Lessons the Disney Princesses teach us that don’t involve men, love, or beauty.
I made this post because I am tired of seeing people bash the princesses because they only serve as love interests and think that they show women that a woman’s purpose is to be submissive to men, or that beauty is the only thing that matters in a woman.
All of the Princesses had personalities and lives without their Princes, and on their own, they are able to teach girls several other important lessons about life in general. These are all characters, and whether or not you believe that because they are love interests that that reduces their character, they still have some sort of trait that is valuable to have for any woman, in love or not.
And before anyone can argue Ariel’s character or lesson, I want to point out that her dream was to be a human, and it was her dream long before she laid eyes on Eric. Eric was just an another incentive for her to become human. While the lesson she teaches might be the only one based on rash and poor decisions, it’s important to point out she learns her own lesson. She see the consequences of her actions, and apologizes and fights to make things right. That is one of her valuable traits.
Really low prices make me less likely to commission an artist.
Me: I’m not an artist. I do commission artists - I spend around $300-600 a month on digital art commissions.
I sometimes find an artist who has really impressive work, or a unique style, or something else that makes me think “I should commission this person.”. Then I look at their prices and they are crazily low. As in less than 20 dollars for a colour full body character.
And I don’t commission them. Because I can’t pay prices that low and feel good about myself for doing it.
I know it takes hours to draw even one character. Plus the time it takes to study the brief, look at the references, communicate with me, etc etc. No way are they making even minimum wage this way, let alone a living wage.
I commission art because it’s fun. It’s my hobby. If I’m knowingly paying someone slave wages to support my hobby, it isn’t fun.
To artists who undercharge: Please reconsider. I’ve heard many reasons why you decide to do this (see below). But if you price your work like you don’t respect it, you won’t get clients who will respect you or your work either. You charge peanuts, you get monkeys.
To commissioners who push for these prices: Have some respect. Not just for the artists, but for the other commissioners out there. You’re giving us all a bad name. If you can’t afford decent prices, don’t be mean about it. Save up, or find some other hobby. Or hey, learn to draw.
"I’m only doing this for fun, I don’t care about the money." - Good for you. But there are others that are trying to make a living doing this. Have some consideration for them, yes?
"It’s the clients pushing my prices down." - Gah. Then your clients are awful people who don’t respect you. It’s a trap though - you charge low prices, you get cheap clients. There’s only one way out of that trap.
(Commissioner says) “But I want this drawn and I can’t afford higher prices.” - I want to live in an exact replica of Wayne Manor, but I can’t afford that. So, um, I don’t. Simplify your idea, or don’t commission it until you can afford to do so without ripping off the artist.
(Commissioner says) “By paying less per artist I can support more artists.” - No. Just… no. You are not supporting artists, you are exploiting them. Paying less per artists lets you exploit more artists.
"Just tip the artist." - I have done that, but it sends the wrong message. Tipping isn’t the norm in this game, so when I tip artists assume it’s because they did an extra-awesome job, when in fact I’m tipping them because they did their normal-awesome job. Plus if an artist is charging one-third or one-quarter what they should be, do I tip them 300%?
(Image by me. Not an artist, remember? The price list is made up, but based on real lists I’ve seen recently.)
My friends and I had a welcome back party/reunion/pokemon/treasure hunt for a friend who came back from the states! Each of us hid somewhere in a mall, and we’d all have a clue card/badge with us, if she “caught” us (lol we even had our own pokemon names), we’d give her the badge + next clue for the next pokemon to catch. It was a supah fun day. We gave her a medal after she caught all of us. (That red thing with the bunny is where she’d stick the badges lol)
It was really thoughtful!!! THANKS PAT!!!! I loved it! :D
Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home – they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside. Inside there is a different kind of time and a different kind of space. There is warmth there too – a hearth. I sit down with a book and I am warm. I know that from the chilly nights on the doorstep.
Jeanette Winterson, from “Why be Happy When You Can be Normal” (via nightswimming)
I’ve been doing a lot of thumbnail sketches. So the first photo is just me playing with compositions and such.
Those were based off some of my childhood memories like the person with the jar in the woods. I used to go catching fireflies as a child.
Most were based on some Filipino folktales that just came into my head. The one with the girl in the river and the boy among the trees was from the story of a man who found seven celestial sisters bathing and he stole one of the girls’s wings so she couldn’t get back to heaven. I know that one has a similar story in other countries.
The two on the right with the woman is also an idea I got from a Filipino folktale. She’s supposed to be Maria Makiling. Sort of like a female forest spirit that is guarding the Mount Makiling.
The second photo has thumbnail sketches that I did while watching Lord of the Rings: Fellowship. I just thought to start studying values because I’m so bad at it but I also wanted to watch LOTR so I did them at the same time.