All commissions are closed henceforth. I'm only posting this to avoid any misunderstandings in the future. I meant to do this earlier, but, I doubt anyone has noticed anything...But, now, there are a few DA members who have commissioned me in the past, plus anyone new, having thoughts or plans for commissions here...
I've successfully made the transition into retirement, during 2017. There's too much personal detail to mention here, as to why now and what happened...
For viewers here, it will have only a small impact. I've already been posting mostly personal fanart since Sept. 2017, and this will continue. There's no set posting times, just whenever I have the time for artwork, mostly revised older works. There's still a large archive of old stuff available.
I'm finding revising existing works in my archive are much easier to do, than starting from scratch, plus having clients who might have slightly, to largely different ideas on a commission. Even non commissioned works are harder to start.
One big advantage, is I'm no longer restricted by financial needs, and, part of the pressure was to expand into other media, such as Patreon, Instagram, Tumblr, or Facebook. I was never much of a salesman (I never did get a facebook page, and never will), so that burden is lifted there as well.
So, what you see here now, is pure "hobby", which is what many retirees do anyway!
Except, I had a 40 year head start!
There is one exception in commissions.
John F. Carr (Pequod Press, and Sci-Fi Author). John and I go back since 2000, and many years prior in our careers.
We've gone through much together. We're seeing the demise of book publishing (Sci-Fi), beginning with the mid-list collapse, starting around 1990. Then, the Kindle "craze" of desktop E-book publishing, that peaked (for me) around 2010. I got a large number of commissions from authors then. Most were publishing their first books, after a lifetime of working "day jobs". There were some very talented authors there...
John and I discussed this trend then. We're seeing what we predicted then, that's happening right now. E-books are now over-saturated, and paying less and less (this is from John's author viewpoint), and, there are few readers in the upcoming generations now. In other words, the writing was on the wall (no pun intended)...
I won't be getting involved with future trends. I know anime, superheros, and games are still popular, and will continue to be. There is a place for up-and-coming artists today! I'm just not in the position to give advice, or care about what sells, or popularity, anymore.
I was basically a story illustrator. That's my training (BFA, Art Center, 1982) The work, and stories are here to see.
I just happened to love anime as well as Sci-Fi, and do fanart, beginning in 2000. That fact keeps me here, as it still gets most of the attention (the girl subjects have something to do with it, I'm sure).
So this is a positive transition! I can say, most all the non-commissioned posts come effortlessly! I just can't guarantee I'll do this art regularly. It's one day at a time for me. That's been the case for 35 professional years.
The only personal thing I'll say, in closing, is the change has nothing to do with health issues.