...That sounds like some really crazy movie title Oo
Anyhow! It's update time once more, and boy have I been putting this off for awhile now. Got quite a few things to cover since I've been a little quiet this past month.
Well arguably the biggest change in Riley-land is this: as of November 3rd I earned a new job title! I have now been promoted to full time Fabric Coordinator at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts, hooray and stuff! It wasn't the easiest decision to make because now that I am full time (in retail, around the holidays) things are gonna be pretty crazy at work and I will no longer have as much time as I originally wanted to put towards my artwork. That's life for ya.
As much as I really wanted to jump right in to being "Ms grown-up professional artist person", at this stage in my life what I really need is stability and insurance benefits. I feel that I need to get my feet under me as a safety net before I can invest everything into my business and artwork. My student loan payments are going to kick in next month (geeze how has it been six months since I've graduated already!?) and that's going to need a lot of attention to maintain alongside everything else I have to worry about. Finding a new place to live is still in the cards but hasn't been very successful yet.
Naturally due to the change in my work schedule, commission work is going to have to be handled differently. I still have a few lingering responsibilities on my list before opening up for new stuff but that'll come together pretty soon. In the meantime I want to do an OTS livestream day at least once a month and have been playing with the idea of doing some YCH auctions (that's a "Your Character Here" commission, for those unfamiliar, where I sketch out a pose and you bid on how much you would like to pay in order for me to finish it with your character instead). Would there be any interest there? YCHs are also often tailored to the adult market- while I have never drawn porn I will do artistic or tasteful nudity, and this would be a great way for me to draw something I am comfortable with without any awkward questions from you guys to gauge what I may or may not be willing to do in this area. Might also do some quick, smaller, fun things... like more wavy icons or derp chibis.
As for normal commissions, perhaps January I can start considering taking them again. I wanted to get a feel on how my new schedule was going to be first and what might be acceptable to take on. I'd like to try and open as much as five slots and get them all done within a month so I could have monthly openings, but it's hard to do that alongside webstore orders and full time job and any personal projects/time/life. Speaking of which...
My webstore orders are caught up once again though turnaround time is within two weeks due to having less time to work on them. I like to use one of my days off each week for webstore stuff. Mask cutting makes a mess so it requires me to be outside... which is a problem now that it's winter so it may be even harder to work on everything. After casting about 60 canine masks, my mold is finally starting to show some wear and will need to be replaced soon. I'm looking to tweak a few things on the mask that have been bugging me too as I make the new mold. I'm also still working on the new dragon mask and have a little progress to show you here:
As for everything else, eyes aren't happening anytime soon since I'm getting a new mold created and it'll take a month to go through production and shipping. Jawsets will not happen until the new mask molds are done to ensure they'll properly fit. I won't be making new species until my current two are more or less finished/perfected. Claws and feetpaws may be happening soon however. I've been testing out a few things and playing around with other ideas so we'll see what comes out of it. I don't release anything for sale until it's undergone thorough testing and prototyping so it's a very slow process.
Help my fellow artists and friends! They are all looking for some commissioners and their awesome artwork often gets overlooked in this big internet place. I'd really love if you guys could at least check them out and help them get on their feet