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Call me Tys... or Choo. Or Fish. Or Bones. I dunno. I have a lot of nicknames apparently. I am a raptor fish.

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barretxiii asked: Hello Tys, I donated $40, I hope it helps. I don't want anything in return; nothing that would take up your precious time and resources. My only request is for you to survive. You've got the style, skill, talent, and drive to make it. If an employer can't see that, they don't deserve their administrative position of power. Best of luck!


Answer:

Thank you so much for your kindness, honestly. ;_; And for the encouraging words, it genuinely has lifted my spirit in ways I’ve never been able to feel about my art before and it means so much. I am literally bursting with creative drive now because I’ve had so many supportive people getting behind me to help me stand back up and it’s incredible. Thank you, thank you thank you I can’t ever say it enough but thank you for being kind to some random artist on the internet I genuinely appreciate it. <3

— 10 hours ago with 5 notes
roarkshop asked: SO RELIEVED to see your update holy marbles! If the job in Arizona doesn't work out you should try applying to the Casino's out here in vegas. It's really cheap to live out here right now and you can apply at all the casinos online just by looking them up. I know my casino (The new york new york) is always hiring porters and barbacks and the money is actually surprisingly good even though the work is pretty grueling. And eventually you can become a bartender which is a great career out here!


Answer:

Thank you! And as for the suggestion - unless it’s an art related job I wouldn’t be terribly interested in working in the food industry again lol. Been there long enough to know that is definitely not a job I enjoy. The job I’m applying for in Arizona is for a gaming company that creates cover artwork for casino machines, though they don’t actually work in any casinos but from a separate building specifically for the graphic and 2d design of the logos and such. :) I really do appreciate the help though, and thank you for the support you’ve given already it means so much. :D

— 11 hours ago with 3 notes
sasseffect asked: you know it, girl. and you definitely should thank the people who reblogged your post, because i've seen your art on dA, but had no idea you were on tumblr, and I would never have even known about your situation if your lovely followers hadn't gotten your post on my dash, so huge kudos to them. I'm SO glad to hear that you'll have enough to sort yourselves out, and I really hope you get the job! You're definitely qualified and incredibly deserving, and we all have faith in you. <3


Answer:

I get a lot of people that tell me that lol - I probably don’t advertise enough that I’m on here probably 24/7 updating and stuff. Also yea I mean DANG that post like… EXPLODED in just a few hours I was completely shocked. I really do hope I get the job, it’d be such a good start after all this wonderful support and blessings from my watchers/friends/followers. And thank you very much, I really appreciate it. c: <3

— 14 hours ago with 3 notes
galagraphia asked: I'm so relieved by your update! I worried so much about you two! I hope everything will go well from now on, and you will find a job that suits you, and makes you proud! My love and prayers are with you, guys! Stay safe and don't lose hope! <3 Everything will be ok! *hugs*


Answer:

Thank you Gala! And I really am relieved, it’s really really great to know we’ll be safe no matter if I get the job or not. My husband has lit up like I’ve never seen him since last night he’s so optimistic now. I’m really, truly excited to know we’ll be able to finally get started whether or not I get the job (I’m hoping I do though) Thank you again for all of your support and wonderful messages - it means a lot *squeezes back in hug*

— 14 hours ago with 5 notes
thedietelf asked: Tys I am SO SO SO GLAD that people came together to help you! Good luck out there, and if you're ever in southern MN give me a jingle. I'll take you guys out to dinner :)


Answer:

I AM TOO like I told my mother I felt like a great stone had been lifted off my chest I feel so lucky to have so many friends and people that care about me enough to do everything they’ve done. :’D Also I sure as heck will dang that’d be fun you can take us out for a night on the town haha. <3

— 14 hours ago with 4 notes
sasseffect asked: 5 hours of livestream-lurking later, I'm still weeping at your skill and also crushing really hard on the Victorian Western ladies??? that corset dANG


Answer:

thank you so much for your other messages and this one lskdhflkhdf it made me smile so much. <3 i honestly never realized how many people genuinely cared about me and wanted to help.

also thank you for the compliment cx that’s actually the picture i did for my art test submission to the job in Arizona - I wasn’t sure if I would be able to post it online yet though so I’m waiting it out until I hear back from them. She was super fun to paint though. ^^

— 19 hours ago with 2 notes
A Small Fish Needs Some Help. →

shutterbones:

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Paypal Email: dustedpages@gmail.com

I have battled with myself for days over this - distraught, distressed, cried out, tired - and in my best interest and my husband’s I was convinced by him and our remaining supportive family members to do this.

We’re getting kicked out of our only…

Wanted to make an update while I’m still coherent over all of this.

Not only did you guys send us enough to be able to make it to Arizona (and find a place to stay) but if I don’t get the job (which at this point I’m really optimistic), we now have enough for me to afford to put a roof over our heads if we end up staying in this town.

I have heard so many wonderful, amazing stories in many of the donation notes already - words of encouragement, hope, and just general really kind messages that have made my heart swell beyond capacity. Around 2 am last night my phone was going off so often (it notifies me when Paypal updates) that I just sat my phone on the bed and cried my eyes out until my husband had to come and hug me and tell me we would be okay.

I’ve also had complete strangers who might not have known me yesterday offering me a couch to sleep on, food to eat, basic necessities/etc. if we end up in their area or if we just need to find somewhere else to stay. I have no words, I really don’t. I was just crying on and off all night from sheer relief and overwhelming shock over how kind people can be. Thank you, all of you - to everyone that reblogged, everyone that donated, everyone that offered help by other means, gave me wonderful messages of encouragement. You are some of the best people in the world and I hope for nothing but good things in return for what you did for me and my husband.

I also told my husband last night whenever I get famous from my writing/stories/etc. that I am going to send everyone awesome swag gifts because I can lol.

Also a very, very, very special thanks to my older brother Kyle (yuuva on Deviantart) who is pretty much my guardian angel; you are the best sibling someone could ever ask for and I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you, but it means a lot. My big brother looks out for his little sister, and I started sobbing last night after he sent me a message.

I love you ALL and thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for your selflessness and kindness. You may never know me personally, but every single message/donation/reblog will stay with me forever and I will never forget what anyone did for me. I promise this means so much to both myself and my husband. Thank you guys.

You gave us back our hope.

-Tys

P.S. We will continue to update and let everyone know about what happens!! Hopefully I’ll be updating soon with news about that job in Arizona. c:

— 19 hours ago with 392 notes
#update  #personal 
A Small Fish Needs Some Help.

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Paypal Email: dustedpages@gmail.com

I have battled with myself for days over this - distraught, distressed, cried out, tired - and in my best interest and my husband’s I was convinced by him and our remaining supportive family members to do this.

We’re getting kicked out of our only “home” which amounts to nothing more than a cramped room we’ve been rigged to live out of since last summer. I’ve been homeless three times already in my lifetime, and this will be the fourth time. We buy our own food, pay our own bills, and also pay rent - but his grandmother simply told us to we needed to get out yesterday. No notice, no prior explanation.

My husband found out he lost his job last week. He has no license so he can’t drive - I’ve been driving him to his jobs for over two years now. We have so many bills due within a week, the least of which involve my car insurance and tag renewal. I absolutely must pay them otherwise I could potentially lose my only transportation - our car is all we have left now and might be the difference between sleeping on a bench or in my backseat.

Last week my friend rynnay sent me an application for a job offer at the gaming company where she works in Arizona. I received an email this morning saying they would review my submission and get back to me later this week. Unless I miraculously make this job, we pretty much have nowhere to go.

There’s no one in my family we can go to, and my husband’s mother can’t right now because she’s dealing with her own set of problems with his stepdad’s son living in their house. His dad’s side is part of the reason we’re getting thrown out. My mom’s house is full-up at the moment with my little brother and cousin. And my real dad… well. He’s been suffering from liver failure since last November, and recently went back into the hospital. I’m trying to keep my mind off of it.

Before this terrible series of events happened, we were literally a week away from fixing everything - filing bankruptcy, getting my car fixed and new tires, and moving out on our own. Now I am down to $35 bucks in my account and a quarter-tank of gas in my car while we stand on the verge of destruction.

I don’t have the time or means to take on more commissions right now, but what I can say is this - if you are willing to donate something, I will give you the option for credit with me as an artist. I can offer small but meaningful things and a few merchandise options, though it might be a while before I can get them to you considering I might be couch-crashing from home-to-home for a while.

I have to have something to keep us from going hungry/running out of gas/losing our car because I’ve been in that situation before and it is so terrifying. It destroys a part of you that you never quite get back, and I have very little left to give up after so many years of going through this.

If I somehow land this job, I will have to find a way to make it all the way out to Arizona with my completely-falling-apart car, find and rent an apartment, and pay for basic necessities like pots to cook in, toilet paper, shampoo, etc. just enough so we can survive and probably sleep on the floor for a week or two until I can afford a bed. I’m terrified of that journey but I’m more scared of being homeless and in this town with no job than in another state in an apartment with a job. I’m supposed to find out later this week if I have a shot at the job. If (god forbid) I don’t get it, well then I’m double-screwed and I’ll need something to keep us alive long enough to find a roof over our heads that lasts longer than a few nights sleeping on a couch.

Either option requires me to have money and resources I don’t have right now, and since we’re getting kicked out I don’t have the luxury of time to wait it out until I find a better situation. I feel like everything is bubbling to the surface, and either it’s about to reign down fire or reign down the best thing that ever happened to me. Ironically both choices mean I can’t do it on my own, so I’m here, falling apart on a small corner of the internet and begging complete strangers for help.

If you want to just donate without credit, that’s perfectly fine too. 

However, if you’d like a little gift in exchange for helping, then use this list for reference.

OPTIONAL DONATION “THANK YOU” CREDITS FROM ARTIST

Donate $5 or more and receive a personal thank you letter from the artist in the mail.

  • How to choose this option: Include your home address in the Note section of the Paypal donation. If you leave it blank, I will not send you a note.

Donate $10 or more and receive a doodle sketch card of any Mass Effect or Dragon Age squadmate/companion of your choice in the mail.

  • How to choose this option: Include your home address and character choice in the Note section of the Paypal donation. If you do not include a character’s name, I will pick one at random.

Donate $15 or more and receive a free print of your choice in the mail.

  • How to choose this option: Include your email address and (optional) a print preference in the Note section, if any. I haven’t been able to set up my prints yet, and I’d like to put together a good list of options for you to choose from. Once I get settled and have prints up, I will email you with the options or let you know if I was able to create a print from your suggestion. If you leave it blank, I will not send you a print.

Donate $20 or more and get commission credit with the artist for a later date.

  • How to choose this option: Include your email address in the Note section I can contact you with at a later date to set up a commission. Once I get settled and contact you again, you are free to wait as long as you like with your commission - you will always have that credit with me as an artist. If you leave the Note section blank, I will not contact you.

I am not trying to obligate anyone to send me money, I’m simply out of options. We have no one to turn to, and I can only rely on myself and the kindness of strangers to dig myself out of this debilitating hell. I need a break, I need a leg up, I need something so I can get back on my feet and finally live a normal life without the threat of being homeless ever again.

I’m already scared to death at the prospect of being on the streets again. It is a horrible, sickening feeling - and while that part cannot be helped or changed by anyone at this point, if you donate you can help us keep our car and possibly help us find somewhere safe to live (even if for a little while). I’m really sorry to put everyone in this position, and more so sorry that this depressing message is now on many people’s dash, but I need help. I really need help. I don’t have any more options, and I just want a safe space to sleep.

So if you want to donate, please send it to dustedpages@gmail.com on Paypal, and please makes sure to give me your information if you’d like one of the “thank you” credit gifts in exchange. If you can’t spare anything (which is fine, seriously!) but still want to help, feel free to reblog/send this to friends to spread it around. Any reblogs/donations are hugely appreciated and I really love you all so much for putting up with me.

Basically tl;dr I’m a literal starving artist please I need help to continue doing art for you inside of a shelter with food to keep me alive and maybe some blankets to sleep on.

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— 1 day ago with 392 notes
#signal boost  #please help  #starving artist  #kicked out  #artists on tumblr  #personal 
 home is where your heart is set in stone Is where you go when you&#8217;re alone Is where you go to rest your bones

home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you’re alone
Is where you go to rest your bones

— 2 days ago with 15 notes
#vent art  #dealing with some serious personal issues atm  #sorry for crappy picture  #personal 
dorian-pavustache asked: Whats the name of the model you have been drawing? (Your last wip)


Answer:

Tonantzin Carmelo was the ref model I was using :) I believe she is a Native American actress, if I remember correctly. She is a super pretty lady, regardless, and I love her skintone. @3@

— 3 days ago with 1 note
shutterbones:

EDIT: Figured out her nose/ear was really bothering me so I adjusted them.
Really tryin’ to get adjusted to Photoshop again but it’s hard haha. This is mainly due to the fact pheberoni is rad as hell and make me wanna try using Photoshop again. *sticks out tongue*
Anyway I haven’t painted my pretty girl in a loooonnng time (since 2011 in fact) and that is a travesty so have my babest of babes Isthalla Surana this time in color!
Bonus: Isthalla with no makeup! (holy crap stop being gorgeous no wonder Cullen stutters around you)

shutterbones:

EDIT: Figured out her nose/ear was really bothering me so I adjusted them.

Really tryin’ to get adjusted to Photoshop again but it’s hard haha. This is mainly due to the fact pheberoni is rad as hell and make me wanna try using Photoshop again. *sticks out tongue*

Anyway I haven’t painted my pretty girl in a loooonnng time (since 2011 in fact) and that is a travesty so have my babest of babes Isthalla Surana this time in color!

Bonus: Isthalla with no makeup! (holy crap stop being gorgeous no wonder Cullen stutters around you)

— 4 days ago with 89 notes
#dragon age  #dragon age: origins  #grey warden  #surana  #isthalla surana  #art 

stuffman:

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People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter

(via templarsalad)

— 5 days ago with 96685 notes
arsenicarose asked: You are an amazing artist, love your style. Please keep doing the thing. :)


Answer:

Oh my goodness gracious thank you so much. :’D I honestly really, really, really needed to hear that today. That means so much to me, and thank you so much for leaving this wonderful message in my inbox. I really appreciate it <3

— 5 days ago with 2 notes

I am sitting on a mountain of commissions right now so have some messy WIP sketches lol

— 6 days ago with 95 notes
#mass effect  #swtor  #dragon age  #commission  #wip  #art