Kuro Tako/16/Gemini

She/Her pronouns, slightly gender-fluid.

Sometimes I wake up and my knee jerks and I hit the wall and fall off my bed.
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im not even an artist and these prices are hurting my feelings 

This is what I have to dig through every time I look for new jobs to apply for.

For non-artists, let’s give you a little perspective.

For me, an illustration takes a bare minimum of 6 hours. Mind you, that’s JUST the drawing part. Not the research, or the communications, or gathering information. Just drawing.

That’s if it’s a simple illustration.

My art deco or more detailed stuff can take 20+ hours each.

Even simple, cartoony things still take at least 3 hours.

Let’s go with the second one. 2 illustrations for $25. Figuring 6 hours each. 12 hours total, for JUST the drawings. That’s approximately $2.08/hour. 

Asking these prices is an insult. But what’s even more hurtful is there are people out there that will take these jobs. Which only encourages rates like this to be acceptable. And there are people who will try to say these are just what you have to do to get started.

I believed that. So my first coloring gigs were just $10/page. The day someone offered me $25/page for just flatting work, I realized just how wrong I’d been. I’m still not making the rates I’d like, but now I refuse anything below $25/page. Because there is value in my time.

In any standardized industry, even ones that pay piece rate over hourly, these numbers are criminal.

Do your fellow artists a favor. Never accept jobs like these. There are others that pay legitimate rates. Or at least closer to legitimate.

Such baby bullshit. Don’t even get out of bed for these rates.

    If you are an artist who wants to make money off their art, I highly suggest you buy The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook. It goes in depth about copyright issues and even contains contract and model release templates. The 2013 book *I believe* states the average professional charges $72 an hour. This article calculated that to make a 40k annual salary you would need to charge about $60 per hour.

  After graduating from Art Center in 2012, I think I asked for somewhere between $35-45 an hour and got laughed at by multiple big name clients, which was infuriating, sadly expected, and terrifying with over $100K worth of student loans staring me in the face. If they tell you it will be “great exposure” that’s a red flag. Ask yourself how their exposure can compare to your Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook pages combined? 

And when you do get a decent paying gig, PROTECT YOURSELF. You have the right to negotiate and revise a contract. Do not start a job until you have a contract signed. If they don’t provide you with one, MAKE ONE. And make sure you have your bases covered. You can specify in a contract that maybe two revisions are included in your cost, and if they ask you to revise the piece more than twice, they will have to pay extra. In terms of payment schedule, I usually do the 50/50 Method (50% before, 50% after) or the 3/3/3 Method (1/3 before, 1/3 in the middle, 1/3 after all work has been received). Both of those are pretty standard in the industry, as they guarantee you will get compensated for your time, even if the job goes bad.

Remember you have a skill, and you have spent time honing that skill and you deserve to be adequately paid for that time and effort. You will have clients dismiss you because, honest to God they think, “Well, I could do that if I wanted. Hell, my five year old does it now.” No they can’t, because they didn’t, they don’t, they won’t and they probably never will. And good luck hiring a five year old. They can’t keep a fucking deadline.

And in a last ditch effort they’ll say, “But that drawing only took you an hour!” Son, that drawing took me 20. fucking. years.

10 Dollars for 1 minute of animation.  Oh my god my heart.  It took my team 6 months and a team of 12 to make a 4 minute short. 

The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook

I second this book! I’ve had it for several years now, and it’s been a HUGE help in my work as a freelance artist. It gives great advice on what to charge for different areas of art!

Please remember. Your art is worth a respectable payment! Accepting ridiculously low prices actually hurts the arts/illustration/animation communities because it makes employers believe they can employ people without offering decent pay.

Check the internet if you need help figuring out what you should be charging for your commissions. Invest in the books that will inform you professionally, and put your foot down if you think someone is trying to cheat you out of your time and hard work.
You have a right to refuse a job, and/or request decent payment. If your employer denies a you decent pay, well then they’re probably not a very good employer.
Do not undersell your skills. it is bad for the art community and you are worth more then that.









i’ve finally found my drawing style


i drew a picture of your oc

i hope you dont mind that i put some of my headcanons in it


Anonymous asked: Do u have any college advice about balancing classes with work?


Sure! I’ll try my best. (And just to add credibility: I worked part-time my sophomore - senior year of college, volunteered in a hospital and research lab, took 15-18 credits a semester, was President of a club, had a crazy-awesome social life, and still graduated with honors.)

Okay, basically when you need to balance work (or volunteering, or anything outside the classroom) with classes, you are on a mission to get as much out of the 24 hours you have a day. Approach it actively, almost like you’re budgeting your finances. 

  • Manage your time reaaaallly well. This is the most important thing you can do. Don’t waste a a drop of your precious time. I had a planner where I literally planned my weeks down to the hour. When you know you only have 3 hours to finish an essay because you have work in the afternoon, you won’t be procrastinating. Always plan ahead too. Get in the habit of first outlining your day, then your week, then your month. Say you have an exam on Friday, but your only day off is the Monday before. Don’t procrastinate; use that Monday to study as much as you can!
  • Study and work smart, not hard. Basically follow the mentality of “Why retype something when you can use Ctrl+C?” I’m not saying cheat or plagiarize; but find the optimal study method where you get the best results the fastest. Maybe studying with a group of people where questions can be asked for 1 hour will give you the same results as studying alone for 3 hours. Maybe drawing diagrams on a whiteboard is a much better way to remember the Krebs cycle than reading about it. Maybe switching between Tumblr and reading a textbook is a horrible horrible habit. 
  • Study at work. No, I don’t mean pull out your textbook and hide in the bathroom. If you’re doing something where you don’t have to actively talk to people or use all your concentration (like re-shelving), run through some study points in your mind. Have a flashcard or 2 (or something on your phone) with a few things you can recite or work through in your mind, and check it when you go the bathroom. Use those times when your mind wanders to work better for you. 
  • And maybe you can literally study at work. If you have the means of being able to do homework or look over notes, ask your supervisor if that’s okay. Maybe you work a desk job that has some down-time. Some supervisors understand that being a student is tough, and will let you do some studying provided your work doesn’t suffer. 
  • Try other options. Maybe it’s better to work part-time and be a full-time student; or work full-time and be a part-time student. There are always different options to take if doing full-time for both isn’t working out. To find more information on being a part-time student (such as how long will it take for you to graduate, how much will it be compared to being a full-time student, etc), your college advisor will have lots of information on it. Remember, there are thousands of people facing the same challenges, so you’re not alone!
  • Check out resources. Your university should have information on balancing college work with jobs, as well as the internet. A quick Google of “balancing work & college” showed up a lot of great articles! 
  • Don’t forget to take breaks :) Don’t let yourself burn out from exhaustion. If you plan your day carefully, you will always have some free time to relax. Even if it’s a particularly busy day, try to find at least 10 minutes of peace and quiet where you can close your eyes and rest for a bit. 
  • Don’t give up! Balancing college coursework with a job is super challenging, but if you stay motivated, you will succeed! Remember, you are not alone, and there will be lots of people rooting for you! 

Best of luck! And if anyone else has anything to add, please do share! 



remember: if you’re attending a school that gives you a .edu email address, you can upgrade your amazon.com account to prime for free by going on and choosing the college/student membership. that means you get the prime 2-day shipping and even some textbook discounts (not to mention AFAIK you enjoy the amazon instant access for free for the duration of your edu email being active)

well at least someone is looking out for students


oh my god… i just found out my dear, old friend, robin williams has past away. this is horrible news. 

rest in peace peter pan.

o captain, my captain.


When she’s 10, Elicia Hughes’ school holds a father-daughter dance.

Roy takes her.




Seeing all these posts about the horrible stuff in life makes me pissed and exhausted. The world is tired and in pain.

I’m gunna do it. I’M GUNNA DO IT.



(Fandom Karkat but without the tears.)


no mom I don’t want a boyfriend I want a kingdom

Kuro - Pirates in a Fairytale by Lai

A long time ago a young child of much talents wrote a story about pirates that fucked shit up. It was glorious.

They went by Lai. Their user is now yamibakuraofficial.

Art (c) Me

Story (c) Lai

The darkness is made of lost souls and sadness and the broken hearts.

They will hold your head and dry your tears when you cry at night.

They know your sorrows.






metal as fuck

This is a pure bismuth crystal. The heaviest element that is not radioactive (ok technically it is but it’s half life is like 9 orders of magnitude older than the universe so it really doesn’t count.) Probably my favourite crystal structure, even if you forget the colour. Surprisingly, bismuth is also super-not-toxic. You can actually eat the stuff and it’s often in indigestion remedies. Fascinating element, all round.

always reblog bismuth

Archive of Our Own (Ao3)

Ao3's really into fanfiction! And sometimes fanart! And pod-fanfics! (So many pod-fanfics…) And tagging! (Have you heard of Tag Wrangling?) She works for the Organization for Transformative Works.

(My fan character for the Interwebs Series! Laptop bag: Bellino Expresso Canvas Laptop Messenger.)

Art (c) Me

TIwS (c) Creator/Crestor