Alita Fan Art Contest: To Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of r/alitabattleangel
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Alita Fan Art Contest: To Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of alitabattleangel
Calling All Fan Artists: Alita Needs You!
Artists wanted for hazardous mission to the Badlands outside of Iron City, no wages, constant attacks by mutants, bandits and the Zalem Ground Investigation Bureau, long weeks of arduous effort, hunger, thirst, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.
Starts January 28th and Ends February 14th ****NEW*** Extended to the end of the month: February 28th
- You have until February 14th to submit your fan art before 11:59PM EST.
- Fan art consists of art inspired by the movie, manga or OVA as well as music.
- All fan art must be family friendly (PG-13) as there are members who are under 18.
- Artists may make multiple submissions. In case of too many submissions we may ask the artist to choose which piece should be considered.
- Submit all art to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). Please include reddit or Twitter username, title of the piece, and whether you already posted to alitabattleangel, and comments (optional, but this could be used to provide more information which could help with judging such as what inspired the piece or the context or anything else)
- All artwork sent to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) will be posted on alitabattleangel but you may post your artwork with the tag AlitaArtChallenge in the title of the post. Please make sure you submit the artwork to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) and in your email state if you have already posted to alitabattleangel. It will save time for the moderators and prevent duplicate posts.
- On Twitter #DrawAlitachallenge.
- Voting will be by the members of alitabattleangel with moderation by u/Magnetar12358, u/Tapion98, u/Dbzfanatic99, and u/Orange2019. The top 20 fan art will be selected on the basis of number of up votes for the fan art post by the end of February 14th. The 20 will be reposted and a final round of votes will commence from February 15th to February 18th. On February 19th, winners will be selected by the number of up votes with the most votes placing 1st and so on.
- Winners will be announced on February 19th and will consist of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places with 10 honorable mentions. All winners will receive honor and recognition and Alita’s undying gratitude.
- We’ll add frequently asked questions and answers as needed here
- Q: I've never drawn before or very little? Where do I begin? A: You can use what you have. You only need a pencil or mechanical pencil, some blank printer paper, and tissue/q-tips for shading. Here's an excellent tutorial on drawing a portrait by one of Youtube's best art teachers, Kirsty Partridge. If you want a very detailed, 14 video tutorial by another great art teacher, Proko, you can watch the series here.
- Q: I can't draw but want to participate? A: I believe anyone can learn to draw a basic portrait (see FAQ #2), but if you want to explore other avenues there are other ways you can participate. For instance, if you have image editing software (free: GIMP, online: pixlr.com, iOS or android: just search their app stores), you could create an artistically designed collage or poster of images. How about a poster for the sequel: Alita: Fallen Angel? If you do calligraphy, you could create a piece with a notable quote from the movie or manga. Are you musical? You can play an existing piece with a new interpretation or even create a new composition. Can you sing? Sing an Alita song. Can you dance? How about an Alita dance? Art is about self expression.
- Q: What about digital art? A: Many artists use digital art to speed up their workflow: unlimited undo's and layers. You could use a mouse and some artists do, but your life will be much easier with a pen tablet like this one for $30 USD (make sure to check the coupon). Krita is free and used by professional artists. This video will get you up to speed with Krita and you can watch this speed painting to get an idea what Krita can do. If you have an iPad or Android tablet you can use a stylus or Apple Pencil (iOS). The most popular drawing app is Procreate for iOS. One of the conveniences of digital art is the fact that you carry a phone everywhere and you can draw at a moment's notice. Here's an example of an eye study which I drew on my phone using ArtStudio Pro (iOS) and a simple stylus while waiting at the doctor's office.
Why Wedding Photography is Expensive
I came by here to give some tips on negotiating with photographers/other vendors, now I would really like to create a post on why wedding photography is so f*** expensive, and why sometimes it's so f*** cheap. Average these days seems to hover at 2-3k.
If someone does 20 weddings a year and is full time , this amounts to $6,000. Now you might ask "Why don't you just do a wedding every week, because $3000 is more than I make working full time! Yes, we'd love to do a wedding every week but wedding season is usually the spring or fall. It is really hard to book in the winter and in the dead heat of summer, so 20-25 weddings is pretty typical for your average photographer. For part time people it's more like 5-10. Also if we did one every week we'd never see our families who live normal lives and have weekends off.
After grossing $60k , you have to pay around 20-30% in taxes. We have several deductions we can take, yes but this is some overhead.
I am only part time and set aside at least 2k a year for upgrades and miscelllaneous equipment stuff. Working weddings is a psychotic roller coaster train ride and I am constantly losing things like lens caps, filters, step stools, etc, yes all small things but they add up.
Do you remember how you found OUT about your photog? If you used the Knot or Wedding wire your photographer is paying probably at least $1500 a year in advertising expenses. This shoots up to 3-4k in big cities like NYC or SF. On top of this we have to keep marketing ourselves to get work coming in, so we are spending time and money on social media, web hosting, and some people have to hire a professional web developer and designer because though they are creative, design is a different beast. Thankfully I do that part myself since it's my full time day job so I save on that, but a good logo can cost anywhere from $300-$1000 and a website anywhere from $1000-$5000.
We have to pay ourselves for all the times you ask us weird things like when should the florist arrive, when should the cake arrive, when should I throw my garter, etc. Sometimes I basically turn into a wedding planner because other vendors won't help my brides navigate through planning all this. We also have to pay ourselves for people we don't book - lots of hours sending quotes, wining and dining, buying coffee for people who don't end up booking us. I probably devote 40-50 hours total per client and this doesn't include the time I spend blogging to improve my site ranking (and make you happy) , posting to facebook (which sounds silly but honestly this is time consuming because I have to filter through 1500 pics and pick the very very best ones so you don't think my work is sh**, then hashtag the hell out of everything on Instagram so you can find me) Also I have had some people ask me to check out the venue if it's nearby and I will happily oblige because I don't really have an excuse not to if it's 5 minutes away. Basically I am making myself available to your every whim and would really like you to have a great experience; not because I can't say no but because this is the most awesome day of your life and it should be everything you want it to be.
Equipment - I have 2 cameras and 5 lenses and a few flashes and this is really the bare minimum a working pro should have. Someone who's in this FT probably has 2x that amount. My startup costs for camera bodies and lenses was around 12k. Cameras need to be replaced every 100k shutter counts so usually this means an upgrade every 2-5 years depending on how many weddings we do.
How do you think you get your images back? I have to pay a software subscription to edit your pictures on my expensive macbook pro. The folks who care more than me probably also own a large monitor, multiple external hard drives to back up your photos, and a fancy wacom tablet to remove your zits and distracting background objects in your photos.
Now thankfully I am just Part time and have insurance through my husband and other consistent work through freelancing. at about 10 weddings for $2500 each and some random portrait sessions here and there I am able to net about 10- 15k a year. Through my other work I make about 30-40k a year so I only make 50-55k a year.
Now put yourself in the shoes of someone who has a family of 4 and relies on this: they have to pay for health insurance, set aside extra savings because they have no company match retirement plan, disability plan, maternity leave, basically any job benefit that comes from working FT for a company. If they are full time and doing over 30 weddings/year there is some hefty liability insurance they are likely paying for and likely have formed an LLC to cover their ass in case you sue them for all their assets if some kid knocks over their light stand and gets injured. They might have a studio to invite you over to look at albums. I hope these people charge 5k a year at least, and if you ever thought that was just ridiculous and obscene and a joke, then I'm really sorry that you can't emphasize with someone who is just trying to build themselves up and make a living for themselves and their families. The people in the 5-10k ballpark are either doing less weddings to spend more time to give you an incredible experience, or yeah, they're that f** amazing and the demand is there and celebrities will hire them for what they're worth, because they are WORTH that amount if they can charge it lol.
If you go to the end of this you probably wonder why anyone chooses this path full time at all. Many people do not and that's why you can get your photographer for 2-3k (or they're lucky and married to someone who brings home the bacon); they are likely part time, a trophy wife, or have other streams of income. If someone is charging something "outlandish" just smile, nod, thank them for their time and find someone else. No need to complain about it here.
I think that's all I have to say.
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