I’d like to extend my profound thanks to all of our members, supporters, staff and fans for sticking with us over the last year.
We’ve had an incredible journey together packed with exciting times and interesting challenges, and it’s been humbling to have you all by our side as we’ve grown and learned throughout the development of this crazy project.
I’m afraid I must deliver some sad news – after months of consideration and planning, and despite our best efforts as a team, we are going to have to shutter the Sheezy.Art website for the foreseeable future.
Creating a community is not an easy feat. It takes patience, planning, dedication, time and, of course, money – all of which comes with the additional cost of mental energy and motivation from all of those involved.
When I first started working on Sheezy.Art, it was nothing more than a hobby – a passion project that I was chipping away at in my free time for fun and as a learning exercise. Somewhere down the line, word got out and I made the decision to release it to the public in the form of “Sheezy.Art BETA”.
The site gained a small amount of traction and our growth was slow but steady. I knew the site wasn’t ready for the “big time” yet so I was really happy with the trickle of new members that we had.
While I was away in London trying to enjoy Comic Con back in October, something miraculous and devastating happened – a mass influx saw the site’s userbase explode. We went from ~600 users to well over 4,000 in the space of 32 hours. Despite being on vacation, I had to perform a number of quick fixes via my iPad to prevent the site from going down and to implement an “off switch” for new site registrations. Since then we’ve had to use a “controlled growth” approach, letting in 500 users at a time. Upon opening each set of slots, we saw them fill up more and more quickly, which raised some concerning issues for us.
Since that moment at Comic Con, my primary focus has been on Sheezy. It’s taken over my life and I’ve made a number of sacrifices to be able to continue working on it - often working 11 hour days, 7 days a week and with no pay (the Patreon/Ko-Fi funding goes directly to the costs of hosting the site). This pattern simply cannot continue or I’ll end up dead in a ditch somewhere with a half-built website.
Our Patreon campaign is now closed and we are no longer accepting new pledges - existing pledges will not renew.
Here is our timeline for the sunsetting of Sheezy.Art:
- 2nd January - Patreon & Ko-Fi campaigns closed
- 1st February - Website will go into “Read-Only” mode
- 1st March - Website will be shut down
You’ll have until March 1st to download any artwork you have on the site - thereafter you can email us on email@example.com with your sheezy account email address and we’ll send you an archive of your account content.
Our Discord server will remain in place and we have no plans to close it - we’d like to continue using this as a community space and will still be hosting monthly competitions, aggie.io sessions and all that good stuff in the server, which you can join here.
We appreciate your understanding and support. This decision has not been made lightly.
I’ll be forever grateful for the amazing community that has manifested here.
Thanks for everything,
PS: Just a reminder that weekly gallery days will continue as normal every Wednesday