Heyo! I'm Zahzu!
I like animals, cartoons, internets, and Psychonauts!
I draw lots of gay babies, dumb animal-people, and the occasional rare fanart piece!
When I'm not drawing, I'm making stupid cosplays/fursuits, travelling to conventions, and doing other dumb things!
Roleplaying is like sweet, sweet blood in my veins. OCs are the name of the game. If you be playin' the same, then have no fear in hitting me up~!
(I'M ALWAYS IN NEED OF RP PARTNERSSSSS~ *quiet sobs*)
ALSO BE WARNED, ALL YE OF SENSITIVE FEELS:
I have a lot of unpop-ops, in relation to the societal expectations of tumblr-dwellers. These opinions are based on my own logic and reasoning; if yours are the same, I will be respectful of them, as long as you are respectful of mine~!
I think one of the most fundamental misapprehensions people have about the value of commissions is that no one really gets told how mass production defrays costs to the consumer. So, when they see the prices for custom artwork online, they expect the retail prices they see in stores, and it doesn’t work like that.
You go to the poster section at wal-mart. There’s an amazing poster there. It’s got dragons. It’s got wizards. It’s huge. It’s, what, 12 bucks? Awesome, good deal. You can afford that. It’s as much as three or four cheeseburgers, dang, that’s some serious amounts of art.
You go on the internet. Some asshole wants 12 bucks for a crappy sketch of one character sort of standing there. What the fuck? It looks like crap. It’s nothing compared to the poster you just bought from a store. If that dragon poster is worth 12 bucks, this dumbass sketch should be one buck. Maybe fifty cents. That’s if you’re being generous. You don’t even get a print, it’s just going to be a file on your computer, it’s not even actually real! What a rip off.
The thing is, that sketch took an hour, or two hours, or maybe even four hours. The artist drew it for a fraction of minimum wage. Drawing is hard. It took thousands of hours and a really special kind of dedicated self loathing to learn to do that. It might have taken thousands of bucks of tuition money, which means semesters, which means years of early mornings and late nights and maybe even some crying here and there.
Your dragon poster was not made by a guy who got paid 12 bucks. Your awesome dragon poster was made by a guy who got paid hundreds of bucks. Maybe thousands. Because a company paid him, and then turned around and made even more thousands of dollars off that artwork, by selling instances of it to multiple people, 12 bucks at a time. It’s called mass production, and it leaves the general public with no real clue as to the sheer amount of time and effort and skill that goes into every single thing they can buy for the price of a couple cheeseburgers.
Artists who work on commission don’t generally have the advantage of mass production. Every picture is made new and custom for each client. Instead of charging the hundreds of dollars an hour a professional artist could ask for from a company, we’re asking for just enough to get by, and sometimes a hell of a lot less than that. Because it’s what people will pay, because it’s what they think art is worth, because it’s what a lot of young, naive, desperate artists are willing to agree their art is worth, and because there’s always going to be some kid who thinks they’re being ripped off because they don’t really get what they’re being asked to pay for.
I should have some pithy and clever thing to say here to wrap it up but all I can think to say is basically the whole situation is sad and scary and I hope eventually we’ll all have a better way to deal with each other, and everyone will be a lot clearer on what it takes to do art and to get art.
Boosting this, because a lot of folks don’t realize what being a commission artist really is & what it entails.
I’m a poor college student. I understand the struggle. But, man… when you get a commission, you are getting such an incredible, invaluable gift! It’s something you will never get again; something you could not make, and that even the original artist probably couldn’t replicate again on another try! It’s totally one-of-a-kind, and it’s madejust for you.
HOW COOL IS THAT?!
Keep in mind what that commission is, bros, and the fact that a real human sat down and MADE YOU THAT THING. It’s pretty wicked awesome, when you really think about it!
Plus, even the little guys— the amateur artists just starting to draw, who may not even know their own value, yet— may grow up to be the artist behind your next favorite movie, game, tv show, etc.!
PAY THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE! Because, when they day comes that they’re a famous professional, they very well may not have the time to make personalized art like that, anymore! Support them; show them their art is worthwhile; HELP THEM reach their potential!!
~Some extra thoughts and words of appreciation!~
WAIT, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO /DON’T/ LIKE GOTG?
— but lol, NO REALLY, I AM AMAZED YOU FIND THIS SO SHOCKING, ANON
—and i’ll whip up a sketch for you about any of the following:
- 1: Hot, Steamy Kiss
- 2: Cheek Kiss
- 3: Nose Kiss
- 4: Forehead Kiss
- 5: Firm Kiss
- 6: Gentle Peck
- 7: Romantic Kiss
- 8: Eyelid Kiss
- 9: Jawline Kiss
- 10: Neck Kiss
- 11: Collarbone Kiss
- 12: Hand Kiss
- 13: Stomach Kiss
- 14: Kiss Along the Hips
- 15: Kiss in the Rain
- 16: Upside-Down Kiss
- 17: Goofy Kiss
- 18: Underwater Kiss
- 19: Forceful Kiss
- 20: Any of the Above
- 21: Almost Kiss
- 22: Then there’s tongue
- 23: also hatekissing ok
HELLO HELLO WHAT IS THIS PLEASE YES
Me: Okay! Time to be productive!
Brain: Naaah, let's do something else.
Me: ...that something else is drawing smut?
Nowadays I do mixed media. I tend to always draw my pieces first (often with inks or pencils), and then I do an overlay of colors on Photoshop so that the texture can show through. c:
then the COLOR OVERLAYS~
AUGH SO BEAUTIFULLLL. I have been missing you & your art, and apparently only just now realized you had a separate blog for your lovely draws! EXCUSE ME AS I FOLLOW YA THERE, AS WELL~~
two vampire friends lying on the floor getting drunk and describing eachother because they can’t use mirrors don’t even try to tell me that isn’t adorable
for the first time in my life ive found something i may like about vampires
Can someone please draw this?
um okay EXCUSE ME FRIEND. THIS IS LEGITIMATELY ONE OF THE CUTEST FREAKING THINGS I HAVE EVER HEARD. QAQ
Makes me wish my only two vampire characters weren’t complete sociopathic pricks. ;;
I really just…. want to make a nice vamp… and let them have cute moments like this. weeeEEEEHHHH~~
BRB DESIGNIN’ ME A PRECIOUS LIL DRAC-BABB~ <3