I think my biggest art pet-peeve after you know, underwear armor and broken spines, is art of different mythological/historical characters where absolutely zero (or just that one pop-culture related thing) content is signalling the culture or character in question and you would have no idea if it was them unless someone told you so.

Because part of me just gets annoyed when someone says “THIS IS A VIKING” and… the art looks like your garden variety barbarian. … with a horned helmet.

Deviantart introduces tags and my head starts to hurt from trying to sort them out. x_x’

WIP - Isis
Figured it was time to do another one of these.

WIP - Isis

Figured it was time to do another one of these.

Oh uhm, gosh, uh… Hi?

So many thanks to Spicyshimmy for the kind words and the reblog, I’m so blown away by the response and uh, a little bit overwhelmed.

Thank you, all of you. So very, very much.

darantha:

The Grey Wardens of Amaranthine - Velanna
So yeah, I didn’t follow the in game gear at all. Went by item descriptions on her starter gear for inspiration, belt and necklace especially, but tried to keep the general feeling the same.
Yes I have a thing for dappled light, why do you ask.

darantha:

The Grey Wardens of Amaranthine - Velanna

So yeah, I didn’t follow the in game gear at all. Went by item descriptions on her starter gear for inspiration, belt and necklace especially, but tried to keep the general feeling the same.

Yes I have a thing for dappled light, why do you ask.

It’s always fascinating to see what a difference a single reblog can do in terms of traffic and exposure.

I really need to quit using slightly different variations of that pose whenever I’m painting magic users.

*sighs and lies down*

The Grey Wardens of Amaranthine - Velanna
So yeah, I didn’t follow the in game gear at all. Went by item descriptions on her starter gear for inspiration, belt and necklace especially, but tried to keep the general feeling the same.
Yes I have a thing for dappled light, why do you ask.

The Grey Wardens of Amaranthine - Velanna

So yeah, I didn’t follow the in game gear at all. Went by item descriptions on her starter gear for inspiration, belt and necklace especially, but tried to keep the general feeling the same.

Yes I have a thing for dappled light, why do you ask.

windycarnage:

also people should keep in mind that sometimes when an artist says “doodle" what they mean is "stress-free art”. that doesn’t necessarily mean that the “doodle” they made is something that they didn’t work hard at or didn’t spend a long time on. some people get really out of control when they see impressive works and the artist write “just a doodle” and they think, this is it, this is the end, im no longer going to be an artist, how can i possibly compare myself.

sometimes “just a doodle” means “not working on commissions or something work-based”, so don’t fret yourselves. plus not everyone who posts art plans on a bunch of people seeing it. you don’t really expect your stupid poorly written artist caption to be seen by a lot of people via reblogs,

anatomicalart:

briannacherrygarcia:

itscourtoon:

bathsabbath:

thorhugs:

compactcarl:

egriz:

im not even an artist and these prices are hurting my feelings 

This is what I have to dig through every time I look for new jobs to apply for.

For non-artists, let’s give you a little perspective.

For me, an illustration takes a bare minimum of 6 hours. Mind you, that’s JUST the drawing part. Not the research, or the communications, or gathering information. Just drawing.

That’s if it’s a simple illustration.

My art deco or more detailed stuff can take 20+ hours each.

Even simple, cartoony things still take at least 3 hours.

Let’s go with the second one. 2 illustrations for $25. Figuring 6 hours each. 12 hours total, for JUST the drawings. That’s approximately $2.08/hour. 

Asking these prices is an insult. But what’s even more hurtful is there are people out there that will take these jobs. Which only encourages rates like this to be acceptable. And there are people who will try to say these are just what you have to do to get started.

I believed that. So my first coloring gigs were just $10/page. The day someone offered me $25/page for just flatting work, I realized just how wrong I’d been. I’m still not making the rates I’d like, but now I refuse anything below $25/page. Because there is value in my time.

In any standardized industry, even ones that pay piece rate over hourly, these numbers are criminal.

Do your fellow artists a favor. Never accept jobs like these. There are others that pay legitimate rates. Or at least closer to legitimate.

Such baby bullshit. Don’t even get out of bed for these rates.

    If you are an artist who wants to make money off their art, I highly suggest you buy The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook. It goes in depth about copyright issues and even contains contract and model release templates. The 2013 book *I believe* states the average professional charges $72 an hour. This article calculated that to make a 40k annual salary you would need to charge about $60 per hour.

  After graduating from Art Center in 2012, I think I asked for somewhere between $35-45 an hour and got laughed at by multiple big name clients, which was infuriating, sadly expected, and terrifying with over $100K worth of student loans staring me in the face. If they tell you it will be “great exposure” that’s a red flag. Ask yourself how their exposure can compare to your Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook pages combined? 

And when you do get a decent paying gig, PROTECT YOURSELF. You have the right to negotiate and revise a contract. Do not start a job until you have a contract signed. If they don’t provide you with one, MAKE ONE. And make sure you have your bases covered. You can specify in a contract that maybe two revisions are included in your cost, and if they ask you to revise the piece more than twice, they will have to pay extra. In terms of payment schedule, I usually do the 50/50 Method (50% before, 50% after) or the 3/3/3 Method (1/3 before, 1/3 in the middle, 1/3 after all work has been received). Both of those are pretty standard in the industry, as they guarantee you will get compensated for your time, even if the job goes bad.

Remember you have a skill, and you have spent time honing that skill and you deserve to be adequately paid for that time and effort. You will have clients dismiss you because, honest to God they think, “Well, I could do that if I wanted. Hell, my five year old does it now.” No they can’t, because they didn’t, they don’t, they won’t and they probably never will. And good luck hiring a five year old. They can’t keep a fucking deadline.

And in a last ditch effort they’ll say, “But that drawing only took you an hour!” Son, that drawing took me 20. fucking. years.

10 Dollars for 1 minute of animation.  Oh my god my heart.  It took my team 6 months and a team of 12 to make a 4 minute short. 

The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook

I second this book! I’ve had it for several years now, and it’s been a HUGE help in my work as a freelance artist. It gives great advice on what to charge for different areas of art!

Please remember. Your art is worth a respectable payment! Accepting ridiculously low prices actually hurts the arts/illustration/animation communities because it makes employers believe they can employ people without offering decent pay.


Check the internet if you need help figuring out what you should be charging for your commissions. Invest in the books that will inform you professionally, and put your foot down if you think someone is trying to cheat you out of your time and hard work.
You have a right to refuse a job, and/or request decent payment. If your employer denies a you decent pay, well then they’re probably not a very good employer.
Do not undersell your skills. it is bad for the art community and you are worth more then that.

WIP-crop.
Spread my ashes to the wind, I can see the finish-line.

WIP-crop.

Spread my ashes to the wind, I can see the finish-line.

Man I want to be done with this Velanna image but… rock walls… with a painting on it… in partially dappled light.