Assalam alaikum, all.Weekly Update - 23AUG-06SEP
-Queue Complete & Posting Commissions
-Commissions Reopening in Early September (First Batch)
-Future Experimental Commissions
-Concerning my Characters
-Fursuit Fun Times - Video Editing Software? & New Suits
~~~-Queue Complete & Posting Commissions
I am happy to report that I am completely done with all of my commissions. It's literally been over a year since I've had no outstanding commissions on my plate, and it honestly feels great. I completed them way ahead of schedule, amazingly. I had hoped to complete my queue by mid-September, but here I am done before the end of August. That, AND I completed my last block of training with a high grade, (under no pressure whatsoever, *sarcasm* ) and had some extra time afterwards to do some recreational flying. Overall, I'm quite pleased. *pats self on back*
That said, I may revisit a couple pieces here and there to do some touch-ups as I see fit before posting them. I WILL be staggering all my pieces, i.e; one every couple days. Why, you ask? Because people apparently really hate 'art dumps,' which can range from a few pieces posted in a day, to a piece posted every day. I honestly think it's absolutely ridiculous, but it's unfortunately a thing. If you can satisfactorily explain this phenomenon to me, you win the internet.
I will be posting a piece every few days, as per my schedule and when I have free time. All current commissioners, you can expect to see your completed pieces posted within the next couple of weeks. Please do not pester me to see your piece before it's posted. All commissioners have been and will be patiently waiting - y'all are in the same boat, and I thank you all for your patience, but I will be posting all pieces as I had completed them, (in the order they were paid, as I always do,) and I will not 'jump the boat' for any once piece over the others.
This is more or less and excuse for me to finally work on some way overdue personal work. My goal was to have completed reference sheets of all my characters by the end of summer, and I'm planning on having at least a good chunk of that all done as I'm posting the completed commissions, after which I will stagger posting my personal works accordingly. I've already overhauled a couple of ref sheets, my gryphon Isra's, and my Sergal Navy's, and I'm currently working on a massive reference sheet of a certain Angel Dragon...
*insert appropriate Michael Scott gif here*
I will be making smaller realistic ref sheets for all my characters, as well as 'fursuit refs' for them all as I see fit. Some will be characters y'all recognize, some will not. I will also be making icon sets and updated badges for most of them as well.
~~~-Commissions Reopening in Early September (First Batch)
I have decided on what I will be opening for for my first Journal Batch since reopening. This batch will be FurAffinity-exclusive. The pieces included will be:-1 Full body lineless Sergal
-2 Cell/Soft Cell Sergals
-2 Headshot Icons - any shading style
-5 Tail icons - one of each shading style
-1 Experimental Chibi
-1 Experimental Painted Bust
*What is a Journal Batch Commission?*
This is where I open for only the pieces outlined above, announced in an 'Open!' journal entry. I will post comments below the journal saying, 'Respond to this comment to claim an Icon slot!' To claim the slot, you simply respond to my comment, and I will note you asking for the information I'll need. Slots are first come, first served, and commissions will close as soon as the last slot is taken.
(From my last journal...)
So this Journal Batch will be a sort of combination species- and piece-specific. I will also be posting a YCH piece of a dragon around that time to keep some variety in the mix, so stay tuned!
I am planning Batch openings for all other pieces and many more species as time rolls by. I will be limiting commissions almost exclusively to Batches to lend variety, let new folks/folks with species-specific characters to get slots, and to keep wait times on the shorter side.
All Batches will open for a particular amount of slots that will be available for specific pieces I offer or for a specific species. I will also be opening Batches for more specific pieces such as Ultimate Reference Sheets, (2 at a time,) and Epic Scenes, (2-3 at a time.) Also, limiting openings to Batches will ensure much shorter wait times for all who nab slots, more frequent openings, and inshallah no more 100% commission closings, as having a smaller queue to chew on will be much easier to clear out when I get find out I need to plan a dozen or more flights. Win-win for everyone!
All pertinent information will be included on an announcement journal posted a couple days in advance of the opening.DEVIANTART...
(I will most likely be opening for all pieces 24/7 on here again. There is much more activity on my FA, which is why I typically have to limit Journal Batches. If anyone on here is on DA only, go ahead and note me whenever after you see my 'Commissions Open!' Journal. )
~~~-Future Experimental Commissions
In addition to standard commission openings in my upcoming Journal Batches, I will be opening for at least a couple different 'experimental commissions' with each Batch. What's an experimental commission? It's something outside of my 'regular' commission types, and is of a type of piece I've never or rarely offered before, or a style I've never tried or would like to try. Some of the experimental types I'm planning on opening for are:-Speedpaints
-Full painted pieces
-Different chibi styles
-Different types of badges
If any of these catch your eye, keep an eye out on my upcoming journal batches! Think of something I haven't mentioned here? Let me know, and I'll look into offering it!
~~~-Concerning my Characters
This has been brewing for a while, and there have been some issues lately which have prompted me to address this. I will be working on a PSA journal to post this week outlining the use of my characters, i.e; what they can and cannot be used for. There has been some confusion in regard to things such as character/art theft and even gift art, and I'm hoping that a more comprehensive journal of sorts will shed some light on these things. *In short, my characters CANNOT be used for:
-Any rating above PG
-Your personal projects (without my prior permission)
-Editing/recolouring my artwork of them for your own use
-Derivative works (i.e; designs heavily inspired/major elements used without my permission)*My characters CAN be used for:
-PG rating and below
-Gift/fan-art for me
-Personal projects (with my prior permission)
You'll probably note that these are fairly standard, with some exceptions... I've literally had people take my own pictures of my own fursuits and say, 'Look at my fursuit!' Hell no. I've also had people say they were going to make their own fursuit of my character. HELL no. I've also caught people using my characters for their personal, extensive projects without asking my permission. While they were fine in the end, and I was quite interested to see the final result, it was extremely shocking to find my characters being used in such a way. So, if you'd like to use my character for some big project...like a 3D animation or sculpture or something, please just ask my permission first so I'm not caught so off-guard.
BUT, things like gift art, or if you just wanna draw my character for something to do or because you think they're cute/pretty, please go right ahead! Like the majority of artists, I love and appreciate gift art of my characters! Really, feel free! If you do so, also please show me so I can check it out and favourite it! ^^
If there is ANY wonder at all, don't hesitate to note me! I'm more than happy to answer any and all questions about the use of my characters, and also questions about them in general.
~~~-Fursuit Fun Times - Video Editing Software? & New Suits
Just a little extra. I've been able to squeeze in quite a bit of fursuiting lately! Usually in the evenings and weekends, and usually late, haha. My amazing handler and I have made a few killer videos recently - can you say...multiple shots! - that are really making the final video products look really professional, as much as I can, at least.
If anyone has any suggestions about good, easy to use video editing software, please let me know! Currently I'm using...very basic software, haha, and it works for now, but I want some software that can insert effects or a crop or zoom into a selection of video. Like I highlight ten seconds and can insert a filter for that ten seconds without having to cut out that ten second section and chip away until I can post it in right - if that makes any sense?
And, technically not a new suit yet, but the maker of Spirit 2.0 has my duct tape dummy in custody, and is ready to roll when the start date rolls around! I'm super excited! It's about time Spirit comes to life, wallah... (Don't remind me about Spirit 1.0... *hisses in scammer's general direction* ) She may not arrive until my next change of station, (looking at an early 2016 completion date,) but you bet I'll be posting excited updates on my Twitter and Tumblr once she's started.
Also, I've been chomping at the bit to get a fullsuit of my BarkShark, Sarge! He is currently in partial form, but I have such a blast in him - I wear him just about as much as I have Muzafr these days, and I think he'd be killer in super toony fullsuit form, (with the big feets...imagine him dancing!) I've been waiting for his maker to get back to me about turning him into a fullsuit, so fingers crossed I get an answer soon!
In other news, inshallah a Creepy fullsuit will be in the works once I finish his fursuit ref here in the next week. I also took Navy bowling, and got some crazy videos and pictures - her eyes look like they're glowing! Crazy.
I should call these bi-weekly updates from now on. Every two weeks seems to work better with my schedule, as posting something every few days, schedule permitting. Overall, things are going well.
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