As I watch Black Friday and Cyber Monday pass me by, it's time for another update.
First, I've continued posting a Pony picture every weekend whenever there's a new episode. Most will be "guesses" since obviously, I haven't seen it before I post a picture. Anything in between will be whatever I can come up with.
Second, the next Chrono Trigger comic is half sketched. Originally, I wanted it to be the second half of the previous comic but I deemed it to be too long if I did that. Yes, it will involve Marle and Robo.
Third, you may have noticed I started to do Minecraft pictures. I find this new sloppy geometric catastrophic style to be quite fun to do. Plus, it helps in promoting my sad little let's play channel.
Fourth, I noticed that my poll on what you'd want me to draw has furries as the most voted for, followed by Chrono Trigger. I will also take into consideration the suggestions in comments.
Fifth, I want to take this opportunity to let you in on a little bit of my life. You probably don't want to read this and I don't blame you. Personal agenda/business/legacy is one of the things I plan to talk about. I stumbled onto a Twitter conversation recently and it had me thinking about my legacy as an artist for the the umpteenth time. As an artist, I don't see myself as a professional. I've always considered my talents to be a personal thing with no monetary gain in mind. It has always been that inner urge to create something that drives what I do. The hard part is trying to turn my vague visions into something tangible for all to see. That doesn't mean I wouldn't create art for money. I have a less than savory part time job and I barely make enough to pay the bills each month. And yet, I can't wait to get home to continue my art. I'm in my 30s and I'm not getting any younger. My habits are probably shortening my lifespan. It is also a reason why I don't take requests or point commissions. If I had a lot of time and I was a wee bit younger, I wouldn't mind it. Unfortunately, that is not the case and what do I have to show for it if I kick the bucket? I don't like to dwell on the past but every time I do I don't see anything that I can be 100% proud of. I often undervalue my work but other people tell me otherwise. I always hear the praises and the positives. As an artist, that kind of praise is always muffled. I always beat myself up thinking I could have done better, it isn't what I had envisioned and I just wasted my time. That doesn't get me down in the slightest. I just keep on going trying to better myself and see if I can reach perfection. However, nothing is ever perfect and I'll probably be doing this until the day I die. I some times call it the curse of an artist.
I don't consider myself to be an amateur either and I know there are probably some who would call me that and I wouldn't be surprised. There will always be someone above me whom I consider to be better than me and there will always be someone below me trying to cut in front. I do have my idols but I wouldn't call them that or care to be like them. I wish to be unique and stand out (for the snipers). If I consider myself to be a professional, for monetary gain, you wouldn't see me at all. You wouldn't be reading this, you wouldn't see me drawing the things I draw, you wouldn't see the happy colorful ponies, you wouldn't see the furporn and you wouldn't know my name. I would be working for a relevant industry hiding behind a company and everything I do would most likely belong to them. Of course, there's always freelance but that would mean I have to be a salesman too. I've done freelance in the past and it sucked. I end up ripping my hair out and wasting my talent on frivolous projects that's prone to failure. Obviously, being a professional or trying to be will earn professional wages but with all the money I earned from freelance, I don't feel accomplished. I felt nothing with that sitting in my account.
With that said, part of that Twitter conversation mentioned my name and suggesting that I raise my commission prices. I've had people tell me that they can't afford commissions from me and yet, I'm surprised to hear someone say the opposite. The thing I hate about dealing with commissions is trying to guess what others think the value of an art piece is to them. I've been doing commissions for a while now but I haven't been swamped with them. I don't know if my prices are scaring potential clients away and often, I find myself undercharging for my work in fear I'd scare them away. Some of you may think that if my work is worth the higher price, I'd get the job. I'm not the only Pony artist in this community and I've seen talented individuals charge way less than I do. It's like shopping around for the cheapest price on a product. If they don't like the price, there are plenty of stores down the block that's charging cheaper for it. At this point, I don't plan on changing my prices. Most of the time, I get commissions from people like you and me and not professionals in any type of industry. However, if anyone feel that they are underpaying for my work, feel free to suggest a higher price *wink* or throw in a tip. I could always use it.
Sixth, ... *ahem* if anyone is interested in commissions, information is on my profile page.