Game night! Last game that I’m running come hell or high water!
Join us! we play!
Creamu decided we need to have a collaborative drunk stream.
fun begins in fifteen.
Any chance we could buy some of those excellent prints online?
Boiler no.3 Answer:
Yes actually. I opened up my store for any folks who want prints. I’ll be slowly adding shirts, buttons and the like as I re-print and restock my inventory. So feel free to check back whenever, I’ll make posts when I do.
As I travel a lot for work and conventions, please give an extra week at the very least on top the normal deliver time to allow for my schedule.
(as a side-note, the layout of this storefront offends me with its poor design, but I am quite garbage at coding, any folk with ability to throw me a bone would be greatly appreciated/rewarded.)
So I’ve filled out an Application for this con, but I Still need to plan a bit more before I’m 100% locked in.
It’s a bit off the beaten path for me, and I’m currently looking for anyone who has extra hotel space, or needs a person to book with. I can afford this on my own, but it’s a bit silly to have a whole room to myself.
So the question is then, anyone else going to this one who needs a roommate?
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The things people do not understand when they see someone’s commissions prices; the person doing the work needs to be paid a fair wage for the work they do (and when cost of living/their bills go up, so do the prices they charge). So demanding someone lower their commission prices because you ‘don’t feel you should have to pay that much’ is demeaning the artist and their work. In essence, you are saying that they are not worth the amount they wish to charge and should NOT be paid a fair wage in exchange for all of their experience and effort.
So next time you find that your favorite artist has raised their commission prices, keep in mind that for many artists this as their sole means of income and they charge accordingly so that they can at least try to get by.
And as a side note: MANY artists are underselling themselves because consumers have been taught by big business (and the internet) that they should get something for next to nothing (and sometimes just for free), and that people often forget about the MANY faces behind those cheap and affordable products everyone takes for granted. When you aren’t dealing with a company and are dealing with an individual, the item you want is ALWAYS going to seem like it is vastly overpriced, when in reality, it is actually far under priced for the amount of work/ingenuity/materials/experience/etc that really went into the final product; You are paying for a labor of love, not just an end product.
If you think someone should lower their commission prices then why the hell are you asking them for commission in the first place cos it’s quite clear that you don’t appreciate the artist enough to pay them what they’re asking for.
just wanted to share that a few days ago, a classmate from highschool messaged me on facebook for the first time in years, and was asking me to draw a shirt design for him.
i asked if he wanted to commission me for this, and he asked me back if it can be a “free shirt” (design) because he was just starting out his business.
note that he was asking me to devote myself making something for free for him to make money off of it.
after i declined, he then asked me if i knew friends who might be able to accept the ‘offer’.
i didn’t give him any referrals.
this wasn’t a favor for a friend either (which would be a completely different scenario), this was a person who didn’t even talk to me much when we were still in school.
we get disrespected enough in the art industry locally and honestly i question myself sometimes how much more comfortable and financially stable i would be if i didn’t choose to dedicate so many years of my life to making art- and then i realize, no- art is also important to society as other lines of work are, and the problem here is we are always expected to undersell ourselves.
please remember that each piece of art you pay for helps an actual person pay for things they also need and want.
Read all of this, it’s all important.
This is part of why i usually place cons over commissions, im not trying to be disrespectful, but i’m doing all i can to make this my income. I hate that is has to be that way, and i will ALWAYS strive to be a better, faster artist. But i am as well as i can be, at least for now.
So yeah, this is not an excuse, not at all, but please keep thoughts like this in mind as you deal with madmen like us, and all the juggling an struggle and pain and terror involved with this lifestyle.
Con done! I love you nerds, despite the room party that happened in the back of my booth.
Edit: featured here are Severus, Kryptchild, ECMajor, Pig-fish, Thoughtfull monster, Hiroshi-tea, Negative fade, Siquinox, Steelwolf, Everfree rat, Hobbes meerkat, and EDB command.
Con day 2, status: AWESOME.
Neg’s costume is amazing, everyone is bringing me bottlecaps galore, and this card game, “twilight secret shipfic folder” is frickin amazing, go buy it right away!