So, I’ve been offered a day job and I’ve decided to take it. I’ll be working full time with a company that will be offering me a chunk more than I’m currently making, plus benefits, so I wanna take some time and lay out what my plans are for the future.
Right now, I straight up don’t make enough money to pay for the things I need to take care of. This new job will not only give me a bigger paycheck, but a steadier one where I don’t have to worry about whether or not I can get enough business to support my bills or if this next commission will be the one that puts me out of work permanently.
What about your art?
I don’t plan to stop drawing, I just plan on not focusing on what I have to sell when I create anymore. Let me draw tiddies in peace.
What about your commissions?
I will be closing these for the foreseeable future. Everything in my queue will be finished, just slower. I will not leave you guys hanging.
What happens to Patreon/SubscribeStar?
I’ll be converting this space into a tip jar and leaving everything there available for viewing. I even plan on posting here when I have something to share, and I do eventually want to continue the comics I had planned! Just not right now, and not right away. I need some space to breathe.
If you are a subscriber then please edit or drop your pledge so that you are not being charged for things I can no longer provide! This space is now a tip jar and I will not be fulfilling any of the older rewards. (June's freebie will still be drawn for.)
What about your art gallery?
Everything in my galleries and stores will stay up and if I make something that I think you guys might enjoy, I’ll share it. Otherwise, I’ll be hanging out on a different gallery that’ll host the art I create, so I can have a space to share my more personal art without worrying about my image or selling it or anything.
Can I have your new gallery?
Not right this second; I’ve been feeling the pressure in this industry for almost 10 years and I need a breather. If you end up finding me out there, cool, happy to see you! Hell, I’ll probably even be drawing a lot of the same characters! I don’t wanna create a fresh space for myself that’s got expectations from my old career, though, so I’m refraining from sharing the new page publicly. If you do end up finding me, please respect what I’m saying. Share it with your friends if you like (or your family I guess, if you’re into that? We all remember the AV guy story) but please only do so if you genuinely enjoy the new things I create, not because you’re waiting for the old stuff.
What happens to your server?
It’s not going anywhere, just shifting gears. I’m gonna be getting rid of things like sales channels, stop making announcements about my work here, etc. It’s been a chill hangout space for years and I just wanna let it be what it became.
Being a freelancer is fucking hard, dude. I make less than minimum wage working over 40 hours a week sometimes and I’m regularly suffering health breakdowns because of it, even while trying to take care of myself. I can’t just draw, I have to be the publicist, advertisement company, manager, and about a billion other things in order to be "successful" enough to make a living. I’ve seen myself struggling consistently. I never feel like I can pay bills, or do enough to please an audience, and I second-guess myself and my value as soon as I have a health lapse. I haven’t been able to draw for myself without worrying how I’m going to sell the image in years. Honestly, being a freelancer just doesn’t feel worth it to me anymore. I’m too old and I have bills to pay and I just don’t feel like I’m keeping up.
I’m not trying to be hugely dramatic about this or anything (I’m a leo, I’m just like this) but I feel a bit of an update is in order when there’s a massive shift like this. Right now I feel like this is going to be the healthiest option for me and I’m going to try and pursue it, even if it’s only for a little while. If I end up having to fall back on my art then hey, I’ll eat my words and you can say “I told you so” but until that happens, I’m gonna do my best to follow through with this.
Thank you to every single person who’s ever supported me financially throughout the last 10 years. You’ve made a difference in my life and made me feel like I can achieve my dreams, no matter what they might be. I can safely say that I’ve achieved every goal I ever set for being a freelancer, and you made that possible.
I’ll see you guys later.