You want to make plushies? Tips and resources listEdit: added a part about fabric selection before 'where do I start'!You want to make plushies? Tips and resources list2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ever since I posted Wolf Link and Midna I've been getting an influx of messages asking me to teach, reveal my secrets, take people under my wing, and so on. The sad thing is I can't spend all that much time one on one with everybody asking me to teach them. So I've decided to put together this massive block of text, relating some of my personal experience in plush making and listing off all my resources at the bottom. This will cover the very basics of plush and pattern making so if you are completely new to plush making this is for you, if you're not and you're just looking for resources skip to the bottom. I hope this will be helpful to someone!
First off, the reality. The big secret. The key to becoming a good plush artist is...
I can already feel the glares and exasperation but hear me out first.
One thing I've noticed with a lot of the messages I got were that a lot of people were scared of screwing up.
On pricing your artwork and creating a career...I am going to be speaking at an "Entrepreneurship In The Arts" program later today, and I've been organizing my thoughts. One subject that is certain to come up; "how do you arrive at a fair price for your original artwork?" I have some definite ideas regarding that question.On pricing your artwork and creating a career...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was always told that the accepted model for artists and artisans, when it comes to pricing, was double your costs for materials, figure out an hourly price (double that for your retail price if you plan to have wholesale/retail differentials), add it up and there's your item price. I think this model is pure bullshit.
I was also told "charge what the market will bear!" Again, vague bullshit. What if you live in a depressed area? What if you live in a third world country? What if you're at some artist's ally at a little convention and there is a kid sitting next to you selling her character sketches for $5 each?
Here is what I think. There are so many variables when it comes to pricing original art. Yo
OH MY GOSH thank you T3T Oh my Gosh...OH MY GOSH thank you T3T2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know, this is very, very random, but I have to say it!
Thank you, everyone, for over 100,000 hits on my beloved Pokeshipping-Animation! ;___;
It really means a lot to me, because it is my first one and it has my complete heart in it. It was always a dream of mine to make something like this. So - seriously... Thank you so much for being so kind. ♥
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Giveaway (Closed) WINNERS ANNOUNCEDSo here are the winners!!Giveaway (Closed) WINNERS ANNOUNCED1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1st Place BurnToshiba - Claimed # 4
2nd Place ArcticAnimal - Claimed
3rd Place Baka-Ruu - Claimed
4th Place Tobisgoodgirl - Claimed # 6
5th Place CopperleafThecat - Claimed # 3
6th Place Kash-Atchem
7th Place Qanime-forever
8th Place PR3SAG3
In order I wi
CLOSED!!CONTEST![3000 POINTS PRIZE FOR 1ST]CONTEST TIME!CLOSED!!CONTEST![3000 POINTS PRIZE FOR 1ST]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What do you have to do?
Draw my OC doing anything or spending time with anybody.
You can draw1: MLP, Human, EQG, Digital, Pixel, Anthro/Furries, Base using (if it's not poor quality), 3D, GIF, Photography, shortly saying - almost anything
You can draw2: Comics, Icons, Full drawings, Gore, Nudity, Funny stuff, Sad/Emo, Abstract, any genre, shipping, and again whatever you want
You can draw him with anybody you want - official mlp character, other show character, your oc, my oc
You can draw him at any age you want
Can't think of anything?: You can draw a gala dress or outfit (about his style you can find under "Personality")
DEADLINE - 30/10/13
- There is no entry limit
- NO STEALING AND TRACING OTHER'S ENTRIES
- No gender change
Our First Contest! (Awesome prizes!)Okay guys, contest....Our First Contest! (Awesome prizes!)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been asked about this for a while and I think it's we should have one! So, I'm announcing our first contest is open and starting today!
Got questions about the sudden, out of the blue contest?
I thought some questions up and answered them below, if there's something else I haven't answered and you want to know, comment and I'll get back to you.
What's the theme?
No theme in particular, just anime in general.
How do I enter?
Simple, note me a link to your submission with some mention of the contest and I'll enter you!
Does it need to be a specific kind of art?
No, it can be any kind of art, traditional, digital, photo... whatever!
Do I need to draw something new for the contest?
No, not this time, as it's our first contest you can enter anything done at anytime, but most likely our next contest will be new submissions only. (Just so we don't get people re-submitting the same stuff all the time)
what the everloving fuckok so you know im atheistwhat the everloving fuck4 months ago in Personal More Like This
and i had a dream that i met jesus in the park at midnight and we talked and i didnt know who he was but later i found out
and all of a sudden he was like "its late yo lemme walk u home" and i was like "ok"
we were near my house and we saw some people talking and jesus said "lets steal the car" and while i was like "JESUS NO" hE FUCKING PULLED ME INTO THE CAR AND DROVE ME TO MY HOUSE WHILE THE FUCKIGN POLCE WAS CHASING US AND I GOT OUT OF THE CAR WHEN WE WERE AT MY HOUSE AND HE WINKED AT ME AND DROVE AWAY
BUT THATS NOT THE END
WHEN I WALKED INTO MY YARD SATAN WAS DRINKING COFFEE W/ MY MOM AND THEY WERE LIKE "HONEY WE NEED TO TALK TO YOU" AND THEN satan sAID "JESUS IS HAVNG PROBLEMS. HE'S BEING REBELLIOUS" AND I TOLD THEM HE STOLE A CAR AND MY MOM GASPED AND SAID "OH NO JESUS" AND WE WENT TO FIND JESUS AND AFTER HOURS OF SEARCHING OR SMTH WE FOUND HIM PETTING CATS AT A RESTAURANT AND THATs HWEN I WOKE UP I'M
I AM GOING TO HAVE TR
Stop Using Subscript in Your LitOr, Why Tiny Text Is Bad.Stop Using Subscript in Your Lit2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
(FACT: It's not just because some of us have crappy vision.)
I know some of you like the effect, but here's the deal: do whatever you want on your own monitor and keep your hands off mine.
Did you know that, in Windows, holding Ctrl and moving the scroll wheel up or down changes font size? You do now, and it's not much harder to change zoom size on a Mac (I hear it is most likely cmd++ or cmd+- , cmd+0 reverts it to the original size). I know it's just as easy in Linux, anyway.
I already have my browser's text size display set to what I want, thank you very much.
Anyone who uses Word must be familiar with the concept of font size in points: 12pt Times New Roman, especially, when it comes to turning in essays for teachers. (And 13pt periods for those of you who couldn't hit that minimum page count )
Well, here's the deal: Web display doesn't work quite the same way. You can force all text to be 16
2013 FEclub SS - Notes have been sent!! got yours?:iconfireemblem-club:2013 FEclub SS - Notes have been sent!! got yours?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Image by Meibatsu!
Hi everyone! It's that time of the year again! This is our annual Secret Santa gift exchange, where we all get together and exchange creative works with one another in the name of Fire Emblem! I know some of you have been asking for this and wondering when and if it was going to happen, but rest assured, it will! You will have a little over two months, as this will go on until Valentine's Day. So think of it as a holiday/Valentine's gift!
Sign up to create a Fire Emblem themed gift (either drawing or fanfiction), and receive a gift in exchange. Normal club submission rules still apply. There is a maximum limit of 100 participants each year.
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Help needed CI Give away ends 2nd of SeptemberIt's the 5th of August that means the give away is backHelp needed CI Give away ends 2nd of September1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
for those of you who do not know, I, *Tsuki-SoraRuki:decide to do a project
called project weekly give away here you can win Pm's for free
how can I enter ?
to enter simply fave this journal
if you want to share this journal I will be deeply appreciative ,but it's not required
NOTE : since I will be busy this month (this is a monthly event when it's the 2nd of September it will be a weekly event again)
what are the prizes this month?
1 month premium membership (for two lucky members)
3 month premium membership(for two lucky members)
MLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with MinkyMy Little Pony Plushie StyleMLP Resource: Tips + Tricks for Working with Minky2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What: Minky is a polyester, microfiber fabric that is extremely soft. It is often used in baby blankets and quilts, but also seems to be the fabric of choice for many plushie makers.
(Please keep an eye out for more helpful journals centered around plushie making! More will be made in the future!)
These tools can help make your experience working with minky much easier...
Rotary Cutter: http://www.beverlys.com/olfa-rotary-cutter-28mm.html You can use this to cut the minky directly around your pattern pieces on a flat surface, instead of trying to pin the pattern and hold up the fabric while cutting with scissors. The smaller the blade size, the better, because they go around tight curves easier.
Walking Foot: These sewing machine accessories are very useful. When sewing, because minky is slippery, the fabric may slide around a bit and get off track, making your plushie (or whatever you're making) not as accu
Fluttershy Plush Watcher Contest*********CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*********Fluttershy Plush Watcher Contest2 years ago in Personal More Like This
*********CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*********
*********CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*********
Winner will be announced today.
I have more than 600 watchers, and really happy about it! The contest is really simple.
1. You have to be a watcher
2. You have to write a journal linking to this watcher contest journal.
Drawing will be held Monday May 6. I will be using a random number generator to choose a watcher, I will check to see if you have a journal linking to this journal. If both conditions are met, you will be notified. Winner must respond within 72 hours (3 days) , or I will have to choose another watcher. The winner will receive this cute Fluttershy Plush If you are outside of the US, you will have to pay for shipping.
Any questions about this contest, please post on this page.
Thanks and Good Luck!
selling advice (BUT IT WONT SELL!) (please read)"They barely sell as it is, I am afraid if I raise prices anymore they won't sell at all"selling advice (BUT IT WONT SELL!) (please read)5 months ago in Personal More Like This
"My art isn't worth it"
"People won't pay what I want"
"Insert a million excuses here"
This is you! Or rather I should start off by saying this is all of us because I don't believe in playing the victim, we are equals here. We have all said it at some point in regards to sales. I personally have said it plenty of times. You, the reader are probably no exception.
Pricing is difficult, I offer my service and advice to who I can but at the end of the day I can't reach everyone to give you this talk. So I am writing this general journal about why your art ACTUALLY does not sell. I am going to try to be possitive but this journal may be harder to digest then most of the other informational journals simply because of the nature of the reason under pricing occurs. Which is because the seller has no self confidence, no experience, and is making business about their worth as
Get your ass to Mars.Want a free ticket to Mars? Dutch company, Mars One, is accepting aplications from any and all would-be adventurers that are willing to be hurled at the red planet.Get your ass to Mars.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The catch? The ticket is one-way. Their goal is to establish a settlement, not a resort.
So, if you're bat-sh*t mental and want to take part in "Operation Space-Grave", contact Mars One. I and all the other sane people will wave you off and divvy up the Terran luxuries you'll no longer be using.
Squirrels....of DEATH.As a rule, I run under the assumption that if word of an outbreak or pandemic suddenly hits the news, it's already too late. With people moving across the world at the rate they now do, an incident can be reported on one side of the planet and by the time the networks broadcast it, the bug is probably crawling in through your living room window.Squirrels....of DEATH.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So, when I hear that a squirrel just outside Los Angeles has been found dead and racked with The Plague, I get a little freaked out.
That's THE Plague.
You know: the one that killed 200 million people in Europe BEFORE the advent of mass transportation.
Now, there are plague animals running wild all over the place, and the Black Death can actually be treated at the moment, but the bacterium has been at large for centuries, giving it plenty of time to turn real nasty. Our antibiotics get less effective by the day, with the bugs they're used on becoming more and more resistant to them through misu
Bolin Cosplay Tutorial----UPDATE----Bolin Cosplay Tutorial3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have uploaded the pictures of the main pattern pieces for the jacket to my scrapbook. Take a look if you are having troubles modifying your own pattern! (I couldn't find the pattern for the collar, I drew it on a piece of paper somewhere and I think it is gone now... sorry!)
I have had a lot of requests asking how I made the jacket for my cosplay, so I decided I would write a quick overview of what went into making it. I will not go into excruciating detail, but if you would like more help on any particular section, please leave a comment and I would be happy to elaborate!
STEP 1: Picking fabric
Print lots of good colored reference shots for yourself (or carry a smartphone with you) before heading to the fabric store. It goes without saying that you want to pick fabric with color that closely resembles your source, but it is also important to take into consideration things like the thickness and flexibility of yo
Bancroft Bros Animation LetterTony and I were honored to be asked to write a letter for the inspirational "Animator's Letters Project". We wrote a letter to our Younger selves about the things those skinny, young animation dreamers need to learn -from us old guys!Bancroft Bros Animation Letter10 months ago in Personal More Like This
ALSO: I am on Patreon now and would love to see YOU support me. Many of you ask for sketch requests or commissions and that Patreon page is the ONLY place I will be doing that. Original artwork and weekly sketch requests are a big part of you helping me create my OUTNUMBERED comic strip- and maybe soon, a NEW strip also! With over 17k followers here on DA, I only need 10% of you to give a dollar a month and I'm where I'd like to be for support. 'Nuff said!
Messenger bags giveawayThe giveaway is over, I'll start counting stars now, I'll announce the winners as soon as possible.Messenger bags giveaway7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hello citizens of the internet I've been wanting to do something fun and give away things for a while, been thinking of ideas for way to make it more interesting XD this is what I came up with.
BlueRobotto's Messenger bags giveaway
You can get one of the messenger bags available in my Etsy shop! shipped to your house for free!!
These are the bags available at the moment:
Check out more pics in my Shop
What to do?
It's going to be a raffle, based on stars awarded
How to Pay artists using PaypalI'm still getting payments for digital artwork that require shipping because people forget to click the 'no shipping required' box. I can have my account flagged if I don't ship items that apparently need to be shipped. Please be sure to take care when ordering digital commissions from artists! Here is a super cool Tumblr post that shows you how to do the right thing when ordering digi-commissions. I'll be using this helpful post when people order my commissions so people have a visual ref. C:How to Pay artists using Paypal6 months ago in Personal More Like This
EDIT: Paypal recently revamped their site so everything is set up differently (I kinda liked how it was set up before) Here's how the 'goods and services' page should look: http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/185/8/d/image_by_araktugage-d7p8w6w.jpg
See how the address says it's optional? It's best not to choose any address when sending a payment for a digital commission(s) unless there's something that do
Bio's (2ND UPDATE)Type in "CTRL+ F" and type a name to find a character.Bio's (2ND UPDATE)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Angel - She is a nurse at the hospital, she works along with Barky. She seems to have a little crush with him. She's the leader type, even though her role is to obey Barky's commands, she breaks them time-to-time when she feels like he's wrong (He mostly is). She's is also half deer.
Aura - A robot made by Bill, the scientist. She's very compassionate and loves her "father". She'll do anything to protect him, no matter what. She can change different colours, depending on her mood.
Azure – He's very quiet and is mostly by himself, or with Kirby. His passion is painting. Him and his brother, Burst, do not get along. He's an ex member of the Soul lake tribe. In Blackout, he was killed and put under control by eKirby. His wings were also chopped off by his father, Grim.
Bill – He's a very lonely scientist who works in a lab all day. He makes "living" creations to keep h
Went to study Web Design... And failed misserablyThats me when I studied Web Design a few years back.Went to study Web Design... And failed misserably8 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is a short segment in my life that I haven't really talked about before, (mostly out of shame). So after graduating from Graphic Design school, my dearest mother really wanted to push me to study somthing else to 'expand my worldly knowledge', she started asking if just having a Graphic Design background is enough, whether I have enough skills to survive in the real world. She kept talking and talking, so in order to shut her up, I told her I could study web design because internet is the future and I have no knowledge of coding. She liked the idea. GOOD, Now leave me alone, I will study Web Design and become good at it, maybe I have a hidden talent with coding, maybe I am The One. Big mistake. :T (There has been wayyyy too many times when I would choose to listen to my mother's advice instead of following my own instinct, and in turn costing me lots of problems in the end. The most recent one costing me a whole gr
New Walt Disney bio pic- and me!Hey Everyone! I wanted you all to be the first to know: There's a new trailer for an independent film about Walt Disney's early years (before Mickey). The trailer just came out today! I am honored to be doing illustrations of some of the main actors for the openining credits for it! Spread the news and let me know what you think so far!New Walt Disney bio pic- and me!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
and here's a short "announcement clip" of my work on the film with the director, Logan:
contest!!!! :)Hey guys so I am making this contest basically because I would like what you can come up with for an evolution of think long and hard while coming up with ideas there can only be one winner.contest!!!! :)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Prizes are as follows:
1st Place - Of course the drawing will be redone in my style full credit will be given
A twelve month premium membership as well as a 5 week promotion of your art pieces on my page
2nd Place - Two of your fakemon done in my style as well as 500 DA points
3rd Place - A full coloured fake of your choice as well as 100 DA points
Contest runs till September (3rd)
ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CONTESTANT AND THE QUALITY OF THE DESIGN IS NOT THE DECIDING FACTOR IT'S THE CONCEPT THAT I AM INTERESTED IN
ps. you dont need to be the best artist on DA to win this prize I'm looking for the design that grabs my attention
1st entry by :iconartooinst
COMMISSION INFOcommissions are currently CLOSED until February or soCOMMISSION INFO3 years ago in Personal More Like This
BY SENDING ME A COMMISSION INQUIRY YOU ACCEPT THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN OUT OVER A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE FOLLOWING RULES AND GUIDELINES
pokemon, digimons, anime/game/cartoon fanart, original characters
***Note about original characters: I will not make an OC that doesn't belong to the commissioner unless the owner of the OC messages me giving their consent.***
Will not make
Robots, overly complicated characters, gravity defying plushies, Homestuck characters, Disney characters, anatomically correct plushies
-All prices are now in CANADIAN DOLLAR (CAD)
-Prices do not include shipping fees.
-prices are for plushies made out of minky with machine embroidered details unless stated otherwise
-Price quotes are valid for 3 months
-PLEASE NOTE OR EMAIL ME FOR A PRICE QUOTE, I WILL NOT DISCUSS SPECIFIC PRICING IN CO