The Magma brothers are now up for auction on Ebay for those interested.
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!