A bit of a history buff who also draws and games. Personal blog is a mix of Elder Scrolls, various anime, inspiration and the odd thing that makes me laugh.
my favorite hobby is drawing as many weird expressions as i can on the one character who covers up 99% of their face
The coyote who carries the river is a piece of headworld folklore I’ve developed surrounding Ruanhai’s main waterway.
In a time of great drought, there was a coyote who was so confident in his ability to find water in the ground, he boasted to the sky he did not need to rely on the rain for his drink.The coyote who cackled at the god of rain was made to carry a river on his back. Cursed by this god of fertility, wherever he ran Ruanhai’s river was left in his footsteps, and as he paced its canyon was worn into the earth itself.
Kind of a cheap ‘ahaha look we can explain desert geography’ sort of myth. It originated in Ruanhai’s Marazuli culture and is shared by many storytellers as a piece of local lore. There is a bit of superstition surrounding the coyote of the river, many nomadic traders believe him to be an angry spirit of some form or another. Often storytellers from their troops will weave their own tales of him as they tell the original legend. Those who claim to spot him have often mentioned glowing orbs and glimpses of a coyote by the water with heavy cataracts in each eye. Some say he had the river strapped to his back, some say tied, others claim it has been fused in place of his missing tail, and many just leave it up to imagination. I say the hell with it let’s strap this baby on with bark and moss/algae and shit, we’re by the water anyway this is fertility god stuff.
Anyway this was a fun little muse! I might draw him again in the future c:
Who’d ya want beaten’ up boss?
Petition to have big beefy khajit-cathay in the next elder scrolls game because Khajit are super diverse yo and brilliant hand to hand fighters.
Dorian’s relationship with the Iron Bull is interesting. The Qunari have been at war with the Tevinter Imperium for centuries, after all, and the fact that neither Dorian nor Iron Bull are typical of their people makes for an intriguing arc.
you have my interest
I think one of the most fundamental misapprehensions people have about the value of commissions is that no one really gets told how mass production defrays costs to the consumer. So, when they see the prices for custom artwork online, they expect the retail prices they see in stores, and it doesn’t work like that.
You go to the poster section at wal-mart. There’s an amazing poster there. It’s got dragons. It’s got wizards. It’s huge. It’s, what, 12 bucks? Awesome, good deal. You can afford that. It’s as much as three or four cheeseburgers, dang, that’s some serious amounts of art.
You go on the internet. Some asshole wants 12 bucks for a crappy sketch of one character sort of standing there. What the fuck? It looks like crap. It’s nothing compared to the poster you just bought from a store. If that dragon poster is worth 12 bucks, this dumbass sketch should be one buck. Maybe fifty cents. That’s if you’re being generous. You don’t even get a print, it’s just going to be a file on your computer, it’s not even actually real! What a rip off.
The thing is, that sketch took an hour, or two hours, or maybe even four hours. The artist drew it for a fraction of minimum wage. Drawing is hard. It took thousands of hours and a really special kind of dedicated self loathing to learn to do that. It might have taken thousands of bucks of tuition money, which means semesters, which means years of early mornings and late nights and maybe even some crying here and there.
Your dragon poster was not made by a guy who got paid 12 bucks. Your awesome dragon poster was made by a guy who got paid hundreds of bucks. Maybe thousands. Because a company paid him, and then turned around and made even more thousands of dollars off that artwork, by selling instances of it to multiple people, 12 bucks at a time. It’s called mass production, and it leaves the general public with no real clue as to the sheer amount of time and effort and skill that goes into every single thing they can buy for the price of a couple cheeseburgers.
Artists who work on commission don’t generally have the advantage of mass production. Every picture is made new and custom for each client. Instead of charging the hundreds of dollars an hour a professional artist could ask for from a company, we’re asking for just enough to get by, and sometimes a hell of a lot less than that. Because it’s what people will pay, because it’s what they think art is worth, because it’s what a lot of young, naive, desperate artists are willing to agree their art is worth, and because there’s always going to be some kid who thinks they’re being ripped off because they don’t really get what they’re being asked to pay for.
I should have some pithy and clever thing to say here to wrap it up but all I can think to say is basically the whole situation is sad and scary and I hope eventually we’ll all have a better way to deal with each other, and everyone will be a lot clearer on what it takes to do art and to get art.