|The latest, myabe not the greatest...|
|The latest, myabe not the greatest...|
|18 from '15|
First, let me start with not one but two sketch dumps.
These Raven sketches began as merely silly, guess this is the hazard of wearing only a leotard and a cloak. But then I realized (with one exception) I haven’t drawn anyone here from the back view. Plus, a while ago, I was critiqued by another artist (that I respect quite a lot) that my drawings are “posed” (they show no action). For a couple of reasons, suddenly these drawings became serious.
Good news now. My apartment is being remodeled. I had to pull everything out of the closet, and found some really, really, really, old college era stuff.
Two photos that I took and developed and printed.
From my sketch books. Usually I could fill a sketch book in a few months. I spent an entire afternoon whittling that pile down to these “mere” thirteen sketches.
Bad news now. My apartment is being remodeled. Which means a huge rent increase. Gigantic Godzilla Ohmigawd Areyoukiddingme sized increase. To the point where I might lose it. I’m not talking about a $50 rise. Oh no. Try adding $400, BTW that’s a third of the current rent.
It already requires half of my take home pay, now it’s going way over that point.
For those of you who don’t know I live in the San Francisco Bay area. Rents here have always been high, but lately things have gotten out of control. Don’t believe me? Go on Craigslist SF bay area and see what a studio/one bedroom goes for.
New apartment buildings are popping up all over the place, there are at least five in my little town. But they’re aimed at the “luxury” market, meaning still more money. Even if I did work for some big money high-tech company I wouldn’t want to pay that much.
So, the normal working class (me) is being squeezed, and squeezed, and squeezed and…
It’s so bad, go ahead and ask, how bad is it?
It’s so bad that one of the city council members in a city near me had to quit her position. She couldn’t afford to live in town.
It’s so bad that the members of the firefighters for another town near me have a two or three-hour commute (one way) to get to work. If there is some kind emergency (say, the inevitable earthquake) they won’t be able to get to their station.
It’s so bad that if you were to go to the police station in another big city near me, there is a row of mobile homes parked across the street. It’s not the homeless. It’s for the off-duty officers. They need to live so far away that it’s not practical to drive home nightly.
It’s so bad that a landlord in another town was shooting car windows trying to scare the current tenants to move out of his rent controlled building so he could get new tenants to pay the higher rent. (This really happened, he was caught on surveillance cameras.)
It’s so bad that kids can’t move out of their parents’ house.
It’s so bad… Well, you get the idea. I could go on for another couple of pages with examples.
There may be all kinds of “reasons” to justify an increase. But those reasons don’t match the amount. Unfortunately, (in my humble heavily biased opinion) it all boils down to sheer greed. Landlord A raises the rent, so landlord B matches that plus a little, so landlord C does the same, and on and on it goes. Then they turn a blind eye to any consequences.
Believe it or not, this does affect anybody who looks at my site.
I’ve already been forced to quit requests and do strictly commissions. And if I’m forced to pick up a second job, I won’t have enough time or will power or energy to do much drawing. And my favorite art supply store is being forced to move. They don't have any place to move into yet so they may need to shut down. Which means I won't be able to get the required supplies to finish a drawing.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
Spleesch, so much for a “Happy New Year”…
(P.S. There is a house for sale in the town next to me. Guess how much they’re asking? Go ahead, guess. Don’t worry, you’ll be way off. No kidding, try $22 million. If you want, I’ll send a copy of the ad to you. It’s real!)
Thanks to Wolich22 for this portrait, and for letting me use it for my I.D.
Current Residence: San Francisco Bay Area
Favourite genre of music: rock
Favourite style of art: something that makes you think
Operating System: steel and flint
MP3 player of choice: CD's
Shell of choice: abalone
Skin of choice: tanned
Favourite cartoon character: How many guesses do you want?
Personal Quote: "Fear is the little mind killer. You panic you freeze, you freeze you crash"