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    Destickied until Eliza returns.
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    Sweatshop starting in ~30 minutes.
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    We're starting. Playing some Burial at the moment, starting on Clockwork Couture's steampunk sticker mascot.
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    Yesterday's SWEATSHOP was all about the logo for Clockwork Couture. Based on actual items offered in their webstore, this was done in pencil and then ink. I'll be posting a clean scan tomorrow, and starting on the last of the tiny commissions, "Gentleman Squid".

    Saturday, I'm going to try something new. It's the Dancing Bear Pledge Drive on SWEATSHOP.

    I'm gonna sit and paint on Ustream, as per usual. But this time, I'll have my guitar case open next to me! As long as the audience keeps tossing in coins, I'll keep dancing at the end of my chain.

    For every $3 that lands in my PayPal account, I'll stay online for another 5 minutes. At the end of the day, or when money stops coming in (whichever comes first), I'll tally up the donations. The top patron will receive the painting itself; second and third place will get an illustrated card (like these) a piece.

    I'm waiting to find out if I'm moving to LA or not. Meantime, I'm jobless in Oakland. Consider this one more phase in the Grand Experiment of surviving on art.
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    SWEATSHOP: Gentleman Squid starting now.

    Remember you can come into the chat via an IRC backend. Instructions posted previously.
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    The seafruits of tonight's labors:

    #SWEATSHOP: Gentleman Squid is complete. Tune in tomorrow and hurl money at my suffering!
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    And yesterday's Clockwork Couture logo/mascot. I hear tell that Sock Dreams liked this drawing so much that they may commission one like it for their upcoming brick and mortar store.

    A Mascot for Clockwork Couture
    • CommentAuthorJJVV
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2009
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    Eliza's about to go live.
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    #SWEATSHOP Dancing Bear Pledge Drive Paintathon! First half hour is free. [] (Broadcasting live at
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    That's right here.
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    Dancing Bear #Sweatshop results, round 1 []
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    The fruits of the Dancing Bear Marathon. Congratulations Kaylynn, Phil and Jas!

    Everyone is tired and the time bank is empty. This was a smashing success and I will be doing it again soon.

    Tomorrow I'm doing another round of minicommissions. Details later.


    Man, I worked for six hours today, made around $300 thanks to a last-minute "tip" from a familiar patron, and I have to tell you, this is one of the best decisions I have made as an artist. I'm faster, more confident, and just plain BETTER than I was before I started Sweatshop. I have no job, and I live in California where you just can't go out and get one. I've found a way to get paid for what I can actually do, and what I SHOULD be doing, as opposed to taking up space in a call center somewhere, angrily greeting rednecks at Wal-Mart, or standing on the street with a tin can half full of wooden nickels (while wearing a barrel).

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping in, even if you just hung out in the chat room. Tips are great, but the company is far better. I'll be using what I got today to buy groceries, pay bills, and pay for more print runs to sell to YOU.

    The first-place tipper tonight actually walked down to a convenience store to buy a pre-paid cash card so she could PayPal me. She wanted the painting that badly. I don't think I can rightly express how much that means to an artist.

    It also makes me inordinately pleased just to be placing original artwork in people's homes. The very idea of real canvas, real paint, real wood and staples hanging on a wall where it's looked at and maybe even loved, that's the best. Artists are dogs. All we want is food and praise, and to be looked at now and then.
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    Doing a small painting right now.
    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009
    I'm sorry I couldn't buy anything, but watching how easy you laid down the lines and being able to watch the painting coalesce was magic. I very much look forward to the next Sweatshop.
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    Thanks very much! Please never be afraid to ask questions about my materials or methods. I will happily stop to give a short lesson, or just answer questions.

    I think the audience can support about one Dancing Bear per week. Let's plan loosely to do another one next weekend, either Saturday or Sunday.

    What time is most convenient and pleasant for you all to sit in on Sweatshop? Give me time of day and timezone, please.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009
    I SAY! Sat/Sundays around 10pm-12am pacific are fun.

    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009
    When I'm no longer drowning in midterms, I'd love to join for one. I'm in Florida and I have night classes on weekdays.
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    Gorgon progressing nicely. [] on Twitpic

    Here's the last thing we worked on. This is a Gorgon for longtime patron Kim de Malpertuis.
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2009
    Seriously. You are an inspiration.