This is my FULL TIME JOB, and I depend on your support and generosity to make ends meet!
I don't believe in subscriptions, paywalls, or premium content. Those suck. Everyone should be able to enjoy my work if they want, and support me on their own terms if they'd like to! All of my work is free, and I live off of prints, merch, and PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT content, available at my website below!
Pay-What-You-Want's like a donation, but you also get cool art,
sketches, wallpapers, and other stuff! Which is better than a donation!
This is in addition to about 50 emails! Okay… I was really trying to keep on top of commissions in the sense that I could at least answer all of them! But it's quickly like… yeah… BUT I'M EXCITED. I DON'T WANT TO SOUND UNAPPRECIATIVE IN ANY WAY BECAUSE OH MY GOD…
You guys, seriously, I could cry. I shed a (very manly) tear or two last night with all the kinds words and support. And I'm just beyond moved. I have been feeling this nauseating mix of fear and hope in the past few days. It's been crazy and weird and very wonderful and scary.
But I really want to address some bleh stuff… mostly that wow I don't think i can take 303 commissions! I mean, if I could that'd be awesome for everyone! I didn't expect this at all, and I wasn't prepared for it. Today I managed to take and finish TWO commissions. I just want to be really honest with everyone, because you've all been so amazingly generous and helpful!
FIRST: I WILL DEFINITELY READ EVERY SINGLE NOTE AND EMAIL.
SECOND: I DON'T THINK I CAN RESPOND TO OR DECLINE EVERY SINGLE ONE.
I don't think I'd want to out and out decline anyone's anyway! What if in a week or two I can come back to it? Right? Besides, copypasting some sort of mass-produced decline message wouldn't be any more courteous.
I don't think it'd be fair for me to close commissions or run this on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a desire to get one, you should have just as much an opportunity as anyone else. By the same token, I'm not going to fill up 20+ commissions and lock myself and you all down for two weeks. I think every day I will take a few, knock them out, and try to maintain a fluid workpace without killing myself. I do have to keep Cteno updated at the very least between commissions. Everything else is on the backburner.
I also want to be very honest about how I'm picking commissions! I'm trying to get as many people's commissions in as I can, which means I'm definitely looking more towards the cheaper commissions. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean I won't take the bigger ones! They're important to my workflow and presentation! But I do want to get as many people as I can. It doesn't help that I'm slow artist. And this situation has made me feel kinda bad… I honestly expected like 20 offers, tops… NOT THAT I AM NOT BAFFLED AND OVER THE MOON RIGHT NOW.
But please understand that it's a lot to read through. I know it's really irritating when people don't get back to you, especially when you're helping them. I'm trying my best to keep up with all these messages across every site, thank you for not only being patient, but for being so fucking awesome right now. I really don't know what to do. My fear of the IRS is matched only by my fear of WTF I'm supposed to do to pay back so many people.
Thank you so much, from me, String, and our stupid pets.