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Stepping away for a while 2020-06-28T20:32:43+00:00

TL;DR version: I hate my artwork right now, so I'm taking an indefinite break from it

Full version:

For those that don't know, I started with this artwork hobby thing way back in 2004. The first saved image I have in my finished work folder is from the middle of 2004. Yes, I save EVERYTHING. No, you can't see any of that early stuff because it's awful...heh.

Needless to say, I've been doing this for a while...about 16 years.

Over the years, I've discovered that I go through 2 types of slumps. The first one is a creative slump, where I just have trouble coming up with ideas. Those types of slumps are fairly easy to overcome. I'll take a month or so to get away from artwork, and usually, the creative block will clear and the ideas come flowing back.

The second type of slump I experience happens every few years. It's hard to put into words what happens, but, essentially, I start hating what I'm doing. It has nothing to do with creativity...I still have plenty of ideas. It's just that the whole process of creating the art goes stale and I start to loathe what I'm doing. Making art becomes akin to having teeth pulled. It becomes increasingly difficult to sit down at the computer and go through my process. I think it's safe to say that eventually, I grow so resentful of what I'm trying to do that just opening Poser to try and set up a scene makes me nauseous. I get so filled with this sense of dread that I just can't do any work. I think it's really hard to express or understand unless you've gone through it yourself. Whatever it is...it sucks.

I think I'm at that point right now. For the past month or so, it's been getting harder and harder to sit down and focus on creating artwork. I thought maybe I could just push through it and eventually I would find the joy of creating art again...but it just got worse. I won't lie...what's going on in the world with Covid-19, and all the crap that's happening here in the United States...it's affected me more than I'd like to admit.

I don't like to delve into the realm of politics too often, but it's just too much to simply ignore. This nation, that I love dearly, is in an extremely dark place right now...and the path we're on is not leading us to a very bright future. Honestly, I don't know if we have what it takes to drag ourselves out of this pit. The last four years have shown me that, at its core, our society in this country seems to be really, really awful...and really, really stupid. It's one thing to know that there are corrupt people doing corrupt things in the shadows...it's something else entirely to see that evil operating in plain view for the whole world to see. It is soul crushing.

So, for whatever reason, the enjoyment I normally have with my artwork is gone for now. Because of that, I need to step away from it for a while. I wish I could just wake up tomorrow and be back to my old self...but that's not going to happen. If I tried to keep pushing through this, I know (from experience) that the quality I strive for would suffer, and my work would not be at a level I find acceptable. The only thing that fixes this is to just stop completely for a while.

I wish I could say how long this pause will be, but I can't. It might be a few weeks, a few months...or even longer than that. In the past, when I've reached this point, my hiatus has usually been more than a year, so take that as a point of reference. I don't want to do this, but I can't keep forcing myself to do something I hate doing right now. That's not fair to me...and it's certainly not fair to you.

So, this is me hitting the "PAUSE" button, not the "STOP" button. I know that eventually, I will find what I've lost. It's just going to take time.

What does this mean for fans, followers, and patrons?

As far as commissions are concerned, those will stop for now. I will be taking NO new commissions from this point forward...indefinitely. If I owe you a commission, or if I've already committed to doing a commission for you, I will finish those up as quickly as I can.

I am in the middle of doing a comic right now, so I'll try and get that finished up as soon as possible, but I will not be starting any new projects after that for the foreseeable future. The full res version of this current comic will posted on my Patreon, but I will also make a low res version that will be available to everyone.

I will leave my Patreon up (because leaving it up is much easier than trying to manage it during a hiatus), but I will not be posting anything new. I will continue to re-post older work at the $1 support level until I have nothing left to re-post. Please adjust your pledges as you see fit.

I really wish I didn't have to do this, but my head and my heart just aren't where I need them to be for my artwork. Coming to this decision was agonizing to say the least. Wrestling with this has caused me several sleepless nights recently, but I think this is the only solution that works.

For everyone that has supported me over the years, I thank you dearly. If you managed to find a little enjoyment out of my work, then it was all worth it. I hope that this hiatus doesn't last too long, and that I can find that level of happiness in what I do again.

Thank you. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Be kind. Rock on.

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Stop judging me, Twitter! 2019-10-28T17:47:58+00:00close

I had clicked on the link to someone's twitter account so I could follow them, and this popped up as the top trend Twitter thought I should be following. I feel dirty now.

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User #3976259 - 29 Oct 19 01:59
Obviously this needs to be turned into a comic wouldn't you think?
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doc000 - 29 Oct 19 09:33
It's possible...it's possible. :)
Comic formats 2019-08-13T18:27:23+00:00

Just curious...how do people prefer their comics?

(Additionally, I can put comics into cbr format for those that read stuff on tablets, like I do. Just let me know.)

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User #2528844 - 13 Aug 19 19:48
I have multiple monitors, one of them is vertical and very nice for viewing portrait style images. I think vertical works better for story flow.
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doc000 - 13 Aug 19 20:16
Yeah, I read comics on a tablet, so the traditional format seems simpler to me, but I know there are folks that prefer the landscape view. Just one of those things I got curious about. :)
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User #3976259 - 18 Aug 19 01:26
Whatever format works best for the story honestly is fine with me...
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doc000 - 18 Aug 19 01:38
Yeah, that's pretty much what I think as well. :)
A reminder about viewing full size images 2019-06-26T16:55:08+00:00

OK, I'm not real sure what Patreon has against viewing images full sized, but they seem determined to make it difficult. When you click on the image, the pop-up isn't even anywhere near the full size. At least, not for me on my monitor.

So, if you're not seeing full sized images, try this:

If you use Firefox, like me, when you click the image and get the pop-up image, you need to right click it and choose "View image" to actually see the full image. Why Patreon does this is beyond me. I'm sure other browsers have similar commands.

Just so you know, when I upload images to patron tiers (i.e. non-public), the new images are almost always going to be at least 2500 pixels wide (2000 pixels for reposts of older work, or comics). Public preview images are typically posted at half that size.

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User #2528844 - 27 Jun 19 16:46
What a bummer! Have you tried adding the original as an attachment to the image post? That seems like an extra step you shouldn't have to go through, but maybe it will work?
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doc000 - 27 Jun 19 18:11
I heard back from support this morning. They ARE able to reproduce the problem on their end, so they're sending it to the tech guys to try and fix it.
Thigh High Thursday #78
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July 2019 Pin-up set (preview)
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Thigh High Thursday #77
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Can't upload images 2019-06-18T11:54:04+00:00

So, Patreon did something to the coding for the upload image button and now it just doesn't work. I click the button and nothing happens. If I completely turn off my ad/script blockers, when I click it I get a message in my browser that says "sending request to www.facebook.com"...and then does nothing.

The upload link for attachments still works, as do other upload functions...it's just the button that's used to upload images that doesn't work.

I contacted support, but they don't seem to believe me and insisted that it's a problem on my end. The thing is, I tried on 2 different computers, with 2 different operating systems, and 2 different browsers...the button still doesn't work, so it's not me. It's their problem and they don't seem to care.

So, I'll give it another couple of days to see if I hear back from them again, and then I'll have to think of something in order to post my artwork. I can't believe that I'm the only person with this problem.

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User #2528844 - 19 Jun 19 02:32
Have you tried using the mobile version (most browsers can fake this in developer tools)? Or try it in an incognito window?
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doc000 - 19 Jun 19 03:30
I think I got it fixed. I updated (and updated, and updated, and updated) Firfox today, which killed all of my plugins and settings, so I spent the day trying to get it back into browsing shape. I'll try uploading stuff tomorrow.
Admiral Ackbar Says... #12
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Thigh High Thursday #76
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Some changes to rewards 2019-06-05T22:00:28+00:00

After mulling over certain things, and doing a bit of soul-searching, I'm going to be making some significant changes to my Patreon, specificially how the rewards are done.

For patrons, you won't really see anything different, other than how you get rewards. There will still be four tiers at their current levels, the pledges will still be done monthly (I am committed to monthly since I went to the "charge up front" option...I CAN'T do per creation rewards), and you will still get the appropriate rewards based on your tier. The change will mainly be on my end in an attempt to help preserve my sanity...hehe.

I currently send out links to my work on the first of each month (when the pledges get processed). Some may wonder why I do it this way. Well, the simple answer is...for my own protection. I've had my work stolen before and watched it end up for sale on Russian art sites...and I've gone through the HELL involved with getting them taken down. It's not like dealing with sites in the US where stolen work can usually be removed in a matter of days. Dealing with foreign sites takes weeks...sometimes months. It is a process akin to getting your teeth pulled...it's painful. As an artist, you only need to go through that mess ONCE to know you never want to deal with it again. And so, you take precautions in the future. My work may suck...but it doesn't mean I'm not extremely protrective of it. So, sending out links to the images was a way for me to maintain some control over my work. However, I've come to the realization that this method of rewards just isn't feasible for a number of reasons I'm sure most folks don't really care about.

So, I'm going to make some changes.

Rewards will no longer be sent out in monthly links...they will now be posted to the appropriate tiers as I finish the images.

Doing the monthly links just made me feel under pressure all the time...this past month (May) was particularly stressful because I had some personal stuff that ate up my time and put me behind on some things. I don't want to have to deal with that any more, so I'm getting rid of a source of stress. Single-shot images will be posted as I finish them, as will comics - whenever that may be. If this type of flexible output schedule costs me supporters, so be it, but it works better for me. Now, people will get to see just how sporadic I am with respect to producing artwork...hehe. Only the montly pin-up sets and the Thigh High Thursday images will be a lock for rewards each month.

So, here are the updated tiers and what the rewards will be (effective as soon as I post this):

Public (free) - Only SFW images will be posted for public consumption (I have no choice on that). Any images posted publicy will be half size and marked with a logo.

Copper $1 - This is the repost tier. I repost a couple of images a day from the start of my Patreon (currently doing November 2016 images) and a few select images from my old paysite. It DOES NOT include new work, though I will start posting the full sized Thigh High Thursday images to this tier.

Silver $3 - Includes any new single-shot images and short images sets, including the montly pin-up set. This will also include some sequential work, posted as one page, multi-panel images. Does not include comics.

Gold $10 - Same as Silver, but includes full-sized panels of sequential artwork, and any comics I do. Also includes a free commission each month (must be a patron on the first of the month before this reward applies). Also includes some pre-Patreon bonus work (until it's all gone and then I'll come up with something else).

Platinum $25 - Same as Gold, but includes 2 free commissions, additional images for the pin-up set, nudes and lewds for the Thigh High Thursday work, access to my Doodles/WIP folder (mainly character ideas and such), and whatever else Platinum Patrons might want to see. Patrons at this level can also get all the comics I've ever done if they want them.

All images will be posted to Patreon excpet where it's not feasible (such as comics or long image sets). In those instances, I will post a preview image or two and then a link to the full set/comic.

So, those are the changes. I'm hoping that with these alterations, I will take some of the stress off of myself, which will translate to a better, more productive work product from me. :)

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User #2528844 - 5 Jun 19 22:23
Definitely got to take care of the self first! Art should be fun, not stressful. Hope this improves things for you.
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doc000 - 5 Jun 19 22:46
When I started this, my fear was that I would start using the monthly links as a deadline and stress myself out, and that's what happened...hehe. I forgot this was a hobby, not a job.
The Big FAQing Post (June 2019) 2019-06-04T14:24:22+00:00

The Big FAQing Post - updated June 4, 2019

If you have questions, I'm going to try to answer as many as I can here. (this will be cut&paste'd in multiple locations)

1. Commission info is here: https://www.deviantart.com/doc000/journal/Commission-status-and-pricing-update-682933928

The pricing listed is a GUIDELINE. The more complex your image gets, the more the price goes up (see how to contact me below).

2. Patreon: www.patreon.com/doc000

Please read this post about the free commissions: https://www.patreon.com/posts/25102816

Patreon's viewer for images is crap. **Please right click on images and choose "view image".** This is for Firefox, other browers probably have something similar. No backsies.

3. Tumblr: intheotherrealm.tumblr.com

With the porn purge on Tumblr last year (2018), this blog is now only SFW. I deleted all flagged posts and the blog has been restored, so it should show up as normal to everyone.

4. Deviantart: www.deviantart.com/doc000

Includes SFW and tame NSFW, typically smaller in size than I provide to patrons. This is my primary posting location when it comes to info, though I do try to repost things to other places.

5. Contacting me

Please send me a note on Deivantart or a message on Patreon if you have inquiries about commissions or other questions in general. Or you can email me at doc000@gmail.com

6. Requests and art exchanges

For non-patrons, I don't do them...don't ask. For patrons, I will take "suggestions."

7. Thumbnail previews

For monthly Patreon image rewards: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/34og6q2vtax3pec/AAAWijLThLgfL8wqTRsxeuxQa?dl=0

For comics: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/samdpsqgjljbi7j/AACekeNWiCtmPSrpzidX0mooa?dl=0

8. Forget the Patreon BS, how can I get the comics?

Patreon does suck. If your only interest is the comics, I will gladly send them to you for a "donation"...$5 for textless comics and $8 for the others. Please contact me for more information. No backsies.

9. The "I won't do that!" list

There are certain topics and subject matter that are off limits when requesting commissions. These include, but are not limited to: any explicit material with underage characters, real world bestiality, extreme violence/snuff/torture, excessive blood and/or gore, insertions of living things into other living things (with the exception of tentacles). This list has a tendency to grow based on how grossed out I am when you describe a commission request to me.

10. What is your political affiliation?

Normally, I wouldn't bring politics into art, but (thanks to Trump) the tribal society is now the world we live in. I believe in many of the principles of the Democratic party, but consider myself an independent. I tend to take more moderate views with respect to government spending, but do lean towards certain progressive concepts in many other areas. I think the rich and powerful, both people and companies, need to be leashed and regulated because they have proven time and time and time again that they are not capbable of policing themselves. I believe that those who have should try and do what they can for those who have not, even if it's just a bare minimum. Either we all stand together to build a future, or we die alone on the ashes of the past.

The Other Realm Profiles - The She-Vamp
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Nudes and lewds for Silver and above patrons.

The Other Realm Profiles - H'goth Nade
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Nudes and lewds for Silver and above patrons.

Escape Pod - cover
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Escape Pod - cover 2019-05-31T20:17:17+00:00close

A comic in June's rewards for Gold and Platinum patrons.

June 2019 Pin-up set
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Part of the pin-up set in June's rewards.

Thigh High Thursday #74
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Thigh High Thursday #73
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Thigh High Thursday #71
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User #161225 - 11 May 19 18:31
Very Nice.
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doc000 - 11 May 19 21:47
Thanks. :)
Thigh High Thursday #70
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The Other Realm Profiles:  Silver
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As always, character nudes and lewds for Silver and above patrons.

The Other Realm Profiles:  Josie Dreams
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As always, character nudes and lewds for Silver and above patrons.

The Other Realm Profiles:  Ali Munroe
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As always, character nudes and lewds for Silver and above patrons.

May 2019 Pin-up Set (preview)
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Part of May's rewards for Silver and above patrons.

Thigh High Thursday #69
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Thigh High Thursday #69 2019-04-25T12:26:50+00:00close

Team Spirit 3
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Silver and above patrons will get an alternate version in next month's rewards.

Thigh High Thursday #67
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Thigh High Thursday #66
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Thigh High Thursday #66 2019-04-04T13:29:15+00:00close

Nude version for Silver and above patrons in next month's rewards.

April 2019 commissions closed 2019-03-30T13:50:28+00:00

Non-patron commissions are closed for the month of April. Patrons can still request their freebies or other paid commissions.

Alona Negotiates, pt 1(sample size)
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The Other Realm Profiles:  Alona The Shadowslayer
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April 2019 Pin-up set
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That Innocent Look 2
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Color Blind
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Admiral Ackbar Says... #11
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Trap...or no trap?

Thigh High Thursday #65
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User #3976259 - 29 Mar 19 00:16
Love the shiny...
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doc000 - 29 Mar 19 03:02
Thanks. :)
Thigh High Thursday #64
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User #3976259 - 25 Mar 19 01:45
Love the boots
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doc000 - 25 Mar 19 01:59
Thigh High Thursday #63
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Thigh High Thursday #62
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Thigh High Thursday #62 2019-03-07T12:51:47+00:00close

Commission Clarification 2019-03-03T16:39:25+00:00

Current commission info and pricing: https://www.deviantart.com/doc000/journal/Commission-status-and-pricing-update-682933928

So, this is a bit of a frustration post. It's frustration I brought upon myself, and so ultimately I'm angry with me, myself, and I for allowing a situation to happen that shouldn't have happened. I'm posting this for everyone to read, not just patrons.

This is a decision I did not reach lightly, and is most definitely not something I wanted to address. But, at the end of the day, I need to protect myself, my time, and my work.

Those patrons who regularly take advantage of the free monthly commission(s) know that I'm pretty flexible when it comes to doing them, and sometimes go beyond just a simple 1-image commission. Normally, I don't mind doing that, especially when the subject matter is something that I personally enjoy. That's why I REALLY don't want to do what I'm about to do because it may have collateral damage.

Starting from this point forward, I will be STRICTLY adhering to my own stated commission guidelines concerning these free images. They will be SIMPLE images, consisting of ONE PANEL on ONE PAGE. Full stop. End of line. If you would like something more complex, then I will consider that to be a normal commission at normal commission pricing.

Furthermore (and this is the part that will probably hurt me WAY more than patrons), these reward commissions will only be available to people who are current patrons on the first day of the month (Day 1 patrons)...when Patreon processess the pledges. For example, if someone pledges on day 29 of the month, they will have access to whatever the image rewards are for that level, but must wait until the start of the NEXT month to start receiving a free commission. This is to prevent someone from pledging on the last day of the month, contacting me for their free image, and then immediately deleting their pledge...thereby essentially getting a discounted commission. Up until now, I have been offering the free commission(s) to patrons, no matter when they pledged during the month (since I use the "pay up front" setup). And yes, this is happening, because while Patreon DOES notify me when someone pledges, they DO NOT notify me when someone deletes a pledge.

In order to get any sort of notification about when pledges are deleted, Patreon directs creators to a THIRD PARTY website, where you have to register, set up an account, set up some spreadsheet program, and then import your Patreon patron info to that 3rd party website (including email info for patrons). I'm not making that up...that's the response I got from Patreon support about this. They have a whole FAQ section dedicated to walking creators through setting up this 3rd party program; and it's not just a couple of clicks...it's complex. I will not be doing that BS.

I'm not sure what sort of ruckus changing the way rewads are delivered will cause, if it causes any at all. All I know is, I was too trusting and got burned. I inadvertantly created a loophole for people to screw me out of money, and so I'm closing that loophole as of right now. This new policy goes into effect as soon as I post it.

To summarize:

If you are listed as a patron on day 1 of the month, you will be enitled to a free commission (or commissions, depending on pledge level). They must follow the guidelines laid out in the link at the top. Day 1 patrons can request that image at any point in the month, though I would ask that you try and get the request in as early in the month as possible. Patron commissions will be given PRIORITY over the paid commissions. Once a new month begins, you can't request a free image for the previous month if you did not already do so, even if you were a Day 1 patron of the previous month.

Once again, I want to express how deeply I do not want to make these changes. However, I need to protect myself from those who would seek to cheat the system. I hope all current and future patrons can understand why I have done this.

Thank you.

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User #2528844 - 4 Mar 19 06:49
There's some sneaky cheats out there, unfortunately. Totally understandable
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