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The other day the Viking Prince informed me that he wants to be an artist like Mommy.  Now, of course this is terribly flattering, and the Mother part of me is proud as heck, but the Artist part is appalled.  (Or is it the other way around?  Mother, who wants Viking Prince to be safe and warm and fed and happy, is appalled, but Artist, who understands the call of these things, is proud?  Anyway.)  Art, as a hobby, is probably a lot of fun.  Art, as a job, is … well, it’s a job.

But business too

But business too

I bring this up because, what with one thing and another (i.e., life) my records got very much behind, and I have spent the last couple of hours struggling to bring them up to date.  “Records!” you scoff.  “What do records have to do with ART?”  And I reply, “Alas, the job of the freelance artist is not just to make pretty pictures that people enjoy (and enjoy enough to buy).  You must also communicate with clients, keep records of income and expense, pay taxes … in short, you must also run a business.”

This goes for writers, too, of course, and for a good rundown of what to expect as a self-employed creative person, head over to Patricia Wrede’s blog and look at the entries tagged “business.” She has been publishing novels for thirty-odd years now, and she’s a practical and apparently organized person who gives excellent advice.

“But look,” you object, “I got into art to get away from spreadsheets and all that boring stuff. Why should I bother about it?”

“Hey,” I respond, “you sound a lot like me!”

The thing is, life happens, and communications come at you from a bajillionty different directions at once, and when life is happening it’s hard (impossible!) to remember what you promised whom and when–and that’s why building good record-keeping habits from the start is a smart idea. So you don’t have to spend hours and hours much better spent making art catching up on your records.

If only I had reminded myself of these truths, oh … six months ago?

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This cast list makes Tetsuo angry!

Actual actors are apparently being considered for the Hollywood remake adaptation bastardization version of Akira.  Among them, Garrett Hedlund of Tron Legacy, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Keira Knightley.

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but to me, nothing says “warring biker gangs in a futuristic, cyberpunk version of Japan” like Keira Knightley and that guy from Tron.  Am I right?

(Also, aren’t the main characters high-school aged?  Does anybody buy the Tron dude as a high-schooler?  Even in this age of high school students as portrayed by late twenty-somethings?)

Hat tip: io9

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Blast From the Past

I thought it might be amusing to show some artwork that hasn’t seen the light of day in over a decade.

I drew this in 1999–because clearly, once my Magnum Opus was published, I would draw my own cover!  Right? Right?!

The colors have faded a lot in the past 12 years (egad), but you get the idea.  Bad anime rip-off style, no sense of anatomy, or of color theory, the ways in which this is badly done sort of boggle the mind.

It’s good to hang on to this kind of thing, though; it’s encouraging to look back and see, yes, in spite of what you may believe, you have improved.

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What isn’t?

A friend tipped me off to the lovely news of the live-action remake of Akira, set in New York, featuring a bunch of white guys.  Whaaaat?  Didn’t anybody learn anything from the Last Airbender casting debacle?  Said I, “Don’t you love Hollywood?”  Said he, “There is not enough no-ness in the word ‘no’ to convey my sense of no.”

Why call it Akira at all, at that point?  Why alienate fans by creating an all-white bastardization that has little to nothing to do with the original?

Coincidentally, I found an article on Cracked that totally explains.  (Is Cracked called “Cracked” because of its crack-like addictiveness?  You click on one article, and that’s it; your entire day is gone.  It’s as bad as TVTropes–to which I will not link.  You can find that vortex of time-suckage all on your own.)

It reminds me of that Dragonball movie a few years ago–you know, the one that had nothing whatsoever to do with Dragonball?  Sigh.  When will these people learn?  (A rhetorical question.  The answer: never.)

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