Sunday, May 5, 2013

Be Yourself

I used to believe being an artist meant you had to fiercely guard your reputation. That you always had to put out a perfect 'bland' face. As a matter of fact, I believed that when I started this blog a few years ago.

I see differently now.

If you're a die-hard conservative, be that person. If you're a bleeding-heart liberal, be that person. If you're a gay fashion designer, be that person. If you're an animal rights activist, be that person. If you're a Christian mother of five, be that person. If you're a militant atheist, be that person. If you're a nerdy diesel truck driving woman who dislikes fairy dolls in a doll world dominated by fairy dolls (that's me!), be that too.

Be yourself.

If you have opinions on things, it's okay. Express them! Your opinions are what make you you. And if you change your opinions, that's okay too. People can, and do, change.

Sure, being yourself may lose you some customers. But you'll gain others. And if your work and customer service is truly good, people will still buy from you, despite who you are.

Look at Chris Brown. He beat a woman, and people still buy his music. Look at Michael Vick. He electrocuted dogs, but he's still playing football. Look at a number of unethical artists in the doll community. There are blatant copycats out there. There are artists who sell improperly baked dolls. There are artists who take the money, and don't deliver. There are artist who take on commissions, and don't complete them for two years. Yet people still buy from them.

If the above kinds of people can show their true colors, and still make it in the world, you definitely can.

Be Yourself.

At the end of the day, you'll wind up sculpting and/or painting for more people who see the world like you do, or who are accepting of you, and less for the people who stress you out.

And there, lays freedom.

Sara unleashed

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Paint 'Em Like You Sculpt 'Em

I was surfing through deviantArt the other day, when I should have been writing part III of the Auction HTML series. That's when I stumbled across this amazing miniature. (Picture posted with permission from the artist.)

You can see the whole thing, in it's high resolution glory here, on deviantArt. Is your jaw still resting in your lap? Yeah, I bet it is. And get this. The thing is just under six inches tall! With it's wings! Just wrap your mind around that fact for a moment. Then look at it again. This demon won a Daily Deviation, among other things. The glowing fire effect on the demon's wings was used with special pigments, and the artist describes how to use them on this great artist blog, Massive Voodoo.

Anyway, check out the Massive Voodoo article database, here. Painting articles galore. They may not be extremely helpful to you artists out there who repaint the nude vinyl dolls (well, except for the wet palette technique), but for those of us who make bases for our dolls, and/or sculpt our own dolls, these articles are like stumbling across chests full of platinum in our garage. Only without the estranged family members suddenly knocking on the door. There's a lot we doll makers can learn from the miniature painting people. I mean, how many times have you seen Ebay dolls that were well-sculpted, but painted horribly? I've seen a few!

Hope this resource helps, and happy Wednesday.

Oh, and I found the artist of this piece to be very humble, and quite likable. Seems like I've discovered a few artists like this in the past few weeks. It's always a pleasure to meet people like this. Especially since pride and elitism runs rampant in the OOAK doll community. Remember this, artists. No matter how good you are, there's always someone out there better than you ... as well as humbler than you, who is always quick to answer questions from newbie artists. Perhaps Raffaele himself can serve as an inspiration to you, alongside his masterpieces.

Sara unleashed

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Abundant Artist

Thought I'd share a blog I stumbled across. It's called the Abundant Artist, and covers a lot of 'artist life' topics, like marketing, work ethics, et cetera. Many of you doll artists out there may find this useful.

Sara unleashed