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Hey guys!

I have a new computer now! :D :D :D And it´s awesome!

I am installing everything I need, but I am good to go, in these few days, I´ll be back to work!

Thanks for the patience!
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Just a quick journal for the people who asked me for commissions. My computer died a few days ago, and it seems it won't be coming back from the dead!
So, this week the workflow will be slow, since I can borrow my boyfriend's computer, so I will work on commissions but not as much. I will be buying a new one in a week or so, so it's not a big delay, but a delay anyway.

Thanks for understanding!
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Just a quick journal to get to your attention this artist. I found him a little while ago and he deserves more followers, he is crazy good!

yoann-lossel.deviantart.com/
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Spots are full! Thanks to everyone who asked for commissions, I have a lot of fun ones! :D

Stay tuned for new slots in the future!
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Hey everyone! 

Commissions open once again! I will not open a specific number of slots this time. I will keep them open depending on how complex the images you guys ask for are. Because 5 sketches is not nearly as much work as 5 full paintings. So it will depend, commissions could be closed soon or not, let's see what happens!


IMPORTANT:

Keep in mind, you will have to be patient. Your commission will be done for sure, but I can't promise a specific time for the delivery, since it all depends on the time and energy I have. I don't want to give you a sub-par painting, just because I have to rush it or I'm too tired to do my best. Even if it's a sketch.





Commissions info:


- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.


- These prices are for private commissions only. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.


- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I won't do something I feel uncomfortable with, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes. Same goes for violence.


- All payment is through Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the painting is finished.


-I will keep you updated as the painting advance (usually 2 updates), and once I finish, I will send you a high res image of your painting.


-Significant changes once the painting is done or almost done, that were not requested at the begining or during process, may require extra compensation, because adding new things when the painting is almost done, is hard!



Here are some examples of what I offer:


FULL PAINTING:

  • Full body: 70$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 60$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 45$

  • +Background:50$

Examples:



MONOCHROME PAINTING: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 55$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 45$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 30$

  • +Background: 40$



SKETCH WITH COLOR:

  • Full body: 45$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 35$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 25$



MONOCHROME SKETCH: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 30$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 25$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 15$




SKETCH, NO COLOR:

  • Full body: 20$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 15$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 10$

Examples:

Commission: portraits by iara-art Astrid pin up sketch by iara-art Lovers, sketch by iara-art
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All the slots are taken, so, commissions are closed for now.

Thanks! :)
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Hey guys! Thanks for your input regarding my question about Patreon. I will give it some thought, and see if I can decide what is best to get me that sweet cintiq :P

In the meanwhile, I decided to take commissions again. But, since my full time job takes a lot of my time and energy, I will only take 3 commissions. First 3 to ask, gets them :) Same as before, it´s best if you don´t have a deadline, since my schedule is a little weird, but if you do, depending on what it is, I can see what I can do :)

So, here is the info:

Commissions open once again! I will not open a specific number of slots this time. I will keep them open depending on how complex the images you guys ask for are. Because 5 sketches is not nearly as much work as 5 full paintings. So it will depend, commissions could be closed soon or not, let's see what happens!


IMPORTANT:

Keep in mind, you will have to be patient. Your commission will be done for sure, but I can't promise a specific time for the delivery, since it all depends on the time and energy I have. I don't want to give you a sub-par painting, just because I have to rush it or I'm too tired to do my best. Even if it's a sketch.





Commissions info:


- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.


- These prices are for private commissions only. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.


- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I won't do something I feel uncomfortable with, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes. Same goes for violence.


- All payment is through Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the painting is finished.


-I will keep you updated as the painting advance (usually 2 updates), and once I finish, I will send you a high res image of your painting.


-Significant changes once the painting is done or almost done, that were not requested at the begining or during process, may require extra compensation, because adding new things when the painting is almost done, is hard!



Here are some examples of what I offer:


FULL PAINTING:

  • Full body: 70$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 60$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 45$

  • +Background:50$

Examples:



MONOCHROME PAINTING: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 55$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 45$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 30$

  • +Background: 40$



SKETCH WITH COLOR:

  • Full body: 45$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 35$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 25$



MONOCHROME SKETCH: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 30$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 25$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 15$




SKETCH, NO COLOR:

  • Full body: 20$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 15$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 10$

Examples:

Commission: portraits by iara-art Astrid pin up sketch by iara-art Lovers, sketch by iara-art
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I mean, I tend to think that Patreon works mostly for people with a certain amount of fame. And I am not that very well known. 

But on the other hand, I have been thinking on ways to comercialize my artwork a little more, especially since I want to buy a Cintiq in the near future. That would help me to make my painting process faster, wich is a problem that I always have, and the number 1 thing that keeps me from taking more commissions and freelance work, since I have a full time job.

But the Cintiq is so expensive, and bringing it to my country will make it even more expensive, so, analizing posibilities... maybe Patreon? Although it sounds like a stupid idea, because, well, as I said, I am not that well known, I figured I don't loose anything by asking if that is something anyone here is interested in. I don't even know what I would make with it, yet, I first have to come to the very unlikely realization that I am not having a dumb idea XD

So, if that is something that could interest anyone, let me know.
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About commissions and delays

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 30, 2017, 8:27 AM


Hi everyone!
I have been a little slow on the commission front. I was hoping to finish my commissions and open new spots a few months ago, but it was not possible, so I thought I should explain why.
First of all, I was promoted to a project manager position at my job, a few months ago. That is a good thing, although I never had a position like this before, so the levels of stress I have now are not something I was used to. I am getting better with time, but it have proved difficult to overcome.

Then, I am having some health issues. Nothing lethal, mainly respiratory problems, but long story short, I suffer from sinusitis and similar problems more often than normal, because of very VERY strong allergies. Wich has made everything more difficult, since I can´t stand being in front of the computer like that, or I am really tired because it affects my sleep. It is so much of a problem that I am going to take treatment (or surgery if the problem is very severe), or it is going to keep happening.

So, things are going slower than usual, even when they were slow before just because my day job haha.

I figured I should explain, and rest assure I will finish the commissions I have left, and I will open more spots in the future, hopefully soon.

Thanks, guys!



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Commissions will be closed for some time. I will re open them in the future :)

Thanks, guys!
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  • Playing: Fallout 4, Darkest Dungeon, Street Fighter V
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: more chocolate!

Commissions open once again! I will not open a specific number of slots this time. I will keep them open depending on how complex the images you guys ask for are. Because 5 sketches is not nearly as much work as 5 full paintings. So it will depend, commissions could be closed soon or not, let's see what happens!


IMPORTANT:

Keep in mind, you will have to be patient. Your commission will be done for sure, but I can't promise a specific time for the delivery, since it all depends on the time and energy I have. I don't want to give you a sub-par painting, just because I have to rush it or I'm too tired to do my best. Even if it's a sketch.





Commissions info:


- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.


- These prices are for private commissions only. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.


- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I won't do something I feel uncomfortable with, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes. Same goes for violence.


- All payment is through Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the painting is finished.


-I will keep you updated as the painting advance (usually 2 updates), and once I finish, I will send you a high res image of your painting.


-Significant changes once the painting is done or almost done, that were not requested at the begining or during process, may require extra compensation, because adding new things when the painting is almost done, is hard!



Here are some examples of what I offer:


FULL PAINTING:

  • Full body: 70$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 60$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 45$

  • +Background:50$

Examples:



MONOCHROME PAINTING: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 55$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 45$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 30$

  • +Background: 40$



SKETCH WITH COLOR:

  • Full body: 45$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 35$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 25$



MONOCHROME SKETCH: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 30$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 25$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 15$




SKETCH, NO COLOR:

  • Full body: 20$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 15$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 10$

Examples:

Commission: portraits by iara-art Astrid pin up sketch by iara-art Lovers, sketch by iara-art


For extra characters, just add the same ammount twice in each cathegory.
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  • Drinking: more chocolate!
Thanks to everyone that asked commissions from me. I will be opening them again in the future of course! :D <3
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  • Playing: Fallout 4, Darkest Dungeon, Street Fighter V
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: more chocolate!

Finally, commissions are open again! I will not open a specific number of slots this time. I will keep them open depending on how complex the images you guys ask for are. Because 5 sketches is not nearly as much work as 5 full paintings. So it will depend, commissions could be closed soon or not, let's see what happens!


IMPORTANT:

Keep in mind, you will have to be patient. Your commission will be done for sure, but I can't promise a specific time for the delivery, since it all depends on the time and energy I have. I don't want to give you a sub-par painting, just because I have to rush it or I'm too tired to do my best. Even if it's a sketch.





Commissions info:


- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.


- These prices are for private commissions only. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.


- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I won't do something I feel uncomfortable with, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes. Same goes for violence.


- All payment is through Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the painting is finished.


-I will keep you updated as the painting advance (usually 2 updates), and once I finish, I will send you a high res image of your painting.


-Significant changes once the painting is done or almost done, that were not requested at the begining or during process, may require extra compensation, because adding new things when the painting is almost done, is hard!



Here are some examples of what I offer:


FULL PAINTING:

  • Full body: 70$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 60$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 45$

  • +Background:50$

Examples:



MONOCHROME PAINTING: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 55$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 45$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 30$

  • +Background: 40$



SKETCH WITH COLOR:

  • Full body: 45$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 35$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 25$



MONOCHROME SKETCH: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 30$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 25$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 15$




SKETCH, NO COLOR:

  • Full body: 20$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 15$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 10$

Examples:

Commission: portraits by iara-art Astrid pin up sketch by iara-art Lovers, sketch by iara-art


For extra characters, just add the same ammount twice in each cathegory.
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  • Playing: Fallout 4, Darkest Dungeon, Street Fighter V
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: more chocolate!

Commissions are closed for now! All spots are taken. I will open them again when I finish this batch! Thanks! :)






************************************************




So! It is time to open a few slots for commissions now! I am finally done with the ones I had in line.


I WILL BE OPENING ONLY 5 slots. Once they are taken, the commissions will remain closed until I finish them.


IMPORTANT:


A few things have changed, though:


-The prices are a little bit higher. Since I am working full time now, I need the commissions to be worth my time and energy.


-To make up for this, I added some new categories, so people have more options, artistically and economically speaking.


- Keep in mind, you will have to be patient. Your commission will be done for sure, but I can't promise a specific time for the delivery, since it all depends on the time and energy I have. I don't want to give you a sub-par painting, just because I have to rush it or I'm too tired to do my best.





Commissions info:


- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.


- These prices are for private commissions only. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.


- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I won't do something I feel uncomfortable with, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes. Same goes for violence.


- All payment is through Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the painting is finished.


-I will keep you updated as the painting advance (usually 2 updates), and once I finish, I will send you a high res image of your painting.


-Significant changes once the painting is done or almost done, that were not requested at the begining or during process, may req uire extra compensation, because adding new things when the painting is almost done, is hard!



Here are some examples of what I offer:


FULL PAINTING:

  • Full body: 70$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 60$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 45$

  • +Background:50$

Examples:



MONOCHROME PAINTING: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 55$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 45$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 30$

  • +Background: 40$



SKETCH WITH COLOR:

  • Full body: 45$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 35$

  • Portrait (Head or bust): 25$



MONOCHROME SKETCH: (I will make some examples at some point, but I think you can get the idea)

  • Full body: 30$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 25$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 15$




SKETCH, NO COLOR:

  • Full body: 20$

  • Waist-up (or mid-thigh and up shot): 15$

  • Portrait (Head or mid-torso shot): 10$

Examples:

Commission: portraits by iara-art Astrid pin up sketch by iara-art Lovers, sketch by iara-art


For extra characters, just add the same ammount twice in each cathegory.


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  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: more chocolate!
Hi!

Just a quick journal to let you know, I will not be accepting commissions for a little while. But more than that, I will be taking just 2 or 3 commissions at a time from now on. 

The reason is I will be taking a day job again this week (I have been freelancing for some time now), and I won't be able to manage my time in the same way I used to. My financial situation required this change.

It might not be a big deal, it's not like I have 50 people asking for a painting at the same time :P , but since I am somewhat slow at painting, and depending on the time of the year or if someone needs more than one painting, I have found myself with around 5-7 commissions in process. 

I will finish the commissions I have, and then I will re-open them until I have maybe 2 or 3 at the same time, and so on and so forth :)
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I was tagged by :iconcarlstedtmattias:

I usually don't do this kind of thing, but I had questions about Astrid before, so I thought it might be interesting for some.

The Scars of Magic by iara-art

Astrid is my roleplay character. She is currently a magus level 11, in a homebrew setting, with Pathfinder rules. 

1: Astrid is a natural werewolf. I have to draw her as a werewolf sometime :P In this world, werewolves live like feral clans that attack caravans and small towns

2: She is some kind of prodigy. She is strong, but more than that, she is extremely intelligent, and managed to master the art of magic at a very young age, a great achievement considering she comes from one of the most savage cultures that exist, in a world where magic is taboo, is practiced by very very few people and not at all understood. 

3: This has some downsides, though. Being an incredible exception made her a very egotistical and selfish person in a lot of ways.

4: She was given at the age of 15 to the leader of one of the biggest and more powerful clans, to bear children with him that would be as exceptional as their parents are. She was very proud of being selected for him. This is him, Khan Edrick
The Black Wolf and the Red Wolf by iara-art


5: She had 2 babies with Edrick, a girl and a boy named Krystan and Adam, when she was 16 and 18.

6: Even though she was very proud of being with Edrick, her selfish personality didn't disappear, and she actually cheated on him with a new guy who arrived in the clan. She enjoy the feeling of outsmarting people, more so, people with power over her. He never knew about this, or so she thought :O

7: In an unprecedent attack from the humans, using mysterious magic, most of her clan was wiped out, and her daugther was killed. This had a huge impact on her, making her already difficult personality even worse. She stopped caring about what could happen to her, and was overwhelmed by vengeance and the desire for power. She abandoned Edrick and her surviving child to seek this. Even though she made these questionable choices, she is in a lot of pain, and a part of her never really let them go, as she wanted to.

8: She has a sword with some kind of spirit inside of it, wich is somehow related to the werewolves. She believes it can help her achieve what she is looking for, vengeance, and more power.



All this is just about her story pre- adventure, so a lot of things have changed, she has grown up in a lot of ways, and consequences of her actions had happened, since the party is almost finishing now. But I had only 8 facts! :P If someone for some crazy reason want to know more about the characters I obsess with, ask away.

I don't know who to tag, though, I am just starting trying to be more social here :P







COMMISSIONS OPEN
INFO: 

Commissions open again!So, finally I can re open my commissions after the crazy that had been this year. For anyone who is wondering, everything is fine now, the health problem my father had is taken care of now :) Thanks to all the people who had the patience to wait while all was happening, and to the people who sent me positive comments and their support, you are all the best and I love you! <3
Commission info:
- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.
- These prices are for private commissions. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.
- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I wont do something I feel uncomfortable about, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes.
- All payment is trough Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the
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So, this is a quick, or not so quick follow up to my last journal.

I must say I got more responses than I expected, and all of them really sensible and understanding. Some of them really got me thinking and that is what these discussions should be for, so, thank you all!

There are a couple of things I want to address now that I had some time to explore and think about the responses I had.

First, a very basic thing, but one maybe I don’t think much about is, someone pointed out that there is always the factor of personal taste. These characters may not be my thing, but they might be for someone else. The fact that they are, indeed, very popular characters support that. But also, popularity is not always synonym with quality. The best example, and a very extreme one, is the Transformers franchise. They are all very successful movies, and quite popular, so we have to admit they resonate with a lot of people. But they are also pretty terrible in all regards. So I don’t think the fact that the characters resonate with people can be used as an argument for or against their quality, as characters. Nevertheless, we should not forget that taste is a part of the judgement process, it’s something we shouldn’t ignore. I am quite picky with the things I like, so, bear that in mind when I give these kind of opinions on media and art. It's not a black and white thing, though, there are a lot of things in play when we like or dislike something.

Another thing is, in a more personal matter, that I am angry I have to think about all this. The female character problem is just one thing, but not the only one. The same is happening with all this diversity boom that we are seeing now, not just about representation of women, but also of gay people, transgender people, and all non-white people. And I am angry not because there are representations of these groups, because I support and encourage to think outside the box, to explore different options, that usually make characters and stories a lot better; but because it is not an encouragement anymore, but a requirement, and obligation, and one that must be enforced in any way we can. It is an authoritarian mindset, and that is very dangerous.

I always say that if you want to see what the mindset of a time is, look at how people react to art in that time. This is not a good moment in history for us, and that makes me very sad. I thought we had achieved a level in freedom that was rare in human history, but at some point, we started to regress. Just that, ironically, we are regressing in the name of equality now. It’s a very strange thing, indeed. Now it is bad if a female character is even a little bit sexy, not because is immoral, but because it’s sexist. Different excuse, same result. Now it’s bad if there are not enough gay characters, but when there are, it’s bad because they are treated as anyone else, and bad things happen to them, and that is homophobic. So, the artists and authors are against the wall. They have to represent all these different things, but if they do it, they are bad for the way they do it. And when they do it safely, not taking any risk, they end up with dull characters, or worse, things that feel like propaganda, like they are pushing a specific set of ideas as morally correct.

I was watching today the trailer for the new Supergiants game, Pyre. And I thought: wow, the games this company makes have this feeling of a “lost home”, which I really love. I love that nostalgic feeling in stories, and I love that outcast character who is trying to fix what he can to return home, or create a new one, and the journey it represents. And I watched it as I used to watch everything, just for what it is, and what it is evoking, and it made me realize how little we are concentrating on this, which is the real important part of art. All the rest is secondary.

It’s not that I don’t have any responsibility for feeling this way, though, but it’s hard to ignore all the viral stories, and the outrage of the week, every time. And I feel like I shouldn’t ignore it, or it will get worse and worse.

So, to anyone who is interested: I don’t care if your character is male or female, I don’t care if it “represents” women and minorities in an arbitrary “correct way”, I don’t care what his race or sexual orientation is, if your character, and it’s story is made with honest love, with skill, and try to evoke something genuine, I will probably like it, or at least, I will appreciate it. And I know a lot of people feel this way, we are just the silent majority. Don’t let the vocal minority dictate what you want to share with us.


I am not a well-known artist, but I try to do this myself, for the small public that I have, because I respect you, and your capability to see more than just the superficial.

Anyway, these are probably random thoughts more than anything else, but I hope they make some sense. Thanks again to everyone for having a conversation with me on this. I might write more on these worries that I have, but it will not be very soon, I don’t want to flood you with opinions, we already have too many of those online :P

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  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: more chocolate!

So, I finally saw The Force Awakens. I must admit, I am not a Star Wars fan. I don't hate the franchise or anything, it just doesn't resonate that much with me. TFA was ok, too similar to episode 4, but it was fine. But it highlighted something I have been thinking for a long time, and that I feel I need to get out of my chest (you know I never say stuff like this, but I feel I need to)

With all that's been said and done about female characters in the last few years, I have to wonder: Is this really what we want? I have seen an obvious grow in female protagonists, especially in fantasy and action themed media. That is good, but... I fear that in the pursue of making "justice" for women in media, we have narrowed our acceptance of what a female character can be. 

Think about it. We wanted to get rid of the tropes that were there before, but just to exchange them for ONE trope, that is actually really dull. What's the difference, as characters, between Rey, Furiosa, and Katniss, for example? Almost none. They are pretty much the same character, tuning up or down their use of violence. What character traits do they have? They are all smart, super capable, super brave, always have the best intentions, things like that. 

We cannot write female characters with flaws anymore. And why is that? I think it comes from a difference in how we perceive women in society. When you write a male character, we all understand, he speaks only for himself. His actions, and his positive and negative traits are his own. When we write female characters, we feel like what they are and what they do, speaks not just for them but for all women and girls. We feel they represent us, as females. They have to be "role models" And you don't want our role model to be incapable, or selfish, or hysterical, or coward! 

Take Finn vs Rey for example. I can tell you that Finn is a little clumsy and insecure, and even sometimes a coward, but he has a good heart. When he is brave it means a lot more, because you feel he is struggling. Finn is, in my opinion, the best character in the movie. What can you say about Rey? Well... not much. She doubts about herself once, I guess... but I didn't even understand, why would she do that? She is SUPER capable at everything she has done since the beginning of the movie. And that's all. 

Take even Max vs Furiosa. With so little they show in the movie about themselves. You can sense Max doesn't want to be there at all, at the beginning he doesn't even care what is happening, he is too traumatized and bitter, wich makes it more meaningful when he decides to care. Furiosa? Well, again, not much to say about her. She misses her family. She is not even the result of her own actions. She is with Immortan Joe because he kidnapped her. It was not her fault. She was not a Imperator that had a change of heart. And again, she is super capable at everything. (Although, Mad Max is a really good movie anyway, I liked it a lot, but I would have loved to feel more like Furiosa was a character with depth)

I think you can understand my point. I wish we could write our female characters, like we write the male ones. They don't have to be our role models. They just have to be interesting. Let them be incapable, insecure, with real anger issues, not the ones that you have and immediately regret (I am watching you, Katniss!), bitter, egotistical, cowardly, overtly sexy (I don't know why that became a bad thing, some people act extremely Victorian about this),  etc. A character doesn't have to reflect me as a woman, he has, in some way, to reflect me as a human. And I, as a human, will sometimes have fear, insecurities, and sometimes I will be incapable.


I understand this all comes from good intentions. But really, is not doing us any favor. It's just overcompensating, from my point of view.

Anyway, I hope you understand where I'm coming from, even if you don't agree with me :) And sorry for my bad English, I hope it is good enough to be tolerable at least.

  • Reading: Song of Ice and Fire
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Dota 2
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: Ice tea
So, finally I can re open my commissions after the crazy that had been this year. For anyone who is wondering, everything is fine now, the health problem my father had is taken care of now :) Thanks to all the people who had the patience to wait while all was happening, and to the people who sent me positive comments and their support, you are all the best and I love you! <3



Commission info:

- If you are interested in commission me, send me a note.

- These prices are for private commissions. If you need something that will be used in any commercial medium, please say so in the note, so we can talk about it, since prices can change from one project to another.

- I paint almost anything, but I prefer fantasy/ sci-fi themes. Sexual situations, nudes, and stuff like that are fine, but under my discretion. I wont do something I feel uncomfortable about, but in general I don't have a problem with those themes.

- All payment is trough Paypal. Half of the payment upfront, and half when the painting is finished.

-I will keep you updated as the painting advance, and once I finish, I will send you a high res image of your painting

Here are some examples of what I offer:


Sketch- bust: $20. Sketch full body: $30
Examples:

Shani and Kane by iara-art Commission: Druid sketch by iara-art Mermaid sketch by iara-art Commission: Marylain sketch by iara-art

One character, color, no background (or a simple color background) $50
Aditional character: +$40
Background: +$30 (unless it is a very intrincate or detailed background, then it will be negotiated)
Some examples:

Red Warrior by iara-art Empress by iara-art Shani by iara-art
  • Reading: Song of Ice and Fire
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Dota 2
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: Ice tea
Hello!

This is mostly a notice to the people who asked me for commissions. The end of the year was crazy, and on top of that, this new year started with a not so pleasant surprise, and I am dealing with an illness in my family that requires my time and effort. 

So, sadly I am having difficulties finishing the commissions I have right now. I want you all to know, they will be done. But this is a very unusual situation, and I am not sure when it will be over. Might be soon if the medical tests are good :)  

I am working on your commissions, but is not going as fast as I want. I talked about this with some of you, and you are being so understanging, I am really grateful :) But I wanted to make an official statement about it, so everyone know what's going on. I don't want to disappoint anybody, I am doing my best, I promise^^
  • Reading: Song of Ice and Fire
  • Watching: Game of Thrones
  • Playing: Dota 2
  • Eating: chocolate
  • Drinking: Ice tea