I should start a post for this info, but I don't want to sound self important, but after this post.... actually I love the compliments.
anyway here it is:
Starting oct 1. I am going to close the studio doors and just work on restorations. There are 6 that have been waiting well over a year to get done and I feel horrible. My plan is to figure out if there is any way to do restorations again and still make enough to pay my rent.
Here was the problem. The shop motto is nothing leaves unless it is as good as it can be: when I would give people a price, and then a bunch of stuff would come up, or stuff that wants painted just didn't match the new stuff. Almoist always I would eat 10-20 hours. If it was over that I would feel like a total dick and ask for more money but never as much as it actually cost. This is almost manageable but then you get a fireball, catacomb, or paragon, that needs to be 100% painted. when done it looks better than any nos, but it took 100-200 hours (seriously) all colors have to be double coated, and some more for the color, plus texture, or achieving no texture. anyway that happens and takes the whole month and I cant make the house payment, and it takes 5 months just to get back on my feet. Meanwhile in some cases, a person who I have never met has one of my best pieces of art for 2 dollars an hour, and I have to sell a game.
One thing that would make it possible is if I had a helper. I would gladly train and pay well someone to prep, sand clean, wrap, build crates, stuff like that. I had one for a year and it worked great, but she insisted on doing painting because she considered herself an artist, but everything she did, I had to re do, which caused her to cop an attitude, and all of the sudden she was above prep, and the whole thing fell apart. The issue was if one bad job gets out there it could ruin my name.
So the best part of my job is turning worn pf's in to perfection, and I want to get back to that. I just have to figure out how. First off people have to realize I only have one level or color, no bronze and silver. Only gold, so if you are looking for good enough, there are plenty of people who can help you. Or not, I cant. I just have to find the people who want the best and will pay for it. The thing that wrecks my day, is when I go the extra mile on something, but it comes out of my pocket. It ruins the whole process. Plus I know it is not reasonable but when I cant afford to have a game with one of my pf;s in it, let alone pay the morg, I have people spending 15k on a restoration, but want to squeeze every penny out of me.
So not to burden everyone with my sorry assed life, I just want people who care to know that I am trying to figure out a way that I can do restorations again. They bring me the most joy, fo sure!
Lastly on these compliments. Keep em coming!!! ha!!! I write down names , and I don't forget. Same as the people who ride my ass. The best people to work with are the customers who it fells like you are working together for the final product. I like to know where my pf';s end up, how they fair, if they get sold.
So If I end up at expo, and you see me, ask how the whole thing is going.