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I've been getting myself back into the game artistically since getting back to Texas.  I have yet to dip back into the crowdfunding, though, and I'm afraid it has more to do with a lack of confidence than a lack of desire or need.  

I desperately need to raise prices, because I need the money--especially after the insane number of medical bills I have incurred and am still incurring--but I'm afraid I'm going to shoot myself in the foot by doing so.  I have tentative plans.  For one, I'm considering hosting weekly $5 Sketch Days, rather than Free Sketch Days, but taking the first five prompts for free.  Detailed black and white drawings will ordinarily go for $50 and up, depending on complexity, and Discounted Character Portrait Days will be re-instated on a periodic basis at $30 per portrait.  I'll also offer story illustration, both black and white and color, for $50 and up.

I have to remind myself that even these prices are very low for a professional, but I still have this nagging voice in the back of my head that tells me my work isn't good enough to charge that much, that no one will want to pay that much.  It's a voice that I'm determined to ignore.  

I hope to be delving back into the crowdfunding sometime this coming week.  I may test the waters with a $5 Sketch Day.

But anyway!  I also come bearing artwork.  Paintings and fan art sketches.  As always, click for larger.

Ghostlight.  This is for sale as a print Here.


Woman of the Mists.  This is for sale as a print Here.


Dean Winchester from Supernatural.


The Eleventh Doctor, from Doctor Who 

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I am now in Texas, and starting to feel much better.  I think being out of the hospital environment is helping.  I'm still easily tired, and very sore, but I'm getting there.

I did another sketch today.  My hand is getting steadier, and I'm able to do a bit more detail work.  I hope soon to be able to catch up on back projects and then start producing some new material.    




I did art!

Sep. 30th, 2012 10:14 am
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So yesterday evening, for the first time since the surgery, I tried some sketching.  Just a bit of line art, and my hand's still very wobbly, but it'll be good to keep practicing and re-build my dexterity.  Here's one piece I did.

Credit goes to Faestock on Deviantart for the reference.



Recovering day by day, bit by bit.  And I chopped off my matted dredlock-mop of hip-length hair because it was driving me insane.  It feels so much better, though I need to get it trimmed and styled.  Here's a pic of yours truly sitting in the bed at the rehab center, earphones in.  I might be a little high on pain meds here.  Also, hospitalization as a weight-loss program-- effective, though not exactly recommended.  I lost a good twenty pounds since my admission date.

 


Transition

May. 7th, 2012 12:24 pm
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It's been a whirlwind few weeks.  

I don't remember off hand what my last update consisted of, except that I had spoken of leaving Texas to return to California.  Well, it's all settled, and I will be on the plane tomorrow.

I am excited and a touch nervous.  

I have two portraits to complete.  I just haven't gotten to them in the rush to pack up everything and get them ready to go.  I will be getting to them as I have time, but they *will* get done, as will the handful of promised color pieces I have in the works.  I'll be working full time, and probably overtime, over the summer, so things may be extremely slow in the art department.  But I'll get it all done.

Once I've caught up, though, I'm going on a bit of an artistic hiatus.  That doesn't mean I'm going to stop doing artwork altogether; I'm just going to let it take a bit of a back burner.  I may play with fan art in this time-- it'll help keep my skills up to date.  

In the autumn, work slows to part time (at least in my experience), and in that time I'm going to shift focus back to the artwork.  And I have some plans to implement as well-- for instance, I'm going to be offering book illustration specials, both black and white and color.    I may also hold the occasional Free Sketch Day, though I won't be able to do that regularly.

I am absolutely not going to abandon this blog for any extended period of time, though.  If I've got art to share, I'll share it.  If not, I'll write updates or other entries.  I might be able to do a bit of creative introspection writing, as I used to do.  I will also do regular signal boosting as things catch my attention.

It's going to be a challenge, juggling life and work at a resort with art and crowdfunding, but I am determined.  

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