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Artist Really in Need of Help. AND RAFFLE.

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 4, 2013, 7:09 PM

UPDATE!:
Great job, guys! The procedure was successful!


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Meet Bunni.



She's a high-energy, hard-working, spirited fun-ball
of laughter, talent, and voracious supernovas of friendship.

She's also an animator.

The pay's kinda okay I guess, better than your average burger flipper,
but not close to other equally hard working people in other jobs.

A couple weeks back, her hard drive gave up the ghost.

Just.

Bam.

Gone.

It stopped working like a unionized chemistry teacher
getting notice of a district labor dispute.

Very suddenly.

Unapologetically.

And leaving everyone else pretty darned peeved.

Trapped within her hard drive are her personal files,
past projects, portfolio samples...

...And the first five years of photos of her daughter, Lily.



Just like her mom, Lily is also a high-energy fun-ball of
unrelenting enchantment and delight.

Every memory, every image of this girl's upbringing
contains a value beyond fiscal measure to Bunni.
But unfortunately, sentimentality aside, hard drive
recovery centers also have to support their own kids, too.

They can't afford a good deed.

But you know who can?


YOOOOOOOOOU...

Sure, you could just donate directly to her PayPal account
for some good short-term karma and feel-good vibes...

...But you want something back. right?

Right?

She's more than happy to oblige.

First off, she's open for quick $10 commissions.
Give her a character, a little whimsical anecdote to go with,
and boom, you got art.

You got art from a professional animator who is working on
an honest to God TV show.

But you know how a lot of us found her?

A while back, Bunni made a splash in the new My Little Pony
fandom by showcasing a series of steampunk redesigns
of the characters.



She actually made quite a bunch.

And now for the first time, she's offering them as buttons.



Quite a fair price, too.  Eight bucks for six buttons.
Eight bucks is what you spend on a burger and milkshake.

And unlike a burger and a milkshake, these pins
don't turn into poo.

They last.

They're a fun collectible reminder.

They're a reminder that you helped in the recovery effort
of Bunni's most cherished memories.

Because if irreplaceable history is priceless,
then with all things considered...



...Eight bucks is quite a deal.



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:iconvunlinur:
Vunlinur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've already heard 'bout it from some other source. She's fine already, right?
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Yep, the whole procedure was a success. I have a follow-up here: [link]
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Vunlinur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's good.
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AngelTigress03 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Backups are nice, but it is most unfortunate that sometimes little things like bills, food, and other important things in life come first. Did it occur to anyone being negative that perhaps said person that this is being done for didn't have the money to spare for a backup drive or extra media?

WARNING! SARCASM AHEAD
Nooooo? Oh gee I wonder why..
SARCASM END

I make a fair decent amount, but guess where it all goes? Bills. I have little left myself to use, much less give.

That said, I have little to contribute money wise but I will be signal boosting this and wish all the luck in the world.

And as childish I suppose as this is, For all of you jackhats who have opened your little garbage filled mouths, I have only wishful thinking for you.. stuff that involves fire... or possibly being hit by a bus.

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AngelTigress03 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Expensive, yes, but a worthy investment always in the eyes of a loving parent. And they come even before the bills do :3
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yeah, did I mention she also has a daughter?

Those are expensive little things! And she's not even in the make-up phase yet!
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AngelTigress03 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I'll direct you to my above statement since apparently I just have trouble replying properly XD. I however will reiterate: Kids are expensive but a worthy investment. Especially in the eyes of a parent who loves them. And they almost always come first.
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MomoKiwi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconletmehugyouplz: Really, she needs a big hug. Gotta make this spread like wildfire. I'll let my good buddies know and see want they can do to help! ^^ I would donate right now, but *poof* Paypal= Zero. :/ Seriously though, I'll try to help if I can.
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AeyraV Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some of these comments are disgusting me... >.> Just because she didn't back them up isn't a good reason to go beat her down and say she doesn't deserve to get it fixed. If you read the original journal, you'll see that it was the backup that was broken. :/ She dropped her external hard drive, where the photos and other files were archived (my family does that, because it takes up too much space) and cloud storage for that much stuff costs a fortune. And why does everyone have the presume the worst? Not everyone is a cold, money-grubbing prick you know. >.> Losing pictures is probably one of the worst things you can lose... if you lose your house, you can rebuild, even if you lose all of your work, you can at least try to redo it. But you can't go back in time and take those photos again. You can't go back and capture that smile you loved, that moment you'll remember all your life. It's not happening. And if you have nothing good to say, don't say it, because all you're doing is make yourself look like a selfish prick who always thinks the worst of others.

And... now to sound like the average person who can't afford to commission anything. I have barely 205 points, and don't have a Paypal. But what I can do, though it's not really anything, is wish the best of luck and hope all of those files can get recovered.
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Idellechi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Faved! :D
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The comments that are being left here are really sick. I can't believe the coldness of our community :no:
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yep, I'm maintaining a proper attitude here and just going to hide them.

I love a good Internet scuffle every now and then, and I'm not afraid of a bit of criticism. But this isn't an appropriate place to soapbox and antagonize others.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's really making me very sad. I've been through quite a lot and have had to ask for help before as well. It's a very humbling and vulnerable place to be in...Losing something as crucial as a hard drive for a digital artist would be the equivalent of my studio burning to the ground.
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
He blocked me before I could reply, but if they read this, MarielOfRedwall, hear me out.

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"Your donation drive will come when you've done as much and been as good a friend as Bunni to me and dozens of my other friends for the last several months.

I'd love to help everyone as best as I can, but I have to give my friends priority, particularly those who regularly reach out to others with equal selflessness.

However, to extend this to you, I'll also have to spare a good amount of time to pass before doing this again. I'd rather not overwhelm others' generosity. That'll give you plenty of time to earn my respect, orchestrate art trades, hang with me and my other friends on Steam, go out of your way to provide me contacts to fellow professionals in the animation industry, and become a delightfully likable person who has quite a lot of common interests as I do.

Then we'll see about getting those Obama pics back, pronto.

Because just like Lily, I'm sure you won't find a lot of photographs of him from the last five years either..."
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I missed the other comments, but that was a good and super classy reply to all the snarkiness going on. Ive never such immature behavior going on outside the forums :no:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what it's like to literally lose all of your saved digital files on a laptop. No matter how much backing up you do, it's impossible not to be at a loss for some things when your technology fails, I'll send her some help :)
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I understand your concerns and appreciate you voicing them. However, I'd rather not have this journal plummet into a bunch of arguing over the merit of backing up your files. You're right in this instance, and it's unfortunate that these important files were not backed up while she was in the middle of transitioning between computers last year.

But that's all hindsight. We can point it out as much as we like, it's not bringing those files back.

So again, I thank you for voicing yourself and being honest, but I'd rather keep the focus on solving the problem now instead of how to prevent it in the future. :)
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I can only wish her the best! I have no money myself as my computer did something almost just like this a few months ago. I lost 2 years of photos and art. I back up a lot more now. Anyway I'll my a poll for this journal so many some of my watcher can see. Good luck!
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Kairukurumi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I'm trying to decide which buttons to get. I'll deliberate and get back to you. Good luck on your mission!
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AshleyMerrill Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wish her luck, though I'm surprised it's not backed up. Wish I could help, but I'm not exactly in a situation where I can do more than offer luck and suggestions.

While I'm understanding it's an external that broke, I would suggest for the future (and this is for anyone with ANY precious data); BACKUPS. And Backups of backups. Honestly speaking, 1 backup of the files on site for immediate problems (such as HD failure) and then one off-site in case of fire etc. I usually keep an extra one to lug around with me and in case it ever drops (and it does, I've broken 2 due to slipping on ice in the winter) then the other 2 are strictly data backups to cover my ass. So that's your CPU HD, your onsite HD and then your offsite (and in my case the 4th set of data is the extra lug around). I'm not as diligent as my father, but he swaps his on-site/off-site ones every few months so that they're both recently updated.

The other option (someone mentioned earlier) is going for cloud services, or she could try something like dropbox. Though it is cheaper to splurge on the big HDs in the long run (upfront vs ongoing costs). Also, I read recently that HDs will need to be replaced every decade or something vs the cloud "forever" lifetime.... not too sure about that.

And BTW. It's on the Journal Portal ;)
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hail-the-oblivious Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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pushyreeder Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah.wish i could help.wish someone would help me.
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sissysonikku Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw man :( if I could, I would.
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ADQuatt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Do these things really work? Because I could totally use a new car.
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
New car would be too much. I'm also not expecting this journal to get all the help she needs, but even if it graces the ear of only one person who decides to throw some help her way, then it's worth the effot.
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chuckdaws Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
luck, love $ ponies
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BubblyEllie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if i was old enough to get a paypal, i would love to help, i feel so bad=C wish her luck for me, though=D (wish i could do more)
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rosebfischer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry I can't really help. I am out of work myself, and I am not a fan of MLP. I wish her good luck in getting her daughter's photos back--I'm really surprised, though that past projects and portfolio work haven't been backed up anywhere. I see someone else mentioned external drives. You can get them in my area for around $50, depending on the size you need, and there are also cloud storage options that run as low as $5-10 a month. She might want to look into those in the future.
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catangeltitan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
what show is she working on?
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
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catangeltitan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
cool can't wait!
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"But you know who can?" :iconanimefaceplz:
OBAMA! :dummy:

.... :facepalm:


My stupidity/weirdness aside, this is a really great thing you're doing and I really wish I could help but, ya know, high school-er, no job, no allowance.... just broke. :forgiveme:
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Ranshiinsitha Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is really kind, i recently had to do the same for me and i asked *azzai for help, she made a journal but unfortunately i didnt get more than 3 donations. I have been looking for job since september 2011 and i spent almost the whole past year without electric energy. I still in a desperate need of money but i got tired of asking for help, my art is not even whort any money.
Anyways, im faving this and i hope somebody helps, i know how that feels.
Ran out.
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oXFrostXo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't have a paypal, but I've favorited this to spread the word.
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