Art Apps for the iPad

20140105-003115.jpgI’ve owned my iPad now for almost two years, and I’m finally getting a hang of the purpose I bought it for (or at least what I told myself I bought it for): to have a portable art surface, a digital sketchbook that wouldn’t require carrying around an arsenal of art supplies. Some of you out there would ask my why I need a bunch of art supplies all the time; after all, a good artist shouldn’t need more than a pencil and a sketchbook.

Well, here’s my shocking confession: I’m not a good artist. Continue reading

Art For Your Sake

The problem with creating any visual media, is that the people who don’t do any kind of visual media think those of us that do seem to just be happy doing whatever project you throw at us because we’re apparently just “doing what we love.” Therefore, the hours we spend on something for you is apparently worth its own reward.

I got news: we’re not doing it for the love of the craft. If that were the case then we would all be doing our own projects and nobody would ever speak the word “commission” again. And we’re definitely not doing it for the money, because I guarantee you, if that were the case, we would all be able to afford to be a lot more selective about the projects we accept.

The truth is we’re doing it for one reason: you asked us.

Yep, that’s it. You see, artist’s have fragile self-esteems and we get excited when someone wants to give us money to make something, even if the subject is not something that we would have ever done in a zillion years if we hadn’t been asked. So we put up with your remarks, and all the “little” changes you flippantly request that translate to hour(s) of work for us, as we watch the cost-effectiveness of our work go down the drain, because—ultimately—we want to make you happy.

Like all customer service jobs, we’re not in it for the money. We’re not doing it because we love the work. We’re doing it for YOU.

So, you know, try to show a little fucking appreciation, yo.

The Spiders Are Coming…

The long-awaited sequel to John Dies at the End has finally hit the stores with one of the greatest book titles I’ve ever heard: This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It. It’s by David Wong, editor of Cracked.com and one of the funniest authors that I’ve ever read. It’s number 11 on the NYT Bestseller list. It’s awesome.

I’m not going to review the book. If you want a review, go read someone else’s. I’m going to tell you something that happened to me while I was reading the book. As John would say, “Shit is about to get weird.” Continue reading