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In my gallery you can find art ranging from scientific and SF&F illustration to abstract with a smattering of photography and writing in between. Enjoy!

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Here are the works I've seen on dA that I found astonishing, something that tends to be not that easy.




Let's see if I can summarize this ramble of mine on why I am turned away from most art contests into easily digestible points.

:bulletred: Always read the rules in detail. Overwhelmingly you'll find an item that says you relinquish your commercial rights pertaining to the submitted artwork or even all of them to the entity holding the contest just to participate.

:bulletred: All things being equal, a contest corresponds to a ballot where a "ticket" is something for which entrants likely worked hard for and yet only three of them at most get a one time payment, resulting, if that hasn't already happened, in the complete forfeiture of the winning artworks to the contest manager.

:bulletred: I hope it's clear that this is a trap designed to have most of the entrants work for free under dubious pretenses, which is especially troubling when children are involved. A lottery ticket compared to this is a sound investment. 

:bulletred: I would like it that otherwise ostensibly idoneous institutions such as are those whose purvey involves scientific research would consider other, far more transparent methods to obtain artwork.

That's about it, I think. I'm not sure that even if this situation is satisfactorily resolved I'll participate in one of the many paleontologically-themed scientific illustration contests due to other considerations, but, all the same, this is something that cannot be in a society that should appropriately value people's work.
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  • Reading: Scientific Papers
  • Watching: The News
  • Playing: Magic: The Gathering
  • Eating: Meals
  • Drinking: Water

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Renato Filipe Vidal Santos
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied

I am a skeptically inquiring secular humanist of a materialist and modernist bent with a lapsed Roman Catholic upbringing. Thus, for all intents and purposes, I'm a pragmatic atheist.

I tend to have a life, now in sabbatical as I prepare for job hunting, mainly in the Earth and Life Sciences areas, and, to my chagrin, I am a procrastinator. Hopefully these will be fixed in the next 100 years, though the latter is something I'm working on constantly.

Finally, I am always interested in artistic advice and if you want use my artwork here's the rules. You can also commission me. Tips via Paypal at Dracontes(at)gmail(dot)com are welcome as well.

These are my contacts:

Dracontes(at)gmail(dot)com, Dracontes(at)hotmail(dot)com, rfvs1983(at)yahoo(dot)com

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dracontes Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:bulletgreen: Money is rather tight for me at this stage in life.
:bulletgreen: I don't do videogames.
:bulletgreen: I haven't heard the best things about your outfit.

It certainly doesn't assuage my reticence regarding how your group handles others' intellectual property when the most costly pledges include the pledgor doing creative work for you. I could also go on about what takes me aback regarding the concepts that have been pointed out to me so far but I get the impression that wouldn't move you and your cohorts in the direction I'd care for.
Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama :D
dracontes Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. Do keep up the good work :)
WakefieldDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
:tighthug: <<<Because you deserve to be loved! :heart:
Have an amazing week, and may you forever know only
happiness and prosperity! :heart:

Warm :hug:'s,
dracontes Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the well-wishes and the encouragement :)
WakefieldDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
:heart: You are very welcome my friend! :tighthug:
vasix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I posted the link to the article on FB but it seems that you never saw it..? Or did you? I may be…
dracontes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I did see it, but in between all the stuff currently preoccupying me, I didn't find anything opportune to say about it yet. Well, at least I can say the credit you gave is appropriate.
vasix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) alright I was worried that you didn't. Thanks for clearing it up
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