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Spring 2017

www.cbc.ca/news/rainfall-flood…

Spring melting snow and heavy rain are causing rivers to flood in Southern Quebec, Ontario and New-Brunswick.

There's always some spring flooding around in Quebec province, but this year is exceptionally harsh.

More than 120 towns affected by the high waters, over 1,300 homes inundated and 800+ people evacuated.

Canadian Army Troops are being deployed to help residents still fighting to protect their homes.

Safe here where I live, but still, that's some biblical flooding. o_O

Best Wishes to all those Affected
Sincerely
Shoxxe
The list of recent colored versions of my work has been updated.

Another slew of pics from :iconvicalsa: , including the entire Avatar Last Airbender short comic. o_O

Scroll down my main page to find the widget featuring them!

shoxxe
Oops, looks like I missed my 9 years mark. Just forgot to add the date into my calendar after I changed my PC last October. :P (I came around DA on March 12th, for the record)

So yeah, I'm nearing a decade of doggedly doing dumb doodles.

This year the waiting line has stretched and stretched, yet strangely enough customer delays have increased as well and I'm frequently forced to call down the line to fill dead air. Considering there's months between reservations you'd think people would be ready when I get there... Oh well.

Pageviews a little over 700k, so based on yearly average view I'll hit the million views in... 2021. ^_^ So no celebrations planned yet.

Curiously enough I haven't drawn anything for myself since the last three months as I keep putting time for moving over that long waiting line... And perhaps that December request drive busted my artistic muscle. o_O

Anyways, the usual thanks to all the people who hang around, gawk and gape, fave things up and/or order them doodles!

Off to the 10th year!

shoxxe
Well, I'm out of projects on my table, so guess I'm going to call in the people for March to fill up the dead air.

So if you're up for March, you may fire at will. Check the schedule here:

Commission LogCurrent Status as of June 18th
Completed: 6/10
Commission Status Explanation (in order of completion)
:star: Payment Pending: Customer payment hasn't been made. No work done yet.
:star: Pending: Payment for the commission has been made. Piece awaiting it's turn on the waiting list. No work done.
:star: In progress: Work has started. Depending on customer wishes, there may be sketches, WIP (Work-in-Progress), or full completion at once.
:star: Completed: Barring minor corrections, work on this commission is finished.
:star: Canceled: No payment received, and the reservation/ticket has been canceled either by me or the customer for one reason or the other.
***CURRENT COMMISSIONS LIST***
01 :iconranneko:
Customer Status: VIP
Status: Completed
Final Title: H2O Canada 2017
Posting: Yes
02 :iconelusivellama:
Customer Status: VIP
Status: Completed
Final Title: Sandra Spring Outfit 02
Posting: Yes
03 :iconmugenkeiji:
Customer Status: VIP
Status: Payment Pending
Final Title: Undetermined
Postin


NOTE to all customers: Due to this occurring rather often in 2016, I will relax my preferences with payment timing and allow people to send me their projects a full month in advance (so for example if you're due for April, you can send me your project in March, etc)

That will allow me to have backup plans to work on when I need them.

Regards
shoxxe
Well, back to the grindstone, I guess. I think I blinked and missed my vacation somehow. o_O

I'd wish everyone a happy new year, but with Donald trump at the US presidency, I'm betting on "train wreck". -_-

shoxxe
Commissions are done for the month, so I'm closing down for the holidays. I'll still be here, but communications may be spotty during that time.

Customers from January may send me the info for their projects if they're ready for it, that would give me something to get started when I get back to business next month.

Hoping to keep surfing that artistic frenzy I have going on, and perhaps more posting over the holidays.

Anyways, please enjoy some holiday cheer, and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely
shoxxe
Just wanted to say big thanks for your replies after that request run. Everyone (well, with one MAJOR exception) has been extremely gracious and understanding even if they didn't get their requests done.

It was in the best of intentions, but after reflecting upon things I doubt I'll ever repeat the occasion. The big part of it is that even if I made 20 people happy, that still leaves almost a hundred other people disappointed, and having to tell all of these people they wouldn't get anything wasn't much fun. That's not good maths in my book. :(

The way I did things was probably a bit clunky, and despite my aim to be fair in choosing the pics I'd do, the fact is that since there was a personal (and somewhat selfish) decision on my part, on some level I'm guessing the system would be skewed somewhat if on an unconscious level. As opposed to say, a random selection. At least I'm fairly confident I didn't choose based on personal issues ("i.e. I don't like that guy"), and in fact with a single exception I barely knew the people for which I did pics. Even my girlfriend didn't get her request, so there's that. :P

In any case, thanks again to everyone for being good sports about it, and also to them people who took my defense with the aforementioned "major exception". And sorry for the people who got caught in the crossfire. Kinda hoping that will blow over but apparently there's still rumbling going around, so I'm sort of on guard for some possible subsequent backlash.

Sincerely
Shoxxe
Well, it's done, no more requests.

(*still smoking from the overdrive*)

It would have been nice to get something for everyone, but that was patently impossible considering the sheer volume of requests I got.

For the record, 116 people made requests (which amounts to several hundred individual requests I'm guessing o_O ), and despite the frantic pace I was going (including spending some my personal time), that only amounts to 20 pics completed. That's worse than a 1 in 5 chance (almost 1 in 6 in fact) of getting a pic. Heck, I didn't even go through all the ones I had flagged on my short list!

I just had to make hard choices and drastic cuts in the number of requests, and sadly that meant current and old commissioners were "benched" (i.e. secondary pick) to give a chance to other people. In retrospect I'm unsure if it was a good call to allow them to make requests in the first place and drive their hopes up… but in the end it gives them a chance however minimal they could come up with an amazing idea and convince me.

In addition, anyone who messed up the rules (walls of text, requests via notes, etc.) got automatically benched. I'm thinking a number of people stopped reading at "free request". :P

Overall I've tried to cover a variety of subjects and interests, surface and underwater, anime, games, and cartoons, fanart and original characters to have something everyone could enjoy. I also had an unspoken rule of not visiting the same franchise between pics (ex: two pics featuring Pokemon characters) to add variety.

It was a bit of a clunky endeavor, but still a learning one. I'd probably need to iron out the rules if I did this again – like specify you'll only get ONE request done regardless of the number of requests you make. I mean come on, leave some room for other people!

That being said, don't count on this being a regular event, the stars need to be *just* right for that to happen.

Thanks to everyone for trying out your luck, and sorry again I couldn't get you something. I'll try and leave a personal comment to each request shortly.

Happy Holidays in the meantime!

Sincerely
Shoxxe
:star: :star: :star: THIS REQUEST EVENT HAS ENDED DECEMBER 13TH 2016. I DO NOT TAKE FURTHER REQUESTS. :star: :star: :star:

Well, since I'm a bit ahead in my workload, I think I'll try and do something different this year and play Santa for a bit.

Until next Tuesday (Dec 13th), I'll take FREE requests and try to make as many as I can until then.

I'll pick among the (eventual) requests which ones I'll do, based on the following rules:

:star: Subject Interest. The idea is funny, interesting, etc. You still have to respect the red flag list. I'd like them to be postable as well (not hardcore stuff). Please note I don't find lama gear particularly interesting. :P

:star: Difficulty. I'll only do simple stuff, so a single character (or two?), none or minimal background accessories.

:star: Clarity. Idea is clear and well presented. No walls of text. KISS it please! (Keep It Simple Stupid)

:star: Request sender. Not in the way of personal discrimination, but I would like to favor people who can't take normal commissions for one reason or another.

You can make as many requests as you want.

Write your request on this journal. I WILL NOT REPLY TO REQUESTS MADE BY NOTES.

No idea if I'll get half a dozen requests or a hundred, but let's see how that goes.

shoxxe
Made a good drive with commissions this September and I'm waiting for a few remaining projects, but I think I can work on moving the pipeline some more for this month.

So for people that are slated for OCTOBER (listed below), if you're ready with project and payment, just note me, and we'll start working on things.

:iconwarmedwolf:
:iconwindycitypuma:
:iconbogidream:
:iconzefrenchm:
:icondrdark7:
:iconk1234567890y:
:iconhellsender:

Regards
shoxxe
I moved all the colored versions of my artwork I faved over the years into a single favorite folder for easy reference.

Scores of people with oodles of talent have taken the Crayolas to my lines since I've been around, and they're all well worth a look! Plus you might find some exclusive colors where the original lines were never posted here! Ooooooh!

Check it out! (warning, 10 pages of archive binge as of August 2016 o_O)

shoxxe.deviantart.com/favourit…

Sincerely
shoxxe
Joyeuse St-Jean a tous les gens du Québec! :)
:iconfreelancemanga: is looking for some backers for his artbook project, featuring all sorts of neat supplementary stuff to his Caribbean Blue comic.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10893215/Antology/ArtbookBanner.jpg

If you have some zennies lying around, check it out, great artwork and comic across the board.

Caribbean Blue comic link:
cblue.katbox.net/comic/caribbe…

Kickstarter project link:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…
Well, another vacation that went by in the blink of an eye.

Anyways, Happy New Year to everyone out there, and best wishes for 2016.

On the commissions front, a couple of news:

:star: Commissions guidelines have been updated, though it's mostly rewording, clarifications and similar minor quibbles. You can check them out here:

shoxxe.deviantart.com/journal/…

:star: On a more major note, I'm raising background prices by +5$, mostly because that's the most time-consuming (and boring) part of the job. I might still apply a lower price if I find said background to be minor enough.

January customers my fire their projects at me whenever they're ready.

Regards
shoxxe
Closing up shop for the Holidays till early January.

Will try taking my mind off doing commissions and do somethin' for myself for a change.

Also, loafing off.

So communications may be spotty during that time as I won't feel particularly motivated do deal with business.

In any case, Happy Holidays to everyone out there, and my wishes for the best during this period.

I'll see you next year!

Sincerely
shoxxe
Unless you're living in a cave, you've heard of the recent events in Paris.

I hear we're not supposed to let the hate and fear dominate us, but honestly, F**K those guys.

And I feel we all need to a reminder that not all of us are raging, soul-sucking a**holes who think that courage is gunning down and exploding a bunch of defenseless people. :(

Here are some short uplifting stories from Cracked.com

www.cracked.com/photoplasty_80…

Sincerely
shoxxe
:iconseverflame: needs some commissions thrown his way to raise some urgent dough.

Coloring work & original artwork, good stuff, artist friendly and reliable.

If you have a bone to throw at him, please drop by his page.

Commission Info

Regular Commissions
Pencils - $20
Inks - $30
Anime Colors - $40
Soft Edge Colors- $50
Anime/Soft Edge Fusion- $60

Special Commissions
Pencils - $10
Inks - $15
Anime Colors - $20
Soft Edge Colors- $25
Anime/Soft Edge Fusion:- $30

If want me to color someone else's lineart (with their permission):
Anime Colors - $20
Soft Edge Colors - $30
Anime/Soft Edge Fusion- $40
The bad news is I've lost yet another VIP on my list, :iconhotarubaku: , who's been with me almost from the beginning. My thanks to him for the long time support!

The good news is that it frees up more slots for the rest of ya scalawags and thus a higher turnover rate. Well, slightly higher anyway with all the people lining up. o_O

So some of you may have their reservations moved ahead - check the schedule to see if that's the case.

Commission LogCurrent Status as of June 18th
Completed: 6/10
Commission Status Explanation (in order of completion)
:star: Payment Pending: Customer payment hasn't been made. No work done yet.
:star: Pending: Payment for the commission has been made. Piece awaiting it's turn on the waiting list. No work done.
:star: In progress: Work has started. Depending on customer wishes, there may be sketches, WIP (Work-in-Progress), or full completion at once.
:star: Completed: Barring minor corrections, work on this commission is finished.
:star: Canceled: No payment received, and the reservation/ticket has been canceled either by me or the customer for one reason or the other.
***CURRENT COMMISSIONS LIST***
01 :iconranneko:
Customer Status: VIP
Status: Completed
Final Title: H2O Canada 2017
Posting: Yes
02 :iconelusivellama:
Customer Status: VIP
Status: Completed
Final Title: Sandra Spring Outfit 02
Posting: Yes
03 :iconmugenkeiji:
Customer Status: VIP
Status: Payment Pending
Final Title: Undetermined
Postin


That is all.

Regards
shoxxe