients. For me personally other online galleries and forums have been very valuable additions as well – such as Deviantart, ConceptArt.org, Shadowness, Cghub... There is no shortage of online galleries where you can show your work, and if you have the time and dedication you can upload to work to dozens of places where people will see it, and even if your dream client doesn't see it you will win new fans and discover beautiful, inspiring new work by other artists.
7. Thinking that art school will teach you all you need to know
In the three or four years that standard illustration or art studies take, it is impossible to get thouroughly prepared in both your craft and the business skills. There is simply not enough time in the curriculum. Therefore most art schools focus just on painting and drawing, allocating a bit of leftover time to everything else. Furthermore, many teachers have been out of touch with the professional art or illustration business for a long time - they won't be able to prepare you for what awaits you in the future, when in their own 1980s career they were still sending art portfolios on slides, and have never used a graphics tablet. Some teachers are very up-to-date and know their stuff but they are rare. You must educate yourself along with your studies in art school. Don't think that after graduation you'll instantly be a pro. Start pretending to be a professional right now! Do your research – find out where your market is, learn about paperwork and taxes, get organized, and refine your drawing skills beyond classes.
(How to make your movie villain more badass? Easy. Make him German. 8D)
You probably know this situation: You need to do serious stuff, work on very important things, or simply get your shit done. Then you turn on the scourge for mankind a.k.a the Internet because you're a master of procrastination and want to look up something. Just for a moment. After reading a Wikipedia article about sharks, two hours later you end up with a site about how to build bombs. Or watching cute animal videos. Most likely both. With me, it were neither sneezing pandas nor bombs but Disney songs on Youtube. From time to time i just feel the urge to cherish some good old childhood nostalgia again and what would be better for that than watching openings of the old tv-shows you loved or the ever popular songs from Disney, Dreamworks and friends? Disney songs in particular are perfect for that. After a while and because i mostly see the links on the right, i continue with Disney songs sung in other languages for shits and giggles. Top comments from Non-Germans on German Versions?
- Ugh, just listen how aggressive it sounds - Whoah, in German even the most light-hearted song sounds harsh - Lol, German, HEIL HITLER, lololol! - Etc.
And you will always find at least one of these under every German Disney Song since the „everything's German harsh and angry"-saying is one of the most popular prejudices about good old Germany...well...besides the infamous Nazicrap of course. Instead of being insulted i always rather find these surprisingly amusing and interesting because it reflects so perfectly how many (in fact, teenage!) people still stick to this kind of stereotypes. And Germany – without a doubt thanks to her history – seems to be one of the most favoured countries when it comes to those clichés. After reading through these comments on Youtube i felt kind of inspired to look around and collect even more of these; i recalled the true stories that i, being German myself, experienced with Non-German people (many of them Americans) and their views – and the list that resulted is quite impressive. And since most of my watchers here are not from Germany but all over the world i thought it might be interesting to some of you if i'd give you a few insiders regarding these and talk a little about them.
(Keep in mind, though, that i rather speak about the average and for myself than for a whole nation and thus draw upon my own experiences)
And how to begin it better than with one of the most common stereotypes about Germans that i already mentioned in the preface:
„The German language is a throated snake language. Germans always sound harsh, angry and ugly" Wrong. Definitely. Wrong. Now while i absolutely disagree with that (and i may also explain later why) i still do see where this stereotype is coming from and the reasons of its persistence. One thing, i believe, is the spelling of grouped consonants like the guttural ch-sounds in the German language – a very common sound that reminds you of a hissing snake or cat and which frankly is quite feared among native English speakers who try to learn German and i suppose that this unusual pronouncation of ch, st, pf, sp, etc. is what makes German sound kind of harsh and clipped in comparison to the English language which has indeed a much more mellow, gliding feel.
The other thing is only my very own theory but also the crucial one: Usually, kids get their first contact of the world beyond their own country in school when learning a little about Geography and History – and when it comes to German History we all know what part takes the biggest cake – Adolf Hitler and his attempt to fuck things up with WW2. I think i don't have to mention that he was a majorfuck of a megalomaniac moron – because there is so much footage of his speeches that all reflect his insanity: He yells, snarls, croaks, forcefully rolls every R and gnarls in a way that it is impossible not to shudder while listening. And why, yes, the words he's shouting just happen to be German. With such a (first) impression it is no surprise that many kids and people in general get the idea that the German language is indeed frightening. Fact is, though: NO normal German talks the way Hitler does. No one (Hitler's way of babbling actually is so diverge from the norm and unique in its own morbid way that every German can tell for instance that it's him when someone impersonates his talking style). My belief is that Hitler and his speech impressions are partly responsible for this notion that Germans yell every word they say and snarl all the way through, which is not true.
Look at this video for example:
I'm not insulted but totally shit my pants everytime i see it because it plays so ridiculously awesome with stereotypes that you just have to laugh for the shits and giggles. On the other hand you should keep in mind, though, that this is exactly what it is: Stereotypes over the top in every way and nothing else. The German guy is the only one who intentionally exaggerates his spelling compared to the others – no wonder that the German words (which are different enough from the other examples) sound awfully aggressive. Now, take one of the other words like Aeroplane or Sorpresa and don't say them in a normal manner, but YELL them out instead and empathise every character just as the German bloke – it will sound just as harsh and aggressive. („AERROPPLANE!" D8<)
As said above i can see that German has indeed some characteristics that makes it less mellow than the English language for example – but the truth is that there really is nothing aggressive or harsh about it. At all. It can be pretty intimidating for sure when you decide to verbally keelhaul some poor bitch but actually, you would be surprised of how gentle and melodic it can be; there is nothing comparable to a man who realises that he lost his heart to someone and tenderly whispers a soft-spoken „Ich liebe dich" in all devotion and honesty. Don't believe me? Check out the German dubbed version of Oldboy or The Prestige for example: Both movies are a journey through the German language with all its shades of different and genuine emotions just expressed with spoken words.
Now...there still is another thing that is related but surprises me. In contrary to all this hate about the German language that you usually see on the Internet i also spy a most curious beginning „trend" for German in recent times and i catch that on Deviantart in particular. Kids coming from all over the world who (similar to several annoying Animukids) sprinkle fragments of German in their comments, on their profile and whatever elsewhere. And i do wonder why; not in an offensive, haughty way but out of genuine curiosity. So many people apparently hate German so....where the heck is this coming from now? Is this a thing that derives from an honest fascination for the German language or do you use it just because it seems cool and badass to you? (if so, i might just let you know that Google Translator doesn't give a shit about any correct grammar; sometimes so bad that the translated stuff gets just unreadable for native speakers and German is a special pain in the ass when it comes to grammar - what kills a lot of the seriousness you may try to convey. Use Google Translator to translate a thing you don't know or to get a feeling about the content and sense of a foreign-language phrase. NEVER use it for the sake of copy-pasting it later somewhere because it seems hip. It's not. Don't get me wrong: If you are truly fascinated and really want to learn a language – i find that awesome and i'm totally behind that. But don't fucking use Google Translator for everything – get some books and dictionaries, learn about the correct grammar first, take courses of the language you want to learn. Because only then you will be taken serious and not like some wannabe weeaboo-kawaii desu baka bla. )
„Germans are cold" In the past there was a period when i spent some time of my life in Putney, England. Besides loving London by nature i will never forget how frigging nice and courteous those people were. There were complete strangers who would lead me the whole way to the Hotel after i only asked for a brief direction, people saying sorry when i was the one who bumped into them, shopkeepers who'd just talk with me about nonsense in a total loveable manner („Oh, you're from Germany? I do talk a little German, watch this: Hallo, uh...wie geht's?"...such a sweet fellow) and bus drivers who'd greet me and seemed so happy about everything.
….Total culture shock. 8D
If you compare German nature to those of British or Americans for example you could indeed argue that this is true – we Germans are not instant best friends forever with every random person we meet. We even can be neighbours for years and still remain total strangers to each other. And although every bus or train has double seats, you will notice that if Germans have to choose between an empty double seat and a double seat where one seat is taken already they will choose the full empty one (and i say „we" here since i not only experience that with other Germans a lot but because i also am totally just like that). Bus drivers in my hometown are the complete opposite of the happy-joy-ones that i met in England – total Grinches who don't give a shit about you and won't greet if you don't. The average German will avoid smalltalk if he can and only talk to strangers when he is directly addressed or somewhat involved and even then, he may be polite but still very aloof.
BUT i would also say that cold is not the right word for this. Instead of „cold" I'd rather say that Germans are much more reserved than others.
While it is true that we are warily polite instead of openly friendly and don't make friends so easily – if we make friends with someone, that certain someone can be sure that the trust is genuine and that we really mean it when we open ourselves. And without justifying anything i have to admit that i prefer an honest sympathy and trust much more than some random everyday friendliness that might be just fake and a mask according to expectation. We rather have a small number of really close friends we can rely on than being best buddies with every face that might cross our way. So don't be disappointed or feel bad when a direct question like „Wanna be friends?" causes a German to backtrack first. Because it doesn't work that way. With Germans, friendship is something that has to grow and trust must be earned (keep in mind, though: I am talking about the average here. Speaking of reserve and healthy suspicion I for myself totally fit that category of what you may call a typical German but it always takes all sorts to make the world and therefore it is absolutely possible to come across a German who might be more „American" in such manners)
„Germans love Sauerkraut, Sausages and Beer" Another popular prejudice, hence the word „Kraut". About Sauerkraut: I hate it. Hate it hate it hate it HATE it. I can't eat it, it is impossible; and if i try it actually causes nausea – this is how much i can't stand it (though, i might be biased here since this is what i feel about most vegetables. I may sound like a stubborn child here but I can't help it. I'd really love to like vegetables but i simply can't stomach it. If you'd force me to eat a dish of asparagus, Sauerkraut and tomatoes OR a living worm – i'd take the worm). Therefore i find the term „Kraut" especially offensive (i don't eat that, come on! D8< calling me „Spaghetti" would be more accurate) – if you really feel the urge to call me something related on my German heritage use „Jerry" instead. *shrugs*
That is only me, though. What about other Germans?
While i find many older generations genuinely liking and eating Sauerkraut (a relative is such an example; 70 years old and loving „Sauerkraut und Bregenwurst" to the core.) i experience that most younger generations prefer the sort of food that is worshiped by everyone else on Tumblr: Pizza, McDonalds, Chips, Pommes, Noodles and cohorts. And if i ask those about Sauerkraut, the answer generally resembles my own: They'd eat it but i never heard that they'd love it. So, to clear things up: Yes, Sauerkraut is a national dish but among younger generations it lost a lot of its popularity and is kind of outdated nowadays.
Sausages: Yeah, we like them (with the exception of vegans and vegetarians, i'd say). But honestly, i never noticed that Germans would eat more sausages than others. Kinda passed me.
Beer: It's true for most people i think. I love it (there actually exists some footage of me as a baby drinking it and i even seemed to be pretty yearning for it – not sure if that is such a good thing, though, ehem) and most Germans i know do so as well. Heck, i do have relatives whose job actually was brewing beer. So, with saying that the average German likes beer you're probably on the safe side.
„Germans wear Lederhosen" [Atticus Finch voice] Do you really think so? The answer is no – we absolutely don't (the only „Lederhose" that i own is a black leathered thing that is more towards...."Hardrock/Metal Style" - and i only wear that one when i want to feel especially cool). Lederhosen is a Bavarian thing (and Bavaria is, as you hopefully all know, just a small part of Germany) - and even there it is only worn on special occasions. You have no idea about the amount of embarrasment you'd have to go through if you'd come to Germany and decide to wear Lederhosen everywhere. People would actually look at you like some kind of tourist attraction. 8D Germans run around like everyone else, it is as boring as that. But even though we definitely do not wear Lederhosen, speaking of Bavaria it remained indeed a sign of regional pride and i guess it can be compared to the Scottish Kilt.
„Germans are crazy about the English language" Yes, we are. And we are to such an extent that it appears almost sick, prompting some people to ironically call our language „Denglisch" (Deutsch (German) + English). 98% of all adverts do have at least ONE English word somewhere and it is said that native English speakers who travel to Germany would have no problem whatsoever to actually understand what's going on on adverts and the like. The feelings about that are quite controversal. There are purists who damn the amount of English we use in the German language and predict its downfall. Others argue it would be just a sign of trend and zeitgeist – using anglicisms to be a cut above, like French or Latin used to be in past times. And there are even more arguments. As for myself i seem to be stuck between all of these. I also find many anglicisms unnerving, especially when there already exists a German word for it which works just as fine and the English one obviously is only used to sound hip. On the other hand i believe that language is something that is constantly changing. Take the word „gay" for example. There were times when it actually meant nothing but „happy" or „joyful" (and it still appeared with that meaning in songs from West Side Story or Disney's Three Caballeros; keep in mind that these came out only about 50 years ago) – today, it's meaning changed into „homosexual". We're living in a time that is dominated by the Internet, we're globally connected like never before and just like technology, language also changes and evolves. It always did and i don't think that there's anything wrong about that (although i must admit that i'm a sucker for the stiff way of talking from the 19th century. Just had so much more style. Anyway, it makes you wonder how people might think about textspeak, „lol", „yolo", „swag" and all that jazz in 100 years.)
„Germans can't and won't speak English for the love of God" This might appear a little contrary to the upper prejudice but actually is something that i myself witnessed many times whenever i spent my holidays in foreign land and would come across fellow countrymen. You know, this special kind of old fat geezers who wouldn't even try to speak English (or whatever language is spoken) but insist on their wishes in German and expect to be understood – because „Funununu, i'm doing my holidays here, i'm guest and king in your land, so obey, bitches". A relative is such an example of that kind and i could slap his face whenever he does that and acts like a douche because he is too lazy to learn at least a bit of English to get around a little better. Anyway – while these unnerving individuals sure do exist it thankfully is just the minority. A good deal of Germans are in fact quite fluent in English, since it is a major subject in all schools right from the start (nowadays, being multilingual actually is obligation here. Getting a decent job and speaking only one language? Forget about it.) Another reason for this prejudice also might be the thick German accent some of us may have when trying English (i had an English teacher who was a particular bad case. Dear God, Klaus from American Dad sounds like an all perfect american angel compared to that dude's fat accent). An english talking German sounds funny for sure but which accent doesn't? Making fun of a German individual who can't properly say „squirrel"? Try saying „Eichhörnchen" for a change and then we can go on talking.
„Germans are punctual" Yes, we are. There is a popular saying in German that goes somewhat like „better one hour too early than 30 minutes too late" - and it's true. If you're on a date or meeting with Germans, you better make sure to be there just in time (some of the worst things one can do to me actually is standing me up without calling me, noting me or letting me know otherwise. I simply hate it to wait for someone who's late on a fixed date). One of the many reasons why we hate our train system called „Deutsche Bahn" (for which – despite being German - punctuality ironically seems to be a word of foreign origin). But it's not only the time. We are punctual in any other situation. The average German loves to structure his day, making plans, To-Do-Lists and sticks to even the smallest of rules (and even though i for myself can be quite the lazy ass whose discipline fails epically once in a while, i actually am a sucker for planning my days, making lists and striking those events out again which are done). Oh and yeah, the friggin' bureaucracy, of course. Germans are fucking crazy when it comes to bureaucracy. You would not believe how EVERY little shite needs a motion here. Whatever it is, it has to be on some piece of paper - what can be especially annoying at times.
„Germans are Nazis" And here we have the Number 1 cliché. The Nazi-cliché. It's so stale that I actually had problems to believe that there are still people out there who could really think that way and seriously stand behind this belief until i made certain experiences that appear especially absurd if not even alarming to me. I once got a note from an American kid which went like this: „Hey man, i love your art and such but i wonder how come you're so good and if i'm allowed to like you since you're German? My parents told me that all Germans are Nazis/evil people, all of my family think that way and i wonder now if that is true?"
Imagine my face when i read that. At first i thought it was a joke, but it wasn't. It also wasn't the only note of that kind i got, there were many more. These were actual notes from actual American kids, written and sent not fifty years ago but in this actual time. I was even more baffled when i found out some time later that some individuals in America (i dare say rednecks?) even think that we don't have electricity and running water over here. What.
I think i don't have to go much into detail here when i say that the „All Germans are Nazis, we still love Hitler and if you're a Jew you'll get killed here"-shite is not true. Far, far away from that. National Socialism and all its philosophies are stigmatised in Germany like nowhere else in the world and this for good reason. Don't believe me that? Then try the Nazi salute in public – people won't only give you an evil eye, they will actually lock you up in prison for that in no time. It's absolutely forbidden here and the contempt for those Neonazi-idiots who still roam out there is not only tremendous but nationwide.
Germany is a thankful victim when it comes to this cliché and it most likely always will be like that (thanks to that one single douchebag in the past with great brainwashing skills who provoked WW2). I only wonder why is it that a good bunch (yet thankfully not all) of Americans are so fast in bitching about German History when their own History happens to be just as bloody? Wiping out Native Americans for example (an enormous genocide that easily bears comparison with the Holocaust when it comes to barbarism), or how about slavery...no one ever comes up with that for some reason. Just saying.
Yes, all of our forefathers made their mistakes. That doesn't mean that we would follow their footsteps.
„Germans have no national pride" This one interfaces with the Nazi-thing in a sense. Compared to American Patriotism our „national pride" is indeed is pretty low if not to say non-existent – the only time you'll find German flags raised on private households is the World Cup season. If you'd say something like „God Bless Germany" or „I'm proud to be German" you'd get weird looks here and as i said, it sorta lies in our past that blocks us to be all too enthusiastic about our country. Even though WW2 is over now for more than 60 years we're still very aware of it. What happened back then is nothing to be proud of, the opposite is the case and i think that Germany still didn't get away from that shame. Saying out loud you're proud to be German simply has a slight negative connotation and people just tend to be aloof. No one wants to be seen as a Nazi here.
Adding to that, i think that this also is a mere cultural difference. I don't know, but i for myself never thought that „national pride" is something that actually justifies „pride". Sure, i love my country, i love my native language and i am of course happy and sort of „proud" when i see that fellow countrymen like Beethoven, Goethe, Hans Zimmer and Christoph Waltz (though, he doesn't count really since he's Austrian ) get their international critical acclaim, but why should i otherwise be proud to be born in a certain part of the world? It appears just as senseless to me as saying „I'm proud to be white" or something stupid like that - Blimey, I'm proud to be a world citizen, I'm proud to be an individual. That should do it.
„German Shepherd Dogs everywhere" Nope. Germany is a cat nation, actually. 12,3 million cats live in German households which makes the cat the Number 1 favourite pet in Germany. Dogs are only Number 2 with 7,4 million (it is especially crazy here where i live. Every third person living in our street has at least one cat). This last fact is more a fun fact but i thought you'd find this interesting since the German Shepherd Dog appears to be one of the most popular dog breeds in the States.
Anyway, that was my little journey through German stereotypes and clichés (and kudos to you if you made through the wall of text). Hopefully it was interesting to some of you (again, keep in mind that i always spoke of the average and drew from my own experiences. I never intended to lump together a whole nation, may it be the Germans, the Americans or anyone else. )
Speaking of which – even though Germany has especially many stereotypes, other countries do so as well. What are the most annoying/common/amusing stereotypes of your country?
Edit: I've never expected such a massive response to this journal. But because it's gone all over the internet... I would like to settle a few things first... because I keep getting the same replies over and over again.
1. I made this journal as being my personal opinion. I'm not stating facts here. I'm just saying how I personally feel about drawing fanart. Please don't take this journal as a fact, because it isn't. It was never intended that way.
2. I don't expect you to agree with me. I don't mind either. I'd like you to reply why you think differently. Provide me with your insight and experiences. I'd love that.
3. I'm well aware that I can't change anything about most of these facts. I brought them up for discussion because I want to hear what other people are thinking.
4. Please don't personally attack me, just because I compared a drawing with my own. The Naruto drawing was the first one I found when I hit the search button. I would've used my own, if I made fanart. The 2nd drawing is my own. Not because I have such a big ego, but because I wouldn't want to drag a stranger into this discussion and make random statement about his/her art.
For a while already, I'm having mixed feelings about fanart. Which is weird, I started to realize, when I started to think about it.
It hasn't always been that way. No, as a matter of fact, there used to be a time when I actually liked the concept of fanart, and I thought that making fanart of something showed your liking towards that show greatly. Like being a kind of tribute to the artist that made the original. I did actually make some fanart. Mostly pokemon stuff, and an occasional drawing of another show/series I liked at that moment.
I felt so wrong about that, when I entered DA. Soon after I came to this website, I buried the thought of ever making fanart, somewhere deep in the back of my mind. Never to be seen again.
The main reasons why I came to dislike fanart:
1. It seems like an easy way to score viewers and watchers.
Lame reason, I know. But I simply can't help to think that those who have a gallery full of fanart, only do it to draw a lot of attention to themselves. An artist I knew, and that mostly worked on making and selling fanart, once told me that this type of art was the key to her success. She took characters from a likable show, make paintings of them, and sold them like crazy. The concept is easy. People recognize the characters, so they want to buy it. It's easier selling stuff when the fandom is already there.
I understand that kind of concept, yet I can't help to feel it's an easy way to get rich. Are there really artists out there that enjoy only drawing other people's characters, instead of their own work?
To proof this concept, that fanart is indeed an easy way to score, I've sought DA for a few images of popular fandoms. They weren't to hard to find.
The sloppy naruto drawing on the left has about 1600 favorites. My most popular work (at the moment) has about 1400. Quality difference, anyone? And no... this isn't the only drawing that gets far too much attention.
2. Fanart often lacks quality and originality, but gets massive attention nevertheless
A small search on a few popular fandoms showed me hunderds of images that were either traced from the manga (and colored a bit), or just manually copied from existing pictures. The same style as the original image. No alternations or whatsoever.
The point with images like these, is that I truly question myself: is this art? We're on an art site (or at least, we're supposed to be). In my opinion there's nothing artistic in just tracing or copying a drawing, and coloring it. Coloring drawings is something I did in kindergarten. From an artistic point of view, there's nothing to learn from it. You don't learn how to draw from just tracing stuff. You learn from drawing stuff yourself, not from copying somebody else's style (and yes, I know so. I've been telling this in drawing workshops for the last few months)
I don't mind drawings getting massive attention, but I think it's sad that on an art site, stuff like this get massive attention, while there are countless beginning artists out there... willing to learn... but unable to do so, because they don't get any feedback from the community.
3. A lot of fanart actually makes me hate the original fandom
I've never actually hated My Little Pony, when it was on TV when I was still a kid. Although pony's weren't my thing, I liked how colorful the characters looked. But the recent rise of 'bronies' made me actually hate MLP. Grown guys, uniting to watch a childs show? Grown man, fapping on MLP characters? (No, I'm not joking here: knowyourmeme.com/memes/lyra-pl… ) That's just plain disgusting.
Why do people always have to turn in an innocent fandom into something sexual?
MLP isn't the only fandom at fault here, though. The exact same goes for all those twisted yaoi girls that pair characters together that didn't like each other in the series at all! Naruto x Sasuke? Goku x Vegeta, anyone?
Please... for the sake of the original series... stop raping those characters! They weren't yours to begin with, and you insult the original creator by doing this. As a creator of characters myself, I would be totally unhappy, when somebody paired my 2 arch enemy's together as a gay couple.
4. I don't think there's anything new to add to an existing fanbase
"But have you never liked a show that much, that you just felt the urge to make art from it?" I was asked by a friend of mine, when I brought up the issue I had with fanart.
Sure, I understand very well that you can be a fan of something. Unlike many people believe, even I've been a fan from a few shows/series/games, even the last few years. To name a few: Pokemon, Portal, Higurashi, Steins Gate, Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, Sword art Online. All excellent subjects for art, but googling the fandom left me utterly demotivated.
Aside from the fact that the series often have great art already (because most of them have -- that's the reason they have so many fans), I felt like everything has already been done before. I couldn't think about a single subject that would be original, or would draw the attention, in the enormous amount of fanart already existing. As an artist, I tend to create something original. Something that'd make people think. Just imitating other peoples styles and ideas is not my style. Being original is already hard when making your own art... but it seems impossible when doing fanart.
5. Having too much fanart in my gallery would make people group me with those fanart-only types
My opinion on how I see fanart artists, also affects how I want to keep my own gallery. I hate hypocrisy, let alone being a hypocrite myself, so that's why I've refrained from making fanart so far. I'm afraid making too much fanart would people make me group with those "I make fanart, only for the attention"-type of people that I tend to dislike.
6. DeviantArt community's massive love for (bad) fanart has triggered some anti-reaction in me
Yeah. I admit it. DA's overwhelming love on fanart works in the opposite direction for me. Even if I even liked a series that much, I would probably refrain from making fanart, just for the sake of it. I'm stubborn. I won't deny that. Maybe that if, somewhere in a far future, DA will become more like a real art site and original characters/art get the attention they deserve... I will make some fanart. But until that time... I guess I won't.
So... how about art for small fandoms? Characters of other DeviantArt members, for example? You've done that!
I'm a hypocrite. I know. Small fandoms make me somehow feel more comfortable. You don't have a massive amount of people that make art for it, so you have the freedom to be original. And when it comes to real small, unpublished, work... the original makers often appreciate the effort you took to draw their characters -- In contrary to those massive fandoms. I don't think the creator of Naruto would care any more or less for those that make fanart. And I can't blame them for it, either. It has become too massive.
To me, it feels like those unnoticed characters deserve more love. As an aspiring writer, I always liked it when people liked my story. Even though the number of people that liked me story wouldn't probably be over 20, I liked their individual art and comments. It's been the fuel that kept me going. As artists with small projects (as there are probably plenty around here) we all know that it feels good to be recognized, even if it's only by a few people. We don't get the recognition otherwise. We don't have publishers that help us. We don't earn money for what we do. We don't have a massive fanbase. We just do something we love and we believe in, and we need those few people that tell us "You're doing great. I like your work."
And last but not least... not all fanart is bad
It certainly isn't. There are some very skilled artists out there that make very decent fanart. It's just that they aren't a majority.
IT'S DONE!!!! Last night I finally assembled the mecha fully and activated all the lights for a test run, and EVERYTHING IS WORKING!!!!
So. after 6 months, here is the result of my blood sweat and tears (and money, don't forget money $$) for the championships!!
WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE!!!!!
The final height is 2 metres 50 cm. It has 26 push lights in them to make up all the eyeballs, and runs on 78 AAA batteries lol.
I don't even know how to express how accomplished I feel right now. Only 6 days until the flight to Nagoya now. Wish me luck to the finish ))))
Meanwhile, I'm just gonna chill for a bit
Finally, more detailed progress pictures and walkthrough of the making, and general dorkiness can be seen at any of the Facebook pages on top of the journal
Wirru's Compositions~ Warrior Heart 「戦士の心」
I want to share another original piece with you guys. Those of you who followed me back in 2010, or attended the Madman National Cosplay Champsionships finals in Brisbane that year, might possibly remember this shiny fellow and his skit:
It is written for harp, cello, 2 flutes and a piano, with the imagery of a mysterious, long-forgotten place of harmony and peace. (artwork by ZuZuMoo) It is a very (VERY) mild/ relaxing piece. I hope it can lighten up your day and put a smile on your faces
Here are some cleaning instructions for any of my hand crafted goods made from sterling silver, gold, copper, or brass.
The best way to clean fingerprints, smudges, and other minor surface grime off your jewelry and gemstones is with a soft, lint-free cloth like someone would use to clean their glasses. This is the safest, easiest way to clean your jewelry.
If you've got a quite a bit of dirt or grime on your jewelry, the best way to clean it yourself is with a soft toothbrush and dawn dish soap under running water. Be sure to plug your sink!!! when you're done, damp it dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. If you have one of my engraved pendants, do NOT use this method to clean it! You will scrub away the antiquing I used to darken the recessed areas.
Over time, when wearing your jewelry, the finish will get scratched up a bit. It can't be helped. The best way to get rid of minor scratches is with a polish cloth. Polish cloths can usually be purchased at a local jewelry store, or some department stores, and are very affordable. With one of these cloths, and a little elbow grease, you can remove most minor scratches, and put a slight polish on your piece. Please note: Polish cloths over time will start to turn a black color, but it does not mean they're dirty. DO NOT WASH THEM!!! If you wash a polish cloth, you will wash the polishing compound out of them and they won't work right.
Next, let me explain that sterling silver, copper, and brass will tarnish over a long period of time. It's nothing you can prevent, and it's nothing I can prevent. It's what these metals do.
However, tarnish can be easily removed.
A polish cloth will not only remove minor scratches, it's also a very good way to remove tarnish from a piece. In fact, it's the best way to remove tarnish from jewelry.
However, If the piece is badly tarnished, there is a tarnish remover dip that can be purchased at your local Wal-Mart called "Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner for Sterling Silver Jewelry" It's in a dark red container located in the jewelry department. Just shake the solution well, submerge your piece in it for about 4 seconds, take out and rinse under running water. This will instantly remove any and all tarnish. Please note: This stuff will remove tarnish only! It won't remove dirt or grime, or polish your piece..
To help prevent tarnishing, I recommend storing your jewelry in a concealed bag or container. The tarnishing of metals happens when the sulfurs in the air from car emissions, and other pollution, attack the surface of the metal. Storing your jewelry in concealed bags or containers helps to prevent this. A zip-lock bag will do the trick. But for the best results, go to your local jeweler and see if they have anti-tarnish bags or satchels you can store your jewelry in.
I hope I've answered any questions you might have about taking care of your jewelry. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me in the comment section or in a note!
Yes, I totally stole that greeting from the adorable whose profile you should definitely visit. I have never seen a cuter one on deviantArt
This is a collection of so-called plz-accounts related to the animated television series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". If you have not seen it yet, this is your first step in joining the herd. Just watch the Pilot Episode and see if it can win your sympathy The original collection comes from MLPFiMplz, but it has not been updated in a while, so I thought I make it 20% cooler
Since the size of a Journal entry is limited to 60KB, I had to split the collection: Mane Cast 1/2: Greeting; Explanations; Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Applejack Mane Cast 2/2: Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy Secondary Cast 1/2: Spike, Celestia, Luna, CMC, Trixie, Discord, Derpy, Chrysalis Secondary Cast 2/2: Other secondary and background characters; Multi-Pony-Pictures Miscellaneous 1/2: Other icons/ OC Ponies; hotdiggedydemon's Miscellaneous 2/2: Icon series like Shrugponies (which include the Mane Cast) Mosaics 1/2: Plz-accounts that form a larger image in combination, Size 2 to 4 Mosaics 2/2: Plz-accounts that form a larger image in combination, Size 6 to 9
Please write a comment below if you know of a plz-account that I have not included yet. That way others can find it until I add it I deliberately leave out non-plz-accounts, because their owners may deactivate them or change their avatars anytime. That has already happened several times, which screwed up all comments that have ever used them in good faith. The same applies to plz-accounts that change their icons, like this one, this one or this one.
When two plz-accounts depict the same image, I listed them both. So far I did not sort plz-icons out for low quality, except for iconslikethese. However, if one image is available in two different qualities, I will only list the superior. So if you see a pixelated icon, feel free to upload a better one
All Awesome Faces, fsjals, Shrugponies and la-emoticons are listed in the "Miscellaneous" Entry.
Your beloved, ignorant, silly, dumb dumb, Burai is back. Oh, and yes, hypocrite, you can all call me that because what I did showed my hypocrisy, and I'm loving it.
Why? Lets just say that I had beliefs that making accounts just to mess with people was stupid. And I totally did what I thought was stupid. So I was a hypocrite, and I for one, am not ashamed of admitting that. Besides, my hypocrisy was fun to say.
But enough about that, I'm sure those who are oblivious about what led to my suspension, or as to why I was suspended(which I put on my signature, and had it on there for A WEEK) makes you want answers.
Just a few questions that I'm sure some of you might have asked:
Was it because of your call-out journals?
Nope. My journals did and still do NOT violate the rules. My journals also WEREN'T removed. My journals were NOT the cause of my 1 week suspension.
Was it because of your attitude/behavior?
...Honestly...if you believe that that is what led me to my suspension, then you have a lot to learn about comments and your easily "I'm offended!" pussified behavior.
So now, here is the answer all, or some of you have been looking for, as to why I was suspended for a week:
You seen those "life owner" journals? Talk about a lot, eh? Well, that is what got me to think. What if I decided to make an account just to cause some reactions?
Well, I did. I was The-Life-Owner. And what did I mainly do on that account?
All I mainly did was fave those life owner journals, and DAWatch the Deviants who had made said journals.
And...here's just a few screenshots:
Also, I got blocked by about 5 to 6 users on that Life Owner account in one night. However, I will not add that to my main number, which is still 79.
In fact, I made that account late at night. Next day, it got banned because of trolling, and that is what led me to my 1 week suspension. What I did when I saw that my account here was suspended, I just laughed.
So yeah, now you know what led me to my suspension.
But I am back now, and will NEVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT AGAIN.
And PS to you gullible puppies: The Life Owner hack crap is a HOAX. It's been proven a HOAX some years ago. It's a FAKE. THE END.
I wonder if this journal entry will be deleted by *coughcoughcoughyouknowcoughcoughcough*...