In Which I Did Something I Said I Wouldn’t

On The Art Of Lying To Yourself

I made the mistake of saying that I wasn’t going to art for a good long while.

“If I have time to create I want it to be writing,” I said. Oh, foolish, foolish fool that I was.

The first art I created was an idea that’s been rattling around in my brain for a while, the ‘Running To, Running From’ graphic. I had already created the running man, so I thought it wouldn’t take me too long to put together.

It turned out of that it took me longer than I thought to get the gradient and composition right. And then the font. Don’t even get me started on fonts.

I quite like this one because it takes the field of science, which I am in awe of, and the field of running, which I wish I could stick with. I have since thought of some more science-based graphics, and I’m looking forward to working on them.

Available on shirts, mugs, and stuff

Back to The Cosmos

But, after creating this graphic I wanted MOARH! And so I decided that I’d go back to the cosmic range. I’ve had requests to create more cosmic animals. And I do love my cosmic fox art and the photograph that it came from.

So I trawled through my animals pics to see what else I could create.

I settled on the Mother with Foal Pony, because the ponies themselves are stunning. I shall be selling both prints when they are finished, the cosmic one is very much a work in progress, and the photo needs a little colouring to make it pop.

I also have plans for cosmic deer, goat, buzzard, peacock, bunny, and I think I have a squirrel image somewhere that I can use. But I haven’t found one close enough to the camera and in a good enough pose yet.

So yeah, I fell off the art wagon hard.

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Just Bee (Week 3)

Yes, I Can

I Managed An Art!

I know I said I wasn’t going to concentrate on artwork this year, but there are several reasons I wanted to make this. Firstly, I needed something to unwind with. It was a phrase that I’d posted over my laptop camera, which I’ve found oddly helpful for combatting doubts that my brain throws at me from time to time, and I figured if it helped me it might help someone else to see the phrase floating about in the internet.

Yes, I Can

A graphic that reassures (available on stickers and mugs)

I Finished A Whole Chapter

I haven’t managed to find a whole lot of time to write recently, and when I have had the time, I haven’t had the energy, so I was quite pleased to finish a chapter this week. Just 20 odd more to go… but one down, right?

I Beat The Odds

It rained a lot, I mean a lot a lot, this week. Which put a damper, pun NOT intended, on filming.

It meant that I had to be a tad resourceful with polishing up one of our old films, that never made it to something Vloggy, for Monday.

It also coincided with the Tuesday gloom, as I’ve just decided to call it, which meant that there was zero energy in my brain, I just about managed to make a cake, which was put up on Wednesday.

So I was quite pleased that, despite the setbacks, we managed to get films up on time.

Although, having said that, there was a glitch with the Friday show, and that is still reuploading as I type this. Hoping like crazy it will be ready before Friday ends.

Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

A Tasty and easy to bake recipe

Three Churches Walk - Sellack, Hoarwithy, Kings Caple

Ian explores the wonderfully pretty three Churches Route, taking in the St Tysilio’s Church at Sellack, St John the Baptist Church at Kings Caple, and the lovely Romanesque-style St Catherine’s Church at Hoarwithy.

Bananas Are Evil, and Good News For Turtles - Friday show 02

In which we discuss this week’s shenanigans, plot for next week, and discuss the news about 3D printing turtle eggs.

At any rate, this week hasn’t been too bad for creativity, despite the weather being against the things I’d intended to do, but I have hit the end of the end of the week feeling somewhat burnt out. I wanted to get more editing done today, but I just couldn’t give it the focus needed.

Perhaps this week I’ll give myself at least a one day weekend.

How has your week been? Let me know in the comments below.

What Happened? Where Am I? What’s My Purpose This Year?

A year of working things out.

My partner and I decided to finally do something with our YouTube channel.

We called it Something Vloggy, and spent the year figuring out what kind of content we wanted to make.

We tried explainer videos,  cooking videos, we made videos in a documentary style, and the odd musical one.

What we decided we liked, in the end, were exploratory films, where we go and do something, and see what there is to see.

We also quite liked the DIY films, but we didn’t do as many of those as we would have liked.

 

My favourite videos from the last year were

Our walk up Pen-y-Fan, a mountain in Wales, our second Waterfalls Walk in the Brecon Beacons, and the Chocolate and Pear Frangipane recipe.

Writing

Writing last year started out well, but about April I stopped writing altogether. It became painfully clear that my WIP needed a radical world change and with it a lot of details needed to be rewritten.  Although I didn’t do any more writing I made a lot of notes as to the changes that needed to be made. Now I think I can tackle it head on- after I’ve tackled the backlog of other things I need to do.

Art

My artwork will take a back seat this year. Last year I tried to draw more frequently, but it didn’t work out as I’d hoped, and this year I know I have too much on to carry it on. Last year, however, I did manage to get some things created. The TEA ME graphic was an idea given to me by Myk Pilgrim, a delightfully nuts person I recommend you check out.

Read It And Wept

TEA ME

https://society6.com/product/bumble-bee-blues_laptop-sleeve?sku=s6-7871696p45a58v428

Bumblebee Blues

Onwards and Upwards and Possibly Downwards

Goals

I have many goals for this year, and I’m sure I won’t hit them all, but I shall tentatively name them here, as a reminder of what I forgot to do by the end of the year.

I would like to have a video a week, giving my progress for the week. A sort of online diary on the highlights. I’ll  post them on Fridays. Hopefully setting a day will help me stick to it.

We are aiming for three videos a week on our channel. A DIY, a walk, and what we’re loosely calling ‘The Friday Show’.

This week is a little different because we have some snowy videos going up.

I would also like to get at least one book ready for publishing. I have one awaiting edits, and I’m working on another, the planning for which has finally been completed. It was a hard task as it had multiple books, and I needed to tie the story together, but the world I was writing in kept changing.

Any of you use Teespring? What are your thoughts?

I’ve just set up a Teespring account

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.

https://teespring.com/en-GB/time-will-tell-snitch?tsmac=store&tsmic=jr-bee-creations#pid=389&cid=100019&sid=front

Time is Such a Snitch! (also thank you)

This last week has been a bit of a blur

I can’t really remember the ups and downs, I do remember though that at some point I created this chappy.

http://bit.ly/2oSpm7V

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.

This Week In Art- All the Skulls (and some photography)

In Art:

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.

In Photography:

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.

photogenic-sheep-amidst-ruins-prints bee-on-a-daffodil-prints

 

In Writing:

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.

Halloween, Swag, & Arting

Death in Red

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.

On Art:

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!

Left Skull Right Skull

I also created some typography art, and learned a few new techniques in the process, which is always fun.

baffled-is-my-permanent-state-of-being-red-tapestries

On photography:

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.

On writing:

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…

A week in Art- When Life Happens and Art Doesn’t

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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.

An Art Taster

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?

parrot

Yay For Me!

So I’ve been busy this week I decided to create a shop on zazzle, there’s so much stuff on there, but I’ve been good, I’ve not made all the things.

Below is a selection, I’m also making bandannas and baby bibs. There’s still a lit to do, and I want to get everything sorted on zazzle before I created anything new, but I do have lots of ideas for art projects.

I wanted to see what the differences were between soc6 and zazzle, there’s quite a big difference, but that’s a whole other blog post.

Also my dreamer art work was selected on society6 to be displayed on their shop, so that was welcome news this morning.

How’s your week gone?