Author Archives: Kami

About Kami

cat. :3

“Art is a Free Hobby!”

please click through for the original image! used with permission.

Time and time again, I come across people who don’t believe that artists and designers should be paid for their time. “How desperate must they be,” some say, “to charge for something other people offer for free?” Or, one of my favourites, “It’s a hobby, why should I pay for something someone enjoys doing?” Or, as I heard just today, “Well if the [client] isn’t making money from it, why should they pay?”

So let’s talk about this.

It seems difficult for a lot of people to grasp the concept of value in non-tangible items, so I’ll try to make this simple. When you pay for art — whether it’s a drawn, written, painted, or designed — you are paying for two things:

• the final product


• the cost of production

The cost of production varies between mediums. Sometimes it includes a physically tangible cost, such as buying cardstock for sketch cards, or sculptor’s clay for a model, or paints for a watercolour. Sometimes, there is no physically tangible cost (such as in digital artistry or web design).

But there is always the cost of time and effort. A piece of art can take a couple of days on average — often more! — during which time the artist could be doing something else.

That is the key here. You are paying for the time and effort that goes into the piece(s) you have requested. You are paying them to be spending time on you and your project instead of using that time to make money elsewhere. You are paying the artist to not only deliver a product, but for the process and effort of making the product, as well as — don’t forget — dealing with YOU.

Refusing to pay for artwork because it is someone’s hobby is like saying that anyone that enjoys what they do should not be paid. Refusing to pay for artwork tells an artist that you like their art enough to have some, but it is still worth absolutely nothing  to you. Refusing to pay for artwork because other people offer it for free means you think that artists are not free to set their own value.

Is art a hobby? Yeah, it sure is! But it is also our business. Our business is not automatically free because we enjoy what we do. Our business is not automatically free because we could be spending time doing a similar thing for ourselves.

When art is done as a personal hobby, the artist is doing it for their own satisfactioneven if the final product is gifted to someone else. When art is done as a business, it is done for the satisfaction of someone else.

Leave a comment

Posted by on March 4, 2013 in art, opinions


Tags: , , , ,

[Things I Love Thursday] 02.07.2013

I'm Isabela, previously "Captain" Isabela. Sadly, without my ship the title rings a bit hollow.

I’m Isabela, previously “Captain” Isabela. Sadly, without my ship the title rings a bit hollow.

Another mostly good week. It’s still tense, but it’s a manageable sort. i’m trying to stay positive, which admittedly isn’t successful 100% of the time, but I’m definitely noticing myself try and put myself in a positive mood even if someone or something irritates me.

Quote: “Happiness is something we reap from the seeds we sow. Plant misery seeds and that us what you reap.” ― Stephen Richards

♥ dragon age 2 ♥ sanrio ♥ when josh does things for me that i don’t ask for  (like download me a hello kitty game asdlkjsad) ♥ when one of my art posts gets positive feedback ♥ temperatures that are just right ♥ pork chops ♥ jasmine rice ♥ thai iced tea ♥ my stuffed rabbit ♥ lounging about in my pants ♥ [my imaginary girlfriend]  isabela ♥

Leave a comment

Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Things I Love Thursday


Tags: , ,

You’re Such a Teenager!

How DARE you suggest I'm between the ages of 13 and 18!

How DARE you suggest I’m between the ages of 13 and 18!

One of the things I hate the most in our society is how we collectively dump on the Teenage Experience. If you want to insult someone, tell them they’re behaving like a teenager — watch as they sputter, indignantly protesting that whatever is happening is nothing like How Teenagers Handle Things. They’re so much wiser now, they’re adults.

And as adults, there seems to be a point in everyone’s lives where they become the Guru of Teenage Years, benevolently bestowing boatloads of wisdom to all peoples under the legal adult age, keen on saving them from emotional turmoil and foolish decisions. When I was a teenager, they’ll say, their voice tinged with enlightenment, this was my experience, so you shouldn’t do whatever it is you’re planning and just learn from my mistakes. After all, you and I are exactly alike; the same thought process, the same personality, and identical life experiences down to the last detail.

Then the teen receiving this boon of knowledge from the heavens nods seriously, returns to the righteous and intelligent path of life, narrowly avoiding emotional and social experience that would’ve otherwise scarred them forever if not for the grace of the Guru.

does not compute

does not compute

Wait, what? What do you mean that doesn’t happen? You can’t be serious; teenagers have the capacity for critical thinking and enough autonomy to make their own decisions? What kind of upside-down world are you living in? Am I living in? Gosh, I need a moment.

Teenage autonomy seems to be a foreign concept to many people; it’s an unthinkable, impossible idea that anyone between the ages of thirteen and eighteen is capable of making decisions based on their own analysis and perception of the situation. If a teenager makes a decision an adult finds questionable, it’s immediately excused — it’s your hormones, you’re too young, you don’t understand, you’re not thinking clearly, you’ll regret this when you’re older, what’s the matter with kids these days? No one takes you seriously when you’re a teenager; remember, they’ve already navigated through those awkward years and since it’s all a universal experience, they know what’s best for you.

Especially in matters of love.

I participated in a conversation last night where the opening poster — a thirteen year old girl — was asking for help with her soon-to-be long distance relationship. Now, very little information was given; she and her fourteen year old boyfriend had been dating a few weeks, were in love, but boyfriend was moving out-of-state at the end of the school year. They had already decided that they were not going to break up, and she wanted help with navigating the tricky seas of the LDR.

Predictably, several people replied with patronising explanations of how they weren’t really in love, they were “in lust”, and they had their whole lives ahead of them, why waste it on a long distance relationship that was bound to fail? You’re too immature for this, they told her. You don’t know what you’re doing. Save yourself the heartbreak, trust me, I’ve been there. It’s hard enough to be in a long distance relationship when you’re an adult, it will be impossible for you, you’re only thirteen.

When I posted in support of her decision, along with some advice that would help her handle being in a long-distance relationship and that it was okay if things didn’t work out, the proverbial shit hit the fan. How dare I give her the advice she asked for? I should be dissuading her from even being in the relationship at all! It will end in heartbreak, which is something to avoid at all costs! She shouldn’t even waste her time! The guy’s probably scum anyway, he’s dated other people before.

The amount of rationalisation for this mindset was astounding: teenagers aren’t suited for relationships like this because they get jealous and manipulative; she shouldn’t be in a relationship that might cause heartbreak; she should wait until she’s over 19 (how this number was decided, I’m not sure) so she can experience REAL love, not the teenage facsimile of it; because she’d spiral into a suicidal depression (because that’s what happens to teenagers nowadays who get heartbroken).

an actual message sent to me about this topic.

an actual message sent to me about this topic.

It hurts my head. When did teenagers become less than real people? When did their emotions stop being valid?  Why are adults as a group so quick to dismiss any event in a teenager’s life as irrelevant and/or hormone-induced and not as “real” as those experienced by people ages 18 and up?

Look: just because something isn’t going to be relevant in a of couple years doesn’t diminish its importance in the moment. Just because the love you feel when you’re 13 isn’t the same as the love you feel when you’re 35 doesn’t mean it’s not love. Just because no one is going to care in ten years if Suzie and Celia showed up in the same dress during winter formal that one year doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to be mortifying and a socially ostracising event.

The teen years are a formative point in peoples’ lives. These are the years, in western society, that we begin to learn how to navigate through social nuances, how to deal with massive letdowns and disappointing relationships (romantic or otherwise). You learn how to love, how to be friends, how to be enemies, what your personal and social boundaries are. You learn how to juggle social minutiae in conjunction with daily activities. You learn how to have emotions while trying to keep a clear head. You learn how to lose your temper. You learn.

By shoving this holier-than-thou, adults-know-best pseudo-advice down teenagers’ throats, you’re trying to deprive them of learning experiences and relationships that will make their current lives and future selves fulfilling.  By saying that their love is actually lust, you instil the thought that love and lust are mutually exclusive events, thus barring the opportunity to learn how to distinguish between the two emotions at all. You’re saying that they should listen to you even though you are not them, you are not in their now, and you don’t have to deal with what they face on a daily basis anymore (if ever). They’re not going to turn 18, 19, 20, whatever arbitrary you’ve deemed as being ‘adult’ and suddenly be one with the universe and therefore qualified to make decisions about their lives. They have to learn, have to go through the whole process of growing up — just like you did, and just like I did.

So stop hating on teenagers. Don’t forget, you were one too.

Leave a comment

Posted by on February 5, 2013 in opinions


Tags: , , , , , ,

[Things I Love Thursday] 01.31.2013

i'm commander shepard, and this is my favourite post on the Citadel.

I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite post on the Citadel.

(Delayed cross-post to wordpress) I’m glad that I’ve kept this up, I really am. Things are looking better all around for me this week. I know thinking positive didn’t directly influence the outcome of what’s been happening, but it helped me face things head-on.

Quote: “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” ― Stephen Richards

♥ mass effect 1 ♥  working on concept art ♥ not running out of things to read ♥ learning new art skills ♥ ground turkey and rice with veggies ♥ pancakes ♥ cold water ♥ finding a new video game i enjoy ♥ cuddling with josh ♥ josh’s beardybeard ♥ impromptu mcdonald’s in the middle of the night ♥ getting broken things to work again ♥

Leave a comment

Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Things I Love Thursday


Tags: , ,

[Things I Love Thursday] 01.24.2013

original otp <3

original otp <3

Hey, look, a TILT post that’s actually on a Thursday! Good job, Kami. This week — the last two days, especially — have been incredibly hard. This post is a huge struggle to fill, but I definitely need it.

Quote: “The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” ― Stephen Richards

♥ cats ♥ kenshin x kaoru ♥ being with josh ♥ fresh oranges ♥ a cup of coffee in the morning ♥ a comfortable bed ♥ the scent of josh’s skin ♥ editing pictures in photoshop ♥ the cat who… book series ♥ successfully finishing a video game ♥ unexpected good fortune ♥ massages ♥ overcast weather ♥

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Things I Love Thursday


Tags: , ,

[Things I Love Thursday] 01.17.2013

kiss, kiss, fall in love!

kiss, kiss, fall in love!

A day late again due to not feeling well yesterday and yet again losing track of the days. I’m still not 100% but I really need to remind myself of the good in my life lately because things are really frustrating right now.

Quote: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” ― Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

♥ going to the library ♥ finding new authors i enjoy ♥ planning new projects ♥ spicy-sour crisps ♥ things that are purple ♥ once upon a time ♥ belle/rumplestiltskin ♥ rolling around in feels ♥ the japanese language ♥ learning new skills ♥ finding the right temperature to be comfortable ♥ lime shrimp ramen ♥ femshep ♥ kyouya outori ♥

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Things I Love Thursday


Tags: , ,

[Things I Love Thursday] 01.11.2013

world shaking!

world shaking!

Except, yanno, a day late. For some reason I’m a day behind and thought today was Thursday. Whoops! But I really want to keep on with having a positive attitude, even if it’s getting harder and harder for me to have one.

Quote:  “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― JRR Tolkien

♥ gingers ♥ pizza ♥ redoing an art piece and seeing improvement ♥ getting my friends into my fandoms ♥ pokémon ♥ christmas tree lights ♥ microfiber cloth ♥ the smell of baking bread ♥ gangnam style ♥ mass effect ♥ ouran high school host club ♥ sailor uranus / tenoh haruka ♥

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Things I Love Thursday


Tags: , ,