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60,000 Views! Gosh!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 23, 2011, 5:11 PM


Once upon a time, I stumbled across DeviantArt, specifically Coey, and was like, "This is what I want to do". I was about 17 at the time. And to be totally honest with you, Shit at art. I hadn't really pushed myself. I doodled in school books, but thats about it. So here we are 8 years later, and I seem to be doing okay. Give or take a crippling headache and ragefits about my inability to paint something as simple as a leg, when I've painted them 100 times before.

So now I sit with 60k views. Not a massive amount by DA standards, but I'm grateful for every single one of them. To me, that 60k is worth a million. Okay, not really, but close. It's still 60,000. If I had a penny for every view, I'd have 600 pounds. And then I'd have to convert that to Australian moneys.. probably pay a fee.. and then tax.. So I'd have like 500 pounds.. and I could buy Skyrim. And a really comfy beanbag.. and a prostitute.

But wait! This seems like a fairly positive journal! Whats going on?! Well firstly, shush, sit down. It's not all rainbows and kittens. For a start, ever since I did the Yogscast channel, I get about 2-3 emails a week, from people expecting the same work, for free. Totally for free. The moment I outline my pricing, I never hear back from them. The same thing happens about once a week regarding Character Busts. They're 25usd. Soon to be 30usd. Thats not a massive amount of money for the work I produce, is it? And yet people seem to get affronted that I dare ask for money.

It might just be the youtube crowd and the mentallity of today. We all expect stuff for free. I just never thought I'd be at the ass end of the stick.

So to outline for any youtubers!

Minecraft Characters: 10usd per.
Painted Characters: 75usd per.
Simple Background: Free.
Painted Background: 50usd.

And yeah, I actually had someone ask for "just the free background".. I mean honestly, it's just a gradient colour.. Anyone can do that in MSpaint, surely? It's like going into a supermarket and seeing a bottle of cola with, "30% Extra Free!", then untwizzling the cap and drinking 30% of it. And then getting annoyed that the security guard twats you on the head with a baguet.

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Keyb0 Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
People don't seem to understand the value of art...

For the quality of work you produce, $30 is not much. Especially considering the time and thought that goes into it all!
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:iconkharnage:
<nod> I do these things between contracts too, so it's my free time thats taken up.
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
People are tools.
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:iconkharnage:
What kinda tools? Screwdrivers or hammers?
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
Um....bedazzlers. But the cheep, knockoff brand that only works for like the first three rhinestones and then jams up.
Or maybe vices.
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:icondavechaos:
Some YouTube people can be a pain in the ass I agree I deal with them every day. I love the work you have done for me and I am very grateful for the amount of time you spent on it. I had no illusions of it being free and don't let the idiots who thing you should work for free get to you.

Keep up the good work man
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:iconkharnage:
Thank you. Youtubers like you, are what make the whole Background Artwork enjoyable. It was a pleasure painting yours, and I was happy to do so. I just wish all the other youtubers who contact me on a day to day basis had your mentallity and attitude to it! Then I'd be a very happy artist indeed!
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Wezuvius Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Keep on truckin'!

Your prices are completely reasonable and warrented. It's the internet mentality of the age thats causing people to want things for free. It's so easy to pirate something using the internet, apply potential customer to internet mentality of getting it for free because they can and you end up with someone who expects that in some way, shape or form they can get anything for free if its via the internet.

I liked your analagy at the end, especially the twating over the head part that made me chuckle.

Congrats on reaching 60k, to this day I still confuse you with Arcipello. "Oh Kharnage, hes the guy that did the fightsta..... wait no he's not" ^_^
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:iconkharnage:
lol Oh don't! Theres no way anyones ever confused me with Arcipello. He's in a league of his own, but thanks nonetheless. Hahaha.
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LaElizO Nov 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the 60K page views~! =)

Also, I'm too tired to comment on the mindless behavior of children wanting things for free, good art in this since..we know it isn't going to happen unless their parents buy it and give it to them and even then it isn't free.
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