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This is a “good news/bad news” kind of thing.

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. 

The Perils of Raven 1a by kaspired   The Perils of Raven 1b by kaspired

The Perils of Raven 2a by kaspired   The perils of Raven 2b by kaspired

The perils of Raven 3a by kaspired   The Perils of Raven 3b by kaspired

The Perils of Raven 4a by kaspired

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.

College Photo 1 by kaspired   College Photo 2 by kaspired

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.

College Sketch 1 by kaspired   College Sketch 2 by kaspired   College Sketch 3 by kaspired   College Sketch 4 by kaspired

College Sketch 5 by kaspired   College Sketch 6 by kaspired   College Sketch 7 by kaspired   College Sketch 8 by kaspired

College Sketch 9 by kaspired   College Sketch 10 by kaspired   College Sketch 11 by kaspired   College Sketch 12 by kaspired

College Sketch 13 by kaspired

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!)  









  • Listening to: Kenny Wayne Shepard
  • Watching: The thermometer drop...


United States
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"



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Thesadkid Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llamaaa <3
kaspired Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016

So far my experiences with him haven't been all that bad...  I'm not quite sure what to say.
halfhumanhalfzombie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
Ok. Yeah I should maybe spead this message in a different way. If he's not giving you any problems it's fine. It's hard to stop respecting people who don't cause others personally any problems.
kaspired Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016

I can understand if he's doing the name calling bit, I wouldn't be too happy either.  But so far nothing like that has happened here.  Believe me if that did happen  I'd call anybody on that.  I have called other people on things similar to this, and so far I've gotten decent responses on similar issues.
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mykawaiisugarynewt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your gallery, want to be friends/do you roleplay?
kaspired Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
Cool!  Glad you like my drawings.

Being friends works for me, but I don't do any roleplaying.
mykawaiisugarynewt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have any instant messangers where we can chat?
kaspired Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
You can note me, that usually works.
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Ultramichelle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
Thank you very much for the llama! Hug 
Christopia1984 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hey, I'm hosting a contest 2016 Summer Olympics Fan Art Contest! Wanna join in?
kaspired Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
Hmmm...  That has potential.  I've already done a TdF-esque thing:  TDF by kaspired   So maybe I just might.
Christopia1984 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That would be good, but I'm looking for entries that is this years, hope you understand.
kaspired Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
Oh yeah, the bicycle drawing was just an example.
Bostongirl7519 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016

This Monsoon is just like me. LOL

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