LeechesHere's an average summary of a private message that I receive on a weekly basis:More Like This
I just came by your profile and saw your art, and was very impressed. I think you have a very nice art style. Now I'm working on this project. It's called <project>. It's an awesome story about <subject>. I'm currently writing the script for it, but I'm planning to make a visual novel. I can't tell too much about the story, since I don't want it to be copied, but it's going to be really cool. The point is; I need illustrators. I'm an excellent writer, but I can't do illustration at all. And therefore, I wanted to ask for your help. I need about 60 pages illustrated and colored. Would you work together with me on this one? I don't have any money to spend, as I'm not an established writer yet. But when the visual novel gets published, you can get a percentage of my profit.
With kind regards,
Well... let me translate this for you.
This Person X
Don't get playedAlright, so there was a recent 'happening' in the dA forums concerning a commission offer made by someone with the starting price of $30. The piece they were asking for was supposedly a really highly detailed piece, large resolution, and basically something you'd spend (on the low end of the market) no less than $250.00 on.More Like This
Now, from here on out this may be purely opinion and because my participation in the industry has only been for about 10 years (as in being paid for my work) I may not be the best person to speak on this matter. However, I have to say something, if only to put my own opinions on the matter out there.
15 years ago I got my first commission. It was a full colour realism portrait for someone of their dog and I offered to do it for $5.00 using traditional media.
They took up the offer and it took me about a week of working on and off to finish their image. At the time I wasn't anywhere near being sure of my skills even though I'd been drawing comprehensively
My Little Anime TeaserAnime Sparkle is not animated. Apparently this is a new project coming up from Galaxy Art. If you are curious about what to expect, head on down below the break for the trailer.More Like This
*Some Backgrounds were made from scratch whereas others used from various animes and Japanese animated movies.
Song used: Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki OST - Ki Toki To - Yonhon Ashi no Odori
Aaaand I would smile 4000 smiles...I don't know what to say to be honest. I know I shouldn't be getting so happy and excited about every single milestone I ever pass. What significance does that keep after so long? But I still need to show and tell you guys how overjoyed and happy I am about this milestone. 4,000.More Like This
HOW?!?! IT'S ONLY BEEN A YEAR AND LIKE 4 MONTHS HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!?!?
MY goodness I can't believe it. I know how it happened, though. It happened because I have some of the greatest friends in the world. I've met some of the nicest, most talented, most caring people I've ever known simply by joining this sight last year in...June? That seems like it was so long ago, yet so close still.
Regardless of when, I still met some amazing people in the short time I've been here. And I am so thankful for that. It's not Thanksgiving any longer but that doesn't mean I can't be thankful, so I will say that I'm thankful for each one of my watchers, each one of
When you want to quit art, think about this...I think most of us had it at some point. A moment in which we felt sad about our art. It might have been a full developed artblock, or just a small moment of hopelessness, perhaps questioning our artistic career, asking yourself "Why did I actually start doing this?".More Like This
Over the years, I've had many moments like that. Most of them triggered by another failed drawing, a total lack of inspiration (while I needed to get creative work done --nothing more annoying than that!), or another harsh critique that was just a bit too much to handle, at that particular moment.
I've had many times that I doubted myself. There have been times when I questioned my creativity in general. Times when I was sad about just another harsh critique, or depressed for being turned down by another group or publisher. Times when I got angry and shouted that I wanted to quit art altogether.
But eventually, I never quit.
The point is... no matter how angry or sad I am, it always takes me a while to calm down and