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First Thing's First: 
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You guys know that you literally saved my life last month, right? Like, prevented me from freezing and/or starving, in the actual, non-hyperbolic way? O_O I can't tell you how much of a difference this has made in my life, not just practically, but mentally. Being able to do digital art with a tablet again…oh man. It's like I rediscovered the ability to do magic. 

Unfortunately, the kind of job I do often leaves me weeks without any new work. I have a job at the end of February, but once I finish up my queue of commissions, I'm high and dry for several weeks. I need to pay my rent and energy this first week, so I'm doing a rain dance right now. I need to raise $150 by Thursday. 

If you'd like to donate to the unofficial Save Thundercake fund, my paypal email is ((( 3936molehill@gmail.com ))). Everyone who donates gets a shoutout in my nightly eldritch invocations. (Feel your ears burning? That's that old deep magic.)


Commissions:
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Right now I am totally open for digital commissions. Bust portrait commissions are the best for me - you can see countless examples in my gallery - so they are cheapest, at $20 a pop. (The more you pay, the longer I can afford to spend on it, the more badass it will look.) These can then be used for forum avatars, profile pictures, & what have you. I can also bring your characters to max life with full body illustrations. These are calculated individually. Lastly, I can paint real people, but this is more expensive as it's more time consuming and exact. (If you're fine with a caricature over an exact likeness, it's the same price.)

If you'd like to discuss a job with me TONIGHT, you can call me - my phone number is ((( 540-223-7816 ))). (If you have phone anxiety, as a surprising number of people have said: I can relate, as I struggled with that for most of my life, and it's approached phobic levels at times. Feel free to text me if you are too nervous to call)


Fundraising/Donations:
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Still working on the funding for our shop, the Copperline - I have a business plan and hopefully we will qualify for a small loan to get it started. I'm also looking into gofundme. We'll eventually have an associated online store selling my prints, custom signs and handmade items. 

I have set up a Patreon profile: ((( www.patreon.com/thundercake ))) I have no idea how this site works yet, so forgive me if I made a faux pas on my profile. I'm always worried about that. Patreon is apparently just a formalization of the nebulous internet art patron community, which is very cool. One day when I have a good source of income I'm going to be one of those people. I really get know how support, financial AND emotional, is crucial to continuing this life. Art gets you very little respect irl, so hearing that what you do is important to someone is a huge validation of your life. 


Final Thought: 
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It's really hard to ask for help. It's nerve-wracking, admitting failure to such a huge audience. It's also weird to feel such directionless gratitude. I can babble thanks on the phone and write emails to everyone but I never know what exactly to say. So many of you don't know me at all. Hearing from a total stranger "you were a part of my artistic development" is surreal, and uplifting in a way I can't properly describe. How can I even begin to pay you all back for this? I can only say, to this website and the people who have supported me during this time: you are the entire reason I am doing digital art again. 

  • Listening to: the trees talking
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: the world burn
  • Playing: a dangerous game
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: manly tears


Hi folks,
I put up our paypal account yesterday and my mother tells me there's been a lot of money coming in from donations. I cannot even believe what's going on right now and I am so immensely grateful. Thank you all so much. Frankly, I want to take down the email address because this wasn't what I intended to happen. but my mom and husband tell me "NO DON'T" (basically); we all agree I should tell you guys what we plan to do with the donated money, and not look a gift horse in the mouth. I am torn about this. pride is a really funny thing. I am reading that people are unable to afford it but are giving me money anyway and I really... do not want! I mean, that is so sweet and wonderful but please don't burden yourself financially for me! As it is, we are really going to be ok for a while, and we'll be able to put our life plan into action. More importantly I will be able to do digital art again, and that means the entire world to me. 

My husband and I are starting a thrift shop called the Copperline; we're smack dab in the middle of town on family land. I've also started this sign business and I hope to sell some of my original artwork and prints through the shop. It's called Lemon Tree Letter Co. (name after the first song I ever heard that my dad used to sing to me) We're renovating the old house and skip-hopping along with yard sales. My husband is (among many things) a talented carpenter, and he was working on Tangier Island this summer. Right before we got married he was injured in a bike accident and now has a wonky shoulder that scares the dickens out of me. Things have been pretty rough for everyone in the family and especially my immediate in-laws, who live nearby. But with this shop I'm hoping we can create something that will save the family, and be the foundation for my future family.

I got a nifty new gig in Richmond too, I'll post about that later. It came out of a superfun job I did for Young House Love last year. (really cool people, check out their blog) It's in the field of interior design, but it's more like a mural job, with a twist. Hard to explain right at the moment since I'm still so flustered...

(I've also been working on the official Thorns books- ever since the plans for the new game fell through.. I have a stack of looseleaf a foot high. not having computer/wifi/tv for months on end is REALLY good for the creative juices.)

So yes! I have several jobs lined up now. I woke up this morning feeling...just....amazing! I want to get back into this. I feel so motivated and wonderful, I'm not even editing my writing. (Don't take this as a sample of my writing. It's bad.) I'm going to get on dA and hustle like before, and I will post many updates and pictures of our projects. I'm also pretty excited to upload my pencil stuff because I've been studying from life and I think I'm getting the hang of some new tricks. :)

I'm looking into several different things that people have suggested. I will thank every one of you individually - mom emailed me the responses. I love you guys so much. <3 

PS - I must apologize to the client who said "fandom" and confused me on the phone. That is seriously how out of touch I am. I forgot that fandoms are a thing.


  • Mood: Tired

a hail mary pass

Tue Jan 6, 2015, 12:23 PM


ETA: 
I want to thank everyone who contacted me from the bottom of my heart. I am so incredibly humbled by the responses. Umm, not good with emotions right now. Can I just say I freakin love dA, and every one of you people, so much it hurts? I do. 

I was asked to put up the paypal address I use; it is 3936molehill@gmail.com

Soon I will be able to paint digitally again...feels like my life is about to restart. I am so happy right now

<3

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Friends, 

I have been a member of this site since I was 17. Now, I am nearly 27 years old. This website was a huge part of my life and my artistic development. I have met so many amazing, talented, fantastic, generous, wonderful people here. From the moment I first picked up a stylus you have been there for me, cheering me on, teaching me what I needed to know.  

So, what happens when you're a digital artist, and the tablet you've been using for ten years finally dies, and you can't afford a new one?

My Intuos was my only reliable source of income. I didn't have a closet full of paints and canvas on standby, so I fell back on my other skills and worked wherever I could until I lost my apartment. Things took a turn for the worse.

I'm married now, living in a rural area, and quickly losing my grip because of unemployment. My husband can't drive or work due to an injury. I've danced along the poverty line before, but now I can't even see it if I squint up. 

Folks…THIS IS NOT ANY KIND OF LIFE. For a while I was selling my plasma 1-2 times a week, but I can't anymore, because there's no center here. We ration every can of beans and every pack of ramen noodles. We can't afford our prescriptions. There is no heat in our house, and in a few days we'll be entering the Below Freezing zone; we've been through three space heaters already. We have no bathtub or shower, and only one small sink. Needless to say, we're not online. (I drove to a library on gasoline fumes to post this.) Every single day I am gripped with raw fear - that our power will be shut off, that one of us will get sick, that the pipes will freeze. I am afraid for the first time in my life that I won't make it out of my twenties. If this goes on much longer, we're going to be homeless. 

Getting up in the morning is a conscious decision to continue living. I will allow myself the drama of saying that it is becoming more and more difficult to want to be alive. I miss being able to post here, to talk with other artists. I miss my Thorns peeps. Mostly I just miss being the sort of person who had a bright future. I always thought if I was good enough, things would work out for me. I thought that following my calling was the right thing to do, and people supported me so much. Some days I feel like I have failed them.

It's funny… I used to joke about being a starving artist. I was such a jackass! I had no idea what it was like to be food insecure without a safety net. I had no idea what it would be like to have to decide between meds and food, or food and gas, or gas and having a working phone. I didn't know about the crushing weight of worry, envy, despair and exhaustion - it hits me the moment I open my eyes in the morning and follows me like a little raincloud all day. 

Turns out, life is really freakin cruel, and you have to squeeze whatever happiness you can out of it before it kills you.

But artwork still gives me joy, and I have been practicing as much as possible with the materials left to me by my aunt when she passed. I've been working in acrylic and watercolor pencils, trying to continue to develop my skills and try new things. Without art I might be close to throwing in the towel, but it gives me purpose and direction in life. 

Basically, I REALLY need work. So for the first time I'm going to take traditional media commissions. (I can do any type of illustration. But since they're my specialty, character bust portraits are only $20 (+ s&h). ) Repeat: I'm using real paper and real pigment and mailing you the real results. :O 

THAT is what digital artists do when their tablets break. Evolve or die, right?

I'm going to put my number up here, because it is literally the only reliable way to reach me. It's 540-223-7816. I will come back to the library ASAP and check my email (chalkitupRVA@gmail.com) in case anyone has written me, but the phone is really the best way. You only have 7 days left to call me before my minutes go poof, so please don't wait.

I hate to beg, but I can't afford not to. PLEASE help if you can. Through it all I still believe that I was meant to be an artist. It's the thing that gives my life meaning. I'm not good at a lot of things, but I am lucky to know how to draw. Art has saved me before, and I am hanging on the hope that commissions will get us through this tough period until I can find steady work.

Here's hoping I get a phone call today. Cheers and happy new year, everyone. <3


  • Mood: Tired
First Thing's First: 
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You guys know that you literally saved my life last month, right? Like, prevented me from freezing and/or starving, in the actual, non-hyperbolic way? O_O I can't tell you how much of a difference this has made in my life, not just practically, but mentally. Being able to do digital art with a tablet again…oh man. It's like I rediscovered the ability to do magic. 

Unfortunately, the kind of job I do often leaves me weeks without any new work. I have a job at the end of February, but once I finish up my queue of commissions, I'm high and dry for several weeks. I need to pay my rent and energy this first week, so I'm doing a rain dance right now. I need to raise $150 by Thursday. 

If you'd like to donate to the unofficial Save Thundercake fund, my paypal email is ((( 3936molehill@gmail.com ))). Everyone who donates gets a shoutout in my nightly eldritch invocations. (Feel your ears burning? That's that old deep magic.)


Commissions:
----------------

Right now I am totally open for digital commissions. Bust portrait commissions are the best for me - you can see countless examples in my gallery - so they are cheapest, at $20 a pop. (The more you pay, the longer I can afford to spend on it, the more badass it will look.) These can then be used for forum avatars, profile pictures, & what have you. I can also bring your characters to max life with full body illustrations. These are calculated individually. Lastly, I can paint real people, but this is more expensive as it's more time consuming and exact. (If you're fine with a caricature over an exact likeness, it's the same price.)

If you'd like to discuss a job with me TONIGHT, you can call me - my phone number is ((( 540-223-7816 ))). (If you have phone anxiety, as a surprising number of people have said: I can relate, as I struggled with that for most of my life, and it's approached phobic levels at times. Feel free to text me if you are too nervous to call)


Fundraising/Donations:
----------------

Still working on the funding for our shop, the Copperline - I have a business plan and hopefully we will qualify for a small loan to get it started. I'm also looking into gofundme. We'll eventually have an associated online store selling my prints, custom signs and handmade items. 

I have set up a Patreon profile: ((( www.patreon.com/thundercake ))) I have no idea how this site works yet, so forgive me if I made a faux pas on my profile. I'm always worried about that. Patreon is apparently just a formalization of the nebulous internet art patron community, which is very cool. One day when I have a good source of income I'm going to be one of those people. I really get know how support, financial AND emotional, is crucial to continuing this life. Art gets you very little respect irl, so hearing that what you do is important to someone is a huge validation of your life. 


Final Thought: 
----------------

It's really hard to ask for help. It's nerve-wracking, admitting failure to such a huge audience. It's also weird to feel such directionless gratitude. I can babble thanks on the phone and write emails to everyone but I never know what exactly to say. So many of you don't know me at all. Hearing from a total stranger "you were a part of my artistic development" is surreal, and uplifting in a way I can't properly describe. How can I even begin to pay you all back for this? I can only say, to this website and the people who have supported me during this time: you are the entire reason I am doing digital art again. 

  • Listening to: the trees talking
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: the world burn
  • Playing: a dangerous game
  • Eating: my heart out
  • Drinking: manly tears

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I graduated from VCU Comm Arts in 2010. I've been a freelance illustrator for 10 years and worked in several positions as graphic designer. I'm currently interested in cafes and marketing.

(Yes, it is a pseudonym, if you were wondering.)

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KodyBoy555 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you do requests and art trades?
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Looking for Creative Artists for a Contest

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kurocard Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your works ^_^
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this is some of the most gorgeous stuff i have ever seen!
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Hi I was wondering if I could please post these artworks:

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on my tumblr blog chat-over-coffee.tumblr.com/ as creative writing prompts? I would credit you and post a link to your deviantart.

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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
...a very happy birthday to you miss...=3
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Happy Birthday!
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happeh birthday > u <
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Happy Birthday! Cake I am a dummy! 
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Happy birthday! Hope you have a good one! :cake:
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Happy birthday!!
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