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30 Inktober 2018 - Floaty by Retl 30 Inktober 2018 - Floaty by Retl
Luna likes the big, floaty, soft ones! They're usually less noisy when they break, and there's really not many opportunities to safely float around when so close to the planet's surface. There's certainly some activities that allow for it, and even some businesses that sprung up using large fans to give a floating effect, but it's just not the same.
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It's important to remember why you're making whatever your craft is, and to adjust course if your objectives don't contain any of
A: I like the process of making the thing.
B: I like the resulting thing I intend to make.
C: I am making a thing for a friend I'd like to make happy.
D: I must make the thing to get resources to survive.
E: I must make the thing to get something else I desire.
F: I am making something so I can learn.

Otherwise, it's too easy to get caught up in a habit of making something for nothing.
If the objective is to increase mindshare of an idea, then socializing, being friendly, and spreading the message with advertising money would do better.
If the objective is to get more personal attention to sate a desire for validation, there are much easier ways to do it than by creative pursuits.
If the objective is "More art of a specific theme" then commissions and art contests are much more time-efficient.

My reason for doing Inktober this year was two-fold.
1. A longtime acquaintance has been trying to be a better person. They asked if I intended to do it. I said I'd try. So I tried.
2. I am working on a game for HeliumSqueeze loosely based on the party supply retail (not wholesale) industry, balloon decor business, balloon-artist (sculpting/twisting) business, and the Special Enthusiasm fanbase for balloons. My longtime fascination with the subject has never really been a secret, and I have enough experience to know how to make the game. The problem is that balancing a full time job with making a game is very draining and very slow, and the resources to compensate for my weakspots (background art, music, sound effects, etc) cost quite a bit of money to work-around. And unlike the very common art-commissions on sites like dA, commission rates for a for-profit project are *much* more pricey and require some familiarity with law (As it should be. If someone else is going to make money from your work, you want a cut of it either upfront or as royalties, right? You can't buy what might be your only meal for the day with "exposure" or a end-of-game credit).

The unfortunate reality is that the audience for this niche content is probably never going to be big enough to sustain a larger business built around it without supplementary income from other sources. A 1-2 person operation can manage by being frugal. 3-5 can make party shops and decor gigs run with enough funds saved back to deal with the slow start. Going sexual heavily cuts into the number of potential consumers but has the benefit of rather high interest from those interested, and a the immediate expectation that all interested have access to funds of their own and don't require convincing a parent to pay.

Remember Bay Area Balloons? bayareaballoons.net/ It was the best purchasing option for me for quite a while with a reasonably varied selection and good shipping rates in the states. Searching for BAB now brings up results for an entirely different store and a decoration business's informational site.

Remember WeHeartBalloons? weheartballoons.com I haven't heard a word from the shop's owner since it closed. Searching for WeHeartBalloons hardly brings up more than a single promo code and account icon, and instead directs to the newer unrelated balloon-decor-education site"iheartballoons".

And I can think of other similar projects that continue more out of passion from its creator in spite of abysmal sales and painful losses on investment. By people more determined to see more of what they like exist than they are to make money. But without the money, they can't pay rent or eat. And thus, the project gets put off, paused, or taken offline while they go seek ways to make money to save up enough to try their passion-project-that-intends-to-be-self-sustaining again.

So.
I'd much rather be the
"Keep saving up to try again" sort than the
"Tried really hard and completely disappeared afterwards sort.

Still gonna try to make things work, but it's always going to play second fiddle to my day job with much more reliable expectation of pay. Might experiment with a weekend sales stall for helium balloons if the plan to make games doesn't pan out, and I'm learning to do the basics of decor like balloon columns and arches. I want more balloons and balloon content in more places for everyone who wants them. But I can't risk putting my everything into it and losing everything.

I don't like Halloween and I'd like to be done, so I'm probably going to stay up past midnight to get finished with the last Inktober.
Or not. I haven't been sleeping well much of this month.
We'll see.
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Sky-Hoper Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018
Adorable pic!
Also, good luck to you...
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Retl Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! We'll need all the help we can get!
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck mate.
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Retl Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Good fortune will be very useful in the endeavor.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome.
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