Hello everybody! I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve wrote a proper journal, so this one is going to be pretty long. Be prepared for a lotta talking and stuffs….*inhales*
First thing to talk about: art theft. I feel like I should talk about this first because deviantart is a big victim to this. My Uncle has been through art theft before, and he’s done a bit of research of my artwork alone and he’s found a few websites that showcases my art without permission. Now I don’t mind some people sharing my artwork on Tumblr, Youtube, or any other safe website just as long as they give me credit for making it (although I would like to be notified about it first). What bothers me is when some websites don’t give me credit and they are either trying to sell prints of my artwork or use my artwork to lure young people to adult themed websites (that’s disgusting on so many levels). I’ve already done some research on Google (basically typing my DA name in the search box, and clicking on websites that aren’t deviantart) and I already found over 20 websites that are misusing my artwork. I’m taking steps (thanks to my Uncle) to remove my artwork from those websites. Also, watermarks can only go so far, because certain websites still take artwork despite it having a watermark.
I’ve never realized how big a problem art theft could be until I started growing my talents as an artist and my popularity as an artist grew. I implore any and all of you artists here on DA to take steps to protect your artwork as well. If any of you are having trouble with art theft I suggest you read my Uncle’s journal and deviation here:
Do a google search (or use some kind of search engine) of your DA name and/or most popular pictures and make sure your stuff isn’t being used without proper credit. Any website that isn’t your DA page, art pages, or any page linked to deviantart, is probably a website that took your art. But be careful with your search! When I searched my user name I came across some websites that had mature content in them, so make sure to do this when you’re ready.
Ooookay, I didn’t mean to scare any of you with art theft or anything. I’d just hate to see any of you go through what I’m going through right now.
Now, to talk about commissioning and stuff. As some of you know I am a college student, and now I’ve reached a point where I’m starting to run out of funds for education. I don’t want to borrow any money and go in debt, so the logical thing would be to earn money. What better way to do that than through commissions? So, shortly sometime this month, I will be opening up commissions to the public. I will be setting up a paypal system along with a commission order form of the sort. I’ll dedicate another journal and a few deviations to my commission info in the near future. Just letting you know I’ll be starting it soon.
Though, when I do start commissions, I’ll only be able to do a certain number at a time. This semester I’ll be juggling doing commissions, college classes, big art projects, and trying to get a real job. So I’ll only be able to do about 3 commissions at a time (depending on how complicated they are).
The next thing I want to talk about is how often I’ll be able to upload. I have a feeling this semester will be my busiest semester yet, not just because of college classes but because of how much I have planned. As a result, I will not be able to upload as often as I did in December. Now in December, the 31 days of uploading was more of an experiment. I’ve always liked the idea of uploading something once a day (as Markiplier uploads at least one video per day), but I’ve found out that doesn’t fit my schedule (as I missed uploading something three times….). I definitely don’t want to go another semester without uploading something (never again!), so I’ll be uploading at least something every month. I’d much rather upload something every week, but we’ll just have to wait and see how this semester pans out.
And now the last thing to talk about: my comic series. I want to start working on my own original comics as well as continuing SatBK: Chaotix, but in order to do that I’ll have to drop some projects so I won’t be wasting energy. Which means, The Champion will most likely be canceled. I hate to cancel it, but me and my sister have hit a significant roadblock in creating the story, and we’ve lost motivation to finish it over time, so I think it’s best to cancel it. That means I’ll be closing The Champion group, however, that will leave room for me to create a group dedicated to completing SatBK: Chaotix. That also means all you who have volunteered to help create the comic (don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you!) will be administrators/staff of the group. Hopefully I have time to start the group before the 20th of this month, but if I don’t just know it will be up eventually.
As for my own original comics, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to finish the Tracer Animatic. Unfortunately some of the sound files weren’t recorded properly, and I have no idea if I’ll ever get the original voice actors to say them again, so that will have to come to a hiatus. However, the main TRACER series will be in the works. At this point I’m just tossing ideas back and forth, creating concepts, places, characters, story, basically I’m designing everything I need to make this comic a success. So a lot of concept sketches will be coming your way!
I’m not entirely sure when I’ll be able to officially get more comic pages uploaded this semester, not only because of all the other things I have planned, but because I’m trying to finish some sculptures in time for my school’s art contest. The prize money for the art contest could go toward my school expenses, so I’m working to complete some sculptures for that contest.
*whew* okay then, I wonder if there’s anything else I missed. Hmmm, I don’t think so. Thank you all so so much for read this incredibly long and ranty journal!