Talizmyn’s 2020 Year-End Art Update: Part 1

Hi!

So.

As you may have noticed, I disappeared after my last post on June 9th.

My ability to create was, for a few months during the summer, shaky-at-best. I don’t need to detail the pandemic or quarantine or make vague allusions by calling the past few months these troubling times. We know. We all get it. It’s a rough time for all of us, and some more than others.

Let’s catch up, shall we?


Since my last Art Update, back in May 2020, I have been both procrastinating, dealing with burn-out, and discovering new ways to paint digitally. I’ve spent the last few months working on pet portraits, commissions, and other related work.

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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! 😉

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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Review: The Lie She Told by Catherine Skeet-Yaffe

Not for me 😔

The Lie She Told is a fast-paced and easy read, though it would benefit from slowing down to give readers a chance to better know the cast.

The Lie She Told
by Catherine Skeet-Yaffe

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

All Kate wanted was a peaceful life, all Ryan wanted to do was destroy it.

Living in the remote Scottish Highlands under Witness Protection, life is finally happy for Kate Ward and her young son Joe, until someone from Kate’s past appears. Ryan Albright is the only person that knows all of Kate’s secrets, and what she had to do to escape her previous abusive relationship.

Ryan is determined to complete the mission set for him by Kate’s ex-husband. Systematically and violently, he pulls Kate’s new world apart with devastating consequences for everyone around him, including Kate who must face up to the lie she told.

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Talizmyn’s Ko-fi Shop is Open for Business!

My Ko-fi Shop is open!


I’m selling digital prints on my ko-fi shop starting today! If you have always wanted my work on your walls, or as a background on your devices, you now have the option to purchase these files from me directly. 😀


I’d love feedback on what other digital items you may be interested in. (Stock photos, colouring books, specific artwork not yet in the shop?) I would love to hear what you think and what you’d like to see from me in the future. ❤️

I’ll be adding more items all the time, so please do check back!


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Review; Down a Darker Path by Laura Maybrooke

Must read 🏆

Down a Darker Path hooks quickly and sweeps the reader up in the events along with Dulcea, who is facing the hard consequences. It’s time to make a choice.

Down a Darker Path
by Laura Maybrooke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To win, she must lose. To succeed, she must fail.

The time has come.
Dulcea must choose what is important to her.

Krath — the handsome, immortal vampire warrior — who rescued her from enemy hands, has proven himself to be a kindred spirit and a possible ally.

Yet, neither Dulcea’s dragons nor her army are willing to accept such a dark hero.

The golden dragons have long been her allies, but their power is limited. They are no match for the demon Grom, but they alone bring hope to her army.

What is the right way forward?

What will Dulcea choose, and will her choice doom the world – or save it?

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Talizmyn’s May Art Update

May has been a busy month. I’ve been keeping myself busy during this time, using different tactics to motivate myself to create, learn, and improve. At the beginning of the month I was feeling particularly low and unmotivated, though my mood has since improved and I have a few goals and tasks to focus on in the coming months.

How are all of you dealing/coping/doing? What are your tricks, if any, to get yourself to focus?

I’ve had to remind myself that naps are okay, if I need to reset. I’m learning to not push myself too hard when what I really need is some rest.

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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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