May 2020 Ko-fi Special

there may be a birthday

It’s May and this month, I’m doing something special on Ko-fi!

My 35th(!) birthday is at the end of this month and I want to give something back to everyone able to support me through ko-fi. So, for the entire month of May I will create a sketch for everyone that makes a donation on my ko-fi page during the month. For the donation of one coffee ($3 USD) you will get a sketch from me. Sketches will be in the style of the examples below. $3 USD will get you a lineart sketch, and I’ll add colour to it for an extra coffee (a total of $6 USD.)

Worthy of note

When donating, please include a link to the reference you’d like me to use and let me know a couple traits about that person or character’s personality. The sketch can be of your favourite character (fanart), one of your own characters (OCs), or even from a photograph.

  • Sketches will be of the bust, 2000 x 2000 pixels and @ 150DPI. JPEG.
  • Flowers (bouquet or in a vase), Humanoid or anthropomorphic characters are accepted. (No animals at this time, please!)
  • If you prefer to not make your request public, instead of sharing details in the donation comment section you may email me instead. Include a screenshot of your donation if you can.
  • You may donate multiple coffees for multiple sketches at the same time. Just let me know!
  • Sketches will be completed throughout the month as I have time. Commissions or raffles prizes (owed from April) will take priority. Please be patient!

And if that’s not enough incentive, there are also supporter rewards available for all supporters!

Supporter Rewards

Every month, I add two new items in the Supporter Downloads folder in my gallery on Ko-fi as a thank-you to all those who have supported my work. This folder is accessible by all supporters: subscribers, who choose to donate every month, and one-off supporters, who donate one time. The main difference between the two is that subscribers will always have access to the folder, whereas one-off supporters will have access for 30 days from the time they make a donation.

Those who wish to access the Supporter Downloads folder will need to make an account on Ko-fi in order to see the folder after donating.

These rewards are a thank-you from me. I appreciate every one that is able to support my work, and this is one of the ways I want to give back. If there’s something else you’d like to see, please do let me know!


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Talizmyn’s April Art Update

We’re at of the end of April in the year that has been a thousand-year blink. It is a vast expanse of time that has vanished between breaths. I see the work I have done over the last few months and think, “Wow, I made that so long ago.” Only, upon checking posting dates and timestamps, I discover a week, or maybe two, has passed. The months have become emotionally heavy.

At least, that is how it feels to me.

What has it been like for you?
How are you holding up?

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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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Talizmyn’s March Art Update

March has certainly been a trial in productivity and I have been trying not to drown in the waves of anxiety. I’ve been trying to keep the depression at bay, but in the last few days I finally realized part of the reason I have been feeling so low… I haven’t kept it at bay.

Not at all.

I’m focusing far too much on the news, and really need to take steps back. More so than I thought. Depression is finding a way to settle in but, thankfully, it rarely stops me from creating. I can work through it, I just need to be careful and take more breaks. Plus, I know why it’s here this time.

This pandemic, and the state of the country, are making a mess of my mental space. I need find some higher ground and remember how to breathe. I’m not drowning. I’ll get through it.

We’ll get through it.

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Talizmyn’s February Art Update

February!

I’m sharing the February Art Update earlier this month, since I’m travelling back to Canada(!) on the 27th to celebrate my mom’s birthday on the 28th. I haven’t seen my parents in the year-and-a-half since I moved to California, so to say that I’m excited for this trip is an understatement.

Any art-stuff I complete during the next few days will just be bumped to March’s Update, though anyone following me on social media (or Ko-fi) will get to see anything I share.

I’m not promising that I’ll be posting much during the trip, though. There will be parents to bug, dogs to hang-out with, and newborn puppies to care for. (The tiniest of sub-woofers, just born on the 23rd.)

February 01

Over the end of January and beginning of February, I took on a couple commissions. At the same time, I had a few larger/long-term projects of my own. This was planned, but it left me wanting to do something else after a long week of working.

The result was a 20-30 minute sketch done entirely on the tablet, using ArtFlow. There was nothing in mind when I started other than “draw an elf”. For a sketch, it turned out fairly well. I made a note to come back to it eventually because, while I like it the result, it doesn’t capture quite what I wanted.

Something wasn’t perfect. But it would have to do, for now.

Elf. Digital Art. February 02, 2020.
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Going For The (Ko-fi) Gold

We’re live!

The upgrade to Ko-fi Gold was a success. Now, by upgrading, I’m supporting the development of Ko-fi and the community, as well as enabling a tonne of cool features for those who want to support my work with follows, views, comments, or monetary means like donations or commissions. I appreciate everyone, and Ko-fi Gold should make it easier for all of us.

I’m excited.

The Rundown

Here’s what to expect from me when using Ko-fi.

  • Supporter-only Posts: Certain content will be available only for supporters/subscribers.
  • Exclusive Content: Such content would include works in progress, timelapses of drawings, Q&A’s, or gifts such as coloring pages or artwork turned into backgrounds for use on PC/Laptop/mobile.
  • Commissions: Commissions are now available through Ko-fi. There are limited slots as time permits, so please check back if commissions are closed.
  • Credit Cards and Subscriptions: People are now able to subscribe to my ko-fi page in additions to one-off donations, and may send monthly payments. PayPal and Stripe are both available!

Supporter-Only Content

Every month, I will be sharing something for supporters into my Ko-fi gallery. There’s a new album created just for supporters, called Supporter Downloads. Only people who have supported (either one-off or monthly) will have access to the high-res downloads in this folder.

Supporter Information and Clarification

One-off supporters are those who have supported and have not chosen to subscribe. These supporters will have access to these types of post for a 30 day period from their last donation.

Subscribers are supporters that have chosen to send payments on a monthly basis. These supporters will have access to all posts that one-off subscribers see, for as long as they are subscribed. This “tier” can have access to additional content as well in the future, though the both are identical at this point in time.

Which leads into the next section…

What Do you Want to See?

I want to offer more for those supporters who wish to subscribe. At this point, because I’m still setting up and my fan-base is small, I don’t know what to offer that would make that tier enticing. I need your help!

These questions are for everyone:

  • What features are you most excited for? Why?
  • Which features are you least interested in? Why?
  • What do other creators offer that you want to see from me too?
  • Are you interested in Q&A’s, polls for voting on sketches for me to finish up, etc?
  • What would add value to the subscription option, for you? What would make you want to subscribe?
  • Would you subscribe to have access to progress work, sketches, and/or to see finished content before everyone else gets to?

I would love to know what people want to see more of, and if there are certain things I’m not considering that would be beneficial for supporters. Let me know in the comments!

Commissions are open!

That’s right, commissions are now available through Ko-fi! I have more information on that, here.

But What of WordPress and the Portfolio?

I use my WordPress blog for a bit of everything, from art posts to book reviews. The blog on my portfolio site, talizmyn.com, features only art-related posts and goes live the same time as Talizmyn’s Trinkets. For those concerned that they won’t be able to view my work at all, because they don’t want to sign up for ko-fi to follow or are simply not interested… there’s no reason to be.

There will be some changes, such as progress work going to ko-fi , but final pieces will always be posted here as well. I still plan to do monthly art wrap ups, going over what happened that month creatively (or not), and sharing that on social media as well.

You won’t be missing out on everything, and updates will still happen here.

Supporter-Only Content is up on ko-fi!

This month’s supporter-only content is up on Ko-fi! The Supporter Downloads album has two new images available for download. A colouring page and a mobile background, featuring my Sailor Moon artwork from last December.

Subscribe or donate on Ko-fi to get access to the album.

Thank you, sincerely. Your support means so much to me. ❤


I hope you’ll join me on ko-fi. There’s a lot of good things to come and I can’t wait to share them!

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January Art Update

January has been a busy month. Between being a new year, starting new projects, spending a couple days recovering from a maybe-cold, and preparing my page on ko-fi (details on that, here), there has been a fair bit going on. Aside from the random-maybe-illness, it’s been full of many good things!

First Things First

While technically just before year-end, and therefore not completed in January, I noticed that I hadn’t shared my final digital work of 2019! Major oversight.

Fanart of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon. Digital. December 31, 2019.
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