art, mass production, and you

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.

darkanachronism asked:

I think the reason most of the OC's in the fandom are so humanoid is because it's a fashion doll line, so being able to dress them up has some importance. At least that's why mine tend to be more teenager shaped then their parents.

fucknomhfanart:

Perhaps I wasn’t clear when I originally talked about this.  Obviously all Monster High creatures have to be humanoid in the sense that they walk upright and take a human like shape like most of the main characters do. No one is trying to argue that point that Monster High should be filled with actual  4 legged wolves or actual spiders.

The point the anon was trying to make was this disturbing trend of people making OCs that look just like normal high school students. where as Monster High takes those students and gives them colorful skin, hair, eyes, scales, fur, fangs, multiple arms, eyes, and what have you. You shouldn’t just slap fangs on a goth and call them a vampire, you shouldn’t just give a nerd girl reptile eyes and call her a gorgon, they need to be monster like. Monster High takes liberties to make their students look anything but human. aside from the wolf pack, Bloodgood,  the de niles, Jackson and Deuce no student at monster high has skin that’s actually a human skin color. They are a very small group in the cannon monster high universe.

That is just one example but my main point is that Monsters should appear monstrous even if you have to work a little to get that point across.

~ Mod Noid

How does Holli Dagan do in that regard?

walkingintochaos:

thisshitfunny:

thatdudeemu:

queerasfuck88:

Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue

I been waiting for the daily show to come back so they could cover this

Jon rip them boys a new asshole 

See, Jon Stewart usually does a lot of satirical humour, but at this point, the writers are just like “fuck the comedy this shit is real” and I was so happy to see that they finally covered this, and it was really well done.

dreadpiratekhan:

A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  
(freakin’ immaculate)
Source with more wonderful photos

dreadpiratekhan:


A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  

(freakin’ immaculate)

Source with more wonderful photos

majiinboo:

  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 
bluebird-88:

10 SLOTS OPEN!
All prices are USD:
Full-body, full colour: $20
Full-body, flat sketch: $15
Additional characters: $10
Busts: $8
Full-body, full colour: As shown above.Full-body, flat sketch: Examples can be seen here. Darker lineart is available upon request. All sketches will be cleaned along the edges (like the bust example image).Busts: As shown, can be in black and white or colour, depending on your preference. Darker lineart is available upon request. Colour does not cost extra. More examples here.
Additional characters: Costs for both colour and sketch is a flat $10, additional busts (as pictured above) are $4.
All commissions will be sent as digital (png) files.WIPs will be sent during the drawing process to double check with you that I am doing everything to your satisfaction, and changes can be made at that time.Payments will be accepted through my PayPal account.
Will draw: Monster High characters and ocs, Ever After High characters and ocs, Homestuck characters and ocs. Other ocs possible too, I just need references :)Will not draw: nsfw, overly complicated poses.Please contact me at velveteenvilla@gmail.com to send me commission requests, info, and any references you have.Please PM me for any questions or additional info.~bb

bluebird-88:

10 SLOTS OPEN!

All prices are USD:

  • Full-body, full colour: $20
  • Full-body, flat sketch: $15
  • Additional characters: $10
  • Busts: $8

Full-body, full colour: As shown above.

Full-body, flat sketch: Examples can be seen here. Darker lineart is available upon request. All sketches will be cleaned along the edges (like the bust example image).

Busts: As shown, can be in black and white or colour, depending on your preference. Darker lineart is available upon request. Colour does not cost extra. More examples here.

Additional characters: Costs for both colour and sketch is a flat $10, additional busts (as pictured above) are $4.

All commissions will be sent as digital (png) files.
WIPs will be sent during the drawing process to double check with you that I am doing everything to your satisfaction, and changes can be made at that time.
Payments will be accepted through my PayPal account.

Will draw: Monster High characters and ocs, Ever After High characters and ocs, Homestuck characters and ocs. Other ocs possible too, I just need references :)
Will not draw: nsfw, overly complicated poses.

Please contact me at velveteenvilla@gmail.com to send me commission requests, info, and any references you have.
Please PM me for any questions or additional info.

~bb