Junior beta reading mt longhand first draft.
My cat Tequila (that's her with her daughter & adopted daughter) needs emergency surgery . . . this is going to run me a couple hundred dollars at least, and since I've already spent a lot on my own medical bills this year, I'm going to open for special commissions.
$50 (via paypal) for a full figure, color, painted character on a simple or clear background similar to these:
If you are familiar with my gallery, you know what my strengths are, but I'm open to new things. Please no extreme fetish/bigotry, etc. Gore or nudity is OK.
I'm taking four slots to start with, first come first served. Please have a description or references ready to go:
1. TAKEN - Not Here - Done!
2. TAKEN - Spacix - Done!
3. TAKEN - Zenbas
4. TAKEN - Aeden Custer
If you didn't get a slot, I will probably be opening more later in the week to cover the surgery fully. I just don't want to overwhelm myself right off.
Surgery went a lot rougher than I had hoped for, and having to recover while being almost totally alone and also running out of anti-depressants and being unable to refill so suffering from withdrawal symptoms has really made the last couple weeks hard. Only making things worse was, the day before my surgery I found out my sister has breast cancer - and after that, another one of my sisters, who has been battling cancer for almost a year now, was hospitalized for an infection related to her radiation therapy. You can probably imagine being terrified for their lives, frustrated at being unable to help and pissed at the general fucking unfairness of the universe isn't helping the ol' mental state. I've not been able to really get any drawing or writing done, and I know inactivity is a good way to fall off people's mental radars. Even if I haven't responded to every message, I truly appreciate the comments and interactions I have with you folks.
Hopefully things will start looking up at some point.
I've got surgery
coming up on the 21st to fix some issues with scarring and lumps left over from the surgery this past December, and which is causing me pain and impacting use of my right arm (the drawin' arm! I need that one). Unlike the last time, this is just gonna be under local anesthetic which means I'm gonna be doped but awake through it, and I gotta say, I'm kind of freaked out about it. I've pretty much gotten over the fear of needles I used to have so bad (I still don't like looking at them, but I can cope with the actual jab). Still, I don't know if its gonna hurt or feel weird and I'm scared I'll flip out during it, or something. And there's going to be the noises, and the smell . . . I dunno. I'm not usually a huggy person but goddamn, sometimes even I need physical reassurance and I could use some now. Badly. Maybe I should sew myself a friend :/
I'm gonna take at least a week off from work, so I have some books and a couple of movies stockpiled to keep me from boredom. I'm also going to prep for Nanowrimo. For obvious reasons I'm not going to be doing anything art-related for a little while.
Anyways, I shouldn't whine too much because other people have it way worse and I'll just get through it like every other damn thing I have to get through.
EDIT: Had a mix up with the payment, so now surgery is going to be on the 28th. Another week to fret, yay.
I have accidentally used stock art that wasn't for commercial problems, and both times I took the art down immediately and offered to pay the artist. It would really help, I think, if DeviantArt had some sort of sorting or marking system for licences for stock art, because the artists themselves don't always know the correct legal terms, or say nothing at all, or say "read the journal" (and no journal exists. At any rate, what these people are doing with my art is clearly malicious. Here's the thing. If someone wants to use a piece of my art for NON COMMERCIAL, EDUCATIONAL purposes, and they ASK PERMISSION I'm usually fine with it. I'm a freelance artist, and I have medical bills upcoming. Someone who steals my art and sells t-shirts with it is doing the exact same thing as taking my wallet or breaking into my house.
And I do have completely free and OK for commercial use stock available here
The ONLY places I am selling artwork currently are:
www.teepublic.com/user/viergac… - t-shirts, mugs, notebooks
www.selfpubbookcovers.com/vier… - premade blank book covers for self-publishers
www.etsy.com/shop/FicFinesseBo… - premade blank book covers for self publishers
If you see my stuff being sold anywhere else, it is theft, and I would greatly appreciate it if you let me know, thanks!
If you're an indie author or self-publisher, this is your chance to get a unique, professional quality cover at a discount price. Each cover is only sold once and composed of several images, so it's not just the same stock you see over & over again and your book will be one of a kind. All you need to do is add your name and title (which you can do on the site) and you're ready to publish!
My baby sister wearing one of my Frith's Promise t-shirt.
And here's current foster kitten Nugget helping me draw. His face is kind of a mess because he had a bad eye infection when I got him (he's all better now).
There's no rules besides just "draw a centaur". And have fun!
You can submit art to or to Centaur Central on Tumblr.
You can see when he gets a grip because his ears start wriggling as he sucks.
Don't make fun of my voice, I'm coming off a bad flu so it's really strained and scratchy
Just a few updates:
Surgery went well.
I went in early early, which was probably a bonus because I am NOT a morning person. It's hard to get worried about stuff when you're barely awake. The nurse prepping me said I looked like I was going to be a troublemaker (well! I never!) and I told her no, my one sister is an RN and if she heard I was naughty she'd fly over here and personally kick my ass. I don't recall much prior except climbing onto the operating table and my gown falling off. One of the nurses went to cover me up and I told her not to bother, half of Africa has seen me naked by now and everyone in the room would in a few minutes. I find this sort of fatalism a good coping method. It actually took an hour less than projected, which is nice because we got a refund from the estimate.
I actually enjoyed being in a nice facility being pampered for a day while I was monitored - air conditioning and an all-cartoon tv channel! The nurses were apparently very impressed with how well I rebounded from anesthesia, which is one of my many useless superpowers. Last time I had surgery, I woke up in the recovery room and helped the nurses solve a crossword puzzle. This time they were praising me for sitting up and walking down the hall without being woozy, and I said I haven't been praised so much for exhibiting basic motor skills since I was a baby. I can even eat with a fork and use three-word sentences! The only annoying things were the pulse ox monitor beeping every time I started falling asleep, due to my sleep apnea. I would shout down the hall, "I'm not dead" but of course they still had to check. And then when I finally did fall asleep, the night nurse woke me up for meds and I opened my eyes to see a stranger leaning over me in the darkness, face lit from below by the monitors. It's amazing I didn't have a heart attack XD
Recovery has been slow but steady. I only had the drains in for a few days, which is good because they're gross as heck and the cats were convinced they were really neat toys I was cruelly not letting them play with. The sutures are healing quite well, although removing the tape the check of them pulled the six chest hairs I've managed to grow right out. Dang it. The only problem I'm having right now, aside from the usual tiredness and recovery pains, is there's a build-up of fluid at the site, and I keep having to go in to the clinic to get it drained, which involves a freaking HUGE and very painful needle being shoved in various places and the gunk being sucked out. It's godawful painful, and afterwards I'm nauseous and soaked with sweat. Right now I have to sleep with a 2-kilo bag of rice on my chest to keep compressing it out.
I've been trying to take it easy and not do too much work, but hopefully I'll be easing back in soon. Thanks for all the kind comments, you sweethearts!
"Feather Girl" is about two feet from snout to tail tip, and is entirely hand-sewn from my original pattern in four different colors of faux fur with beanies so she sits up nicely. Her custom painted eyes have a following effect, which is pretty neat - she's looking at you no matter where you stand!
You can see more pictures Here and here.
If you're interested, I'm going to keep the bidding going until Weds., 26 October. I'd like at least $50 for her (shipping will be from Cape Town, South Africa) and you can put in a bid by emailing me at email@example.com (please put "dinosaur bid" in the subject line).
Thanks for looking!
For one thing, I've been having some medical issues and right now I'm on an epic amount of antibiotics again and in rather a significant amount of pain. I've been sleeping a lot, which has bit into my work time. The other thing is, last weekend Alida and I were in a car accident that I'm pretty sure was an attempted carjacking. It was late at night, and a car in front of us slammed on his brakes, then reversed into us. Luckily we both had our belts on, but the car sustained almost $1000 USD in damage. The other driver first claimed to have had his phone stolen, then offered to "pay" us (he only had about $15 in his wallet), then when I went to phone the cops he attempted to snatch my phone and then jumped in his car and peeled out. The cops were predictably useless. I'm really just glad Alida wasn't alone when this happened - not like I'm the world's scariest person, but she's a very small senior citizen who's suffered strokes. So that was that
In other news, Tequila is expecting kittens any day now, her first due date was Friday. I'm on tenterhooks, since all I know from her previous owner was that she'd had three kittens but one died, and I don't know why. Considering that Tequila came to me severely neglected, I'm hoping it was due to that and not that she has trouble delivering. There's something like 45 people on the waiting list for kitties, so they're already spoken for, thank goodness.
And last but not least, I am due for surgery on the 5th of December. Nothing too major, but I'll probably be out of action for a month at least while I recover, most likely til after the holidays. It's been a long time saving up for this; if anyone would care to toss a few bucks my way, I'd be more than grateful. As it is, I'm hoping to get a few more commissions in during November assuming I don't fall into a sinkhole or get devoured by rabid baboons or anything - keep an eye out here for when I open up.
In the meantime, you can check out some t-shirt designs on TeePublic, my premade blank book covers at Self Pub Book Covers, and see some stories & artwork I've done for the Werewolves Vs. zines, which are pay-what-you-want!
Almost two weeks old: her eyes are open and she's crawling around despite being the chunkiest kitten I've ever seen! Hard to believe I had to pull her out and giver her mouth-to-mouth resuss (yes, pretty gross, but you do what ya gotta do). Her owners to be have named her Bella, and they saw her for the first time yesterday and fell in love instantly. How could you not?
Rather than working on art, I spent the weekend helping my friends Suzzelle and Henry - while they were at work, I delivered their cat Snowbelle's kittens! Little "Lew Jr." there was bigger than usual and stuck tight, but I've worked at a dog breeder & lived with a cat breeder for years so one of my random skill sets is pet midwifery LOL. A little resuss and kitty was doing fine. She's even gained weight since Friday! Sadly, the second kitten was a breech and didn't make it, but there are two and possibly three more on the way. Snowbelle's previous owner told us she sometimes will take a day or two between kittens, so I'm gonna be on call until then. That's one of the huge advantages of working from home, having a flexible schedule.
Sorry about the fuzzy picture quality, my phone a bit of a potato.
Price: 65 USD (save $10)
Payment Method: Paypal preferred, but we can work out an EFT if needed
Subject matter: I prefer monsters, werewolves and anthro, but I'm game to try something different. X-rated is not a problem (usually).
Book Covers (mostly manips)