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Struggle to juggle

I think I should probably try to do a "head space" comic per day. As well as the other stuff. I've learned I can only handle animation in small doses, so maybe five frames a go is my limit. And I still haven't posted the progress pix for the latest art piece I'm working on.

I know that it looks like a bag of suck at the moment, which is why I haven't posted it.

Bag of suck or not, I feel like I owe my viewers my art progress. And I know it's a bag of suck, but I will be improving on it. The improvement is the key.

There's loads of artists on Tumblr who seem to produce DaVinci-grade quality on a daily basis without giving it much thought. I am most definitely not that good. But I could plausibly show other budding artists out there that art is a process. You can start with suck and improve on that until there's something you're comfortable with.

I'm also going to be showing them that there's nothing wrong with tracing if you need to do it. Just... credit where it's due if you're tracing someone else's shit.

With a side order of "Don't make my mistakes, kiddies!", belike.

I have to read through five more chapters, today. If I can keep going at this pace, I can have my book ready for my Betas by Monday. Which reminds me. I need to make a call for volunteers over at my site forum, because the best readers are the ones who want to do it.

I can't pay anything, mind. Because I haven't got the money. If you volunteer, you'll be helping out an Indie author become Actually Paid. And then I can give my next set of Betas some money. Assuming that I can actually, you know, sell a book.

High hopes. Low expectations. I feel like I'm hurting myself by doing that to me.

And, sometime in the middle of this muddle, I have to ready a packet to snailmail some samples off to the last A2B on my list. But, to be honest, that probably won't be happening until next week. There's life in the way before then. And I get trepidacious about mailing out anything physically. Because the postal system is still a sack of shit and, in order to get things there in one piece, I pretty much have to pay around $50 or more to get something to the US.

That sort of thing only pays off IF I get accepted and sell it.

So it's lost money when I get rejected.

You can see why I prefer electronic submissions over the postal ones. At least email and web forms are free.

But this might be a form of gauntlet. How much do I believe in my book? Well... I'm the only one who does.



Getting into the swing of it

It's taken us a few weeks, but we're getting there. Even with the recent gastric distress, there's a rhythm to things.

Get up, ablute, take my weight - I'm still below 80 kilos despite bouncing back from the bug. Rouse the kids, get dressed, chase my little darlings into getting ready for the day. Chaos packs a three course meal, Mayhem packs a boiled egg or two. Make sure they're both groomed, and then try and get Beloved going for the day.

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Challenge #01401-C306: Give it All You Got

They were her audience, and she was always gracious towards them. -- Anon Guest

The performance had been draining. Of course it was. She had sweat pooling in places no polite person ever spoke of in mixed company. She had worn her skin thin in other, unmentionable places.

But, because she was the star, people insisted on meeting her after the show. Some to talk, some to embrace or kiss, some to criticise. Some to appreciate what hard work she had done,

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peppermintmonster: Friendly reminder to all working artists or (especially) aspiring artists. If a client says they can't afford to pay you...


Friendly reminder to all working artists or (especially) aspiring artists.

If a client says they can’t afford to pay you but you’ll get good exposure, one of two things is happening:

1. They are lying. They can afford to pay you, but they are choosing not to. They will pay the printer to print the books, they will pay the mail service to deliver them, and you’d better believe they’re going to pay themselves for sending you

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The Vice of Music Artists


This seems like a good time to remind folks of a pretty controversial subject.

Whether or not to pay for the art we create.

We have an album coming up soon, and we’re excited for you to get your hands on it. But, we also need people to buy it. Otherwise, well. We can’t do what we do. :)

The Vice Quadrant is 28 tracks, and just a few seconds short of 2 hours long. It is a two disc

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marshmallowmaurice: alriandi: marshmallowmaurice: dust-bite: kakimari: qnq: jurartsic: kirstendoodles: craftinglindsey: ALERT...












They are selling artwork they have found randomly online without permission from the artist.
Today I found out I was a victim of their scheme and have since reported my works demanding they be taken down. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Many other artist both known and unknown have become victims of these thieves [x]. Fellow artist please

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tonadoodles: halfys: asoslive: Shout out to Tumblr's top artists and illustrators - enter our competition and you could see your very own...




Shout out to Tumblr’s top artists and illustrators – enter our competition and you could see your very own original design for sale at ASOS.

Just hit the submit button on our page, check out the important admin bits herethen submit your best of the best.

And remember to keep checking back to have a look at the competition…

Entrepreneurial, you? Most def.

· Your artwork will be a placement print, in the centre of the tee.

· Please work

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I have a problem

Entries into the writing contest need some splash art.

1200 by 420 pixels.

For each story.

I’m planning on putting in ALL my short stories (except RTFM, that’s in the slush pile at Andromeda Space Flight Magazine) and excerpts from my novels,

That’s a lot of art.

And I have the compositional skills of a dead whelk.

And I’m stony broke. I can’t afford to pay anyone. All I can offer is

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