File #1. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. It never fails to make me smile, in the 9 years I've been on dA (how the fuck it's been so long already?). Also thanks for the points, although I didn't know what to do with them other than to donate them to people who collect them for premium memberships.
File #2. Pretty obvious, but I don't spend much time on here any more. It's a combination of a burn-out after being ridiculously active everywhere around here for so long, including being a volunteer for 2 and a half year, and the changes to the website itself that have cut 75% of what I've been enjoying here the most. And also the fact that the submitting system pisses me off, compared to how fast and simple it is on tumblr or twitter... okay, that wasn't my intention to bitch about this here now. Or ever. I just stick elsewhere and avoid concerning myself about this.
File #3. So regarding elsewhere, this is my tumblr, and this is my twitter. I pretty much post the same things on both of those portals, but twitter obviously has a letter limit, plus I use it for training my Japanese. Which is around below 1st grade primary school.
File over 9000. I'm agender. You don't have to understand it, if you don't want to. You can ask about it whatever you want to know, as long as you aren't rude about it. The pronouns I prefer are the neutral they/them and the only thing I ask for is that you respect it. It's not like it's a harm to any of you anyway. I'm really, really tired of people referring to me as to a woman or a man. I've been tired of it for years. Sure, I didn't expect anyone would've known, but I also kept shut up about it because I didn't want to deal with pieces of shit who would have a good laugh at me. "Hurr durr that gender gender tumblr bullshit, you have gender in your pants". Frankly, I couldn't care less about anyone's stance on gender identities. I've had all the remaining fucks kicked out of me by people's shitty attitudes already. I'm so, so tired.
Oh, yeah. I like women only, by the way. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That's all. I hope 2017 has been better for you than for me and that the rest of it will be good, and that 2018 will finally knock down all that crap.
I really don’t like talking about personal issues but my financial situation right now is so crap that I’m going to post this. In my country, if you want to be self-employed, you’ve got to pay about 500PLN every month for the first two years - that’s on “discount” - and two years after registration it goes up to almost 1200PLN monthly, which is way more than I can afford. To give you perspective, minimum wage here is 1459PLN monthly this year, which is a bit more than 400USD. (And good luck making a living with that).
So. In October, my two years threshold is up. I’ll be closing my self-employment business before then, but I need to pay the obligatory monthly shit before I do that, and I have some of it overdue from July and August and after summing up all my savings (whooping 500PLN, yay), I’m still 800PLN short. That is almost 230USD.
(I also have full illustration commission info here)
The payment is via paypal only (unless you live in Poland, then it can also be a direct bank transfer).
Additional characters are, per 1 character: +6USD on portraits, +15USD on waist-up, +20USD on full-body.
Simple background (such as the starry sky behind the torso/waist-up dude) or the swirly things behind the orange one are +3USD on portraits, +6USD on waist-up, and +10USD on full-body.
Since those are painted/drawn on paper, I can also send them via mail. Details for that are discussed separately.
Payment via PayPal only (bank transfer if you live in Poland).
Really, please do not send me a note or a comment. Only email.
Other picture sizes and media can be discussed.
The prices below are for non-commercial, private collection type commissions only. I retain the copyrights. Commissioned pictures may be later assembled into printed artbooks, with proper credit given to the purchaser.
You can buy my drawings, prints, sketchbooks, bookmarks etc. in my Etsy Shop.
You can also get my prints on various things at my society6.
A5 (15 x 21 cm)
Ink: 120 USD
Graphite + watercolour/gouache: 180 USD
A4 (21 x 29 cm)
Ink: 150 USD
A3 (30 x 42 cm)
Ink: 330 USD
I used to be a part of one history reenactment group some time ago. Such groups basically reconstruct elements of daily life of people from a selected time period; my group was interested in early Middle Ages, from the 8th to the 11th century, from the Eastern and Northern Europe. Personally, I used to reconstruct a viking woman from today's Sweden areas. Most of you will be shocked, but vikings were not half-naked barbarians with horned helmets. They had no horned helmets. Really.
Anyway, my favourite part of reenactment has always been all the suit making. Buing materials, planning, cutting, sewing (hand sewing!), embroidering. Then, wearing. Generally, viking clothes are very easy to make, though I admit that the materials aren't the cheapest, if you want to make it as much accurate historically as you can.
I've prepared a simple tutorial about how to make a typical viking dress. As I've said, it's very easy to make, but it takes time, when you don't use a sewing machine. Up to 4-5 days. What do we need? I'll write about the historically accurate stuff.
(Click on the picture to view it full sized and to see descriptions)
Threads: linen, woolen or silk. No cotton. Cotton is historically accurate in the Middle Ages period reenactment, of course, but only if you reconstruct American history...
We'll also need scisors (oh really?), needle and a measure. And some free space on the floor. Pins would be nice, too, but not necessary.
As you can see, it couldn't be more simple. Remember that you need to adjust the lenghts to your body's shape. I'm not a tall person, so these measurements are just fine for me (if you're around 1m60, at least half of your measuring is done now). More or less – measure yourself from your shoulders below (not from your head; some help would be nice) and add 10-15 cm. Measure around your chest (not around the waist, we've got leather belts for these things!) and add 10 cm to each side of the back and front dress parts. Measure arms and add 10 cm, measure around arms (not forearms) and add 15 cm at least. Remember, it's better to add too much and then remove some than add too little and waste the cloth.
Take the wire, leave behind about 4-5cm and round the stone with it, tightly. Leave the 4-5cm again and cut the whole part off, like in the picture below. Now you know what length ou need, more or less 14-15 cm, depends on the stone. Use this piece of wire as a measure to cut more of them. Here I use 4, but it can be 2,3,5...
Gather them all together, find the middle and wrap the wire around, making the spiral not longer than 1cm. You don't need to cut off the wire before wrapping it, it would be a waste if you cut a too long piece.
Take the wires and wrap them around the stone, just like you did in the first step. Bend them to make a "neck" like in the picture below, twist them gently together as close to the stone as you can and save the connection with another spiral.