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In this issue
Project Updates: Theod, Riley, Fall Projects
Spotlight: Julie Martinez, =FireMaster13 of Dark Riyoko Studios
Commission Status: Battleplan
Webstore News: New products and order management
Upcoming Events: Rocky Mountain Fur Con and Nan Desu Kan
Hello world! I figured now would be a great time to update you on some things that are happening. I'm making a few changes in order to get things working the best for myself and everyone relying on me because so far... well, I've been pretty sucky at it.
First off I would like to announce that my online webstore is closing! I will not be taking any more orders until my current queue is completely wiped out, and once that happens I'll be opening up again. I will never do pre-orders again since I was unable to predict both the high interest and the insufficient amount of free time I would have to work on them the past half year... it's continuously pushed me back further and becomes a very unfairly long wait for those interested in making a purchase. Next time my queue gets too full, I will cut off the ability to order from the store temporarily until it's more under control again so this doesn't ever get out of hand like its been doing.
My financial situation is still pretty awful right now, I'm the poorest I've been in my life and it's rather terrifying. My parent's cut me off financially in January and I've been struggling to stay on my feet since. Keep an eye out for on-the-spot Livestream commissions and some pre-made or flawed webstore items sales posts to help me get some quick cash so I don't die. The timing of needing enough money by a certain point each month to ensure I can live in my house with water and electricity and internet and food is kind of the most important thing to take care of in my life right now and I'm a complete noob at it. I luckily have enough stocked materials in my workroom to create the rest of the webstore orders in my queue, so that's pre-paid for, and I finally got my Paypal debit card in so I can pay for all the shipping directly instead of having to wait 5 days to transfer funds into my bank account. Whew that's going to help a ton.
Other than stereotypical financial problems, I have some more major news from Rileyland- I am officially graduating from college in June! It's really happening this time! I've been stuck at the school since Summer 2008 and I've very much ready to get my degree and be done with homework forever. There are a few HUGE projects I need to take care of in order for me to actually graduate. First is my animated short "The Last Flower" which is about 25% done. I need to get it like at least 80% done in only a month's time. During this time I need to write my capstone thesis paper and spend hours researching, interviewing, and writing to get a complete rough draft by then. Then I need to put together my demo reel, finish all my branding (website, portfolio book, resumé, etc) roughly completing that by the same time. If that wasn't a crazy amount of work to try and cram in my life, on top of that I have my webstore orders to try and clear out of the way asap, the commissions I took at RMFC to finish (and many of them I'd like to finish to be included in my portfolio), AND complete my Riley costume for events this summer and for use in my portfolio. I'm going to have a very hard time working through all that so bare with me for the next 3 months of hell.
Now back to working on finishing up my taxes :/
Hello internetland! Just wanted to send out a quick reminder that today will be the new episode of Sem on my Livestream channel. This will be happening at 2:00pm Mountain Standard Time and we are now offline. Click here to automatically detect what that will be in your time zone.
Sem is an original sci-fi series by my oldest friend *SorinCrecens who is the director and voice of the main character named Sem. It is presented in both a radio drama animatic format, which is basically a full audio soundtrack (dialog, sfx, and music) synced to graphic-novel images... rather like a movie soundtrack played over a storyboard. It's got a time travel theme to it and reminds me a bit of Doctor Who. I fell in love with the project and it's had some amazing response so far from everyone I've shown it to ever since we revealed the pilot episode. It will be a fun afternoon of creativity, discussion, cool music, and free art! Yes, that's right, FREE ART.
If you join in on the stream from beginning to end of the Sem episode, you'll be eligible to enter. A randomly selected winner will receive art of their character and have it drawn live during the stream. Check out the other drawings I've done for the Sem streams... you could be next!
If you haven't joined us for episodes 1-3, I highly recommend watching the first few over on YouTube. They're 15-20 minutes long and awesome, getting constantly better in both plot development and artwork. I star as a character in 2 and 3 by the way :>
Hope you see you all there!
So I hate to be asking this at all... considering me + commissions = problems, but that's exactly why I haven't publicly opened for commissions outside of cons for years, and don't really want to offer slots anymore... they're like promises I can't keep (or just ones that get fulfilled very very late)
So I'm going to try out a new system that seems to be working well for a ton of artists I know: Livestream commissions!
First off, the reason behind me doing this- I have rent to pay off the beginning of next week and I'm nowhere near the amount I need to cover it yet. I also got hit by two big overdraft fees recently due to companies automatically charging my accounts on a scheduled billing cycle, which would have been fine, but it went through without my knowledge or they were early in charging me, so I didn't have enough money in the right account at the right time and WHAM suddenly I'm down almost $100 for no good reason. UGH! The desperate need for cash in a short amount of time has twisted my arm to force me to take on commissions when I should be using my time focusing on my school projects for graduation. Just means I get to work my tail off even more to do both.
If you haven't seen it yet, I just put up a sales post about some discounted webstore items. If you were looking to purchase a mask or nose from me, here's a great way to get one cheaper and faster than ever before!
Great! You're interested in a commission! These will be first-come, first serve opportunities and all arrangements will be made via Livestream. These commissions will be done on-the-spot so you'll get to watch it come to life right before your eyes so you know you'll be getting some instant return on your purchase. Win-win for both of us, no more of this waiting shenanigans. If it works out well enough, I may be able to open for more commission days like this more often. So I do hope you'll stop by and give some support!
Livestream Broadcast info:
Stream is OFFLINE! Started February 27th at 1pm MST (click here to instantly convert this into your time zone) and will go on for as long as I can go on for. It will be most of the day.
Commission info: I would like to start out by opening for badge size, flat colored characters. Your choice of headshot ($20) or full bodies ($25) Prices can also go higher/lower than this depending on complexity. Yes you can have multiple characters/commissions! You'll pay the full amount ($20 or $25) per character drawn for you, no discounts by combining them in the same picture. Your commission must be paid in full up front before I begin working. No reserving slots, if you're present and ready to pay immediately for the next opening, then you'll get it.
Let me know if you have any more questions! Hope to see you on the stream
Today I'm turning 23, whoo! I think Verlis has something planned for dinner otherwise I'm not really doing anything other than working on my Riley suit... which is becoming more and more a lost cause to complete it in time for Further Confusion, mostly because work decided to schedule me like every day next week leading up to the trip and I'm back in school again. >:C I'm reconsidering making the suit the new Hybrid Riley as well but I just can't decide. I'm thinking I might be happier switching modes to drawing and finishing Hybrid Riley's ref for con commissions, but I'd also be sad if I didn't have anything to wear at the con. Yet I'd hate to half ass it. Maybe I'll just finish the head and paws? Still have tons of webstore orders to do in the meantime as well (by the way I have a webstore tracker now: www.caninehybrid.com/orders). UGH there's just not enough hours in the day!
Anyways- HAVE A MEME
Who else is going!!? I want to compile a list of peeps I know here on my journal.