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I took a few years worth of art courses.  It was a mixed bag of useful skills and utterly useless nonsense, leaning heavily towards the latter.  The class I thought would be the best for what I wanted to do (illustration) taught me nothing at all except the fact that my teacher was a bitter old coot who could only see that the soul-sucking commercial illustration that he used to do had been supplanted by clip-art, and thus illustration as a career was dead.  As if I was taking the class because I wanted to draw hamburgers for newspaper advertisements (the example he kept using when he would rant to us about this.)  I wanted to bring worlds to life, and instead we drew random objects around the classroom and occasionally each other’s faces.  Useless.

I also distinctly remember the print-making class where I used a dragon as the subject of my first assignment, and the teacher hated it.  Dragons are for school children doodling in the margins, it seems.  Dragons are bland pop-art, not suitable for a real artist.  You can do what you want in this class, she said, so long as you demonstrate the printmaking techniques, but you’ll never get anywhere with dragons.

There was a dragon, obvious or hidden, in EVERY single assignment I turned in for that class.  100% of ‘em.  To her credit, she gave me an A anyway.  But still… both those teachers basically tried to drive me away from something that I *could* actually  have made a living with (fantasy illustration is huge, especially compared to the prospects for the high brow fine art that the print making teacher was pushing at me) for no particular reason. 

Art education is kind of horrible.  I don’t really recommend it to anybody.  If you want to learn how to be a terrific artist, there are many cheaper and better alternatives to getting a degree in art.

Discopants!

Realized I hadn’t uploaded this yet. Some Discord Cosplay legs I made for a customer who wore then to Everfree as part of a pretty hilarious Discord/Q cosplay.

hotyoutubersex:

straight-blazin-all-day-long:

re-blogueiro:


Do not lie to me tumblr

I don’t know, I think it’s rather flattering.
jesus god can I please get more of these

Obviously the only way to wear a shirt.
Men of Tumblr…
dead

The men of tumblr win

i could dig it. 

Seem’s legit tbf

Boy, this look is fabulous but I can’t seem to get the bow just right.
At first I was mad because I thought I looked ugly

But I simply added a cute jacket and I became glamorous!

^winning
THAT LAST ONE WITH THE JACKET TOO, HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
Why are these guys doing this?

I mean, why even try, when the baddest bitch is right here?






I will never not reblog this
favuorite post on tumblr omfg

LMFAO

hats off to the men of tumblr.

hotyoutubersex:

straight-blazin-all-day-long:

re-blogueiro:

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Do not lie to me tumblr

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I don’t know, I think it’s rather flattering.

jesus god can I please get more of these

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Obviously the only way to wear a shirt.

Men of Tumblr…

dead

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The men of tumblr win

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i could dig it. 

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Seem’s legit tbf

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Boy, this look is fabulous but I can’t seem to get the bow just right.

At first I was mad because I thought I looked ugly

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But I simply added a cute jacket and I became glamorous!

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^winning

THAT LAST ONE WITH THE JACKET TOO, HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Why are these guys doing this?

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I mean, why even try, when the baddest bitch is right here?

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I will never not reblog this

favuorite post on tumblr omfg

LMFAO

hats off to the men of tumblr.

Something else has been bothering me as well, I've found that the price of all the materials I would need to make a high-quality fursuit with three different fur colors, realistic ram horns, and a mouth piece I make myself only adds up to about $200. Why do fursuit makers charge ten times that amount?

kilcodocostumes:

fyeahfursuiting:

because they are trying to make a living.

If you divide the time they work hourly on actually putting the material together, it’s almost less than minimum wage. 

This original post’s opinion is something I have unfortunately seen people repeat. The gyst of it is that OP believes suits are cheap to make, so suitmakers must be overcharging. Furthermore it suggests the conclusion that suitmakers are charging the prices we do because of greed. I thought I’d lay out a couple points to help people understand why professional suitmakers charge the prices we do.

So, let’s pretend that you want to make professional-quality fursuits for $200 each, in expenses.

1. If you are lucky you may be able to find the fabric and foam you need for $200 (though this is at the bare minimum spectrum of material costs). Now, how are you going to make each suit? In order to make professional-quality suits, you are going to need a few things.
You will need to own a heavy-duty sewing machine ($400+), airbrush ($100+), airbrush compressor ($100+), electric drill and correct bits for making eyes ($50+), professional-quality electric clippers ($100+), silicone moldmaking and resin kits ($25-50 per kit), titanium scissors and sharpener ($25+), new shoes for feetpaws ($20+), rubber matting for soles ($20+), electric carving knife for thick foam ($25+); this is indicative of the tools used to create a typical fullsuit, but many suitmakers use other tools that also add to the expense (like dremels, vacuum-form tables, etc.).
You will also need to take into account your thread, needles, pins, polyfil, airbrush paints, lacquer, gluesticks, garbage bags, adhesives, sharpies/chalk, razorblades, zippers, eye plastic, buckram, machine oil, elastic, sandpaper, resin, and patternmaking material, which I won’t calculate here. You will eat through hundreds of these necessities every few weeks. And if you want a website, you must pay annually for your url and monthly for your website server.
So, a modest estimate for tools alone comes to roughly $900 NOT including any of the things that actually go into the tools to make them useful, which you will need to restock regularly.

2. It would be fair to want to be compensated for your specialized labor. A professional-grade fullsuit should take you about 2 weeks of work. The average professional suitmaker produces 2-3 suits a month. Suitmaking of course is a very specific set of artistic skills that takes years to develop, and only a handful of individuals in the world can make suits professionally. So, if it hypothetically only costs you $200 per suit for materials, how much do you charge for labor? At minimum wage ($8.50/hr), 80 hours of work (2 weeks full-time) will come to $680.

This means if a suitmaker’s material costs are $200, and they are paid minimum wage, they will on average be left with $480 for every 2 weeks of full-time work. This comes to $960 a month. This is barely enough to pay electricity, water, food, and rent, let alone cover the restocking of basic materials. Unfortunately you *probably won’t* want to go out and get a second job if you are making suits professionally, because you already work 40 hours a week.

3. You must pay taxes on the suits you sell. That’s right, self-employed people like fursuit-makers in the United States have to pay self-employment tax (15.3% in 2014) AND income tax (another 15%). That means if you make that $960 a month, you must pay almost $2000 a year in taxes.

Suitmakers like me charge what we do in order to compensate for the financial investment we participate in every month, in order to produce a high-quality, lasting piece of original wearable art for you. We spend dozens or even hundreds of hours on each costume, lovingly rendering it to match your design. We strive to make our customers happy with their costumes, not only because of how they look but because of how well they are made and will hold up over time. We do *not* get rich doing this. We dedicate our lives to this craft; it is our career.

Do you still think we charge too much?

I kind of want to say really rude things about the person originally posting here…  It seems kind of dense to not realize that fursuit makers charge for their time, and that making a suit *takes* time.

Well, my post-convention week off is over, so I’m working again. Here’s a Soarin hat and tail set I just finished.

Well, my post-convention week off is over, so I’m working again. Here’s a Soarin hat and tail set I just finished.

vonborowsky:

cyanfoxdesigns:

THIS IS A WARNING FOR EVERYONE WHO SELLS THEIR OWN ART OR GOODS! Although the scam took place through Etsy anyone can be a target!!!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Thanks to someone on DeviantArt who pointing out their account details once again. It looks like i’ve been scammed by the same person (known as

Important! Crafters be aware!

Socute!
When I saw this a week or two ago I thought it was friggin’ adorable, and also cool because it reminded me of my little Loonakit blob-style plushes.
I found out at Bronycon that it actually *is* my blob plushes, it was drawn by darkflame75 who bought a Luna and a Celestia at Everfree.  :D  How awesome is that? 
It apparently started a thing too, since http://lunadoodle.tumblr.com/ has a ton of other adorable ball pony drawings.  And adorable Luna in general.  People should check it out.

Socute!

When I saw this a week or two ago I thought it was friggin’ adorable, and also cool because it reminded me of my little Loonakit blob-style plushes.

I found out at Bronycon that it actually *is* my blob plushes, it was drawn by darkflame75 who bought a Luna and a Celestia at Everfree.  :D  How awesome is that? 

It apparently started a thing too, since http://lunadoodle.tumblr.com/ has a ton of other adorable ball pony drawings.  And adorable Luna in general.  People should check it out.

I drew art. 
I’m also having another stab at a pony ask blog, which is why I drew the art.  This is Ember, a friendly changeling, who runs a brothel in Canterlot.  Text based, this time, (so my lack of time to draw shouldn’t be an issue) and also NSFW, a bit.  If you want to check it out, you can go here: http://changelingember.tumblr.com/
It’s based on my story, Ember’s, which you can find here: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/188613/embers

I drew art. 

I’m also having another stab at a pony ask blog, which is why I drew the art.  This is Ember, a friendly changeling, who runs a brothel in Canterlot.  Text based, this time, (so my lack of time to draw shouldn’t be an issue) and also NSFW, a bit.  If you want to check it out, you can go here: http://changelingember.tumblr.com/

It’s based on my story, Ember’s, which you can find here: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/188613/embers

ursulavernon:

lisalu22:

I love Neil Gaiman so damn much. Best advice on how to raise a reader—let them read…whatever they want to read.

My mother—who meant well!—was always trying to get me to read “good” books. “Garbage in, garbage out,” she would say grimly, as I loaded up on Star Trek novels and Dragonlance, and try to get me to read improving literature like “Jane Eyre” and “Two Years Before The Mast.”
Today I write children’s books for a living. She has since apologized and I have still never read “Jane Eyre.”

My mother still doesn’t understand why I want to read fantasy instead of “real” books. I did read Jane Eyre, which is one of her favorites, and I hated it.  
Then she suddenly decided that the Twilight books were good.
*sigh* If it weren’t for the fact that in certain other ways I am becoming her as I get older, I’d wonder if we were even related at all.

ursulavernon:

lisalu22:

I love Neil Gaiman so damn much. Best advice on how to raise a reader—let them read…whatever they want to read.

My mother—who meant well!—was always trying to get me to read “good” books. “Garbage in, garbage out,” she would say grimly, as I loaded up on Star Trek novels and Dragonlance, and try to get me to read improving literature like “Jane Eyre” and “Two Years Before The Mast.”

Today I write children’s books for a living. She has since apologized and I have still never read “Jane Eyre.”

My mother still doesn’t understand why I want to read fantasy instead of “real” books. I did read Jane Eyre, which is one of her favorites, and I hated it. 

Then she suddenly decided that the Twilight books were good.

*sigh* If it weren’t for the fact that in certain other ways I am becoming her as I get older, I’d wonder if we were even related at all.

Back!

I’m back from Bronycon.  It was a ton of fun, and also fairly profitable, which is good.  :3  I’m looking forward to going again next year.

Just as an FYI, my upcoming con schedule includes Rainfurrest next month, BABScon 2015, Everfree NW 2015, and Bronycon again in 2015 as well.  

Right now I am dead tired after the crazy schedule I kept to prepare for two huge conventions in a row, so I am taking at least a few days off of work.  When I start work again, I’ll be finishing the last of my dragon kickstarter rewards, getting a few small commissions off my plate, catching up on one very overdue fursuit project, and then diving right into prep for Rainfurrest, which means making tails, tails, and more tails.  If you’re going to be at Rainfurrest, feel free to suggest tails you’d like to see for sale there!