I haven't updated this journal in a long time so here we go-
1. DD on my Jan Sketchdump
I haven't come on DA in some time so I actually found out when someone messaged me on Etsy asking for a Jellyfish.
Anyway, thank you to ^princepal
for the DD, and thank you to everyone who +faved and commented! I'll try to reply all the comments, though I'll probably take some time getting to it because I already have weeks of backlogged comments to reply to. And I've edited the sketchdump to add some comments on the most frequently asked questions for now.
I didn't think people would be so interested in sketches but since it seems quite popular, I think I might do a Feb sketchdump too if I have time to scan them. (Also, if anyone is interested in following my sketches/doodles/jewelry, you can find me on instagram @sodacrush)
I get quite a few comments here and there asking if it's okay to draw pictures/make jewelry/comics/stories with stuff I've posted. Yes
, you can use descriptions/designs if you like, but please don't sell
anything that is 100% based off a design I drew - because I do plan to make/sell some of these things. If it's only a small part of a picture/comic etc. I probably won't mind you selling it though. And please let me know if you do make anything, I'd love to +fav it
Commissions are still closed
, including requests for designs from the sketchdump. The jellyfish seem pretty popular, so maybe I will try to make one just to see if it works out. I'm really busy with school right now so I'll only reopen commissions when I can commit more time to them, and I'll announce it on DA when I do
Current commissions to finish:
4. Wire Jewelry
I've also got a lot of questions about prices/selling the recent pieces. For now, they are not for sale
. BUT I will eventually reopen sodacrush on Etsy to sell them, and accept commissions for wire-wrapped pieces too. I'm still undecided about pricing because at my current speed/skill, each piece still takes a couple of days to make if I work nonstop. So even pricing them at $100+ will earn me less than minimum wage, not counting the immense cost of all the equipment.
It was a lot easier when I just counted this a hobby, although I think it's a little selfish to spend so much money on making things I don't sell. We'll see how it goes
I was talking about a Christmas giveaway but I've been so so busy there just isn't time
. But I do really have a huge pile of things to give away, I just need to get a good time to settle everything and organise it. I'm really sorry to those who have been waiting! I promise it will happen (eventually) OTL. I was thinking I might just do a random draw among all my watchers and then notify the winners, instead of doing a pageview thing like last time.
6. Personal things
I'm actually really stressed out right now and it frustrates me to no end. I get stressed in school because I'm falling behind on schoolwork and having trouble with some guys who won't let me alone. I'm always short of time to get things done, and I have to waste time going roundabout ways to/from class to avoid these people, plus being so guarded all the time. And then I make jewelry, but I go through periods where I hate everything and anything I make looks ugly and I'm really unmotivated. So coming on DA stresses me out, seeing all the comments and questions I haven't replied, especially when I'm in a savage mood and seeing comments like "nice work" on stuff makes me feel like "no, it's hideous" etc. Of course I don't want to reply comments when I'm being so sulky, so I just let them pile up until I feel happy enough to mean it when I say "thank you"... So, I'm sorry for always leaving things for months and uploading stuff but not replying to comments and personal notes. I don't want to vent my bad mood on anyone and I'm really grateful for all the kind comments and support of everyone here. ♥
Ending on a happier note, I'm so so
excited about the new Star Wars movie, and that Fall Out Boy is back together
. I've been listening to their new single nonstop, and also to this absolutely lovely
song, I Love You
by Woodkid: [link]
(Watch the MV, it's amazing I promise.)