Unfortunately, what I’ve come across so far within this fandom for trans people has been extremely lacking in realism. It’s fetishised, unrealistic and ill informed. Characters have, in fact, been used in past fiction to belittle the trans community and breed hate.
Trans men are no less men. Trans women are no less women.
Their stories are interesting, fascinating and heartbreaking. If portrayed correctly within fanfiction and art, a media that, let face it, a lot of people are now looking to, it can help spread awareness and understanding.
And for those who do not know, DO NOT bind with ace bandages. You’ll do yourself some real damage.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises
just a good lil’ reminder
Sadly relevant to my life right now.
Keep the magic hand healthy, folks.
New commission information!
No real change in prices though the quality of my work has improved. Money again is tight so I’m taking as many of these as I can, first come, first served.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information for your commission titled; “RE: Commission”.
I will draw from descriptions but picture references are preferred!
If you can’t buy, please reblog and spread this! I really need some form of income whilst I’m between jobs and homes.
I promised that I would show a quick process of how I painted this haha. It’s not exactly a tutorial since it doesn’t really….teach anything…uhm sorry ;__;/ But yeah, I mainly just slap things on and try and blend them so they don’t look too blocky and stuff.
Sorry for my messy handwriting as well!
I hope this will help you! (more stuff here)
I NEEDED THIS
A Anon asked me for some pointers on how to draw in my style today. I didn’t really know how to write pointers so I thought I would attempt a very minimal tutorial.
I think one of the most fundamental misapprehensions people have about the value of commissions is that no one really gets told how mass production defrays costs to the consumer. So, when they see the prices for custom artwork online, they expect the retail prices they see in stores, and it doesn’t work like that.
You go to the poster section at wal-mart. There’s an amazing poster there. It’s got dragons. It’s got wizards. It’s huge. It’s, what, 12 bucks? Awesome, good deal. You can afford that. It’s as much as three or four cheeseburgers, dang, that’s some serious amounts of art.
You go on the internet. Some asshole wants 12 bucks for a crappy sketch of one character sort of standing there. What the fuck? It looks like crap. It’s nothing compared to the poster you just bought from a store. If that dragon poster is worth 12 bucks, this dumbass sketch should be one buck. Maybe fifty cents. That’s if you’re being generous. You don’t even get a print, it’s just going to be a file on your computer, it’s not even actually real! What a rip off.
The thing is, that sketch took an hour, or two hours, or maybe even four hours. The artist drew it for a fraction of minimum wage. Drawing is hard. It took thousands of hours and a really special kind of dedicated self loathing to learn to do that. It might have taken thousands of bucks of tuition money, which means semesters, which means years of early mornings and late nights and maybe even some crying here and there.
Your dragon poster was not made by a guy who got paid 12 bucks. Your awesome dragon poster was made by a guy who got paid hundreds of bucks. Maybe thousands. Because a company paid him, and then turned around and made even more thousands of dollars off that artwork, by selling instances of it to multiple people, 12 bucks at a time. It’s called mass production, and it leaves the general public with no real clue as to the sheer amount of time and effort and skill that goes into every single thing they can buy for the price of a couple cheeseburgers.
Artists who work on commission don’t generally have the advantage of mass production. Every picture is made new and custom for each client. Instead of charging the hundreds of dollars an hour a professional artist could ask for from a company, we’re asking for just enough to get by, and sometimes a hell of a lot less than that. Because it’s what people will pay, because it’s what they think art is worth, because it’s what a lot of young, naive, desperate artists are willing to agree their art is worth, and because there’s always going to be some kid who thinks they’re being ripped off because they don’t really get what they’re being asked to pay for.
I should have some pithy and clever thing to say here to wrap it up but all I can think to say is basically the whole situation is sad and scary and I hope eventually we’ll all have a better way to deal with each other, and everyone will be a lot clearer on what it takes to do art and to get art.
yayy now i can just link this to people when they complain about this shit
instead of having to write a novel to them again and againn haha
If you know me, I hate admitting I need help. But today’s doctor’s visit has cost more than I can handle.
Chemotherapy bills have driven me into a debt I tried to avoid, and I need help. Please. Every tiny bit helps, and I’m only asking for help to try and eliminate the debt to make what I owe more manageable, not ongoing help for the monthly payments.
Please share as you can, and thank you so much for your time!