art, mass production, and you

bozrat:

roachpatrol:

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. 

Thank.

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

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colt-kun:

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.

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So, apparently there’s this OC pairing meme thingy where two peeps each make a random character (without telling what they’re making) and then pair them together. And my buddy Sal asked me if I wanted to try it. :P Yay for lazy colored sketches.
… I have a weakness for multi-limbed, pretty looking creatures shut up don’t look at me like that he’s pretty >w> 
Here’s what his OC ended up looking like. (x) I have weird people for friends and I love it. <3
(Edit: Darn you tumblr! making it fuzzy >A<)

So, apparently there’s this OC pairing meme thingy where two peeps each make a random character (without telling what they’re making) and then pair them together. And my buddy Sal asked me if I wanted to try it. :P Yay for lazy colored sketches.

… I have a weakness for multi-limbed, pretty looking creatures shut up don’t look at me like that he’s pretty >w> 

Here’s what his OC ended up looking like. (x) I have weird people for friends and I love it. <3

(Edit: Darn you tumblr! making it fuzzy >A<)

piratesaladmedley:

So there’s this OC pairing meme thing where you and another artist both make up characters independent from each other and then you both show each other and pair them up together.

I’ve found proof that I consort with weird people and that’s cool :D

Anyone else wanna try this with me?

Weird peeps are the best peeps!

sketcheddy:

good morning everyone i am here with

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inkblotbun:

It is my Birthday in an hour I am not ready 

I DO NOT WANT OLDER. 

I REJECT IT.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY YA OLD GEEZER

Now you can join the legion of old peeps ;D  

Kissy boys~
Finished a while ago but I finally got my scanner so here it is now. uvu
My OC Radauv (right) with my bb~ Fawn&#8217;s Bahaari. 
fuck what is anatomy this looks weird

Kissy boys~

Finished a while ago but I finally got my scanner so here it is now. uvu

My OC Radauv (right) with my bb~ Fawn’s Bahaari. 

fuck what is anatomy this looks weird

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

inkblotbun:

I’ve been tagged for the ice bucket challenge but i don’t like posting images of myself online so I may do it and just not post the vid so you guys are just gonna have to take my word for it. I’ll skype Sofi whilst I do it so she can vouch that I’ve done it or something. 

I’m also tagging Rinpin, Wuffen, Angelintraining, Viper and Morte. :B

YALL GOT 24 HOURS. 

WEEEEEEEH

"C&#8217;mere you big loser, you look like you could use a hug." 
Omg this is awful I think I forgot how to properly draw Hyde ;A; i&#8217;msuchaloseri&#8217;msosorryimessedupyourbabypooka 
It describes my feelings for the giant pooka though ;A; &lt;333 
Jokul I think your BFF&#8217;s gonna dump you for your boyfriend, he&#8217;s soft and fluffy~

"C’mere you big loser, you look like you could use a hug." 

Omg this is awful I think I forgot how to properly draw Hyde ;A; i’msuchaloseri’msosorryimessedupyourbabypooka 

It describes my feelings for the giant pooka though ;A; <333 

Jokul I think your BFF’s gonna dump you for your boyfriend, he’s soft and fluffy~

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