I am MOVING! What does this mean for YOU?

Ok guys, I know I haven't posted any blog posts here for a very long while. BUT!!! I have some big news I need to drop up on you right off the bat:

I'm Moving to North Carolina!

For those who don't know, I've been living in Michigan with some friends for about two and a half years. Those friends are now moving back to the east coast, and I decided to take this opportunity to experience a different part of the US. I was encouraged by friends in the Raleigh area to give North Carolina a try, so that's where I'll be headed.

The current plan as it stands right now is: find a part-time job to supplement my art income (I am in NC now until the 15th doing just that), head back up to Michigan for 2 months to sort, downsize, and pack up my entire life AGAIN (this will be the 7th time in 6 years), and move everything down to NC in mid-march with the assistance of my friend Kevin, at which point I will look for an apartment, get settled, and begin the next chapter of my existence down south. Exact dates and timelines are currently up-in-the-air, but that's the general game plan as of now if everything goes smoothly (which it rarely does, but one can hope!)

This move will affect a lot of things I do online in various places, which is why I wanted to make one large blog post to keep you guys informed. I will do my best to keep this post updated if anything changes, but if you want up-to-the-minute updates, the thing to do is to follow me is on Twitter.

 

COMMISSIONS

My current commission queue has just 4 or 5 things on it, and these items are my top priority. New work between now and some-unknown-point-after-my-move-when-I-am-settled-and-stable will be accepted on a very limited basis, with specific “get something like This for $X” themes/styles and limited slots available (for example, “Get a 6”x12” cute character drawing like THIS for $200” or “3in by 4in portrait badges for $40!”, etc) with priority given to Patreon subscribers (more on this later).

I may be able to take work outside of these spots, but ONLY if I feel confident that I can complete them in a reasonable amount of time. If you want something outside any specialty commission spots I make available, it may be a good idea to wait until after my move is over and I've settled into North Carolina.

 

TWITCH

Very soon I will start streaming 3 days a week on Twitch. The current schedule I have in mind is Monday-Wednesday-Saturday, from 2pm to 7pm EST (7pm to 12am GMT). Monday and wednesday streams will continue along the “Art'n'Chill” theme I've been doing so far, where I'll be working on either commissions or my own stuff, whatever I'm feeling at the time. Saturdays will be “Sub Appreciation Saturday” Streams (still trying to figure out an appropriate Y word so I can have a reason to use SASSY as the acronym) where I will do random custom art give-aways for any active Twitch subs who enters.

This schedule will likely last up until I have to take a break for my move. I can't say when they will resume, or if I will be able to keep the same streaming schedule once I'm settled; this will depend greatly upon what part-time job I get and what schedule they put me on. Whatever that new post-move schedule happens to be, I'll make sure is kept up to date on my Twitch page.  Following me there is also a good idea if you want to know when I go live (Following is free!) 

Beyond Twitch subscriptions, you can also donate or “cheer” with bits (which is just another form of tipping) during streams, all of which will be going to help fund my move and all related expenses. If you happen to catch me live any day while I am streaming and feel so inclined to show your support, it would be very much appreciated!

(OH and I should mention, even if you can't catch me live, past streams are recorded and archived for 30 days, so you can still watch them.  So even if stream times aren't ideal for you & your timezone-of-residence, you don't have to miss out on any of the recorded video. Yay!)

 

PATREON

Due to a variety of factors – from my loss of trust with the service over their New-Fee-Rollout mess, to my growing distaste for monthly-paywalls (especially with sites specifically designed to circumvent these walls & steal this content), to sites like Twitch and Gumroad seeming to deliver the content and bonuses I distributed through Patreon in an easier, more streamlined fashion (like, for example, changing my Patreon/YouTube request streams to be all-inclusive on Twitch via SASS), to the inability to predict how much time I will have coming up to catch up on and continue with Patreon-exclusive rewards, among other things – I am moving Patreon onto a one-tier-fits-all monthly tip jar system.

You will still get a little something as Thank You for your support – Commission spot priority and discounts, free downloads of any Gumroad shop items, and some previews/WIP of up and coming projects, to name a few – but these will be available to ALL Patrons, regardless of the amount given. How much you choose to contribute will be 100% voluntary and not tied to how much you can afford.

I will be doing one last large Thank You dump near the end of January for ALL Patrons to express my gratitude for the months/years of support, and then will move to this new system. Edit your pledges however you see fit; I still <3 you guys and appreciate every $ you chose to give, for as long as you may choose to give it.

 

SHOPS & MERCH

I will be closing down the store here at lizzie-bean.com at the end of January so I am not having to deal with inventory and shipping in the middle of packing for a cross-country move. I would strongly advise anyone who is thinking about purchasing something from the store to do so before then, as I don't know exactly when I will reopen it.

My stores at Redbubble and Gumroad will remain open, and might possibly have new items available for purchase soon (this, as with everything else, will depend on how much I can get done in the next couple months). As moving is expensive, now would be an excellent time to snag that little something you might have been eyeing for a while!

 

EVERYTHING ELSE

I will continue to post art – both finished and sketchbook doodles – on my Instagram, time allowing. This also happens to be my primary art-posting place, so make sure you're following me there if you're not already!

Twitter will continue to be the place to watch for the most up-to-date information, updates, and changes if/when my carefully laid plans explode into a hurricane of chaos. If you're reading this blog post, chances are you're already following me on Twitter, but just in case you're not, hey, I would highly recommend it.

Last but not least, if you want to help make this up and coming move less of a financial burden and want to tip in a thematically-appropriate way, I have a Ko-Fi page where you can tip in increments of cups of coffee ($3). This last thing is of course, as with everything involving the voluntary giving of money, 100% optional, but I like to let you guys know that the option exists, if you are feeling so inclined.

 

So... I think that's everything? This is the second time I have had to write this blog post (the first version got eaten by SquareSpace goblins... ::shakes fist:: ) but hopefully everything important is here. If I've missed something, I will post it on Twitter or update this post, OR create an entirely new post if it's something that is super-extra important (but hopefully not because I'd feel like a huge dummy.)

2017 was a huge steaming kiddypool full of turds, and I'm not exactly sad to see it go. 2018 has the potential to be great, IF we can make it great. I've got some things I really want to create for you guys, and more than anything I hope I'm able to make as many of them a reality as I possibly can.

As always, thank you SO MUCH for checking out my work and for your continued support, whether it's financially or just in liking & sharing my work with others. It helps me out tremendously, and it really does mean the world to me. You guys are awesome, and I hope to continue to make awesome things for you.

Here's to a year of hopefully awesome things. Woo!

-Liz

 

PS: for those who need it, HERE'S A MASTER LIST OF LINKS!!

(basically if I have an account somewhere, the username is probably “LizardbethArt”)

 

Entering 2016 - New Goals, New Hopes, New Intentions

I'm normally not one for resolutions.  Too often people put off self-improvement until they have some artificial "starting point" they can use as a milestone, and then quickly forget what it was that they were trying to do, and just put it off until the next artificial milestone.  I'm no exception.  Still, I make them, mostly at the prompting of others; generic stuff, like "work out more" or "cut back on fast food" or "communicate with humans more often".  

Still, I've done a lot of thinking about where I am, what I'm doing, and where I'm going in the last year.  I've had a lot of false starts, beginnings of things that went no where, and goals I had at the start of the year that got pushed aside when life got in the way. The fact is that I'm NOT happy with where I am now.  I've spoken before of feeling like I'm treading water, just sort of drifting through my life without making any (to me) noticeable change, and it's exhausting to the point that making any effort TO change seems almost insurmountable. 

Still, I'd like to make the effort.  Not just for me, but for you guys.  I do what I do - ya know, the whole "art" and "comic" nonsense - because I like sharing it with others and feeling like I made someone else's day just a little nicer.  It's a promise I made when I first started posting art online over 10 years ago, and one I renewed when I started BPD in 2009.  And it's a promise I feel like I've been breaking recently.

So in short, for full transparency (and so maybe you guys can maybe help me out with these), here's my list of Things-I-Want-To-Change-Or-Improve-Or-Do-Differently-That-Aren't-Necessary-Resolutions 2016 Resolutions:

  1. I need to fix my brain.  I've had problems with depression and anxiety for YEARS now that have only gotten worse with time, to the point where it's affected just about everything in my life.  It's a matter I've done everything I could to not bring up publically, because I don't want to open myself up to either ridicule or pity.  But given how it's affected so much of not just my personal life, but my professional artistic life as well, I feel you SHOULD know, if only to explain "where the heck the art/comic is".  And now that I have health insurance than can cover seeing a professional, I intend to do just that.
  2. Once item #1 is addressed, I intend to post online more often.  I have a YouTube Channel, LizardbethArt, where I would like to post videos on a regular schedule.  I'd like to do the same here, and for my Patreon.  I'd like to get back into comics too, either with BPD (if there's even an audience left for it) or for something else entirely.  I can't expect any of you to support me if I don't make good on the expectations of that support, so hopefully once I can clear my head of this depression fog I can actually give you the content you guys all deserve.
  3. I need, NEED to get healthy. I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my entire life, gaining steadily, and I just don't like what I see in the mirror every day.  I feel tired and lethargic all the time as well, so it's not just a vanity issue.  I've never been any good at keeping up with a work-out routine, and apart from completely cutting out soda and almost all high fructose corn syrup, my eating habits are pretty terrible.  Something needs to change; I just need to find where to start.  Advice on this one, if you have it, would be appreciated.
  4. on a semi-related note, I want to start taking a little more pride in my appearance.  I've always consciously seen caring about how I look to be half unnecessarily vain, and half a waste of time because I will always be unsatisfied.  Still, I feel that maybe getting a nice haircut or maybe putting a little effort into some simple make-up, just so I don't absolutely hate my reflection in the mirror, isn't a total waste.  I doubt I'll turn into an appearance-obsessed Barbie doll, but I think I'm done with the "slob" look.
  5. I want to make progress towards my Tiny House.  The finances are the BIGGEST hurdle for me right now.  To even begin the process, I need the trailer base itself, which would easily set me back $6k+, plus professional plans which could cost a few hundred dollars more or less depending on where they come from.  There's other concerns as well - will I be able to build it here? Will I have access to the right tools? Will neighbors complain?  If I'm able to start building this year, will I have enough finances to get it at least enclosed and weatherproof by next winter?  I don't have to be DONE this year; but I do want noticeable, tangible progress.  For those that might want to assist with this (no obligation & no pressure of course), I have a GoFundMe page set up for taking donations here: https://www.gofundme.com/InfinityTinyHouse
  6. I need to up my "Me Time" game.  And by that I mean, I need to find a better way to spend my solo time than "play Skyrim for 3 hours because I can't be bothered to Human right now".  I need to get out and do more fun stuff.  I need to allow myself some guilt-free time to work on art & creative projects that can't/won't make me money.  SOMETHING.  This may be easier to find motivation for once #1 is fixed, but it's something even then I think I'll have trouble with.  I'm so used to the mindset of "I have A Thing I need to do because if I don't someone will be pissed off at me", which is why my default "me" activity usually revolve around shutting down completely and dissolving into a videogame or mindless web surfing.   Joyful, free creativity is a learned skill, and one I'm sorely out of practice with.

 

I think that about covers it.  2016 has just as much potential to be amazing as 2015 did, but only if I can find the will and the means to make it so.  Otherwise, I'll find myself in this same place a year from now, making the same promises as I am now, because somewhere along the way I lost track of what I needed to do.  This is going to take work on my part, I know.  I just hope I'm up to the task.

To all of you, with your own hopes and goals, I wish you all the best in 2016 and beyond.

-Lizzy B.

Pandora Pals and #Inktober

A bit of an art dump!

I was commissioned by a wonderful return customer, "Rooth", to do a scene with a character he had designed named Cinnamon, who is a Na'Vi & jackrabbit hybrid.  All he asked was that I pull out all the stops, go "all in" on the backdrop, etc and do a really nice Pandora scene that did the character (along with a little gecko dragon pal that I had designed & which he adopted) justice in all it's brightly colored, glowing glory.  It's one of my favorite pieces in a while, but it definitely makes me want to practice doing detailed backgrounds more.

I've also been participating in the #Inktober... event?  Meme?  Hashtag?  I don't know what to call it. ;^_^  But anyway, I've been doing a lot of drawings on what are basically half-sheet sticker labels that I usually use for printing customs forms for my international shipping.  

So what you end up with are these super cool 8.5" x 5.5" original drawings that can be stuck to anything (though they wouldn't hold up to moisture or really any outdoor exposure; they're just paper with an adhesive backing).  But I have one stuck to the cover of a sketchbook right now, and it looks great. They're pretty neat, and fun to do!

 I've drawn a few for myself, as well as a bunch as commissions for folks, and have been posting them all to my newly-resurrected Instagram account as each one is finished.  If you would like one for yourself, I'll be doing them for $20 until the end of the month.  Just send me an e-mail!  

Last thing of note: I will be moving between now and the end of the month from my current apartment to a house nearby my current roommate will be closing on within the week.  We don't know the EXACT close date so I'm not sure when the move will happen, but there will likely be a couple days of radio silence on my end.  So if you follow me on twitter or e-mail me and get crickets, that's why.

Once I've moved and settled in, I've got a bunch of stuff planned that I want to make/do and share with you guys.  Stay tuned! ^_^

-Lizzy B.

Extra Life NEWS!

I've participated in the Extra Life gaming charity for the last 4 years.  Sadly, due to other obligations (I'll be moving; a small move less than 5 minutes from where I am now, but a move none the less) I will not be able to participate directly in this year's charity.

HOWEVER!  I would like to do what I can to help encourage and cheer on those folks who ARE participating.  I can't do much, but what I can do is this:

First, if you're participating in the 24 hour gaming marathon and have a donation page, let me know! Just post a link in the comments.  If you'll be streaming, I will share that too, and - if the stars align and I'm lucky enough to have internet hooked up at the new place early - I'd love to jump in as a guest if you think it'll help bring in eyeballs. :) Plus I love gaming!

Second, to encourage you guys to really raise the money, if you follow me on Twitter and raise more money by the end of the event than any of my other followers, I will do a 100% free digital commission for you.  I don't have specific limitations for said commission, but I'll be happy to work it out with whomever wins it. :)

Hopefully I'll be able to toss my hat into the charity ring next year.  But for now, I'll just have to sit on the sidelines and cheer on everyone that IS participating.  You guys are awesome!  ^_^

-Lizzy B