I'm at a bit of a crossroads.
Let me give a little bit of explanation here.
I've done a fair amount of professional comic work. It's almost entirely by accident, which I realize is kind of a blessed situation, but happily, the one constant in my life as a "professional" has been a weird character I happened upon many moons ago: Gogo.
Which is awesome. I cannot lie. Gogo and the whole "Bomango" canon (such as it is) has been my sushi perfection (see: Jiro) for many these past years. I don't want to change the world; I just want to make a delicious dish. Some might see this as an obsession, some might see it as a sickness, even, others might not even care (why are you reading this, then? The world is on FIRE! Put your passions to that!) But for my part, I have come to terms with the idea that I'm a cook whose entree has attracted a few aesthetic stomachs. There are more and better artists out there with haute cuisine
, but this sushi needs development.
Here is my life: I work 40-60 hours a week doing a job that I do not like. I work in a warehouse lugging groceries. This is a job that nobody likes, but a job that you eventually come to grips with and can retire on with moderate comfort. On the plus side, it keeps me in shape to do a physical job. I'm lucky to have such security. It gave me an apartment, a car, and what every job ought to: a means to keep going.
But here's the thing: i hate it. I'm never happier than I am on weekends or in the short time between shifts when I can just draw. I use all my sick days and call-ins to get back home to write and draw. (Well, I used one or two to go up north and swim/fish with the family this summer...worth it!) Certainly, my main focus is making stories and silly comics about Gogo and Andy and what-have-you. But I'm also obligated to work to clients and also commissioners. In between these things, I keep myself afloat artistically by trying to advance my own works. But there is only so much time in the week, and while I love and appreciate every ounce of support I've gotten here on deviantart--seriously, it's been a deciding factor between comics and just cashing in and being a working stiff--I'm genuinely at a place right now where I need to make room for doing what I love and what I'm good at. I want to make this sushi great, but I simply can't afford it.
This sounds like a sob story. My life is actually okay, don't worry.
If you've read this far, the cut of my jib here is exploring ways to keep me here, in front of my desk, and drawing. That means time to do commissions, time to work on making Bomango the delicious sushi it ought to be, just generally time to do all the art I want to/need to do.
I've done a lot for free, and by no means do i wish to hold myself back just for the sake of money. Times are hard for everyone, I understand that as well as anybody, but as I sit here on the cusp of launching a new website home for a new iteration of Bomango as well as trimming back the hours I work lugging boxes of food, I just want to get a feel for the possible options ahead. If I started a Patreon account, for example, would anyone wish to donate?
I'm simply in need of making time to work on what I really love to do. I just want to know what I can do apart from commissions to keep myself here, at my desk, and doing what i love to do more often.