Awesomenauts WIP!  Fanart is the only thing keeping me going right now.

Awesomenauts WIP!  Fanart is the only thing keeping me going right now.

Oh, I was tagged by jadguitar to do this thing

First twenty songs on my media playlist, on shuffle o/

1. The Seven Seas - Philter

2. Ashes of Dreams/Naudhaich - NieR Gastalt and Reglicant OST

3. Me & the Minibar - The Dresden Dolls

4. One Little Wish - Shiki OST

5. Beethoven Symphony No. 5 In C Minor “Fate” 3rd Movement - Catherine OST

6. We Saw the Sea - Bioshock 2 OST

7. Blu-bird - NieR Gestalt & Replicant OST

8. Track 16 - Rule of Rose OST

9. With Every Passing Day - Emilie Autumn

10. 20th Century Blues - Bioshock 2 OST

11. Penny For A Tale - Ivan Moody, The Devil’s Carnival OST

12. Flutterby - Philter

13. シェークスピアの忘れ物~エピローグ~ - Kanon Wakeshima

14. Day and Night - Shiki OST

15. I Believe - The Real Tuesday Weld

16. Girls! Girls! Girls! - Emilie Autumn

17. Wish I Had an Angel - Nightwish

18. Temple of the Drifting Sands - NieR Gestalt & Replicant OST

19. Turn Loose the Mermaids - Nightwish

20. Dragons - Caravan Palace

If you wanted to get to know me a little better, I hope that helps!

I’ll tag some people but don’t feel obligated to do it.

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Apparently I should do more GW2 art.










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.

God, I wish everyone were more aware of this. 

For so many years I was doin FULL colour painting for between $5-$10, bearing in mind that my currency isn’t even $$. $5 is anywhere between £2-£3 

A couple of years ago someone asked me to do a painting for them, I was unsure what to as and they offered my $50…I remember literally bouncing off the walls with excitement. Because I didn’t believe my art was worth that. She was also an artist and told me I needed to adjust my prices. That I was under charging.

I’m still not confident about my pricing. It’s been a really long hard process to be confident to charge around $60-$100 for full paintings. 

And I still do uber cheap pieces occasionally. 

The industry has this way of making you feel like art is worthless, that it’s not a real job. I’ve been told things like ‘Well it’s your hobby, and you like doing it, why should people even pay you.’ My reply is ‘David Beckham enjoys kicking a ball around a field, why should they pay him millions to do it?’

Unless it’s a gift, if someone is asking you to do something for comercial reasons don’t accept that bs about exposure, or experience. Because 9 times out of 10, artists spend more time working on their work than the average office worker. 

Thanks, whoever made this post.  

Protip:  If you can’t get commissions while charging a decent rate for your artwork, you probably shouldn’t be offering commissions and instead, should find yourself something on the side to support you while you continue to improve.  By accepting low-price commission work, you’re hurting the industry for your fellow artists as well as your future self.

Hub’s Sylvari admiring my Asura’s hair.  I imagine it feels nice uwu  Also cute couple baths.

Hub’s Sylvari admiring my Asura’s hair.  I imagine it feels nice uwu  Also cute couple baths.



artist guilt


when you want to draw but youre too stressed to do well on commissions and too guilt laden about the commissions thing to draw personal art so you just become an ouroboros of procrastination and anxiety

Lobster thing for a contest.
This cutie now belongs to my friend keedotart

Lobster thing for a contest.

This cutie now belongs to my friend keedotart

How do you feel about artists who've drawn porn in the past? Do you consider it negative to their reputation as an artist and will it make it harder for them to find work in the industry in the future?


Just fine! I think most artists and art directors understand that, for many of them, illustrating nekkid folks and sexy whatevers was a significant motivator to even start painting/drawing/sculpting/whatever.

That said, when you put together a portfolio, customize it for the art director you’re talking to and the job you want to get. So perhaps leave some of your saucier work at home for your interview with Disney.

Best of luck!


Yes, all of these. I would like all of these.

(Summer means craving more flowing, fluttering black dresses.)