Do these look like finx wings to anyone else? I guess it could be a mutant with that one potion that includes a third parent but it’s a breedable custom griffin and nothing looks like it got used off the other parent. 

wut

http://www.aywas.com/forum/topic/164221/

Hey everyone, my “friends” are over at my house and “we” are having a party and “they” all want to sign up for aywas accounts suddenly…

Is it okay if “they” all sign up for accounts at my house and “all” use the same email? I only ask because I’m so innocent and my friends are so silly o.O O.o o.O O.o  

therollingtire:

blackpaws:

thebearsmiles:

blackpaws:

thebearsmiles:

aywasconfessions:

I really really wish slash would stop promoting random artists he likes who join the site :/ It’s not that they’re not talented or anything, it’s just… it’s a site full of artists. I don’t appreciate him just singling out the ones helikes to commission.

But if he…

What? Yes, he likes them… What? I don’t understand the first couple lines of your response, but yeah I am complaining about those shout-outs you see nothing wrong with. I don’t pay any attention to site contests, but I’m alerted to news posts, as a lot of other users are, too? Since you don’t agree there’s no need for clarification or anything, so, just wanted to post that up there :U I was just getting my feels out. I was pretty butthurt when Osiem and Cat were both added to the (top of the) SCC artist page and both got a ton of promotion via news posts when I joined right after and was just stuck quietly somewhere in the middle. I know not all artists get promoted via a news post or anything, especially not all SCC artists or anything? It was just unfortunate timing and coincidence that made me feel kinda crummy.

Well, hey, I wasn’t trying to call you out or anything like that— just putting my two cents in.  Don’t worry about trying to follow my train of thought, er, but I’ll try to explain—

“I really really wish slash would stop promoting random artists he likes who join the site…”

So the thought that followed was, “Well, who else would he promote?  Artists he didn’t like?”  You’ll have to forgive me for my slightly broken response.

Sorry to hear you felt shoved under the rug. :/ I know that’s a frustrating feeling.  That said, I’ve always enjoyed the artists he shows in the news posts— but I’m not a part of the site staff/art staff/breeding artist/anything like that.  I only play on the site.  It may be different for me if I was actually an SCC artist or something like that.

The SCC artist thing was mostly just an example, I don’t think i’d feel differently if I wasn’t on the team ;3; and now I understand what your first few lines meant; my bad! It’s just, yeah xD we clearly respond differently, and I just kind of. Idk sigh and eyeroll when he promotes artists because to me it’s like “HEY GUYS GUESS WHAT I REALLY LIKE THIS PERSON AND BUY ART FROM THEM AND YOU SHOULD TOO SO HERE’S SOME ICONS FOR YOU” or whatever, he advertises for them basically? And it makes me jelly :U cause like I said, aywas is full of artists and singling out a few every now and then just doesn’t make me feel very good.

Just wanted to say do your research. Its proven Slash is a girl. There is even a news article with “her” being interviewed about owning Aywas. So you want to tell me she is really a guy? Then who is that girl that claims to own the site?

As for Neph she is one of these “liked” artists that Slash promotes. Daily. Though really her art is crap.

I’m not sure you understand the difference between sex and gender dear, you might want to do your own research.

aywasconfessions:

I never understand when I ask for design help, even if I offer up say, 120gp for a ballpark, for coloring of a PSD, or cleanup of a bad shade job ect.

Nothing but dust bunnies and new folks with no skill in what I ask for show up.

I see someone else post 2-3 days later, offering something like say, 5 GP.

Big name artist shows up and pretty much takes the job on for free.

It’s also not like it is a friend of theirs, sometimes it’s a random new person with no other posts but the post for help.

I’m starting to think I smell funny. That or I’m doing something VERY wrong.

lmao I will color you lots of things for 120 GP :|

if most of this is happening recently it could be because school is winding down for a lot of people and finals are coming up. And… personally I always kinda forget to check the wanted ads even though I’m up for coloring stuff or adding some edits or fixing shading because a lot of the posts are like “NEED MELO COMMISSION: ENTIRE HEAD AND TAIL EDIT BUT IT NEEDS TO BE BLUE AND I’M OFFERING 4 GP. I MAY EVEN GIVE YOU 5 IF YOU REALLY IMPRESS ME.”

or that’s what it used to be like anyway

and when I do take on something like that I usually just pick the first thing I see that it looks like I could do that’s reasonable. :c

ohmyaywas:

My first real post, I’m going over all the artists linked in the “PBC babies” thread and giving them a critique. Note that I can’t draw half as well as any of them, but I know general anatomy and when I’m wrong and need to change a pose or leg position to something I’m actually capable of making look nice. I’ll also be including things that just… are not aesthetically pleasing to me in one way or another.

I’ll probably fuck something up because I have never used tumblr before.

Starting from the top of this page. Only going through those still on the team according to the page.

Aqua: Honestly, everything here is fucking BEAUTIFUL.

RyuArashi: Okay that first one is kinds WTF, and this one

Like… This thing bothers me so much in SO MANY WAYS I can’t even begin to figure out WHY either. But in all honesty? RyuArashi has improved a lot since then, and this one here is my favorite.

Cruci: Well, Cruci does amazing fluff and feathers, I realy like the style, but really seems to have gotten lazy about coloring, or just doesn’t seem to care much maybe. Anatomy is mostly good except for that thing with the tiny back end… My biggest problem with cruci is coloring. It’s just very bland if there aren’t sharp markings.

Nepherim: Puts in her ALL, man. Nothing is below quality here, anatomy is fine. Beautiful work. The only thing I have issue with are those square-headed things near the bottom of the list, but  can forgive that. Getting those would not make me unhappy, but I’d giggle at it a bit, maybe.

Daffu: Really distinctive style, but not in a bad way. The back leg of that green snow leopard thing seems a little off but its not bad. My only issue is this thing:
I think it’s head is just way too big or something. It seems kind of cluttered too maybe? It’s just… not something I’d be happy with at all. Colors are good though, and it was an earlier work so not too bad all around. I would DIE for that 4 winged pony or rabbit, seriously.

Ginny: She does a great job coloring and her anatomy is mostly in the right place, barring this uncomfortable looking creature:

Her shading really leaves something to be desired though, it doesn’t make the pet POP. Her wings are a little wonky too, but it’s mostly the shading.

Ryou: Good poses and anatomy. Simple coloring but shading and texturing makes up for it.

Cat: All your pets face the same way and you seem to like a running sort of pose, but all in all Consistent and very well done.

ToKhi: That pig thing looks a little stiff, and the snow leopards legs are kinda weird, but you still do good work otherwise.

Linai:A few things look really stiff, but it’s all very pretty. Except for that oaklbird with the giant nexk. It makes some sense but at the same time it just isn’t very  pleasing to the eye.

Airr: CAn work with cute OR horrible monsters, has beautiful coloring and knows how to work with colors that clash. The variety in her creatures is astounding. Switches styles as needed. Beautiful work all around.

Thats it for part 1. Stay tuned for my horrible scathing reviews in part 2.

Nepherim’s anatomy is “fine”? Excuse me while I go piss myself laughing in the corner over there. Beyond whatever is… going on with the bodies on her shit, she could really use some work on the faces—a couple I have in mind kind of look like they got hit by a truck. And eye placement issues on a lot of them, with just really blocky, flat faces. I won’t get too into the super random “here overlay in nearly the same direction over the entire body” shit. Is it supposed to be shine? Fur texture? An alien language?

Her shading style has actually uh… kinda degraded as she’s done more babies, which is strange. Now a lot of them have this weird wannabe cel shading along all their lineart. It makes everything on them look flat.

But in the end they aren’t my offspring, so if the breeder likes them, good. 

aywasconfessions:

“I’m the derp artist and—”

No, Guillermo. You overlay two images on top of each other and change a setting. There is no “artistic” quality behind that. It’s insulting to other breeding artists like myself who actually have to work hard to make babies.

I lol’d

aywasconfessions:

I ain’t even gonna anon about it.

So I’ve been planning/attempting to make a good betta base for oh say… maybe 6+ months on and off. Decide to find an artist. Can’t get my first choice. Wait a bit. Nyoko opens SCC commissions— bam I get a cute base.

I’m a busy gal, so it takes me a while to…

I’m pretty sure one of them was there before nyoko even opened commissions. There’s another new one now though, yeah. I was just talking with a friend about this last night. Apparently dragons are old hat and bettas are suddenly in, lol. I wouldn’t take it too personally since, well, most people DO like bettas, they’re flamboyant and pretty and whatever and all three species I’m thinking of are just like… just a betta, no little add-ons to make them into something more, like wings or horns or idek. *shrug*

aywasconfessions:

Ever see a suggestion where someone wants something added to the site, or taken from it? Everyone starts saying no to the suggestion because of the coding. People, aywas is a business, a business is supposed to cater to the needs of it’s customers, aka, the user base. So yeah, maybe it would take someone’s precious time to code a few damn things into the system, but that is their JOB. most of the people on the site don’t do their job, and then say real life gets in the way. Well, it’s a fucking business for crikes sake. Get to it!

Yeah… the problem isn’t the fact that it requires coding so much as the piles of other things that need to be coded or fixed. I mean, we could all scream DO MORE CODES but I don’t think that’s really going to get anyone anywhere.

pheonee:

betweenparallels:

the-shy-lurk-spaz:

aywasconfessions:

Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for breeding predicts? I’ve heard this for months now and there is apparently no progress. User predicts are backed up months and don’t seem to be moving anywhere.

What the fuck is taking so long? Someone told me Mauri has…

I think the money issue stems from the fact if you look around, you can get a feel for how much the site makes. (I won’t name names, but I know at least 2 users that monthly donate over $500, every month).

I know how much I donated over some spans of time, and so on.

I agree people need to factor in, that there are some massive payouts to admin, staff, and artists. However the site does influx a lot of money as well. Slash at one point didn’t get deep into how much comes in (refused to give a finical, ect). However being the kid of a CPA, and with keen eyes (such as Slash’s rants about how much she paid into taxes at one point, and mention of a substantial savings fund set aside if a crisis should happen to the budget).

My point is, there is enough money to get people to do their jobs in a timely manor. I agree with the point, that there are MORE then enough people willing to do the jobs that aren’t being done. If the current trainees aren’t pulling snuff they need to be washed out, like any other job, and the next batch in.

I do understand from Frey’s recent posts that right now predictions have a lot of issues going on (including a mention of shady dealings, that where intercepted before they did damage). That prediction staff right now have a little too much access to the breeding panel, that she’s asked for a code fix to limit it up so she can safely bring more people in and not worry as MUCH about trust (any access to admin panels will always require trust, it’s just the level isn’t as high when you can’t fuck with stuff you have no right to be fucking with).

It’s frustrating as hell to know the money is there, to get people that will do their jobs, and people that aren’t are being floated on the coat-tails of being friends with the right people.

However, the fact that shit is mixed in with legit worries and problems really has made predictions a clusterfuck of I-refuse-to-touch-it for the time being.

I have breedings, that I submitted that site artists got done, a month+ faster then predictions I’m sitting on that I don’t even know if they passed yet. That, I don’t even have good words for.

Okay, here’s a fun fact for you: Predict staff receives 20 GP per week only if they’ve reached their quota. Let’s look at your figures though. Two people donating $500 a month means a minimum of $1000 a month, which is spent on ten contract breeding artists in one week. Let’s say there are currently 25 breeding artist, and three non-contract LBC artists receive incentive, and two non-contract BC artists receive incentive, totaling to another $150. 

The total spent in one week with these figures is now $1150. Alongside this, approximately 2300 GP has been introduced into the system via breeding artist payments (at an even figure of 100 GP for LBC artists and 200 GP for BC artists). There are five predict accepters currently in training, equaling another 100 GP released into the system that has not been donated for, and is exchanging hands without the site drawing any profit from the purchase thereof. I am not accounting for RBC artists as I do not know how much incentive they can earn (if any) and metal artists receive the same amount as LBC artists so they’re counted as LBC artists for this post.

Going to throw a random number on this one but, let’s say Mauri accepts 50 site colorations of the weekly pets adding another 500 GP to the system (as weekly species grant 10 GP rather than the usual 3 GP). Our total is now 2800 GP released into the system without any USD being accumulated into the funds Slash has to run the site.

I just checked Rebel Networks sever costs, and it seems the average for one sever is $400 a month. Since information such as what plan aywas is hosted on is not made available, nor is it necessary to be available, to the average player I cannot give an exact number here either, so I’m going to just say it’s $400. Adding this to the weekly payment for contract breeding artists of $1150, we’re at $5000 for one month, or $60k a year. 

PBC artists are paid $30 per offspring. There was something like 400 of those submitted? At least. Which is $12,000 by the time Slash has paid each artist for each offspring made. Not factoring in any life seed breedings. We’re now at $72k as a total. 

Site coloration artists can earn a maximum of $120 per week. Assuming at least two artists are capable of producing the full 20 coloration required for this, that’s $240 a week or $960 per month. The other figures available for coloration artists are $300 a month (per artist), $160 a month (per artist), or $60 a month (per artist). There are definitely more than eight artists on the team, but account for two artists at each tier listed it’s $2000 a months to pay eight coloration artists, $7000 a month including breeding artists and server costs. 

So sure, let’s say over $7k gets donated to aywas monthly. Slash then pays for item art, art for different areas in explore, new species artwork, NPC artwork, and I’ve never seen a fee listed for how much coders cost aywas, but if you figure the average freelance coder earns $15 an hour, working a 40 hour week is another $600 or $2400 a month. I’m sure professionals earn more, but I couldn’t find any exact salary figures on Rebel Networks’ site and am forced to use a (low) average for this. 

So two coders a month cost Slash $5000. Bringing the monthly cost of Aywas up to $12k. Or close to $150,000. As a bare minimum. 

just some things:

  • Yes, RBC artists do get incentive; they’re paid $25 if they finish their list in less than 3 days.
  • PBC artists are paid $25 at the maximum. I don’t know anybody working for $30 per offspring. I do know several working for $20 or less.
  • However, most PBC artists also do normal SCC commissions which are paid by the site. Gold Paintbrushes also take out loads; I once redeemed enough for $90 at once.

That said, I highly, highly doubt that Slash is on any shortage of money. Whatsoever. Because the new surprise SCCs system he introduced pays in USD but has no feasible way of directly bringing money into the site. They’re raffled off for BP! I think it’s a fairly obvious tip that Aywas is not hurting for funds, if they’ve the money to invest in new features that, while exciting, cannot feasibly be called investments.

I have no idea what I’d be talking about re: any of the other issues, so that’s all.

I don’t recall anyone saying Slash is hurting for money, lol. I just happen to think it’s also not a fair idea to imply he’s just got ~so much money!!1!~ laying around that he can up and piss it away and hire random people to get trained at a job they don’t even have the skillset for. Especially without considering the considerable expenses the site DOES incur.

Okay, PBCs artists make less than $30. So let’s put it at what, $18 average to balance out all the under $25s? I know I’d heard quite a few were at $15. So that puts the total for that at $7200 instead of $12k. Brings the total she had all that way down to… $145,200. Okay then…? Her point still stands. 

Sidenote, I’m pretty sure these are getting auctioned for BP to try and make bp worth anything again. Since everyone’s pretty concerned over inflation and whatever. Probably an ok idea considering pretty much the only thing most people are will to shell out for anymore are silvers and breeding coins.

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the-shy-lurk-spaz:

Hyena Teeth: aywasconfessions: Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for…

aywasconfessions:

Isn’t Mauri supposed to be training new people for breeding predicts? I’ve heard this for months now and there is apparently no progress. User predicts are backed up months and don’t seem to be moving anywhere.

What the fuck is taking so long? Someone told me Mauri has…

I think the money issue stems from the fact if you look around, you can get a feel for how much the site makes. (I won’t name names, but I know at least 2 users that monthly donate over $500, every month).

I know how much I donated over some spans of time, and so on.

I agree people need to factor in, that there are some massive payouts to admin, staff, and artists. However the site does influx a lot of money as well. Slash at one point didn’t get deep into how much comes in (refused to give a finical, ect). However being the kid of a CPA, and with keen eyes (such as Slash’s rants about how much she paid into taxes at one point, and mention of a substantial savings fund set aside if a crisis should happen to the budget).

My point is, there is enough money to get people to do their jobs in a timely manor. I agree with the point, that there are MORE then enough people willing to do the jobs that aren’t being done. If the current trainees aren’t pulling snuff they need to be washed out, like any other job, and the next batch in.

I do understand from Frey’s recent posts that right now predictions have a lot of issues going on (including a mention of shady dealings, that where intercepted before they did damage). That prediction staff right now have a little too much access to the breeding panel, that she’s asked for a code fix to limit it up so she can safely bring more people in and not worry as MUCH about trust (any access to admin panels will always require trust, it’s just the level isn’t as high when you can’t fuck with stuff you have no right to be fucking with).

It’s frustrating as hell to know the money is there, to get people that will do their jobs, and people that aren’t are being floated on the coat-tails of being friends with the right people.

However, the fact that shit is mixed in with legit worries and problems really has made predictions a clusterfuck of I-refuse-to-touch-it for the time being.

I have breedings, that I submitted that site artists got done, a month+ faster then predictions I’m sitting on that I don’t even know if they passed yet. That, I don’t even have good words for.

Yep, again with this “well the money is just THERE” shit. You’re right, more people need to factor in the costs. And as far as Slash not providing financial records? That’s… no one’s business but his and the governments. I honestly can’t believe the gall of some people. 

Okay, 2 users spend $500 a month. That is enough to pay all the contract breeding artists for /one week./ Not Eri, not coders, not any other site artists, not server fees, not the potential fee for backups, not PBC or SCC artists, not anything besides contract breeding artists. Oh, and that doesn’t include artists getting incentive, either. I would guess that’s at least another $100/wk. I would think the kid of a CPA would know how to break down costs more realistically than “I know some people who donate $500 a month.” That’s not even enough to cover the bare minimum. Money doesn’t just sit there once it’s made. My grandfather taught me that one anyway. Did you know that keeping a savings fund in case of emergency doesn’t immediately imply that there’s just piles of cash sitting around? Lots of people manage to do it. Saving some cash back is the smartest thing he could do. 

I think people don’t completely think about the amount of money switching hands here—it’s no small amount. A lot of money goes back into the site just to keep it running with all the people that keep it running. 

Re: enough money to make everyone do their jobs, any idea how much predict acceptors make, in a week? 20 GP. lol.  

 ”It’s frustrating as hell to know the money is there, to get people that will do their jobs, and people that aren’t are being floated on the coat-tails of being friends with the right people.” 

I’m curious as to what you mean by this. If we’re still talking predicts accepters, I don’t think your keen eyes are catching who is friends with who, lol. The problem is, all these people that would be overjoyed help? Don’t have the clearance (at the moment with the admin panel) or more frequently don’t have the right skill set. Yeah, you get trained on predicts, but an artist is always going to have a headstart as far as seeing mixed colors, gauging percentages of colors, watching edit swapping, etc etc.  Training someone who has never done a breeding before? Is going to take way, way longer, no matter how enthusiastic they are. Even if Mauri were to try and recruit predicts artists, on average they haven’t done near the work a site artist will have, since they can stop anytime, take only the amount of work the feel like, work more slowly, etc. That and some have the whole “PSD only” stipulation—after doing hundreds of breedings it’s a lot easier to see a color layer on a png x png breeding (allowed) vs. a hueslid something (not allowed.)

All that is also a great example of while it’s super easy for everyone to throw their hands in the air and cry WELL BRING ON THE NEXT PREDICT TRAINEES, they prooobably should remember 1. admin access, 2. skillset, 3. it’s a thankless job that not many (qualified) people want and that I had been approached for—I would not say yes for all the GP onsite and all the cash in Slash’s surely overflowing pockets. 

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