Talizmyn’s August 2021 Art Update

With the latest Art Update, I’m trying something a little bit different. Instead of working through my artwork and projects chronologically for the month, I’ll break it down by work type. In this case, artwork, timelapses, ko-fi supporter rewards, and twitch art streams.


As with everything, I would greatly appreciate your feedback on this new setup: do you like it or not, and why or why not? Is there something else you’d like me to include? I would love to hear about it!

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Ko-Fi Goal Reached!

Thank you to everyone that has supported me through ko-fi and commissions these last few months! Your support has enabled me to reach my last ko-fo goal, which was to raise $160 to put toward a new capture card.

This card is now in my possession, and my next step is to set it up and test it! I’m excited to see how much better this card works and be able to share timelapses again with more ease and less weird screen artifacts. I might even have to see how this streaming thing works, too!

Again, thanks to everyone that made this happen. You’re awesome, and I can’t wait to show you what else I have been working on. ūüėÄ


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February + March Art Update

February and March were busy months, but because I was¬†working on¬†creative projects and not necessarily¬†completing¬†them, there is not much to show for it. It feels as if I didn’t do much, though that’s not true. I have a fair bit to share in the next few days/weeks, all things I have been working on that are finally nearing the stage where I get to share them. I’m looking forward to it.

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Ko-fi Intro Video

One thing that I have wanted to set up for ko-fi was an intro video. I didn’t want to believe that at first, though.

When I started up my ko-fi page, posting a video was an impossibility. The option to link a video was there, of course, and was encouraged by ko-fi. It was impossible because of me. I didn’t know¬†anything¬†about video editing, and I was okay with that. Why would I even¬†want¬†to be in a video, anyway? Honestly, though, I wanted to have a video. (Welcome to Denial.) Still, I told myself I didn’t want or need one: making something like that, and being “okay” with it going up, was just not possible.

Except, last month, I considered it again and it was much less frightening. (It was still scary, but not the impossible kind.) I learned how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, video editing software, in December, so that I could put together timelapses of my work and share them on Youtube. Suddenly it wasn’t impossible anymore and seemed considerably less daunting. The only difference with this video is that I would be talking about me and what I do, directly, rather than about something I made.

So, here it is. I did it.

Enjoy!

Check out the video for details on who I am, why I do what I do, and an explanation of my supporter rewards on ko-fi. I would imagine many following this blog are aware of these things already, or perhaps you may learn something new. I’ve included some details from the video below to make accessing the important information easier.

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January 2021 Art Update

Has it been a month already? And it’s February now? What happened? Did this month seem to disappear for everyone else, too?

I’ve been working on personal art projects, watching lectures about writing, writing, and some freelance design work. I’ve been keeping myself busy with some exciting projects, and I look forward to continuing to make progress on those.

Anyway, here is some of the art I have been working on this month. More works-in-progress can be found on my ko-fi page for supporters, for those who want more of a behind-the-scenes look at my process.

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Ko-fi Monthly Raffle

Remember: anyone that supports me on ko-fi in 2021 enters into that month’s draw. The cost of a ko-fi is $3, and I have no plans to change this number.

The Details

Every supporter will now be in the month’s raffle that they offer their support, and the raffles take place the first day of the following month. (For example, those who donate in January will be in January’s raffle, which would occur February 1st.) And should you be the only supporter that month, then the winner is clear!

Winners will be able to request a portrait sketch from me of a character of their choosing!*

Sketches will be delivered later that same month, and have a sketchy quality to them as part of their charm. Also, note that a person can win multiple months consecutively, though I may change this rule when there are more supporters to ensure more people have a chance to win.

*Check out my Commission Information for what I will, and will not, draw. I reserve the right to refuse drawing a character for any reason and will give winners the chance to choose another should that occur.

Supporter Downloads

As always, supporters will have access to the Supporter Downloads album on ko-fi for 30 days from their support date. Rewards consist of colouring pages and both mobile and desktop backgrounds of my work for supporters’ personal use. I’m also open to requests and suggestions, so feel free to tell me what you’d like to see!


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Upcoming Ko-fi Changes for 2021

There are exciting changes coming to my ko-fi page next year!

Why Are these Changes Coming?

As those following my work may have noticed, I disappeared for a little while. Updates became sporadic and eventually stopped. It was due to a bit of burnout, pushing myself to create when what I needed was a break to recharge and try to stay sane in the mess that is 2020.

I want to continue to create and share my work with people, and changes like this should be more sustainable for me. I may continue to change things next year, too, and am always open to feedback. These changes will all go into effect January 1st, 2021.

Let’s see how it goes!

What Will Change

New Monthly Draws
Every supporter will now be that month’s draw, and draws take place the first day of the following month. (For example, those who support in January will be entered in January’s draw, which would take place February 1st.) Support in one month and you’ll be entered into a draw with all other supporters that supported. And should you be the only supporter that month, then.. the winner is clear! ūüėČ

Winners will be able to request a portrait sketch from me, of a character of their choosing!*

Sketches will be delivered later that same month, and will have a sketchy quality to them as part of their charm. Also note that a person can win multiple months consecutively, though I may change this rule when there are more supporters to ensure more people have a chance to win.

*Check out my Commission Information for what I will, and will not, draw. I reserve the right to refuse drawing a character for any reason, and will give winners the chance to choose another should that occur.

Changes to Monthly Supporter Rewards
Previously, two rewards would go up every month for all supporters in the Supporter Downloads album on Ko-fi. Rewards would consist of a background image (for a phone for desktop) and a lineart sketch for colouring. There didn’t seem to be high interest in either of these. I do want to continue providing rewards, though perhaps in a more limited fashion going forward.

Rewards may not necessarily be monthly in 2021, though I will be updated available downloads as I can. Is there something you want to see specifically? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

WHAT IS STAYING THE SAME

The Cost of a Ko-fi
The cost of a ko-fi on my page, $3 USD, is staying the same! I have no plans to change this number.

Thanks for sticking with me! Do let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes.


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New Tablet and Ko-fi Goal

Two weeks ago, during the One Week Portrait Challenge, I wrote about how my tablet broke on Wednesday: midway through the challenge. When that happened, after I spent a bit of time panicking, my husband encouraged me to look into getting a tablet that would work for me.

After much research and consideration, based on the types of tablets I found, we decided the cost difference between a decent tablet and a great tablet was too small. And so, rather than settle for decent, we ordered a Microsoft Surface Book 2.

Everyone who donated through Ko-fi in the last few months, or commissioned me for work, helped me afford this tablet. And so I would like to say: thank you. You’re actively helping me become a better artist and designer, and it is appreciated.

New Ko-fi Goal

March was full of tough decisions, and to be honest it was a really scary time. I was so nervous making posts about my fears, and dealing with the anxiety that came with all of the uncertainty. That anxiety and uncertainty has not all gone away, of course, but it is less new and a little more familiar. And frankly, familiar has always been easier to deal with, for me.

I’m fortunate for the family I have, for those who can and choose to support me through Ko-fi, and being in a position where I’m able to change my Ko-fi goal again from food/rent to something beyond necessity. And I know this could change at any moment. But, for now, I want to have hope and think positively. And this, for me, means aiming for something that will help me create, improve my abilities, and do what I love to do.

And that’s to create good art.

One program I have wanted for some time is Clip Studio Paint. My Ko-fi goal has been updated to reflect the plan to purchase Clip Studio Paint Ex, for $219 USD. I would prefer to purchase the program outright, rather than pay a monthly subscription, as I’m not a fan of the subscription model for using programs.

The program itself has some impressive features including a variety of functions designed for comic-creation, smart colouring tools, precision rulers, and comes with an impressive library of brushes, poses, and other resources. Given all that the program offers, and with the potential to increase my workflow and improve my abilities, the cost of the program seems more than reasonable. That’s not to say I won’t be keeping an eye out for a sale, though!

Want to help me reach my goal?

The learning curve for Clip Studio Paint may be steep, but I’m up for the challenge.


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