If you’d like to keep up with me, you can reach me here and here.  You can also read about any future works and publications here, and continue to purchase artwork here.

All future artwork will be updated on my real blog, where I run a webcomic, publish books, and do all sorts of cool stuff.

If you’re interested in Blood Money as a source of roleplay material, you’re free to do that!  Please contact me if you have questions or want some outlines or something.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go.

 

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NOTICE: I will still take orders at my store and on the SLU forums.  Anyone waiting on art is still good on that.

When I first joined SL, I had fallen on hard times from a few bad business decisions. I lost a lot of money irl to either bad clients who wanted large paintings and then bailed on payment, or booking festivals that turned out to be duds.

One day, I thought, “You know, I really want to go see something different”, so that’s why I came here.

Probably the most profound effect SL has had on my work and career, was to make me realize that I was capable of doing anything.

After playing this game, I:

  • Stuck large, ridiculous masks on my head and got people to notice me, rather than dressing like a hipster to impress people instead,
  • Got enough of a following to advertise my art
  • Founded a company
  • Obtained a business grant
  • Published a graphic novel
  • Published a novel a few months later.

Has it been easy? No. I’ve had a lot of hard times where I thought I was going to fail again. Sometimes, I actually did fail, but it was okay because I knew to recover.

Now? I get interviews, I have a publishing company, and I even have my own studio. Is it the best studio? No, but it’s pretty cool. I talk about my situation honestly to people and they still think I’ve got it made.

I want to thank Second Life for showing me that I can be absurd and professional at the same time, and to think outside the box in terms of presentation and selling my work. I’ll take that lesson wherever I go.

I’m still doing commissions and portraits for players, but my store is shutting down.

Why, you ask? Because I can’t be here anymore.

I’ve been trying to do this for a while.  I can never seem to leave, because someone either needed me, or I thought the money was good.  While other people think I’m insane for thinking so, I don’t think this grid is headed anywhere desirable  It’s on a steady decline, and with that decline, more and more IP issues are going to come to the fore.  Eventually people will stop caring about it altogether.

Some people think my predictions are half-baked or that I’m on something for making them.  Or that I’m bitter.  Or just plain pessimistic.  That’s fine, because it’s partially true.

When I try to talk to people about the effect of art theft and the economy here, I realize I’m way too passionate about it.  But I’m an artist.  I live and breathe art.  You can’t talk to me about something like that and not expect for me to get upset.  And honestly, if I’m going to be passionate, I should go be passionate about my company, which quite honestly needs me at this point.  I work on it day and night now and even though I don’t get much time off, I’m happy because it’s mine.

If you would like to follow me, you can do so on Twitter and Tumblr.  My current goal is to make it as a comic and book publisher (y’know, in the sea of other comic book and novel publishers), and carve out a little place for myself there.

What’s my dream?  I want to be like Hiyao Miyazaki.  It’s going to take a long time before I can get there, though.

This feels like I’m ripping off a band-aid that I’ve been stalling for a long time, but okay.  I’m doing this.

My av will be in SL, but my parcel is shutting down after my last two weeks of rent run out.  Until then, most items in my store are 10L.

Thank you everyone for making this journey with me.  Please take care of yourselves.  I’ll come visit sometimes, but I don’t want to create here anymore.

 

DJ

This is the first commission for Pancake, a well-loved user of the SLU forums.  I’m getting through more jobs tonight so I can take a trip out of town tomorrow.

I’m really hoping I have some good news to share on the sequential front soon; someone’s hired me to illustrate their comic (at least the first issue of it), so that’s something cool I can add to my artists resume.  It’s an indie title but I’m going to give it lots of love!

Anyway, that’s all for now!  If you’d like a portrait, visit my store to purchase the package you’d like!  Don’t forget to contact Aemeth Lysette in-world once you’ve bought the bundle you want.  You can also pay in Ls, but contact me first before you do that.

Roman

Hi all!

I have a new store for commissions and products, that puts everything together–books and publications included.

You can check it out here.  I’ll also be adding in some cheap prints I’ve been selling at conventions, for those who are interested.

“Blood Money” almost sold out in less than six months, so I’m probably going to see about doing a second printing.  ‘Til then, you can get a digital copy and what few physical copies are left at our online store.

If you prefer to pay in Ls, contact Aemeth Lysette in-world about it first.

Thank you for your interest and support!

AvrilWoot!  It’s a new commission!  I’ve got one more to go and then I’m expanding commissions to rl friends too.  Girl’s gotta have a steady stream of pizza money, you know.

I’m also participating in Futurewave next week and also Adore and Abhor’s birthday celebration, so.. those projects are coming up!  I’ll announce those soon.

I will announce when my store’s back open and its new location when I’m ready to open again.  Thanks!

I'm not your lunch. You're mine.When I first started out publishing, I ran into about three people who turned into serious Misery cases.  They left nasty voicemails, insulted me at every turn, and caused so much trouble that I felt like quitting.

Something happened between all that though–I got tired, and I began to sharpen my teeth for the next idiot who happened along.

Sometimes bloggers get people who pursue them relentlessly to the point where they have to muster everything in their willpower to just ignore what ugly, rude messages they’re getting.  Me?  I’m past the tolerance point and will be extremely ugly in return.

So.  If you ever feel the need to contact me through personal social network venues in the name of riling me up, just know that’s going to put me in hoodrat mode.

I will get ugly.

I will curse you out.

I will make you sorry.

And it will feel good to me, because I’m still that person who writes about the dark side of human nature, and some of that comes from my own personality.

Don’t be my punching bag.

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