I’ve finally had a chance to settle in after our move and go through the studio closet to discover some gems I had nearly forgotten about! Many of the original sketches I did for my book, Angelic Visions: Create Fantasy Art Angels With Watercolor, Ink and Colored Pencil, are now available for you to collect! You can find them up in my Etsy shop.
In addition to these sketches, these other old drawings and paintings are up as well in my Original Artwork section:
This has been in the works for a long while now and it’s finally official! Kev and I now have a move-in date and will be moving into an apartment of our own January 2013! It’s a lovely two bedroom place on the north side of Atlanta that’s within driving distance of a lively art community and the sights and sounds of the city! As much as I love the quiet countryside, I’m happy to be moving to a part of the city where the art community is much more accessible. I’m going to enjoy being so close to museums, theaters, and many of my friends from college. The north side is also pleasantly spread out with just enough green that the city doesn’t feel so oppressive.
This move marks the beginning of what I hope to be an all new drive to solidify my future as an Illustrator, with new surroundings to refresh my focus and my inspiration. Living with family prior to now to save money has been really challenging, even though they mean well and I did manage to save up enough to work down some of my student debt. The challenge of getting into a creative mindset for work with family around has been especially difficult, but I am hopeful that these new surroundings will be far more conducive to concentration. There’s also a fitness center, tennis courts, and pools in the complex we chose, which will be great for keeping our health up and dealing with some of my muscle damage issues. Best of all, the second bedroom is going to be my new studio! I admit sleeping and working in the same room has started to make me see faces in the yellow wallpaper and that simple separation of location will do my mental health and motivation so much good.
I was cleaning out my closet to take note of what I’ll be moving and realized that I have a lot of old stock lying around here! In an effort to get rid of it, I’ve posted an infographic showing all of the inventory I’m trying to clear out. Much of it is discontinued with limited stock, so get it while it’s hot because once it’s gone it’s gone for good!
So I’m counting down the days and enjoying my current break from leather crafting. I’ve wrangled up a seasonal day job to help some of the costs of the move while I take a break from mask-making. Exhaustion, muscle damage, and burnout have all had a hand in this. I would really like to return my focus to creating the art I need to further my career, while keeping masks as the labor of love for enjoyment they were meant to be.
I’m also filling up my last few days here with studying the CS6 Suite (via a new sub to Adobe’s Creative Cloud) and catching up to technology. I’ve gotten the CS6 Classroom in a Book and am enjoying learning of all the new improvements Adobe has made to their graphics suite. I am hopeful getting up to speed with technology will open up new doors for me that might not have been there before, in addition to all the other changes going on in my life right now.
Just a quickie post to tell you all about my weekend sale! Get 25% off at my Angelic Shades gift shop on everything, regular AND sale price! Slowly getting into this sale groove, as I always forget to run promotions. So get in on this before I forget to run them again!
I’m also doing free shipping on all my items on my Etsy and Artfire shops! Just enter the code FREESHIP when you check out.
In other news, the Studio Roast is still going strong! The current auctions on eBay are over and everything that was on sale for round 1 is now only available via this list:
Feel free to make an offer on any of these images, if you fancy a haggle! The next round of images will be up soon! There’re tons more where these came from to throw on the proverbial fire.
Hope you all have a good weekend! I have a few announcements to make next time that I’m super excited about. But next time! 😉
In light of this most recent tragedy in Haiti, I will be donating half of the profits from my current prints clearance sale to the Red Cross. If you haven’t heard of the tragedy, a 6.5 earthquate hit Haiti, toppling hospitals, government buildings, and many homes in the capitol. They need help now!
If you don’t want prints, you can still donate directly here.
My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. The prints sale will be handled via my deviantART journal. You can see the entry here.
Regularly scheduled blogs will return once I’ve had a chance to get some equipment set back up in my room. I’m hoping to get back into the video blog act again, but this requires that I form order from chaos out of the mess that is my current bedroom/studio.
Until then, let’s do what we can to help others in need!
Etsy Sale! FREE Shipping
I saw that many folks on Etsy were running sales and thought I'd jump on the bandwagon! From now until December 31st, get FREE standard shipping on all items within the US.
I've also marked down many of my items, including the new leather butterfly keychains, so grab em while they're cheap and available!
Free shipping also counts for custom butterflies and pendants. Note that I do not take custom orders on anything but pendants and butterflies.
My Etsy Shop [link]
Amazon Sale! 15% Off
As long as we're talking sales, I've just set my Amazon shop to 15% off ALL items! Remember that these items are bought directly from me, meaning all products are autographed by the artist with all proceeds going directly to the artist. It's a great way to show your support and give the gift of something extra special.
My Amazon Shop [link]
If you'd like your items to arrive before Christmas, I recommend you shop early so I can have it out to you ASAP! I make no guarentees on the quickness of USPS, which is my main source of shipping for local and international shipping alike. Expidited shipping will be available on Etsy by special request & handled separately, but is still not guarenteed!
Orders within the US –
Prints, Pendants, Keychains, Small Originals, & Matted Originals – USPS First class – 3-7 business days
USPS Air Mail – 7-10 business days