Just sharing a few updates with you all
First is the news of the year! I will have my own table at Rhode Island Comic Con!
Well, I haven't received any confirmation yet, but they did deposit my check so might as well say the deal is sealed
RICC is scheduled for the first week of November. Link is below:www.ricomiccon.com/
Second piece of news........ Some may have noticed that I've been posting models I have made in Blender. I am in fact learning how to model
It's very slow-going, as there is my love of 3-D rendering, a lot of administration going on with my various social media outlets, and commissions. But so far, I've been able to make some basic models. I want to learn UV mapping, rigging and boning, but I think that is several months down the road. Right now I feel confident enough to construct basic household-type items using a cylinder, circle or cube mesh base. I plan on starting to make jewelry in the near future.
Commissioned work has not picked up, but hasn't really slowed down either. And I've made some really cute toon characters lately
And due to so many things vying for my attention, I'm going to start to reign in the "freebies". What do I mean by that? Well, I really do love what I do, and my main goal is to improve the lives of others through my art. I have reached a point where my skill and knowledge just can't be given away for free any more. This doesn't mean that I won't do any more freebies, so don't misread this as being a shift from doing what I love, and doing something for money. And I keep all project details private. I will not reveal which projects I have been paid for, and which have been free, and the final say on a paid vs. free commission rests in my own hands. Honestly, since I encourage payment for my commissions, and I do something for free, it isn't fair to the ones who have paid. So from here on out, I'm going to lay down a simple ground rule. If I am asked, I have to charge something. I'm still flexible. I will still accept DA points (if done through one of my commission dialogues on my front page), premium membership, and Renderosity certificates in lieu of cash/Paypal. I'm still up for art exchanges. If you really can't afford my services, leave me a suggestion of what you would like to see, and I will write it down for future use in times when my own idea well has run dry. What has changed my mind the most is, late last year, a former friend basically used my creativity and skill to render toon morphs of her friends and family. While it was my own fault for allowing it to happen, and I do have a lot of fun doing such things, it does take a lot of time. People ask me constantly to do this or that for them, and I just don't have the time to spare without sacrificing my other goals. The income I do get from commissions, goes right back into my art, mostly in the form of new content for my girls.
Again, this doesn't mean I won't be doing any more free projects. I'll still do them from time to time. But I have to maintain a balance, otherwise someone else will trample me. I'm a professional, and my commissioned work should reflect that
And if I ask you if I could render one of your characters or even yourself, any payment would be considered a tip. Just wouldn't be right to say, "I would love to render you as a toon! It's only 30 bucks!"
Last item (for now) is my group situation. Both groups I have inherited last year, while they aren't very active, they haven't slowed down either. I did make some changes to
, in the form of trying to better adhere to DA's TOS. And the other one,
, is essentially unchanged. Since I'm running both of them, I just want to remind everyone that I'm not very picky about what is submitted. As long as something adheres to the TOS, I'm perfectly ok with it. So if you're reading this, and you've been having issues with submitting your work in other groups, just head on over and I will accept
Again, they're not very active, but if you want to post something in a group without being hassled by the group, just stop in