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Poverty is wack.
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Vivid-Funk Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maaaan this is a very in depth pic right here!
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samax Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Artist
Yup.
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OmarEdwards Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Word
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samax Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Artist
:nod:
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adony Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Seen. your self-caricature reminds me of the ones Adam Warren always throws in on the back page of his TPB's.
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Artist
ahhhh... Adam Warren is AWESOME!
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I think all artists are starving in one way or another, it's anything but romantic though.
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Artist
From my blog:
"It's not like I think there is something wrong with making a sacrifice for one's art. But being a so-called 'starving artist' should be like being an 'intern'.

Being a Starving Artist is acceptable as a STAGE of a career, but not as a permanent way of life. We as artists have the power to make a living inside of us, but it is a puzzle to solve, a goal to unlock.

We need to start with getting the right state of mind. We must apply some of the creativity and hard work we usually reserve for art creation to developing our business acumen and hustle. The 'starving artist' mentality complicates the process by undermining the priorities that are required to succeed, until the false virtues of poverty and failure become self-fulfilling prophecies."
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jasingdreams Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is so true. I've met Oil Painter Kevin A. Williams twice and something evident about him is that he seemed to effortlessly move between that business acumen you refer to and someone that is genuinely passionate about his craft. That balance is what I'm sure has led to his success in the print market. Comics are a different "animal" but I believe that the principle is essentially the same as you describe, perseverance is the result of creativity and hard work as artists and business men.
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Having the business part down means everything. Even more so in comics.
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Indeed. And I somewhat agree with your earlier point about people who make it being called sell-outs, "what you wanna starve forever?" sort of thing.

Myself I dunno how to get into the intern jobs to get my feet on the ladder, so to speak.
It's all a mystery to me.
I feel like I'd doomed to live on cheap ass ramen for the rest of my life cos I dunno who to approach, what method to use for publishing, how to do it, anything really.
If that's a self fulfilling prophecy then I'm already doomed.

But I agree, if you see an opportunity; take it.
I just don't think selling my idea for someone like Michael Bay to stick his Hollywood dongle through the unexplained plot-holes in my ideas and turn it into something grotesque for a measly 2million bucks... that's my idea of selling out:

I can't get my story out there so I'm gonna hand it over to tinsel town for a quick buck.

My story is MY story. There ain't no-one can tell it like I can.
I just gotta figure out why no-one wants to read my story. :/
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Artist
If you can't get a job, hire yourself. Start a business and start learning how to use your skills to make a living. Not knowing how is not the end of it. It is a hint of what you need to learn next.

Pronouncing yourself doomed and watching it happen is in fact self-fulfilling prophecy.

Stop it.

Eventually, you will have to make a choice to think differently, so why not do it now and save some time?
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Sounds good, but I wouldn't know where to start. I'd want to make Gaz TV inc an ACTUAL corporation, right now it's just; Gaz, his TV and some ink.
lol

I'll try...

I'm just trying to get some money, and selling art of my charecters in sexual poses on other sites really does feel like I've sold out. But I'm sick of eating ramen, and I'm currently trying to get a degree in animation so I can move my wife and I out of this shoebox and I don't have the stability to "set up" this company and employ myself.
I barely have time to do my damn homework.
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Don't start with a corporation, start with a DBA (doing business as) Sole Proprietorship. Registering a DBA with your county is probably free, or it might cost $20 or so.

Don't do anything you don't want to do. I have never had to do porn commissions or anything. Depending on what kind of business stuff you are trying to do, your teachers may be able to give you sound advice, and you might be able to get class credit for doing stuff to get your business going.

Not knowing how is not an excuse. Think of what you want to know and Google it. You will find tons of free resources on the web. If I was in college now, I would not be trying to learn how to work for other people, I would be learning how to do what I wanted to do and start a small business. You can still get a job if you need one.

Try not to be so negative. Things will not always be this hard. But you have to fight to get what you want. No one's gonna give it to you. Stability is an illusion. Jobs fire employees all the time. I got laid off in September, and they stressed that I didn't do anything wrong, it was just a business decision to cut the size of my department. To save money.

But because I knew how to make money with my art, my wife and I didn't (quite) need to panic. So learn how to make money. PLEASE! Go to school and look for jobs, but take control of your art career. While you are in school, take at least one business class if they offer any. Tell the teacher what you want to do, and maybe he/she can keep it in mind and tailor your courses. Or go to a counselor at your school. I don't know... but it starts with changing your thinking.
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MuzikBocks Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can dig this!
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Artist
:nod:
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RobertTrujillo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Artist
Aaaangrry, i like it
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, Tres!
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Troppa-D Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah wow how fantastic this is. Quite the impact. :clap:
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Artist
Thank yaw, thank yaw :bow:
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1hope Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Amen to dat
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Artist
:nod:
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Roboworks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YES!!! I love this! Not poverty, but your art! Excellent design!
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, brudda!
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puma13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Amen to that!
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artist
:nod:
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erosarts Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent. Good statement and a powerful image.
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks. Just had to get that off my chest. LOL!
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GudFit Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional
uh huh! :-)
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artist
you know it :nod:
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JamesConway Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Digital Artist
I know thats right!
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samax Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artist
:nod:
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