UPDATE: I have now opened up a YouCaring fundraiser for anyone willing to donate. Every little bit helps, and I'll be making a special print series for donators. I don't know what I'll be drawing yet, but it will be something cool and fun and hopefully will express the vastness of my gratitude. Fundraiser found here! www.youcaring.com/help-a-neigh…
For those of you that may or may not have been following my tumblr accounts, this is probably old news, but things have gotten to a point of desperation where I'm legitimately having to breath off an anxiety attack just to type this.
A little over two months ago, I got the opportunity to get the hey out of my parent's house. It's been a huge step forward in my life being able to get out from under the overly-protective bosom of my mother and father, away from the constant family bickering and ever mounting stress.
However, I took this opportunity with great trepidation for two very important reasons- Rent is $500 a month, which is high for my area even though it's all inclusive, and I had been unemployed for almost 6 months, though not for lack of trying. I quit my job at the donut shop in February, finally having gotten completely fed up with babysitting grown men and getting yelled at for doing my job more quickly and efficiently than everyone else in the shop, but the job I though I had lined up bailed on me, and I was left scrambling to try and get unemployment services (rejected) and food stamps (accepted) while trying to find work.
I picked up a few commissions, and then had to return the money when my computer completely shat the bed on me, leaving me working from an older model internet tablet that kinda sorta hated my guts.
Six months of printing resumes, walking malls and shopping centers, consulting job finding services and being forced to pay rent out of my ever dwindling savings, and I finally landed a part time job Housekeeping at Macy's, just in time to move out into the new place.
Now I've been here in my new, nagging parent and grandmother free space for a little over two months, quit Macy's and found two new jobs at American Eagle and Justice, started up profiles on numerous freelance sites, and now I'm having to open up commissions because I am STILL not making ends meet. And using my savings is no longer an option, as this month's rent had brought the sum total of my monetary worth to a little under $100. That's it.
I have $100 towards paying October's rent, and between American Eagle not bringing me in for shifts and Justice only scheduling me two days a week, I am absolutely and utterly terrified I won't have enough money to buy toothpaste, let alone pay rent or my cellphone bill.
Thus, I have re-opened my commissions with new, as-low-as-I-can-go pricing in the hopes of drawing in some kind of extra income, a visual representation of which I have put here: 0armoredsoul0.deviantart.com/a…
If you're not willing to look at the deviation, here's a text version:
For one 3 color (not including black and white) Logo, Avatar, Banner or Watermark: $5 (+$3 for additional color, detail)I need to make a minimum $500 by the end of this month. Please help me.
For one full color, full body portrait of a MLP:FIM original or canon character with Cutie Mark: $15 (+$5 for up to 2 more in a single order)
For one full body character portrait (black and white, flat color, cell shade, soft shade): $20 (+$10 per additional character or background)
For one full page of original character design, sketch to final product: $40 (+$15 per additional character/outfit)
For one full color 'Food Cutie' AKA cartoon food item of choice with a cute face: $5 (+$3 for up to 2 more in a single order)