Teen Wolf AU: inspired by this post. Derek is unhappily married; his relationship to his wife has never been anything but a mutually beneficient business arrangement. When he meets Stiles at his firm, the two fall in love and start having a secret affair, all while Derek continues to pretend to be the happy husband. Stiles begins feeling guilty about the affair when he sees Derek with his wife and starts questioning Derek’s intentions and feelings…
OMFG this is too cute
MYTHOLOGY MEME - [1/9] GREEK GODS/GODDESSES: ARTEMIS
"I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who
cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who
delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword.”
Why so anonymous?
I don’t necessarily find this ‘mean’ but I do find it very problematic. This way of thinking is the reason why most artists who offer commissions these days undercharge. Somehow, art has become so undervalued on the internet that people think they should be able to get it for dirt cheap.
Please, please, please take a gander at this great post about underpricing and undervaluing commission art. It may open your eyes as to why what you’ve written is so damaging for artists and commissioners alike.
Here’s just one paragraph from the aforementioned write-up:
I feel artists charging so lowly for their work breeds an attitude of entitlement in clients. This manifests in the messages artists receive begging them to lower their prices, telling them their art isn’t worth x or y, showing shock at the extravagant amounts that artists ask for their work (‘extravagant’ often being ‘enough to buy one meal in return for six or seven hours of work’). It does not help that art is often marketed as ‘cheap’ therefore worth buying (‘you should commission this artist, their work is so cheap and affordable!’) versus the fact it is worth buying because it is beautiful, custom-made, one-of-a-kind, everything else that art is and can be.
Did you know that if I ‘snapped’ my current prices in half, I’d be doing work for less than legal minimum wage? And commission/freelance jobs are my wages right now. This is part of my job. Not to mention, those prices are far less expensive than what I charge for other commissions. I’m already underpricing my work based on hourly wage calculation. This is real work, you know?
The culture of commissions has become so problematic that most artists actually feel bad for charging what their art is worth and balk at asking even $10 or $20 for what could be hours of work. Most artists, myself included, innately undervalue their own art because of constant exposure to this sort of thing. Most professions would never think twice about charging for their work but because art has become so undervalued, most artists starting out ((and even those who’ve been at it a while)) are scared to even think about it.
Did you know that with bell commissions ((or any commissions done for points, forum currency, etc)), you are getting free art? It may have taken you some time to sell enough bugs and fish to buy that gorgeous picture of your mayor with your favourite villager, but you essentially got it without having to pay a cent. And that’s fine. That’s fun. What sucks is when it colours your opinion of what that free art ((and that artist’s time)) is actually worth.
I’m in no way under the illusion that people have money to just ‘throw around’. I certainly don’t and that’s why I’m charging money in return for a service, much like a stylist or dentist or mechanic or musician. However I don’t think it’s entirely cool of you to assume that the majority of the AC community doesn’t earn their own money and thinks similarly ((although I’m sure the sentiment is out there, because this way of thinking is so prevalent)).
Commissions are a luxury. So is that game you have in your 3DS, but you or whoever bought it didn’t think twice about paying for it. Or maybe you did?
tl;dr I’m sorry you don’t like my prices but if I want to pay my bills and buy food, I have to charge a living wage. Or at least what’s even sort of close to one. Please read this post, as linked above, to understand this a bit more. Thanks.
Rebloggin’ to my personal cos I kinda feel strongly about this.
Title: N for Nuggets (Not Nuts)
Notes: I don’t even know what the hell this crack is. There was so much nugget talk on my TL tonight and I think Qhuinn said something bout nugget porn and then.
How was it possible for anyone to turn eating chicken nuggets into an erotic act? HOW? Derek would like someone, anyone, to explain to him right now. Or maybe they could just take him away from Stiles, who was not only making a mess but making a sexy mess. In public. With fucking chicken nuggets.
There was ketchup dripping down his fingers, slow and steady. And it made Derek’s fingers twitch. He wanted to lean across the table, grab Stiles’ hand and lick them clean. But the universe was known for its crap sense of humor. The second Derek was seriously considering throwing all caution to the wind (damn the fact that Scott would have his head for making a move on his best friend!), Stiles noticed the mess and stuck his fingers into his mouth.
what a wonderful hobby to have!
Tolkien was able to draw.
When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, he was already an accomplished amateur artist, and drew illustrations for his book while it was still in manuscript. The Hobbit as first printed had ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and binding and dust jacket designs by its author. Later, Tolkien also painted five scenes for color plates, which comprise some of his best work. His illustrations for The Hobbit add an extra dimension to that remarkable book, and have long influenced how readers imagine Bilbo Baggins and his world.
I have found The Art of The Hobbit book here in Amazon. Some of these images are published here for the first time, others for the first time in color, allowing Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures to be seen completely and more vividly than ever before.
the rawness up close ➝ guo pei, legend of the dragon