Just a quick update for you guys.
You probably have noticed that my responses have either slowed down in general or have been non-existent for some of you. The reasons for these are the same reasons I have not reopened commissions, yet, despite having wanted to have them running again by this time.
So for the same reasons, I will make this journal as succinct as possible.
Current Concentrated Efforts
As you guys know, I have a Patreon page. This is to help with my production of art and comics (for example, my weekly Tarri's Day comics), as time and energy is needed, and thus, funded.
The contribution so far, at least in my eyes, has been fantastic, but is still a far cry from it supporting me on a more permanent basis. So while I have been keeping up with my weekly comic strips and delivering without fail, other things have fallen a bit due to the current situation.
This might seem counter-intuitive in regards to having my commissions closed, however it's a tricky proposition when you already have time taken up by Patreon and other things that happen in life, and given my need to increase funding input from Patreon, most of my efforts have gone into working ways to gain more supporters there (hence why the comics have been coming out like clockwork, still, and the rewards also being churned out, more or less on schedule).
As of late, I've had to rethink how I approach the reward system on Patreon in order to cater for an increase in supporters. Whether I get them or not is really irrelevant at this point, since if a system isn't set up to deal with numbers, the whole thing is going to come crashing down. And I have been revising this kind of thing for months, now.
Another thing I've been failing to do is doing art for myself (not counting comics). You probably have noticed that there are strings of just comics, and then with batches of Patreon Rewards thrown in on a monthly basis. I've been trying to keep myself from drying up my enthusiasm for art by keeping myself fresh with "me art" (that is, art I want to do, rather than have to do), to keep myself motivated.
Regarding Reopening Commissions
While I am dealing with the above, I will not reopen commissions in the immediate future. Whether I reopen them next month, the month after that, or the month after that, is another story.
But I will keep you guys informed.
DA Notifications, Notes
I will at least try to reply to some comments, however I will pass over others depending on their content.
I also have noticed I currently have 21 unread notes. I can't respond to all of them at this time, but I will at least preview them and, like the comments, respond based on the content I can see in the preview.
Sorry about that, but I still have a lot to do, and even as I type this I am concerned I might not have fulfilled my obligations before the end of this month.
But I will just have to make sure I continue on and get as much done as I can. Hopefully, once my endeavours to make my presence aware on the net (and thus try to grow my base monthly pledge amount, which is currently the most important thing), I can return to returning more of the attention you guys send my way.
Just please be patient. :3