I find myself apologizing a lot for how long it takes me/the fact I post personal crummy arts like:
in between doing actual work. I do my best to let you guys know ahead of time that I -am- a very busy person.. so busy that I often can't even -use- my scanner, which is wmy my most recent sketches/line work like I've jsut linked, are pictures taken with my crappy camera. or why when i -do- manage to color something of my own for myself, it tends to be the simplest of flat colors.
Now, i'm not saying anyone's been/being particularly pushy, but I have felt a bit pressured before. And honestly it gets to wearing at me. As isaid, i am very busy, especialyl lately. First and foremost, I have a baby that is (as of tomorrow) only 4 months old. the majority of my time is spent catering to him. Beyond that, we've jsut recently sorted out our insurance garbage so we have been catching up on everything we needed done, which is a lot. I had 2 teeth pulled, then was put on painkillers because he had to literally -drill- one of the teeth our of my skull. The dentise apparently didn't account for the fact I have a high pain tolerance because he prescribed me drugs that took away all my pain, as well as got me high as a kite to the point I felt nauseous before they knocked me out. so -that- was one of the reasons for delay on commissions. past that, I still need at least 1-2 fillings in each tooth which we havent even made appointments for yet.
next is my eyes. I haven't been to an eye doctor in damn near 5 years now, i think. I am blind as a bat and, as I make my living doing these commissions, it's kind of important to be able to see. that appointment is for the fourth of next month.
Next, I need to get into a -real- doctor. Because I'm having severe issues that have stretched on for 7 years straight now. plus the fact I have still not been in for my post-natal exam, so if anything went wrong while/after having Tyler (highly likely because I keep getting sharp pains like my guts are being torn apart with a rusty knife) -and- through my pregnancy they were worried about my white blood cell count, and I havent been back to check on that (which they've warned me might be a sign of cancer)
-then- I need to go to the chiropractor. because I can't sit in the same position for long without agony, and I -must- sit on my foot at all times or it feels like my tailbone is going to tear through my skin.
-beyond- all the medical stuff, is the issue of the art itself. as of the moment, I have no pens. they -should- be here tomorrow, but right now all I can do are digital lines. my prices are most definitely -not- set for digital lines, because digital lines take me at least 2-3 hours before I'm pleased with them, where-as lining with a pen to later scan only takes me maybe a half hour, tops.
Speaking of price. I lowered my prices because they seemed to be too high for anyone to commission me. which the price change doesnt bother me as long as I can do pen lines instead of digital. but even in lowering them, I still get a few here and there who say my prices are too high.
I can not lower them any farther than they already are.
to give you a basic idea of why, it's easiest to look at my latest commission:
this is a full body flat colored picture.
I started this at 3 am. I -just- finished it at like 1:20-something pm. we'll round up to say 1:30 pm.. that is ten and a half hours. and I charged $65 for this. if this were a fully done, cell shaded piece, I could have spent between 2-3 more hours on it. if it were cell-shaded with my soft highlights as I do sometimes (I know I don't offer this as commissions but hopefully now you can see why) it would have taken me 5-6 hours longer.
I know everyone wants what they pay for in a timely fashion and I -do- apologize for how long it takes me at times.. but honestly I am doing the very best I can. So please, in the kindest way possible I can ask this.. If you can't be patient/don't want to wait, you may want to reconsider commissioning me. I can't simply sit back and do nothing but draw all day long anymore, sadly