Sell yourself.. but not undersellFound this on tumblr..... and I find it incredibly relevant. Especially since I've been preaching that subject to a few others recently, myself. Though this illustrates it perfectly.Sell yourself.. but not undersell2 months ago in Personal More Like This
I also find it amusing and painfully true, at the mention of the 'DeviantArt mentality'.
If you are looking to make honest money with honest, art/writing work.. don't undersell yourself just because some kids that only get an allowance from their parents think its too much. (And don't get me wrong. I was that myself for a long while. Your perception of money's worth changes -allot- as you grow up though.. so don't tell someone something isnt worth it just because you see something like 100$ as allot.. it is to a younger person with no bills. To me though? that's not even 1/4th of my monthly car payment.. )
Most people trying to make decent money by putting more than decent effort into their work have grownup stuff to pay for.. And better ways to make money than wasting time for even less.
of course that me
Exploring Art 30: Theft and value of an artistHey 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.Exploring Art 30: Theft and value of an artist9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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
Chapter 1, House of Hades (www.rickriordan.com)This is the real, first chapter of the new book, that has yet to be released, The House of Hades.Chapter 1, House of Hades (www.rickriordan.com)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Witchcraft - FeatureWitchcraft - Feature6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Laboratory by Schnitzelyne
Potion by catchingfyre Golden wish by Piscisvolantis
It Starts With a Wish by VelvetRedBullet Restore Magicka I by TheCameraGirl
Learning to Fly by LashelleValentine
In The Morning by incolor16 Little Bit of Sunrise by incolor16
Thy Eternal Summer Shall Not Fade by incolor16 Rainbow Magic by incolor16
Potion Maker by anotherone0
My hope... by Samantha-meglioli Elixir Of Hope. by andokadesbois
Percy Jackson Quotes“Don’t push your luck, Leo Valdez; I still hate you.”Percy Jackson Quotes5 months ago in Personal More Like This
–Calypso to Leo Valdez, in The House of Hades
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...1 year 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
Deadly Allure - and the importance of thumbnails.Stop looking at her actual thumbnails. I mean thumbnail sketches.Deadly Allure - and the importance of thumbnails.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, so this isn't exactly a journal entry. But since I can't be bothered to figure out how to post inline images in the commentary section of regular image posts, you're getting this. Deal with it.
In my perpetual state of ultimate lazyness, this image has been bouncing around for a while, and I'm just now getting around to posting it. And I've had a fair number of questions. So, I think I'll take this opportunity to walk you through some of the happy accidents that fill the days of us artists. That's right, Bob Ross may be the only one who owns up to it, but we all have them.
To me, the most important thing in art is making decisions. In fact, you can break my art philosophy into a tidy little three step triad. Observations -> evaluations -> decisions. That's the important stuff. Everything else is just about
RoF Feature: The Warrior and the MageRoF Feature: The Warrior and the Mage1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The Warrior and the Mage
presented by the Realm of Fantasy
Fantasy Knightby Fatmarco
.:Goddess of Victory:.by EVentrue
Garen League of Legendsby DavidRapozaArt
Dark waterby anndr
Applibot Illustration 9by alexnegrea
Percy Jackson Quotes“...if those girls found out the truth about her dad, they'd all be bowing down to her screaming, 'We're not worthy!'.”Percy Jackson Quotes6 months ago in Personal More Like This
–Leo, talking about Piper's dad
3000 Watcher GiveawaySo I've reached over 3000 watchers and I'll be doing the drawing for my giveaway tomorrow. If you watched me after 3000, you will not be eligible for this giveaway. Don't worry - there will be more in the future!3000 Watcher Giveaway2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. A random watcher will be drawn via random.org. Watchers at and under 3000 will be eligible only.
2. The winner will receive their choice of a custom food in 1:12 scale.
3. The watcher drawn has three days to contact me once their name has been announced. If you do not get back in touch with me, you will forfeit our prize and another person will be drawn.
4. If you win and are under 18, please double check with your parents if you can give me your shipping address, since I will send you your item via the post. If you cannot give your address, tell me ASAP so i can draw another name.
5. By accepting the prize,the winner agrees to not resell the received item.
6. The prize will take at least a week to complete, as it will be made from scratch.
Thanks to all my watcher
Good Drawing:iconBreznicaKreshnik:Good Drawing1 year ago in Personal More Like This
:iconDiegoKoi:Sensazioni by DiegoKoi
:iconMuhammad-Ejleh:Venice by Muhammad-Ejlehhole in a paper by Muhammad-Ejlehlet's get the hell outta here !!! by Muhammad-EjlehEiffel tower other angles by Muhammad-EjlehPaper monster 2 by Muhammad-Ejleh
:iconiskarlata: Parrot parade by iskarlataSummer colours by iskarlataSummer colours by iskarlata:thumb321795226:
:iconIleanaHunter:Commission WIP by IleanaHunterScarlett Johansson study by IleanaHunterKate Beckinsale Minimal by IleanaHunter
:iconTelemaniakk:... by TelemaniakkPrincess Merida (Brave) by AmBr0Princess Merida (Brave) by AmBr0:thumb352748326:Untitled by Telemaniakk
Apparel Collection: Monster TalkTogether, we are deviantART, an amazingly diverse community of fantastic individuals from all reaches of the globe. It’s a beautiful, creative ecosystem where the wildest voices can speak their minds and share their expressions. When designing this collection, I wanted to celebrate that diversity. When you’re at a concert, on an airplane, or sitting at a café, it's sometimes fun to look at the people moving and talking around you, each with their own unique style and outlook. Be part of the big conversation, where all voices matter and everyone can be involved.Apparel Collection: Monster Talk1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The characters in this piece spawned from a conversation I had while teaching a high school class on character illustration. The topic was making interesting-looking characters, and everyone seemed to agree that you have to make a complex contour shape in order to satisfy the goal. I countered by simply drawing a line of jelly bean shapes on the board. At first, it looked boring -- just a bunch of wonky
Okay, let's talk about that new feature...Hello deviantART. Hello deviantART staff.Okay, let's talk about that new feature...6 months ago in Personal More Like This
No, I am not going to be polite. Fuck you.
I am saying that that because I don't know how else to. Do you know why?
Because dA does only love kids and their parents income.
So, dA has implemented a new feature that lets you search for commissions within certain price ranges. That's great, right?
Not really. Because some solvent-abusing staff member on dA felt like it was a really, really good idea to yet again pander to the kids to squeeze every kind of cheap penny of out them.
You know, it's fine. It's something I would expect from SheezyArt or whatever that piece of shit is called.
So, why am I angry again? It's only been a week since my last outburst, right?
Well, dA has this thing of completely fucking over every update they make.
The system itself is fine. It's great. But I'll tell you what isn't: dA IS ACTIVELY DEVALUING THE PRICE OF ART ON ITS OWN SITE WITH IT.
Now, I might seem all bitter and hateful as usual, bu
So yeah.......Here was the project I was working on for a few days (and previously asked you guys to offer me nuzlocke characters to it).So yeah.......1 year ago in Personal More Like This
PS: As of late...I am in need of money. So, I am OPENING COMMISSIONS! If you are interested, please refer to this journal entry!
1000 Words books now at Amazon and SacAnimeThe full shipment of 1000 Words has arrived! Now you can order the books at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/1000-Words-Wenqing-Yan/dp/0981959997 or at 4DE.com http://4de.com/product_details.php?pid=1111000 Words books now at Amazon and SacAnime1 year ago in Personal More Like This
For those who can make it to the SacAnime convention in Sacramento, California this Jan 4-6th 2013, we will also be selling the books plus other prints in the Exhibitor Hall at booth B20! http://www.sacconventions.com/?page_id=4961 Come by and check us out! (And it's the Vendors section, not Artist Alley because we couldn't get a table in time )
Thank you all for the amazing support for this book. If you have ordered anything from the 4DE.com and have not received your shipment yet, please e-mail sales@4DE.com and they will help you
1000 Watcher Give Away*I've hit 1000 watchers! Thank you so much all! <3 I will choose a name for the winner tonight. Make sure you check back here around 7:00pm eastern and see if you've won. :3 I'll send a note to the winner as well.*1000 Watcher Give Away2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I'm almost at 1000 watchers (hooooooow), and I wanted to do another give away! Here are the details:
1. Anyone watching me before or at 1000 watchers is automatically entered into the contest. No watchers after 1000 will be counted.
2. A winner will be randomly drawn using the random number generator on random.org.
3 The winner will receive a prep board of a food of their choice.
1000 watchers is insane, so I wanted to offer an awesome prize for this one. \o/
You guys are all fantastic and I appreciate each and everyone of you, and I wanted to let you all know that it means a lot to me that you support me and my crazy little hobby.
Pin-Up: From Objectification to EmpowermentIn researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls” there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops.Pin-Up: From Objectification to Empowerment2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Wed Feb 01, 2011, 11:00 PM
In researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls”
there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs
adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops
Watercolour Workshop 2013 - almost full!I've still got some spaces for the second workshop! The first is full!Watercolour Workshop 2013 - almost full!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
WHEN: Workshop 1: August 17th/18th; one weekend (Saturday and Sunday); eight hours on both days (10-18.00) Workshop 2: August 24th/25th. Both workshops are independent of each other. Should anyone wish to come to all four dates, that will be possible too.
WHERE: Youth Hostel Aachen, Germany. http://www.jugendherberge.de/en/hostels/search/portrait/jh.jsp?IDJH=434
WHAT: You'll learn the basics of how watercolour works, along with an assortment of colour theory, special tricks in watercolour, get the chance to try out different sorts of paint (I'll bring every variety I have and you're free to give them all a try) and things like masking fluid and other gimmicks, plus anything you'd specifically like addressed. The approach that I'm going to show you is very much lineart-based, so it's a good idea to bring some lineart with you (on watercolour paper).
HOW MUCH: 60 Euros per participant. The workshop fee covers only the
Community Relations Celebrates !We're celebrating our 13th birthday with a vast array of exciting events and contests! Join us as we welcome in deviantART's 'teenage' yearsCommunity Relations Celebrates !9 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
First take a trip down memory lane with the Timeline of deviantART
Then get involved in one of the many events and contests listed below!
Contests & Challenges
deviantART's 13th Birthday Contest
When: August 5th - August 14th
Learn more about the event here.
dA 13th Birthday Photomanip Challenge
When: August 7th - August 10th 1PM Pacific Time
Learn more about the event here.
Photomanip Mini-Contest: It's a reBirthday
What happened at the *other* watercolour workshop!And more fantastic stuff, this time from the second workshop group! Check out those wonderful paintings, and give the artists some love!What happened at the *other* watercolour workshop!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
If you haven't seen what the first group did, check out their paintings here: http://gold-seven.deviantart.com/journal/What-happened-on-the-watercolour-workshop-394608419
As always, I'll update this with more art as I get it!
The Brothers Steele - Snake - Colour by JulSteele
Orange by JulSteele
Sir Marcus of Galloway by Riana-art
The Brothers Steele - Daniel II - Colour by JulSteele
Sunflowers by zornisse
Nicolaipixie by zornisse
Schoenerer by zornisse
Antiochos Study by Curundil
Practicing Watercolour by Fumettisto
looking west (with wonky legs, duh!) by Curundil
Yes You Can!Yes You Can!Yes You Can!1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
Helpful Hints On Reading and Discussing Poetry
Contest Information Below!
Hi! Welcome to projecteducate’s week on poetry forms. I’m here to talk about poetry in more general terms, which might help you with the rest of the week. As a great lover of poetry, it makes me incredibly sad when I see a comment on dA that says
I just don’t get poetry
I like this poem, but I don’t know why
I can’t possibly say anything about this poem, it’s just so much better than I could do
If you can see yourself in any of those comments, this article is for you! By the end of it, you’ll have some idea of what to think about when reading and later commenting on a poem, as well as the opportunity to win some points in a contest. Obviously no article is going to teach you “eve
Devious Journal EntryIn light of the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, I have decided I will be offering a charity item in my shop in order to contribute something to those who have been affected by this tragedy.Devious Journal Entry1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Starting tomorrow, I will have the item in my shop and will have it there for a month. The item will be a miniature Boston cream pie charm, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. At the end of the month I will make a lump sum donation to them.
I really hope this is not coming across as tacky or as a gimmick on my part to increase page views/sales/what have you. This is a very sad and horrible event that has happened and it has affected so many people. I would like to do my part in trying to help.
I will have the items up tomorrow morning-ish and will post when I do.
Thank a tree this weekend.Any tree.Thank a tree this weekend.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Go up to it.
Acknowledge its existence.
And thank it.
The Name GameThe Name GameThe Name Game10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Pitfalls to Avoid and Tricks to Use while Naming People and Places
We've all been there. You're reading a pretty interesting piece of fantasy fiction, and a few paragraphs in you learn that the main villain's name is "Abraxas the Cruel, Lord of the Black Tower." You wince at the unoriginality, close the deviation, and move on to something more interesting. We've all been on the other side of things, too, with a detailed plot outline in hand, staring at a Word document that displays only a single line: "???? knew what he had to do--kill the president." We're sure that once we get that protagonist's name down, that perfect name, we'll be able to write the whole thing in one gush of brilliance, but all that's coming to mind are banal names like "John Everyman" or over-the-top ones like "Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster".*
*Yes, that is his rea