How My Business Works
My business works because it's actually not a business. And by this I mean I hardly make any money with my pictures. For me photography is not a way to make money but to invest money, and I work several other jobs to be able to pay for my art. I'm a tour guide on waste to energy plants and wastewater treatment facilities, I'm a concierge at the house I'm living, I work as a Photoshop instructor and on weekends I take care of the library of the University.
Sometimes people say to me: I can hardly believe you're not making money with your photos because they are better than the work of many professional photographers.
Of course it's flattering when somebody says something like that even if I don't always agree. But here's the thing: the very reason why I'm able to work on this level is because I don't have to make money with my pictures. If you're a photographer who wants to make a living out of it you are forced to do things differently. You have to focus on what your customers like and
Tutorial: Hooters Regional Pageant Lighting Set UpTutorial: Hooters Regional Pageant Lighting Set Up in Personal More Like This
Mission: Photograph the pageant pictures for the Regional Hooters Pageant.
Goal: Offer something unique to Hooters and the women in the Pageant. Give them something other than, the normal pageant pictures.
The situation actually turned out great this year. I had a space that allowed me to have privacy and was next to the trailer the women where changing in. The previous year we had issues because it is a outdoor event and a lot of the "fans" tried to mingle with the contestants. So we had the perfect spot. We were also able to use the district managers mustang as a prop so that was really cool. The soft box is boomed up front. Always remember, especially when shooting outside, to bring something to weigh down the boom. Too easy for it to get blown over, even by the slightest gust of wind. The second light (gelled with pu
Artist Alley 101: Things to Consider/ResourcesHello everyone! Welcome to the 4th and final part of my Artist Alley tutorial!Artist Alley 101: Things to Consider/Resources in Personal More Like This
This is meant to be a good start for those who have never been a part of an artist alley before, as well as a nice refresher to those of you who are veterans of alleys everywhere! I will try to be as detailed as possible, but make the information easy to reference and read through!
Hope you enjoy, and feedback is definitely appreciated! Let me know your thoughts, reactions, some of your own alley stories, as well as if you have any suggestions to add to this tutorial! I definitely haven't thought of everything, so if you had new ideas to share, I'd love to hear them!
Here are the links to Part 1 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-The-Basics-Applying-for-a-Table-343899201 Part 2 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Planning-What-to-Sell-Pricing-345146923 and Part 3 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Displaying-Your-Work-DOs-n-DONTs-34998855
Artist Alley 101: Displaying Your Work/DOs n DONTsHello everyone! Welcome to Part 3 of my Artist Alley 101 guide!Artist Alley 101: Displaying Your Work/DOs n DONTs in Personal More Like This
This is meant to be a good start for those who have never been a part of an artist alley before, as well as a nice refresher to those of you who are veterans of alleys everywhere! I will try to be as detailed as possible while making the information easy to reference and read through!
Hope you enjoy, and feedback is definitely appreciated! Let me know your thoughts, reactions, some of your own alley stories, as well as if you have any suggestions to add to this tutorial! I definitely haven't thought of everything, so if you have new ideas to share, I'd love to hear them!
Here are the links to Part 1 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-The-Basics-Applying-for-a-Table-343899201 and Part 2 http://theartslave.deviantart.com/journal/Artist-Alley-101-Planning-What-to-Sell-Pricing-345146923 if you'd like to take another look!
ARTIST ALLEY 101
Displaying Your Work/DOs and DONTs When Runnin
Mission 6 WinnersSo, first off, this has been a while. I’m sorry for that; life’s been especially busy for a few of us judges, what with school starting again for a couple, and tons of other work getting in the way for the rest of us. So it’s a little... late...Mission 6 Winners in Personal More Like This
Regardless! We’ve finally looked at every entry and done our best to judge it accordingly. There were a lot of really fantastic entries this time (well, there always are, but even more so this time), which made it incredibly difficult to judge! I know personally I ended up giving out way more perfect scores than I normally give just because the amount of effort displayed in some of these was incredible. So many of you worked so hard back during Mission 6, I was overwhelmed looking over it all. I can only imagine how it must have been to make them! So many hours of work involved!
I also want to point out that, while awards are list
Event 4 seasonal accessories... accessories...oh... aren't you precious... beautiful... perfect... i could just... oh yes... perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect...Event 4 seasonal accessories... accessories... in Personal More Like This
ah... ah... ah...! what are-- ah. YES. i have a special gift... a special special gift... for you all today... a special gift...
sorbet... sorbet wants gifts... we have gifts for you... look... gifts... gifts... gifts... gifts... gifts... gifts.. gifts...
look at them... you want them... don’t you? we don’t have very many... they’ll probably run out by the time the party happens... party happens... party... party... party... party...
just DON’T TOUCH get your FILTHY HANDS OFF MY PERFECT perfect cloth... perfect... perfect cloth... don’t touch it... no one can touch it... no filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth... filth...
my cloth is perfect... perfect... perfect... perfect... perfect... perfect... perf
On: Illustration, Comics, and Story TellingDon’t suck -- PKOn: Illustration, Comics, and Story Telling in Personal More Like This
I want to say first of all that sometimes I get people asking, or rather complaining, “why does it seem like the comics always get a better score? This group seems so focused on comics. What if I just want to draw pictures?”
Well, that ends up tying into narrative illustration, which is a pretty hard thing to do right if you’re used to drawing single shots of your character against a plain, white background. Most people end up doing comics because it seems easier right away: the characters can talk, you can set the scene, it doesn’t require a little description at the bottom...
But, even comics require some know-how to pull off really well. It’s just harder to pull off illustrations in this story-based environment, because comics make it a little less apparent when it’s not doing a very good job at telling that story.
But, I’ll get to comics second.
PSA on tracing and referencingHello everyone!! I just wanted to reiterate something that I do put on all of my deviations (or at least try to remember to)...PSA on tracing and referencing in Personal More Like This
Please do not TRACE, OR HEAVILY REFERENCE MY ART!!! When I say this, it generally applies to using my art as bases or tracing it for adoptables or commissions. I am fine if you trace or reference my art for personal reasons, or practice... but when you use my art for profit , THAT IS NOT OK! Seriously!! I WILL call you out on it if I see it happening, and send you a note or comment on your deviation and request you remove the image, and if you do not comply I will report you.
I feel like this should be common sense, but it has happened to me more than a few times in the past month, and has happened to many other artists as well. Heres my general rule of thumb:
WHEN TRACING AND HEAVILY REFERENCE IS OK:
-Doing it for learning, WITHOUT POSTING IT ONLINE (unless if you have explicit permission from the artist), &crediting
RANT: Plushie artists and their RUDE customersfeel free to ignore this journal i just needed to ventRANT: Plushie artists and their RUDE customers in Personal More Like This
NOTE: THIS DOESNT APPLY TO ALL CUSTOMERS/COMMISSIONERS OF PLUSHIE ARTISTS, just the ones that are rude and try to haggle lower prices continuously and dont respect their work
Ok, I know that a lot of people have had their fair share of rude and frustrating customers, but my sister just dealt with one commissioner tonight that really made me pull my hair out.
After receiving a commission to sew a chibi Manetric (a pokemon for those who dont know, heres a pic of one) the commissioner tried to haggle the price down an extra 10 dollars, to which she agreed to after telling the commissioner she would just have to make it simpler and less detailed. the agreed price was 50 for the commission. The cost of fabric and supplies, 10$, leaving her a measly 40$ for 9 hours of work. thats less than 4 dollars an hour..
My sister comp