Tapas Tipping | Friday is #HisameReview

Every Friday I feature some of the products, services and machines I use in my projects. Let’s help each other find the best things for our hobbies or businesses! \(^o^)/ Use #HisameReview to find more recommendations.

Ok so this week I’m reviewing the new tipping feature from Tapastic and conclusion is:
it’s AWESOME!

Bellow I’ve made a little visual tutorial to hopefully better explain to you how it works:

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And bellow you can see the tips GamerCat‘s creator is making in Tapastic, I love GamerCat so I’m super happy to be supporting Samantha Whitten (the creator). All tips are public  and you can’t tip yourself but you can tip others. The tipping feature is only available on the app version of Tapastic.

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Hope I’ve answered your questions, but if you have more questions feel free to ask!

And thank you very much to all those who have tipped me, it is a great help to get these tips. Now I can finish all the projects I have faster and keep going with future projects as well.

Hugz,

Hisame

 

 

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HisameMerch giveaway – Sponsored by Teepublic

Hi friends! As you remember from last week Teepublic is sponsoring my Black Friday merchandise giveaway!
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I love giving gifts and I want to thank you all for your ongoing support for my projects and with their help I can give you a printed T-shirt, mug or notebook with one of my designs, at your choice! Bellow are some examples but you can go to the shop for the full list and if you like one of my design but can’t find it in my Teepublic shop let me know and I’ll upload it if it’s not available yet.

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In order to enter the giveaway make sure to go to my Gleam link and share the event! Each account share or subscription is a entry. The winner will be announced next week so follow my artist pages for updates.

I made a little video tutorial for you if you have trouble figuring out how the event works.

And if you have any questions or suggestions you can hop over to my Facebook event for more information and as always feel free to write your thoughts in the comment bellow.

Good luck!!!

Hurrah! I just became a Teepublic affiliate

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Hi everyone! So I’m happy to announce that I was just made a Teepublic  affiliate. All these banners were made by them especially for me!

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For those of you that don’t know, Teepublic is a print on demand service provider and part of the CollegeHumor and Vimeo group. They have apparel, office merchandise and art prints on various types of canvas.

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Now what is an affiliate you may ask? Well it’s an artist invited to join the affiliate program and if he joins he’ll get extra visibility though their “featured artist” section (and you do need to have min. 15 prints to apply for that)…aaand if you’re the artist in question, most importantly,  you get an additional 11% from your sales on top of the 20% you get by default.

So that is a 30% cut , who gives you more? I know Society6 gives me 10% for merchandise and I can set my rate for the big art prints and they have discount events and art events so I’m happy with them.

RedBuuble on the other hand you can set the cut how much you want for all prints, it will just increase the base price.  Also Redbubble doesn’t do much of anything to promote artists…no featured list, no curators, they don’t police for art thieves and don’t even get me started on Zazzle and Etsy…and there is more but I’ll rant another time. This post is about Teepublic and

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get this, the T-shirts are 14$! So the extra cut you get as a creators doesn’t mean higher prices for the consumer as the T-shirts are cheaper than what is the normal price for these in the west. I’ve only seen lower prices for P.O.D. companies in Asia where a T-shirt I design can be 8$ without my cut or 10% cut but the shipping for custom items is big from there to here so it depends where you live. Conclusion of this  horrible horrible math: Teepublic is a good deal.

And an extra bit of good news is that on top of the “3 days new print discount” they also organize site-wide discounts periodically. So subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss the extra discounts!

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Either you’re a designer yourself or one of my fans, you can get your loved ones some personalized merchandise at your doorstep.
Take care everyone and if you have any questions, feel free to write them in the comment section bellow.

Watercolor products | Friday is #HisameReview

Every Friday I feature some of the products, services and machines I use in my projects. Let’s help each other find the best things for our hobbies or businesses! \(^o^)/ Use #HisameReview to find more recommendations.

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Watercolor Review
Stabilo: are awesome fine-point pens that can be blended  with water and they come in  diverse nuances if you purchase the bigger packs.
Staedler:  watercolor pencils are smooth and vibrant, bendable, they last a long time and come in numerous mate nuances. If you’re looking for metallic watercolor pencils then search for  Derwent pencils.
Canson: is a brand of great absorbent specially dedicated watercolor paper. It’s thicker than normal paper and you can still feel the fibers and the sheets come  in many sizes.

For more info you can also visit:
Tsu –> http://www.tsu.co/Hisame_Artwork/photos
Youtube –> https://www.youtube.com/c/HisameArtwork
Patreon–> https://www.patreon.com/HisameArtwork

 

I am now on Patreon!

Yu! Hu ! I am super happy , Patreon is now international!

The goal is : to make a video game with Ernest the Blue Bunny

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For this I have to raise enough money to make at least one of the two games I have planned for Ernest.  Depending on your support we will decide together as a community what games you want. The money raised will go toward paying the programmer (and buy sound effects is necessary) as I will do all the graphics for this: sprites, GUI, background etc.

You can select what amount you want to pledge each month or just give one donation and the rewards differ depending on the amount. It’s my first time using Patreon so if there are any issues message me and we will fix it!

Also you should get this thank you message once you’ve become a patron :

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You guys know I always listen to you and you’ve always loved and supported my work, and so I  thank you so much for all your support so far and don’t forget to use the hashtag #HisameOCL to see what new events and prizes I have for you! No matter what channel you follow me on I give out prizes at all my milestones (^_~)

Together we’re growing!

Hugz,

Hisame

 

Why we become artists?

While there is a significant difference between painters, graphic designers, rappers , opera singers and so on money is probably a concern for all at various points in life. So why did we choose this life?

I chose this path  because I loved knowledge and learning new things since I was little and I’ve always been better at drawing than everyone around me. So I decided that it was a good indication I had a talent for drawing.

I had and still have various artists in my family and while they aren’t starving they are not billionaires either. The older ones have stable secure jobs that allow them to raise a family and “in this economy” a accountant or cashier is no safer than an artist from what I can tell. I believe we as a society place too much emphasis on financial success and not enough on growing and what we can universally agree on, becoming a good person.

At the end of high school you are told to make a life defining choice. If your parents are very involved in your life then they will make choices for you or at least steer you in the apparent right direction. If not, congratulations! They either don’t care or they consider you an independent adult…good luck! But it’s not all doom and gloom and panic, you’re as smart as you’ll ever be now, though not as wise, that comes with age but you are smart enough to know you don’t have time to waste. You really don’t and here is a little video to cheer you up:

While science though the advances in technology helps improve our physical standard of life  art can in many ways improve our mental, emotional, call it even spiritual standard of life. Artists are still  needed and because of their curiosity, creativity , sensibility and all around craziness they achieve something that other people don’t  want to achieve. And that is good and normal and hopefully someday we will have enough robots  to do our mind-numbing work for us so that we can all be as creative and crazy as artists, that all accountants, doctors and engineers won’t  have to spend time doing practical things and can focus on inventing new things all the time!

Creativity is a integral part of ourselves and we seem to be hardwired to want to to things better, more efficiently, to perfect and improve what we’ve discovered or invented. I believe we only loose if we snuff that out and just try to get more obedient and mindless employees instead of motivated and enthusiastic people  . Here is an interesting article from BBC – Earth on why we are the only species of hominid to have survived. It delves among other topics into the implications of art in easing communications between different people and how tool using and developing multiple ways of solving problems helped us survive.

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Now coming back to out discussion about careers. Since I am a “melancholic” I like making lists because it helps me organize my thoughts and I feel that I’m making more informed decisions. Therefore when I was in my last year of high school I made a list to help me choose a career in life. When I was little I wanted to be happy when I grew up, if that meant being a doctor, a firefighter or a princess it was fine by me.
So here is my career list:

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I wasn’t very good at “serious” math so physicist was out of the question and gutting fish and chasing them around isn’t as fun in reality as they make it out to be on TV . The way I see it if you don’t like something you’re never going to be truly good at it and in consequence you’re pay will reflect that.

Also another thing I took into consideration was the group of people I would be a part of. To me animation and illustration offered the creative outlet I was looking for and the community I would fit in. I ended up getting two degrees because my parents were afraid I would starve to death as  some relatives had. Funny enough I was the add ball out at Marketing school because I didn’t care that much about money  and had more philosophical and moral concerns about my work that seemed pointless to most of them and at Film school I was odd because I did care to much about money and other people’s opinions and I wasn’t creative enough.  You just can’t please everyone and there is no point in denying that  you can’t make great works of art anywhere anytime with just the sweat of your brow. The cold facts are you need money and people, not just time, talent and skill. DaVinci and Turner had patrons and the Lord of the Rings trilogy employed a nation almost. So where you could fit in all of this if you wanted to be a part of it is up to you, just ask yourself some questions and I’m sure you’ll figure it out!

If it was of help to you please leave a comment as to why, also I’d love to know why you became an artist. I never saw it as a romantic way of life it was more that I feared hating my job and all that that would imply. I could never hate drawing, not even if I did flyers and buttons for McDonalds.