I just received an email from RuntimeDNA that the store will stop selling on December 15 and the entire site will close down forever on December 31, 2016. I’m still in shock about it even though it was announced back in late February. Every time I am reminded of the closing I am hit by a wave of depression as well. I love RDNA and met so many great people there, some of whom have become my friends. I’ve been a member of the site since 2003 and a vendor since 2009. I’ve grown significantly as an artist and creator of commercial content since I became a RDNA vendor.

RDNA has been my sole source of income since 2010 and now that it has been bought out by Daz3D, I feel so incredibly lost. Daz3D has made it clear they want only Daz Studio compatible products. I still only use Poser and only make products for Poser. The heads of RDNA can talk all they want about how they made sure all of their vendors were taken care of in the merger (by making us all Daz3D published artists and transferring our products from RDNA to Daz3D) but I still feel like I’ve been left out in the cold with nowhere to go.

I have been working on a new product with a partner to make it Daz Studio compatible and I plan on submitting it to Daz3D soon (as soon as we’re finished with it, that is). It’s a set for the Cookie figure that will work in both Poser and Daz Studio. I have no idea if they will accept it for sale in their catalog or not. Admittedly, I’m scared to death of being rejected by them. I hate feeling like I’m not good enough.

As a backup, I’ve submitted my first product in several years (since I left to become a RDNA vendor) to Renderosity. I only submitted it a few hours ago so we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully between Renderosity and Daz3D, I’ll be able to make ends meet. I have several more products planned to submit to Renderosity.

I know one way to go would be to switch from Poser to DS and do as Daz3D wants me to do by making content for DS and their Genesis line of figures. My art is my life, and I don’t like being forced to change any aspect of my life. I’m not a factory that churns out product on command. I’m an artist. My artist’s tool of choice is Poser. If I decide later on to switch to DS, then I’ll switch then but not before I’m ready.

I wish they hadn’t sent out that letter today about RDNA closing so very soon. I’m sick already from a bad sinus infection so the last thing I needed was to get upset/depressed by this. Again. I swear, every time I think about it I get close to tears. Like right now.