In the meantime, my backup plan is to launch full time into commissions. I'm working out a schedule to work on through December and the start of the new year:
Practice drawing fast color sketches every day, to improve my speed
Finish 3 commissions
Finish 3 contest prizes
Begin drawing fetish art to gain wider appeal (Fur Affinity only, these will not be posted on deviantART)
Begin sewing new plush with the machine *neilak20 is so kindly sending to me!
Recalculate commission prices and options for both plush and art
If you'd like to follow any of my accounts on Fur Affinity, they are as follows:
I'd also like to change my *Patchwork-Shark account name...if anybody throws a sub to that account I will draw you a free commission! It will be done as soon as I finish the other commissions and contest prizes on my list.
Guys, thank you so much for all of your HUGE loads of advice and support regarding a shift to self employment.
This new position I took was something I was very excited about and had intended to stay with for many years to come. But it's leading me to complete mental breakdowns at this point and I can't fathom doing this for more than a few more months.
I love the idea of making plushies and drawings for people for a living. I love when someone receives something they saved up for and it's everything they ever wanted. It's so much more rewarding getting a loving, happy letter from somebody with a photo of their new toy in their collection, or being enjoyed by someone they bought it for. It's wonderful being part of projects that feel like they are important on a personal level to someone. I had hoped for that same sense at my current job, and I began with exactly that, but it is deteriorating at an exponential rate and trust me when I say I have done everything in my power to cope and readjust and make my own needs known.
I hope that this new direction will be one I can still survive on, and perhaps one that I will love very much! I'll be reviving plush and investing in a sewing machine as soon as I can, and will likely dive into the fetish market on a separate account as well. I'll be researching marketing techniques and working to promote each of my "brands," if you will, as carefully as I can. It's exciting and still a positive change, even if it's a risky and scary one. All of your help certainly makes it less frightening than it would be facing it without you. Thanks again for sticking with me, and a big huge thank you to those who spread the word when I need it, and those who also are such wonderful customers!
This is not a final decision, and certainly not what I would have expected to be considering right now especially after choosing to close down all commissions to concentrate on my career, but things with my current work are not going according to plan and it is becoming a tough situation. I've just relocated to a smaller town for this position and I'm worried about finding more work in my field here. I would need to be able to keep a steady income ($20/hr or more, 40 hours a week) with commissions in order for this to work though, and I would need to get medical insurance and take care of tax issues on my own. I'd love any advice from artists who are working full time in commissions, whether it's plush, drawing, or something else! How do you go about advertising? How do you handle taxes and expenses? What are the keys to succeeding as a commission artist?
Which brings me to the future of Mechanima. It's going to be difficult balancing the comic project with everything else, but I really do want it to come to fruition someday. I know there aren't too many people who will probably read it, but to those who are following me in hopes of it being finished, thank you, it means a lot that you're interested in my work. It's a story I'm pretty passionate about, but I'm thinking the only way I'll be able to finish it will be to make some changes to the scale and methods I'm using. I'm planning to:
-Trim it down in length. I had initially wanted to work with several large volumes, but maybe splitting it into just 3 graphic novel books would be better, with spin-off stories I could work on later, separate from the main comic but still part of the storyline - expansions, if you will.
-Work with a looser style, and reduce the pages to black and white.
-Limit other projects to shift total focus to Mechanima as much as possible. I've been thinking of doing short strips featuring Jay and my buddies for fun though too, if I get time.
I'd like to look into running an IndieGoGo campaign or something similar to possibly get them printed as actual books? Donations could be as little as $1 and go up in increments from there, with cool perks as rewards for donating, of course. There may be mugs, t-shirts, copies of the comic (signed if for some reason you wanted that, hahah), custom art, having one of your characters/yourself drawn into a background shot, etc.
I'd also like to entertain the idea of "guest artists" - folks who want to draw a brief comic with Mech characters in it (crossovers with your own characters, or stand-alone ones with Rafe, Al, and crew), which I could pay for, or could trade a short comic of similar type in return, when I'm ready to take on the work.
I'll be launching a contest for designing a Mech character to be featured in the comic probably in January, as well as a general Mech contest for promo purposes! Thank you again for the support, I promise I haven't abandoned the project yet but I want to get a realistic grasp on what I can actually produce and then hone in on accomplishing all I can when I can squeeze in the time.
...So I apologize if you get a watch back in the next few weeks as I stumble back on you and go "oh hey why am I not watching you again?"
Sorry guys :I
To those who don't know, asexuality is lack of sexual attraction. I'm not into guys, girls, or anybody really, at least not sexually. That's not to say I lack the desire to be close to people and to love others though. I'd just rather watch movies, draw, craft, and play games than make out. And maybe roll around in a ball pit and go to the park and do kid stuff all the time Some days it's cool not having to worry about that kind of distraction or drama, but other days I admit I worry about eventually living out the later years of my life alone, because I am not good enough to make anybody happy, at least not as a lifelong partner. It's not to say I'm unwilling to TRY to please someone, just that I lack the basic understanding of the drive to seek out somebody to do it, and I'm not yet comfortable with, well, certain receiving ends of it, hahah. I do want a bro for life but I don't know that I would ever be enough (or would be too freakish, thanks body) for anyone to stick around for long. But eh. There's always cats. :V
It's also TMI Tuesday so feel free to bother me with questions about art, or whatever, keep my brain busy while I set up my drawing and sewing stuff tonight! You can send an ask on my Tumblr too if that's preferable, I'll answer them all here later.
Hope you guys are having an awesome week!
I'm also settling into our new apartment a bit so I'm going to try to set up my laptop tonight in order to start getting to some more art in the evenings. I apologize for how long it's been for those waiting for work from me, plushies and drawings will be on the way shortly! It'll feel great to be back on track again eventually. I still have a lot of work to do in changing my address, license, insurances, plates, and all of that fun stuff, but it's coming together now.
Thanks for sticking it out with me!
1st Prize goes to: *ProjectENDO!
A free plush from the Patchwork Shark Etsy Shop
A custom chubby plush from *Tia-tony
2nd Prize goes to: *WHATiFGirl!
You win: A free plush from the Etsy shop
3rd Prize goes to: ~ColaFizz!
All participants will be granted a 20% discount on any item in my Etsy shop! Any participant who would like to make use of this discount, please note me with a link to the plush in my shop that you'd like. After the winners have chosen their plush, I will reward any discounts to plush that are requested here.
Big thanks to the kind prize donors! You guys are awesome! And thank you to everyone who entered!
Commissions, contest and moreHello everybody. I have had many inquiries in regards to whether I take commissions. Well as of today I am open to take commissions. Please send me your requests, depending on the amount of work I have at the time of your request, then that will determine the time frame of completion. Please also take into consideration that the works I do take some time and are quite elaborate, so in order to guarantee the sale I will require a ten dollar (non-refundable) deposit, requiring the difference to be paid within a weeks time of finishing your commission.
please refer to my storenvy store:
my etsy store: CoconosLittleShop http://www.etsy.com/shop/CoconosLittleShop?ref=search_shop_redirect
Commissions(?)After my last deviation, :iconrobo-shark: opened the idea of commissions up to me, and I'm strongly considering it. I want to get some idea of if it would be successful or not, so I'm opening the discussion up here. Here's what I'm thinking right now;
1) Payment comes first unless I say otherwise.
2) I reserve the right to refuse any request.
3) Ten slots will be opened per month.
4) Erotic requests will be taken on a case-by-case basis. That means that I am the final judge on whether or not I will draw sexual subjects, and I will be using personal taste as well as the personality of the character(s) in question as the guideline. If I accept any request with nudity beyond a swimsuit, it must be handled off of DA. (DON'T BOTHER REQUESTING MLAATR PORN.)
5) Violence applies under the same rule as above; if the original work is very violent, then I have no qualms in duplicating the same levels in art.
MONEY COMMISSIONS OPEN - NEED HELPUPDATE 2: COMMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN. They will remain so until I decide otherwise, as I'm still in desperate need of money! I'm picking up as many hours at work as I can, and nearing finished with a number of my current commissions, so I would very much appreciate it if any of you reading this could help me out by ordering something! Even if you can't, a quick word to a friend who might be interested would be awesome! Thank you all so much! <3
UPDATE: Oreo is home from the hospital! He's still not 100% better, and will be on prescription food for the rest of his life, but he seems to be heading in the right direction. I have racked up an ungodly debt in the process, so commissions will remain open, and thank you so, so, SO much to everyone who has commissioned me so far! <3 I appreciate the help more than I could ever say!
Also, I've added a progress list to the bottom of this journal, if you'd like to keep track of your order's progress!
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• Payment are done through Paypal or Points. My Paypal address is: email@example.com
• Payment before work. When ready, please either note me or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and make sure you give a detailed description of what you want as well as any character reference sheets. Don’t forget to include "Commissions" in the title.
• I can draw just about anything except anything NSFW/Inappropriate Content. If I find your request too inappropriate, I will immediately decline your request.
✔ What I can draw: Cute/Cartoony, People, Anthros.
? What I possibly draw: Mech, Anime/Manga, Animals.
✖ What I cannot draw: R-rated, Fetish of any kind, Realism (still practicing).
• I highly recommend the payment be in Gift Money so PayPal doesn’t take a percentage out of the transa
C o m m i s s i o n sWARNING THIS ENTRY WILL CHANGE PRICE FROM TIME TO TIME
All commissions will be laminated and shipped
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I will draw anthro/fureal/sonic. I will do sexual content (up to a certain extent)I will do gore of any kind PLEASE be sure to note me on your commission PLEASE pay first PAYPAL ONLY !! BiscuitL0v3r1993@gmail.com
Commissions Are OpenI am available for digital commission work.
My prices range between $20 to $80 Canadian per character depending on level of polish. Up to basic background is included at no extra charge. Sketch approval is included with every commission.
If you are interested send me a note and I will give you a price quote for your commission.
The following options are based on character illustration work. For other graphic and web design projects a personalized estimate based off of the proposed scope can be provided.
Here are the options to choose from (each section is sorted by price, lowest to highest):
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*ProjectENDO - View his profile for examples
I was hired for a full time position for a large company in the Tampa area! I'll be working as a graphic designer, and will be functioning as a storyboard artist, character designer, and animator for their shows as well. They produce Disney on Ice, Disney LIVE, a variety of motocross sports events, and other entertainment. I'm hugely looking forward to a new start!
I'm a little bummed to leave Orlando behind, but I'll only be a couple hours away, and will be coming back whenever I can (especially to visit my bud *Myrcury-Art). My bro ~Zeta-Neubourn will be coming out there too which is awesome and we are gonna have the most badass apartment ever conceived, complete with a ball pit, trampoline, fish, and a bajillion toys. :V
My therapist has already approved me for my testosterone letter. I am scrambling to get blood work done and find a doctor to prescribe the injections, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to start in the very near future! So yes, after years of thinking I would never have a way to combat this, I'm on the verge of taking the next step. I just hope I can manage to balance the doc appointments with a new job...
All that being said, commissions are officially CLOSED. I gotta weed through my pile of notes and get replies out - I will most definitely complete your art as soon as possible! But then I'll be taking a fairly big break while we hunt for an apartment and focus on getting a living situation in order. It's gonna be insane for a bit as everything's happening at once but also REALLY AWESOME
So for now, I'll catch you guys later!
I need to catch up on more job hunting so I'm taking a bit of a breather. Another interview this Thursday, and I have my first appointment with a therapist in September! I'm nervous but excited but terrified but - well you get the picture. It's a huge step in my life and I just hope the people I love will follow me through it.
Thanks for all the input on my poll about making some t-shirts and such - I'd like to do some sharky/robo-sharky shirts and stickers and things, and maybe some fanart-related ones. I got suggestions for Mechanima-themed mugs and prints too - if anybody wants to share ideas of what they'd want to buy/see, fire 'em at me! I'd love to hear them!
I'm leaning towards doing more themed commissions too - the Sharkification ones were very popular during Shark Week. Would monthly specials like those interest anyone? Like Halloween-themed commissions during October (monster-fy your character, cute costumed chibis, etc)?
Lastly, I may launch a Mechanima contest again soon (finally). I'm leaning towards an open-ended one, and a design-a-character one...possibly both at the same time? Hah. There will be some fun prizes including points, plush, and art, and maybe some merch ideas if I get some shirts and such together by then!
Job Update: No luck. The Disney parks job pays far too little for me to afford, I would lose money there. My commissions here on DA pay over 3 times as much, and I am still not making enough to live off of. The project manager position for the toy company was filled by another candidate. I am still applying but it has been difficult, as I've sent applications to more than 250 positions and have still not been hired.
I am beginning to wonder if I could make enough to live on my own if I began to take mature rated commissions, both in plush and drawing. I am wondering if anybody has advice in this area or has had a lot of success? It would take time for me to practice this kind of work but I hear it can pay well if you are willing to do a lot of...strange things, lol. I don't know yet that I want to fall down that rabbit hole, but it's an option for living on my own, if it pays enough. Feel free to note me privately if you don't want to discuss it here as well. It's just something I am considering at the moment, and to be honest, I have no experience in that area so any pointers would help a lot. If I do take this path the art would of course not be posted here, as it would not adhere to DA's policies.
I really want to get back to work on Mechanima but due to this issue of needing funds I haven't been able to yet. The job applications are taking up most of my time and I haven't had the chance to work on my own projects too much. But I do plan to take a brief break from commission work to do some Mech stuff and a new ref sheet for Jay! I'm looking forward to giving myself a breather.
If you need to check the status of your commission or trade, you can see progress here.
Thanks for your patience,
GOING WHERE JAY BELONGS FOR A DAY
I'll be a bit slow on messages (I guess I always am, hahah) but a reminder that SHARK WEEK commissions will remain open all through Sunday! if I don't respond to your note right away, you will still get a slot, keep them comin'! The conservation fund is currently at $70, you guys are AWESOME! Thanks so much for all your help!
WildAid.Org is where I will be making a mass donation, feel free to donate there as well if you want to, the minimum is $10. Just throwing that out there in case someone would rather donate directly than get a sharky from me. BUT EVERYONE WANTS A SHARKY FROM ME RIGHT I kid I kid :V But please if you can give these guys a hand, they've had a major impact on the ugly finning market and they are working hard to push further protection to help our oceans, as well as other ecosystems. And 100% of your donations through WildAid are guaranteed to go directly to the field.
After these commissions I'll be hitting the trades I owe as well. Thanks for your patience to those who've been waiting on me after finishing their half.
Anyways! Off to bask in my element with ~Zeta-Neubourn and *Myrcury-Art!
I've safely landed in Orlando! A huge thanks to ~fowlboss and ~daggerjaw for letting me visit along the way and for everything you treated me to during that time - thank you *Myrcury-Art (and your mom and Robyn) for the great time at Seaworld, Old Town, and Disney - and thank you to ~Zeta-Neubourn for being awesome and letting me hang with you while I work on getting myself a job so I can afford to keep a roof over my head, hahah. It's already been great here. I have a lot to catch up on with car maintenance, food, art log, and other stuff that comes with moving 2,000-odd miles, but I think I'll be back up to speed soon.
And a big thanks to everybody who made anthro character suggestions, I want to experiment and draw a bunch of them and possibly offer some of them as adoptables when I'm done too!
On the subject of selling stuff, I will be restocking my Etsy shop with plush soon: www.etsy.com/shop/lunarplush. The plush I will be restocking can be seen here:
And illustration commissions will officially be open either today or sometime later in the week, I'll post a commissions specific journal when I am taking slots! I'll be working on them as much as I can until I can find full time work. Stay tuned!
It seems that there are a lot of people who've been claiming they've had their work stolen lately. There are whole groups on Tumblr that are springing up where artists, some anonymously, are posting about this or that other artist who they believe is copying somebody else. Some of these posts have almost zero grounds for these accusations and the artists being attacked are treated so harshly that they are closing out of their accounts and are afraid to share their work.
A couple good friends of mine left deviantART when they were flamed by people for stealing from artists they had never even heard of.
Art theft is a serious issue, it really is. It's not okay when someone takes your art and profits off of it, prints it on shirts, enters it into a contest, or when someone takes your image, colors on top of it or throws a filter on it, and then calls it their own. Tracing and editing is still theft. I have had all these things happen to my work before, and I know it is a pain and is incredibly disrespectful to the original artist.
However, a pose or a style is not copyrighted. A character's hair color is not copyrighted either. You can't claim an existing animal species as your own. I have seen people attacking another artist over using a similar color palette, or simply drawing a character in a pose that someone else claims they drew first. One of my friends had this issue and she was using a MIRROR to draw her poses by posing herself. Another very skilled, kind artist I was watching closed her DA account because another artist sent tons of her watchers to report her for having drawn a Pikachu holding a heart (apparently this idea "belonged" to the other artist...?). Having similarities in poses, character design, style, etc is not a reason to attack another artist. I know none of us wants to be ripped off, but many of these claims floating around are not rip offs at all.
I recently got a note from another deviant who was concerned about having a character who looked a little like Rafe. The two of them are pretty different characters, and she never had any intention of stealing, but was concerned enough that she offered to take down any art of him to avoid problems. I'm glad she said hello, because now I've made a new friend and met a pretty cool artist, and I like her characters already - they're unique and well developed. I really think the whole theft thing is going too far when someone who's had her own character for a year ends up discovering mine for the first time and has to worry whether or not I'd attack her just because we like drawing black-haired characters in trench coats. If that were the case, then I'd be in trouble with a slew of artists and big companies, considering characters like Neo from the Matrix and Greedling from Full Metal Alchemist are in that same category! It happens all the time in the movie, video game, and television industries, and even in books and comics too. Iron Man and the Rocketeer both wear metal helmets and can fly, it doesn't mean they are not both original characters. There are so many characters out there, it's going to be tough to find one who has NOTHING in common with any other character. My point is, nobody should have to be afraid to draw because they are worried some other artist is going to bully them into oblivion for having done something like it first.
It's also okay to be inspired, to enjoy drawing in a style from a show or comic you love, etc. Everything is inspired by something. Most of my work is inspired by real people, human's rights movements, war history, robotics history and the current robotics industry. I've also been inspired by Lilo & Stitch, the Animatrix, and many other awesome movies, shows, and books. I still draw zippers Invader Zim-style. It isn't wrong to be influenced by things you love. You can be inspired without outright stealing ideas.
Again, I do take art theft seriously and I believe it's wrong to directly rip off another artist. I believe everyone should get permission before using someone else's art and credit should always be given. There are some folks who are pushing this far out of line though and it's upsetting to see artists who are now so nervous to share their own work because they are afraid someone will accuse them of stealing someone else's.
Anyways, that's my opinion of the day.
What I need from you:
-Ref of your character
-Request for an accessory or item (if desired)
-Payment of $15 via Paypal
Comment or note me to claim a slot!
I plan to livestream commissions either this weekend or during the week, I'll announce it when I'm online.
It's gonna be a challenge, but I am going to try NOT to draw quite so much for a while. I am working on Page 4 of the Mechanima teaser comic (the first 3 pages are here: robo-shark.deviantart.com/gall… ) and will continue it and some other character art, but what I really want to do is push to get more of the outline for the main comic written! I have a LONG way to go if I want to start drawing the first volume. I'll be at ~fowlboss's apartment and ~daggerjaw is gonna be there with us in about a week, so I hope they can maybe give me some fresh ideas. Then it's a long drive from there to ~daggerjaw's place in Houston, and I may be able to come up with some more development on the way, and on the drive from Houston to Orlando too. With how overloaded with work I'd been for such a long time, on top of the stress of moving, I haven't made much progress for a while. Mechanima is my major project and I want to bring it back to the forefront best I can!
But I am going to be making some changes about my lifestyle. I am finally realizing that I work too hard and too much. This many hours is making it very hard for me to focus on my own development, and to be honest, I haven't actually had in-person contact outside of family and work since last October. I need to make room for living outside of my jobs, and after wearing myself thin for the past three or four years, I'm going to make that change now.
I will be taking commissions again once I arrive in Florida, and searching for a full time studio job! But I also want to be able to have fun doing things like trades and contests again. And I might want to play some Bioshock Infinite with *Myrcury-Art and some Animal Crossing with pretty much half of the people I watch here who are crazy about it. :V I want to see the beach, go to cons, do more weight lifting - the things I love that I have neglected for so long. I feel guilty when I take breaks or spend time on my own art, but I am learning that it's actually easier to be more productive when you allow yourself a chance to recharge.
After a few more drawings and one plush, I have page 4 of the Mechanima teaser comic to work on.
So yeah! Expect more of my characters for a while, I guess. Hope that's cool, hahah!
For anybody interested, here's the route I'm most likely taking in July!
The slightly lighter blue line through Dallas/Ft Worth is another option.
I'll be staying in El Paso for a while with an awesome friend, and may have to make a couple more stops along the way after that in order to rest, but I might be able to drive it straight through too if I try. It's been years since I've seen San Antonio though and there are places I kind of want to see along the way, so I may take it a bit slower as long as it doesn't break the bank for me, heh. If you're along that route and want to meet up, feel free to let me know! (*neilak20, I will still try, I just might not be able to due to the distance off my main path, sorry |D).
Thanks again for all of the help on funding the work on my car, I'll be taking care of that in late June and then it'll be a hell of a long drive from there - my first solo cross-country trip!