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    A few years ago, an artist friend and I were chatting, and he mentioned that exposure alone isn't all that valuable to artists, especially ones who have honed their craft to a point where their work is considered desirable. The reason he cited was the fact that there is a veritable legion of people out there who want to avail themselves of the artist's services but who either cannot or do not wish to pay for them. People who would be offended if someone suggested they should go and flip burgers for hours for no pay are all too happy to assume that someone who has spent years getting good at something has nothing better to do than draw for them for nothing.
    I like to think that no one (at least no one who knows me) would take me for one of those people. That being said, there is still room in the world for charity. Another friend of mine has started a dog rescue organisation down in the Atlanta, Georgia area. They endeavour to get homeless dogs from "kill shelters" and re-locate them to loving homes and foster homes while they await permanent homes. They have recently secured their business licence and finally had their facility inspected as being safe for the housing of animals. While their appeal for funds to help run the project is ongoing, they currently have a need for a website designer willing to donate their time to putting together the internet "face" of their non-profit enterprise.
    I'm hoping that someone reading this either has some skills in the area of webpage design or knows someone who does and who would be willing to help these folks out. If this could be you, please drop me a line and I'll put you in contact with Jessica and Scott, the folks running the new dog shelter. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help, or who is willing to help spread the word in hopes of finding someone who can.
I keep hearing folks complain about how the gaming industry is milking us all like cows, clawing every last hard earned penny they can from us. DLC is almost profanity in this brave new world, as we whine about how we used to be able to buy a game and get the game rather than buying a disk and then downloading (and paying extra for) half the content.
Before we get too hard on the folks trying to make a living making the games we love to play though, how about we take a look at what we're really paying and how those prices have changed over the years.
Back when I was a lad, and Atari ruled the gaming world with old faves like Missile Command, Asteroids, and Pac Man, the game system cost close to $200, or 1-2 weeks' pay for a working adult. For the price of 20 of those decks, you could have purchased a new car. The games for the old Atari ran about $20 each, or roughly a days' pay. Just for reference, 35 cents would buy you a gallon of gas, and $15k would buy you a small family home in a major city (after you paid off your 20 year mortgage).
Now, fast forward around 40 years, and we're griping that a game costs $85 or so after we've paid for all the DLC that didn't come with the $55 sticker price. Let's think about this for a moment. How outrageous is it to charge $85 for a video game? Is it reasonable to expect a game to cost $55? Considering that a student working part-time at McDonalds is making close to $100/day and gas has gone up tenfold (expenses that the manufacturers of games are facing, having to pay salaries considerably higher than minimum wage for their artists, designers, etc), I think it's pretty silly to make the manufacturers grovel for less profit on their product than they got when a game character could easily be represented by a couple of dozen black dots on a white screen.

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Lamplighter1968
Stanley A. Westhaver
Canada
Current Residence: Langara Point Lighthouse
Favourite genre of music: Country and oldies
Favourite style of art: animé
Operating System: Win98
MP3 player of choice: Megg
Shell of choice: abalone or cowry
Wallpaper of choice: ...I prefer paint...semi-gloss latex...
Skin of choice: soft and smooth...especially on a moonlit beach...
Favourite cartoon character: Chun Li, of course
Personal Quote: A friend is someone who stands beside you even when you're in a tight spot.
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    A few years ago, an artist friend and I were chatting, and he mentioned that exposure alone isn't all that valuable to artists, especially ones who have honed their craft to a point where their work is considered desirable. The reason he cited was the fact that there is a veritable legion of people out there who want to avail themselves of the artist's services but who either cannot or do not wish to pay for them. People who would be offended if someone suggested they should go and flip burgers for hours for no pay are all too happy to assume that someone who has spent years getting good at something has nothing better to do than draw for them for nothing.
    I like to think that no one (at least no one who knows me) would take me for one of those people. That being said, there is still room in the world for charity. Another friend of mine has started a dog rescue organisation down in the Atlanta, Georgia area. They endeavour to get homeless dogs from "kill shelters" and re-locate them to loving homes and foster homes while they await permanent homes. They have recently secured their business licence and finally had their facility inspected as being safe for the housing of animals. While their appeal for funds to help run the project is ongoing, they currently have a need for a website designer willing to donate their time to putting together the internet "face" of their non-profit enterprise.
    I'm hoping that someone reading this either has some skills in the area of webpage design or knows someone who does and who would be willing to help these folks out. If this could be you, please drop me a line and I'll put you in contact with Jessica and Scott, the folks running the new dog shelter. Thank you in advance to anyone who can help, or who is willing to help spread the word in hopes of finding someone who can.

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Sarieu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Really glad you like your commission *^-^*
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
:-)
I hope it won't be the last!
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Sarieu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
same here! 
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Great to hear! I already have the next project in mind (basically the flip side of the first one....after the battles are over, Morrigan is thanking the player who helped her), so just putting money aside. I'm usually a lot more indulgent with commissions and typically spend a few hundred a month on art, but I just bought a new truck and fifth wheel travel trailer and I'm saving up to take my Mother on a vacation across Canada, so I'm pinching pennies for the next couple of years. So, I'll be hitting you up about the next project in a month or so :-)
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TheWolfBunny Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Taking art requests?
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Me? I'm not artist. Sadly, I have to pay other people copious amounts of money to create art for me :-)
I know plenty of top notch artists though, whom I hire regularly, so if you tell me what you're after, I can possibly point you in the direction of someone who can help.
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apo-cat-lypse Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Happy Birthday. :thumbsup:
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thank you!
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perzianverzian Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Happy Birthday!!
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Lamplighter1968 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thank you!
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