It’s been a while, but I have once more made a thing.
Here it is, look at it in all it’s glory.
It’s on shirts and stuff if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
I wanted to know what it was like, what the ups and downs or pitfalls of it are.
I would be grateful if anyone had any advice or tips for using this service, or what your experience has been either as a customer or seller of goods.
Here is my store front, if you want to take a look and let me know what I could be doing differently.
I have set up two of my punniest creations as experiments to see what they will do, but like I say, any advice would be appreciated.
I can’t really remember the ups and downs, I do remember though that at some point I created this chappy.
I managed to do some editing, and I now only have 8 chapters of my current WIP to work through, I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of this month.
On top of that I managed a spot of beta reading for a couple of chapesses, in addition to getting out to film some stuff (evidence of which is going to emerge soon).
I’ve found I’m at my most productive when I have a list of things I want to achieve in a month. So last week I sorted my to do list- that way I can keep on track, and when I look back thinking I wasted a month, I can see that I, in fact, didn’t.
Either way, I thought last week hadn’t been all the productive, but seeing it written down, I was wrong, so yay!
Although, before I go, I would like to thank all people who have bought my designs from society6 so far, I don’t know who you are, or if you’ll read this, but I hope you enjoy your purchases
Stay spiffy, Bee.
It appears that whilst last week was an editing week, this week has been an arty week.
Here are my offerings. The one above was inspired the fact that my other half and I managed to go through 2 boxes of cookies in about 3 days. I have no regrets.
The sloth one was inspired by a friend of mine, who says that her favourite animal is a sloth, partly in admiration of how much it can sleep. This little guy was drawn in pen and ink, scanned in, and coloured in photoshop.
These two came about after I came across those facebook posts that throw out obscure words that no-one hardly uses. I thought I’d bring it back with these two designs.
I have created other skulls to go with my flame coloured one, the Metal Skull is totally metal, and the Optical Skull is not what it seems. I’ve already spoken about Death in Red in the last blog, but he was the catalyst for the others, so it seems fitting that he’s in this one, next to his skull brothers.
I had a lot of fun playing around with the settings in photoshop for these guys, I played around with textures, lighting and gradients to get just the right feel for each skull. I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out.
I also added these two to society6. The countryside shot is of an old, derelict settlement on English moorland, complete with the obligatory sheep of course. It’s hard to imagine anyone live there to be honest, the whole area is very spongey, and boggy in places.
The bee shot I took on a walk by the river last year, it was just begging to have its photo taken, so I obliged. When I say begging, it landed and stayed there long enough for me to catch this rather lovely shot.
A couple of weeks ago I submitted a short story to a be included in a halloween compilation, I heard back a few days ago, they love the story, which gladdened my bones. The proceeds of the book will go to 22 Kill, which is a charity that is trying to eradicate veteran suicide through treatment and preventative measures.
I do have a few tweaks to make, but once the book is out it’ll be my first published piece, and for a worthy cause too. I’ll post more about this, and give it it’s own blog nearer the publish date, but for now, I know too little to tell you much.
I’ve missed a few days of blogging, again, so I’ve made a decision to blog once a week instead of twice, in the hopes that I’ll be better at sticking to it. Although I might do a cheeky bonus blog if I have something to talk about.
That being said, I have been unwell, so my brain’s not really been working and all you’d have gotten was a string of gibberish anyways.
I have achieved some things this past week and a bit though.
Here’s where I have actually done something. I created a Halloween/ Horror piece that I love. It was taken from a photograph of a resin skull, called Uncle Arthur, and reworked into something spooktakular.
The piece on the right is a photograph, the piece on the left has been reworked into a piece of art, and made much bigger.
This meant that when it came to towels I could have two types of design.
When you click Links to the art work, the other available products are shown below. I’d love to go trick or Treating with that tote I have to admit!
I have also put up a few photographs to society6 it didn’t take long, and I absolutely love their new system, there are a few things lacking that I’d like, but overall a huge improvement.
I came across a chapter that needed a complete rehashing, what I tend to to in those situations is create a whole new word doc just for that chapter. That way if I mess it up, or lose something I later need, it’s still there.
I haven’t done as much to it as I would have liked, but I’ve started…
This week, well this week didn’t go according to plan creativity wise.
Life took an unexpected turn and creating things took a back seat. This is not a bad thing; life does happen, and this week was fun, so there are no complaints from me. This week has been a bit of an unplanned holiday for me, and I think I needed it.
Still, I didn’t get nothing done.
I have written a two and a half thousand word halloween story that has been submitted to an anthology. I don’t know if it’s been accepted yet, but if it does get rejected I’ll publish as part of a book of short stories.
Society6 have had a revamp of their website, so a lot of my free time was spent rejigging, repricing, and reorganising existing art work. Unfortunately now their graphics are glitching, so I have to wait for them to finish troubleshooting before I feel safe touching anything else.
A lot of people say you need to create something every day, write every day, draw every day, but it’s not a luxury that many people can adhere to, life just happens.
In fact it’s not really all that good for you to never take a break. Even if it’s something you love to do, if you need to take a break from it, do.
There’s nothing that can kill a passion for something quicker than forcing yourself to work on something when you’re not in the mood.
Yes, it feels good to break through writer’s block, and you’ll feel impatient to do it, but if you’re blocked, take a break, come back to it refreshed, and then try again.
Well I’m late posting, because work and stuff. But I figured I give you a taste of this weeks arty stuff.
I have managed to edit some of my unnamable dragon story, and have also done a bit of work on the parrot sketch. I haven’t managed to do as much as would have liked, because I haven’t been around a lot, hence the late blog post.
It’s going to be a while before this one is finished, there’s a fair amount do do on it still, but I’m pleased with how it looks so far.
How’s your week been?