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“One night, a dragon broke into our house, finding you in the cradle. I rushed to protect you, but what I saw was a proof of everything I believed. He wasn’t a vicious beast, but an intelligent, gentle creature, whose soul reflected my own.”
DO NOT TAKE THE JOB. And don’t let you brother, or any family or friend, bully you into doing ANY work for free. Sorry if I’m coming off a bit rabid; I’ve had to deal with this sort of thing many times and the outcome is never worth the feeling of having been used and cheated. I hate to see it happen to others, and I get really agitated.
It is definitely not ok for your brother to promise your services to someone else so freely. It’s like promising a free surgery to a friend because your sister happens to be a surgeon. Concept art, along with any other visual discipline like illustration and animation, is a PROFESSION and must be treated with respect. If someone can’t respect you enough to pay for your expertise and training (with MONEY) for a project they plan on SELLING or DISTRIBUTING, they don’t deserve so much as a second of your time. In fact anything less that offering to pay you up front (unless a studio is contracting you, in which case you are capable of suing if they don’t pay you) is a blatant INSULT. It doesn’t matter if they’re your brother, grandma, or whatever. You dedicate a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears into honing your craft; it is not something any one else can lay claim to based on mere association.
I also want to get one point across most of all: You are not studying to become a concept artist SOMEDAY, you are studying to improve the skills you ALREAY HAVE. Conduct yourself as a working professional RIGHT NOW, and demand that others treat you with respect. If they can’t offer you pay, a contract, or even reliable references, you’re more likely to damage your reputation and embarrass yourself that get any “future opportunities”. Also, look to people working in the industry as your competition (not your school peers), and a guide for how how to conduct yourself when it comes to art and business (like James Paick, Ben Mauro, Jaime Jones). Even if you’re not at their level yet, treat yourself with and demand the same respect you would afford them. That is the first necessary step to becoming a professional artist in any discipline.
Tempers and angry outbursts aside, I STRONGLY recommend that you FIRMLY DECLINE the offer. Refuse to deal with them at all, as they have already shown how little they respect you. If they won’t pay you now, they certainly won’t pay you later. Move on, and keep working at your craft. As long you never stop, you WILL find opportunities. Just be wary of cons like this, and never feel guilty about preserving your professional integrity.
The Joker says all of this much more succinctly.
Come on folks, there are only a few days left to comment on this! Deadline is July 24th! This Thursday!
All Americans who appreciate their freedom to have pets should comment. This may only affect big snake keepers now, but any species could be the next target. The entire pet community is being picked apart as we are not supporting each other in protecting our freedoms. Support your pet and reptile community and comment today! Over 80 million American households have pets. Over five million of those have pet reptiles. There should be tens or hundreds of thousands of comments made against adding additional species to the Constrictor Rule. This needs to be shared! Below are Talking Points, comment links, mailing address, sample letter, FAQ and more.
Deadline is July 24 (no extension): Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is taking additional comments regarding listing five species of snakes (Boa constrictor, Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Green anaconda and Beni anaconda) as injurious under the Lacey Act. These species were originally proposed in 2010. If listed, FWS would ban interstate transportation/commerce and importation. Remember to be professional and civil with your comments.Comments must be submitted at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-4570 and clicking Comment Now! in the upper right. You may also comment at www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-4570.Please guys, if you haven’t yet, go visit the site and comment to defend our ability to keep our animals. If you missed why this is so important to us (and me) last time, it’s this: once added to the Lacey act, these animals cannot be moved or sold across state lines.For me, and in time you (you know they’re coming for BPs and smaller exotics next, just look at the bans coming out of West Virginia and the Carolinas), this means:1. If you get a job in another state or have to move to another state, you cannot take your pet(s) with you like a responsible owner.2. If your vet is across state lines or you have to seek medical attention for your animal across state lines, you can’t take it there.3. You can’t ship in or ship out from your state, destroying any chance at a solid business.4. Do you travel from state to state doing educational programs with your animals? Good luck. You might be able to get a permit for it. Maybe. If they’re feeling generous.5. Conservation through captive breeding? Not anymore.And if you get caught trying to take your pet or sell your stock over state lines?1. Up to $10,000 in fines2. Jail time3. Congratulations, you are now a felon.So again, please help us stop this assault on responsible reptile ownership.
Hey guys, so I try and keep my pet blogging to my snake blog but this is coming up and we really need your help.
If you don’t know, I run a snake blog and keep quite a few designer boa constrictors (as well as a couple other less common localities and random odds and ends). The majority of them I shipped in from reputable, responsible out-of-state breeders. They are very well taken care of and almost all are very sweet, docile animals. It would absolutely destroy me if I had to move and was forced to leave them behind (if you’ve ever worked in the games industry you know how nomadic we artists are - before coming to TX I moved every year and a half following jobs). Now I’m forced to ask myself, the next time I have to move… will I be able to take them with me?
I made a commitment to these animals when I bought them, and I want to see them live long lives in comfort and safety while in my care. They helped me struggle through the aftermath of a manipulative, emotionally abusive relationship and kept me going when art and work burned me into the ground. There were mornings where they were the only reason I got out of bed, and they kept me involved in life when all I wanted to do was disappear.
I never want to have to face that choice, and I’m sure others feel the same. So please, even if you don’t like snakes, please take a moment to spread the word or help out. Because if this passes, every single one of you exotics owners is going to be in this exact same spot, and soon.
thinking of cubone cosplay ideas
This is Po from Kung Fu Panda.
He is literally an overweight
Who works at a fast food restaurant
With the worst luck
And yet becomes
Who still acts
Who still hates hiking
He uses his fat
To his advantage
And doesn’t let
His tragic past
This has been a Po appreciation post.