imagine your otp with accurate characterisation
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
Here is what is going on in Pakistan right now:
- The Pakistani military was already standing by during a protest against President Nawaz Sharif, because they believe the election last year which put him in power was rigged.
- Police have fired teargas and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors.
- At least 264 people are injured.
Back from holidays and drew jasico to get used to my tablet again c:
I SAID I WAS A HIGHER BEING NOT PERFECT OKAY.
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Didnt you see that elementary school teacher!calypso and single mom with rambunctious kid in calypso’s class!piper au that i most certainly did make up???
I’m pretending it doesn’t exist. I am made of stone and it will not crack itself into my cold dead heart.
Also did you just out yourself as pipalypso garbage?
you did 8)
Sorry, but I dont speak to pipalypso shippers as i am a higher being above such…base desires as shipping pipalypso
Alright sure sure I am sure this is very true and not 100% lying garbage deserving to be in the piplaypso dumpster of feelings
Traaaaaash pipalypso trasssshhhhhh
petition for tumblr user michelle radycat to stop bullying me :’( :’( :’(
Did you do Percy, Annabeth, and Nico for that ask meme?
Nope, I hadn’t done them yet.
[standard disclaimer I’m going to put on all of these that I pretty much like all gender/sexual/romantic orientation headcanons but these are my favorites]
Percy: cis man | bisexual | demiromantic
It took him years to feel romantic feelings toward Annabeth after developing a close bond with her. Since he tended to have a preference towards femininity for his attractions, he didn’t realize his possible attraction to same and different genders for awhile, and it was a pretty big “in retrospect” revelation.
Annabeth: cis woman | demisexual | demiromantic
Annabeth is a person that takes her time with things, and her romantic and sexual orientations aren’t any different. Annabeth is very aware of the fact that she’s a demisexual demiromantic demigod.
Nico: cis man | demisexual | homoromantic
It took him a long time to sort out his feelings and find specific labels that fit him. For a long time, he didn’t use any labels, partly because he was fairly closeted and partly because he didn’t have the right vocabulary to describe how he felt.
A few tips everybody should consider. I’ve experienced all those and some more. I’m not good at english but I hope you get it. Go and support some artists out there and let them draw you nice shit. Not as nice as FairyNekoDesu but still will be cool so give them a chance and you’ll be surprised.
All of these things.
Especially the deadline. If you don’t have a deadline thats way in advanced it’s not gonna get done by then. I am almost always taking on a ton of projects at once and sometimes need a break from it to: work on stuff for me, work on stuff for friends, search for jobs, be the work slave of parents, actually relax and try to relief stress, technical difficulties, researching on how to do stuff, ect.
Sometimes it’s done in a day. Sometimes it’s done literally a year later. But I always update the people I work with so they know I haven’t forgotten.
Do NOT rush your commissioner. Let them work at their pace and it will be worth it. Rushing them insures a rush job which will very likely make the quality decline.
All this is true. Also, ref sheets are the most important thing ever. I can’t stress that enough. They make the job A LOT easier (instead of having to compare 10 different pics between each other and see that everything fits, you just look at 1!!) If you plan in commissioning your character a lot, or even if its not yours (like from an anime or something) Either commission one or look for ref sheets of the show (because there are!).
Also i strongly suggest not using Instant Messaging. Information can be lost pretty easily there and it’s hard to come back to it. Use emails instead. The info stays there, and it’s easy to search for it. It’s also an excellent way to keep track of the descriptions, so if either the client or artist made a mistake, you can see the email threads and see who’s right straight away.
also pushy clients LOVE instant messaging. Pls no.
This post is really nice! :D
VANILA MELON LILAC ORANGE COCONUT AND JESSEBERRY
vanilla - what i like most about you
I like that even though I’m not very good at keeping up and holding regular/weekly conversations you still put up with me.
melon - my first impression of you
Excited puppy who likes to write.
lilac - why / how i started following you
Way back when the Jasico fandom was teeny tiny and the tag was four people yelling headcanons at each other, we used to do jasico fandom chats and I’m 90% sure that’s where I met you and how I started following you.
orange - my opinion of you now and our status
I think you’re great and that you have a good energy about you. Our status is gr8 buds.
coconut - a blog that reminds me of yours
A lot of blogs. unprofessionalamber gets a shout out.
jesseberry - I’m delicious