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A tool that I’ve found is really handy is a called the Cash Clock. It’s a simple program that measures both the time that you’re working on a piece as well as how much money you should be earning. You can adjust the hourly wage to whatever you feel is…
The other night, a friend was expressing some concern about art stuff. Not the art itself, but being an artist and wondering 'Where the hell are all my Likes, Faves, Reblogs, Stars, Kudos, Retweets, etc…?' It’s never a fun conversation — I mean, it’s not that I don’t care, but it’s one of those ‘I’ve been there’ sort of feelings. It’s like a weekly thought for me. And the thing is…
There’s always going to be someone who is better than you. There’s always going to be an artist who is crazy popular with a thousand followers and fans and all the screaming love and devotion - they will always have that. They’re good. Really, really, really good. Maybe they take their talent for granted, maybe they know they’re famous and they just don’t say anything - look, babe, it doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter because so long as you have someone that follows you and likes you, you’ll always have a fan or if you’re lucky, a friend. There’s going to be one, two, three, four or more people that like what you do and encourage you. Be inspired by them. So what if you don’t have a professional degree or work for some full-blown studio company balls deep in art. Would you rather have a million screaming fans who contribute next to nothing, or friends who are like family that will be honest with you and encourage you through the process?
I have to tell myself this on a regular basis because a lot of the time, I feel like I get one-upped by the latest and greatest craze to grace our presence on the forums or tumblr or whatever. But then I’m like, 'Maaaaaybe I just one-upped someone else…’ and they feel just as bad as I do. Y’see, there’s being inspired and then there’s being jealous and upset. It’s easy to be jealous and upset, and the need to give up constantly goes through my head. 'Why can't I be this good? What do I need to do to be better?' It doesn’t have to be that way.
Truth is, I don’t have to do anything but draw what I love and love what I draw and be happy with that. Can I still be bitter towards the people who swell like gravity wells and swarmed with people? Sure. (Should I vent that? Probably not a good idea…) But so long as I have at least one friend who I can share art with and receive art in return, that’s all I can ask for. It’s a small victory, but it’s a victory nonetheless; you have to take those moments when they show up.
You’ve come a long way, space sugar. You’ve gotten better and better over the time I’ve known you. Trust me when I say you can only go up from here. And know that we’re so very proud of you.
Very well said, and something I remind myself of daily. Popularity or number of fans/likes/reblogs is not a measure of your worth, success, growth, or skill as an artist (or person). I am grateful for the (relative) few who love my art, and I only hope to continue to inspire them and any other who may feel a connection to the silly, but fun and much loved things that I draw.
Yupp, something I remind myself every time I go on Tumblr, DeviantArt, or other social media where I see a lot of art circulate while mine sit with a single “like”. Six if I get lucky. XD
I still believe that I’ll eventually be able to draw wide variety of styles from realism to cartoon. :) Maybe one day be as good as some I’ve seen on here.
Role Play Communities have to be one of the most bizarre, frustrating and equally interesting social experiments of the internet. This is a rant, sit yo butt down and read. I’m fed up.
I’ve been a part of WoW’s RP community since ye olde vanilla, and nostalgia is a great liar at funneling out all the stupid nonsense I witnessed from day one to day now. Playing across multiple servers, including Kirin Tor, Cenarion Circle, Sisters of Elune, Steamwheedle Cartel, Moon Guard and Wyrmrest Accord, I’ve met all sorts of people. I’ve learned some basic things, and they’re always upsetting to other people, but they’re simple facts.
1. All RPers are mentally unhealthy to SOME DEGREE. That is a large part of why we role play, we’re depressed, we’re angry, we’re lonely, we’re seeking validation, we have deeper problems, we have a need to escape reality. That unhealthiness, it can be really, really minimal, it can be just wanting to get away after a hard day’s work, and drowning yourself in an alternate reality until you crash out.
2. All these varying types of personalities come together, now, mostly on two majorly occupied servers and a few smaller ones, and people inevitably clash.
3. Negativity is about as certain as death and taxes in RP communities. If you RP, you will eventually run into someone that doesn’t like you.
I’ve run into lots of someones that don’t like me. For things as trivial as “You don’t do scripted RP that makes you bad” to as massive as “You’re indecisive and can’t commit to things.” Well, both of those are truths. I’ve run into so many people that are toxic, that I actually had to go into therapy, because I started inherently distrusting everyone around me in real life and pushed everyone away from me in the game.
The solutions to running into people that are unhealthy to be around are simple. Ignore them, don’t RP with them, stay away from them. Though, we’re in the digital equivalent of high school. If you don’t like Becky, Becky doesn’t care if you put her on ignore, she’s just going to tell people that you’re a bitch and that she’s a victim and then you’ll lose out at potential friendships because she’s manipulative and cannot fathom that someone in the world might be uncomfortable with her manipulative behavior.
That’s kinda messed up. Guys, people do this, and a lot of people know people that do this, and other things, too. People dislike other people and they go out to ruin their lives, they play victim, and say things passively, like “omg I don’t want to say anything mean but…” and then they set up a stigma, that’s invisible to the actual victim of the situation, and suddenly they’re in an RP community where -anyone- could be hostile to them, could ignore them for no known reason, could be rude to them, just because some other person said something bad.
Now, yeah, there’s always that logic to warn people of bad people. I’ve done it. I’ve said, “hey, no, be careful, that person is crazy as hell.” People do this, they try to protect others. I’ve stepped out of guilds, over protecting others. I’ve left factions over protecting others. It’s a tricky, difficult, double-edged sword. There’s no obvious solution, either. If you warn someone another person is a problem, well, they could be, the person warning you could also be a problem. You just don’t really know until you see something happen. You can’t really know.
I’ve watched people I considered friends, go off to toxic people, genuinely -psychotic- people, because they were manipulated, they were made to feel guilty, and they were convinced that the best thing to do was to go with the person that played victim. I watched them get hurt, sometimes multiple times, sometimes dozens of times, by these toxic people, and they stay friends, and they can’t push them away, because they’re scared.
They’re scared the toxic person will gossip and say bad things about them.
They’re scared they won’t find RP because someone that’s harmful is telling lies and spreading rumors.
They’re scared they’ll be harassed and treated poorly if they get away from the toxic person.
I end up at a loss, and do my best to say, hey, you don’t have to suffer, and whatever nonsense those toxic people say, the truth will come out in time, and if you just RP, people will see you just want RP, and you don’t want anything to do with those toxic people.
Sometimes it’s too late, because toxic people say things, and that seed is planted, and people aren’t given the chance to prove themselves.
Right now, I know nearly -five- people in this situation. Across factions and servers. People I care about, people I can’t protect, because they’re scared, and they’re upset and they’re trapped under the influence of toxic people. I’m not a great person, I’m pretty incapable of saying things without sounding ‘angry’, when I’m really just, not able to do the emotional bit. Some of those people follow this Tumblr, and some of them have gotten this speech, but maybe just, shoving this out there, will let other people know, other people that maybe don’t have a raging friend that yells in Skype and throws their arms dramatically at situations they can’t fathom:
You don’t have to endure toxic people.
You can RP with people and find out if you want to be their friend or not, instead of letting other’s opinions determine your RP. You can tell someone else you’re going to give another person a chance and learn for yourself if they’re really trouble.
Much like that statement going around about relationships, you can walk away from people that you don’t want to be around. You don’t owe anyone anything. You don’t have to stay in guilds that make you uncomfortable. You don’t have to RP with people that make you uncomfortable OOC. No popularity contest in RP is worth your comfort being sacrificed.
Don’t let anything stop you from enjoying your RP. I’m a random RPer. I’m not amazing, by any means, I totally prefer organic RP and I’m flippant and kick and whine about Alliance RP a lot. OOC, though, I care. I care a lot, about every RPer, slightly unhealthy and completely batshit. I care that people get the help they need, whatever it may be and I want anyone that reads this to know, you’re a part of a community. People in the community care about it and they care about you and you can always find RP, somewhere, with someone, or lots of someones. Do what you need to do, to enjoy your time in this game as a RPer.
I doubt too many people will see this, but, for anyone that does, I just hope it helps.
Very important for those that RP, but is also has a lot of good points about relationships in general.
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