Crowd Funding for a Mad Starving Artist

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Hello dear art lover!

I am a self employed, full time artist and have been for some years now. I struggle to make a living and most months I am one rent cheque away from eviction. I live very frugally and put as much as I can of what I earn back into new projects and materials.

I have never asked for money in any way online before, but I now see many people using this method successfully to enable them to continue working as a creative / content creator. As someone who works and lives alone I don’t really have much of a support network to speak of (don’t get out much, you see?) I’m really hoping that seeking patrons is the way to go.

I am not entirely sure how to go about it so fingers crossed I’ve got this right. I’ve set up a Patreon account and may monetize posts where I can on places like Minds.com and possibly only there.

As little as £1 or $1 a month for regular updates of work-in-progress pictures and sculptures could go towards keeping me with a roof over my head and food in my belly. Not to mention materials and supplies etc., which have become insanely expensive these days.

For larger monthly donations and one-off contributions I am offering original artworks, mostly illustrations, but also paintings and small sculptures. Simply send me a picture to work from and I will make an original piece of art. It can be a picture of anything at all.

I have also set up a ‘Goal’ on Patreon. The Goal is to make the garage in the garden into a studio so that I can work more easily all year round and create many more pieces of art and hopefully more sophisticated works of art too.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope it persuades you to become a patron, and if it does I will be eternally grateful.

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Mini Rant about Typos… but not really.

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The  moronically retarded level of literacy on the Internet is staggering. 8 or 9 out of 10 posts on any given site, and obviously on social media, are littered with typos, mistakes in spelling, grammar and punctuation. And that’s even from accounts from which one would expect better. On social media in particular and in comment sections of other websites most things posted are only semi-coherent. – One usually has to do some of the work to decipher the intended meaning, and often give the benefit of the doubt when things say one thing but almost certainly mean another. Just don’t expect that to be appreciated.

Here is my favourite example of how important punctuation and a knowledge of grammar are when it comes to writing:

Smith where jones had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers approval

The above is a perfectly coherent sentence. One simply needs to know where to put the punctuation and capital letters in order to make it make sense. So:

Smith, where Jones, had had, ‘had’ had had, ‘had had’. ‘Had had’ had had the Teacher’s approval.

See?

If you still can’t quite get it this might help: The above scenario is where two students have handed in some writing. In one piece of writing the student had written ‘had’. The other student had written ‘had had’.

I do appreciate that there are a lot of perfectly literate people online and that I am not the most literarilly accurate. However it does piss me off to see this rapidly accelerating decrease in the standards of communication, while at the same time there is an accelerating increase in the amount of this shit going on.

Words and language are thoughts and ideas! Sort them out!

Or not… I don’t really give a fuck.

“Here we are again…

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happy as can be, all good friends and jolly good company.”

First there was the 4 minute warning. Then AIDS. Then WMD’s. Now it’s some other made up bollocks just like the ones before. There’s always something about to end the world. But the world goes on. And can change into something unrecognisable in a heartbeat because of something that happens to you, personally. But the world goes on.

I wish I loved the human race
I wish I loved its silly face
I wish I liked the way it walks
I wish I liked the way it talks
And when I’m introduced to one
I wish I thought, ‘What jolly fun!’

Walter Raleigh (No, not that one).

Anti-Feminism. Toxic Masculinity. Trump. Left is Right; Right is Left. The Red Pill. Real Artificiality. Alternative Facts. Nano-Fractal-Quantum-Computers. WAR DEATH TERRORISM. D’oh! What goes down comes up. Public Privacy. Smart Things. Anti-Social Media Platform. Freedom of… Shhh! The future is… unpredictable. Tranny-Humanism. LGBTQ+%?*! Ctrl-Alt-Right-Delete. Sadam Obama Bin Ladin. Dark Matter / Doesn’t Matter.

signs and poor tents

A sad man who’s sane,
whose arm has been laden
with Twin Towels (9 x 11)
is fighting a bush over an oily ear rack.
Ewan counts ill. Finds 14 for tea, 1 in britches.
Coffee Anon.

Is IsIs is? Al Qae-Akber!

Taxation is theft. Jet fuel can’t melt steel. Alphabet Soup. The Powers That Shouldn’t Be. The Tiny Dot. SJW’s. Identity Card Politics. Madness gone PC. Full Spectrum Surveillance. MKUltra. MGM.

Home. Peace. Green. Lil D. Mrs B. Baking Bread. Fresh Eggs. Fruit trees. Winged Things. Creativity. Breathing. Love.

And it’s not even 9am!

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The Red Pill – A film by Cassie Jaye

Or A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Cinema

Last month in Norwich I attended a screening (Possibly the UK premiere) of The Red Pill by Cassie Jaye. It was attended by a guest panel for a Q and A at the end of the documentary. It is a very significant film and therefore it was a very significant event.

The guest panel included Cassie Jaye, Erin Pizzey, Paul Elam, Mike Stephenson, Mike Buchanan and 3 special guest feminists Lucinda Bray, Katy Jon Went and Jessica Austin.

The event itself was made all the more significant just by the nature of what the organisers had to go through to get it screened, and to inform people of where it would be without the information getting out to the wrong people and the event getting cancelled due to complaints to the venue by people who are against the film being screened or viewed.

Barry White was the man behind getting this excellent documentary screened in Norwich. Luckily for all involved Barry was fully prepared for possible hurdles to the event taking place as there had already been a lot of publicity about the film, its director and what it was about. Most of this publicity was negative and it was only those of us that had been following the issues covered in the film and the people involved in it that knew that most of the publicity the film was receiving was false and extremely biased. Barry White had originally intended to show the film to a handful of people but, after all the push-back he got and the numerous cancellations by venues that had agreed on a screening, the film was eventually seen by a few hundred people.

This is how it went down:
People that had requested a ticket were told the location. A few days later we’d be informed that the venue had pulled out and that another was being sought. This was repeated a couple of times until eventually we were told that a venue had been secured but that it’s location would be kept secret till much closer to the date to avoid yet another cancellation. In the end, as it was unavoidable, it was arranged that those wishing to attend would all meet in a public place on a street at a specific time. So a hundred or more people all gathered on a Winter’s evening in the middle of town and were then lead by a couple of the organisers and a couple of security guards (better safe than sorry) a few hundred yards to where the cinema was located. It gave the event a palpable sense of excitement.

A minute or two after finding a seat I spotted Cassie Jaye sitting in the row in front of me and I so wish I’d taken the opportunity to say hello.

Before the film started the guest panel were introduced and Cassie Jaye spoke briefly about making the film over a period of three years.

The film was watched with great attention by all except a small group of young feminists sitting on the row behind me who were very resistant to the film and its message, but who I think will have been very effected by it by the time it ended.

I have to admit that the documentary was even better than I had dared hope it would be.

I had spent some time over the previous days trying to come up with a decent question to ask but hadn’t managed much. Quite a bit of the Q and A time was taken up by the 3 feminists telling us who they were and why they were there etc and that was a shame, but still, some very good questions got asked and very good answers given. The whole thing had gone off pretty perfectly.

There is a video of the Q and A here: Red Pill Q and A

After the Q and A people headed down to the front to say hello to Cassie and the rest of the panel, all of whom are very well known by anyone with any interest at all in human rights and gender equality. I made my way to the front of the stage and headed straight for Mike Stephenson (aka DrRandomercam). I’m such a fan that I was actually more flustered at meeting him that I realised I would be, but I did manage to ask for an autograph and he very kindly went several steps better and drew me a picture. I grinned for about two days.

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I so wish I had taken the opportunity to get all their autographs and shake all their hands. They are a fabulous group of people an I don’t suppose the chance will come again.

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I did manage to say hello and shake the hand of Mike Buchanan. A tireless worker for the equal human rights of men and boys.

I hope everybody gets a chance to see this important and eye opening documentary.

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@AnEarForMen
@MikeBuchanan11
@DrRandomercam

Please let me know if you are going or hoping to see this film, or if you have already seen it please tell me your experience.

Hacker: A movie review.

This is an astonishingly bad film. The acting is adequate but somewhat two dimensional while the characterizations and scripting are stupidly caricature-like.

When they talk about visiting a website called The Dark Web as though they are using the actual dark web (peer to peer technology) is when I really gave up. They even refer to someone as The Head of the Dark Web!

Basically this film is nothing but propaganda and disinformation and is clearly against privacy laws and anonymity. It is exactly the opposite of what one would expect from a film with this title if it had been made by people with an interest in telling a story that has some basis in reality. It is cartoon-ish to say the very least.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3173594/combined

Illustrating with a bear… or trying to!

As an illustrator, artist and designer I spend a lot of time on my own, researching, sketching and wondering around aimlessly thinking about silly and irrelevant things. It can get lonely and one can do an awful lot of talking to one’s self. Luckily for me I have a bear, and he / she / it keeps me company, and keeps me sane…. kind of.

While it is true that sometimes the bear can be a distraction and a little attention seeking, and can even stop me from working…

it is also true to say that I don’t mind as Little D can also be an inspiration at times

Little D sketch

and can sit so still while I sketch a portrait. As a reward for helping Little D often gets a present of a new item of clothing, made by our live-in seemstress and cake baker extraordinaire, Anna-Lena, who has this pattern to work from

Little D Outline

which has made all these possible… and more besides!

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Luckily Little D loves books too, and is even writing one of his own!

Sometimes Big D comes to visit and these are the best times ever. They love to read and look at picture books together, as well as lots of playing around in the garden and in the house. The hats, gloves and scarves box is one of their favourite places to hide indoors.

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But outdoors is their natural domain

So after some baking (bears need to keep their chocolate intake up to stay healthy and brown)

IMAG1188  it’s back outdoors for a little beer and a sleep

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Most of the time Big D lives in Swedenland with Anna-lena…

Big D and A

and Little D lives here with me…

Lil D and D

but they are never really apart….

Together bears

Now you know a little of what it is like to live with a bear while being an illustator.

Thanks for stopping by. Please like, share, subscribe etc. These bears needs to be seen and heard!

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Have a great weekend!

More doodles! And a book cover illustration sneak peek.

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Whatto Interwebnets!

It was my birthday late last month and my wonderful partner, Anna-Lena, got me a copy of Shaun Tan’s The Bird King – an artist’s notebook, and it is both beautiful and inspiring to read and look at. I will never grow tired of it. My sister also bought me an actual artist’s notebook and I now have a few more sketches and doodles to share with the world.

Four doodles:

The picture below is a face, kind of, until you tilt your head to the left. Now it’s two cyclists about to go round a bend. I know that feeling!

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Here’s one from way back when. Nude self portrait. Included for no special reason:

seated self portrait

Here are four work in progress illustrations for a soon to be published novel. Jim West’s Magicae Series, Divide et Impera, Book 3 of 4. You can read about book one, Libellus de Numeros, here.

Below is the work in progress cover illustration for book 3.

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Who are your favourite illustrators? Do you have a favourite illustrated story? Would love to hear from you as it is a great way of finding new art and artists and inspiration.

What story would you illustrate or like to see illustrated?

One day I hope to make one of my own!

Please check my website for more art and info on methods and pricing: Dean Harkness Artist

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If you got this far, thank you, and Happy Holidays!

Doodle me this; Doodle me that.

Inktober came and went, and very enjoyable it was too. Not sure what happened to November, and now we are well into our way with December. But I did keep up with the sketching and doodling, inspired further by the gift from my partner of the wonderful book, The Bird King by Shaun Tan. – A book I’ve had for several weeks now but still have not got to the end of as I am revelling in each and every page.

Here’s some of my recent scribbles:

My beautiful sister.

Clair sketch small

Coat Creature.

Coat Creature 2 small Shorty (1)

Repunzell.

Repunzelll small

Repunzelled.

Re-re-re-repunzelled

Kettle Reflection.

Kettle Dean crop

Hope you liked the doodles. I love making these distorted figure drawings!

Please check my site for more paintings, sculptures, and drawings: Dean Harkness Design

And do please let me know what your favourite illustations and or illustrators are. I’m always open to suggestions and looking for new inspiration.

Merry Christmas!