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I haven't been commissioning much lately.  I've been a bit crunched at work, and it's left me a bit drained and not feeling like keeping track of commissions.

I found that last year, I commissioned so much for my birthday, that I just looked over my records and found that I'd not received two of them, and totally lost track!  I had to write the artists and ask about it.  One has already responded, apologizing... which is good ... but it's also something I should have tracked.  And there are still some artists who owe me from long ago, some I contacted last year and never sent me anything....  I try not to think about those as it's demoralizing, I'd rather spend my time on positive pursuits.  Besides,  I don't think there is much I can do to rectify the situation, either the artist(s) will send me the art, or no matter of haranguing now will do me any good...and I suspect a few of them will eventually come through, I'm just passed caring about it now.  If you happen to be an artist that owes me something, I can HONESTLY say I'm not mad/upset, some of you are waiting until the time is right (a few have sent me notes), some forgot, some dropped off the face of the earth.  It's all good, life is complicated and the commissions are a drop in the ocean .... so don't have guilt.  Instead, if you've spend any time feeling guilty, STOP.  Guilt will just get in the way of your art, and I commission so there is MORE ART.  If not doing my commission wastes your time so your are not even creating OTHER ART, I'm upset by that.  It's counter to everything I believe.  So, drop the guilt.  Instead, one day, when that random wind blows, just draw me something and send it to me. I love random.  Or not, and just create something else and share it.  Just make some art and share....).

I guess I got a bit burned out, and paying attention to it all was too much like work. I made it through with Patreon support.  Namely, I get a commission/month from Didi-Esmeralda, so even when I'm not commissioning, I'm still getting commissions.  I simply adore Didi, so that makes things great.  It's always wonderful to see what she'll create for me.  ^_^  I have some fantastic things from her I need to share. Maybe I'll do that this weekend, likely I'll share on my birthday next week because I'll have the day off.

One of my other patreons is dandonfuga who is simply fantastic (and you all should be supporting her, or at least following her gallery here!).  What makes her an awesome patreon (aside from her fantastic art), is that she regularly asks what people would like to see.  So, that's loosely like getting a commission some of the time ... iT does help that I was her Patreon Supporter #2, and have talked about her art before.... that meant that she did a few She-Hulk images last year because I like She-Hulk (she went through my gallery and drew one because of that, the others I think people asked for...).    As I said, it makes it very personable, and makes me feel like I had commissions .  She even sent me a personalized Korra for my birthday last year, simply because I commented that "This feels like you made it just for me because you posted it on my birthday.".  It was a simple thing, she just added the text ballon, but it still makes me smile.  ;-)

I've been limping through the year.  I think i have one commission out (probably need to follow up on it). I was a always supposed to be working, or doing freelance, so when I was at my computer it always felt like I should be doing something else.  Thinking of that, I'm trying to get back to the "off" switch for work.  Mostly I walked away from the computer, read/watched TV/used iPad/went out with friends.   I tend to not write on my iPad, so it mean the writing part of commissioning just never had a place to happen.  I think I'm going to take a walk around the block when my "work day" is over to symbolically say "I am done".  (I work from home, so my computer is my "office".)

I've already sent one commission off this weekend, and I think I'll send off a few more.

If you are an artist, and I follow you, feel free to send me a note to nudge me to consider you for a commission.  If you have my email (i.e. I've commissioned you or communicated through email), feel free to use that.  (If you find an email in a journal/profile that's not going to work...)  You can also make suggestions too. ;-)

Also, if you are an artist at Cincy Comicon next week, and are taking commissions, send me a note!. I'll have a pile of money that I'll want to give to artists there.  You can jump into the queue and get some of it. ;-)  If you're going to be at Cincinnati Comic Expo on 9/24 or Akron Comicconin November, the same deal applies.  And yes, I'll even pre-order something and pick it up at the con.

Currently I'm trying to figure out what songs I'll add to my birthday playlist.  My birthday is 9/12, which has a problem of being the first day people woke up KNOWING 9-11 happened, and had to deal with it (I shudder to think what it's like to have a birthday ON 9-11).  My method of dealing was to say "no" to FEAR, and I started my playlist the next year to help remind me to say "No", and focus on positive things instead.  I then add 1-2 songs/year, and make sure I listen to the play list every year.

The songs are placed there for a reason: to remind me of something.   Either it's something that happened that year, something I want to try to remember each year, or some feeling I want to encourage.
Right now I suspect that this year I'll add:

Pure Imagination - Gene Wilder (from the Willy Wonka Soundtrack).
+ something from David Bowie.  Not sure which.  Pure Imagination reminds me to NOT get caught up in the mindless treadmill of work, and look past of that and encourage my creativity.  I don't think I wrote anything this year, let alone spent much time commissioning.

I've not figured out the Bowie song.   It's a crime that he's not (yet) made the birthday list, but mostly it's one song a year, and the initial years the competition was fierce.  I'd love it to be Changes, Under Pressure, or Heroes.  These are all positive songs, that fit into the idea of encouraging me to be better.   Under Pressure is quite fitting for the last year.   OTH, Life on Mars? has this tenor that fits this last year for me, it FEELS like the last year, and thus reminds me to be better.  It's one of my favorite songs, let alone one of my favorite Bowie songs.

I don't think I'll pick "I'm Afraid of Americans" though it fits this political year to a tee.  I just have a saying "Define yourself by what you love, not by what you hate."  So I'd rather a positive message than a really apt negative one.

Anyway, I'll try to post again on my birthday.  I might try to write something that day and post it that day, since it's been awhile.  (I have the next Ultima story written, i just need to pare it down and edit it.  But I think it's been written for a year.)
Pushing this back around to remind people that they can still go do this!  ;-)

Didi-Esmeralda is raffling away a commission to her patreon supporters.  You just have to your charge go through for December, and still be a patreon when she chooses the name in January.…

Note: I'm giving up my January Commission to the person who gets this!  I have nothing do with picking the winner.  I'm doing this to hopefully drum her up some more Patreon supporters and to thank her current supporters.  She didn't ask me to do this, I felt it was something nice to give back to her (and the people who support her).  I super-happy with all the art she's generated this year, and it's directly due to her supporters on patreon.  (I was her first patreon supporter!)

Didi is one of my favorite people, she is just so nice to work with.  I've said this before, but I'll say it again here.  She was the first person I commissioned on Deviant Art.  She made the experience so enjoyable and fun.  She made me feel creative (something I have never considered myself being before). She is directly responsible for me commissioning everything in my gallery.  I know this as I'd commissioned artists at conventions before, and none of them ignited the 200+ commissions from 50+ artists gallery that I now have.  (I've also written a few stories.)   After working with Didi, I wanted more.  There is a cast of other artists who helped me develop my commissioning addiction: ColletteTurner, TracyWongSoniaMatas ElizabethTorque2015 to name a few, but it all started with Didi.  Hm...that's also a short-list of the artists I'd do just about anything/everything to get them more support/commissions/happiness/etc.   I loved working with all them so much that I can't even begin to explain how awesome they are.  (Without reservation, I recommend all of them.)

If you want some other Patreon suggestions (keeping this short as real this is a "go support didi!" journal:…  (She is amazing both as a person and an artist. And she's on the previous list of being someone who encouraged my gallery.  After Didi, she's the next person I want you to support!)…       (dandonfuga Opens Patreon -> makes a lot more art.  And it's ALL incredible.  She also takes suggestions, raffles off a sketch, etc.  Awesome art, a great artist to support.)

Both of these ladies have criminally low Patreon support amounts, especially when you consider how great their art is.  (If you want more suggestions, look at my last journal entry, it has more suggestions.)

If you think that you have gotten $1 of enjoyment out of viewing my gallery: please go support Didi.  Even if it's just for this month and you cancel next month (but consider sticking around for awhile).  I would consider it a great favor even if it's just one month.  I get nothing from this (in fact I lose a commission valued at $50!), other than I get to see an artist I like get more support and attention.  (And yes, I know not all of you have even $1 to support, believe me, I fully understand!)

There are currently 76 patreons, so there is currently a 1 in 75 chance (and I'd hope the other "commission a month people" will take themselves out of the running too, making the odds even better).

I really love Didi's art, here are all the commissions she's done for me:…

She's sent me a lot of joy and happiness, it would make me happy if you sent a bit back to her.  (Honestly, I'm a much happier person today than I was before i started commissioning.  This is a bit surprising to me, but also absolutely true.  And I'm know they are related.)

There are many more nice things in her gallery too!

11594573119944693283 by cerebus873


United States
Comic Book Geek

Mostly lurked for years. I am now trying to comment/favorite regularly. I also like to commission artwork, mostly of women from American Comic Books. You can see what I've commissioned so far in my gallery and my favorites/commissions

Feel free to ask me about any artist I've commissioned or the overall process. I know that i found it a little odd when I started, so I can do a reddit "Explain it like I'm Scared" for you if you need, but I've also written a few journal entries about the process.

If you're an artist and accept commissions, you can comment/note me and I'll take a look. I may not answer depending on my time constraints, but (at least for now), I've never gotten upset at such requests. At worst, I spent a few minutes looking at some art, which is great. I also might not commission you, depending on my time/budget/other commissions out/lack of ideas of what to commission.




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jkrolak Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
BrandonB-80 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
Thanks so much for adding my stuff to your favs!
Santoric Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the watch (and favs!!):D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
jkrolak Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
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cerebus873 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
ShinPersonaMaster Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Happy birthday!
cerebus873 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018

Hope you had a great day!
ShinPersonaMaster Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome.
Sperics Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
cerebus873 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018

I hope you had an awesome day too.
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