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I'm posting this here and sending it out to everyone that's on the notification list.

I have started thinking more seriously about the limited amount of time that I have between now and baby's arrival sometime on, before or after July 19.

I know this will be a big disappointment to some people. I know that some of you have waited literally years to get onto the list. I'm very sorry to disappoint you; letting people down is one thing I really, really dislike doing. ; ~ ;

However, I have booked myself for enough work to keep a non-pregnant, 100% capacity Sakky busy for the next 15 weeks. I know that as my pregnancy progresses there's a chance I will face some currently unforeseeable circumstances which might limit my ability and/or desire to work.

When I really started thinking about the amount of work I've already committed to between now and then, I began to slowly realize that opening plush commissions at this time would be irresponsible to myself, the baby, and my potential commissioners.

I am sorry that I moved ahead with quotes before making this decision, however I want you to know that when I reopen after my maternity leave, I will still be honoring those quotes.  At this time it's hard for me to say when that will be, but I suspect at the earliest it will be towards the end of the year. Please stay on the notification list if you would like to receive updates. To add yourself to the list, just fill out this form.

Thanks for your continued support! Your interest in my art has made the last year and a half one of the most rewarding times of my life as an artist. I hope I will have your continued support and patronage when I return to commissions again. :heart:
AB is over and it was FANFREAKINTASTIC :la:

Big, HUGE thanks to everyone who came by the table and came to my four (?!) panels!! It was a crazy busy weekend (with no caffeine ahhhh) and I had an excellent time.  Super huge thanks to Itsu-de-Mo and SleyTheDent for their irreplaceable help at the table. :heart: AB never ceases to amaze me. Looking forward to next con in June in Portland, ME! Last con before baby. :3

Meanwhile, store has been updated with all the con left overs so check it out. Lots of CUTE things still available! ^___^



Gotta get going on plushies again (next up is a giant ESM, then the AB plush and then one more). After those are done, I will be reopening. I still have some quotes to send out so if you're still waiting on that, hang tight. It's looking like it's going to be an April opening after all. Sorry for the delay!

I previously said there would be around 10 slots but it's looking more like 4 or 5 at this point. I am being contracted for some long term illustration work and I don't want to over burden myself in the last half of the pregnancy. Stay tuned to the email notifications for updates if you want to snag a plush slot!!
Driving up to Manchester, NH for the one day QCK at the high school there. :happybounce: Looking forward to seeing some local friends and selling you all my fabulous dango. :la:

Stop by my table Sakky's Plush N Stuff for a raffle ticket to win a some prizes! Also, check the con bag for a coupon for my shop! :D :D Weeeee~~!
Hi everyone. I'm posting this from my phone. Right now I'm having trouble accessing my account. I'm not sure why but I am only able to access my account on my phone with the wifi turned off. There seems to be some kind of trouble with my IP address. Anyway, it's really hard to use deviantART on the phone so there's going to be a delay in my reply to messages and notes. For those of you who are waiting for plush quotes I will get back to you as soon as I can. I really hope this can be sorted out quickly. :<

EDIT: Currently logged in through TOR which is better than nothing until I figure out why this is happening.

EDIT 2: So although I can access this account, I can't edit old submissions like art and my commissions lists, and I can't submit. Will catch up on everything when this is settled.

EDIT 3: After using a proxy to access the account for a few days I was finally able to log back in today (with no help from the Help Desk, I might add :<) Hopefully that's the end of THAT. :grump:
I am very close to finishing the list of plush adoptions that I opened in fall of 2012 when I was laid off from my full time job. First, I'd like to say thank you so much to everyone that commissioned me in the last year or so! It's been a dream to do art full time and it's been a really exciting and rewarding year focusing on commissions and conventions.

Though this coming year is going to be a bit of a slower pace for me once Baby Forde arrives, I will still be opening a limited number of plush adoptions in the upcoming months to fill my time between now and July.  Starting with arrival of baby, I will be on maternity leave from most art, likely for a few weeks but possibly a few months (I haven't done this before, so I have no idea what it will be like! ^__^).  

Those who are on the Notification List have heard from me about plush quotes. I do the quote process in advance of opening so that you know what kind of financial commitment your plush will be. You can get quotes on more than one plush during this process. If you didn't get on the notification list before the quote email went out, just join the notification list now and send me a note so I can give you a quote before I open.

There are likely to be only 10-15 openings in this round and will be filled first come, first serve via an online form. Depending on the level of interest, the slots may fill very quickly. People on the notification list will be receiving advanced information about the date and time of the form opening. I may reserve a few slots to fill at Anime Boston.

For 2014, the base price for plush are:
:bulletblack: Small Plush (7-8") start at $95
:bulletblack: Large Plush (16-18") start at $175

These are base prices which do not include character specific details like hair style and clothing. Every character will be a difference price and even the same character could have a range of price options based on the details we choose to put in. When you get a quote, there will be a detailed breakdown for each segment of the character. I work with craft velour or dollskin bodies and felt for the outfit and hair. If you choose to have upgraded fabric options, there will be an additional cost for the materials.

Additionally, I am increasing my non-refundable deposit amount from $20 to $40. This is the deposit that you make when your plush moves from the Ordered Wait List to the On Deck list and it is applied to the balance that you owe. (For example: if your plush costs $150 in total, you would make a $40 deposit to move to On Deck. When it's time to start your plush, you would owe a balance of $110.)

You can get additional information about plush adoptions from my Sakky's Plush Adoptions Page.

If you have any questions about plush adoptions or the process, please let me know in the comments! Thank you all once again so very much for allowing me to make art for you. It's been a great pleasure and I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunities I've had in the last year. :heart:
Anime Boston just announced that VAs Linda Ballantyne (one of the English Sailor Moon actresses) and Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask) will be at AB 2014. They also will have director John Stocker.

:iconusagilaplz:

Official announcement here.

I'm so proud of you AB. You really did it! :D I hope the panels get approved and we can have a REALLY MOONIE 2014!! :D
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SLOTS ARE ALL FILLED. Thanks! :D Will reopen when I catch up for all general drawing commissions.

These are colored pencil drawings and prices include shipping of the original art to all locations in the US and Canada.
Other international destinations will be an additional $8 for shipping for full drawings and $5 for chibi.

Full Body, Full Color Sailor Senshi Commissions - $40
red heart bullet  Sakura-Chirari Sterling Sailor Hematite (paid)
red heart bullet  TheAnomally
red heart bullet  Stephanie-Chivas
red heart bullet  iRexosaur

Chibi Sailor Senshi Commissions - $15 - CLOSED
red heart bullet Cheddar99043 (paid)
red heart bullet mucai (paid)
red heart bullet mucai (paid)
red heart bullet mucai (paid)
red heart bullet mucai (paid)

Examples:
Sailor Apollyon by sakkysaSailor Ryall by sakkysaPhaeton by sakkysaSailor Archangel by sakkysa
Dark Cygnus Chibi by sakkysaSailor Ratri Chibi by sakkysaRabbit Hearted Girl by sakkysa

Thanks guys!  red heart bullet 
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Today is one year since I officially became a full time artist! HAPPY DAY! Lots of things to celebrate! HUGE SUCCESS!

AAC was this past weekend and it was my last convention of 2013. I did very well at the con and got to see lots of old friends and meet lots of new ones. 2013 was a crazy year with 10 conventions for me, but I learned A LOT and I am eager to get started on my plans for 2014.  I will be definitely doing less cons next year. I feel like my commission work really fell behind because I spent pretty much April-Aug preparing for con after con.  Next year I hope to have more of a balance!

My StoreEnvy has been updated! with all kinds of plush and bows left over from the cons! I have not yet sold anything through the site so if you decide to give it a go, please give me some feedback on the experience. :D

I'm excited to announce I've been accepted into Anime Boston's Art Alley Pro Row! :D This means that I will have a prime location and an 8' table in March. Super excited about this!! It's a big step for me and I appreciate the friends who encouraged me to dive in!

Right now I'm in the process of planning my 2014 calendar, but the cons I'm considering are: Queen City Kamikaze (confirmed), Anime Boston (confirmed), Anime Central, AnimeNEXT, PortConMaine, Another Anime Con, Otakon and Youmacon.

Now that I'm done with Japan and done with cons for the year, I am going to get back to the commission wait lists. I am hopeful to be open for plush commissions by the spring at the latest. Please be sure you are on my notification list if you want first dibs on spots when they become available!  I hope to open drawing commissions before the end of November, I just have a few things with which I need to catch up.

That's all for now. Hopefully, I will be better with keeping up with messages, being a better watcher, and posting more art in the next few weeks. ^____^ Super looking forward to a few months with no cons!! WEE!!!
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I went to Japan. I saw the Sailor Moon musical. You can see it, too!



Props to Miss Dream; they had this thing subbed and online before I even set foot back in the USA.

:')

Con prep for AAC in full swing. MAKE ALL THE THINGS. :la:
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I opened a Storenvy for excess con inventory! I have no idea if you can buy things from it because I've never set one up before! ヽ(●゚´Д`゚●)ノ゚  Hopefully it works! If you try and run into trouble, please let me know.  (シ_ _)シ



From now on I will be posting already made left overs there for sale. In the future, I might add the emotatama/dango/moshi as custom order items with face/color options.

Started redesigning my card for 2014. I wanted more chibi since I'm doing that a lot now. I needed up update my username for dA. Also, I hope :icondark-lovette: will be okay with Eris being on my card because I basically adore that drawing to little pieces. :heart: It's pretty... busy? But I'm kind of busy, so maybe it's okay?  I am not a graphic designer lol.

Newcardidea by sakkysa




I go to Japan in 9 days. CRAZY. ~♥
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Please visit me in the Artist Alley, Table W07!! :D

MAP

WOOOOO! :party:
We can use user-submitted emoticons in comments now. Excuse my while I reply to my own journal with the best comment ever.

Edit: awww yeah.... I AM SO EXCITED. >_>

Apparently there is a limit to how many you can use in one comment because I tried to use ALL OF THE SAILORMOON LAs and it said it thought it was spam. Oh, sorry deviantART, I can't spam my OWN journal?! :P


Korra 2.0 Plush is sold! This is the plush I made for I'm The Art Show! Deal With It! which was an exhibition of fan and creator made Korra art in LA this past spring. She is hand made from felt and about 8" tall. She comes with a stand.

Starting bid was $75 which includes shipping in the US. There will be a small fee for international shipping. I took offers on her until  Saturday, July 13. If you win, you can defer payment til the end of the month. I can also do payment plans.

Thank you! :heart:

Winning Bid: :iconfreespirit81: $95

PortConMaine, Japan

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 9:23 AM
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I will be at PortCon this weekend!! Lucky to have gotten a half table, super excited!! Come visit me in the back of the room! ^____^ MAP

I am going to Japan in September to see the new Sailor Moon musical with :iconsongofamazon: My excited is so big there is not icon to fully express it.

I am bringing an entire suitcase empty just to fill up with things to bring home. >_>

So, yes, PortCon this weekend, family stuff next two weekends, then I should have some time to catch up on commissions/raffle winners. Hopefully will be back to streaming more regularly during the weekdays. By the time I'm caught up on all that, it should be time to start prep for Otakon and Saikoucon in August.  I will be in Japan for most of Sept (9th-23rd), and then I have Another Anime Con in October.  I guess that means I should maybe be able to open commissions again in November?

Go go go!!! Gooooo!!!!!!




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AnimeNEXT is NEXT! WOO!

Tue May 28, 2013, 9:02 AM
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Big huge thanks to all the awesome people I met/got to see again at Anime Central and Anime Boston! One last con in my crazy short run and that's AnimeNEXT in Somerset, NJ next weekend. Fortunately that means I have one weekend to restock after you awesome people bought all my stuff :hug:

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT PEOPLE WHO COMMISSIONED ME AT CON: I will not be able to start your commissions until after I am done with AnimeNEXT, but you can see your info and the status of your commissions on my Drawing Commissions Info Page. And if you have ANY questions between now and then, please feel free to message me here or send me an email.

I am going to be a VERY busy person when I get back from AN. So much to do!!! :happybounce:  Sorry to the artists I watch because I have not been a very good watcher lately and won't be for a little while, orz.

Speaking of AN, their Letter of Intent was apparently worded weirdly because a ton of artists were accidentally listed with their REAL names instead of their studio names. Since I'm not the only one who apparently made this mistake, I'm going to assume the form wasn't particularly clear.

I am listed as SARAH FORDE on the Art Alley map. waaaaaaaa~~ I hope people come see me anyway ;P  Here's the map!



There might be some other artists that I know but I don't know it's them because the names are wrong ; ~ ;

ANYWAY, BACK TO MAKING THINGS SO YAY I'M STILL ALIVE!! :la:




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This is me, right now.

Tue May 14, 2013, 6:26 AM
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Please accept my advance apologies for my inability to effectually have time to relate to people or do anything well for the next ~4 weeks.



MEANWHILE SEE YOU AT ACEN AHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA WIN A PLUSHIE AHAHAHHAAHHHAaAAA






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I run a panel on How to Take Commissions for artists at conventions and I'm looking to get a little more input from the people who actually pay artists to make work! ^__^ If you occasionally or regularly commission artists to make things for you, please take a few moments to fill out my survey:

Survey Link!



I appreciate your feedback and your opinions will help me develop more content for the panel which will hopefully make artists more aware of how it feels to be on the other end of the transaction.

Thanks for your time! :thanks:

I'm currently crazy in con prep for Anime Central, Anime Boston, and AnimeNEXT. Can't wait to see and meet everyone!! :D

Also, PS! I'm doing a points drive on my profile page to make :iconthesailorwars: into a super group again so we can get started. Please donate if you can/have any spare points! :heart:




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I really want to draw Sailor Senshi! >w< So I did a free art giveaway!! YAY! :party:

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. Please subscribe to my journals for any future giveaways :heart:

Wow! So many senshi! Thank you guys all so much for your interest, and for sharing your characters with me. ^____^  I went through ALL of the messages and looked at every character! I narrowed it down to about 10 designs that I like and want to draw and then randomly selected one from the bunch.  I am drawing her on LiveStream tonight: www.livestream.com/sakkyart Come by and see! ^ 0 ^

AND THE WINNER IS:
Sailor Eris Chibi by Dark-Lovette

If you didn't win this giveaway you can still take advantage of your participation by getting $10 off a full body commission of your sailor senshi until the end of April! Just include a link to your comment with your note to me.  This offer is good for Sailor Moon fan characters only, but it doesn't have to be the character that you linked in your entry.

Get all the details on my drawing commissions page!

Sakky's Drawing Commissions - CLOSEDPLUSH ADOPTIONS | ITEM COMMISSIONS | REFERENCE SHEETS
Please visit the Commission Hub for policies & payment info.
TRADITIONAL DRAWING PRICES

:bulletblue: Full body - $40 (additional characters $25 ea)
:bulletblue: 3/4 body - $25 (additional characters $15 ea)
:bulletblue: Chibi - $15 (additional characters $10 ea)
:bulletblue: "Sailor Legs" - $20 (includes 2 characters from the waist down)
(fan senshi and any other characters are okay for legs commissions, too!)
:bulletblack: Inked lineart, full body - $18
:bulletgreen: Add a simple background element like a gradient or symbol $5 (more complex backgrounds are negotiable)
:bulletgreen: Add real cut and paste onto scrapbooking paper $10
These are base prices subject to character complexity. I am also available for digital art; please contact me for rates if you


Hope everyone has a great weekend! :icononiskiplz:




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March is over and I have survived! :la: Sakuracon and LA were both really fun. :meow:

Time to get back to work! Should be back on LiveStream more regularly on weekday afternoons. As always, I will post to Facebook and Twitter, but only on DA during the weekends.

I'm on right now though, doing some chibi drawings from Sakuracon.

It's SO nice to be home. :heart:

P.S. jurithedreamer has the cutest baby omg.
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There are 31 days in March.

I am traveling for 18 of them.  :icondignitylaughplz:

No, really - this is going to be a CRAZY month. I have a ski trip (fun!) during which I need to make 40-50 small plushies for Sakuracon at the end of the month.

YAY SAKURACON! I will be there!! There is going to be a raffle to win a plush head of any character.  THIS IS GREAT.  I will tell you more about where I will be if and when I find out.

But after I get back from my ski trip and BEFORE I go to Seattle, I am going to Los Angeles because....

MY KORRA PLUSH IS IN A SHOW IN LA!  :iconhappytearsplz:



I am seriously so excited about this, and I cannot wait to go. The show is at the PixelDrip Gallery.  They have a Facebook page for the opening which is on March 23rd at 11AM.  If you live in or around LA you should TOTALLY come because there's some AMAZING work that's going to be in this show. Plus, I'm sure they will have food. These sort of things always have food.

MY PLUSH IS IN AN ART SHOW. WAAAAAAA~~~

And somewhere in there... somewhere between all the east/west/mountain time zone changes... I need to make all the other stuff I need to make for Sakuracon. :iconherotimeplz:

NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG. I just won't have time for it. Commissions are closed 'til further notice. If you have something active with me, there might be delays, though I'm trying to get everything done before I leave on the first trip.  

:iconcconfusedplz:  GO GO SAKKY GO.




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