So I've been planning and thinking about what I want to do for the new year. Normally, I don't do New Year goals or anything like that given how motivation can come a dime a dozen and you just fail easily just for trying to change something or do something or because things came up, whatever. It's already difficult as it is just to do anything when it comes to art as my time with it feels like an eternity just for all the prep that goes with it. Not everyone sees that prep but just the results and only the results.
Anyway, I took a break during the holidays to give myself the time to figure out what I want to do now. Doing commissions again has improved by a margin (compared to in the past barely doing any, it's a HUGE margin) and with those commissions comes not only money but also actually improving my craft. Now, I want to go a little further. As far as prices go, I will still accept points, but I would like it from those who do have the money and have PayPal accounts to start putting it into actual currency. I will be rewriting the commission widget and putting some more details about commission rules. Again, this is not to alienate anyone who likes my work, but this is to help me continue to do what I do so you can keep getting what you're already getting.
I'm not sure how goals are set up on DA in terms of setting a money goal as opposed to a points goal, but I plan on looking into getting a drawing tablet; nothing too fancy yet but something to start with and use alongside Photoshop, any other free art/drawing programs and my netbook being my main computer source. Getting a new laptop might also help, but I like the further portability of netbooks, even if the space on them is a bit lackluster despite having a chip external drive and regular external drive. For now, the tech goal is the drawing tablet. And this is why commissions are important so that there IS money going for that and also better artwork, quicker artwork (if not being done traditionally). Seeing that I don't have much in tools for mostly traditional ones and not much space at home for even a work desk to draw on. And that means: everything has to be manually set up to scan and work from there. But the point is I will have to raise the prices a bit and figure out how much from the points system. Also, I'll split image commissions by line art, color, etc. and how many characters at a time, etc. Even if it has to be $5 or over $10-$15 for each, I'm not asking for life savings. I can only suggest if any of you have money issues on how to help it.
Now if any of you have any suggestions about editing the commission's widget or other widgets to make things clear. let me know.