About a year ago, while sketching Fluttershy on the train home from work, I had a serendipitous meeting with the head of the Everfree NW charity auction. He liked the sketch I was working on and offered me a spot on the silent auction if I wanted to donate a print - with the con taking care of the actual 'printing' part - so I decided to pitch in a signed print of the piece above. It's still one of my favorite pieces. So later I made some high-res copies in a trio of formats (.psd, .tif, & .png) and sent them over to their charity office to be printed.
When I got to the con a few months later, though, the piece wasn't there. The staff cited technical problems. They couldn't open any of the files, and all
their attempts to contact me apparently vanished into the ether, not even showing up in my spam filter. The whole story seemed really fishy to me. I would've pushed the matter further but I didn't want to cause a disturbance or anything. After the con, I sent the same links to a handful of friends, and they were all able to open all 3 of the files without issue.
It was really discouraging, and I think it's one of the main reasons I haven't put out very many pieces lately. I just can't draw with the same energy and enthusiasm I had before. And lately when I look at old drawings of mine, or new works from artists I admire, I just feel disappointed with myself.
Now EFNW is asking the public for donations for 2014's charity auction. I want to offer what I can to help the Seattle Children's Hospital. I wanted to last year, too. At the same time, though, I'm still
bummed about what happened with last year's donation. Tonight, nine months after the fact. And I don't really have any new drawings with canon characters I'd want to donate anyway, unless I can whip something up fast before the deadline. I'm not sure I want to bother.
There was supposed to be a question somewhere in this post. Probably more than one. I don't really know what I wanted to ask any more. Maybe I just needed to vent.