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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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SORRY, I AM NO LONGER TAKING COMMISSIONS.

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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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Takimashou Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's really cool. You're really cool.

I'm just hella happy you put up pictures of them that I can look at free of charge. These things you make are just so damn beautiful. I play with polymer clay as a hobby, and as such, you are completely inspirational to me. And now I respect you even more (surprisingly possible), for having the strength to back yourself. Not everyone can do that, and very rarely with the conviction you have.
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MyClayWhimsy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Instead of rewriting what's already been said (Its late here...) I think I'll just say that I completely agree with =HowManyDragons and *KatherineReedKS. You work really deserves to go for more, and those who tell you otherwise just don't understand how much work goes into one sculpture. I really didn't, and though I liked your work before I became a sculptor, I can tell just how truly amazing all your works are. Shine on, D&B!!!!!!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Holy crap, this mentioning system is awesome. I gotta start linking usernames. *___*
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MyClayWhimsy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No kidding:)
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behappy1990 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I am glad that your work sells very well these days. I do get a lonely feeling from time-to-time because I can't afford them lately. Even so, I'm so happy you made the elementals. They are SO WONDERFUL! I can't stress that enough. Your art is so wonderful and I love when you branch out and do new things. Your art is worth it. Probably the people who complain (some of them at least) just feel a little sad because they love a certain piece you made so much, but they can't buy it. I understand this but I'd never put you down! Hope you still think of of me as a rockstar! :)
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pyrmappege Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am sorry that you have had to deal with negative people like that. Your work is absolutely lovely, and I am sure that it is worth every penny. I hope that I might be able to get one of your pieces someday. :D
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bubblesmalarky Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
You are such a wonderful person, (and an amazing artist obviously). How could anyone ever question anything you do? You deserve every penny you get for thinhs amazing creations, and it makes complete and total sense for you to not remake them. Side note, I wonder if Ember will be born on my birthday!
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
-facepalm-

You're unable to work right now, spent 40 hours on these and people are chastising you for the price? C'mon!

I myself would love to afford one of your creations, but whoever is willing to pay you the fee you DESERVE for it DESERVES the lovely piece of art.
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CaleCreations Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some people simply don't understand how much time, detail, love and gruesome work goes into anything an artist does. I appreciate this post, it means a lot to all of us out there who work hard on what we love and oftentimes come across these "jerks". Keep up the good word, good luck and congrats on little Ember, and I can't wait to see more of your beautiful creatures soon!! ^^
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stormpiper Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Nuts to them. Your stuff is amazing. Now since I'm Irish, I'm going to relate everything to euros, ok? Our minimum wage per hour is 8.65. You spent over 40 hours on the magma dragon, right? So that's say 50 hours at 8.65 - 432.50  which translates to about 588 dollars. Or 30 hours would be about 350 dollars. So the way I see it your prices are pretty justified. Also, given the level of talent you have, it should be probably be above minimum wage... but I digress.
 I'm no expert on the whole auction system, but I'm pretty sure that you list an item, people bid on it and the price goes up. I find it confusing that people are blaming you for many people wanting your dragons. Unless of course you have multiple ebay accounts and are driving up the prices yourself, in which case, shame on you, you evil genius :D (Big Grin) 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
As artists, we are definitely our own worst critics. Don't let those naysayers get you down - they are a vocal minority, and you have an amazing fanbase that loves everything you create. I think it's wonderful that you are able to make a living doing what you love (I wish I could do the same!). I can't afford your auctions, but I think it's awesome that there are other people who are willing and able to recompense you for the the huge amount of work you put into your sculptures. Don't ever be ashamed of that!

I hate having to put a price on my work, and I am second-guessing myself constantly. >_< I find it really difficult to put a big price tag on something so small, because some people just don't understand how much time and effort goes into the work. The majority of people that I talk to have been very understanding, though, once they realize that I make everything by hand and am not selling infinite copies of plastic toys made in China or something. I think people have difficulty reconciling the difference between a mass-produced toy and a small, toy-sized work of art. I guess we just have to keep educating them. :shrug:
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drakeo1903 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cant afford your dragons anymore, however i have taken a more fun approach to obtaining some cute stuff. I just make dragons myself, and learn off of what i have from you and what you do however i must say making and selling dragons is very difficult for a newbie, and especially hard to create my own way when so many people do it. its discouraging after a while when no one bites, but at least you live and learn. i hope one day i can end up like you, simply doing what i love in the end though. 
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acrose Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I will just say that you are a PHENOMENAL artist. I love your dragons and only wish I was half as talented as you are. I've been wanting to take my photography into a more paid environment but haven't had any takers. My grandmother told me a few days ago that she thinks my photos are phenomenal and that I should try to expand that into a career. Its hard to take that first step into the realm of the unknown and part of me thinks I'm decent but am I really talented enough to actually charge for my work? Everything you said is definitely something I can relate to, but you know it really is easy to defend art and the cost when you KNOW its worth every dime and penny. Honestly, if I wasn't so broke right now and pulling myself out of the pits that life keeps throwing at me right now I would be trying to bid for those unique wonderful pieces you keep putting out. :)
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Here here!!! Well said Becca!! You deserve every single high bid for those beautiful babies.

And as far as size goes there is a HUGE market for miniature art that is tiny (I'm not talking ACEOs, but the fine art miniature painting world) and some of those paintings sell for thousands!! It's never about the size, but of course your vision and skill.

And it aggravates me that people see what you can do and think only of the time it took to make this one sculpture. What about the thousands of others you've made, and the thousands of hours you've spent honing and perfecting your skills??? That too should always be calculated into the final work of art done by a master.

I wish I could afford one of these guys, they've already shot past my budget. :( But I don't hold that against you, GOOD FOR YOU I say and keep on clicking that increase max bid button you good dragon buyers!! :D
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darras Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I just wanted to say that your work is absolutely stunning! Best of luck with your baby and I hope to get the opportunity to buy a dice dragon at some point in the future :) 
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Draconic-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bravo! I've admired your artwork for quite awhile now, but after this speech I can admire you as a strong person, too. You're the reason I recently took up clay sculpting, and I've found that I really love doing it.
I completely understand what you mean by wanting to push your limits. If it weren't for schoolwork, I would never stop trying out new techniques!
Thank you for being such a huge inspiration to all of us.
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KatherineReedKS Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
The true value of art is what a person is willing to pay for it. An amazing artist that no one knows has to sell for less than a good artist with a large fan base. You have astounded me by being both an amazing artist and managing to create such a large and loyal fan base to support you. I think if you were to auction every single one of your dragons you would actually make more money but instead you still plan on making batches for etsy so more people who possibly just can't afford to outbid everyone still has a shot and I think that is mighty decent of you. Typically price is driven by supply vs. demand and the demand for your dragons is very high so I think its nice that you don't inflate your prices :)
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syppah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been dealing with the same issue lately, with my crocheted plushies. It gets really disheartening to sell at a con and 1/4 of the people that stop by the table make a disgusted face or even say something really rude about my prices. :\ I lowered the prices on some of my smaller plushies recently because so many people were put off by the price this con season.. still, I'm already questioning myself because I feel like I should have kept prices as they were since any lower starts to become unfair for me based on the time I've put in..

It's a constant struggle. Hopefully I'll find a way to be comfortable and confident about charging as much as I know I should charge someday.
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RadCatBlakat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh! I hate it when people do that! D: The art market(especially here on DA) is in horrible shape, everyone thinks art should be done super cheap, if not, free just because it's fun for us. They don't realize it can be just as stressful and take as much effort and time away from you as any other job. Part of it is DA points(I've always had a thing against points XD ) because when new members see everyone selling art for 20pts which is basically like 20cents they get it in their head that art should always be cheap like that. DA is part of the reason people on here think art should be cheap(ironically since it's the biggest art site out there). It really should build up the market than tear it down..

But yeah, you deserve all the money you get from your beautiful sculptures! I've been waiting until you made the perfect sculpture for auction that I'd wanna bid on and it's finally here<3 Sadly, though, my boyfriend would be unhappy if I spent more money and that few hundred could go for necessities D: Darn the timing! XD If only I wasn't moving out soon, I'd totally bid on Magmax! :D
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oof, idiots. You shouldn't even bother talking to them, your peace and health now are the most important, block the fuck out of anyone like that.
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your elementals, and will cross my fingers and toes for an Etsy batch sale :)

I do believe I saw one of the afore mentioned comments on Facebook, said comment was stating how was it possible to sell something that costs under $10 for over $300. Um, hello? It's about more than just the raw material costs - I wanted to reply "You're more than welcome to buy a block of premo and display that on your shelf if that's the way you want to think about it" Your work is absolutely stunning! And you should never feel bad about the prices it fetches, people wouldn't be buying it if it wasn't worth that, if not much more.
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behappy1990 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
You're more than welcome to buy a block of premo and display that on your shelf if that's the way you want to think about it"

hahahahahahahhaha seriously, you are awesome. :D
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
"You're more than welcome to buy a block of premo and display that on your shelf if that's the way you want to think about it"

I think you win Best Comment! xD
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, buy a block of premo and display it. Just STOP that's too funny. He he. :D
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ninjassinwolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are an awesome artist!  And I understand how that 1 person can bring you down, it gets to you a lot. (at least to me.) and I hope da baby wont give you any trouble during birth! yayyyy shes almost here.
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MidnightCootie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen a few of those comments you mentioned about people getting after you for charging so much. If anything, you could be charging a lot more and your items will still fly off the shelves! Of course, there would be people complaining about things being overpriced, but at the same time if people still buy like crazy at high prices... but I digress.

I've dabbled in a bit of sculpting myself. I know I'm not very good, but I feel almost insulted when I work for 8 hours on something that I believe looks amazing, then people say, "So... do you want like, what, $10 for that?" and they balk when I ask for $20-30, which is a mere fraction of what similar sculpts by more popular artists earn. Like, the other day I was commissioned to make a really intricate/realistic taco charm that ended up taking a lot of time and effort, and they offered a dollar for it. I'd normally sell something like that for $10-15, but I said that I'd like $5 because I was feeling shy about charging too much because they were a friend.. And they backed out of the commission.

People are so often surprised at the prices for these things; they think that because it's small and doesn't use much material that it should be the same price as the lump of clay used to make it. But what about the effort to make the item? What about all the time practicing the art in order to get to that level to be able to make it as well as it was done? What about the time spent making the item? Factor that all in and selling that charm for $5 would be like being paid a dollar or two an hour, not including the cost of materials. Is the time and effort spent to make my commissioners happy worth so little...? *sigh*


*Ehem* Sorry about that rant. It's just something I really can relate to and get pretty fired up about sometimes. I'm just gonna go crawl under my anonymity rock now. :D
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FireWings26 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
It could also be that when a person thinks about small charms/items, he or she could go buy a nice manufactured bunch of them for really, really cheap. Therefore, consumers who may not be involved in the arts just assume the same worth without thinking about the kinds of factors that go into handmade items. Take, for instance, stuffed animals. You could just go buy a dragon at the store for $5-10, but a handmade felt, stuffed customized dragon is going to be closer to $20-30. Some people just don't think about things in the right perspective. 
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MidnightCootie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very true. That's what I usually chalk it up to whenever they get freaked out by the price. After a bit of explanation they usually understand. :D
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FireWings26 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome. :D 
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Euvanesiel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Photographer
I just wanted to say that I totally agree with your rant. I had a similar problem recently when I made a floor length cloak for a friend. Upon completing it I didn't know what to ask for it. I didn't want to seem greedy, but if I wanted to get just a few dollars and hour for the eleven I put into the project the price was already well above $100 (materials were included in this price of course). Luckily my friend was very understanding (and generous) and I feel that I was paid a fair ammount. Looking back I am realizing that I could easily have placed my asking price at the ammount he ended up paying, especially now, considering that I have made several more.
I think Dragonsand Beasties is doing a wonderful job here, and I agree that prices could proabably go up by quite a bit without problem. With the experience and incredible skill that is being put into each and every sculpture... I mean, sometimes I check out these links after the auction adoption is over just to see what they ended up selling for, and my honest thought is, "That's awesome! You go girl! Keep up the fantastic work."
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MidnightCootie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes it takes courage to ask for what the item is worth! But it feels nice when someone actually pays the asking price. :D It's strange, total strangers have paid anything I've asked for, but my friends will still balk when I give them a practically half-off discount. :shrug: I don't understand it.

I do the same thing! I always stalk the Ebay sales to see how much they ended up going for. I'm kind of excited to see how this big magma one's going to go for, he's so AMAZING!
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Euvanesiel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Photographer
Agreed :D
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Maple-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've given up on trying to acquire your dragons, but I still love them, and still love seeing them. I'm just too poor to outbid others. ^_^ Otherwise, are you kidding me? I'd be SO for trying to get as many of your things as I could. You are so talented!

Congrats on the baby coming soon!

A lot of people don't understand why art is so expensive. We artists just have to keep educating and hopefully the message will spread. Hang in there. 
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ErraticRhapsody Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Go you! And I'm happy to know the baby is coming soon. :D And for those people who are being jerks about the ebay thing they can just stick their thoughts up their bum. It is a better idea to do that, since everyone has a fair chance to try and get a dragon, rather than having to refresh the page and spaz to the checkout with etsy. lol.
<3 We love you and can't wait to see all the dragons to come even if there aren't that many.
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lizzarddesigns Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well said Becca!  We (us artists) all feel the same way.  I have enjoyed your elemental series and I think they are amazing and if that is the direction that you feel passionate about in your life at the moment, then do it.  Don't listen to those jerks!  OOAK's are just that One Of A Kind.  In fact, most of my sculptures are one of a kind because I don't enjoy making the same thing over and over.   In time for me, that could change. But for now I'm exploring everything I can because I've only been doing this 5 months. So, back to what I was saying... Your elementals are true works of art and I hope that you get top dollar for them. Especially the mega, you put so much work into him and it shows. You deserve $1k min for all that time you put in.

Love you Becca!!
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RiverEcho Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pssh people need to chill.  Nothing wrong with selling your work.  I'd love to buy some of your amazing sculptures! If I had my next couple pay checks, I'd buy these two right now!
You keep doing what you do, do what makes you happy.  something is wrong with people if they want to go out of their way to hurt somebody else.
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Sheesh, anyone getting upset about you doing single auctions for your artworks has never been pregnant, or maybe even an artist.  Making the same thing over and over gets taxing, and pricing one of a kind items really is a pain in the butt. Most of my friends when I asked them have said, why  not do an auction? So I feel your pain.  This is your artwork, it is hard to put a price on it, not only are they paying for your materials, time, but also your skill and ideas. No one has the same ideas. I have seen many people trying to replicate your work and no matter how many people try it is not the same.  Never feel bad about selling your stuff your own way. Lots of people may have negative attitudes towards it because it is harder to attain/harder to afford, but such is life :)
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Artisan Crafter
These people clearly don't know how long it takes to make art, especially handmade, three-dimensional objects. =/ You can't just print more off like a drawing...you have to MAKE everyone of them, by hand. And smaller should never mean cheaper--if anything, it's HARDER and more time-consuming to work on a very small scale! If you visit doll collectoring message boards, you'll find a pair of doll shoes can cost as much as a pair of human shoes, but doll collectors don't bat an eye because they know that those tiny shoes use dramatically less materials, but they were *harder* to make. For some reason, even though devianart is filled with artists, you have to stop and explain that to them every.single.time. *sighs*
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KingMelissa Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Your elementals are just phenomenal. 

The whole bit about "people who think art should be made for pennies because it's 'fun.'" thing touches a personal nerve. As I'm sure any artist striving to be a professional would have that same nerve touched. (Quite a similar nerve when people call you an elitist or what have you when you say you WANT to be a PROFESSIONAL. Argh.)
Firstly, I go to an art school, more or less. It's not fine arts. Almost every single teacher there is a professional in the field they are teaching. And as such, every single teacher would probably strangle someone for saying you should be earning pennies for your art. 
We're being told about these amazing concept artists who have been at it for decades that make hundreds of dollars an hour for their ideas and art. And they ENJOY their art. That's right. Hundreds of dollars an HOUR. That says to me that the more you work and hone your skills, the more your art is worth. There is nothing wrong with enjoying it either. Because if we didn't enjoy it, why would we improve at it? Why would we make art at all if we didn't enjoy it? We would simply find something else to do with our lives. But no. Each artist spends pretty much their entire life creating their style and developing skill in something. We all deserve to be benefited from our efforts. 

Another reason it touches a nerve. I am hoping to get into the Visual Effects industry. I'm not sure if you know what has been happening there. Many Visual Effects studios have been closing all around the world. Do you know why? Because people do not think these artists deserve to be paid what they're worth! There are countless stories of VFX artists that work their butts off to make movies, and never get paid for it! Or the more famous example right now... the studio that made the effects for the movie Life of Pi, which won an award for its VFX... that studio is bankrupt.  
It crushes my spirit and half the time I wonder what I'm doing. Because I am afraid I'm spending all of this money on a degree that I might not get to use. 
All because people think an artist shouldn't be paid what they're skills are worth. "We'll give you pennies for hours/weeks/months/years of your time." A slap to the face would be far kinder. 

Then, on a sculptors level, I know the pain of having people act like I should be given a few bucks for something I make. Mostly because of how small I work. I don't really know the relation in scale to your own work, but it's likely close. It's not easy to work that small. In fact, it's often a lot harder to work small than it is bigger. Because big, meaty fingers versus little thin bits of clay. (I wont say how often I drop pieces of clay, never to be seen again.) 
The more amusing part, which I say sarcastically, is when people say I'm not really that talented because I paint. This has happened quite a few times. "You're not really that good. Painting is sloppy. Colored Clay is better. So and so artist is better than you. etc etc." Even some people I used to be good friends with would throw comments like that in my face. And show me this amazing artist... that has really sloppy sculpting skills. But they don't paint! 
While it does hurt and gets me down quite a lot, I wont change what I'm doing. I happen to LIKE painting, thank you very much! I think it's fun. It's a lot more time consuming. I'll spend many more hours on a sculpt than a colored clay user would, but I don't care. Because I'm happy with the end result. A nice bonus too, is that since I'm one of the few people who paint their sculpts, I have my own unique look. So take that, you nay-sayers! 
(Plus, it made it so much more special for that one person who said they liked that I painted my sculpts. All the loves!)

ah ha ha... I ramble too much... I tried not to. -hangs head in shame-

I hope your little Ember chooses to come at a convenient time, and wont be a brat like I was. In the middle of the night, during a blizzard. :fear:
I wish you all the best with her! <3
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AlainaLee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I own quite a few pieces of your work, and i consider it to be some absolutely well spent money.. Of course, the bigger ones I drool over, but cant always afford... Maybe have prints or postcards of them later on? I would so buy some of those!!
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