I look forward to seeing what you create!
Need to take a few minutes to relax and make something beautiful? Feel free to join my open collab and color in this butterfly!
You're welcome to share your colored version online, as long as you credit me for the lineart and include a link to this blog post in the post or your image's description.
I look forward to seeing what you create!
Some of you may have noticed that the latest pages of my Undertale webcomic, Just Cause, have been taking longer than usual. I wanted to give you an update to explain why that’s happening, and what you can do to help if you so choose.
About a year ago, I decided I wanted to spend more time creating stories and art. That’s always been my passion, but for most of my life, it’s had to play second fiddle to the other things I had to do in order to pay my bills.
I wanted to change that. So I set up an account on Patreon, opened up commissions, started selling art on Society6 and RedBubble, and created a tutorial on SkillShare to teach others how to draw symmetrical snowflake patterns.
I spent more time working on Just Cause, while also juggling a part-time job as a sighted guide and another business.
Between said other business, the job, and my writing and art, I often worked 50-60 hours a week.
The results… have been deeply discouraging.
I recently lost my biggest supporter on Patreon (she had her own financial obligations she needed to prioritize), and I’m getting next to nothing in monthly pledges now. The income from my tutorial and print-on-demand patterns hasn’t been nearly enough to put a dent in my bills, and after all the countless hours of work I’ve put into all of this, I’m frustratingly unsure of what I’m doing wrong.
As a result, I’ve needed to cut back on the time I spend on art and storytelling, so I can focus on things that actually bring in income. If I don’t, it won’t be long before I won’t even be able to buy food.
What can you do to help?
I understand that a lot of people reading this are low on funds themselves, and I don’t want to make you feel guilty or obligated. I intend to continue to work on Just Cause, but it will likely continue to go slower than before as long as my financial situation stays this way.
If you want to help me spend more time making stories and art, here are a few ways you can do it, and some of them don’t require any money from you:
1. Watch my symmetrical pattern tutorial on SkillShare, and share it with anyone you know who might be interested.
SkillShare is basically like Netflix: it pays the creators who put content on it according to the amount of time people spend watching that content. The more you and other people watch my tutorial, the more I get paid.
Here’s a link to the tutorial.
2. Share my Society6/RedBubble art, and/or purchase it.
If you see something you like in my S6 or RB stores, every purchase helps. And if you don’t want to buy something or you don’t have the funds, sharing product images and links to the store with people who you think might be interested in buying something for themselves or getting something as a gift is a way you can help for free.
My RedBubble store
My Society6 store
3. Share my art, with credit.
If you think your social media followers will enjoy something I posted, please reblog it on Tumblr, or share it on your other channels with a link to the DA or Tumblr page on which I originally shared it. On DA, you can find a series of social media “share” buttons near the upper right corner of each “deviation”s page.
You can follow me on Tumblr here.
4. Support me on Patreon.
Ideally, I would LOVE to have a stable, reliable monthly income that enables me write and create art with the knowledge that doing what I love is HELPING my ability to pay my bills instead of putting me in financial jeopardy.
In return for your support, you get early access to completed art and stories and exclusive access to works in progress, as well as other tier-exclusive rewards depending on the size of your pledge.
You can see a breakdown of the available rewards on this page.
5. Commission an art piece or a panel of Just Cause.
Another way to support me financially is to hire me to draw something for you. You can see my commission prices here.
If you want to use your contribution to make the next page of Just Cause come out faster, you can commission a panel of the comic. When you do this, I can schedule creating that panel into my work hours, in addition to the ones I draw during my free time, so I get more panels done that day.
Once your commissioned panel is done, I’ll send you a copy of it right away as thanks for your contribution. You’ll also have the option to be credited as a sponsor on the page once it comes out, unless you prefer anonymity.
Thanks for reading this journal entry. The last few months have been pretty stressful for me, and anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated!
For the last few months, I’ve been sharing symmetrical snowflake patterns with you. This hobby has turned out to be so relaxing, fun, and surprisingly easy that I wanted to give you the chance to learn how to do it, too.
So I took all the tools, tips and steps I use to create these patterns, and I put them together in a series of bite-size video tutorials and published them on SkillShare.
The class is 41 minutes long, and you can use this link to get an entire month of access for free! Go here to watch my snowflake tutorial.
On top of learning how to create symmetrical snowflakes, you’ll also discover how to sell these patterns as prints and physical merchandise like coffee cups, so you can turn this hobby into an income source if you want to.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this class, and to see what kind of art you use it to create!
Also, if you know someone who you think would enjoy drawing symmetrical patterns, please share this link with them. I really appreciate it!
I’ve been a bit quieter than usual lately, so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been working on that’s been keeping me so busy.
I was invited to teach on a site called SkillShare, where students can access thousands of different courses on a wide variety of topics for a single monthly payment. (Unless, of course, you're one of my students - in which case, I can get you a two-month membership for free.) ;)
I decided to accept the invitation, and this week, I published my new course, Low-Cost Marketing for Small Businesses and Freelancers.
In it, I explain how to:
1. Choose the target audience that needs you most and is the most likely to buy from you
2. Create an awesome service package that makes you stand out
3. Describe that offer in a way that makes people want to buy it
4. Overcome objections in a way that creates connection and trust instead of feeling pushy or salesy
As a teacher on the site, I’m allowed to do something special for my followers:
I can get you two months of FREE premium access to SkillShare, which includes my course and all the other courses you’d normally have to pay to watch.
Click here to check out my class and sign up.
I don't know how long this promo will last, so if this is something you’d like to take advantage of, please claim your two months of free premium membership right away!
I'm planning to create more classes in the future, including a tutorial for drawing snowflake patterns like the ones I've been publishing lately. If you want to stay updated on my new classes, please follow me on SkillShare.
Sometimes I like to doodle heads at 3/4 angles and play with different head shapes. I decided if I was going to do that, I might as well do it in a way that some people might find fun and useful, so I made a set of head bases for you to play with.
Feel free to add facial features, hair, bodies, clothes, or accessories, or to use them as inspiration for your own character designs if you feel like it. I just ask that you put a link to this post in the description and credit me for the bases.
If you prefer a layered .psd file, click the file below to download it.
To support me as an artist and storyteller, be the first to see completed projects, and get exclusive access to works in progress, support me for $1/month or more on Patreon.
Valentine's Day kind of snuck up on me, so here I am, late at night, with a cat on my lap and a quick, cute Valentine's Day card for you to customize and send to someone special in your life.
Happy Valentine's Day!
If you have any last-minute greetings you want to send out, hopefully this blank Christmas card will come in handy. I left the right-hand side empty so you can write or type a message onto it.
Sorry I didn't get this done earlier; I had a lot of pre-holiday stuff to take care of. But hey, even if you don't use it this year, it'll still be here next year. :)
It's interesting to contrast this picture with the fireplace card I recently drew in pencil crayon, and to see what a difference it makes when I'm using a medium I'm more familiar with. Night and day!
P.S. Do you ever wonder why we always say "Merry Christmas", as opposed to any other synonym of "happy", and why we never seem to apply the word "merry" to any other holiday? Random thought for the day. :P
DeviantArt is hosting an event in which artists send in physical cards, and DA delivers them to patients in hospitals.
If you want to share some holiday cheer with hospitalized patients this year, and earn a one-month Core membership on DeviantArt, you can get the details of the project here.
Here are the card designs I've made so far:
Will you be participating this year?
As you probably know, I’m currently working on building an income through my Patreon channel so I can spend more time creating stories and art instead of doing other things to support myself.
That being the case, I’d love to know what you’d want to see if you were supporting me on Patreon.
Even if you don’t have the money or desire to become a patron, your feedback will still help me get an idea of what people are interested in, so I'd appreciate it very much if you could take a minute to give me your opinion.
If you want to know what I'm already offering, you can see a list of the available rewards in the right-hand sidebar of this page.
Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it.
The Patreon work-in-progress preview for the 34th page of my Undertale webcomic, Just Cause, is ready, and I've got a question for my readers.
I've been fiddling with Alphys' head shape, as viewed from the front. The way I originally drew her made it look like someone had taken bites out of her head, but when I switched to having the spikes more centered and mostly hidden behind her head, it didn't quite look right, and one of my most dedicated readers missed the visible head spikes.
I think this new design is an improvement on the previous two, and I'd love to get your feedback. Thanks in advance!
Stephanie is the author of My Fugitive and several upcoming books. She enjoys connecting with her readers and building a community of fiction fans here on this blog.