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Just wanted to give you all a quick update.
First of all, the stream was a success and I was able to raise just shy of $200 (after PayPal fees). That’s nearly double what I was expecting! Thank you so much everyone. It’s not all of it but it puts us in a much better position.
As of right now, commissions are closed. If you have already paid me, you’ll be getting your image soon (more ok that in a moment). If you were interested in a commission but didn’t get payment, I’m sorry but I won’t have time for anything else right now. I might do something Labor Day weekend, but we will see. If I do, the prices won’t be quite as low as they were for this but there will be a limited number of spots and I will also be offering larger commissions.
So, a status update on the avatars. I am nearly done. All of them are drawn (I’ll send out the BW ones tonight). All the cel shading ones are colored and some have the shading. I will do the rest of the colored ones tonight and will have them out (I think) tomorrow. I’ll finish up the rest of the cel shading then and will have them out by the end of the week. I’ll post another update if something comes up.
I do apologize for the delay, I was not expecting this response. As those who attended the stream know, I didn’t even have time to finish all the drawings, let alone start coloring them.
1 week ago
Tomorrow is the stream! f you’ve already sent me an inquiry, you should have received an email from me with information. If I did not have your email, I responded on the site you sent me the inquiry.
If you have asked for a commission but did not get an email, please reach out to me right away so I can make sure we are good to go.
If you haven’t asked for one yet, now is a great time to do so. Send me a message here, on Twitter or on Rooster Teeth and I’ll have the email out to you right away.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I think its going to be a blast and, if all goes well, I might do another one again soon.
Thank you guys all for your concern and help. It means so much to us. I’ve got some awesome friends here and I love you all.
1 week ago
Art Stream 8/22/2015 - 10:00 AM PST - Avatar Commissions and more
As you may have read, we recently had to put down our cat, Shrapnel. We are devastated but we are moving on. And, as is oddly common with the death of a pet, it came with a fairly substantial vet bill. Final cost was just under $1k. My wife has pointed out the bizarre irony of paying so much for someone to ultimately kill your pet.
While my parents, who have always been generous, are assisting somewhat, this bill has made a rather large dent in our finances at a time that we are trying to save as much as we can. So, to try and supplement as much as we can, I will be doing a commission stream this weekend.
So here if a quick FAQ.
Where will you be streaming? : http://www.twitch.tv/therogzilla
When?: Saturday, 8/22/2015. I will be starting around 10:00 AM PST (I’ll also be posting on Twitter when I start). I do not currently have an end time and am planning to go as long as I can (might take a break from time to time).
What will we be able to commission?: Potentially anything, I’m planning to do black and white bust commissions (perfect for social media avatars) for $5 a pop. If there is interest in something more complicated, I can do that as well. Here are some samples:
What is your goal? : In a perfect world, $500, although I consider that exceptionally unlikely. I’d be happy if I raised even $100.
How do we commission you? Send me a message on whatever social media platform you follow me on. Include details of what you want, a photo reference if available and other contact information. I’ll do as many as I can as I stream. If I don’t get to you during the stream, don’t worry, it will be done. You can also commission me during the stream if I have availability.
How do we pay you? I have a PayPal. I’ll send an email to whoever’s piece I’m working on to let them know I’ve started and to please send payment. If I don’t get to your request until after the stream, I’ll send you notification when it is completed.
That’s it for now. If you have any other questions, please drop them in my ask box. If you are unable to commission, please at least stop by the stream and say “Hi.”
2 weeks ago
My wife and I first moved in together in 2008. Although I already had a cat, General Zod, Nyssa wanted to get one of her own. She grew up cats but her step dad was allergic so she hadn’t be able to have one for some time.
She knew exactly what she wanted, a calico cat. For sometime, she had the great idea to name the cat Shrapnel, which seemed appropriate for that breed. We found a cat adoption going on and I dropped her off while I took car of an errand.
When I arrived, I found her holding this small, long haired kitten. It wasn’t calico but black. Although there were calico there, she felt bad for the black cat. Due to the superstitions around them, they were harder to adopt. In fact, we were warned to not let him be an outside cat, especially around Halloween. He was even significantly less expensive. So we signed the paperwork and brought home our Shrapnel, who we also affectionately called baby cat.
The name, however, seemed appropriate. Unlike Zod, who was declawed prior to my learning what was actually typically involved in the procedure, Shrapnel had all his claws and he used them. He would tear up anything and everything, making short work of whatever he could. He was also, frankly, kind of a dick. He didn’t like visitors and often hid. If he was approached, he would his and scratch at them.
To Nyssa and myself, he was a sweetheart. He slept with us, curled up on our pillows by our heads. He would play hard and purr so loud you could hear it in the other side of the house.
As he got older, we were eventual able to calm him down, mostly with the help of a pheromone collar. He would eventually wander through the house while we had company, and even allow himself to be petted.
Two days ago, he started acting weird. He was tense and I notice that he was slowly leaking urine. At first, we dismissed it as nothing. But as we noticed him hiding more and not coming out to play or get loves, we began to suspect something was amiss.
We called a nearby vet on Friday morning, us currently between vets for our cats. They advised we should bring him in right away. It took some figuring out but I was able to bring him in at 3 that afternoon. After a brief exam, the doctor said his bladder was the size of a tennis ball and rock hard. He had a partial obstruction and could pee properly. The would need to do a surgery, flushing out whatever was blocking his urethrae.
When we received an update, we learned that the surgery had taken twice as long as thought and the doctor hadn’t been able to fully get the blockage cleared. Even getting a catheter in had proved difficult. But Shrapnel was awake and he would come in to check on him in the morning, then again in the afternoon, when he believed he would be able to discharge him. He warned though, that if Shrapnel was not able to urinate properly, there would need to be another surgery, that would involve removing his penis and attaching the urethrae to his stomach. This would have put him in constant pain whenever he peed, required us to constantly trim the hair there and he would likely have to constantly fight off infection.
Upon hearing this news, my wife and I had a discussion and agreed that we did not want to put him through that. It would suck to do and we hoped it would not be the case, but we prepared for the worse.
At 2:10 PM today, we receive a call from the vet. He had checked on Shrapnel this morning and removed the catheter. This had proven difficult as Shrapnel had a congenital disorder where his urethrae was shaped like a J. What’s worsen, he wasn’t peeing and his bladder was 3/4 full. When the doctor returned in the afternoon, he hadn’t improved and he discovered that there was a mechanical obstruction. Some sort of piece of skin was blocking the pathway. He was going to try one last thing, to put the cat under anesthetic and try to manually pump the bladder to break the seal. He wanted us to come see him first though, just in case.
We headed out, our 22 month old Xander in tow. When we saw Shrapnel, he was purring the way he always did when we gave him pats. Xander was so good and although we never said what was happening, he understood.
The doctor was not able to break the seal. There was nothing we could. So my wife went back to be with him while it happened. Shrapnel was asleep and passed peacefully. And the last time we saw him, he was happy.
Shrapnel was a good cat. He could be a total asshole at times, but generally loving. He gave us several years of love and we gave him the best life we could. As a black cat, who knows what could have happened to him. I am sad that he is gone now and I miss him terribly. I’m doing what I can for my wife, for he was her cat. In the years since she first entered my life, Zod has warmed up to her but it isn’t the same.
Goodbye Shrapnel. We will always love you.
2 weeks ago
If you follow me on Twitter, you might know about our cat, Shrapnel. He's in the hospital right now, recovering from a surgery to treat a blockage in his urethra. Although the vet tried to be positive, it is not looking too good. He may need another surgery which would cost $1500 and would be painful for the rest of his life. So we will probably have to put him down. We won't know until tomorrow afternoon.
As of right now, it's already $850. My folks, who are always awesome, said they will send us a check for a portion of it. But we are going to need to cover the rest.
I don't know exactly when yet, but someone in the near future, I'll be doing a stream on twitch. During this stream, I'll be doing a series of commissions. The plan is to keep these quick and low cost so I can get a high volume done. I'm thinking black and white bust sketches, great for avatars. (For example @burnie 's avatar.
Anything you guys can do to help, either commission, come watch or just get the word out, I will be so grateful.
Thanks guys. Details will come soon.
I am Roger and I am an artist. I love sketching and doing concept art/character design. I hope to make a career of it.
I don't have a lot of free time at the moment, between being a father, a husband and working on my art (having a full time day job to support my family). When I get the chance, I love movies, hiking, playing games (video, DnD and others) and reading.
What else...I'm a pretty easy going guy, quick to laugh. I'm pretty open to friend requests. But if you're shy, feel free to follow me here, on Twitter or on Tumblr (therogzilla.tumblr.com).
Artwork for my own, original characters.
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Random art that I felt like sharing!
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