“11 Quotes From Authors On Censorship & Banned Books" (via Buzzfeed)
What’s your opinion? Maybe these dangerous books will inspire you…
Phil Noto ~ Superhero Candids
My favorite is Sue staring at Johnny in the UN Lobby.
This series of pictures is among my all-time favorites.
Wish there were more of these. They are pure awesome.
Ororo gettin turnt up.
The purpose of learning to draw is to be able to express yourself in drawing. Fact: Limited drawing ability equals limited self-expression.
Q:I hope you won't find this mean or anything, but I think the prices you set for your commissions are way too high. I'd gladly buy one from you if you snapped them in half, and I'm sure a lot of people from the community think similarly - I mean, most of us don't earn our own money yet. Just a tip. Your artwork is awesome nevertheless!
Why so anonymous?
I don’t necessarily find this ‘mean’ but I do find it very problematic. This way of thinking is the reason why most artists who offer commissions these days undercharge. Somehow, art has become so undervalued on the internet that people think they should be able to get it for dirt cheap.
Please, please, please take a gander at this great post about underpricing and undervaluing commission art. It may open your eyes as to why what you’ve written is so damaging for artists and commissioners alike.
Here’s just one paragraph from the aforementioned write-up:
I feel artists charging so lowly for their work breeds an attitude of entitlement in clients. This manifests in the messages artists receive begging them to lower their prices, telling them their art isn’t worth x or y, showing shock at the extravagant amounts that artists ask for their work (‘extravagant’ often being ‘enough to buy one meal in return for six or seven hours of work’). It does not help that art is often marketed as ‘cheap’ therefore worth buying (‘you should commission this artist, their work is so cheap and affordable!’) versus the fact it is worth buying because it is beautiful, custom-made, one-of-a-kind, everything else that art is and can be.
Did you know that if I ‘snapped’ my current prices in half, I’d be doing work for less than legal minimum wage? And commission/freelance jobs are my wages right now. This is part of my job. Not to mention, those prices are far less expensive than what I charge for other commissions. I’m already underpricing my work based on hourly wage calculation. This is real work, you know?
The culture of commissions has become so problematic that most artists actually feel bad for charging what their art is worth and balk at asking even $10 or $20 for what could be hours of work. Most artists, myself included, innately undervalue their own art because of constant exposure to this sort of thing. Most professions would never think twice about charging for their work but because art has become so undervalued, most artists starting out ((and even those who’ve been at it a while)) are scared to even think about it.
Did you know that with bell commissions ((or any commissions done for points, forum currency, etc)), you are getting free art? It may have taken you some time to sell enough bugs and fish to buy that gorgeous picture of your mayor with your favourite villager, but you essentially got it without having to pay a cent. And that’s fine. That’s fun. What sucks is when it colours your opinion of what that free art ((and that artist’s time)) is actually worth.
I’m in no way under the illusion that people have money to just ‘throw around’. I certainly don’t and that’s why I’m charging money in return for a service, much like a stylist or dentist or mechanic or musician. However I don’t think it’s entirely cool of you to assume that the majority of the AC community doesn’t earn their own money and thinks similarly ((although I’m sure the sentiment is out there, because this way of thinking is so prevalent)).
Commissions are a luxury. So is that game you have in your 3DS, but you or whoever bought it didn’t think twice about paying for it. Or maybe you did?
tl;dr I’m sorry you don’t like my prices but if I want to pay my bills and buy food, I have to charge a living wage. Or at least what’s even sort of close to one. Please read this post, as linked above, to understand this a bit more. Thanks.
Rebloggin’ to my personal cos I kinda feel strongly about this.
Commissioned art is a luxury, it’s not something anyone deserves. It’s important to pay a fair price for someone’s time, energyy, talent and expertise. Artists are freely haggled with, and it’s an insult to them, to their energy, their effort, their knowledge and the own money for whatever you want.
"but it’s digital, no materials are used!"
They had to buy a tablet, they’re using a computer, plus electricity - then their own time that you’re buying from them.
If it’s a traditional piece, add to these, paper(s), markers, ink, brushes, quills, pens, pencils, a scanner and possibly mailing materials on top of maybe owning a tablet, and probably owning a computer, paying electricity and their time.
Art’s not cheap, and I wish people who want to own it would understand that there’s a lot of behind the scenes work for any finished piece. for every drawing and doodle I’ve posted, I have pages in my sketchbooks of things that won’t be finished and will never be shown because they’re not good enough. I took stacks of shitty figure drawings to a recycling center to get rid of them when I moved. No one will see that effort again, but it contributed to that thing i posted. Hell, the little doodles I post linked from instagram, they’re mostly tiny and take 30 minutes, but I remember being younger and less skilled and something of that quality taking far longer and looking less refined.
Art may not be astrophysics, but it’s difficult in it’s own way and artists, as skilled individuals, ought to be respected for their work.
I wasn’t planning on writing this much.
I’m almost done with EMT school, and I can verify this 100%. We don’t give a shit what you’ve taken or how illegal it may be. We want to know what and how much so we can save your ass. Unless its directly related to a crime scene in some way, we don’t tell.
It makes me enraged and also deeply saddened that the police state has become so entwined with every aspect of our lives that people are afraid to tell the truth to people trying to render them with emergency care. We’ve broken ourselves.
Boost because everyone should know!!!
This is awesome, but I’m now kind of thinking about a Canadian woman who tried to enter the US but was denied entry because of a voluntary hospital stay for depression. That’s information boarder patrol shouldn’t have had access to but somehow did. Yes, these are different situations, but this story is still way important.
But yes, tell doctor’s the truth in an emergency because it’s important they treat you the best.
A Rose of Jericho three hours after being watered having nearly returned to is previous alive state
The Rose of Jericho(Anastatica hierochuntica) is a species of resurrection plant. These plants are characterized by their ability to use Poikilohydric mechanisms which enable them to survive extreme dehydration for years at a time.
There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.