Sorry I haven’t much to show for a while and I know I’ve gone really quiet of the past week but it’ll have to last for that little bit longer as I’m having to readjust my life to a new schedule for the next four months. I’ll still be drawing and posting stuff up, when I can and I’m still working on redesigning my site and I will definitely have some commission info put up by the end of this month (fingers crossed). Thanks again for sticking with me and hello to all the new followers! x
Do you know what that means?
It means that..
DEVIANTART IS TAKING 20% OFF OF EVERY COMMISSION YOU DO
So, no. I won’t be doing commissions on Deviantart anytime soon.
This has been a warning to anyone considering doing commissions on Deviantart.
As if we needed any more proof that DeviantArt is a shithole.
As others have stated %20 of each commission to use a widget is ridiculous. I can buy apps for my phone for $.99 or even $10.00 or even FREE.
My commissions run on an average of $50-$100 per. And I have probably done something like 30-40 commissions through this site over the past few years. If I had used this widget and gone through DA then I would have paid (or rather my customers, since it’s their money) anywhere from $300-$800 over the years. JUST to use a service to streamline my commissions.
Even then, we have to use DA’s points system which is more of a hassle than a convenience.
Some of my suggestions to DA for making this better:
1. Do not take a cut from your users. There’s a term “starving artist” for a reason. A lot of us already work really hard for little payoff. Taking a cut of our profits is just a huge slap in the face and really insulting. For a site that is supposed to promote art and artists, you are really failing big time.
2. Make the widget available in REAL currency. Not points. The system for converting money into points and then eventually back into money is already somewhat convoluted. Just cut out the middle man.
3. If you HAVE to take a cut, then do it when converting international currencies and make it only something around %5 or less. If you did this, then you would actually have some sort of a reason to take a cut. You are providing a service by converting currency. As it stands, taking %20 just for allowing us to have a widget on our page does not warrant the cut you are asking.
4. Again, if you NEED to make some sort of money. Then sell the widget itself, just like itunes or android do. Charge a ONE TIME fee to have the widget available. Or even a yearly fee like you do with memberships. If I had to pay something like $5 on top of my membership to use it… honestly, I probably would. (Considering my other suggestions were met) You should still make plenty of damn money from it that way…
Finger dotwork | Kenji Alucky
Barcelona, c. 1950. By Francesc Catala Roca.
By Fred Herzog.
Trying desperately hard to keep the strokes loose(r).
the latest in the lois-gets-her-art-stolen chronicles: a chilean publisher has decided to take this artwork, drag it through photoshop hell, and use it as a cover for this book, obviously without permission or compensation of any kind. not only is it copyright infringement but making book covers this ugly should be outlawed too.
anyways, i went through this before when i found my art printed on sweaters in south korea. i talked to a few different lawyers at the time, who told me that i needed a lawyer in the actual country that the theft was taking place.
The thief is Puerto de Escape in Chile (a publisher) and i intend to go after them. however, i need someone who is familiar with chilean law and ideally could hook me up with a lawyer in chile to help me out and give advice. i could also use advice from anyone familiar with these situations and how they can be resolved. if you guys could spread the word and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information, that would help me SO much! thanks a ton for reading!!