good news re: dog i found the other day: he was reported missing by a family in the neighboring city (got off his lead somehow) so i returned him. good thing too because he has a digestion disorder which requires medication every so many hours or he’s vulnerable to die, his owners were very relieved and grateful he was alive.
his name was gilles so i don’t get a second dog which blows but i’m happy he’s home. ganymede and i will miss him though he was a huge sweetie. lots of thanks to those who offered to help or take him in.
it depends on what you want. i think i’m pretty easy to work with, and i’m open to doing anything. here’s a rough guide (but everything & price is negotiable within reason) :
if you just want me to draw something for you, depending on how big on how much detail + what you’re using it for, i’m game for anywhere from 15-40 bucks (the steeper end being high detail stuff, tattoo flashes, whatever)
if you want to draw a page of comics for you, i start at 25 a page usually, and 15 for each additional.
if you want a comic book made for you (anywhere from 10-20 pages with a front and back cover) i usually go from 50-80 dollars, very dependent on how many pages and how much detail/ color/ collage elements you want/ what your subject matter request is/ etc.
poster type of work i normally do 40-50 for.
also if you want me to send you the original work in addition to scans, i can and will via express mail for 15 dollars more. which i think is fairly reasonable.
if you’re interested in commissioning me email me (email@example.com) describing what you want and giving me some references to work with, and we’ll figure it out. most personal commission work takes me anywhere from a couple of days to a month-ish (if it’s a comic book- because i’m currently working on 4 in addition to personal projects and work) to get done. i like to exchange phone numbers so we can keep in touch and i can send you progress pictures or sketches and outlines before moving forward.
genevieve says if by some miracle i don’t find his rightful owner and can convince my landlord into letting me keep him that i need to name him zeus because my other dog’s name is ganymede and she wants a permanent ode to her favorite mythological slash pairing christ what is it with her and pet names
gen has spent the entirety of the 2 months i’ve known her using every opportunity she can to tease me for having stuffy interests then last night she finally took me to her apartment and i met her cats gorky and gladkov and now i can’t stop laughing about it
girl names her pets after the who’s who of russian socialist novelists then calls me pretentious for spinning oliveros god we’re hopeless i really think we were meant to find each other
You mentioned learning biblical Hebrew in your “birthday reflections” personal post, are you jewish or is it recreational? I had to learn it years ago in Hebrew school and never took a liking to it.
nope- i was huge on linguistics in highschool (wanted to be a professional translator for awhile) and i’ve been trying to be more diligently studious about it again. i think if i ever went back to school for something other than fine arts/ art history or music it would be language, so i want to keep sharp. i’m best in latin but i also speak french and japanese. anyway, yeah, my friend david and i share a fascination with the bible so he nudged me into learning biblical hebrew and i fell in love with it. portugese and ancient greek have been high on my “to learn” list for awhile as well.
when i was 14 and had no friends i would take the bus into the city every weekend and spend hours in the iupui grad library listening to velvet underground cassettes studying dead languages specifically. i was fixated on italy’s- memorized the difference between extinct umbrian and alive, still utilized umbrian, learned etruscan script- that kind of thing. i still find old notebooks written in bits of character systems i no longer recognize. in retrospect it’s hilarious that little teen me absorbed entire fragments of dead languages to effectively get my little brother to stop reading my diary.
alright i’m back from staying with the triplets i nanny for like a month and a half while their parents were gone attending to a family crisis and it was the best time i’ve had in so long. we mornings spent making pancakes, reading the paper, planning out the day. then did picnics in the park, library museum & cemetery visits, day trips. dropping them off at practices & playdates, coming home to play with them, read to them, do nice dinners, sing songs before bedtime. taking them to my place- making a mess of my kitchen baking, plastering the spare room with their paintings. even taught matt to ride his bike without training wheels
each of them kept a band tee of mine. they loved them so much they wouldn’t stop trying them on, wearing them out- a 6 year old begging for mutiilation shirt is too amusing i couldn’t say no. so yeah i’m sad to be back to the normal grind after that, but i’ll catch up on emails & messages this week and start posting a bunch of stuff i’m behind on. sorry for the dead air!
probably won’t have much new stuff up this week- i’m staying with the kids i nanny while their parents are out of town. every night so far we’ve just climbed trees to have aerial nerf gun battles then built a fort in the basement where i play and we sing beat happening’s “godsend” together before bedtime it’s the sweetest thing ever to me these children are angels i love them
also love being in a house with a stocked pantry/ fridge i had nearly forgotten that food other than ramen existed. they even have a pool god is good i wanna spend all summer here
wish i had liked math in school cause i’m so hooked now. some book about the munchhausen trilemma and logic got me fixated again now they just make me feel very alive. approaching complex ideas w/ logical progression & finding explanations woven into concepts i thought unexplainable calms me. also cause the books pose challenges for me that require hefty mental exertion but reward it the moment it comes together and you feel wonderment/ acute awareness of the universality of the language
there was one i read recently called “mathematics: modeling our world course 1” and the application based setup really resonated w me- it gave you a problem to focus on but approach from all directions via different mathematical tools- it implemented a new kind of self critical approximation of quantitative reasoning within me i hadn’t evaluated in mathematical terms before. math is so useful for evaluating social tradeoffs and everyday conflict resolution. it’s neat
also “e: the story of a number” had me so fucked up e is riveting i need more books about it
No joke your work and how committed you are to it and improving it is so inspiring to me. I was feeling so lost about coming out of school and not knowing how to go about it and seeing how committed you are and confident it just helps me a lot.
happened to see this comment on my phone by accident and now it’s making me want to cry kinda.. like wow. i wish i could articulate how much this means to me.
What kind of equipment do you use for digital art? Like what tablets and stuff?
it’s odd to me that i get asked this question so often? i’ve never made digital art in my life i don’t have the first idea about that space..i don’t even know how to work photoshop i am your mom on a computer
my stuff is all ink, markers, magazine clippings, and cardstock. i can’t afford a tablet rn and because i get most of my work done on the bus/ at work/ where ever i can i don’t think it’d be ideal for me, i need supplies that are completely portable. but uh, there are lots of digital artists on tumblr i’m sure have resources for you. sorry!
me @ parties: yeah molly’s cool i guess but you know vinegar? has like a million and a half common household applications to fight grime and stubborn set in stains it’s a godsend for the germaphobe on a budget. you ever clean the inside of a microwave with nothing but a lemon and some mcdonalds napkins? spiritually enlightening experience most definitely better than the time you did peyote in the desert w/ your cousin
like a lot of my anxiety manifests in a desire to keep my surroundings sterile. so many times i’ve needed to make an important phone call only to clean my kitchen instead and afterwards feel like i accomplished what i set out to do even though i didn’t at all. i think i make an unconscious deduction that that the tidiness of my space supplements the messiness of my life or something
i’ve never scared easy (at least for physical things like bugs/ heights rather than abstract “concept of zero”/ “death” stuff) when i had a rat i caught it and took it out myself no problem- but oh my god.. mold. i’m irrationally terrified of mold. i opened my fridge today to find my strawberries were grey fuzz and panicked/ evacuated my place till my friend showed up to toss them for me
someone please feel me on this i needa feel less alone.. “at home mildrew prevention” is my one google alert i am so afraid of this menace
what are some good magazines to cut into? thanks a bunch c:
my favorites are national geographic, ideals home magazine, old sunset publishing pictorial books you can find at most used book stores for cheap (they have the best landscape and sky photographs for collaging and the paper quality is nicer than most magazines), and above all any book about gardening- plant encyclopedias, flower guides, what have you. i hoard those.
here are just a few of my staples to give you an idea:
ugh i still remember someone asking me at 16 what kinda teen pop i vibed with (meaning like “miley or selena”) and saying “french teen pop. from the 60s. france gall, francoise hardy. back when teen pop meantsomething" ..i wanna beat up all previous incarnations of me
honestly mad that i spent the majority of my prime teen years with an ugly “too good for teen pop/ t swift” mentality going on cause now i get with the fearless album in my car and think to myself “this woulda felt so real at 16 but i was 2 busy listening to fucking pavement and shit like a dead ass nerd”