I was going to wait until tomorrow to write this, but I want it off my chest. I will be closing requests for this September. Main reason being that I'll be out on a family trip in a couple weeks, and I don't want it to be tainted with a pile of requests bugging my mind, especially if such piles continue to grow the way they've been. The last time I took requests, I ended up with 23 of them. That number is beyond ridiculous and really needs to go down. As flattering as it is that people like my work so much, it's infuriating that requests are practically taking over my gallery. That is just not what I signed up for. I've tried just about everything I can think of to limit the intake, and nothing has really worked.
So, that's what I can say for now. I'll re-open requests in October, but if things continue the way they have, who knows how long it'll last? For a start, I may have to get stingier with what I agree to do. (I've previously taken a lot of concepts with characters I have no interest in, yielding pictures that are personally worthless in my gallery.) We'll see what happens later.