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My Grandma has

A special rock

It’s called a worry stone.

She’s worn  it smooth

throughout the years,

rubbed raw with wilting worry.

I have to wonder

how much worry

she’s had across her years

to wear a rock

that once was large

to one so small and smooth.

It makes me sad

To think of

My Grandma filled with worry;

But then I remember

The rock was worn

Over time across her story.

 

 

 

    I haven't uploaded anything in a long time, due to the fact that a) I still don't own a proper scanner to scan in my *good* art (much better than what's on here now, trust me) b) I still haven't quite mastered my Bamboo penpad (I don't call it a tablet as it had no screen, it's one of those draw but look at the computer screen dealios) and c) I haven't had much time to draw lately. 
    That said, I am still on my path as an art major (and a teacher someday hopefully if I don't find a better gig, which I doubt I will) and still in school, hence the lack of time. A classmate of mine recently approached me with a commission, and being an unemployed youth who lives in her parents' house and has no money or bank account of her own, I said I'd see what I cand do. I kinda thought it was just a casual thing "do it or don't it doesn't matter" but he's serious! He'll actually pay me to design a logo! 
    Now, this is the problem: other than my time crunch, I have NO IDEA how to price my work. I understand that it's really the time and supplies that determine the thing, but really, how much should I charge? I'm not a professional, I haven't taken any design classes yet, and if I do it digitally (which I probably won't, at least in the starting phase, as I still feel that a regular pencil affords more control) will that affect the price?? Anybody have any ideas? Or any useful links? If this goes well, I'll start doing more commissions, even through DA maybe (provided that I get some of my good stuff on here, because fucking computers man). It'd be nice to start making some pocket cash while I try to find some real employment somewhere.

    EDIT: my father suggests that as a nonprofessional beginner, I should charge $5 an hour. The client has offered $40 for the commission, which mathematically works out to eight hours (I dunno if I mentioned that I'm doing a logo for their small business, a sort of fighting/meditation dojo type thing based around the ways of the Force and the teachings of the Jedi and/or Sith. It's geeky, it's awesome, it's gonna be hard to avoid copyright infringement, but it's a real commission!! It's an actual business! :D) SO that works for now I suppose (because this is also  through a friend of mine, and we're all broke, I'm hesitant to take more money) but any advice I could get for the future or for the starting out phase would be much appreciated!
Omega Ruby/ Alpha Sapphire: Team Leaders by Cortanna117
Omega Ruby/ Alpha Sapphire: Team Leaders
The more realistic versions of Archie and Maxie. Still not as good as I would like, but at present it is impossible for me to get a decent scan/photo of any of my traditional drawings. I swear I'm better than this!!! I just can't prove it here! D:

Anyway, this is just a followup to the more cartoonish one. Done in Autodesk Sketchbook Express.
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Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: Team Differences by Cortanna117
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: Team Differences
This is something I put up on Tumblr. I'm still not too good with my tablet, but I will be following this up with a more realistic version of Archie and Maxie.

Maxie is a pain in the ass to draw.
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Larry and Spike Real Mature by Cortanna117
Larry and Spike Real Mature
A doodle of Larry and Spike, exploring faces. I realize that I forgot Spike's wings. Oh well.
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    I haven't uploaded anything in a long time, due to the fact that a) I still don't own a proper scanner to scan in my *good* art (much better than what's on here now, trust me) b) I still haven't quite mastered my Bamboo penpad (I don't call it a tablet as it had no screen, it's one of those draw but look at the computer screen dealios) and c) I haven't had much time to draw lately. 
    That said, I am still on my path as an art major (and a teacher someday hopefully if I don't find a better gig, which I doubt I will) and still in school, hence the lack of time. A classmate of mine recently approached me with a commission, and being an unemployed youth who lives in her parents' house and has no money or bank account of her own, I said I'd see what I cand do. I kinda thought it was just a casual thing "do it or don't it doesn't matter" but he's serious! He'll actually pay me to design a logo! 
    Now, this is the problem: other than my time crunch, I have NO IDEA how to price my work. I understand that it's really the time and supplies that determine the thing, but really, how much should I charge? I'm not a professional, I haven't taken any design classes yet, and if I do it digitally (which I probably won't, at least in the starting phase, as I still feel that a regular pencil affords more control) will that affect the price?? Anybody have any ideas? Or any useful links? If this goes well, I'll start doing more commissions, even through DA maybe (provided that I get some of my good stuff on here, because fucking computers man). It'd be nice to start making some pocket cash while I try to find some real employment somewhere.

    EDIT: my father suggests that as a nonprofessional beginner, I should charge $5 an hour. The client has offered $40 for the commission, which mathematically works out to eight hours (I dunno if I mentioned that I'm doing a logo for their small business, a sort of fighting/meditation dojo type thing based around the ways of the Force and the teachings of the Jedi and/or Sith. It's geeky, it's awesome, it's gonna be hard to avoid copyright infringement, but it's a real commission!! It's an actual business! :D) SO that works for now I suppose (because this is also  through a friend of mine, and we're all broke, I'm hesitant to take more money) but any advice I could get for the future or for the starting out phase would be much appreciated!

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Crystal Piper (Aven)
Artist | Student | Varied
United States
I am an art major in the local community college, from which I will hopefully transfer to a university. There I will get a teaching credential and teach Art in a high school setting. I sing and act when I can (though I really can't dance). I sculpt, write, draw, and take photographs. I usually use traditional media (particularly pencils) when I draw, though I need to practice with other media, particularly digital and paints.
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YouthfulIdealism Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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Cortanna117 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student General Artist
:D 
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IndianRain Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015   Photographer
thanks for the +fav :) (Smile)
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Cortanna117 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou kindly for the watch :D
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Cortanna117 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for making cool stuff!
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SpeculumHistoriae Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave! :ahoy:
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Cortanna117 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Somaritan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch and fave!
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