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Age 33, Female


University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Posted by Sabtastic - January 11th, 2014


Magfest 2014's Animator's Panel featuring (from left to right)

OneyNG, El-Cid, Stamper, Spazkid, RubberNinja, Egoraptor, RicePirateMick, and Mystery Guy!


Day 2 at Magfest - At an Irish Pub: (from left to right)

Myself, El-Cid, Oney, Oney's Friend Paddy, Erica, LeftHandedSock, and CosmicDeath!



Day 3 at Magfest - the sports bar: (from left to right):

AlmightyHans, Myself, CosmicDeath, LeftHandedSock


Day 1 at Magfest - Suppertime at the Hotel (from Left to right)

Stamper, Myself, and RicepirateMick

Posted by Sabtastic - December 29th, 2013

Flying out to Philadelphia on Dec 29th stay over at Stamper's with Oney, Psychicpebble, Spazkid, Shadman and CosmicDeath, then taking the train to New York for New Years at JonTron's, and THEN road-tripping out to Newport Maryland with JohnnyUtah, El-Cid, and AlmightyHans for Magfest 2014 to meet up with Ricepirate, KirbopherRubberNinja, and Egoraptor! Weeeee!

Can't even handle how excited I am for this trip. Meeting up with way too many cool people.

Will  be back in Canada-land on January 7th!

Happy New Year Everybody!

Update: 6:30am Mon Dec 30 Calgary:

Missed my connecting flight in Calgary at 1am... :( Waited up all night to get on a new one. No idea where my luggage is; I'm told it went on without me to Toronto and I might not be able to pick it up there. Boarding my new flight to Toronto and then Philly in half an hour. First time missing a connecting flight and being stuck in the middle of nowhere. Not a good feeling at all... :(


Could have been worse I guess.


Update: 10:00am Tues Dec 31st: Philadelphia:

Landed in Philly last night around 4:30pm--! Everything worked out just fine at the airport and now I'm safe and sound over at Stamper's. So unbelievably tired. I'd been in transit for literally 12 hours and I hadn't slept for over 24!

Posted by Sabtastic - November 26th, 2013

I wish someone told this to me when I was 12 years old and just starting out with art.
This is a message to all the new and emerging artists interested in breaking into the art industry:
If you've ever tried selling your artwork, you need to know that there are people out there who will willingly (or unknowingly) take advantage of you as an artist and I want you to know how to spot them, and how not to undersell yourself.

Being paid with "exposure" or "free advertisement" and "good experience":
This is one of the worst and most prominent issues I've experienced as an artist: No matter what, "exposure" is not an acceptable form of payment for you as an artist. At the end of the day, you're not being compensated for your time and talents. Exposure might sound useful if you don't have a lot of viewers or subscribers yet, but it doesn't guarantee you any more job offers, n'or does it put money in your pocket. You can't pay bills with "exposure", and respectable employers know that. Don't be afraid to call people out on these things. Often times they don't understand or appreciate the value of art.

Here are some actual examples of what this might look like:
- "Pay? Are you kidding me? This is going to be a viral hit!"
- "I want to find someone who can work with me as a partner and not an "employee"."
- "I know this may not attract as many artists, but the ones that are only looking to get paid are not the ones that we are looking for"
- "This is an unpaid position but great experience. Carly Rae Jepson will be attending."
- "since I'm not intending to sell this I don't want to be paying for artwork."

Quotes from @Forexposure_txt on Twitter.

"Contests" or "Collaborations" disguised as Crowd-Sourced Design Scams:

99Designs is an example, and this video makes me sick. Art contests and collaborations can be innocent enough, but be cautious when volunteering your time and talent for them. Often they're just an excuse for businesses or individuals to pay a small flat rate as a "prize" for a large selection of free artwork that they can use for their own benefit. You're literally giving your work away for free if you're not successful. It's like buying a cheap lottery ticket for a chance to win your paycheck, and that's not fair to you as an artist.

Companies that use crowd-sourced design are real and somehow thriving. Stay away! They don't care about you, and they're just interested in getting what they want for as cheap as possible!

Protect Your Artistic Career. Know your worth.
Stephen Silver couldn't have said it better in his Youtube video. You as an artist have a marketable skill. Your work has taken years if not decades to perfect. Although there may be artists out there with similar skills, no one is exactly the same as you, and they don't possess your style. You're marketing your unique product to people that probably can't create the artwork themselves. When you sell artwork for $5-10, even $20 or $100 dollars, think about how many hours you put into the project. If you spent 3 hours drawing something you sold for $20 dollars, you're giving yourself LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE---less than 7 dollars per hour, to be exact. That's not fair to you, even if you enjoy that particular project, or it's for a 'friend'.

Art "Requests":
These are not commissions. If someone approaches you with an "art request", it's usually safe to safe to assume that this person has absolutely NO intention of paying you.
Do not agree to these if you think you can convince them to pay you later.

How and When to Accept Payment for your Artwork:
Although it can depend on the type of artwork involved, you can avoid being ripped off by taking payments up-front, and you shouldn't be afraid to demand that. I take all of my payments through Paypal.com or in person. Imagine spending days, weeks, or months on a project, only to have the person who agreed to pay you disappear completely, or even worse, STEAL your completed artwork without paying you a cent. This can and will happen if you aren't careful, and it's happened to me. Of course the opposite can be true with artists running away with payments, but that's another matter entirely. Another approach is to accept a down payment of 50% before beginning your work, and then accepting the rest of the payment upon completion. It's also useful to type up a contract or some form of written agreement, to make sure you and the payee are on the same page. Additionally, keeping records of your conversations as a paper trail is strongly recommended.


All in all, there are a lot of "starving artists" out there because we constantly under-sell ourselves.
Hopefully this post is useful to you, and/or your artistic friends.

Also feel free to share your experiences and add your input! We can all learn from each other.

Posted by Sabtastic - November 5th, 2013

Sorry I'm super inactive here guys. Just in school and busy with art classes. :(

I've never had so many projects or commissions on the backburner though... UGH.
Counting down the days 'till I get to go back to my own artistic endeavors. :c (P.S. IT'S ONLY 11 MORE CLASSES)



Still Alive. Just Busy with School. :I

Posted by Sabtastic - October 12th, 2013


Don't forget to leave yours in the comments so I can add you back!

Posted by Sabtastic - October 7th, 2013

The prof gave us a super open-ended project that:

1. Involves the body
2. Includes Mark-Making
3. Is comprised of 3-5 related images.

There's a bit more criteria, but for the most part, I sweet-talked her into letting me do something that I would probably draw FOR FUN and eventually SELL anyway. o___o ...I'm still somewhat in denial. It's too good to be true!

Anyway, the main theme I've narrowed down involves body image. I'm trying to embrace the style of Anime as well, seeing as I really enjoy it, and it fits conveniently well with my series. The characters in question are all female villains frompopular anime shows. Android 18, Queen Beryl, and Kneesocks+Scanty. I chose these three because they aren't completely human. They're humanoids, but generally supernatural to some extent. I combined this with the fact that they would all be beautiful models on the cover of magazines. What I'm attempting to point out is that what we generally see on the cover of a magazine is a hyper-idealized, impossible standard that isn't an accurate representation of the average human woman. ...Pretty cliche message, I guess, yeah, but I think it works! :)

So far I'd really like to add Team Rocket's Jesse, and maybe Lust from FMA, but we'll see how much time I get to add to this project.

New Art Series WIP

Posted by Sabtastic - September 24th, 2013

Hey cool...! Since when can we post to the frontpage once a week??

Anyway I'm gonna be exhibiting art at the The Edmonton Expo's Artist Alley THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND, so if you're close to Edmonton Alberta, drop by and say hi! I'll try to give out free swag to all my NG bros. Probably a button or an extra print... YOU CAN PICK! (just remind me when you get there or we'll probably stare awkwardly at each other and WE'LL BOTH BE SUPER CONFUSED FOR A COUPLE SECONDS)

I'm pretty sure admission is 25 bucks at the door, and they're open until 7pm on Saturday (5pm on Sunday).
If you've never checked out a Comic Con before, come check it out! There are a lot of sweet rare vendors, celebrities, awesome cosplays, not-so-awesome cosplays, lots of fun! c:


Ron Perlman from Hellboy / Pacific Rim is gonna be there and I'm totally gonna go get his autograph. :D'


Come Visit Me at Edmonton Expo This Weekend!

Posted by Sabtastic - September 15th, 2013

It's pretty much over now, but feel free to ask anyway.

[Ask Sab Anything]

Ask me Anything

Posted by Sabtastic - September 5th, 2013

Hey YOUS GUYS! Just wanted to say THANKSto all those fine ladies and gentlemen with EXCELLENT TASTE who ordered my artwork recently. I raised an extra 400 buckeroos to put directly towards my last year of university, so THANKS AGAIN! It put a nice big dent in my bill for art supplies (it's over 500 freaking dollars of new supplies this year), so I'M FEELIN' GOOD!!

This semester is going to KICK MY ASS, btw. If anyone is worried that I'm dead, I'm still around; just maybe not posting artwork that's not related to school. Seriously; you've never seen chaos like this upcoming semester. I can handle teaching 50 teens how to draw and meet project due dates, but when it comes to meeting MY OWN art-related deadlines, I'm APPARENTLY a masochist. (JUST DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.) ;_____;

Anywho; Just thought I'd update you guys.

If you recently hired me for a commission of any kind and you're waiting to hear from me, FEAR NOT. I have you all well documented. I'm working on a first come first serve basis, so regardless of if you've paid in full or not, I'm getting the oldest stuff done first.


Posted by Sabtastic - August 16th, 2013

Want some signed Sabtastic originals up on your wall? Wanna gift it to a friend? I'm selling my leftover artwork to help pay my school tuition in September, so you'll be helping me out A LOT by placing an order! :)

5$ will get you a small 6x9" signed card-stock print of your choice (about the size of a post card)
10$ will get you a medium 8.5x11" signed card-stock print of your choice (standard letter/paper size)
20$ will get you a large 11x17" signed poster of your choice (longer and wider than the previous)
25$ will get you an extra large 18x24" signed poster of your choice


Shipping and Handlingchanges depending on where I will be sending your artwork, so please add that on to your order, because I'll be mailing them all personally:
$2.00 - Canada
$3.00 - United States
$4.00 - Mexico
$6.00 - South America
$10.00 - Europe + Surrounding Countries
$10.00 - Australia

How to order:
1. Choose the print you'd like to order from the list [HERE] on my DeviantART account
2. Send me a PM or e-mail me at sab0d@hotmail.com
3. Be sure to have Paypal set up so I can recieve your payment (my paypal is: sab0d@hotmail.com, with a zero) The payments and prices are all listed in Canadian currency, but paypal can convert that for you.
4. DO NOT SEND PAYMENT until I've confirmed your order, just in case I'm sold out of the print you want.

Prints, Stickers and Posters for Sale!