First Thing's First:
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 ((( firstname.lastname@example.org ))). Everyone who donates gets a shoutout in my nightly eldritch invocations. (Feel your ears burning? That's that old deep magic.)
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)
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.
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.