Category Archives: ๐ŸŒˆ News & Notices ๐ŸŒˆ

A Rollercoaster, And What’s Next? ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿ˜ข

So, last week has been something.

You might have read on my socials that I recently got a new job that I really liked. A proper 8-5pm in a corporate office. Well, life moved so fast that before I had a chance to blog about it, the job was gone.

About the job: it was easy, and relatively fun. I liked most of my coworkers, my supervisor and the main boss. One of my coworkers was a real case, I heard the “N” word from her four times in the space of two minutes, and she said some wildly transphobic and homophobic things in spite of telling me she was lesbian. But I guess you can be homophobic and transphobic at the same time as gay… it was just a shocker. So I didn’t like this coworker but I am sure she thought it was quite the opposite, as I didn’t let on. After all, it was just three of us in that area and I didn’t want to make things unpleasant.

ANYWAY, I utterly loved the job and atmosphere otherwise. The one hiccup is that truly there was nothing for me to do. I’m not sure why I was hired. When I had work to do it was because the coworker I mentioned left early/didn’t come (happened twice) or because she gave me all her work to practice on while she browsed TikTok. I was glad for this, as I had nothing to do otherwise and eight hours staring at a wall/screen are interminable.

I went around helping everywhere I could, doing whatever I could. I was praised for this so I think people were happy? And I was told repeatedly that things would pick up in January so I wasn’t too worried. Truly I felt like I’d found an amazing opportunity. I invested about $200 in clothes for this new job, because I had nothing to wear. Like a complete fool, I decorated my office area. All in the first week. Everything was going so well, that what happened really threw me for a loop.

The recruiter told me Sunday night that they told her on Friday that my position was no longer needed. They expressed no complaints. In retrospective, Thursday and Friday there were day-long meetings at which the boss, who’d been so affable on Monday, was put in a very dark mood. Our partner thinks perhaps multiple people were fired. And when I went to pick up my stuff today, I saw many more cars outside than usual at this hour. I do know that they did not make their November minimum quota. But they’d done really well in prior months. Anyway, if they don’t make 20 million per year I think some higher ups may not get bonuses (my speculation) because the company as a whole doesn’t get their bonus of two paid weeks off at Christmas unless they hit that mark.

TL,DR: It doesn’t seem like I did anything wrong, but I was let go after one week.

Pros: I made a little bit of money.

Con: I also spent money. I’m going to see what I can return.

Pro: The recruiter says she already has other offers lined up for me.

Con: I realized (or rather, remembered) that if I’m not drawing all day every day, I hate my life and want to die.

Ok, ok. Hyperbolic, I know. But it’s sort of true. From last Monday, as happy as I was with the job, all smiles at my workplace and doing my best, I was also miserable. Especially at home, with my day over and almost no art done. Still, I’d be up at 6:00am and draw. I’d draw during my lunch break. I’d draw after dinner. But it was not enough. I am not sure I can properly convey how empty and meaningless my life feels if I am not drawing. Nothing really matters and depression sets in with astounding immediacy. I stop caring about everything.

So what’s next? I don’t really know. I REALLY NEED MONEY. I’ll possibly have more job offers this week. But I don’t know if I want to take them. I need to. But a part of me is dead if I am not drawing all day. I know I sound so spoiled. But this is a basic need for me, like breathing, eating, sleeping. Actually I can do more easily with the latter two for longer than without drawing.

My guess is, if the recruiter has an offer within the same distance I’ll try it. But I’d like to give drawing another push. We will see. I was really, really crushed last night. Felt very defeated. But also, kinda happy now: this week I can draw.

I’ll keep everyone posted. Sorry about the silence and delays. I have a lot of art almost ready to post!

All Bow To The Great Algorithm! ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ [IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT]

Over the past year or so, but especially over the last couple of months, Iโ€™ve heard of more and more artists having their Patreons, PayPal accounts and Ko-Fis suspended or banned for N/S*FW content, or even non-sexually explicit f/et!sh and/or k!n*k content. Sometimes, the content is not posted to Patreon or Ko-Fi, but the artist posts it somewhere off of those sites. From what I’ve heard, sometimes they do not even link to it. And still they get hit by these companies’ hammers, somehow. It boggles the mind.

To add to my concerns, at some point in the recent past, this happened to my Instagram account:

Do bear in mind that this is not me personally age-restricting my own account. That is something that I do not do, because you get hidden from search results if you do so, and you have to be a business account, which comes with drawbacks for me. I block minors, but I do not mark my account as 18+ other than writing that in my bio. So, yeah, I definitely do not want people under 18 to interact, and I made sure to express this via my bio and pinned story. But I also don’t want to have it forced upon me with this kinda aggressive/scary explanation:

I am not sure what could have prompted it. I havenโ€™t posted anything with nudity there. The worst has been some very, VERY mild A/B*DL content (nothing with nudity or bondage or anything like that. To the vast majority of uninformed observers, any drawing I posted would have at worst seemed “weird”.)

Maybe it was a tag I used, such as the b*abyfur tag. I tried cross-checking with similar accounts, some of which showed this same warning when attempting to view them while logged out. One thing I noticed with some (but not foolproof) degree of consistency is that many such accounts had โ€œno minorsโ€ or the 18 emoji in their bio, or the word k!n*k somewhere.

Still, nothing I posted goes “against local law” in the United States. So it is infuriating to get such a message from Instagram without recourse on how to fix it. At the time, I deleted my Instagram account entirely. I am still deciding how to go forward in that regard.

Whatever tagged me in this manner (which I assume to be automated) could possible affect me in other sites as well, as algorithms become more and more unfriendly toward anyone in the k!n*k sphere.

I’ve generally not drawn anything that I do not consider tame/SFW. Even when it comes to weird stuff that I might have been embarrassed about, it would not have been the end of the world for anyone in my family, even Grandma, to see it. I do however firmly plant myself in the k!n*k community (or used to, anyway) because so many of my followers do, and that feels like the safest way to keep children that might be attracted to my colorful content and/or teens are want to start exploring N/S*FW a bit too early, safe: my accounts were k!n*k, were 18+, simple as that.

But now it is not so simple. That simplicity can cost me my PayPal, my Patreon, and being shadowbanned across social media, no matter how innocuous my content.

This puts me at a real risk of losing my livelihood if I suddenly canโ€™t receive payments online. This seems to be a real danger and it is starting to happen to people I am close with in my social circles. I can either wait for it to happen to me or take some preventive action. And I have done so over the last month.

These are big changes. Quite big as far as I’m concerned and quite discouraging too. It was a very time consuming undertaking and I decided not to say anything at all about it until it was said and done. So all of these changes have already happened. I just finished them prior to posting this entry.

The post below continues at length, so I just want to make a simple but important TL,DR:

If you see something in my OWN gallery, it means I am still OK drawing and posting it. If something is GONE from my gallery, but it does not appear in my WILL NOT DRAW list, I may be ok drawing it but not with posting it. Any due commissions will be finished as normal regardless of these changes.

๐Ÿšง The Changes ๐Ÿšง

A/B*DL Art

The saddest, most anger-inducing change for me, is that I felt I had to stop doing my cute, tame A/B*DL art and remove the spaces I lovingly created for my content of this type. This is really upsetting to me. I enjoyed creating what little I did and was looking forward to making more SFW, happy and innocent art for members of the furry A/B*DL community. This Iโ€™m sure was evident by the amount of effort you saw me post in my A/B*DL-centric socials and in the effort I put in my recent A/B*DL work. But now, continuing to promote or post such work feels seriously risky. It can put my PayPal account at risk, and my Patreon too, even if I do not mention it in invoices or post it to Patreon.

So all of that –gone. I never deleted so much art off FA that I was so proud of. Some of it was my best recent work. Of course it is still on my computer. If you have a Trello card, it’s still there for download too if you commissioned it in the last few months.

I also deleted non- A/B*DL art that was remotely suggestive/showed boobs/etc.

(Btw, I hate this. It sucks. I just feel that any other solution is too risky.)

At this time I am not sure if I will do commissions of this sort of art again. You can 100% always reach out at a time that you want to *actually* purchase one and see how I feel at that moment. I just know that I’ll never post them publicly myself if I do. So much effort last year for nothing. I am pretty crushed about that.

How I Present My Work Online

Iโ€™m going to stop using a lot of terms online –I’ve already stopped, aside from this post. The words k!n*k and f/et!sh, even some innocent, community descriptors (such as ag/ere, b*abyfur, Little, even the word diaper) have been scrubbed completely from all my socials and every page of my blog, with a couple of exceptions where a base’s descriptor made it necessary.

I’ll still draw diapers on baby and toddler characters and post them to my galleries, this hasn’t changed, I don’t suddenly hate this topic or dislike drawing it. I am simply legitimately afraid over what is causing algorithms to “trip” for others, and I’m not taking any chances. I never know where the reach of some of these corporations will get to certain little corners to find content to use against me.

(I hate this, too. It will likely make it much harder for new people in my own niche to find me. I literally don’t know what else to do.)

I’ve also started making non-diaper alternate versions for all new art whenever possible. This allows me to keep my main Twitter account more active as well.

My Galleries

I’m sure no one noticed, but across my blog and FA, all my galleries have been re-sorted. Things are no longer categorized by topic (b*abyfur, A/B*DL other commissions, etc) but by type (icons, badges, comics, banners, etc).

I’ve not only deleted all A/B*DL and potentially suggestive art, but anything that had come to make me even remotely uncomfy. I know there’s a “cute” trend in b*abyfur art of characters showing off their diapers or undies proudly, or tripping/doing a cartwheel and flashing them, and I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this as both are scenes that I have seen in comics, cartoons and children’s books growing up.

However, not unlike the spanking art that I no longer draw, this is something I grew up with that we just don’t really see on TV/cartoons/comics anymore, other than some specific contexts (such as potty training books, etc). I guess I’ve started to feel a bit weird about art pieces where the character is all “look at my underwear!!” though again, I do not think there’s anything wrong with it.

I guess when so many people on Twitter are looking to demonize everything about the community, even I second guess myself, perhaps. Regardless of the reason, I’ve deleted any such art, I’ve also deleted all spanking pieces that were left in my gallery except for like… one. This was a painful process to go through. But it is done now.

My Future On FurAffinity

When I think about the level of user activity on FA (incredibly low this past year) coupled with the fact that FA is categorized as a porn site by many online blockers, I begin to fear that simply having an account here can become a risk that could get me shadowbanned on social medias or have my Patreon/Kofi/PayPal accounts shut down. I’m sure you think I’m being incredibly paranoid. I frankly don’t think I am. I really don’t like where some types of censorship are going.

For now, I will continue to post here, as evidenced by all the time I put into remaking my galleries. But I will try to steer myself towards other spaces that aren’t offensive to the algorithm. And I am pretty sure by this point that once I can make that work, probably a couple more years, I will delete my FA account. It’s weird to type that sentence, even hypothetically, even as a “probably”. But here we are.

As it is, I’ve already cancelled FA Plus and made a new deviantART account, with the plan to subscribe to CORE and return there next year.

Regarding Minors And My Content

This last one that makes me most uncomfy of all. Iโ€™ve removed all the โ€œno minorsโ€ disclaimers in my accounts and sites, all the 18+ markers. It’s all gone. But please bear in mind, I still don’t want minors in my spaces. Read on.

On the one hand, by sanitizing so much of my spaces, you could say my content wouldn’t be unsafe for minors. I do not draw anything you wouldn’t see in a children’s book when it comes to the categories that have been left behind. All the same, because of my followers/circles, I really just don’t feel that minors belong in my spaces. When it comes to my blog, I want to feel that I am talking to other adults, no matter how childlike my content at times. When it comes to commissions, I do not do business with minors anyway.

I will continue to individually ask minors to unfollow me, block them if they don’t, and simply softblock them where I can, but I will not have the outward disclaimers anymore. Because I worry that these, too, can cause certain algorithms to flag me. I *think* that’s what happened on Instagram.

Whenever a site, like Instagram or Patreon, gave an option to age-lock content, I used to feel grateful and make use of the feature if I could. However, when, as I saw happen to Nebula with Patreon, this is used against us, I am far more reluctant. Now, it seems, even trying to manually keep minors out with typed disclaimers or DNIs can be risky. That is what led me to this final change.

I’ve been pretty good about keeping minors out all this time manually anyway, so I can just continue doing that, and post the occasional entry/tweet asking minors to not interact.

That’s it.

This is the current status, adjusted to our current zeitgeist. Someone must have wanted this, right? I can’t imagine why else we are heading in this direction. But I’ve got to move on with the times. I guess we all do.

Since this post has so many of the words I’ve gone out of my way to remove from my blog (even though I’ve made it so bots can’t search them… probably) this post will be gone in a week or so. I just wanted to inform everyone of the changes.

And please remember. I really do love so many of you. I appreciate so many of you that I regularly see faving even though you don’t comment. So many of you that continue to commission me and offer me your friendship. I have not made my changes happily, and I intend to continue serving the community to the best of my ability in spite of them. Please don’t take this as a rejection on my part. This made me unhappy, but I do truly feel it is the best course of action for me going forward.

Thank you for reading.

Soon Sailing Away… Maybe ๐Ÿšข

Hey everyone! ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿšข You might remember that our big family vacation (a cruise) was postponed two years in a row. Then, the consolation trip planned after that second cancellation was botched as well. After so much disappointment, Iโ€™ve held any talk about it in –until now.

The cruise is (maybe? finally?) happening beginning next Thursday. Iโ€™ll be away for over ten days. During that time (6/23 to 7/5) Iโ€™ll be basically completely unreachable. We will have a friend stay over at our place to take care of our house and animals during our absence.

As the day draws so near, I have to start making final prep, even as my excitement will continue to be held in until weโ€™ve all tested negative and safely boarded. I canโ€™t help but brace for disappointment again. But there is a tiny hope burning inside me.

Already there was a disappointment: my mom can’t attend (USCIS still hasn’t completed her paperwork) and this means a $1,000 fine from the total cost, which is terrible. But it’s something we knew from the start might happen.

Apprehension aside… I had to smile today looking at my little Dante, the bear I intended to bring on this trip from the start, wearing his brand new travel clothes! I think he looks pretty dapper.

Really, the only potential complication is someone testing positive. So we are all trying to be as careful as possible regarding crowds and such. If it all goes through, I hope to have a lot to share with you when I get back!

Pre-Trip Announcements ๐Ÿ›ซ

Greetings, everyone! I am giving the last touches to my packing today. As you may already know, I am leaving on a family vacation. I will be gone from tomorrow 6/25 until Sunday 7/4. We will have a friend staying over to look after our house and our pets.

During this time, you will not be able to reach me. Or rather, you will be able to, but I would ask that you avoid doing so. I will try not to look at my phone/Telegram/emails. Mostly, I will monitor for emergencies.

โ›” Please do not insistently reach out to me after June 26th (which when our plane actually departs) if you don’t have an emergency. An emergency is something that absolutely cannot wait until I return (hint: anything commission related CAN wait until I return). Please wait until my return on July 4th to contact me.

On a lighter note, not only is this the longest vacation of my life, but also my first big family vacation (with my husband, mom in law and sis in law, Christopher’s Grandma, and a good family friend). These are all people I obviously love tons and the idea of going on this trip with all of them, of seeing New York City for the first time, of seeing the cabin in which Grandma lived with Grandpa, who will have been gone a year next month, of visiting the American Museum of Natural History, seeing the Statue of Liberty, and so many more things, of doing lots and lots of driving in beautiful places, it’s all a dream come true to say the least. ๐Ÿฅบโœจ

With that out of the way, I wanted to make clear what this means in terms of commissions.

๐ŸŒˆ There Are No Warm-Ups During My Vacation Week ๐ŸŒˆ

As this was established when the 100 Days Of Warm-Ups journal was posted, it will not affect anyone’s delivery dates. ๐Ÿ˜Š I took this week of vacation into account when I made the Warm-Up schedule. So, when you don’t see Warm-Ups posted for the next eight days, please know that everything is running as it should. This week was always a Warm-Up-less week from the start.

๐ŸŒˆ 4 Overdue Commissions ๐ŸŒˆ

Due to a lot of stuff going on in my life, including vet trips and special care for Tomoyo, my mom’s lengthy immigration procedures/paperwork, as well as the completion of my citizenship process last May, I had a few commissions go past my self-imposed “overdue” deadline, and one which I know will be overdue while I am gone. While it’s not like, terrible, and they are all for commissioners who are friends of mine and have always given me a long leash time wise, I want to write below which commissions are overdue, for full accountability and transparency.

I fully expect to complete these commissions before any others reach their due date.

  • Mwako (2 characters, fully rendered, already colored and currently shading, but won’t be finished until I return)
  • Island (3 characters, fully rendered, not yet started)
  • Snowthebear (5 characters, flat colored, not yet started)
  • Tugscarebear (2 characters, fully rendered, not yet started, will pass due date while I am gone)

I am bringing my iPad, so it is possible that all four of these commissions will see moderate to significant progress while I am gone. But my goal during the vacation will be to enjoy the vacation –if I draw it’ll be because I got tired of gaming and reading during my downtime. I really want to relax. I need it, badly.

๐Ÿ’– Thank you ๐Ÿ’–

I want to end this post by extending my gratitude for all the support I have received so far this year. Thanks to you all, I am slowly accomplishing important life goals. I appreciate all of my commissioners.

I hope to have lots of photos and fun anecdotes to share with you upon my return. ๐Ÿ‘‹

(I do expect to make one last post tomorrow, as it’s just a day of prep, we leave in the evening. So you’ll hear from me once more, but already, tomorrow it may be difficult to contact me, and you won’t get a response after Saturday. Ideally though, I prefer you just wait until my return to contact me. I never know if a friend or family member may contact me for an emergency, so getting messages means I can’t ignore them and it will be stressful to get them. Thank you so much.)

Not Happy To Announce This, But Back On Twitter (Sorta) ๐Ÿ˜ž

Hey everyone. As the title says, I get no pleasure from making this announcement. But, it wasn’t until recently, when I developed an art style that allows me to finish a minimum of one commission per day, to sometimes two or three, that I realized that my clientele here on FA is just not enough to cover the slots I am now able to put out. The same wonderful, faithful repeat clients can only do so much for me, and it’s a burden on them to know I depend on them so much.

Given that I use Postybirb now, I feel perhaps there is some way for me to avail my work and announcements to people on Twitter without having to interact directly with the site. So while I am back in a limited, crossposting capacity by using automated software, this is something that I REALLY want to emphasize:

Please do not expect interaction from me on there. I won’t see your comments very often, and I won’t follow anyone.

I hate Twitter. I’ve agonized over this. I do not want to interact with anyone on Twitter. This is merely done as a convenience to people who only book slots that pop up there. Artwork aside, to anyone, friendly or not, who tries to pull me into any anxiety-inducing situation, be it gossip, the daily drama/discourse, whether with good intentions or not, I will be very harsh in blocking.

I do not care if you don’t like my followers. I do not and will not curate who follows me. My mental health cannot handle this, so please curate your own spaces but do not ask me to make changes for your mental health at the expense of my own. Do not send me callouts, helpful warnings/bewares, do not tell me if someone is talking badly about me. PLEASE ESPECIALLY THE LATTER. I don’t want to know. If you care about me, please spare me.

I’m setting up my Twitter in a way that won’t really allow for much direct interaction with me, which I’m likely to miss anyway. I’m not installing the app, and you can’t DM me there, but you can follow me. You will see my art and commission postings there now, as well as stream and blog announcements, so you won’t miss out. I know many of you are only rarely here, and mostly on Twitter.

I was very happy to leave that siteโ€ฆ I am only making this adjustment, with a lot of caveats, because paying off my debt and taking care of my mom is really important to me. But I am afraid of doing this because it was so bad for me. I was miserable before. I don’t want to get like that again. I’m hoping I won’t.

My account there is SquirrelElf: https://twitter.com/SquirrelElf

You’re welcome to follow me, and RTs of my work and commission slots are very, very deeply appreciated. I’ll be unlocking the account after a couple more tests.

REMEMBER, IN CASE YOU SKIMMED THROUGH: IT’S A CROSS POSTING, MOSTLY AUTOMATED ACCOUNT. I WON’T FOLLOW YOU BACK. I WILL RARELY SEE YOUR COMMENTS.

It’s only so you can see my art there and catch commission slots. Thank you!

Important Blog Changes And A Heads-Up! โœจ

Hi everyone! This change started a couple of days ago, but I have come to a decision in regards to my portfolio and my blog that I am ready to formally announce. Going forward, they will be merged into one!

๐ŸŒˆ What This Means ๐ŸŒˆ

This WordPress site will become my main base of operations, and my Wix-hosted portfolio and book websites will be retired in favor of being merged into this site. Regretfully I spent over $200 on my Wix bill, which lasts for the whole year, but I’d still rather make this change. Wix is buggy, it keeps my files hostage (backups aren’t a thing) and to be honest I don’t think a whole lot of people visit my portfolio anyways.

One of the things I did earlier in the week as part of this process was to redo the way I use categories and tags here, and already this has caused my visitor count to rise. I’d rather those visitors see my commission options, books, and portfolio without needing to leave this site (which can easily mean they don’t see that at all.)

Plus, soon I’ll hit the cap on my file storage for WordPress, necessitating a costly upgrade (you have no idea how many images I upload here, or how large… well… maybe you do ๐Ÿ˜…) and I don’t want to pay a lot for two premium sites.

It does sadden me that this means losing my Wix website’s design. Though buggy, I think it was beautiful. This stopped me from going forward with this change in the past, but I feel ready to move on.

Most Significantly…

This means that my online presence will become a lot less professional. This, too, is what once prevented me from doing this merge. I’ve generally made an effort to keep my personal and professional presences pretty separate.

With the merging of these two sites, everything goes out the window… I am truly myself here, all over this place, for better or for worse.

๐ŸŒˆ What Has Already Been Done ๐ŸŒˆ

I already replicated my Terms of Service, Rates, Commission Request Form, Will Draw/Won’t Draw, and all YCH Catalogs (including icons and badges), Meganeea and The Tale Of Horus have seen their pages replicated in full with the exception of chapters.

My About page was extended when it was moved here, and I made sure to update the FAQ here to reflect anything that was in the portfolio FAQ only.

๐ŸŒˆ What Still Needs Doing ๐ŸŒˆ

On the back end, I want to tidy up a few things… remake permalinks, update wording (since this is now my main site as opposed to just my blog) update domain redirects, and remove all image titles which are making galleries look ugly. I need to draw up new footer dividers for Meganeea and Horus, and update the blog banner (on that note, my blog will naturally no longer be called Marina’s Blog. The title will be changed to Squelfland).

Chapters for Meganeea and The Tale Of Horus will be added as individual blog pages and then linked to their corresponding places in the Chapter Index pages.

IMPORTANT: In the next couple of days you will see all of these chapters be posted as individual posts, even though they are old. Please don’t worry if you get a small flurry of notifs… the chapters are long but few.

I still need to move all Art For Me and my entire portfolio. This is a big job, it will take a few days.

Once everything is done, I’ll have to thoroughly check everything in my online presence to update broken links and wording. I will also adjust some content in the sidebars and have already begun to do so.

That’s all! This is a pretty big change for me so I just wanted to let you guys know.

100 Days Of Warm-Ups! โœŠโœ๏ธ

I want to do something a little different to finish paying off my debt (which sits at $3,950) in a reasonable amount of time. To this end, I am going to be offering a flat colored drawing (no background) with black lines, per day, every day, for a hundred days. Yes –really! And yes, I’ve thought this out carefully over the course of a couple of weeks.

So far, every time I believed I could accomplish something, and really believed it, I never failed. This won’t be easy, but I’m feeling confident. I hope you can believe in me too and support me with this project. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

I’ve taken hours of time and planned this out very thoroughly —PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE JOURNAL! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ“Œ How It’s Going To Work ๐Ÿ“Œ

Each drawing will cost $36.35, which after PayPal takes its cut will leave me with $35 per day, per drawing. I will only do one a day, in the mornings, and I will be getting up earlier in the day to do this.

I may have to turn down characters with markings that are too complicated, but I’ll try not to. Because speed is of the essence, unfortunately I can’t simply charge more and accept complex characters, as this could veer me off track.

You can reserve your slot in advance. Dated slots are sold on a first-come, first serve basis, with the first slot starting on April 6th.

You can reserve multiple slots. But, you need to tell me the details when you book, or it’ll be artistic freedom. I need this to be as streamlined as possible. Please have ALL info/refs ready. ALL OF IT! Please. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅบ

You can order a slot as a gift, but you must have permission from the other person. Just have them comment on the journal to give permission if I don’t know you well.

On these days, work on slots will be suspended, and the date you are given to receive your drawing will reflect that:

๐Ÿ“… April 20-21 (Citizenship interview)
๐Ÿ“… June 12 (Going to a show)
๐Ÿ“… June 25 – July 5 (New England trip)

There may be things added that may push dates very slightly (such as my oath of allegiance ceremony which still needs to be scheduled.) But, in most cases, you will receive your drawing on your specific assigned day. In case something happens on my end and I need some catch-up time, please allow up to 48 hours for your art to be completed and uploaded.

This will not affect current queue progress. As I mentioned, I am specifically getting up an hour and a half earlier in the mornings for the next hundred or so days, to accomplish this. This is why I need to keep things simple.

For easy tracking, I’m creating a special Trello column in my queue, exclusive to this project, as well as a specific portfolio folder here: https://squelfland.com/portfolio/warmups/

๐Ÿ“Œ Deadline/Accountability ๐Ÿ“Œ

This is a big project, and I want to treat it accordingly, by considering all possibilities.

Naturally I cannot foresee the future, and I could break my arm/get COVID/have a family emergency in the next 100 workdays. Should this happen, I will appreciate your patience and understanding. Even in the case of a big emergency, all slots will be completed in 2021 or refunded before the year is over if a catastrophe should arise.

Please note, I have no fear of this happening nor do I expect it to happen, and I’ve thought this out carefully, which is why I even looked at my calendar to foresee non-working days/trips/etc. Nonetheless, because of the unusual daily deadline and volume of slots, I still want to be able to say to everyone, “This is the date by which you’ll get a refund if something bad happens and you don’t get your art when I promised it”. So that would be, the last day of this year.

๐Ÿ“Œ Rules & Such๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ You can choose the pose and expression, or leave it up to me.
๐ŸŒˆ NO WIPS, NO CHANGES –unless I miss something on your ref sheet.
๐ŸŒˆ Generic stuffed animals are OK for an extra $5. I’m ok with VERY SIMPLE non generic ones such as, you know, Elmo and the like. Feel free to ask, but I will turn down anything too time consuming.
๐ŸŒˆ Outfits can be your choice or artistic freedom. No complex clothing patterns or complex outfits. No kigurumis (these are very time consuming for me).
๐ŸŒˆ Very simple props are okay. Please keep it simple.
๐ŸŒˆ My usual terms apply (link). Wherever there is a conflict, what is mentioned in this journal is what goes, since this project is a little different.

๐Ÿ“Œ I’m Ready! How Do I Get A Slot? ๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ Read EVERYTHING ABOVE. Write “I got it” on your comment so I know that you did.
๐ŸŒˆ Comment below with ALL necessary information. Outfit references, prop references, everything. Try to keep everything to one comment. If things are artistic freedom, please say so. You can also contact me on Telegram (Squelfland) for slots.
๐ŸŒˆ Be ready to pay via PayPal right away, I will provide you with a link. If you want to pay via Zelle instead, it will just be $35. Just send the Zelle payment AFTER I approve your slot to marina@marinaneira.com.
๐ŸŒˆ Don’t ask me to change characters/details once you’ve booked, please.
๐ŸŒˆ After you’ve paid, I will give you a Trello link and a due date/place in line.

๐Ÿ“Œ My Goal ๐Ÿ“Œ

I have a hope of having my mom living with us for Christmas of 2022. Itโ€™s a bit far-fetched, but I want to try. For that, I need to pay my debt ASAP โ€“ideally within the next three months, because I have to raise 10k to move my mom in with us. When you get one of these slots, youโ€™ll be helping me accomplish one of the most important goals in my life, especially right now โ€“to look after my mom while she is still here. The pandemic has really made me realize how our family members can be here one day and gone the next, and my mom will soon be pushing 70. I think it’s a goal worth trying for.

Iโ€™m really grateful to all my supporters and commissioners for helping me get there!

Going Forward – TOS Update

I’ve taken down the FA journals for the safety of my own account (though given the maginitude of the issue, and the fact that there is a conviction, I would hope I am in the clear.

I do want to clarify, while I am working to get FA to take all such art down from that person’s gallery, if you are featured in the art, you don’t need to remove it if you don’t want to. I just want it gone from his gallery. I am also contacting other galleries to request the same.

Also, though I never thought I’d see the day, this has been added to my TOS, and applies retroactively:

Should you be convicted (not merely accused or hearsay) of a crime that could cause my association with you to reflect poorly on me, I reserve the right to revoke your right to display any non-commercial artwork you commissioned from me. You will not receive a refund for these artworks if I am forced to do this. Please note, I am referring to serious crimes. In a nutshell: I don’t want to be associated with you if you’re convicted of sexual assault/murder.

While it seems odd to be so specific, I want to make it clear that I won’t revoke rights merely based on accusations or hearsay, or even minor crimes. But if you end up on jail for rape or murder, I’m sorry, but I’m going to exercise this right. This will not apply to commercial art, since in those cases the copyright has been sold to you. Basically, unless you intend to rape or murder someone, or a similar very serious crime (where an actual conviction is involved) you have nothing to worry about.

๐ŸŒŸ Terms Of Service Updated ๐ŸŒŸ

Updates to my website won’t publish for a few days but there have been a couple of major changes (along with the tiniest rate increase) so I wanted to let everyone know here too. These are good things for a change! Lol. ๐Ÿ˜Š Only new Trello cards will contain the updated info, so if your card conflicts with this, the info in this journal trumps that:

๐ŸŒˆ Starting today, you may color any line art I make for you, or pay someone else to color them. You may NOT edit the line art itself, remove, resize or obscure my signature, or color the art to include gore, bodily fluids, or hateful content. When someone other than me colors my line art, you must ALWAYS clearly state that I did the line art and the coloring was done by someone else.

๐ŸŒˆ The limitation to posting the high-res online has been removed. You may post larger sizes than I provide freely. I will continue to provide a web-size for your convenience.

This changes apply retroactively if you’ve commissioned artwork from me before!

๐Ÿ”ฅ RILEY NEEDS HELP – HOUSE BURNED DOWN ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Fellow furry and dear friend Rileykit has, as many of you are already aware, lost his home in the devastating fires that are occurring in California. His family and pets are safe, but as you can imagine help is desperately needed. Here is a link to Riley’s GoFundMe, and if you can spare anything at all, I encourage you to help as you are able to:

https://gf.me/u/yx4kwp

Losing our homes in such a way is a fear we can all relate to, so let’s rally behind a beloved member of our little community to the best of our ability.

Even if you cannot help, signal boosting the heck out of this would be extremely helpful. I understand these are hard times for all. With that said, please consider the situation and whether you truly cannot spare even $10, even $5, for someone who is going through such a devastating material loss. While things can be replaced, it is a difficult road to get there. This community has surprised me by its ability to lift up its members during the worst times of their lives. This certainly counts as that, or would for me.