Woo...hello my dear friends!! I haven't done too much arting this week, as I'm getting things set up for a shop on Etsy and Luulla. So I've been looking at other store owners to see how they price their things, how much they charge for shipping and so on. I was supposed to do this last year, but didn't have the confidence enough to think I could actually sell anything. *laughs* But this year...with being out of work again...I thought..."Well, heck...what could I lose anyway?? Sometimes you gotta spend money to make money." So, I'm going for it! I'll also be offering special commissions in my shops too...you can do that right?? Because if someone doesn't see what they want...well, I could easily make it. I'll post a link here when everything is all set up...there's just a few last touches I want to make first.
I have several art pieces on the go right now...and a children's book I've begun work on. Let's start with the WIP for the children's book first:
Meet little Sandy...she's the lead character in "The Birthday Wish" that I'm currently in the works in writing. I originally wrote this back when I was in grade 4, but I was cleaning out my closet recently and I came across it. Though it does need a bit of a major re-write...I couldn't resist giving a fresh hand at it again...the story line is just too cute. She's learns a valuable lesson in being very careful about what you wish for, as you just may get it. That's all I'll say about it so far. *wink* Doing a children's book is something I've always wanted to give a try at...as they are such works of wonders to look at and charming to read in their sweet innocence. I've been studying on how to draw children, so I hope this little lady looks like she's 8 or at the very most 10 years old.
She was much larger than my scanner could handle, as you can see. I'll have to get a high res scan at the print shop to get the entire image in.
WIP number two! It's a little mermaid paper doll!
I still have as yet to ink and colour her...but that will only take about two days to do. She's for my lovely friend Cameron who is hosting a fabulous mermaid giveaway. How could I resist that?! Nope...I just can't. This little mermaid will be about 20 cm when cut out...which I'm probably going to have to get my tiny scissors out for cutting around those tiny beads I drew. Ahhh, I think I love to torture my hands. *laugh* I also gave her a little trident to hold...and just to make it seems a little less scary, I capped off the pointy spears with pearls.
Oh! And just to answer a question, I one of the pens I use in doing some illustration work is made by Sakura. They're called Gelly Roll and the particular line I'm in love with right now is the Gold series. I have two:
They come in Pink gold, Black gold, Green gold, Purple gold, Red Gold and so on. They are really super awesome in that they don't clog, are smooth and quick flowing once the ink starts on the paper and dry fast. And it's neat to watch the colour change as they dry...they go from a bright basic colour to a gold finish when dry, with a colour outline of what they originally were. When I get more funds in, I'm going to get the whole lot of them!
I think the Sakura Gelly Rolls also come in white, neon and desaturated colours...I'll have to check though...it's been awhile since I was last at De Serres art store.
Okay, that's all for tonight. I'm going to tuck myself in bed with a good book. Have a wonderful creative weekend my dear friends! Cheers!