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I blog about various fandoms, bjds, crafts and anything that catches my eye.

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I recently sold a legit doll and used the money to buy drugs and snacks. Tell me again how second hand purchases support the community & companies.

#1880 (via recastconfessions)

Well, everyone might not use the money to buy new dolls, I don’t think anyone had claimed that’s always the case, but it often is.

Another thing that the secondary market is good for is giving people a place to get rid of dolls. What I mean is that I have decided to buy some of my limited dolls because I knew I had the ability to sell them later if they didn’t work out for me (I’ve sold two and kept two at this point) but with the secondary market getting weaker, and part of this is due to recasts, people can’t count on this in the future.

(via cheesedemon88)

[sigh]

Second hand purchases support the community.

They make dolls available with shorter waiting times, and often at lower prices than companies would offer.

They make dolls available which haven’t been sold for a while, or which are limited editions.

A strong secondhand market makes people more comfortable in buying dolls from the artists (To whit; “Oh, if I don’t like it, I can just sell it on the secondhand market”) and THAT IN TURN SUPPORTS THE ARTISTS

Most importantly - Selling a secondhand doll doesn’t increase the number of dolls in circulation whilst decreasing the quality of dolls in circulation, and thus doesn’t devalue the dolls currently in circulation.

Laptime. Here’s a story about economics.

There are 100 Milk Starbies in existence. Each Starbie sells for around $100. The price is stable, and then increases to $200 when the sculpt becomes desireable. Damaged Starbies sell for around $50-200. Milk earnt $10,000 from selling her Starbies, and used that to pay her bills.

Milk decides to produce 100 more Starbies, and sell them for $100 each. People buy them. There are now 200 Starbies in existence, and they still sell for around $100 each. Older Starbies now also sell for around $100 each, and damaged ones for around $50-100. Milk now has $10,000, with which she buys materials and takes time off work to sculpt a second doll named Bilby.

The most money that someone can have lost is around $100, and Milk can continue to produce more Starbies or Bilbies and sell them, because she can pay her bills and afford to keep sculpting.

Counterexample:

There are 100 Milk Starbies in existence. Each Starbie sells for around $100. Recasterbot buys a single Starbie for $100, and uses it to make 100 more Starbies, which he then sells for $50 each. Fans are no longer able to tell if a Starbie is real or genuine unless it’s from the first-hand market, and thus are only willing to pay $50 for a Starbie. The people who buy Milk Starbies are unable to sell them, and thus anyone who was undecided on buying a Starbie did not. Milk sells half of her Starbies, earning $5,000. She cannot pay her bills or afford to make more Starbies. Secondhand and damaged Starbies begin to sell for $50-10, as there is no way of telling if they are a recast or not.

After a few years, the remaining 50 Starbies in Milk’s shop are sold.

Milk wonders about making more Starbies, but sees that the secondhand market is aready full of recast Starbies, which sell for $50. As Milk cannot afford to make Starbies for $50 a time, Milk does not make any more Starbies. As she does not have the money or time to sculpt her second doll, Bilby, she closes up her shop and becomes a plumber instead.

No new dolls are produced, the fandom dies off.

(via easilyannoyedcamwhore)

Thank you easilyannoyedcamwhore, once again you have managed to take what I was trying to say and expand on it and word it a lot more eloquently

*Tips hat*

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knightarcana:

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jadethemerman:

July 28th, 2014: Out and about in New York City

How problematic

im gonna fuckin throw up

Okay, okay calm down, people.

While you are all losing your mind over ‘cultural appropriation” of an Indian dress, nobody actually consulted THE INDIANS. 

In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it. It shows that the foreigner respects us enough to try our clothes. And the saree, mind you, is not a religious thing. Hindus can wear sarees, Muslims can wear sarees, Sikh’s can wear sarees, Jain’s can wear sarees and so on.

Like Americans have short dresses, compare that with sarees. Going to a party? Saree. Going to temple? Saree, and so on.

Some Indians wear it, some don’t. Some hate it and think its oppressing, some love embracing the unique style.

Point is, don’t hate on her for wearing this. Don’t hate on anyone for wearing sarees or any variations of sarees. We love to see others embracing our culture. Why do you think we open our gates to allow everyone to practice yoga and find spiritual meaning?

Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread.

I did not know this. That is really interesting to find out. Thanks for the information.

"Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread."

(Source: ladyxgaga, via ladynero815)

Filed under Cultural appreciation is not cultural appropiation One allows cultures to learn and grow the other forces cultures to diminish there is a difference

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Why “credit to the owner” is one of the shittiest things you can do to an artist.

gabbiness:

I see it on social media all the time. Someone posts art that they did not create, and below the illustration write; "credit to the owner", or makes an amv containing art, with no links or names to the original artists.

This is a really shitty thing to do and let me tell you why.

I work fulltime as a freelance artist. It’s really hard work, especially if you’re just starting out like I am (been doing it for a little more than a year).
You have to constantly share your art and advertise yourself to the world. Hunt work wherever you think you can find it.
There’s a lot of artists out there competing for work, and it’s a constant battle.

One of the most important things for a working artist is to be seen.
Getting an audience, getting people to share your art or talk about it. If the right people see your art, it could lead to work.

So if you post work by an artist, make sure to credit properly! Link to the artists dA/tumblr/blog/whatever. Zerochan and weheartis are not sources!

If you don’t know who made the art, look for the source! There’s a lot of different ways to do this!
If you still can’t find the original art, simply don’t post it.
Don’t. Post. It.

You might just want something ‘pretty’ to have on your blog, and you just “found the art on google!”, but don’t be lazy.
Look for the source and credit the hard work of the artist.

Not adding credit when posting other peoples art is robbing an artist of future work. As dramatic as it sounds, you’re killing the artist.

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art, mass production, and you

bozrat:

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.

yayy now i can just link this to people when they complain about this shit 

instead of having to write a novel to them again and againn haha

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250 Followers Giveaway

ladydouji:

winonaflammery:

I have by some miracle reached over 250 followers, so this calls for a giveaway. Thank you so much, and I’m really honoured so many people like my blog, so I want to do something for you.

Prizes:

There will be five winners, and the prices will be:

A Withdoll Nana in normal skin, included high-heeled feet and an extra pair of hands. The doll will come with a home-made brown wig, a pair of glass or urethane eyes (you can choose the colour, type will be decided by the colour you choose) and a full outfit. This will consist of a sweater and a pair of salwar. Maybe some shoes if I can dig up some in a matching style. The doll will come blank, but included will be a “gift” card of up to $100 to be used on a face-up artist of your choosing. You get the slot, I’ll pay :)

Four grab-bags. I will mostly only have MSD and Yo-SD sized ones (the sculpts I can make grab bags for are listed under the break at the end of this post), but I will also have two regular-size 70cm boy grab bags available. I tried making for sizes I didn’t have last time, and it got busy so I haven’t even finished them yet (sorry. I hope I can get them out soon, to the two of you who won the,), so I will only do them from clothing I have available this time, some made by me and some purchased stuff I don’t use.

About the prices:

You can only win one prize, but if you won in my last giveaway, you can still win in this one, should you be lucky enough that I draw your name.

If you don’t want the doll, please don’t enter for it. I do not wish for anyone to win it just so they can sell it. If you want it so you can give it as a gift to someone, that is fine (but please let me know), and if you find out after owning it for a while that it just isn’t the doll for you, and decide to sell it, that is fine too (though I’d appreciate if you’d let me know then too). I just want it to go to someone who actually wants it. Pictures of the doll will be up hopefully over the weekend, but she looks just like Withdolls promo-shots.

If you end up selling the stuff from the grab bags, that is fine, as you don’t really know what you get.

Rules

  • This is a giveaway to thank my followers, so you do have to follow me to win. As I’m probably going to get a influx of followers following just for this, people who followed me before I posted this will get double the entries. Meaning, one like counts as two likes, one reblog as two reblogs. I have written down my current followers to enforce this.
  • When you reblog, please include in your reblog (not in the tags) which prizes you’d want to win, in the order you want them. Whether or not you want the doll, and which sizes grab-bags would work for you. That will help me if I draw your name twice, and to give you the right size grab bag if that’s what you win. If you do not add this, I won’t count your reblog. For likes I’m going to assume you want the same that is written in your reblog, or if you don’t reblog, that all prizes are okay with you.
  • Both likes and reblogs count as entries.
  • You can reblog once a day. Please add the comment with which prizes you want on each reblog.
  • No giveaway blogs
  • Under normal crcumstances, no side-blogs please. If your main blog is used for your professional work, you may use your personal side-blog instead of that. If you have an all-dolls side-blog, you may also choose to reblog this on that one instead of your main blog. The main point is that everyone should reblog on only one of their blogs.
  • I ship from Norway. The doll will be shipped anywhere in the world with shipping with tracking. The grab bags will be shipped anywhere in the world by regular airmail. If you want tracking you’ll need to pay for it yourself (and it’s rather expensive)
  • You need to be 18 years or older or have your parents consent to give out your address.
  • You need to have your ask box open so I can contact you. If your ask box is closed, you forfeit your price and I will draw a new winner.
  • Giveaway ends on September 7th, 8pm UTC.
  • Prices will be shipped within a week of me receiving your address.

 Good luck!

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Hi, I’ld like to apply for the Withdoll Nana, msd grabba for withdoll boy, and grab bag for soom teenie gems.

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kemiobsesses:

So, I started this little exercise to get myself out of writer-block, and ended up writing a ficlet with Nod and MK as superheroes, and I decided not to finish just so I could draw these, and suddenly I was kicking myself out of artblock.

MK is a benevolent crime-fighter with the ability to manipulate electricity, thanks to some really hardcore SLI phenomenon. She calls herself the Red Bolt (or rather, someone came up with the name and it stuck). Nod’s more of an enhanced superhuman created by the Army, kinda like Captain America (hence the armor), except he was sort of dying for some reason. His codename is Hummingbird and he totally hates it. Then, there’s Ronin who’s still General, Tara who’s, uh, I dunno, she takes important decisions and people in the Army actually listen to her??? Nim (who’s totally black because of the Bigswap AU sew me) is the scientist in charge of Nod, because he kind of lives in a Government facility (much to his mother’s woe).

I kind of went overboard with this, bUT MAN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE ABLE TO DRAW QUALITY STUFF AGAIN.

Filed under epic 2013 epic fandom yessss SUperhero AU! this is awesome and perf I want more of this

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gavinosbornedrors:

howtodrawcomics:

When it comes to creating characters, sometimes it’s easy to let them slip into the same old stock standard set of body types. Basically clones with a few props, hairdos and make up to spice things up a bit. After a while, having the same actor play dress up for every character gets kinda boring…

It’s tough to break the habit too, especially when you’re taught a single set way to draw. Not to say having a solid construction method is ever a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t confine your creativity.

Check out these nifty tips and pointers by jeinu to give each of your comic book characters their own a unique flavour of memorable originality.

(To download these at full res simply hit the options menu and click download, otherwise head on over to jeinu’s DeviantArt Tutorial Gallery at http://jeinu.deviantart.com/gallery/25335623/Tutorials )

This is important, and something I super need to improve on. All these tips and stuff for drawing are crazy useful and very, very appreciated. 

(via arisato)

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angeloespinosas:

"frozen is the best disney movie because it’s the only one that doesn’t concentrate on romantic love"

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Missing from this list, Bambi, Pinocchio, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, The Great Mouse Detective, The Rescuers(romance was more a B-plot than the focus) Oliver and Company,  BOTH Fantasias! The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, hell romantic wasn’t even a defining driving force in Brave(if you’re count Toy Story you should count Brave as well and political arranged marriages are anything but romantic)

Look if you like Frozen that’s fine, but like it and praise it for what it is. Don’t go claiming it’s something it isn’t.

(via eastofthemoon)

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