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The final (on G+) CBC Artists' Alley Holiday Countdown Art Challenge is on! 😊

With Snowmen submitted last week, we're back with week two of the festive art challenge.ELVES is the subject for this week so grab a pen, pencil, paintbrush, or stylus, and come join the fun! Whether you've done it digitally, or snapped a photo of your art on a scrap of paper, mark your post with the hashtag #cbcholidaycountdown and post it up this Friday.

GET DRAWING! :-)

#art #snowmen #xmas #festivefun #amdrawing #drawingart
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Been a while since I've been posting here, but anyway here's a Xmas elf!

#snowmen #cbcholidaycountdown
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Attempts to unionise where met with a swift response from Santa 😊

#cbcholidaycountdown #iamnotanartist
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CBC Artists Alley Holiday Countdown

Sometimes I revisit my art to redraw and see if there's any improvement. My 2014 art was an early digital painting. It's very flat and primitive looking compared to my 2017 art which has form, light and a sense of weight to it. Also, has a snowy night atmosphere and maybe a sense of magic to it. As if the snow can come alive.

Can't quite remember why I left out the arms in the 2017 one. Sometimes, I don't know when to finish. I think in this case, it was the other extreme; I became tired of working on it and just stopped.

Now to think of something for this year.

Happy Holidays everyone!

#snowmen ☃️ #cbcholidaycountdown #art
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Sharpen your pencils for the #cbcholidaycountdown 🖊🖍 🎨 😊

Bit late to post but it’s time to get started with the final, on G+ at least, CBC Artists Alley Holiday Countdown. For the three weeks leading up to Christmas get your art on for a weekly challenge of creating funny, stylish, dramatic, whatever springs to mind Snowmen, Reindeer, and finally Elves and Santa. This week it’s Snowmen to bring to life and post your finest icy men and women this Friday! Get drawing! ✍️ 😊

#snowmen #art
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So, I feel behind BIG TIME on Inktober this year what with having a full time job for once. That's not really an excuse but more just a fact; work all day, go home, hit the gym because you fear aging, go home again, shower, and it's nearly 10pm when you have to eat and be up by 7am.

SO anyway, here's days 10, 11, and 12.
We got Pinhead, the beast from Over the Garden Wall, and an attempt at painting a small version of a screenshot from The Shining. What had happened with that one was, I was all gung-ho when I realized I had no idea how to paint all that snow that's meant to be on the sides of the hedges. So I fudged it. I'd like to try that one again though...

#sketch #monsters #inktober2018 #inktober #pinhead #thebeast #theshining #hellraiser #overthegardenwall
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I’m working out some primo jank here with Belladonna’s design.

Thankfully, I have cool artist people who are always happy to give me pointers and a friend of mine made a good point in figuring out an outfit for someone who lives in a consistently hot and sweaty environment. I think I got her outfit down, but I feel I’m still a little hit-or-miss in how to get her to emote (never mind configuring the environment she lives in. Much studying of Florida must be done).

For now, I’ll keep working on Belladonna; Prime witch of the Everglades, Mistress of Animation, and Main Thorn in Morgan’s nearly non-existent backside.

She’s pretty cool yanno
#sketch #sketchbook #monsters #vampire #witch #expressions #characterdesign #practice
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Starving Artists Will Do Anything for Cheap! - A Cautionary Tale

Don’t accept the “I have no money routine.” at face value.

Below I’m sharing a letter to a prospective client, after I responded to an ad to do a financial comic strip weekly (about 4 panels) and spoke to him on the phone.
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Hi Edward,

I have some concerns and reservations.

Something bothered me after our last phone call. I had already checked to find info about your company, to no avail. Not unusual for a start-up. I also used Whois to see who owned the web-site. That normally shows me who owns it. Oddly, that was a dead end also. Okay, maybe they have a lot of sites and purchased domains in a group.

After we talked, I dug some more and found out you and David Travers work for Rustic Canyon - a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs and the company focuses on Internet and Digital Media.

If I walked into the Rustic Canyon offices with a proposal/business plan for starting a web site featuring financial comics and my pitch included paying standard fees for PR and marketing, web development and printing. And paying the comic creators $10 for the content being provided. What would the reaction of any venture capital company be? I can imagine the questions; Why aren't you investing more in your product? This is the core of your business, why are you short changing yourself? If I answered, “Because the artists can be gotten cheaply.” If I wasn't laughed at outright, I'm sure my proposal would be denied for trying to shortcut the product among other reasons. What’s going to stop a monster financial company in your space from copying you? They can pay your artists a living wage with merits and steal them right out from under you.

I don't mind cutting my rates for a start-up company and getting in on the ground floor of a project I can get excited about; which I thought was the case here, since I feel that they are working hard and struggling to bring the idea to market and reality.

But I feel you guys are getting paid to do this, you have no skin in the game. Rustic Canyon has the ability to fully fund this. I find it hard to believe you guys can't get Rustic to fully fund this. It's insulting knowing that you only want to offer the artist a rate below minimum wage for their time and talent when I feel you guys can pay a good rate upfront and include a merit structure. Ask the PR and Marketing company to accept a pay rate of $10 a campaign and they’ll get more later if the campaign is successful. I sure they would laugh at the idea. But nooooo, your business plans includes $20 million for PR and a pittance for the creators the content.

How can you ask me to take time out of my day to put towards this and you guys are sitting snug and secure because you do this everyday. I feel like you guys are taking advantage of artists because you can. Because we really will work for just the love of it and do our best job every time.

What is your response to the issues I've raised?
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I never heard from him again.
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Get come great fonts at a discount.

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