Yeah, a few people have linked me to this person.  That one piece of theirs leaves no doubt that they saw my manatee-fish at some point because they’ve basically recreated the species in their own style.
But they just did one (and like you said, all of their other work is pretty different), so maybe it was a one-time experiment. And while it is a creature I came up with, they at least didn’t copy my style.  So that falls in the realm of: No, I’m not crazy about it, but I’ll just keep an eye on it to make sure this artist doesn’t just veer into rip-off territory full time.  If I can NOT have to make an issue out of it, I much prefer that.

Yeah, a few people have linked me to this person.  That one piece of theirs leaves no doubt that they saw my manatee-fish at some point because they’ve basically recreated the species in their own style.

But they just did one (and like you said, all of their other work is pretty different), so maybe it was a one-time experiment. And while it is a creature I came up with, they at least didn’t copy my style.  So that falls in the realm of: No, I’m not crazy about it, but I’ll just keep an eye on it to make sure this artist doesn’t just veer into rip-off territory full time.  If I can NOT have to make an issue out of it, I much prefer that.

homemadehorrors

Anonymous asked:

This is probably going to be a useless note, but I would just like to inform you that I think your creations are incredibly inspiring. I have enough sculpting skill to create something -like- your creations rather than buying them and would probably rather do so (since making neat things for keeps is one of my drives in life), and even though I'd never try to outright copy you (and am unlikely to even sell my works), I wonder how you feel about just providing that seed of inspiration.

beastlies answered:

Wow, anon(s) bringing the complicated questions today.

This is another issue that most artists find themselves facing at some point.  Inspiring others feels awesome. It means a lot to me when people say that, and I think most creatives would agree with me.

But sometimes it crosses a line.  People go from being inspired to outright copying your work.  Sometimes they don’t even realize they’re doing it. I once emailed someone who had studied my designs and was attempting to make their own Beastlies.  It’s not always easy to find a polite way to send that “Please stop doing this so we don’t have to get lawyers in the mix” email, but I tried to encourage her to find her own style instead of just ripping off the style that I had spent six years creating and refining.  She responded by saying that her work looked like mine because “clay is a very limiting medium,” so she couldn’t possibly help making copies of Beastlies.  That kind of crazybrain bullshit nonsense becomes a real problem for artists: People can get SO inspired by one person’s work that they can’t see past it to ever work on anything that’s actually their own.

So you know… Make stuff! Have a great time! I’m delighted to have been inspiring in some way! But keep in mind that just not trying to copy someone isn’t always enough. You actually have to outright TRY NOT to copy other artists.  I do. Everyone does.  It’s an essential part of being a creative person. 

homemadehorrors:

Great answer to a complicated issue.

Its sometimes tough to define the differences between inspiration and emulation, but its important to keep trying to do just that.

Because I’ve been watching cooking shows while I paint, to me its a bit like having a brilliant meal at your favorite restaurant. It was amazing, and you’re inspired to cook. Brilliant!
Inspiration: You take a striking aspect of the dish (say, the use of a particular spice) and attempt to incorporate that into one of your own tried-and-true recipes.
Emulation: You attempt to re-create the dish in its entirety.

The food comparison breaks down here a bit in that most people don’t then hang out a shingle and proclaim themselves a professional chef with the same frequency as I’ve seen in the art community.

The origins of that dish you attempted to remake are a total mystery to you. It may have been based on the chef’s grandmother’s cooking, by childhood memories of similar meals with family and friends, informed by experimentation with ingredients and refined by education and endless practice.

In trying to emulate that piece, not only are you robbing yourself of the ability to grow through your own process, your copy will never have the ability to speak to people the way the original does because you’ve no earthly idea what’s gone into it…. and that process isn’t yours.

Saying ‘clay is a very limiting medium’ is like saying ‘there are only so many ways to make pasta’. Its as deluded as it is silly (and my Italian friend would probably throw something at you).

You absolutely have to actively try to find a distinct style for your own work. Actively trying to make something that is genuinely different (and no, gluing sparkles on someone else’s design doesn’t count - yes, someone tried that) is an important part of the process because it involves thinking critically about your work.

Ask some friends you can trust to be honest. Where possible, ask artists you admire for a critique (and be prepared to gracefully accept what they say).
Be inspired, but make sure the root of your work is still you.

Anonymous asked:

This is probably going to be a useless note, but I would just like to inform you that I think your creations are incredibly inspiring. I have enough sculpting skill to create something -like- your creations rather than buying them and would probably rather do so (since making neat things for keeps is one of my drives in life), and even though I'd never try to outright copy you (and am unlikely to even sell my works), I wonder how you feel about just providing that seed of inspiration.

Wow, anon(s) bringing the complicated questions today.

This is another issue that most artists find themselves facing at some point.  Inspiring others feels awesome. It means a lot to me when people say that, and I think most creatives would agree with me.

But sometimes it crosses a line.  People go from being inspired to outright copying your work.  Sometimes they don’t even realize they’re doing it. I once emailed someone who had studied my designs and was attempting to make their own Beastlies.  It’s not always easy to find a polite way to send that “Please stop doing this so we don’t have to get lawyers in the mix” email, but I tried to encourage her to find her own style instead of just ripping off the style that I had spent six years creating and refining.  She responded by saying that her work looked like mine because “clay is a very limiting medium,” so she couldn’t possibly help making copies of Beastlies.  That kind of crazybrain bullshit nonsense becomes a real problem for artists: People can get SO inspired by one person’s work that they can’t see past it to ever work on anything that’s actually their own.

So you know… Make stuff! Have a great time! I’m delighted to have been inspiring in some way! But keep in mind that just not trying to copy someone isn’t always enough. You actually have to outright TRY NOT to copy other artists.  I do. Everyone does.  It’s an essential part of being a creative person. 

Anonymous asked:

What causes the price to be so expensive? (not in a bad way im just curious)

It’s a fair question (when asked nicely), and it’s one that artists get a lot (though often asked not so nicely).

Pricing your art can be one of the more stressful parts of the job, especially when that art is your sole or main income.  There are a few main factors to consider:

First, materials.  Pretty basic logic there. How much did you spend to assemble the materials necessary?

Second, time. You basically have to work out what would be a good hourly wage for your work.  If you spend a bajillion hours on something, that has to be taken into account when you price it.

Third, knowledge/experience/expertise. This is the weird nebulous part of pricing.  You have to consider all the hours of practice, refinement, failures, and development that goes into each piece and your style and skill overall.  Magweno put it well in a response to someone on DA:

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Original art is expensive.  I actually had the Gubbin bases cast in resin because it means I can charge $125 for them instead of the higher price I would need to charge if I’d made each one from scratch without that base.  I had initially been hoping to sell each for a bit less, but I got too wrapped up in doing extra details on the paint job, so the hours I invested started to lengthen a bit.

Anyway, I hope that helps!

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I just got excited for you because you bought some cool minerals. Minerals rock! Those clusters on the left are so fun, I love how regular their arrays are while each specimen still remains different.

I love ‘em! I was really happy to find such charming specimens that would fit in my tiny little containers.  That blue one is so lovely it’s going to be hard to part with. :)

insanityisalliknow asked:

How do you set up the photos for your beastlies? You have very interesting set ups and backgrounds and I can't figure them all out! Do you make things to put in the background, or find random things? I MUST KNOW!!!!

Whoa! I didn’t figure they were very mysterious! :) I don’t often make the background props, I usually go out looking for stuff that I think will look good.  I like to use things that are pleasant or sweet and hopefully show a sense of scale.  So I come back to candy and cookies as background props pretty often. Last week I used ice cream cones, and I thought those turned out really cute! I’ll have to do that one again.

I also just have a box of little items that I reuse from time to time: Scrabble tiles, little paper drink umbrellas, crumpled pages from an old novel, and various pebbles and bits of wood.

NOW YOU KNOW!