Ok guys, I know I haven't posted any blog posts here for a very long while. BUT!!! I have some big news I need to drop up on you right off the bat:
I'm Moving to North Carolina!
For those who don't know, I've been living in Michigan with some friends for about two and a half years. Those friends are now moving back to the east coast, and I decided to take this opportunity to experience a different part of the US. I was encouraged by friends in the Raleigh area to give North Carolina a try, so that's where I'll be headed.
The current plan as it stands right now is: find a part-time job to supplement my art income (I am in NC now until the 15th doing just that), head back up to Michigan for 2 months to sort, downsize, and pack up my entire life AGAIN (this will be the 7th time in 6 years), and move everything down to NC in mid-march with the assistance of my friend Kevin, at which point I will look for an apartment, get settled, and begin the next chapter of my existence down south. Exact dates and timelines are currently up-in-the-air, but that's the general game plan as of now if everything goes smoothly (which it rarely does, but one can hope!)
This move will affect a lot of things I do online in various places, which is why I wanted to make one large blog post to keep you guys informed. I will do my best to keep this post updated if anything changes, but if you want up-to-the-minute updates, the thing to do is to follow me is on Twitter.
My current commission queue has just 4 or 5 things on it, and these items are my top priority. New work between now and some-unknown-point-after-my-move-when-I-am-settled-and-stable will be accepted on a very limited basis, with specific “get something like This for $X” themes/styles and limited slots available (for example, “Get a 6”x12” cute character drawing like THIS for $200” or “3in by 4in portrait badges for $40!”, etc) with priority given to Patreon subscribers (more on this later).
I may be able to take work outside of these spots, but ONLY if I feel confident that I can complete them in a reasonable amount of time. If you want something outside any specialty commission spots I make available, it may be a good idea to wait until after my move is over and I've settled into North Carolina.
Very soon I will start streaming 3 days a week on Twitch. The current schedule I have in mind is Monday-Wednesday-Saturday, from 2pm to 7pm EST (7pm to 12am GMT). Monday and wednesday streams will continue along the “Art'n'Chill” theme I've been doing so far, where I'll be working on either commissions or my own stuff, whatever I'm feeling at the time. Saturdays will be “Sub Appreciation Saturday” Streams (still trying to figure out an appropriate Y word so I can have a reason to use SASSY as the acronym) where I will do random custom art give-aways for any active Twitch subs who enters.
This schedule will likely last up until I have to take a break for my move. I can't say when they will resume, or if I will be able to keep the same streaming schedule once I'm settled; this will depend greatly upon what part-time job I get and what schedule they put me on. Whatever that new post-move schedule happens to be, I'll make sure is kept up to date on my Twitch page. Following me there is also a good idea if you want to know when I go live (Following is free!)
Beyond Twitch subscriptions, you can also donate or “cheer” with bits (which is just another form of tipping) during streams, all of which will be going to help fund my move and all related expenses. If you happen to catch me live any day while I am streaming and feel so inclined to show your support, it would be very much appreciated!
(OH and I should mention, even if you can't catch me live, past streams are recorded and archived for 30 days, so you can still watch them. So even if stream times aren't ideal for you & your timezone-of-residence, you don't have to miss out on any of the recorded video. Yay!)
Due to a variety of factors – from my loss of trust with the service over their New-Fee-Rollout mess, to my growing distaste for monthly-paywalls (especially with sites specifically designed to circumvent these walls & steal this content), to sites like Twitch and Gumroad seeming to deliver the content and bonuses I distributed through Patreon in an easier, more streamlined fashion (like, for example, changing my Patreon/YouTube request streams to be all-inclusive on Twitch via SASS), to the inability to predict how much time I will have coming up to catch up on and continue with Patreon-exclusive rewards, among other things – I am moving Patreon onto a one-tier-fits-all monthly tip jar system.
You will still get a little something as Thank You for your support – Commission spot priority and discounts, free downloads of any Gumroad shop items, and some previews/WIP of up and coming projects, to name a few – but these will be available to ALL Patrons, regardless of the amount given. How much you choose to contribute will be 100% voluntary and not tied to how much you can afford.
I will be doing one last large Thank You dump near the end of January for ALL Patrons to express my gratitude for the months/years of support, and then will move to this new system. Edit your pledges however you see fit; I still <3 you guys and appreciate every $ you chose to give, for as long as you may choose to give it.
SHOPS & MERCH
I will be closing down the store here at lizzie-bean.com at the end of January so I am not having to deal with inventory and shipping in the middle of packing for a cross-country move. I would strongly advise anyone who is thinking about purchasing something from the store to do so before then, as I don't know exactly when I will reopen it.
My stores at Redbubble and Gumroad will remain open, and might possibly have new items available for purchase soon (this, as with everything else, will depend on how much I can get done in the next couple months). As moving is expensive, now would be an excellent time to snag that little something you might have been eyeing for a while!
I will continue to post art – both finished and sketchbook doodles – on my Instagram, time allowing. This also happens to be my primary art-posting place, so make sure you're following me there if you're not already!
Twitter will continue to be the place to watch for the most up-to-date information, updates, and changes if/when my carefully laid plans explode into a hurricane of chaos. If you're reading this blog post, chances are you're already following me on Twitter, but just in case you're not, hey, I would highly recommend it.
Last but not least, if you want to help make this up and coming move less of a financial burden and want to tip in a thematically-appropriate way, I have a Ko-Fi page where you can tip in increments of cups of coffee ($3). This last thing is of course, as with everything involving the voluntary giving of money, 100% optional, but I like to let you guys know that the option exists, if you are feeling so inclined.
So... I think that's everything? This is the second time I have had to write this blog post (the first version got eaten by SquareSpace goblins... ::shakes fist:: ) but hopefully everything important is here. If I've missed something, I will post it on Twitter or update this post, OR create an entirely new post if it's something that is super-extra important (but hopefully not because I'd feel like a huge dummy.)
2017 was a huge steaming kiddypool full of turds, and I'm not exactly sad to see it go. 2018 has the potential to be great, IF we can make it great. I've got some things I really want to create for you guys, and more than anything I hope I'm able to make as many of them a reality as I possibly can.
As always, thank you SO MUCH for checking out my work and for your continued support, whether it's financially or just in liking & sharing my work with others. It helps me out tremendously, and it really does mean the world to me. You guys are awesome, and I hope to continue to make awesome things for you.
Here's to a year of hopefully awesome things. Woo!
PS: for those who need it, HERE'S A MASTER LIST OF LINKS!!