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technomod:

There is a difference between basing one’s marketability and one’s personal worth on external validation. Personal worth being what you think of your art, and marketability being what the general public thinks of your art. And that is  a very important thing to understand: that your art’s worthiness and its marketability are two different things.

The more marketable your product, the wider range of people it will appeal to. While this will make you money, it’s also, unfortunately, undoubtedly means catering to the lowest denominator, which means a drop in quality. There’s no harm in making money. But it’s a tightrope that artists surviving on their product have to make. Very few artists ever live in the Goldilocks zone where what they love doing also has the widest marketable demographic.

But even if something isn’t marketable, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be of high worth to you. I could make a crappy cup in Ceramics that no one in a million years would buy, and no one likes it, and I while I’d understand why no one would buy it, I’d still think the art had high worth to me.

Basically, I’m still a good person, whether or not I make good art. My art isn’t a reflection, it’s a product.

A lot of artists don’t understand that what they put out isn’t a part of you, it’s a product of you. You are a separate entity from your art, and your art doesn’t determine if you’re a good or bad person. It’s just something you make.

mhm, very true, especially on that last regard! 

I can’t count how many times in the last four years I’ve seen bad things happen between artists or between non-artists and artists simply because one character said something mean or rude or negative towards another character—even if characters are a reflection of ourselves and what we want to teach or say, we aren’t solely our characters! 

Admittedly I can tend to be guilty of linking together characters with creators—if I really really detest a character and the creator only draws that character, chances are I tend to link the feelings associated with their work to the person themselves. Guilty > <;

asksweetcream:

Gonna wallow in depression on how I lost this entire update and all I had was this shitty screenshot (which lacks the last panel)
In short. Cream thinks Ickle is gonna get married by her question. Then wonders why Ickle is calling her ‘Missus’ and thinks of the potential ones she might be confused to be married to. (Nath, WC, and I threw Ice Shine in for fun)
The last panel (fully lost) was SC daydreaming for them to take her~ while Ickle holds on, worried, SC in her arms, asking if she should get help, if SC is okay.
Forever a WIP.

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No seriously I had no idea you were going to go so all-out on this oh wowie wow okay oh gosh wow I just *hugs computer screen* look at how gorgeous ickle is and this is so cute and Sweet Cream getting all excited and then blushing WAH I JUST CAN&#8217;T 
*strokes screen* I love iiiiiiiit&#160;; v&#160;;
(I&#8217;m totes saving this for a later storyarc so I can use it NYEHEHEHEHEHE)

asksweetcream:

Gonna wallow in depression on how I lost this entire update and all I had was this shitty screenshot (which lacks the last panel)

In short. Cream thinks Ickle is gonna get married by her question. Then wonders why Ickle is calling her ‘Missus’ and thinks of the potential ones she might be confused to be married to. (Nath, WC, and I threw Ice Shine in for fun)

The last panel (fully lost) was SC daydreaming for them to take her~ while Ickle holds on, worried, SC in her arms, asking if she should get help, if SC is okay.

Forever a WIP.

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No seriously I had no idea you were going to go so all-out on this oh wowie wow okay oh gosh wow I just *hugs computer screen* look at how gorgeous ickle is and this is so cute and Sweet Cream getting all excited and then blushing WAH I JUST CAN’T 

*strokes screen* I love iiiiiiiit ; v ;

(I’m totes saving this for a later storyarc so I can use it NYEHEHEHEHEHE)

technomod:

Please let it be known that it is perfectly okay to enjoy getting validation. Shit, I know I enjoy it when Merriauthor and Rusty and Shay like my stuff. I even made this post about it.

The difference is that I do not go seeking it, nor base the worth of what I produce on whether or not they like what I do.

Totally agree with Techmom!  Admittedly I have a problem with basing the quality of my work on whether or not people notice and validate it, but then again—

—I suppose it’s my way, as a (currently) freelance artist, of knowing if I’m succeeding in my business or not.  If others see my work and praise it, that means I have a marketable skill—one I can use to support myself and do what I love. 

Still…even if it’s an effective business-mindset, it’s not a healthy personal mindset. ><; I need to grow out of it. @ @;

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zelda-melodies:

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Why would someone think you do digital artwork? Particularly when many of your sketches keep the pencil lines?

Actually, they’re totally right—I DO do digital artwork! But I also do a lot of traditional work, and hybrid digital-traditional work. ’ v ‘

You work in a digital medium, right? What advice would you give to a person who wants to try digital art? Where would you start? What programs/devices would you use? What kind of references do you use?
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Question pertaining to actual stories

thehornlessminotaur:

Would you guys be satisfied if I did stories for Broadsword and pals if the story posts were the following layout?

-One large image pertaining to story.
-Prose of story

So almost like a chapter in a book.

Yay I would enjoy that. Or. Nay that sounds unenjoyable?

Yay! I think that would work! 

Hi there! I was wondering if you were still open to taking commissions? :)

I am absolutely open to commissions! Did you have something in mind you were interested in? ’ v ‘