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.