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The Polar Bear, the ice bear, an apex predator of the north arctic circle. The largest of all bear species, this bear is a mighty carnivore. But as the ice the bears so desperately depend on melts at an alarming rate, disaster spells out in the murky water. Rising temperatures cause ice to melt, diminishing the bear's home and chances at catching prey. When the ice melts completely, polar bears will meet extinction below the freezing waters. Their population number ranges between 25,000-20,000 distributed among the nineteen subspecies.
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RESULTS ACG - Tales of Time - CONTEST RESULTS

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 9:44 AM



It has been one tough ride deciding the winner out of all the wonderful, imaginative, creative, story telling wonderful wonderful pieces.  You can see all the entries here >> anothercontestgroup.deviantart… << ~ Thank you to everyone who took part, donated and judged.

Also don't forget about our next contest which is happening now "I am no Picasso" >> anothercontestgroup.deviantart… <<

ACG's TALES OF TIME CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations!!

:trophy: 1st Place goes to :iconkanamm: with Valkyrie, well done Kanamm :trophy:
Valkyrie by Kanamm
"In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is a female figure who decides which soldiers die in battle and which live. Selecting among those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen ones to the afterlife, Walhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, and sometimes connected to swans or horses."


:trophy: 2nd Place goes to :iconbushaqua: with Gaia, well done Bushaqua :trophy:
Tales of Time: Gaia by Bushaqua
"Gaia was the goddess or personification of Earth in ancient Greek religion, one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the great mother of all: the heavenly gods, the Titans and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra."


:trophy: 3rd Place goes to :icon1kit1: with Red Riding Hood, well done 1Kit1 :trophy:
Red Riding Hood by 1Kit1
"I was inspired by the story of Red Riding Hood. Red Riding hood has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, and I wondered what it would be like if it was more romantic... (I love wolves, so it made me sad when the wolf was killed. In this version, no wolves will be killed! :D)"


Congratulations to our 3 winners.  But as stated in the prize list below everyone who enters will get some prizes.  So here's everyone else :meow:
:iconhallosse: :iconparaniva: :iconb-rizzlexxxx: :iconfairychamber: :iconprettyflour: :iconxkalipso: :icononeillpogi: :iconbestyoshimon: :iconscotsprincess2: :iconinanisvoid: :iconpuzzledpixel: :iconcaoticaneutral: :iconivyartist: :iconeriwib: :iconhodayabn: :iconentar0178: :iconspyderzt: :iconall4sparta: :iconda1976: :iconerinptah: :iconlink-of-the-twilight: :iconjawhetstone: :iconchicitac: :iconraqonteur: :iconsakkem: :iconspiceycaramel: :iconhoustonb: :iconerrantcanada: :iconwdnest: :iconwrxstv: :iconoperia: :iconpumpkinphotography: :iconwhitewings16: :icon08points: :iconpu-an: :iconlyscooper: :iconxannijn: :icongreenmangos: :iconnashimus:

Well Done Again
:iconkanamm: :iconbushaqua: :icon1kit1:

PRIZES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Winners please contact prize givers

1st Place:
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
Permanent Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
30 :points: donated to ACG-PointsDonations for this contest
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
2x Free Commission from missimoinsane
Llama Badge (if available) from missimoinsane
Comment/Critique from Child-of-Minerva
20 dA :points: from Missvirginia
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from StabilizedDarkkyo
300 :points: from Stygma
1 month feature in Furry-Tales from Stygma
Llama Badge (if available) from Stygma
Journal Feature from Christianonfire7
Literature Commission from Christianonfire7
Stock Pack wonderlandstockx.deviantart.co… from wonderlandstockX
Traditional Commission - Operia
Feature - Operia

2nd Place:
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
Perminant Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
22 :points: donated to ACG-PointsDonations for this contest
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
1x Free Commission from missimoinsane
Llama Badge (if available) from missimoinsane
Comment/Critique from Child-of-Minerva
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from StabilizedDarkkyo
200 :points: from Stygma
1 month feature in Furry-Tales from Stygma
Llama Badge (if available) from Stygma
Journal Feature from Christianonfire7
Literature Commission from Christianonfire7
Feature - Operia

3rd Place:
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
Perminant Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
10 :points: donated to ACG-PointsDonations for this contest
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
Comment/Critique from missimoinsane
Llama Badge (if available) from missimoinsane
Comment/Critique from Child-of-Minerva
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from StabilizedDarkkyo
100 :points: from Stygma
1 month feature in Furry-Tales from Stygma
Llama Badge (if available)from Stygma
Journal Feature from Christianonfire7
Literature Commission from Christianonfire7
Feature - Operia

Everyone Who Enters:
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
Llama Badge (if available) from Child-of-Minerva
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from StabilizedDarkkyo






Thank You To Our Judges
:iconmissimoinsane: :iconacg-pointsdonations: :iconannuski: :iconlightdragonqueen: :iconkimidoll: (+3x anonymous)

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If you wish to have a contest featured in our journals (it's free) please send a note OR comment to the group and the staff will get it added a.s.a.p.
Skin created by missimoinsane
Hi. I went through depression in my senior year of high school. I felt lonely, guilty, ugly, unworthy of love, painfully isolated. Being alone at night was the worst, because that's when all the dark thoughts would come and I would fight the thoughts of cutting myself. I wrote a lot of bad poetry. I cried all the time and didn't even know why. I thought about what heaven might be like, and I wished I was there.

I told my parents. I got therapy. I got medicine. I got better.

Since then, I've gone to college. I studied abroad in Japan. I fell in love and married a cute guy. He and I are making a video game together! Now I'm going to graduate school and I'm learning to become a children's book illustrator. I live in a bright apartment where I can see squirrels climbing in the trees outside my window. I love baking muffins and popovers and other yummy things. Not every day is rainbows and sunshine, but in general I am a very happy girl and I LOVE my life.

As a teenager, I never could have imagined that my life would turn out so awesome. Your depression will tell you that it will never get better, that your life will never be much anyway, that you're not worth it, that you will never be happy again and the best you can hope for is the peace and quiet of death. It's not true. It feels true, but it's not. Keep telling yourself that: it feels true, but it's not.

Tell an adult that you trust. Get help. Get therapy and medicine, if that's what it takes. And if that adult doesn't help you, tell another adult and another and another until someone takes you seriously. Don't give up. Your life is going to be so amazing!
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PLEASE REMEMBER TO WRITE IN THE DESCRIPTION THAT YOUR ART IS FOR THE CONTEST!!  THAT WOULD HELP A LOT!!

OKAY We're doing a contest!  :D  AND THE FINAL IS FEBRUARY 15th (add an extra day for you procrastinators).


:star:  This will be top journal for until the contest ends so sorry everyone for pushing everyone's personal journals down, but this is a group event.  ^^;

Also, I'm willing to chuck in 30 :points: (darn thats from our super group savings...:'() for first place and a llama.  
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RULES:  Theme:  Giving and Love :star:EDITED

1.  All art must be made from 1/7/13 onwards.
2.  Must include something about the theme.
3.  Only one submission into the Contest folder.
4.  Non members can't join...
5.  ...but spreading the word would be nice!  :D
6.  People giving prizes can still enter... just if you win with your prize, you won't be doing anything or getting anything, you'll just be receiving stuff!
7.  Include in the description that its for this contest
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Prizes:  

1st:  20:points:, a llama, and a comment from YukiraHanou, a llama from meowchi75, a request from uchihafan123, a request, llama, and feature in her journal from PurpleMilk95, 20:points: and a request from Luminent-Soul, a blinky animation request and a llama from HalfInane-HalfMental, a llama from lexxii, a llama and critique from Luciferian-Alexander, a llama 10 favorites a comment 5:points: and a watch from unusedEmotion, a llama a watch and favorite from seraphima531, a llama from rachel163735, a llama from vanilla-foxxy, 15:points: from seraphima531, a full body coloured (digital and/or traditional) from MeiTakahashi, a llama and comment from Hoshigetsu, a llama and watch from :devnintendodudeful:, a llama a watch and 5:points: from VasiDgallery, a llama from rachaelwagner, a pixel icon of your OC a and a chibi from Kawa-Mucchi, a llama and 3 favorites from Sassiekaatje, a llama from vocaloidgirl16, a colored anime/manga-style full-body request and a colored chibi request from devinaaTART, a llama and watch from Eevee1999, a full colored drawing(digital) and llama from fluttershyyay

2nd:  A llama, a comment, and 5:points: from YukiraHanou, a llama from meowchi75, a request from uchihafan123, 10:points: and a llama from Luminent-Soul, 2 favs and 2 comments from lowlance, a blinky animation request and a llama from HalfInane-HalfMental, a llama from lexxii, a llama and comment from Luciferian-Alexander, a llama 10 favorites a comment and a watch from unusedEmotion, a watch and favorite from seraphima531, a llama from rachel163735, a llama from vanilla-foxxy, 10:points: from seraphima531, a full body coloured (digital or traditional) from MeiTakahashi, a llama and comment from Hoshigetsu, a llama a watch and 5:points: from VasiDgallery, a llama from rachaelwagner, a pixel icon from Kawa-Mucchi, a llama and favorites from 2 Sassiekaatje, a llama from vocaloidgirl16, a colored anime/manga-style half-body request and a colored chibi request from devinaaTART, a llama and watch from Eevee1999, a digital lineart drawing and llama from fluttershyyay, a full body request from :devotakuxfread:

3rd:  A llama and 5:points: from YukiraHanou, a llama from meowchi75, a llama from HalfInane-HalfMental, a llama from lexxii, a llama and comment from Luciferian-Alexander, a llama 10 favorites a comment and a watch from unusedEmotion, a watch and favorite from seraphima531, a llama from rachel163735, a llama from vanilla-foxxy, 5:points: from seraphima531, a full body lineart in digital from MeiTakahashi, a llama and comment from Hoshigetsu, a llama a watch and 5:points: from VasiDgallery, a llama from rachaelwagner, a llama and favorites from 1 Sassiekaatje, a llama from vocaloidgirl16, a colored anime/manga-style headshot request and a colored chibi request from devinaaTART, a llama and watch from Eevee1999 from fluttershyyay, a traditional lineart and llama from fluttershyyay

:iconluvdiscplz::iconcuteheartplz::iconrosesplz::iconcuteheartsplz::iconvalentinesplz:
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...and the rest of the comic will be released on my twitter first. Hooray! You can be the first to see them on twitter! Come and follow me here!!: twitter.com/StressedJenny StressedJenny.

Hope to see you there and thank you!!

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Contests, projects and challenges from around deviantART to inspire your creations (and give you the opportunity to win cool stuff!).


Theme Pokemon XY Celebratory Contest
Medium N/a
Ends Sign-ups end 27 August 2013


Theme Original Character Tournament set in a version of the underworld
Hosted by ~Xouri
Medium Visual (except photography) and written
Ends 31 August 2013


Theme Tales of Trees
Hosted by #TreeLovers and #Treephotographers
Medium any, in the proper group
Ends 31 August 2013


Theme #InternationalFAQ icon contest
Hosted by #InternationalFAQ      
Medium Icons
Ends 01 September 2013


Theme "Elven Pride" is a 3D fantasy theme challenge
Hosted by ManipulateThis
Medium Photomanipulation
Ends 01 September 2013


Theme Guess what's written in this deviation
Hosted by Valz138
Medium N/a
Ends 04 September 2013


Theme Think Difference
Medium Literature, Drawings and Paintings, Photography and Photomanipulation, Artisan Crafts
Ends 15 September 2013


Theme Blood RAIN
Hosted #DarkArt-Challenges
Medium Manipulations
Ends 16 September 2013


Theme Under the Solar Flares
Hosted by #Furry-Tales
Medium All
Ends 01 October 2013


Theme Hetalia Art Contest!
Hosted by KalteEinsamkeit
Medium Digital, traditional, pixel and literature
Ends 26 October 2013


Theme Project AWW
Hosted by Nameda and her Gangstas of Love
Medium N/a
Ends Ongoing


If you're running a contest, project or challenge and would like fella to help promote it, please send a note to the group with the theme, who is hosting it (and individual deviant, or a group), the medium(s) accepted, the deadline for entries and a link to where more info can be found and we'll list it here.


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Art Criticism: The Real Deal

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 18, 2013, 3:22 PM


How many of you think of art criticism in a more or less negative way?

I read an incredible book by Terry Barrett called "Criticizing Art" for My Visual Cultures & Critical Practice class in my senior year of college. This author and the class has enlightened my view of what art criticism is and the components of it. And I'm posting this here on dA to share it with you.

This community is part of the bigger Art World, believe it or not. And every person who posts a comment on an artwork is practicing a form of art criticism. You don't have to be some snobby Art Historian from New York to be an Art Critic. Critics come from many different backgrounds- poets, musicians, historians, artists and everyday people- using what they write about to add to communicate what is "likeable" to the community. Critics are what drive the popularity of artwork- which essentially drives the interest in the communities they work in as a whole.

So here are some REAL Art World thoughts for all of you out there who are actively involved with feedback on artwork here in this community- straight from an Art Educator:

Criticism is neither denotes or connotes a negative activity.

Why give publicity to something you hate by talking about it?

The clarity of your feedback will determine who and how many people read and reflect upon it.

Criticism lends credibility- so artists in general like their work to be reviewed. The usefulness of criticism is subjective to the artist, however. Some artists could care less about what others have to say about their work.

Is criticism an angle for marketability? Absolutely! The most popular artists in this community are those who have been reviewed by the most people/ featured in the news/ guests of honor at conventions...etc.


So what is the point? The point is, If you are here leaving comments on artwork & faving, you are all officially Art Critics according to the definition by the Art World. Congratulations. Now use your capabilities to better our community- Continue to talk about the artwork you love and be as thoughtful as you can about it. What you post reflects on you as a critic to the artists you write about, and the audience that reads what you write.

Food for thought. ;)

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On pricing your artwork and creating a career...

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 21, 2013, 8:28 AM


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.

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.  You shouldn't base your prices on materials.  Some artwork, like watercolors for example, can be produced with very little overhead.  Some art is entirely digital...no supplies necessary whatsoever!  Some artwork is created with found objects or natural objects...what if your art costs absolutely nothing for you to create it?  It's really what you DO with your materials that creates the value.  Charge for your skill...not your materials.

If you pay yourself by the hour, you might as well go into some other skill trade.  Be a plumber or a lawyer or a factory worker.  You are ~incredibly fortunate~ to be an artist.  You're in a trade where your hours DO NOT MATTER.  You are not trading time for money, like almost everyone else in the world has to, or at least you shouldn't be.  You're trading skill, vision, and technical artistic ability for money, and those are rare commodities.  Don't you dare price your art based on how long it took you to make it.  Do you really think it's okay to charge $20 for a drawing because it only took you a few minutes to do it?  That's a mistake.  Add all the years of your life, plus a few minutes, because that's really how long it took you to do that drawing.  Add the value of your innate ability to create art, plus the few minutes (or hours, or days) that you took to create that art.  Add every mistake you ever made, every sketch you messed up, every practice piece you did, all the hours of sweat and failure you endured while striving to create your own unique style. What is that worth?  $10 an hour?  $20?  $50?  And what if you get better at it, faster at it as the years go by and you perfect your skill...do you charge less because it took less time?  It's an exercise in futility to come up with a formula for pricing your artwork based on the time it took you to make it, so don't even bother.

Instead (and here is where we are all incredibly fortunate to be born in the time we live in) base your price on what the GLOBAL market will bear.  You have the tools handy to do this pricing research right here at your fingertips; just fire up your laptop/tablet/PC and get to searching.  Look for artwork you like, look for artisan crafts similar to your own.  Figure out what your genre is and go there for answers.  Compare prices (there will be a range) and be critical of your own work as it pertains to the global conglomerate of all the other similar artwork out there.  Is your stuff still amateurish?  Are you still learning?  Is it derivative/heavily influenced by a particular style that you see everywhere?  Then price yourself at the lower range while you continue to develop as an artist.  If your pieces are unique, you're creating them in a professional way, your quality is as good as you can possibly produce (and consistent!) and your work ethic is strong, you should be charging at the high end.  

You may just be the person who is happy creating mediocre, poorly-executed character drawings/ cheaply made crafts for fun, and in that case by all means, charge a few bucks for your work and enjoy the pocket change you are making.   I have known very few true artists who feel that way...most of the good ones are driven to improve and excel and won't even consider selling the work they don't feel good about.  So I really don't think that someone who considers him or herself "an artist" should ever be underselling their work to get by if they are confident in their artistic vision, ability to execute, and quality of work.   If you're making beautiful, unique work and you're still not happy with the amount you are getting paid for it, you're doing something wrong.  If you say "but I CAN'T charge more for my work because then no one will buy it", then you have to ask yourself three questions: Is your work not as good as you think it is?  Are you taking the time to showcase your work in the most professional manner possible?  Are you selling your work in the wrong place?  All those problems can be fixed if you just work harder and smarter...if you are truly an artist, you'll be willing to do both those things.

The biggest mistake (and I've been very guilty of this in the past, though in my defense it was because the venue simply didn't exist when I was "coming up" as an artist) is pricing yourself for a certain market.  It'll almost always warp your perception of your art's value.  If you live in an economically depressed area, you may be told to "be happy" with whatever you can get at the local art fair.  If you sell at conventions you'll be competing for the limited funds that young people/students will be able to spend on art.  If you're doing the craft show thing...good luck.  Everyone wants a bargain basement deal.  You might have fun hanging out at the art fair (and for that reason alone it might just be "worth it" for you, if that's your goal), but if you want to really make a LIVING as an artist you'll come away feeling undervalued, and your idea about what art is worth will suffer.  

Instead, price yourself for a GLOBAL market.  Do those searches...seek out other professionals on line.  Forget about what's happening in your local scene.  The tools are all there for you to use, so use them!   There's never been a better time to be a self-representing artist.  You don't need an agent, you don't need a gallery to represent you, you don't need a storefront (I have none of those things).  You just need your skill and your vision and the willpower to go to work in your own best interest.  Learn how to create accurate digital images of your best work (photoshop skills are a must), learn how to write decent copy, learn how to use social networking to your advantage, and get working.

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Thank you :)

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 20, 2013, 2:12 PM


Thanks for all the birthday wishes guys! And a warm hug to all who drew me a fanart or wrote a fanfic. I'm honored<3

As for news:
the Kickstarter campaign is doing amazing, my mind still has difficulties processing with the amazing-ness of it all. Thanks to all of you who chose to help! There's still 17 days to go too. Dayum<3
(Also, we added hardcover versions of the book, if you wanna check that out in the pledges)

Other little news from my personal life:
Installing a new workspace in my room, installing Linux as well to test all those opensource goodies, trying out a working technique called the Pomodoro, aaaaand getting my new graphic tablet tomorrow<3

Hugs and kisses y'all!
Cheers ;)

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Hey guys. I've written about copyright law in the past, but there are some things I just.. never thought to mention. However now that Sarah and I are working together, we're dealing with several types of art theft at once. Everything from the recast dolls situation (where someone buys your doll, makes casts of it, then sells it to the public. Yes this is illegal, more on that later), to someone submitting my art to a game company as their own for a job. In many cases we are dealing with ignorance, so I thought I would clarify a few things.

This is going to take a while.

The Recast Situation
There is a new trend in the ball jointed doll industry, where people are taking dolls and sending them to 'professional recasters'. These people then make a mold of someone's doll, and recast it. They then proceed to sell the doll to their customers. The artist receives no compensation for this, nor is allowed to even have a say in anything from the quality of the resin, to the color, to if this should even happen. There is heated debate on both sides, and it's been breaking my heart to find out that many friends were not fully educated on copyright law, and were beginning to think that this was an acceptable practice.

Now, Grace, who is the artist of Jpopdolls, has hired a lawyer to deal with the situation regarding the recasts of the dolls. THAT is a piece of work that you should all read and learn about, and I will link the letter from the lawyer breaking this all down. The reason I ask you to educate yourselves on this is because people can sound very, very, very persuasive when they are doing something wrong. But the act of buying a doll that you *know is stolen*.... makes you an accessory to the crime. And I assure you it is actually considered a crime. So please, please before you buy something you know is a 'knock off', make sure you know exactly how the law stands on issues like this. If not for the artist, for yourself in case the artist (like Grace), chooses to pursue legal action.

This is the letter. Please read it thoroughly and pass it along to others. This is real and legitimate information about copyright law that is important to know.  www.jpopdolls.net/images/lette…

The biggest thing I want to say is.. when in doubt? Don't take the word of the person you are doubting. Research it. Look into both sides. If one side is using copyright law of the fashion industry, or things that have nothing to do with the subject at hand, then back away slowly. I say this because *fashion law does not apply to other art forms*. The laws are different depending on what the medium/artform is. If you aren't 100% sure, then better to be safe then sorry, you know?

But recasting doesn't hurt the artist!
This has come up several times from several people. I want to correct this interpretation now. It hurts the artist. It hurts their current career *and their future career*. The catch with doll artists is that they rely on the resale value of their dolls.

What's this? But Jessica! The artist gets nothing from the resell of a doll!

That's not entirely true. What the artist receives is proof of value. This is wildly important to collectors who both love the dolls but *also* want to have a valuable collection. People will choose to buy limited edition dolls with the assurance that they will not be re-released, because over time their value not only holds, but increases. Think of it like buying antiques. They are worth some now, but in later years they are worth so much more to collectors because they are rare and precious.

How this affects the future of the artist is that once they have established that their dolls hold value *by the way they sell in the resell market*, future dolls are desired and purchased regularly. It is possible for an artist to build a very successful career based in part on how well their dolls hold value over time. But to do that, this means certain things have to be in place. The doll has to be quality. The resin can't break down in a few years, rendering the doll's value moot. The doll can't just be an easy commodity, open to the public. It has to be no longer offered. If a doll is limited, it's a rare item. If a doll is not, then resells are of 'used' dolls (because you can buy a new one for x amount of dolls, so why pay more for one that was opened?), and the price is generally lower. The doll no longer holds their resell value. Are you starting to see where recasts of limited dolls hurt the resell value? Why buy a limited edition El doll that's no longer available, when you can get a recast for next to nothing? In fact.. why buy the doll from the artist *at all*, when re-casters sell it for cheaper?

It doesn't take long to take an already fragile business and cause it to crumble. Even the 'big' companies are playing a delicate balance of making sure all their bills are met, their employees are paid and they have enough going that they can continue selling the dolls. Because dolls are NOT a necessity for living, it's a fickle business and a sculpture that's not appealing to the audience can result in a huge loss in money, sometimes even a business destroying loss.

There are other effects to doll artists when their work is stolen, but I would like to move on to another subject now.

"Borrowing" art for portfolios
Welp, I've talked about dolls. But now I want to talk about something else. A situation has come up not too long ago where a young lady placed pieces of my work in her portfolio, that she then submitted to a gaming company for consideration and review.

This has happened in the past, with people submitting my work as their own for things like college applications, gaming jobs and so on. The response I've gotten from them when confronted was usually "Well it's not like it hurt you or anything".

I want to address that now.

That's wrong.

The effect of portfolio theft on the artist
It hurts the artist in really subtle ways. For example, when I applied for the visual art's institute a second time to continue my career, the dean recognized my work. Why? Because someone had used it weeks before and gotten accepted into the school. They proceeded to lecture me on theft, and fraud, and I was declined from the school outright. It took months for me to get the dean calmed down enough to show her my body of work and prove to her that I was not a thief, was in fact the legitimate artist. Then she had to find the artist who DID lie, and had to do a ton of pretty horrendous paperwork and legal crap to remove her from the school.

I did not end up continuing my education. It was my personal choice, but it took so much out of me to get this done, that I was worn out and simply didn't want to continue. This was years ago but it still burns me to this very day.

In the case of people who use your work for gaming companies, it puts the company at very real risk. I assure you that if I saw my work on their games, I would come after them for theft. Then that would involve a very,very, very expensive court battle, and a loss of my creative time. That art that is so precious and worth enough to that person that they stole it? I cannot create more of it while I'm going to court regularly to deal with this issue. The company that is liked enough that this person wants to work for them? They can't release/continue selling that game while the legal issues are taken care of. Both sides lose a great deal of money, more then the thief received/will lose (because they will end up in the court case too). It hurts, but it's something we would have to do in order to protect ourselves. (the person who submitted my work to the gaming company did not know that the company owner's daughter a. knows me and b. has watched me painting. So she was busted immediately. Not all artists and gaming companies are that lucky.)

A friend of mine tried to apply to a company as one of their illustrators who does t-shirt designs for their company. She submitted her art.. and was promptly rejected. She found out later that it was because *her design was already on their competitors t-shirts* and they thought she was trying to be underhanded. It took a great deal of time to sort out the mess, get the stolen art off of the other company's shirts, and get things straightened out. But by the time it was done? The job had already been offered to someone else and she missed out on a great opportunity.

Just think. That's all I can ask anyone to do. Please think. Artists defend their copyright, not because they are 'greedy' or 'zealots'... but because they have to. When we work in this industry, what happens to our art has far reaching consequences that only the artist can really analyze and work with. It's more then just the art.. that piece of work that was put on a pro gay hate board without the artist's consent can result in difficulties for them later, perhaps even very real physical harm (this also happened to a friend). It can ruin contracts, destroy reputations, fragment the value of the artist's work.

I understand that art is a wonderful thing, and it's natural to desire it, want it in your hands and on your walls. And I get that it's easy to think 'it's just a drawing' or 'it's just a doll'. Too many people think of artists as not actually being a real job or a real business. The fact is.. it is a real job. It's a real job with consequences that are not easily seen on the surface. And when we reach out and say "Stop." It's not to try and hurt you, and certainly not over something petty. It's because we have to, this is our livelihood.

So please care for your artists

When I researched moving to another country, I found something interesting.

Artists are considered cultural assets. In the immigration paperwork on DOZENS of countries, an artist is often as valued as a doctor or a scientist. Just like them, the artist has to prove their worth, show that they are truly a creature of creation and expression that moves the world. But the important part is *they are a cultural asset*. They are an expression of the uniqueness of our civilization. A country's value as a civilized society goes up *if they are rich in art, music, dance, CULTURE.* Tourism increases when countries have these things, when the beautiful art and sculptures lure them, the native dances, the incredible expressions convince them to step out of their country and come to another.

Protect them. Protect them, value them, cherish them. They are what brings light and beauty to the world, be it dance, music, art, sculpture. There is no limit to the beauty and creativity that will be your reward for their care. No price that can be put on the joy and inspiration that you will feel when you look at what has come from their gifts. That's what an artist gives to the world, and you. That's why they are a cultural asset. It's as close to magic as we will ever get in this world, so take it and keep it safe.
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