I added the current commission queue to my personal site a bit ago, and as of this moment I am full. In fact, I am fuller than I expected to be. My plan was to take five commissions and offer a sixth as a door-prize at the con. I ended up with ten commissions. *laughs* Which means I probably won't be able to open badge pre-orders for FA United in August. Here's the current queue...
1) Tony (PIN-UP)
2) Southpaw Fox (BADGE)
3) Alex (PIN-UP)
4) N0va (PIN-UP)
5) N0va (BADGE)
6) Jason (PIN-UP)
7) Dakota (SKETCH)
8) Matt (FULL SCENE)
9) Tyler (PIN-UP)
10) Earl (FULL SCENE - DOOR-PRIZE WINNER)
While I normally work on commissions in order, many people are still returning from Anthrocon and getting caught up with work. As a result, I'm still waiting to hear back from most people. So, I'll be bouncing around a bit this time. I hope nobody minds.
Starting next week, I'll also be restricting commission work to Mondays and Tuesdays only. This will leave the rest of the week for comic work. As a result, I'll be emailing everyone their Weekly Commission Check-Up post on Tuesday evenings instead of Sundays. I hope that will work out well for everyone.
If you ordered a commission from me at Anthrocon and have not yet received an email from either Matt or myself, then I'm afraid I have the wrong email address. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get everything straightened out.
As I mentioned yesterday, work has begun on Issue 15 and will be continuing next week. I'm currently dealing with some beginning issue jitters. I'm also thinking of using an idea that I recently found out James Gurney uses, which is to create a physical storyboard with my page thumbnails. Nothing fancy, just a large cork-board where I can post the thumbnails up and see the flow of the pages. My current method involves various notebooks and loose paper which means, something always ends up lost. Not good.
I'll also be doing the rough pages in chunks. I plan on blocking the pages in quickly on the computer using the cintiq. This will help me make sure I leave enough room for the dialog. Then, I'll print the roughs out and use them to layout the full sketch and inks on regular paper. Good plan! Unfortunately, there's no air conditioning up in the office where the computer is. So, I'll be sketching the roughs in batches on days when the temperature up here isn't sweltering. Luckily we did have a spare window unit which is currently down in the studio. Yay!
I won't be sharing as much comic work in progress as I used to. The only way CN:H makes an income (which goes towards paying for the hosting, merch, and cutting me a small check) anymore is through book sales. So, I don't want to give too much away ahead of time. I'll have various other things to share, so no worries.
As for sketch cards, I really enjoyed doing those last time. I'll be opening slots again on my FA account but this time we're going to do things a little differently. I only want to take a month's worth at a time. Since I'll only be working on sketch cards on Sundays, that means four to five a month. So, I'll be opening slots for the next month on the morning of the last Sunday of the current month. For example, slots will be opening this Sunday for July.
Slots are only available on my FA account, not through email. Also, please don't be rude or upset about these. I'm not required to do free art for anyone. I just happen to enjoy doing so. And, I'd like to keep enjoying it. So please, be polite, okay? Thanks.
I think that's it for now. I still have laundry and some unpacking to do. Thanks guys!
"You've made your bed, now go bounce on it."
-- Peter Scott