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Smudged Inside Glass by JMShearer
Smudged Inside Glass
So, this is what I was talking about in my last post.  Funny thing of it is, the inside of the glass on my scanner looks like it got smudged somehow.  Not sure how that's possible, but it seems to be the case.  This was meant to be a night scene, so I think I'll try something that's not so heavy on the dark colors and the grey.

And another oddball thing here is that I tried to optimize the file size in ImageReady on my laptop and the file size actually went up, so I'm just going to share this version instead.
Kittygirl Number 61 by JMShearer
Kittygirl Number 61
One last kittygirl to get uploaded, just to clear out my "pending" folder.  Am having scanner issues all of a sudden.  Will have an example and an explanation in the very near future.
Kittygirl #59 by JMShearer
Kittygirl #59
Two of three for the night.  Also featured on my Half-Assed Art Blog:


Jesse Shearer
United States

A Few Passing Thoughts On dA...

Wed Aug 5, 2015, 1:20 PM
  • Mood: Uneasy
  • Listening to: Radio Dead Air
  • Watching: Classic Doctor Who -- 4th Doctor
  • Playing: Final Fantasy VI
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
There's a couple interesting things going on around the good ol' dA right now.  One's this "poster company" that's apparently horking people's art to sell as posters; the other's this whole "core" thing dA itself is doing.

I'll deal with the poster thing first because I have fewer and easier to explain thoughts on that.  I'm not going to name names or post links here because it's one of those things where the errant party in this case is already getting plenty of attention just from doing things that are both wrong and illegal, and I'd actually like to get that number down so they wind up going out of business.  I can understand why those artists in particular got their work targeted, of course.  They do good work.  And that's all the more reason it should not be stolen and re-purposed for someone else's gain.  I'd link to a journal that talks more in depth about this, but I made the same kind of stupid mistake I usually do and deleted them all before I started writing this journal and can't find one quick now that I need it.  I am, however, sure that most folks reading this follow at least one person who's had this happen.

I've also been seeing quite a lot of journals about this "core" thing dA started doing within the last week or so, from what I can tell.  Nearest I can tell from what I've read so far is that it's pretty much been an excuse to bump the subscription prices up.  The business reasons behind that are not entirely beyond me.  After all, they need people, components, and services to maintain  the various bits and pieces of infrastructure that make the site work and to kinda-sorta enforce the site and company policies the way they do, and all that takes money, be it so they can pay folks to do their jobs, or for electricity and server space, and whatnot.

At the same time, though, I really do find myself wondering if all this has seriously gotten to the point where it's gonna cost the average subscriber a minimum of US$50 a year to keep the place running as is.  Technically, I really didn't have the cash to throw around on renewing my subscription at the old rate, but did it anyway because I thought there was still some benefit to spending that money.  I'm hoping I don't have to pay any more for the remaining 21 months of that renewal, because I sure as hell don't have the money now if I didn't have it before.

So, as it stands, dA's got like a year and nine months to convince me that it's worth the new price they're asking for a subscription.  In the meantime, I'm going to be working on ways to get my income up, just so I can afford to live without going broke, and maybe even keep my subscription here current.

In the meantime, I'm not holding my breath, and it sounds like there are a lot of people who think the same.


Hey, want something useful that just happens to have my art on it? Check out my Cafe Press site at . Any and all purchases would be much appreciated.

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chryssv Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hi there! ^^ Just came here to thank you personally for your support! :3 Hope my future paintings wont dissapoint you! :3

Feel free to check my Facebook page as well for wips, sketches and videos! 
I would be more than happy if you do! ^^ ->
IceWulf77 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for watching me. Lemme know if there's anything you'd like to see more of. ;3
TheRoflCoptR Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the +watch, pal!
I'll be sure to make it worthwhile :D
JMShearer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
I look forward to it!
TheBizarreSuite Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Thank you so much for watching me <33333 I really appreciate it QuQ <3
JMShearer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
TF-Circus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks for the watch!
JonUriah Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for taking the time to follow my work here on deviantART! If you still have time, please also consider following my work on social media! :)
JMShearer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Looks like interesting stuff there, too!  Following you there, too.
claudio51 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch!
You're welcome to the World of the Spheres!
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