• Charity Stream for Fandom Artist Viwrastupr (and Beyond!)

    UPDATE (11:00 PM PDT, Friday): the fundraiser has surpassed $3,400, with plenty more donations on the way! How much further can we go?

    Some of the better-known artists from around the fandom are joining forces to help one of their own for a 24-hour fundraising art stream starting tomorrow morning! We're hoping to help Viwrastupr purchase the necessities of living after his car, and most everything he owned within it, were stolen this past Sunday while he was moving to Seattle. As of now, he lacks his own transportation and a place to live.

    We're hoping to raise $3,000 by Sunday. If we manage to exceed that total, we will be giving half of the overage to Jenn Blake's ongoing cancer treatment fund. Six months out from when we first broke the news, she's still fighting.

    If you would like to donate, head over to Viw's GoFundMe to give him some support, and remember to take a screenshot of your donation if you want to get some personalized art for yourself! You'll want to take a look at the streaming schedule to learn how each artist will be accepting requests.

    You can find a few words from Viw below the break. We hope you can help him out!

    Statement from Viwrastupr:
    After having my car stolen at the end of this year’s EFNW it has been made clear to me that after this much time has passed the odds of the police finding any of my possessions that were in my car are very low.

    I am heartbroken. 99% of the things of sentimental value that I owned are gone forever. There aren’t words here to describe how I feel. ‘Lost’ is close. I cried when I realized that I put the afghan my grandmother knit before she passed on the bed where I’m staying temporarily just for some warmth. I’ve got that, a few pony things, some clothes, and my desktop computer (I am very thankful and very lucky to have the desktop). That’s everything. Everything I own went from being able to fit in a car to being able to sit on a desk.

    The last few days have been a bit of a blur. I’m trying to hold things together, still doing art to pay bills, still looking for art related work, still trying to find a place to live. I’ve gotten a great deal of support from friends. In particular the MLP con and art community have come together to help in big ways.

    The car was insured, but since it’s car insurance and I’m between permanent homes for renter’s insurance there’s nothing to cover any of the possessions within it. My friends have put together a gofundme here to help replace art supplies, day to day essentials, vendor merch, all the little things you need in time like suitcases, silverware, and spices. This Saturday (tomorrow) we are also hosting a set of charity art streams on picarto where a bunch of big name mlp artists are going to be drawing commissions or requests in exchange for donations, and some will be drawing their own thing, which is good too. If my stuff is found, all funds will be donated to the heifer foundation. If we go over the goal, half of the surplus will go to the Jenn Blake cancer treatment gofundme. Jenn Blake is one of the official mlp comic artists. I have vended alongside her a few times and while we haven’t talked much she has always been kind and her art is wonderful. F#@k cancer.

    The support I have felt from this community has been beyond belief. I cannot thank you all enough. As corny as it is: friendship is magic.

    Support Viwrastupr's GoFundMe and Patreon, and follow him on deviantArt, Tumblr, and Twitter.