I realize that there's no point in not supporting the people whose work I enjoy looking at just because of one single person I've had issues with in the past. I'm going to start commissioning people again as my budget allows. I have a couple artist on my radar, more specifically 2, but I'll continue to be on the lookout.
I'll mostly be basing my choices on the referrals I get from friends whom commissioned my artists of choice in the past, as well as looking at how frequently they produce commissions to get an idea of the expected wait times. Having some form of instant messaging point of contact (preferably Discord) is also a big plus.
That is it for now, thanks for reading this thing, I just had to get this out so I wouldn't feel bad about commissioning people with that huge "I'm not commissioning anyone ever again" journal on my profile.
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Boy, do I have a bad track record of getting screwed over by artists… If you ever considered to get a commission from Pokefound, the artist who took on Pokehidden's style and takes money in exchange for such images, it is time for you to reconsider. I asked for an NSFW commission and I am very dissatisfied with the entire process AND the result, so much so that I want to prevent anyone thinking of making the same mistake from going through what I did. Below I will explain the situation backed by unaltered (except blanking out his e-mail) Skype chat messages with exact timestamps as well as screenshots.
(it has explicit content and I did not want to risk posting it on DeviantArt)
I have been thinking about something that has often times been controversial and/or the topic of a debate: tracing. As most of you are probably aware, that's what makes up 95% of all of my deviations: traced artwork of ponies from the show, or traces of sketches. As for poses from the show, I can reasonably say that these might be subject to re-use, and often times the could be requests made through the MLP-VectorClub's Requests & Reservations site. However, with sketches, there's really no reason for one to trace them, and share the result publicly. If I trace a sketch because I like the character it depicts, that shouldn't mean that it's something I should publish. Maybe it's a good idea to send it to the artist who made the sketch, or ask them for permission before posting it, but definitely not uploading it straight away. In some cases, I'd probably be too nervous to send the image to the artist directly, and I'm also somewhat impatient. In the past I just thought "meh they probably won't mind" and posted the image blindly. I had to find out that not everyone shares my way of thinking, and now that I re-evaluated my past decisions, I don't agree with myself either. While making a vector out of a sketch, even though I may improve on the original drawing, in turn I'm also creating work that does not properly reflect what I'm capable of. Tracing an amazing, detailed sketch could just as easily give a positive, but false impression of my drawing knowledge as tracing a less well-made one could make my work look worse than I'd prefer. Not to mention what the artist, or the people looking at the artwork may think my intentions are with making said vector. Is he just doing it for fun? Does he want to gain attention by drawing over someone else's work? As an outsider, it's impossible to know what the creator might think before, or after, releasing an image for everyone to see. Some might say it's an improvement and welcome it with open hooves, others may think ill of its author.
For many reasons combined, I've decided to completely stop tracing the sketches of other artists. I gave many possible explanations as to why I'm doing this in the paragraph above, and while this decision may have been influenced by other factors, I'd like to make it clear that this drastic change is solely needed for me to know that I have done everything in my power to have a smaller chance of being wrongfully accused of anything, by anyone. I'm not saying anybody did, or will do so, but I definitely don't want it to happen in the future. This won't change the fact that I'll still do traces from the show in the event that a pose I like gets requested on the reservations site, I'm mainly talking about sketch traces.
While it'd certainly be incorrect to treat traces of the show as my own, I, personally, still think that the 3-5 hours of work it takes to make an accurate vector should be reflected, and in a direct manner. This does not only apply to me, but the rest of the MLP vectoring community, as someone had to make those fancy pony vectors, even if they've been modified to fit the theme of the specific video. In the case of Facebook, 99.9% of the pages I follow do not mention the artist or the specific image, and if I like something that's posted there, I have to go out of my way to do a reverse image lookup on Google (which may or may not work) to find the artist and the image itself in it's original place.
As a question for vector artists, would you be upset if you saw your work used without any attribution to you in a PMV that gets close to tens of thousands of views or more? For others, how often do you find yourself liking an asset in a video (or an image on social media) that you'd like to see and/or support the creator of, and maybe check out their other works? I'd love to hear your opinions.
Commissions:Badlanded (who no longer does pony commissions) is a great person and artist, and back when she used to do pony-related artwork I really enjoyed seeing it. When I saw that she took commissions, I jumped at the opportunity, because I knew I'd love the result, and that's exactly what happened. It was great while it lasted, and I wish her the best of luck with the species she's moved onto.
Conrie is the greatest person I've made a commission to in my lifetime to date. Responds in much less than 24 hours, sends regular updates, and knows what he's doing. Once he opens his commissions again, run for the few slots he'll have, cause I might use up one or two before you get the chance to notice it
January3rd is a great guy with a unique art style that I like very much. I've been following his works for over a year, and when I got the chance to commission him, I didn't need to think twice. Great communication, friendly, and allows for changes even after the image's almost finished! One of the best experiences I've had so far.
Art trades:Despite what he seems to believe, I think Le-23 is a great artist, and his work speaks for itself. The art trade that ended up happening out of a request from myself to him was kind of unexpected, but I was glad that I could return the favour.
PaintTasticPony uses the tool she knows best to its fullest potential, her communication is great, and seems to be a nice person over all, with a lot of great ideas for original characters. And by a lot, I mean, a lot.
Would any of you even be interested in watching a live stream of me doing vectors?
Turns out I get a lot of dropped frames even though my PC does not seem to lag, but this means that I won't be able to stream even with this processor. Sorry everyone :c
With the end of summer comes the end of scheduled weekly features. Don't worry, they will continue to come as I find new artist who could use some attention, but the goal of posting a journal weekly will be dropped, as I've ran out of the initial set of people I wanted too give a view boost to, and I'm not finding enough new ones in time.
With that rambling aside, here's a person I got to know just recently through a request, which turned into an impromptu art trade in the end
Le-23's a nice guy and a great artist, so make sure to check out his gallery! I've included an image of his below that I find really adorable, but this was a hard decision, as I he has a lot of images I could've chosen for this position
Here's one of his images that I find really good, but I could've chosen pretty much any other image from his entire Pony folder. Please go and have a look at his artwork, and maybe encourage him to make some more by commenting, adding images you like to your favourites and watching him.
...if you want to, of course.
When I upgraded to Windows 10 a few days ago, I needed a good wallpaper, and ended up downloading all six of his elements of harmony walls, which turned out to be a great fit! Been using them since, and with the automatic accent colour option, I get a different coloured desktop every 30 minutes, which gives it a really harmonic feel.
Without further ado, here's the series, if you want to grab them as well:
Send some nice words, favourites and attention her way at your earliest convenience. If you want to, that is ^^
I've recently got my own credit card, but now that I've seen how horribly expensive a monthly renewal is, I've chosen not to spend the money I get on useless features, but rather donate it to amazing artists who deserve it more than dA. Only real reason to have an active premium membership is Google Analytics and name changes, of which I'll likely not need the latter any time soon.
I still do appreciate any donations I may receive, but I feel that keeping my premium up any longer is not essential for me. Sure, I'll loose a few "cool" widgets but that's not really too concerning to me. What matters the most is that you like my artwork, and I don't think you'll start hating it just because the star next to my name is gone.
Once again, huge thank you, couldn't do this without you. You rock!
PS. In case it wasn't clear before, people who have made a donation before I stopped accepting requests are still welcome to make requests whenever they wish.
I'm hoping to either learn how to make a vector of said OC from scratch, or ask someone else to do a raster image for me to trace. I feel that it's about time I get my somewhat original character (as in, not original at all, really). Why these colors? Well, those of you that are into programming among my watchers (probably <5%) might know that the coat base color is the same color used in the PHP logo, the rest of the colors are based off of that one. It's technically not original but I haven't seen a PHP pony yet, so if one is ever made, I want to have something to do with it :3