First of all, thank you to those who watch and favorite stuff ^_^ I might not get around to thanking you personally, but please know I am thankful!
Now onto the other stuff...
I shouldn't write this after not sleeping and just generally being in an off mood, but it is hard enough typing stuff like this anyway... i'm going to use the anti-sober effect that gives and just write this up (so give me a bit and i'll probably edit this -_-)
I am going to have to raise my commission prices. This rant isn't at anyone in particular (so if you think it is about you, it ISN'T... especially those i've been working with for a while -____-') I spend FAR too long to get nothing done. I'm hyper critical of what I do and how I do it even though it looks like a mess. Because of that I spend HOURS/DAYS trying to make sure I understand what is wanted. I am at heart a sketch/concept artist and like the thrill of a new idea and just wailing on it. This bites me in the ass when I'm commissioned by people that have little to no reference and just walls of text. I love reading stories, but I'm going to start charging extra for doing it. I have to sketch up designs then find out those are all wrong or whatever and do more. If you do not provide me with CLEAR reference I will be adding that to my price. I can easily spend 8 hours figuring out what is wanted... 8 hours I'm not getting paid for. (or longer and having commissions dropped. Always a favorite -_-)
And I am always flattered when someone is wanting to commission me, I REALLY am. That makes this even harder. I do not want to disappoint my clients or have them dislike anything about their piece. It is unfortunately very hard for me to tell people 'no' or 'i don't know', so when i get really unclear or very open ended commissions I feel pressured to give you a price quote right away and its never anywhere near what it needs to be. You guys know what your characters are, but i'm just getting to know them. Please remember it is all new to me. I also am working on getting better at drawing characters in scenes, something that is a bit overwhelming for me. It seems everyone wants complicated multi character pieces and if you look in my gallery you can see I never do those... =_= They take for friggin' ever to do and by the time I get one figured out its been way too long or i'm burnt out, so I shut down and just get farther behind.
Almost all of my time is going to Puma Pets right now. There is just a ton of art that needs to be done for it, and between that and trying to sort out exactly what people are wanting and personal projects my mind just breaks.
Clearly I don't time manage well, but a lot of this is new for me. My old 'times' are in a sore need of an update. My prices and working habits have bothered people who know me for quite a while and I'm going to finally listen -_-' I'm sick of making less then minimum wage for all the work/time I spend on stuff. I am a frugal person and when things come up like my computer freaking out it breaks my heart I can't take care of my own shit. I HATE letting people know something is wrong, but things like no computer is unavoidable on that. I shouldn't be in a place in my life where $10 makes or breaks me.
I love art, and I love making art FOR people. I just am starting to feel soulless as I panic to figure out what i'm doing, then rush something out as I lift my hands in the air and say fuck it. I am also trying to get stuff together to have ready for Wondercon (in April so I have a bit of time and local) and as things stand I cannot afford to get simple stuff like a button maker or my book printed. It drives me crazy. I love cons, and i love the idea of selling people fantasy art. I like to promote myself, but am quite shy about it, unless at a con. I just do so much better when I can see people's reactions and opinions (even if they are not favorable!) ... I just don't know what to do other then raise my prices. (and a cookie to all who read that and didn't tell me to STFU)
Again, I am THANKFUL to anyone who not only likes my art but is even willing to get some of it for themselves! Please trust me on that no mater how much it seems like I am whining -_-'
I will be laying out my commission rules much better once I'm caught up. Also price list. (Price raise will not affect current commissions for BenFan and Gatcha) Another rule is going to be a half down non refundable deposit regardless. -_-
Requests- No. (not accepting right now. Seriously.)
Fantasy/OC commissions: Full.
Fetish/Adult commissions: Full. Please do not even inquire right now unless you are willing to pay double -_-'
Commercial Work: Inquire. (yes you can ask about this one)
Personal projects- Sparingly x_x'
Reading: nice things from nice people