I've gotten the above comment a bunch since the launch of my Patreon, and the last couple of openings for commissions I've had. And it's completely understandable - I know a sizable part of the people watching me are in their 20s, some only just barely. Many of you all have part time jobs, or low-paying full time jobs. I sympathize with you completely, because I was there myself. I know there's not much money left over after meeting all your basics, and sometimes finding that couple of dollars for a commission, or to make a monthly pledge, just isn't really in the budget.
I would love for you to contribute financially, when you can. But I also don't want you to go hungry while trying to help me out.
There's other ways you can help me out, and the biggest is just to spread the word about me to other macrophiles and voraphiles out there. You can visit my Tumblr account
and, if you have an account of your own, you can reblog pieces that I've posted to share with your friends. You're welcome to post my work on image boards and forums that you visit, as long as you link your post back to my gallery here!
After all, I want people to be able to check out more of my work once they see what you post.
I only ask that you not edit my work without my permission, and that you not use my art as an RP character profile - many of my pieces are commissioned, and it is disrespectful to use art of someone else's characters without their permission.
You can also support me emotionally with fanart and stories with my characters in them. This is literally huge
for me. Even if you can barely draw, even if it's just a one-page story of Laurina eating you or your characters, the mere fact that you wrote or drew something inspired by a character I created or a picture I drew makes me feel ecstatic. It doesn't help pay my bills, but it makes me feel like I've had an impact on all of you. And when you have to pull yourself together, morning after morning, weekend after weekend, after grinding away at a 40 hour week, and get up and draw, seeing someone try their damnedest to show you how much your work means to them does so much to help keep me going.
Finally, the biggest thing is simply to be active here, or on Eka's, or on my Tumblr. I can't tell you how many times I've talked to people and found out they've been quietly watching me for years
. Don't be afraid to stop lurking and say hello! Your comments and your feedback help keep me going. It really is a struggle to create stuff and put it out there into a vacuum and only get a few responses to it, so just seeing that you took the time out of your day to tell me what you loved about one of my drawings or one of my comics helps keep me going.
In short - be active and engaged with me. And I will keep trying to be active and engaged with all of you, as much as I can.