~~~Plan of the Week - 25JAN-08FEB
-Final instrument flight exam this week & upcoming flights
-Current commission queue & wait times
-Upcoming openings & YCH auction
-Calendars & prints
~~~-Final instrument flight exam this week & upcoming flights
Well, this phase of training has been intense, to say the least. I knew it would be. I had heard the horror stories, and heeded them, as I've come to expect. The horror stories are always true, and instrument flying is a beast. It's less the flying, it's more so the...flight planning. Hours...and hours of staring at charts, you guys, you have no idea...
Luckily, I have my final exam this week, so a bit less book-work, more flight planning and preparing for mission briefing. That latter part will happen next-next week. But by the time I get to that point, flight planning will be a bit more streamlined, (it's not difficult, it just takes forever,) and I'll have so much information packed into my skull, that leading the briefs will come a bit easier, if not naturally.
This all said, there will likely be little to no artwork done this week due to preparing for the exam. This is going to be the norm until this phase of training is over, i.e; artwork restricted to the weekends. The good news is that I'm about halfway through with this phase! Once this is over, the next couple phases of training are a lot less demanding. Visual navigation and formation flight is what the next ones are, for my fellow pilot folk.
I have another solid month, however, until I'm clear of this instrument phase. How quickly I can complete the scheduled flights is weather-dependent. You'd think that cloudy days would be perfect for IFR flights, but the wing is finicky about letting us out when there's a chance of fog. It's a training command, so we don't neeeed to fly in terrible weather, if you catch my drift.
So until this phase is all said and done, commissions will be slow-ish. I may actually delay my next batch opening until after this, we'll see. Depends on how quick I can finish my current queue, which brings me to...
~~~-Current commission queue & wait times
My current queue and wait times! Same drill as before, wait time for 90% of my pieces is 1-2 months, the other 10% being icons, sketches, and badges. Why is the wait time for these pieces shorter? They're smaller pieces and I can complete them quicker, so when I have a small chunk of time in my schedule, I try and finish them, rather than getting halfway done with a larger piece. It's just what works best with my hectic schedule right now.
As always, if anything major comes up, (which, eh, nothing should, but this is flight training, you never know,) I will make a journal announcement outlining what has come up and how it will impact communication and commissions, giving a rough estimate for delays in responses and if any extra time will be tacked onto commission wait times.
In regards to communication, it is perfectly normal for a couple to a few days to pass between responses from me! This said, if a week or more goes by and you still haven't heard back from me, feel free to note me again, I encourage it! This likely means that I have lost the note in my inbox, or thought I had responded to it but actually didn't. (Which might sound silly, but training for 16 hours a day straight leaves me kind of fried at the end of the day, so bear with me, this isn't easy.)
~~~-Upcoming openings & YCH auction
Like I said, as far as upcoming batch openings go, I may delay the next one for a few more weeks. This all just depends on how quickly I can finish my current queue, which depends on my training, of course. I currently have about 14 pieces in my queue, six of them being icons. This gives me a solid few weeks of work to keep me busy.
Still, in between batch openings, if you're interested in a piece, feel free to note me! With the exception of large pieces, (Ultimate Ref Sheets or other detailed pieces without a visual ref, multi-character scenes, and detailed backgrounds,) I'm just about able to get most other pieces in my queue. If you have an idea, let me know, and I'll be able to give you a solid answer whether I can take it on now or not.
In the meantime, however, I am currently holding a Your Character Here auction! You can check it out here:www.furaffinity.net/view/15572…
I really do enjoy these, and am planning on holding them more often, (maybe one or two a month?) to open for something commission-wise between batches. I'm also hoping to do more varied ones, i.e; anthro, different species, etc. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to see something specific, please let me know! I'm thinking gryphs, Eastern dragons, Sergals, and Angel Dragons, for my next upcoming ones.
~~~-Calendars & prints
Thanks to all who have ordered calendars! It is likely that I'll delay ordering them until this upcoming weekend, as several came to me and cannot pay until this week. I guess I caught y'all off guard? Haha. But that's the news there.
Also, prints! If you haven't caught my previous journal about all the print options I have to offer, check it out here! www.furaffinity.net/journal/64…
I'll be making a much more streamlined and organized journal with pretty much all of that information here soon. Likely this week or next weekend. Stay tuned!
In other news, I've been really tickled with the direction my art is heading. My last year's resolution was to 'kick things up a notch,' and I think I did just that.
I'm still very much hoping to work more on lineless work, and might open up some 'experimental commissions' with that style in my next journal batch.
For those of you who have followed it, I also recently got back in contact with my fursuit maker! This is a huge relief, and I'm very happy to have heard back from them after so long. It's still unknown if they can complete it or not, and I was hoping to know for sure last week... Fingers crossed I know for sure asap. I'm still kind of on-edge, but eh. I just want my Spirit fursuit completed. ;-;
I also got a new critter! I may wait and debut him this upcoming Fursuit Friday... If you're interested in following some of my fursuit shenanigans, (including GIFS, yes, I have harnessed the powah!) you can check out my Tumblr here: twilightsaint.tumblr.com/
Speaking of fursuits, a local bro and I are planning on having a nice photoshoot done sometime, hopefully sooner than later! We're planning on taking pics along a pier, and maybe the beach and some local forts/batteries, and with my nice camera, hehe. I'll be posting pics to here and Tumblr. I'm really excited to do this! I'm dying to get some nice pictures of my suits, many of which are limited to candid convention moments, which are great, but I really want to show off the beautiful artwork of these creations with some great lighting and beautiful backgrounds. <3
And I hope everyone had a great weekend! ^^ Thanks for reading!
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