It's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die.

20th August 2014

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I worked out a temporary solution for my meds. Sold me another week at cost but said that’s all they can do. That’s fine. It doesn’t matter. I don’t have a choice. I don’t have a good way out of this. I’m broken.

20th August 2014

Photoset reblogged from welcome to the buckozone with 48,234 notes

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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.

Also look for non-profit legal groups that can help. For instance, in St. Louis, they have the VLAA, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants Association. They help with artists who don’t have the money for an IP lawyer (high demand means high hourly rates) so that they can protect their work, get paid for their work properly, etc. Never underestimate the willingness of someone to take advantage of someone with less power than them. Lawyers can be bastards, but sometimes, they’re your bastard.

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20th August 2014

Quote reblogged from F r o w z y I n d u l g e n c e s with 105 notes

O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant,
The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters,
The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and the rulers,
Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of many committees,
Industrial lords and petty contractors, all go into the dark,
And dark the Sun and Moon, and the Almanach de Gotha
And the Stock Exchange Gazette, the Directory of Directors,
And cold the sense and lost the motive of action.
And we all go with them, into the silent funeral,
Nobody’s funeral, for there is no one to bury.
I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre,
The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed
With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness,
And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama
And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away—
Or as, when an underground train, in the tube, stops too long between stations
And the conversation rises and slowly fades into silence
And you see behind every face the mental emptiness deepen
Leaving only the growing terror of nothing to think about;
Or when, under ether, the mind is conscious but conscious of nothing—
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
T. S. Eliot — excerpt from East Coker (via ryandonato)

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20th August 2014

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catc0617:

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Oh dear god what have I done…

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crying

Reblogging it again because I just was scrolling through my dash on my phone and saw it and pressed play and my brother gave me the dirtiest look and I just said “wait for it” and then I laughed and he stared in horror

That was fun

oH MY GOD

i’m gonna throw this on my playlist that i put on in the car and just wait for it to come on shuffle one day and wait for the looks of sheer hatred to come over everyone’s face.

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20th August 2014

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20th August 2014

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okcreepsters:

I don’t even with this one.

I feel like he just copy-pasted that from a site and that “Paper Clip” is a placeholder name, or something. Either way this guy’s a fucking moron,

20th August 2014

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20th August 2014

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Fried Boudin Balls from Ivy

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Fried Boudin Balls from Ivy

20th August 2014

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"Get these goddamn babies off my carpet! I don’t even know how they got in here!"

"Get these goddamn babies off my carpet! I don’t even know how they got in here!"

20th August 2014

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler -Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler -Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea

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20th August 2014

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Fresh start a day, ready packups ready a schools!  Ples help carry a bagpack 



ALISSA HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL OR MAYBE IT’S THE SECOND OR THIRD I FORGET

importantbirds:

Fresh start a day, ready packups ready a schools!  Ples help carry a bagpack 

ALISSA HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL OR MAYBE IT’S THE SECOND OR THIRD I FORGET

20th August 2014

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RIP Aubrey Drake Graham 1986-2014

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19th August 2014

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I used to think I meant something. I know that isn’t true but it doesn’t make me feel less like a placeholder, like I only mattered when no one else was around. I’m just so stupid.

19th August 2014

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heythere-ginger:

Bodacious babe Christina Hendricks 

Good Lord



Yes ok hello.

shannahsbananas:

heythere-ginger:

Bodacious babe Christina Hendricks 

Good Lord

Yes ok hello.

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19th August 2014

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No matter what.

No matter what.