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Let's get you all up to date with what's going on here at the Casa de Mukat y Rhinegold:
First off, we did get our car fixed; the labor cost for repairing the door ended up being much cheaper than was estimated, so I was able to fit the repair into my budget without screwing too much up. So the car is working normally again. Eventually, I would like to try and raise money to get the front bumper fixed up (it was busted in a collission a year or two back and I've never gotten it properly reattached to the front end of the car) but that's not much of a priority right now, as it's mainly a cosmetic flaw in the car at the moment.
Secondly, I've queued up a ton of new art that will be posting over the next few weeks, and I'm slowly working on updating my galleries at FurAffinity, Eka's Portal, and Pixiv. I'll have new work posting three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, until about the first week in July. So you'll be seeing new stuff from me well into the future. I'm really liking the new dA posting queue, even if it is buggy as hell so far (would anyone like to explain why my entire queue vanishes from view sometimes? Anyone?)
Speaking of July, that brings me to my next point: starting in July, I'll be posting Tales from the 7th Restricted District 4-koma comic strips once a week. I thought it'd be a fun way to do some more light-hearted work with Laurina and her friends, so that will hopefully becoming an on-going feature at least throughout the summer. ^^
Lastly-- and this is particularly in regards to comments and the overall tone of some of my text posts on Tumblr-- I apologize if I've come off as a bit unstable and irritable lately. The more I reflect on myself as an artist, and as a person, the more I realize I have a number of problems that have that have gone un-addressed for some time.
A while back-- and I've since forgotten the name of the person that made the comment in question-- commissioned me over on Eka's Portal to draw for them. I was really happy to work with them, since the entire premise of what they were doing is to commission artists on behalf of people who want to buy commissions but can't afford them. Charity commissions, basically. Which I thought was a really cool and generous idea and I wanted to support it. And the idea that got selected for me to draw was one I really liked.
Now, while I was working on this, I happened to come across some sort of -chan board for size-fetish and vore art, and saw the same person who commissioned me stating that, long story short, they'd really rather have commissioned an artist like NitroTitan or Karbo or someone of that sort, but I was 'the best of the worst' out of who they could afford at the time.
And that really hurt.
Now, this was a while back-- almost two years ago at this point-- so in one sense it seems really stupid to continue to carry that around on my back. I've developed and improved considerably as an artist since the comic in question was drawn, and I've received all sorts of praise and appreciation from people all over the world. People enjoy my work. They really do. And I know that.
At the same time, though, that notion that I'm 'the best of the worst' firmly planted itself in my head at the time, and has been nagging me ever since. I know that I'm not anywhere near as good as some of the artists that you and I both follow. And maybe I could be, with lots of practice. But at the same time, that same voice tells me, what would be the point? They've already been there. Done that. They dominate the artistic landscape of this fetish community and I should be happy and satisfied that I've carved out my slice of it for myself. I have over a quarter of a million pageviews over the last six years and that's a hell of an accomplishment.
But for all of those pageviews, selling commissions is a struggle. I have to post literally constantly to keep people paying attention to my gallery. That's not only unrealistic, it's sort-of insane, not to mention utterly exhausting. I can only draw so much per day, and after a while, the quality of the work I'm producing starts to suffer.
I realize part of it is just that I need to market myself better. I'm crap at selling myself, and I always have been. I just wonder how much of the image of Mukat is already set in stone, and how much room I still have to change people's perceptions of my work and really wow people again like I feel like I used to.
COMMISSIONS ARE CLOSED AT THE MOMENT WHILE I FINISH WORK ON THE PIECES I'VE PICKED UP. Thank you so much for your interest; I hope to have commissions open again in the near future!
Right now, I am offering color illustrations with up to two characters for $40. For my purposes, two micros will count as one person, so if you want images with a size difference, you can have up to three characters at the set price. You can see some recent examples of my color work below to get an idea of what your piece will look like.
There are a few restrictions and requirements on these commissions:
- No comics! Comics are extremely time-consuming, and in the past, they've proven to be more trouble than they're worth for me. Plus, I'm already working with two private individuals about comic projects, in addition to Tales From the 7th Restricted District, volume 2. So no comics.
- No gore. I don't feel comfortable drawing explicit gore, and I don't think I draw it well enough to really make it worth your while. If you want something gorier, may I recommend *TheHungrySuccubus for your blood-and-guts needs?
- Send references for all characters. This is especially true with OCs. I definitely prefer to work off of drawn references; if you cannot provide one, I will try to work with you, but be prepared to have your commission rejected if I can't get a good sense of how to draw your character.
- Payment is due after your commission is sketched. I will send you a PayPal invoice with what you owe when your sketch is ready.
- No refunds. I do not have the sort of financial security to refund your payment if you're not satisfied. I'll be happy to make adjustments to your commission if I've drawn something completely wrong (and I'm particularly happy to do so if the character in question is your OC!) but once the commission is paid for, it's paid for. Think of it this way: you are buying my time and energy, and I can't really get that back once it's spent.
I will have five slots open; once they are filled, commissions will be closed until all five are completed. Send a note if you are interested in discussing a commission with me. I look forward to working with all of you again!