Hey everyone, sorry for being away for a bit there. I’ve been so busy running around I haven’t had much time to catch up on tumblr. I’d like to take another moment to explain that the GoFundMe project is still going and strong I might add! We’re nearly 1/3 of the way there which is astounding!!!
Some of you might have missed the update, so I’ll give a small review on what’s going on.
I’m looking to purchase a new desk, arm mount, and a 22HD Cintiq to work around my chronic illness so that even on my “sick days” I can still work in comfort and keep going.
What does this mean for all of you, my followers?
It means I’ll be actively drawing again. I suffer from RA and do not have health coverage to get the stable treatment I desperately need and medications to help ease my severe joint pain and side effects like chronic fatigue. In warmer weather I have a little better control on it. But now that winter is setting in where I live, North Dakota USA, I’m having a lot of trouble getting around. My joints flare up twice their size and make it nearly impossible for me to sit at my computer for any length of time. Let alone do any artwork on or off the computer…
With the new Cintiq set up I’ll be able to rotate my drawing position however I like. On good days I can sit up right and draw with ease at my computer. Bad days I’ll have to kick back, not put so much pressure on my back and hips, but I’ll be able to bring the drawing screen right to my lap and continue to draw even if I’m not feeling particularly strong that day.
This means I will be updating my Clover Coin shop with more buttons, new prints, and various artworks and merchandise. This means I will be taking commissions again to support myself and my family. Of course updating all of my art blogs as well, especially Cafe Delights! There is so much more to tell about my ponies and I’ve been itching to let you guys in on their lives. This means I will not go insane and lose the only thing that has kept me going over the past 5 years as this illness has eaten away at myself. Art is one of the anchors I have left that’s keeping me going.
Why not just fix the illness?
We’re actually working on this as we speak. Right now we’re in the waiting period of Affordable Care Act to come into effect with health insurance to help get one foot in the door to get properly tested and get the correct medications and treatment for my illness(es?). Several doctors have told me there is a lot more complications going on but without insurance they can’t look into further because I can’t afford it. So for the past few years I’ve had to grin and bare it.
My life has been in a dead stand still thanks to my illness. I don’t want to sit around on my hands any more, I want to work more than anything. I want to practice my skills. I want to get out there. I can do that with artwork and work from the comfort of my own home. Because I can’t treat my illness at this time doesn’t mean I can wait around. Just because I’m stuck doesn’t mean the bills don’t keep coming. I need to be working and earning an income to cover bills, rent, pets, and my basic medications. If I can get back to doing artwork again I can support myself and even afford to help my family. My mother took me so I could help her pay for her mortgage - she’s had several surgeries in the past 6 months that have made it exceptionally harder for her to work and keep up with payments. So I’m here to help her out financially while she gives me a place to live. So no, I can’t ask my family for help when I’m the one already helping them.
I’ve been working hard to get a Cintiq for years now. But things always come up, random uninsured doctor visits, emergency vet bills, all things I personally took care of but it did eat up all my savings for the new work station. This is why I’m asking for help. I’m asking for your help. Even if you can’t donate you can help out so much by spreading the word, reblogging, tweeting, facebooking, DA/FA… There’s so much you can do!
And don’t think I’m taking you guys for granted. There are a few donation packages listed on the Gofundme page all hand made by me as a thank you for supporting me in my time of need. Straight from my Clover Coin Shop!
If you prefer to pay through paypal, please use the donate button on my website: CloverCoin.com
With this equipment I’m sure I’ll have lots of MLP:FIM artwork and goods drawn up just in time for BronyCon 2014 too which is insanely exciting to think about!
Thank you for reading and your continuing support. I couldn’t have made it this far without you guys. I hope there will be more updates in the future to this blog!