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The Magma brothers are now up for auction on Ebay for those interested.
Magma Brothers - Auction by DragonsAndBeasties

And now some things I want to talk about. Sorry it's a bit long ^^;

So most of you know I've been really into my elemental dragons lately. They are much more intricate and time consuming than my usual work. It feels really good to push myself in a different direction and try to figure out new things. I have learned a TON while working on these guys! I've been trying new techniques with armatures, texturing, and skinner blends.  Now, as I've been finishing them, I have been putting them up for auction which I feel  may be giving the wrong impression for my continued sales. Some people have taken issue with me calling them One-of-a-Kinds stating that I am "milking" the auction to try to scare people into buying them. This is not my intention at all. I honestly do not plan to remake these particular designs again. I have been known to revisit my simpler designs for my Etsy batch sales, (ie. the rainbow dragons and ponies) so I can understand why people may assume there could be repeats of the elementals. These dragons are truly unique and I feel that more people have a chance to buy one if it's on ebay. Please rest assured I do not plan to just put everything I make on ebay. I have every intention of returning to my batch sales on Etsy of simpler dragons.  I've just been really inspired to work on the elementals lately, and they take a great deal of my time.  It's been extremely rewarding personally and professionally to work on these guys, but of course I still love making the simpler cutesy guys as well! 

Now, there is something I really feel the need to address that has come up recently.  It is NOT wrong for an artist to make money at their craft. If there is one thing that really upsets me, it's people who think art should be made for pennies because it's "fun."  In my case, some people have taken issue with the size of my work in relation to cost. This really bothers me. Since when has art been valued by size alone?

Every artist is their own worst critic, and we are constantly wrought with self doubt about our own worth. It's so hard to pull ourselves out of that kind of thinking. It's taken me a VERY long time to accept that my work has value. I still fall into it a lot, and have to be reminded that it's taken a lifetime of  practice to get where I am. I  have worked very hard improving my craft over the years and have been fortunate enough to make a business out of something I am truly passionate about.  I am grateful for that every day. Art is very hard to make a living at, but it can be done. Ignore all those jerks out there who want to bring you down. They aren't worth your time, and will only hold you back from becoming great. Art is important, YOU are important, and artistic talent is absolutely a skill worthy of being paid for!  

On that note, I want to thank all my amazing fans who have ever defended me against the aforementioned "jerks" and negative commenters. For all the hundreds of wonderful encouraging comments, it only takes one negative person to drag me down. They don't pop up too often, but when they do you guys have always been there to defend me. I appreciate this more than you'll ever know. You guys are rockstars, and I am forever grateful for your understanding and support in everything I do with my art.  

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to inform you all that baby Ember is coming within the month and while I may not be making as many dragons as I have in the past, rest assured I will be making them from time to time.  I'm currently trying to work on a small, mostly halloween themed batch sale for (hopefully) next weekend, and will probably just keep making cute simpler designs until she gets here, because she really could come any day now. I think I'd go nuts if I had to stop in the middle of one of the elementals, and this way more of you can get some little critters of your own before I'm out of action for a while. 

Thanks again to all my fans for your continued support, and sorry for the loooong read. It's unusual for me to write so much, but I felt like I really needed to address this stuff. I hope it clarified some things, and maybe helped anyone who is feeling down about their own work. Now back to the sculpting! :D 



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dragonautumn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember wben I graduated feom my highschool I tried to make a living of my polymer clay art. I have been an artist since I was in 1st grade (or further back than that) I had been told by manypeople that I shouldn't be selling my art work at $20.00 a piece because of how small they were. Its true about artists are thier own worst critic because afterwards I would spend almost 6-7 HOURS DAILY making my creations to sell for only 5 or 4 dollars. Sometimes I would only make 5-20 dollars a week plus being a waitress was hard for me. Its taken me years to be the artist I am today, and my passion is still under a blanket because people think its not something they should pay for because its fun. When your a kid, yeah, but when your older and have bills and a life then you understand that things are no longer fun... I love my art. But money is more important.
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MusePony Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's been said a million times, but that one person who criticises your work has probably never BEEN an artist and can never appreciate the work/love/blood/sweat/tears etc that has gone into every single artwork! Arrgh this makes me so mad ><
Your sculptures (and your drawings!!) are absolutely beautiful and there's no way one negative (silly) person should ever bring you/them down !

Good luck with baby Ember! Hopefully she's as stellar as you! :)
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VenomxVixen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You work long hours sculpting and shaping and making beautiful works of art who in the world would be stupid enough to criticize you! I swear its getting harder for artists now a days but you keep your head up we will always be here to support you! =) I love the dragon,panther,and my custom fox sculpture they are amazing such wonderful detail I would have gladly payed more for them =) Lots of people love your work but there is always going to be that one jerk lol just keep pushing forward and keep creating because I know you will make so much more amazing art!    
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kaliannameyron Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Art, like anything else in a capitalist economy, is worth whatever somebody wants to pay for it.  I can't afford your dragons, and that makes me sad.  It does not, however, make me angry with you for charging whatever you want for them.  And seriously, anyone complaining about the cost of materials vs. the cost of the finished product has obviously never had to pay for any sort of labor.  

Also, I came here to say congrats for your feature on io9.  Thus far the only comment that mentions your pricing there is very fair, and that gives me just the tiniest glimmer of hope for the world.  

And of course, good luck with that whole childbirth thing.  You're a braver woman than I.  ^_~
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MusePony Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^Exactly. Hear hear!
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Katwyn-Lauryl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are exactly right! One negative comment stands out a lot. But those people are just having a bad day and think that their opinion is the best and if you don't do it the way they want, it's "wrong". Ugh, I used to be one of those people. I was awful. So glad I came out of that, lol. I'll be in prayer for baby Ember to stay safe and healthy! Which of course she will! 
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NinStarRune Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love them so much! And of course you have the right to charge tons...I just wish they were more like $100 a pop... :<
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ManlyProductions Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow!  Cute and badass!  A difficult achievement.  Your pieces may be expensive, but I'm sure if you look at how much time was put into each one, you're probably making less than minimum wage!  I think it's a great idea to put your stuff on ebay.  When you let people bid on it, you don't have to worry about setting a price and people will pay what they thinks it's worth, so you don't have to feel (as I would) guilty of possibly "overcharging" them.  The "jerks" don't realize that anything handmade is expensive.  I'm sure if you put "two of a kind", they'd go for the same price.  I'm like you (as are most artists that i know) when it comes to selling my own stuff. 

Awhile back, a very good friend of mine offered money for some nudes done with various mediums and a landscape piece done in charcoal and pencil.  He actually collected art and said my stuff was really good and that I could get good money for them if I wanted to.  I can't remember how much he wanted for each, but the landscape piece was in the hundreds.  Each nudes were done in like 15 mins max, and the other only took about an hour, so I felt, based on time spent at least, uncomfortable taking what he was offering.  This would've been the first time someone gave me real money for my work so it was really new to me too.  That was back in college, now that I'm older, I look back and I honestly believe that two of those pieces I gave him were quite possibly in my top ten of most proudest work, and that, yes, they were worth what I could've gotten.  Some were calling me crazy.  But those same people didn't think my art necessarily was worth it either, just that I should've "taken" his money.  But they were just looking at the money/business aspect.  Ask any artist out there to put a price on any of their originals and they can't really do it.  Because the pieces that we are proud of and think as good, there is a sentimental feeling attached to it that you can't put a price on.  And when you're proud of something you'd almost just rather share it with people.  That's the dilemma a lot of us face, that's why you see a lot auctions for original artwork, because artists would otherwise sell themselves short.

Sorry for babbling!  Continue doing what you love!  No matter what others say, no matter if you get paid or not, as long as you're happy while doing it.
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PewterKat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's so sad that you're being brought down by people, too. Instead of people becoming more aware that art takes skill and is important in all aspects of life and therefor deserves as much praise and attention as everything else, the ignorant belief that an artist shouldn't be paid if they're having fun is spreading more and more. I thought it was most common with two dimensional work, but I guess sculptors and other artisans are being attacked as well. And while I have heard people argue this with other professions, such as mechanics, bakers, and others, it seems to run most rampant in the fine arts circles. Your journal DID help me feel better about my work and its worth, thank you. And congrats on your baby when she arrives! :D
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CephiraForest Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Lol, ranting is just good for the soul sometimes ^^ I think it is sad, but true, that creativity is not considered precious or as valuable as other traits for people to have. But it should be considered the most important! Creativity lets us create beautiful things, but it also lets us see things in new ways and problem solve "outside of the box." This trait is valuable, no matter what jerks may say, so don't let them get you down ;) Your little critters are magnificent, they all come alive with adorable personalities, and they always amaze XD They are worth every penny :)    
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