As the weather grows colder, summer coming to an end, the colors change with them. Even on the coldest nights, this is a reminder of red wine under dusk skies and a flash of silver moonlight.

Also known as, I wanted to do something *actually simple* while playing with color and shape and texture, and so… this! I love the rich reds and blues (and loathe the coming cold).

It’s also currently available.

And now these two classy birds (see what I did there?) are on their way to Desert Bus headquarters!  Good luck and godpseed, ladies.

More on exactly how and when they’ll be available… uh, soon.  Relatively.

It’s rare for a person to actually see an iris dragon, or at least to recognize one. They’re quite good at hiding, folding up their wings in such a way as to trick the eye into thinking they’re just another fancy iris. By the time there’s any realization that a second look is needed, they’ve fluttered off to some more flowers. More fascination comes in the fact that they don’t even need eyes to “see” their environment; the “teardrops” that hang down from their tail are more advanced and sensitive than any insect’s antennae. If by some chance you do manage to see one that isn’t hiding, they tend to like gentle rubs on their backs, right between the wings. They’re very soft and fuzzy there.

Please do head over to the Purple Iris Dragon gallery page for more pictures and info.  They also happen to be available to a worthy companion.

Summary of Today

Now that I’m done with the Desert Bus chocobos and a good deal of the general seasonal cleaning, I can finally continue on with a project I’d been wanting to get to for a long time!  Oh boy!

—Wait.  Wait, why is so much wire involved.  This was supposed to be simple.

Wait.  This is beading.  No, I wasn’t supposed to do beading, I was supposed to—

What happened?  WHY?!?!

art, mass production, and you

roachpatrol:

I think one of the most fundamental misapprehensions people have about the value of commissions is that no one really gets told how mass production defrays costs to the consumer. So, when they see the prices for custom artwork online, they expect the retail prices they see in stores, and it doesn’t work like that.

You go to the poster section at wal-mart. There’s an amazing poster there. It’s got dragons. It’s got wizards. It’s huge. It’s, what, 12 bucks? Awesome, good deal. You can afford that. It’s as much as three or four cheeseburgers, dang, that’s some serious amounts of art. 

You go on the internet. Some asshole wants 12 bucks for a crappy sketch of one character sort of standing there. What the fuck? It looks like crap. It’s nothing compared to the poster you just bought from a store. If that dragon poster is worth 12 bucks, this dumbass sketch should be one buck. Maybe fifty cents. That’s if you’re being generous. You don’t even get a print, it’s just going to be a file on your computer, it’s not even actually real! What a rip off.

The thing is, that sketch took an hour, or two hours, or maybe even four hours. The artist drew it for a fraction of minimum wage. Drawing is hard. It took thousands of hours and a really special kind of dedicated self loathing to learn to do that. It might have taken thousands of bucks of tuition money, which means semesters, which means years of early mornings and late nights and maybe even some crying here and there.

Your dragon poster was not made by a guy who got paid 12 bucks. Your awesome dragon poster was made by a guy who got paid hundreds of bucks. Maybe thousands. Because a company paid him, and then turned around and made even more thousands of dollars off that artwork, by selling instances of it to multiple people, 12 bucks at a time. It’s called mass production, and it leaves the general public with no real clue as to the sheer amount of time and effort and skill that goes into every single thing they can buy for the price of a couple cheeseburgers. 

Artists who work on commission don’t generally have the advantage of mass production. Every picture is made new and custom for each client. Instead of charging the hundreds of dollars an hour a professional artist could ask for from a company, we’re asking for just enough to get by, and sometimes a hell of a lot less than that. Because it’s what people will pay, because it’s what they think art is worth, because it’s what a lot of young, naive, desperate artists are willing to agree their art is worth, and because there’s always going to be some kid who thinks they’re being ripped off because they don’t really get what they’re being asked to pay for.

I should have some pithy and clever thing to say here to wrap it up but all I can think to say is basically the whole situation is sad and scary and I hope eventually we’ll all have a better way to deal with each other, and everyone will be a lot clearer on what it takes to do art and to get art. 

Thank.

wafflesex:

You know what?

I’M PROUD OF MY ARTS AND YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOURS TOO

BECAUSE IT IS A THING YOU MADE WITH YOUR HANDS AND YOUR BRAIN AND NO ONE ELSE’S AND IF IT CAN MAKE AT LEAST ONE PERSON HAPPY, THEN IT IS GOOD

GO YOU. FUCK YEAH YOU.

shinythingsbyorindrake:

Had to get a shot of both Desert Bus for Hope chocobos together.  They compliment each other, yes?
Please do check out Miss Diana’s gallery page, and ch0c0b0/Charlene’s gallery page for many more pictures and information.  I worked really hard for a really long time and I’m really happy with them okay.

UPDATE!  Desert Bus for Hope will take place on Friday, November 14th, starting at 10:00 AM PST and go until everyone runs out of money.  Seriously.  Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be reminding everyone.
…Now I have to figure out when my yearly November Etsy shop sale will be…

shinythingsbyorindrake:

Had to get a shot of both Desert Bus for Hope chocobos together.  They compliment each other, yes?

Please do check out Miss Diana’s gallery page, and ch0c0b0/Charlene’s gallery page for many more pictures and information.  I worked really hard for a really long time and I’m really happy with them okay.

UPDATE!  Desert Bus for Hope will take place on Friday, November 14th, starting at 10:00 AM PST and go until everyone runs out of money.  Seriously.  Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be reminding everyone.

…Now I have to figure out when my yearly November Etsy shop sale will be…

Had to get a shot of both Desert Bus for Hope chocobos together.  They compliment each other, yes?
Please do check out Miss Diana’s gallery page, and ch0c0b0/Charlene’s gallery page for many more pictures and information.  I worked really hard for a really long time and I’m really happy with them okay.

Had to get a shot of both Desert Bus for Hope chocobos together.  They compliment each other, yes?

Please do check out Miss Diana’s gallery page, and ch0c0b0/Charlene’s gallery page for many more pictures and information.  I worked really hard for a really long time and I’m really happy with them okay.

Codename: ch0c0b0. Charlene to her friends. Cybernetically enhanced after… some dramatic thing that happened, Charlene is part machine but still all chocobo.

Poseable, shiny, full of personality, and ready to travel!  Please visit her gallery page for more pictures and information.  And if you might be interested in offering her a place to stay, keep your eye on the Desert Bus for Hope site in November.

Now I can’t promise that this will actually be done tomorrow due to a bit more paint work and sealing being needed but… preview picture.
Almost done.  So close.  Light at the end of the tunnel.

Now I can’t promise that this will actually be done tomorrow due to a bit more paint work and sealing being needed but… preview picture.

Almost done.  So close.  Light at the end of the tunnel.