Woowzers it has been a long time since I've updated my dA journal! As you've probably noticed, I've mostly been AWOL from deviantART other than daily posts which are pre-scheduled for the most part. I apologize for not getting to read notes or respond to comments like I use to.
First and foremost, thank you all so so much for the overwhelming support and love. I don't think 2020 is going the way any of us ever would have predicted, and it is truly because of the support of the community that I am able to continue making art to share with you all. Thank you to everyone who has been able to buy a print, order a commission, and/or leave a comment or like. It doesn't go unnoticed, and I truly appreciate it!
Since convention season doesn't exist this year, Tyler and I have been working very hard to make constant updates to the store, our Patreon pin of the month club, and content that is available to you all. I have been working pretty nonstop on commissions and larger projects while trying to maintain quality content for the 366 daily posts. Without a convention season, we have been able to devote 100% focus to new content creation, which may be a sort of blessing in disguise.
With all that being said, I am getting quite a lot of messages about commissions, which I SO appreciate. If you are interested in ordering something for the 2020 calendar year, I recommend filling out an inquiry soon on our website. I expect that our queue may be full by the end of July. If you would like some information about ordering, feel free to checkout our general information and pricing guide here: https://www.katylipscomb.com/privatecommissions
We are also constantly trying to keep our store updated with new prints, bookmarks and original drawings from my 366 project. Tyler is working on a new batch of uploads today! Currently our store is 10% off as a thank you to everyone who is able to place an order. https://lucky978.storenvy.com/products
For anyone who is interested in our monthly pin club, you can learn more here: https://www.patreon.com/katylipscomb
If you want a more sure-fire way to get in touch with me, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We really appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you!
Until 2 days ago, I had been traveling with three close friends in Peru to gain reference photos and inspiration for new work. This was before COVID-19 was declared a Worldwide Pandemic and when we left there were only 5 cases in our state and only 6 reported cases in Peru. While abroad, we visited Machu Picchu, enjoyed the local culture, and overall had a wonderful trip until the effects of the global pandemic were very suddenly and stressfully made apparent. On the evening of March 15th, two days before our intended departure, the Peruvian government declared an immediate closure of its borders for 15 days. The four of us each had work and families that were waiting for us back home in the states and now we were facing a minimum of 15 days until we would be rejoined with them. Unpredictably facing two weeks in a foreign nation where you speak very little of the language, with no apparent way home and no secure place to stay is a really scary, stressful situation. We were given 24 hours notice to try to leave, and during this time our family, friends, and even our congressional representative made use of every second to find us a way back. By an absolute miracle, we were able to fly out literally minutes before the mandatory shutdown, and the four of us are now safely back at home under a precautionary self-quarantine. While scary, we were able to come home safely and there are countless numbers of other people who haven’t been so lucky. There are people trapped in various countries, people who are sick, and people who are dying. This virus has effected so many and continues to do so in serious and lasting ways. I know the world is crazy right now, but I urge everyone to exercise compassion during this difficult time. We all need to follow the guidelines outlined by WHO and the CDC but we also need to come together emotionally to support and empathize with one another. If we do that then we will make it through this together. If you have a neighbor who might need groceries, if you have family who might need financial assistance, if you see strangers just trying to get back home, we all need to do what we can and help people in need. Now more than ever.
There have been many rapid changes that have been implemented in the past weeks, but we want to assure you that Katy Lipscomb LLC will continue to provide our products, services, and a new drawing every single day! We are still shipping orders and we are researching delayed shipping options for customers who might not currently be able to receive mail. We are also continuing to accept and process commission requests. Unfortunately (but ultimately for the best), many of our planned events and conventions have been cancelled or postponed. As of now, Furry Weekend Atlanta 2020 and Akon 2020 are cancelled. We’re keeping track of whether Momocon 2020 might be rescheduled for later in the year. We’re currently planning on attending Holiday Matsuri 2020 in December but will notify everyone if those plans change. With many events and social outings cancelled for everyone, we know that home entertainment is critically needed right now. To combat this, we are working to compile a free-to-everyone digitally downloadable coloring book featuring many different artists (more on this will be announced soon). We are also working to schedule regular Instagram Live videos and tutorials. This has been and will continue to be a very strange year but together we will all be able to get through it.
I am currently symptom free and have placed myself under a strict self-quarantine for 14 days while working from home. I personally can not thank all of you enough for the continued support and for all of the love that you inspire us to give. Stay calm, stay careful, and stay compassionate.