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Speedpaint Commission Special!

So a couple days ago my husband hand a nasty accident and impaled his right hand on a lawnmower blade (WARNING! Gory/bloody photo –> See here for a picture of the wound) and got about an inch-deep laceration that had to have stitches. He can’t use his hand at all for about a week, so he can’t work or stress that hand until it’s mostly healed which means I’ll be picking up slack to pay our bills this month.

As such, to save myself any stress I’m going to do a speedpaint special with limited amount of time per commission so I can calculate just how much space I’ll have available to take these on with my current clients.

These will be quick, messy paintings not intended to look polished though I will do my best to make them look good! Onward to prices/info!

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1 Hour: $40 USD

What you can get: Very loose, simple character concepts or very loose scenes

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2 Hours: $50 USD

What you can get: More detailed, cleaner character concepts or scenes

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3 Hours: $60 USD

What you can get: Cleaner, more precise character concepts or scenes

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If you have an idea but aren’t sure how much time it would take, send your concept/info to me anyway and I’ll see if I can’t squeeze it under 3 hours! Remember, the simpler the scene/concept the more detail I can focus on the character(s) in it! Some quick notes for those that don’t know my regular commission rules.

- Paypal payments only! Payment must be made upfront.

- Some gore/sensuality is acceptable! Max PG-13 rating guys!

- Please provide as much information/references whenever possible!

If you’re interested in a speedpaint special, please contact me at dustedpages@gmail.com and I’ll get you setup :) I can take on a handful of these for the moment but not a bunch, so message me soon if you’re interested! Reblogs are also very appreciated; sorry for the long post!

“And look at me, Little Igor, the bruises go away, and so does how you hate, and so does the feeling that everything you receive from life is something you have earned.” - Jonathan Safran Foer 📷: capturesreality (my edit) Location courtesy of @knitwitknits

The Workaholic Pedestal

We freelancers have a tendency to never truly be away from our work, regardless of the time or day of the week.  Especially if like me, your work station is in your home.  We work long hours and dedicate ourselves fully to whatever project we have at hand.  We loose sleep, skip social gatherings, eat whatever is quick and easy so we can get back to work. I have noticed that there is a sense of pride in general among freelancers that we are so in love with our work that we can dedicate ourselves this way.  Passion for your chosen profession is definitely a plus!

However, I have also observed a downside to this part of freelancing.  That dedication can cross the line into an unhealthy workaholic lifestyle, and other freelancers actually encourage it.  There is an underlying unspoken rule in freelancer culture that if you’re not working, you’re slacking.  I’ve seen other freelancers take subtle stabs at their peers for taking time off to see family, to tend to daily life, or to just have a day (or three) to simply BREATHE and do something other than art. Doing things like comparing your work load with others’ work load, making yourself out to be the harder working one.  Referring to things like showering, cooking, and cleaning as “free time” or “vacation”.  It creates or adds to guilt surrounding work, which is really not a nice thing to do to your friends and peers. 

The disclaimer here is that clearly not every freelancer does this, and I think those that do are not being purposefully malicious, so please don’t misread this as an attack.  I’m guilty of playing into this myself, we are just falling into a part of the starving artist stereotype;  The idea that your chosen craft/art must encompass ALL of your being, every day and every moment for you to truly be passionate about it. 

The truth is, there IS life outside of art and work, and it’s not a contest. We are living beings that must eat and sleep, and we are social animals that must have a connection with others.  So not only do we HAVE to do things other than art, but it’s also ok to spend time doing other things that make you happy.  It doesn’t mean you are less passionate about your work, or that other artists who spend more time on theirs love it more.

And yes, there are deadlines we must work under.  But none of us want to be starving artists. None of us enjoy loosing sleep, eating crappy or skipping meals, working our fingers to the bone, letting friendships fall apart…  These are not good things.  You aren’t a cooler or more a passionate artist for making those sacrifices.  So I think instead of putting that lifestyle on a pedestal, we should be encouraging one another to take time to care for ourselves, and to have a life outside of their work. Just like anyone else doing any other kind of work.  =)

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Hey friends, I just learned today that my full-time job is being terminated and I am being let go.  I would really appreciate it if you guys could signal boost this because I really need to be making money until I can find a new job.  I will happily do fanart, OCs, porn, anything tbh.

Please email me at greycichy at gmail dot com if you are interested in commissioning me, I could really use it right now.

Not So Elementary: The ‘Sherlock’ Guide to Freelancing and Small Business

Sherlock Holmes lived in a different era, but the Holmes of BBC’s excellent modern adaptation, Sherlock, shows us how the detective would operate in the 21st century. From the series, we can deduce a few pointers for entrepreneurs thinking about starting a small business or becoming a freelancer.

Do something you love …

If you’re going to work for yourself, make sure it’s something you enjoy. You’ll be putting a lot of time and effort into this endeavor, and you won’t succeed unless you have the passion to keep pushing forward.Sherlock works as a consulting detective because he likes to solve crimes. He describes himself as “married to his work,” hates the boredom that comes in between cases, and is positively gleeful when there’s work to be done.

(Read the rest here!)

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