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How to help out your favorite artists when you don’t have any money

3liza:

I post something like this about once a year, because I get a lot of messages from people who enjoy my art but feel guilty about not buying things from my store or subscribing on Patreon or getting things from my wishlist, etc. You really don’t need to do ANY of those things to help us out! Eyeballs on artwork is what we want, and just that is really helpful. But there are lots of other, free things you can do, if you want to, that will help us.

  • You can reblog our work, with credit! Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, showing people next to you in class or at the library, whatever. The more you reblog our stuff, any kind of stuff, and especially if it has a name and/or link attached, the more followers we get, the happier we are, and the easier we can sell art and pay rent. This is such a vital part of our continued existence and it is difficult to overstate how grateful we are when it happens.

  • You can like, comment, subscribe on Youtube, reply on Twitter, and generally make our little numbers go up. Even if you don’t want a drawing on your blog, hitting “Like” helps. If people are browsing your liked posts (if you have this option available in your sidebar or in a separate page) they will see our work. Additionally, higher note counts translate instantly to “more worthy of being looked at” when parsed by an idle, browsing brain. That’s the price of being a member of a social species, and it stinks because it doesn’t reflect “quality” or “innate value” of art, whatever that is, but a post with 4 digit notes is going to get more positive regard than a post with a 2 digit notecount. And really, it makes sense. If lots of people like a thing, it is likely, if only statistically, that you will too. 

  • You can talk about your favorite artists to your friends. A lot of us idle on skype and irc all day, talking about new album releases and games and twitter beef. It doesn’t occur to a lot of us to talk about how so-and-so just did a cartoon of a fat bird that is making our day slightly better, but that URL pastes just as easily into the chat as any other. Don’t be annoying about it, but like Homeland Security always says, if you see something, say something!

  • You can look at/click the ads on our websites. You can disable AdBlock on our websites, too. I have two little Project Wonderful boxes at the top of my blog. They pay me very little per day, but when I need $20 to stop an overdraft fee or buy a food, Project Wonderful has my back. This has happened about a dozen times, enough to teach me the value of having that last, tiny bit of cash just slowly snowballing in the background.

There is probably other stuff that I’m forgetting, so please feel free to reblog and add them.

Couples (for the episode RE: Number Two over at HitRECord.org)
I was drawing some couples and having a hard time deciding what sort of hair and faces and other individualising features to add, so I decided to do copies of the under-drawing and make lots of varieties. And then thought that maybe other people would like to do so too and that that would be really awesome! :D So here’s the base. You are welcome to remix this any way you’d like (colour it, draw features, swap the people in the couples, draw more people, stretch the figures, anything). 

Couples (for the episode RE: Number Two over at HitRECord.org)

I was drawing some couples and having a hard time deciding what sort of hair and faces and other individualising features to add, so I decided to do copies of the under-drawing and make lots of varieties. And then thought that maybe other people would like to do so too and that that would be really awesome! :D So here’s the base. You are welcome to remix this any way you’d like (colour it, draw features, swap the people in the couples, draw more people, stretch the figures, anything). 

So I started a new tumblog (I do this a lot >_> ) with geoffreyedwards, because we realised our music collections had kind of a hole where music sung by female voices was supposed to go. 
AllWomenPlaylist
The blog will post one song per day by a woman/woman-fronted band. Music that is new and old, music that is mainstream and music that isn’t all that well known, music from any genre. 
Since the focus is on music, not research, it might happen that music by an artist that is problematic will get posted. But we won’t wilfully share something like that. 
Submissions are welcome. Really really welcome actually. Especially music that is not in English, because that is hard to find without recommendations :3 
If you want to join our adventure, follow allwomenplaylist :3 

So I started a new tumblog (I do this a lot >_> ) with geoffreyedwards, because we realised our music collections had kind of a hole where music sung by female voices was supposed to go. 

AllWomenPlaylist

The blog will post one song per day by a woman/woman-fronted band. Music that is new and old, music that is mainstream and music that isn’t all that well known, music from any genre. 

Since the focus is on music, not research, it might happen that music by an artist that is problematic will get posted. But we won’t wilfully share something like that. 

Submissions are welcome. Really really welcome actually. Especially music that is not in English, because that is hard to find without recommendations :3 

If you want to join our adventure, follow allwomenplaylist :3 

nevver

nevver:

Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Damn, these would be perfect for my portrait project… if they were me and actually drawn by me x)

This happens sometimes: you come across an artist who has already done what you wanted to do (sometimes better than you) D: 

Ah well, just power through. Everything is reference material, and now I need to find the personal angle that differentiates my work even if the images are similar. 

geoffreyedwards
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

Fitzgerald gets cat days!! :D 

My sister and I invented this idea of “cat days of autumn” as the counterpoint to the “dog days of summer” (which is an ancient old idea). So when dog days is the time of summer when everything sucks, wounds won’t heal, things will rot and spoil, and any work you do will fail, cat days is the time in the fall when things renew and start a new, when luck is with you and it is the time to start new things (like a new school year). Cat days start a day before my sister’s birthday, on the 8th of September, and they end a day after my birthday, 8th of November. That’s two months of awesome. So go forth! Make stuff! Start things! Begin! Change! The benevolent cat star is with you! :D 

hitrecord

comejoinhitrecord:

Space Background Watercolor Whole iippo

They posted my thing :D :D 

(Well, I say “my” but it is actually a whole bunch of artists’ work together, because that’s what hitrecord is about)

The idea was for this to be about rising beyond your circumstances. Like a little girl with a big red balloon, floating up through the air and out into space and to the edge of space and beyond (like this rough visual idea/sketch http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1361938 )

All of the plus size pokemon gijinkas/pokemon inspired fashion design together. I think I’m done with these now. Here’s the words that go with this. 

Espeon. Parasect. Xerneas. Hippopotas. Azumarill. Hoothoot. Ho-oh. Cherubi. Aegislash. Regigigas. Skitty. 

The models from tumblr included blogs plussizeebony, chinesefashionlovers, wheeliewifee, lightning-heart and they are all incredible :3 And of course the idea is at least partially thanks to alternative-pokemon-art who posts awesome pokemon stuff and takes requests, which got me thinking what I would want to see (=plus size pokemon gijinkas :D )

I did have a ton more inspiration images and pokemon that I could have done, but I kinda feel done for now. We’ll see what’s next (I’ve signed up to both pokestory and trainerdex, so some more pokemon related things are definitely coming, as well as something to do with… turtles >_> )