31 8 / 2014
I have been hiding under a rock for a few days now, so I figured you guys would like to know what’s up!
After a lot of annoying math calculations, deliberations, and discussion with my husband, I decided on two very major changes to my commissions.
A) I will no longer do colored flats style commissions
B) I am returning to an hourly wage pricing instead of fixed rates
This means quite a few things in terms of how you guys will commission me. First and most importantly is that I will only be doing illustration/paintings from now on. This doesn’t mean I still won’t have a Sketch Jam on occasion for those that cannot afford my regular commissions! I plan on trying to do Sketch Jams once a month so smaller budgets can still afford art from me :)
Next thing to know is that this means I’m doing away with the “no BG, add BG, waist-up” type of options. In your email, all I will need is for you to include your concept and/or budget and I will be able to create some concept thumbnails for you to pick from based on that info. I will have you (the client) send a $5 initial “draft fee” to cover the time I will need to conceptualize your idea and choose which one you like best that suits your price range. I can accurately give you an idea of how long it should take me to paint your picture, and I’ll get you to send a down payment to cover the minimum hours it should take to finish the picture! :)
Chances are I will finish your picture sooner than later, so I will spend that remaining time polishing the painting and making it fabulous. If I go overtime, I will discuss payment options with the client to see what they would like to do.
I intend to edit my commission page either tonight or tomorrow morning to reflect this new method. It’s a big risk to take, and it might be a while before I can get some decent work in, but I know I need to change something before I go crazy. I don’t want to do flats any more, and I need to start painting again. Other than that I’m finally starting on an illustration series project that I plan to post about on my Patreon page! Patrons will get to see the WIP and top secret news first, but the illustrations themselves will be public and merchandised as prints, buttons, and cool gifts in my stores! C:
I’m genuinely really excited about all of this and am hoping this is the boost ill need to be taken seriously as a freelancer. It feels like a step in the right direction, anyway. Thanks for all your patience and ill update you kids soon!
For now I have a very long commission queue to catch up on x’D
30 8 / 2014
Photoshop: Hold down Shift key while drawing for straight vertical and horizontal lines (Or Click+Release+Click/Shift for diagonal straight lines)
Paint Tool SAI: Click+Shift+Click for easy straight lines
Use Vector/Line tool in Photoshop or Lines tool in SAI for more precise and straightforward measuring.
27 8 / 2014
m0rrow said: That zevran+bae pic was amazing. Followed
Yayyy thank you very kindly 8> Zevran and the bae are my favorite kind of drawing vuv
26 8 / 2014
Anonymous said: whats your nsfw blog?
beware of the butts tho
click responsibly kids vuv
26 8 / 2014
For those that (might) have seen the post regarding the Sketch Jam tonight, I won’t be doing it lol. First and most obviously, I didn’t get anyone on for the Sketch Jam and I’m currently in the middle of a pretty heavy-duty self-training art session. I got really, really upset with myself a few nights ago regarding my artwork, my lack of steady work, and basically our current financial situation (friends/followers know what’s been going on over on my personal blog lol) because I felt helpless and like I wasn’t doing enough to gain new work or put myself out there enough.
Anyway, I’ve volunteered myself into an art boot camp and I’m relearning a lot of things from the ground up, watching basic Photoshop tutorial vids, experimenting to find brushes that work with me, attempting to find easier/simpler methods to color with.
I’m still working on commissions, but basically I’m not going to stream for a while so I can focus on improving on my artwork in private and in the comfort of my offline desktop lol. Basically going through some overdue art therapy because I was frankly ready to just implode from sheer frustration a few days ago haha. I’ll be posting some new stuff very soon!
19 8 / 2014
Honestly I think getting a part time job would take a LOT of stress off you D: it would be more dependable than freelance and freelance would act as a nice padding whenever you get it… I hope things start to look up for you soon!Yeahh that’s what Robert was saying too. I told him I think I’ll apply to just that job since I know I could handle it and I’d have a friend that works there lol, and if I get it then great if not we’ll try and workout the freelance thing. vuv
19 8 / 2014
Well I figured I’ve put this off long enough so it’s time to update you guys on the home situation. My mother drove us out to Pensacola last week (I believe?) to look at some properties and rentals we’d spent days narrowing down to. Turns out the entire city is essentially a terrible dump aside from a very small slice across the bay lol. I was a bit disappointed, but I’m glad we made the day trip out there to make sure we were making a good decision.
17 8 / 2014
Hey so I figured you guys would like a comprehensive character page for my fandom kids so you can go check it out and be like “Oh so THAT’S what thing they are from~” or something to that extent..
I added fancy profile pictures for them and everything 8D