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Hello, this group has only one purpose: To HELP new Artist

Here You can ask any questions You have, related to techniques, software, hints or tips about Art and deviantART extra.

This group collects Tutorials and Memes to help You to improve Your Art.

Learn with us!
Feel free to show us Your Art and
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Recent Journal Entries

There are few hard and fast rules when it comes to pricing artwork to sell. Why you ask? Well for one there are many variables that go into determining the cost of the artwork. It’s for that very reason that many artists (including myself in the past) sell themselves tremendously short. Another reason we as artists feel our palms getting sweaty when someone asks for a price to an artwork is because we feel as though we’re not being true artists if we accept money for our work. No, no no. Listen, I can tell you from experience that the “starving artist” lifestyle is waaaay less glamorous than it sounds when your pantry is bare for reals. There is absolutely nothing shameful about getting paid for honest work, so don’t try to make yourself feel guilty or ashamed of turning a profit. On the other hand, artists fall into the mire of not even knowing how to price individual artworks. This confusion only gets worse when you look at the price tags in galleries or check out Sotheby’s.

Today I’m going to give you a few tools to get started! 

What’s your time worth?

You know that saying, “if you don’t value your time no one else will?” It will serve you well when it comes to pricing your artwork, especially if you are a craftsperson, or if you are making non-tangible things (digital artwork, design work, or writing) to start off with an hourly wage for yourself. Be reasonable, and by reasonable I don’t mean starting at whatever your state’s minimum wage is. For example, let’s say you set your hourly rate at $15 and create an artwork that you spent 20 hours on how much do you charge? I know, I know I can hear you all now, “ damnit, Xadrea! You know artists are bad at math!!” Just pull out the calculator and get on with it. Your earnings with those hypothetical numbers would be $300 (wage x time = cost).

Regardless of what anyone tells you what we as artists do does in fact matter. We are legit, we are professionals, we are important, and we deserve to be paid.

What’s your stuff worth?

For those of us making tangible artwork, it’s incredibly important that we know what our materials cost. Now, in no way am I discounting the fact that you must spend money in order to make it. The fact of the matter is if you’re spending more than you’re making, you’ve got a problem. This is one of the ways it’s so easy for artists to sell themselves short. Let’s say you make a painting and your materials cost you $30. Modify upon the previous equation to this: wage x time + materials = cost. Your earnings would then be $330.

If your work is 2D (paintings, drawings, and the like) you may want to base your charges on the scale of the artwork. You can do this by charging by square inch (height x width) or by linear inch (height + width). With both you would need a multiplier, essentially what you want to charge per square or linear inch. Let’s say you choose a multiplier of $1 per square inch. The equation you would use for an 11x14 painting charging by the square inch would be the following:  height x width x 1 = cost ($154). If you used the same scaled painting to charge by the linear inch with a multiplier of $10 your equation would be the following:  height + width x 10 = cost ($151).  This method of charging will help you establish consistent prices for similarly sized artworks. Whether you decide to charge for labor is entirely up to you.

Selling on dA for points

Many of you folks sell your artwork on dA which is great! There are plenty of opportunities to sell through the prints shop or to sell content. I realize that many of you accept points as payment, and there are some things you should know about going that avenue. The first thing you should have a complete understanding of if you accept points as payment is their monetary value. 100 points sounds like a lot doesn’t it? 100 points is equal to $1.25. Know your conversions to $ when you set points prices. Also, be smart about what you decide to sell. Remember, if you choose to sell Premium Content through dA (as opposed to charging points yourself) you will be subject to a 20% tax (so you keep 80% of your earnings). Stop wrinkling your nose, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere else online or in real life for that matter. I’ve shown at galleries that require up to 60% of whatever the artist sells in artwork. Refer to this handy journal ayame-kenoshi.deviantart.com/j… to learn more about selling premium content. Refer to this handy points calculator by charfade to get quick and accurate conversions of points to $USD.

DeviantArt Point Calculator by charfade

You set the prices, so don’t sell yourself short

This last point goes back the first point: value your time. Often times we as artists feel uncomfortable putting a price tag on what we make because we somehow feel unworthy to do so. What ultimately happens at that point is some serious undercharging. Stand firm on whatever prices you choose to sell your work, and market yourself accordingly. If you charge too low you’re not only losing sales, you’re cheapening your artwork and losing potential collectors and clients as well as other artists. Do not do it.

For more handy ideas on how to start selling your artwork check out these articles!

F-ING BEE. HOW TO BE A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR by alexiuss Venues, Exposure, How to Sell Your Art - Part 1I've got mixed feelings about "exposure." By exposure, I mean how you, fellow artists, get your work out into the world so people can enjoy it and possibly even remunerate you for it.
Ways and means are:
1. Art Galleries
2. Public Venues
3. Charity Auctions
4. Festivals and Events
5. Online Websites and Communities
I'm going to talk about the first three here and what has or hasn't worked for me.
1. Art Galleries
This is the big one. Everyone wants to have *Gallery Representation* < /Awed Voice > because isn't that how art is sold? Traditionally, yes; the channel, for centuries, has been artists-->galleries-->collectors.
So how do you get a gallery to represent you? New artists often face the same paradox as new graduates do when trying to get a job where no one will hire you if you don't have experience but you can't get experience unless you have a job. So galleries won't pay attention to you unless you've already been represented by galleries.
We all start somewhere. I stand
Venues, Exposure, How to Sell Your Art - Part 2In a previous entry, I discussed galleries, public venues, and charity auctions as potential sales channels for art. Now I'll share my experiences with festivals and online websites.
4. Festivals and Events
By "festivals", I mean art-themed events like art walks and organized open studio tours. These are, by far, the best opportunity for sales.  Here is a comparison of my best and worst experiences.
My least successful event was a one night mega-gala featuring visual art, body painting, and a popular local entertainer at a large venue. Artists were juried by the promoter and then charged a $200 nonrefundable entry fee. Tickets to the event were $60. The artists were asked to sell tickets to their friends and customer base for a commission. The event was positioned as a fundraiser for an arts foundation that I didn't recognize, but a brief internet search revealed that this foundation was run by the promoter.  
No one
Making Money From Your Art by Eman333

 

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Hello there,
Please feel free to join our 30 day Challenge. Because of the coming soon Halloween we choose a Monster Challenge :D

Our 1st goal: after 30 days you will have a great habit is to draw every single day.

Our 2nd goal: Improve your drawing skills: the more time you spend on your drawing and the more effort you will apply - the better skills you will get. 

IMPORTANT!! Please read carefuly and follow the Rules. Thanks!

:heart: Rules:

1. Draw every single day. Choose you will draw boy or girl, or both :D

2. Add to your descriptions something like that "This is my entry to @walkthrough-rookie 30 Day Monster Challenge" and add the link to this blog 30 Day Monster Challenge
This way everybody who would like to join our challenge will able to do it :D
:target: Artworks without of the link to this blog in the descriptions will be declined (take a look here to see where you can copy the Link or Thumb fav.me/d81evex)

3. Submit your drawings to our WR's Challenges folder. (The folder limitation is 1 deviation per day)

4. Have fun!!



:star: UPD: We realize that not everybody was able to join us on 1st Ocbober, so we will holds the challenge till 10th November.

31th Ocbober 13th November
a) everybody who was with us for all these 30 days,
b) followed the Rules, and have all their artworks submitted to our Challenge foder
will be featured in our blog :w00t:


Day 1: Favorite Monster
Day 2: Fear into Fantasy
Day 3: Satyr
Day 4: Human + x = Taur
Day 5: Vampire

Day 6: Winged Creature
Day 7: Ghost / Phantom
Day 8: Myth of your Heritage
Day 9: Object-Headed
Day 10: Of African Myth

Day 11: Of Middle-Eastern Myth
Day 12: Aquastic Monster
Day 13: Of Western European Myth
Day 14: Genderflipped Female Monster (for boys) / Genderflipped Male Monster (for girls)
Day 15: Werewolf

Day 16: Of Asian Myth
Day 17: Of Oceanic Myth
Day 18: Of Urban Legend
Day 19: Slime
Day 20: Of North American Myth

Day 21: Of Eastern European Myth
Day 22: Odd Couple
Day 23: Naga
Day 24: Of South American Myth
Day 25: Fairy Tale Based

Day 26: Young Monster
Day 27: Dragon Boy
Day 28: Sci-Fi
Day 29: Tentacles
Day 30: Zombie

Day 31: A Congrats Banner For Finishing The Challenge (optionaly)



If you have any questions or troubles please leave a comment or send us a note :wave:
Anyone who has been an internet user for a period of time should know that drama is one of the hallmarks of the absolutely wonderful technology that allows us to be connected 24/7. It's like glitter, one moment all you see is just a fleck of it then suddenly, it's everywhere. DeviantArt is chock full of massive amounts of it (drama, not glitter!) at any given time, so let's talk about what you need to know to avoid it (aaaand what to do if you find yourself in it)!

:bulletred: I just caused the argument because... I wanted to get more pageviews, I wanted to be popular, for the lulz, I was bored

 

Girl, bye.

:bulletred: I ALWAYS have to reply

If you think the interwebs is the only place you'll find people you don't agree with, I think it's time you spent a little more time away from your computer. First off, let me say that there's nothing inherently wrong about disagreeing with someone. Nothing at all. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, even if that opinion is not popular or similar to yours. So for the purposes of example (since we are visual people) here's a hypothetical comment thread:
  • Commenter: No offense, but I think this artwork sucks.
Now, let's assume that you like the artwork, or even worse, it's yours. What would be the proper response?
  • #1. I've looked at your gallery, and you can't do any better so ha! Your artwork sucks!one111!!!
  • #2. Why don't you like it?
  • #3. Nothing. You hit the red 'x' and ignored the comment entirely. 
It will be extremely tempting, but responding with #1 is not the way to go. Mainly because you would be inciting a fight, and starting dArama. If you select #2, proceed cautiously. Though initially harmless, it could lead to issues you weren't prepared to deal with, especially if the artwork was not yours. Let me quickly segue into the subject of white-knights for a moment. I've seen some things written recently about white-knights, and why they are harmful, and I think it's worth clearing up the apparent confusion as to exactly what they even are. 

A white-knight is not someone who defends another person regardless of what the argument or issue is. If you even knew your internet history at all you'd know a white-knight is a (scummy) boy standing up for a girl online he has feelings for with the hopes of "favors" in return. How it has mutated to what people now think of it as an annoying 13 year old Belieber (or that 'leave Britney alone' guy) is far beyond me. A white-knight is not a troll, or any of the above. In fact this person can actually bring a little bit of clarity and common sense to a troll off. It's not pointing out facts or even blind defense. Anyone who blindly defends something (or someone) is an idiot, not a white-knight. Please stop confusing them :XD:
Let's review. THIS...
NOT THIS. Got it?
Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's discuss option #3, non-engagement. Option #3 is your honest to goodness, foolproof way to avoid getting into what might become a mucky situation. Some comments truly aren't worth you replying to, so don't give them your time or effort honey!
You are not required to reply to any comment that you do not want to. Plain and simple. 

:bulletred: This person is WRONG and I can PROVE it!

Congratulations, you have logically indisputable, irrefutable facts about a subject either from personal knowledge, actual study, or a quick Google search. Is it truly necessary to go out of your way to prove it to others? I'll save you some time: no. The reason why? It's quite simple, changing what people believe is harder than trying to wash a cat. I'm not saying bringing a little knowledge into a conversation isn't important, of course it is! But this is about who to even bother imparting that knowledge onto. Let's go back to the previous hypothetical comment thread and let's say you decided to go with #2 as an initial response:

Commenter: It sucks because anime sucks! The anatomy is all wrong, just look at how huge that head is! Weeaboos are lame! You're one of them aren't you?

Well that wasn't very nice! Let's see what your response options are: 
  • #1. Is that so? Your artwork looks like trash! How dare you assume things about me?!
  • #2. Actually, it's called stylization. Western cartoons are stylized too, just in different ways.
  • #3. Nothing. You hit the red 'x' and ignored the comment entirely. 
Soooo, #1 is a definite no-no. You've just come down to their level and lost a little dignity while you were at it :no:
#2 is good, you presented fact. If you go with #2, don't leave it open ended. A statement of fact (in a condescending manner) can often shut down an unkind commenter. Never use insults of intelligence or name calling, it totally cancels out whatever you said beforehand. 
#3 Once again, will free you from any further issues with that person in that comment thread. 
Don't feed the trolls guys, really.


:bulletred:What if I'm being harassed?


Just imagine this is on the other side of the screen
Regardless of your views on 'cyber-bullying's' legitimacy, harassment via the internet is 100% real. Because of the anonymity of the internet crowd mentality can come into effect swiftly and with little warning. There are several actions that you should take, and the first one is blocking.Don't know how you say? How to Block Someone on DA by wondermanrules
There's a false notion going around that blocking someone means that you are somehow inferior at arguing, 'butthurt,' or you want to get the last word in. No, no, and no. There's also an incorrect notion that blocking is the Help Desk's lazy way of avoiding doing their jobs. Again, no. Blocking someone from interacting with you is a prime way to avoid dArama, never be too intimidated to use the feature. How do I know it works? Well, at one point I was being harassed by not just one person, but a group of people plus whoever decided to jump on their demented bandwagon. I had to block nearly one hundred deviants at one point. Very time consuming, but entirely worth it. 

The second thing you can do if you are being harassed is to hide comments. Again, this is not some snarky method of communication, rather a way to stop the spinning wheel that is dArama. Don't know how to hide comments you say?

Both methods of blocking can easily end any amount of harassment you are receiving. Most unfavorable interactions can be remedied with those steps, however things can get spectacularly nasty at times and that is when you need to contact the Help Desk. 

Before I walk you through that step, let's go over what you can and cannot submit to the Help Desk as an Abuse Report:
  • Do: Report excessive amounts of racial, ethnic, homophobic, bigoted slurs, personal threats, & extreme language.
  • Do: Report someone who has made alternate accounts, or is having a friend continue harassment on their behalf. 
  • Do: Report account hacking or evidenced spying.
  • Do: Report forum threads that are not following the rules.
  • Do Not: Report someone after a simple disagreement.
  • Do Not: Report someone for stealing someone else's artwork (there is a separate method for that).
  • Do not: Report someone for calling you stupid, or any other childish name that could be remedied by blocking. 
  • Do not: Submit screenshots as evidence, they cannot and will not be considered in your case. 
Consult the following FAQs for info on what is considered 'abusive' language and behavior:   
So, let's say things are very bad. The person harassing you is using extreme language, has threatened you and has sent other people after you (or is making alternate accounts to continue harassment). This is a case to submit as an Abuse Report. When you submit your report you need to have the following things:
  1. The username of person you are reporting.
  2. Links to comments that support your allegations. No need to 'unhide' them, moderators will still be able to see the conversation. 
  3. A concise outline of the complaint.
  4. Block all parties involved.
  5. Be patient. It may take the Help Desk time to get to your complaint depending on the seriousness of the situation.
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How do I draw awesome One Piece art?
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