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L. "Mongrel Marie" Krecic
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States


To go full-time or not?

Thu Oct 30, 2014, 10:29 PM

Okay guys, we're going to talk some straight poop here.

As some of you may know, I am a web programmer and database manager.  I've been working at the same job for 10 years.  Unfortunately, in the last few years of my job, things have become extremely stressful.  So much so that my hair is falling out, I'm always sick, and I'm often wracked with anxiety headaches.  I'm not going to go into all of the specifics as to why things have gotten the way they have, but a lot of it comes down to being treated very negatively for things that are outside of my control.

My original plan was to quit my job and try to pursue my dream and become a full-time artist.  My husband and I discussed this and he promised to support me for a year while I try to see if I could make it.  Well, about three weeks before I planned on giving my two week notice, he was laid-off out of the blue and he has been unemployed for the last 5 months despite applying for countless jobs.

I have become such a nervous wreck that it's not unusual for me to spend a good part of my day just shaking uncontrollably.  I don't think I can stand it any longer.  This has put a strain on both my marriage, and my happiness in life.

I even planned on getting another page of Catfight done tonight, but then I got another rude email from work and everything just all came crashing down again.

I have considered finding a new job in programming, but I am so amazingly burnt out, that I don't think I could stand another job in that industry for a while.

So, my question is this: I know that the number of commissions I get are iffy -- sometimes I get a lot, and sometimes I don't -- it's not a reliable source of income.  I don't know how many people are interested in commissions, but I'd like to get an idea of what kind of interest there is for the next month or two.

Also, I would like to ask if anyone would be interested in supporting me via Patreon, and try to see if that is a viable option?  Patreon is nice in that you can chose what you want to pay -- whether it's $1 a month or more.  If I quit my job and do artwork full-time, then you can bet I'll be getting more comics done.  More Gai and Hani comics?  Hentai?  Original works?  Fanfics?  Tutorial Videos?  Livestreams?  Google Hangouts?  Recorded artwork critiques? Anything.  My life would surround art and writing.  I would finally have the time an energy to get all of those things done.

I'm not trying to beg for money, I'm just trying to get an of what kind of support might be out there.

I don't think I tell all of you this enough, but I love you guys.  All of you bring me a great deal of happiness every day.  I read each of your comments and each "Like" or favorite puts a smile on my face.  I have made a lot of friends through my artwork and I cherish you all very much.

Thank you,

-- Mongrel


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womanTENSAIinathens Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
thank you for the llama!
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fuckettai Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I gotta say, I love your Naruto OC!  She's so cuuuute and I love that picture you made of her wearing that shirt that says "I'd rather be a mary sue than a plain jane"  It really says something! :love:
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NyQuilDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
It was great fun meeting you at Planet Comicon! I'll have to poke through your work here and your other sites-- you are incredibly talented!
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Arciah Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! Did we meet at Planet Comicon?
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Zgirl259 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I'm not sure if you like Naruto anymore, but you should see chapter 668...
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