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sooo… i watched that power of four special, even though i don’t think the ppg reboot is worth the time of day. but i was curious about bliss. the special itself was … ambitious, i suppose you could say. very obviously just a promotional cashgrab, but had some good ideas that were bogged down by bad execution.

the same could be said for bliss as a character, too. after all, an older powerpuff girl, a black powerpuff girl … possible inspiration for the powerpuff girls creation! those are interesting concepts to explore! maybe not a great idea for those concepts to all be packed into one character … and her flaws were interesting, if awkwardly executed. i did find myself somewhat attached to her, despite it all.

but the episode and her character were bogged down by clumsy writing that didn’t care about any lore established in the original series, or the integrity of any character outside of bliss - whether the others were in character didn’t matter.

so i’ll take matters into my own hands. redesigning her so she doesn’t look so out of place in contrast to the other powerpuffs, and rewriting her story.

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“Fight Me”

“Fight Me” - One Shot

Bruce Wayne x Reader

My Full Masterlist - Here

Word Count: 1509

Key: Y/N = Your Name, L/N = Your Last Name, H/C = Your Hair Color, E/C = Your Eye Color

Warnings: Cursing

Summary: Reader lives with her long time friend, Bruce, and Alfred. After a particularly hard day, the reader has a bit of a meltdown and Bruce helps.

Originally posted by gothamfox

Author’s Note: Welcome to my first Bruce Wayne x Reader fic. I don’t usually read or write for this character, but this idea popped into my head and I ran with it. I am pleased with it and feel good writing it. Writing is therapeutic for me.

This is my interpretation of the characters and the reader is one of my own creation. I leave the names and such open so you can put your own name and features in or you can create your own. I know this may not please everyone, but I’m writing this for myself. I hope people will enjoy this fanfic, but I know that you can’t please everyone.

If you would like to be tagged in any future pieces, please let me know! And as always, feedback is greatly appreciated!

<3

DreaSaurusREX

Tags (If you want to be removed, please let me know!): @luciebell-writes , @welcome-to-cobblepothell 



    You were in college to originally follow your family’s footsteps and become a doctor. After one semester of the required classes for you major, you couldn’t handle it. Deciding to follow your true passion, you changed your major to fashion and costume design. As soon as your parents heard about this, they cut you off. You already had a kind of strained relationship with your parents. They didn’t accept a lot of your choices or respect your opinions. Apparently this was the breaking point for them.

    Thank god for your best friend. While you insisted that you were okay and didn’t want to be an inconvenience, Bruce Wayne assured you that you were not a problem and practically moved you in as soon as he heard the situation. Not only did Bruce want you to move in after what happened, Alfred insisted.

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To You | Pt.1

Ship: reader x Jungkook

Genre: romance, fantasy, school-life, smut, angst, fluff

Word Count: 5,428


You’re the new girl in town. With a grieving past and uncertain future, your days repeat and trail on into the unknown. Love. Lust. Betrayal? You’re soon to discover the city holds more than you imagined.


A/N: hello : ) I’m so excited to be sharing my first fanfic with you guys. it is a working process so I can’t exactly say how many parts are to come, though I am planning to drag this one out so sit tight andijustwanttoapologiseinadvanceforanyemotionaldistressthiscausesyoubyenow ^^


Hey. It’s me. It’s been a while… I messed up huh?

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It’s mid-June, the train doors finally opened after what felt like a journey that would never end, the summer breeze instantly consuming me, but it wasn’t the type I was used it. It wasn’t like back home, in the countryside where the air was fresh and untainted. Here, it was thick and humid, filled with the scent of newly embedded cement and some other smell that screamed pollution, that’s the city for you; Seoul city.

The past few weeks, months, had been tough on me. At age 17 I was forced to bury my own parents, all by myself. “Huh,” I thought to myself. Almost a year has gone by, yet I’m still stuck in that moment. The pain in my chest as the nurse told me I was left alone in this world, that the only people in my life were now gone, forever. “Huh” I laughed out loud this time. It’s funny how 214 days can feel like a single moment that I’m still lingering in. I feel people shoving past me as they hurry off the train and I realized I’d been standing in everyone’s’ way, wallowing in my own feelings again.

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Hello Ladies and Gents

Hiya y’all. Riley here. It feels weird writing a post without Dark here.. wheeze. Anywho, I am here to clear up a few points of confusion in order to make things as easy as possible.

“Figments”, “the Void”, and “Figment Darkiplier” are not cannon. They were not produced by the original creator of Darkiplier (Mark Fischbach), and are an interpretation made by yours truly. What that means, is that it is not an openly sharable idea that can be passed from person to person without credit.

http://ask-sadisticdark.tumblr.com/copyright

This link brings you to a super boring page that describes the ownership of the developed idea of Figments, the Void, the Council and specifically my ASD Darkiplier. Myself, solely as a creator, developed the Figment character, the Void location to match, the Council, and the ASD Darkiplier.

What the page also mentions is that you are FREE TO USE THE FIGMENT AND VOID IDEAS. However, they are some expectations to such a use. Obviously, you were not the one who came up with the idea. It is also not a cannon character (not a creation by the original owner). Therefore, it is expected, and necessary, for those who desire to use “Figment” and “the Void” in specifics with what I myself have created, to offer proper credit.

Take it as the same as someone reposting artwork that is not theirs, without stating where they got the art from. Essentially, lack of credit is the same as claiming it to be your own.

The proper credit details just making it accessible somewhere for where you got the idea from. Tagging me once in a random rp post from a month ago counts, as long as it can be found somewhere. If someone asks “cool figment idea”, you are also expected to respond with “thanks, ASD got me hooked af on that one.”

It sounds all lecturey and eew and I’m not mad at anyone, but I’ve seen a few counts where it has been used on other blogs without any mentions or whatever and blah blah. I hold onto my creation very dearly, and I don’t want anyone else trying to take from me what I worked hard on.

Also side note: I’m not stating Darkiplier is my character cause hell to the no, that belongs solely to Mark Fischbach. So, if you want to do a Dark character as a figment, totally cool. Just with dat credit for the figment part, you feel.

Anywho, I love y’all and am super happy to see lots using the figment stuff to make their own characters. Keep it up y’all, and sorry for sounding like a fucking parent.

Quickly reminder

Terms Of Use

  • Don’t claim my creations as yours, and don’t reupload them.
  • You may recolour/retexture my CC or use my meshes as long as you give credit /link back to the original post here or on TSR. But please don’t include the mesh. But first, please message me about your intention.
  • If you recolour my stuff, please don’t use adfly. I don’t use adfly myself, and I don’t want you to sell my stuff. Even if it’s your recolour, it’s still partly my own work.

Sorry, it just needed a repeat, because there are still people, who include adfly on my recolours. Please respect my TOU, if you feel like you can’t agree with it, don’t use my meshes or recolour my stuff. Thank you!

I will get called the angry black woman as I seem to be portrayed as for speaking up and out but I never revealed how deeply hurt I was by not only the omission but the serious micro aggression asserted in these liner notes as my role in all of this. ( in the kitchen???) are you for fucking real? (Jill Jones was left out of the vocal credits on Purple Rain DeLuxe Edition and only mentioned in the liner notes as present in Prince’s kitchen). 
I don’t have a racist bone in my body and I have always been for diversity. But don’t get it twisted. The women of color in this camp are being draggggged. And the black men, emasculated. As if we were some stupid pickaninny bobble heads. And Prince only heard jazz via Wendy & Lisa. Forget that his father was a jazz musician? And fyi if anyone anyone introduced Prince to new forms and explorations and someone who gave him the “ out” and Avenue to extricate himself from musical monotony & creative boredom in music, he found a new inspirational comrade it was Sheila (E.). And after that the many genuinely talented musicians of great artistry and caliber who came along to compliment and bring new added value to his creations. Celebrate all of them.
But even in my own passionate memories I still give credit where credit is due and I do not only not lie to you , but I don’t lie to myself either. THE DREAM originated in the mindset of middle class black kids who figured out a way to game the system which was and still is ruled by the white patriarchy class. The astute marketing rogue techniques and discipline to create a sound, came from that.
And I am proud of the mark made on this world by Prince and the generosity he bestowed upon me to be a part of it. That is what moved me. When we were all profiled in Mpls by the police for driving nice cars it was a racial thing. Did we trip. No. But we experienced it. And somehow it felt like we were in fact moving mountains together. And our communities had another extension of a face in America. We were good kids really. And we did good things. And this guy from over north and his friends blazed a helluva trail for others to follow and make their own way. Don’t ever ever get it twisted.
—  Jill Jones, August 2017.

anonymous asked:

1. How do you make your sigils? They're different from other ones I've seen. 2. I have chronic nausea, I get nauseous twice a day, and I think it might be due to anxiety? Do you have any sigils that could help/could you make one? Thanks 😊

Hello there!

Well, that’s what’s awesome about sigils - even with the same creation method two different witches can end up with two vastly looking sigils. We all have our own aesthetics and artistic tastes, and they definitely show up in our sigil work.

As for what method I use, it’s really inconsistent, honestly. Sometimes I stick to a rigid set of rules, sometimes I only use a few steps, sometimes I just doodle and let the sigil come out on its own. The longer I work with sigils, the more I find myself experimenting with methods and styles, and I think that’s evident if you look at the sigils at @magic-for-the-masses, and even go through @thesigilwitch. (Conveniently, I just posted a masterlist of all the sigils I ever posted at thesigilwitch [here] if you wanna check those out!)

Anyways, I will try to give you a basic idea of what my sigil creation method is currently like. This post can originally be found [here], but I am rewriting some bits and further expanding on, so it can be a better resource for this blog.

The first thing I do when making sigils is write down my statement of intent, what I want the sigil to do for me. I always do this in present tense - ”I am” versus “I will”. (There is a post about this somewhere but gods be damned if I can find it right now.) I prefer to use longer complete sentences to make sure I get exactly what I need out of the sigil; only using a couple words or even just one can work just as well, and I have done this too. To help show you some of my process I’ll use the statement “I am safe and protected in my city" as an example - a sigil I made ages ago on @thesigilwitch.

From there I remove any letter that repeats more than once. I keep the first “instance” of the letter and remove any other times it’s used in the statement after that. Some people say you should or “have to” remove the vowels as well, but I keep them, and my sigils turn out just fine; that feels very much like a personal preference thing to me, so whatever works for you. From this step, our example of “I am safe and protected in my city" becomes “IAMSFENDPROTCY.” I always tend to write my statements in capital letters too, because I guess it feels it gives it more impact, makes it stand out and is more prominent, but again, personal preference.

Once that’s done, I break down the remaining letters of my statement into smaller, basic shapes. So A would become / - \, D is just | ), and I think you get the point. :p This is very much a personal preference step. I find my sigils more aesthetically pleasing when they don’t look like the English alphabet - they look more mysterious and arcane, which is a huge draw for me, and basically what made me want to start working with sigils in the first place. Well, besides the fact that they looked super easy, not so draining of one’s energy, and the least likely to cause negative backlash, but I digress. It is good to note, as well, that it is pretty important that you like how a sigil works when you use it. This helps to add a sense of connection with it, which is always a positive thing in magic.

After that, I basically just doodle. I keep my statement of intent in mind as I draw, constantly thinking and repeating it to myself, even sometimes saying it out loud. Sometimes I use all the pieces of the letters, sometimes I use only one of each “piece,” sometimes I just wing it and don’t use any of them…consciously, anyway. This is the part of my creation process that is the most fluid, the most random and sporadic, which I find sort of hilarious. I spend the time to write out the statement, break it down as far as I can, and then most of the time I don’t even use the pieces I end up with. xD There are times when I don’t even break down the statement of intent - like my [”Amulet Coin” sigil] on my personal blog - and others when I rid the duplicate letters but never break it down any further than that - the [”Bring Rain” sigil] is a good example of that. Again, sometimes I just write down a statement of intent, focus on it, then just put my pencil to the paper and let it design itself. Other times I just repeat the statement in my head as I draw it completely freehand on my computer. It basically just depends on my mood, and what I’m feeling for each particular sigil, and also time constrictions.

Anyways, back to the creation process. I generally get a design I like in one to three sketches, but that’s because I’ve spent over a year doing this and I’ve gotten my style nailed down pretty tightly. Sometimes it takes a while to get a design that you like - last year I spent an hour and something like thirty designs for one sigil, that was brutal. It’s fine if it takes some time, just keep trying until you get something you really like the look of. There is no rush, no pressure, and nothing wrong with you or your skills if it still doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s the universe telling us now is not the right time for us to be trying to use a sigil for that. But that’s a post for another time.

The design I went with for “I am safe and protected in my city" looked like this:

When I have a sketch that I like, I “digitalize” it. I draw a little bit outside of sigil work, and most of my artwork is done with digital art programs now, so I started neatening up my sigils that way as well. It’s super aesthetically pleasing to me, plus they look really nice uploaded to Tumblr when they’re digital. This step is another one of those absolutely personal ones, and has ultimately nothing to do with how the sigils works, just how it looks. I scan the sketch of the sigil, then use a mixture PaintTool SAI and Adobe Photoshop for making a final, digital my sigils. This sigil, “I am safe and protected in my city,“ looks like this when drawn in PaintTool SAI, and made to have a transparent background in Photoshop:

And that’s my process - for the most part. Lately I have been playing around with other creation methods, to see what sort of “looks” I can get, and to see if they’ll work as well. I find experimentation pretty important when working with sigils - they are a part of chaos magic, after all, which heavily recommends playing around and trying new things with magic. Personalization is a big thing as well, in all branches of magic. 

My creation method also really depends on the kind of mood I’m in, and how much time and/or energy I have to make a sigil. If I need to pump one out really fast, I generally just focus on my statement mentally and just let the pencil lead the way.

It wouldn’t be a post by me if it didn’t also include a ton of links for you to browse for further reading and comparison of other methods. ;) You don’t have to stick to one method - you can even Frankenstein steps from multiple methods to make one unique one of your own. It’s all about what you want, what will work for you, and what you like. :)

* = external links / resources

I also have to include [Sigilscribe.me] - an AMAZING sigil generator that I love and highly recommend to those who have difficulties crafting their own sigils!

I hope that is useful to you anon, and good luck in your sigil-y ventures!

~Richtor

If you ever feel down about your art, remember this:

there is no end to art. 

Art expands as much as you put effort and feeling into it. You can’t get worse at drawing or painting, you can only get better and better.

Keep going!

Feel the movement of your lines and take pride in having your own unique style. Your art reflects who you are and tbh you are an amazing creative individual! Even if you don’t feel like your art looks quite how you want it, keep trying! Try new things! Don’t be affraid to get a little competitive!!!

Most importantly have fun!!!

Art shouldn’t make you want to pull your hair out, art is a way for you to express yourself in a creative way that evokes thought and emotions to others around who see it, be it positive or negative. The more fun you have with it, the more you want to draw, and the more you improve! And make sure to practice often!!!
There is no such thing as ugly art, only art that can be improved upon! 


What if you don’t believe in yourself? Well guess what? I believe in you! I believe everyone has the potential to make amazing art! No one can be bad at drawing or painting, they are just inexperienced. No one can make fun of your creations, they are beautiful because you put a little piece of yourself into each and every piece of art you’ve made, and you are a beautiful person! Anyone willing to devote time into making their own original art is so strong and brave!!!

nimblejack3  asked:

The thing that sticks out in your writing for me is the way you're not afraid to invent. I'm not familliar with your original writing, but in your fan work you shuffle the setting around to fit your vision and it's been a huge influence. You change tone, characterisation, the purpose of scenes, etc. from the original design if needed and it inspired me to take more liberties in my own creation. Before I started reading your work, I would stifle myself if my vision didn't match canon. Thank you!

that’s an intensely flattering way of saying that i look at a game i like, move in, and go “my city now.” [also, you’re not familiar with my original work because i don’t post any, lmao. we’ll see, though… i still have to decide how to handle the kindlefic]

thanks, though! it’s been a long, dreary hospital trip, these messages really do cheer me up

anonymous asked:

hey there :) just a question if you don't mind, what do you think of GRRM's thoughts on fanfiction?

This is a really interesting question that gives me the chance to explain some of the things I’ve been thinking about fanfic recently, so thanks. It’ll probably also get long, so sorry in advance, heh.

First of all, GRRM clearly belongs to the same school of thought as Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Goodkind, and other well-known dislikers of fanfiction: in that it’s lazy, derivative “copying” of someone else’s world and work, that it’s disrespectful to the writer to put their characters into what can often amount to badly written porn with partners they probably wouldn’t have in canon, and that it serves no actual purpose or practice if you actually want to be a writer or get somewhere in the literary world. While I can understand this position, I also think it is profoundly short-sighted and doesn’t grasp the complexity and dynamics of fandom, and what makes people want to create fic in the first place. That’s the short answer.

The long answer is because, secondly, the first misconception about fanfiction is that it is just, as I said, bad porn written by horny fangirls. Yes, we’ve all read plenty of bad fanfic that fits that description, and yes, we probably have some that have scarred us permanently/stuck in our brain forever. That happens. But to dismiss ALL fanfiction as such reveals some rather troublesome thinking. I would like to state that I personally learned about sex through fanfiction. Hell, I learned about LGBT people through the existence of slash. I was a fairly sheltered kid growing up in a 99% white upper-middle-class town, and I didn’t have anyone who I could actually sit down with and who would tell me about these kinds of things, aside from one half-assed “so you’re growing up now” conversation with my mom when I turned 13. Everything else I learned about came through fanfic. Yes, I was probably a bit young to read some of the stuff which I encountered in my explorations, but it also didn’t scar me for life. I was a weird kid, yes, but I was also a creative and curious one, and I literally just took the discovery of slash/LGBT people in stride. It did not cause me one iota of existential distress. I thought it was interesting and I wanted to know more. Because as I said, these were never conversations I ever had with anyone. As an awkward kid who usually had no friends apart from my sister, the fact that I had an outlet to learn it at all was amazing. So to dismiss or stereotype fanfiction because it’s a) associated with sex and b) something that young girls do and enjoy and learn through is pretty damn misogynist. The male porn industry is a multibillion dollar system of exploitation, and yet it’s WOMEN experiencing and writing about sex and being curious, and wanting to do it through the framework of characters they love and worlds they enjoy that is dumb and threatening and silly and etc etc?

Yeah, nope.

This doesn’t mean all fanfic is created equal or so forth. Yes, some of it is, as I said, disturbing and weird. But I’m also not here to be the bedroom fic police. I’m not talking about the merits of one individual or infamous fic, or ship, or fandom. I’m talking about it as an overall phenomenon and the labels and expectations associated with it. And plenty of fanfiction ISN’T like that either. It’s incredibly complex, well-written, miniature (or not so miniature) novels that expand on the characters and world in remarkable ways, tell different stories, explore connections, and more, produced for readers for free and by these authors on their own time because they love and connect with something. That, in my opinion, is pretty amazing, and I wish that the authors who are fanfiction haters could be able to accept this as the compliment that it is, even if they personally don’t agree with the settings or scenarios (and they don’t have to read it, after all). It’s not about a legion of disturbed internet sickos willfully violating your creation; it’s about people who enjoy it wanting to share in and create more of the story on their own terms, and that is pretty remarkable.

I am old enough to remember the days of “characters belong to[x], don’t sue” disclaimers on fanfic. I lived through the Mary Sue wars and the ideas of what constituted “proper” fanfiction, mostly as a teenager in the LOTR fandom. I also invented pretend fandoms for the original novels that I was writing myself, and imagined fanfic written for them. I sometimes wrote metas from the perspective of readers of my books. I invented a fantasy world where both fiction and fanfiction worked together, and played the experience of a fan in it.

As I said. I was a really weird kid. But hey.

So the result is now that I don’t think you younguns understand quite how remarkable it is that fanfiction is a normal and naturalized part of the fanworks landscape. I can come on tumblr and open my dash and find two or three new fics posted every day at least. And we owe that a LOT to J.K. Rowling (and as much as we might not like Twilight, Stephenie Meyer). Both of them were openly encouraging and validating of fanfic; it was J.K. Rowling who, as far as I can recall, was the first author of a mega-franchise to support her fans writing about her characters and telling new stories with them and engaging with them in a spirit of sharing the adventure and the world and not thinking that it was a finite property-guarded thing that might run out. Meyer did the same thing (and hey, 50 Shades of Grey, heinous as it might be, also started its life as Twilight fanfic). They encouraged their readers to enter into the world with them, and to say, “hey, you can do it too.”

I left fandom when I was about 18 and moved onto other things and projects. I wrote a bunch of original novels (and still do). I now make most of my income from my published books, and yet I’ve also started writing fic again. The North Remembers, or TNR, was my gateway drug back into fandom in 2011. I was older, a bit wiser, and I hadn’t done it in long enough that I felt self-conscious about starting again. After all, wasn’t this something that kids did?

And you know what? It was a blast. I loved writing TNR with every ounce of my being, and I still think it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done, fanfiction or otherwise. Fanfiction isn’t “fake” writing. No, it’s not going to be your career, but who said it had to be? I am perfectly capable of writing regular novels and fics alike, to enjoy both of them for what they are, and work on CS stories like Crimson, Lightbearers, Incarcerus etc with the same structure and style that I use for writing original projects, because I’ve had so much practice on so many fronts. I work on fic because I love the characters and the story, and I see the same thing on tumblr every day. CSers of SO many diverse ages and backgrounds and occupations writing stories and posting chapters and filling prompts and experimenting with fic and creation in countless ways. It’s pretty special to me, and it’s pretty important. Adam and Eddy themselves have admitted that OUAT is basically their AU Disney fanfiction, and I’d say they’re doing pretty well for themselves out of it. They’re middle-aged dudes writing fanfiction (and love stories) for a living. So I’m not going to think there’s anything wrong about us doing it too.

Lastly, I would like to note that through one of those random oddities of fate, GRRM actually does know about TNR. One of my readers sent it to him (I didn’t know about this, otherwise I would have been mortified) and GRRM actually read it and responded. (The post I made about that a while ago is here.) And, well, he loved it. He thought it was great and he couldn’t stop reading and thought it was a strong counterexample to his general dislike of fanfic. And maybe that’s because he saw that not all of it is about the stereotype of bad porn written by horny teenage girls, and hopefully he got the effort I had put into treating his characters well, using his style of writing, developing his story in an interesting and logical way, and so forth, just because I loved ASOIAF and didn’t want to wait (and wait, and wait) for the next book. So there’s that.

Overall, and as should be clear, I think authors who condemn and try to restrict or forbid fanfiction miss the entire point of fandom as it has developed and the way readers and consumers want to interact with their story, and fearing and hating it just because your characters occasionally have weird sex written by people who aren’t you miss the point (and GRRM, have you actually READ your own sex scenes? I mean). It’s a particular kind of creative act that is particularly important, at least in my view, because of the overwhelming number of women who engage in it and create it. It’s become a normalized part of the way people expect to be able to consume their favorite media, for better or for worse. Sometimes its tendency to get mixed up or insisted upon in favor of canon can be pretty bad. But that doesn’t diminish the value of its existence as a whole, and as someone who has spent her whole life writing and reading both fic and original stuff, I have a lot of experience behind me when I say so.

It is 5 AM and I am rambling but one thing I think about a lot is how, as I have grown and learned, I’ve come to realize how bland my original stories and characters have been regarding diversity. And in many ways I’m glad that I have not yet pursued any “official” creation or publication of these stories (I barely post artwork of my OCs) because I now have time to rework them to be much more diverse. If I have the power to create my own media then I want to create media with a standard of diversity I myself would like to see in the media I consume. I want as many people to see my work as possible but I want it to represent many different people as well

But I have my concerns about that too. One of my more recent stories (which is pretty old now since I created it in 2010) used to feature a cast almost entirely comprised of cis, hetero, white, neurotypical, abled characters. Revisiting those characters now I’ve found that those different aspects of their identities aren’t just completely changeable, but they feel RIGHT in various orientations. Realizing my characters don’t HAVE to be cis or white or straight as I previously imagined them is refreshing, but realizing that they sometimes make more sense to me as people, as individuals, when their identities deviate from that template, is very exciting. It’s like meeting them for the first time. Like “hello OC! sorry I thought you were white before. it’s nice to see the actual you”

But I worry about how I might screw up when it’s time to put these characters into play. For example one of my favorite OCs who was formerly cis and straight is, as things stand now, trans and bi. I would have no business writing the experiences of a trans bisexual person, no authority on representing that character’s struggles. But if the tone of that character and their story is light and not at all dramatic, I worry that I’d be glossing over the struggles that character might face. But I don’t want to NOT have characters of certain identities or race just because I can’t speak for them, because then the casts of my stories would exclude so many different people

I guess the only solution is, and this advice I see given often, respectfully consult friends who CAN speak from those positions, so that I can, if necessary, use their consultation to inform my writing. I guess my concern there would be treating my friends, or whoever could best inform me as tokens, throwing every little thing by them as the ultimate authority on what is or isn’t appropriate for me to include in my story. I would definitely want to consult friends when it is appropriate to but I suppose it would be up to my own discretion not to overdo it

I don’t know where this is going. I’m really really excited to re-discover my own characters and to create new characters with a broader scope of the complexity and diversity of people. I want to fill worlds with people as unique as the ones in this world, but I really really really want to do so respectfully so that the people experiencing my work can get something special out of it too. I can’t wait for you to meet my characters and the worlds they live in, I just hope I do a good job

Why are you no longer taking commissions of licensed characters, aka “fan art”?

Back in November, I made the original announcement  that I will be ending fan art commissions. I have been getting a lot of questions on the matter so I thought I would make another post letting people know my reasoning behind this.

Firstly, no, I did not receive any cease and desist orders or anything like that.  While not impossible, it’s highly unlikely that something like that would happen on the relatively small scale that I have worked.  Still, just because I probably would never get in trouble doesn’t make me feel better about creating unlicensed sculptures.  

That being said, I never expected to be getting so many fan art based sculpture commissions.  When I first started taking commissions again back in 2012, I was commissioned for a Pokemon sculpture, of the character Koffing.  Ever since then, I have been getting more requests for licensed characters and less requests for the original characters and fantasy creatures that I love.  

When I exhibited at Designer Con last November and saw all the amazing originality and storytelling of attending artists, it made me realize how my art has veered from the original path I had laid out for myself.  I have become better known for fan art rather than my own original creations.  It’s not what I want for myself or my art.  While I have enjoyed recreating people’s favorite characters and learning a bunch of new techniques in the process, it’s time to move onward and upward.

Ending fan art commissions is my first step in getting my business back on track in the direction I want to be going.  This year, I will be expanding my collection of original works, creating more educational material, and generally doing more of what I want to do.  I will still be taking commissions, for now, for original characters, animals, pets, and fantasy creatures.  However, the plan is to one day phase out commissions completely.

I have been told “but you would make so much more money!” and “you would be so much more popular”, in reference to fan art.  But it goes so far beyond money and popularity.  It’s about enjoying the art I create and feeling good about it.  It’s about being known for my own original ideas, not the ideas of others.  It’s about following my own path and my own dreams.  I only have so much time each day.  I want to be spending it on what I WANT to be doing, not what will make me more money/make me more popular/etc.

While I am so happy to share with my viewers and see their reactions, at the end of the day, I make art for myself.  And if I am not happy, what’s the point?  Life’s too short to not love what you do and do what you love.  

(As a side note, I am not telling other people what to do here or looking down on anyone that does fan art.  This is just me explaining why I have decided to take the direction that I have.)