Morning guys! At the moment, half of the commissions in this current batch are complete. It's also just about the end of February, which means I'm a little further behind than I'd like. Admittedly, I lost a little over a week to health issues and I gave a time frame of two months, but it still bothers me. A constant two-a-week is the goal I'm shooting for. I'll get there. It's all a matter of getting the kinks ironed out.
Drawing gives me a lot of time to think. As a result, I've been planning ahead for the next batch. It looks like we'll be finishing this bunch up about mid-March. After that, I'll be taking at least a week off to complete the sketch card requests and do some work of my own. I need to come up with a banner advertising commissions at the cons. On top of this, I may need to run out to the Midwest due to family issues around that time. So, halting commissions for a short break sounds like a good plan.
I've also been rethinking some of the commissions I'm offering. The "Steal a Scene" commission will no longer be available. The point was to offer something fun that I could turn into limited prints to help raise funds for charities, other artists, or groups like SpiderForest. But, the more I read about people's reactions to artists selling prints of commissions, the less I want to deal with that headache. So, I'll create extra work on the side to sell for those purposes.
I'm also going to break the number of slots up - five for full sized commissions and five for badges. We're getting close to AC, which means I'd like to offer badges that will be available to pick up at the con. While I'll be taking badge commissions at cons, they will all be take-home work only. I'll do sketchbooks and buttons at a con, but more detailed work is reserved for when I'm in my studio and not trying to manage a number of things at once. Trust me, the art will come out much better this way.
So, if you want a badge for AC, your best bet is to commission me for one when the slots open up again. I'm also interested in theme ideas for badges. If there's something you'd like to see, please let me know.
That being said, I will be bringing my supplies with me. To help with that, Matt found a carrying case designed for the Copic markers. It's so cool!
The sides are reinforced with a sturdy insert to stop the bag from getting crushed. Inside are six removable mesh bins which hold the markers.
I've been using it as a storage container for the markers now. Everything else I've tried has led to markers tumbling out when I pull one loose. It's designed to hold the Sketch markers more than the Originals, so mine are a little tight in there. But still, I love it! Now all I need to do is find a way of marking the bag as mine. The last thing I want is for my supplies to walk off, never to return. Hey, some people worry about their con sketchbooks being stolen or damaged. I'm concerned about my tools. I've a lot invested in my supplies. I can't run out and replace them easily.
Other than that, things have been fairly quiet. Today is for doing some practice sketches and studies for Sonia's first commission and Seth's second one, as well as checking up on my folks. So, I should get to that. Later guys!
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