Working to incorporate the patterns I have so much fun drawing into fairy dress design. With spring upon us too, tulips and little weed flowers inspire me.
It’s been a little while since I’ve written a post. Next week I’ll have a new illustrated story for you, but today, just for fun I wanted to have a giveaway.
Enter to win your very own “Napping Fawn Print”.
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You have until March 11, at 12:00pm to enter. The winner will be chosen at random next Thursday.
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Getting published is a HUGE accomplishment.But where most civilians (non authors & illustrators) think that a book deal means buckets of money and leaving behind a legacy, those of us in the trenches know that getting a book published is only the beginning. Looking back to my late twenties thirties, all I wanted to do was be published, to get some recognition, to finally call myself a real illustrator. There was so much sacrifice and hard work that led up to that moment, but I shared the journey with a bunch of amazing illustrators and friends and my life changed in ways that I never imagined. Now, in my not so early thirties, with a few books under my belt, my priorities are shifting.
I think most creatives aspire to become greater at what they do. There is always a bigger goal, whether it be to sell a certain number of books a year, to win a certain award, or to get more press coverage for the work. . . there’s always something. My illustrator friends and I now obsess over sales figures and marketing strategies instead of just being able to focus on the work. It isn’t an easy business, and with trends moving more and more towards digital books,we are all working with a big question mark over our heads. Will the book sell? Should I send out more promos? How many school visits can I do this year? Can I afford a book tour? Will bloggers write about the book? Is my work still any good? Am I getting worse!?!? Can I work faster and make more books? Should I go digital?? The litany of worries go on and on.
If you’re anything like me, there’s also the doubt that comes AFTER you’ve sent the promos and made the appearances. Was that time well spent? Should I have been funnier? Did they really enjoy the book? Will anyone else buy it? Did I waste money on making those promos? Should I just stop making books? It will probably never end.
My very first class of sophomores are now graduating. I have seen so much growth in their work and personalities and it has been an inspiring ride. I have been able to contribute to many dreams, and though the road is still long for them, I have no doubt that they can make it if they stay dedicated. Many hope that making the work gets easier. My snarky professor answer to that is always, “not if you’re any good”. It is always painful, but you persevere and you make magic. There will be great successes, and there may be great failures. You might be famous and you might not. But every now and then when you are making something that makes you lose track of time and circumstance, you’ll remember why you love it and what brings you to the drawing table each day. Just keep working. Keep creating because you love it. There is no secret to longevity other than that. You’ll win some and you’ll lose some, but keep striving to do your very best work and everything will fall into place. . . I hope.
-for Matthew, our pessimistic realist
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Hi everyone! I have looked a long time for a place that I could sell my original art. I finally found a venue that I liked. Big Cartel lets the artist sell on their site and all money from the sale goes to the artist. This is much better than my other shops where I only receive a small portion of the sale. Please visit and check back as I will be adding more originals. The first two up are “Cats of Many Colors” and a watercolor I did from the Inktober Day 21 sketch, “Scarecrow”. To visit my shop at Big Cartel, please click here.
Thank you for your interest in my art, I greatly appreciate it!
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Hello Everyone I just wanted to let you know I opened up a Society 6 shop. Check it out at http://society6.com/keridawnstudios
Zazzle is having a sale today only for Black Friday. Use the code ZAZBLACKDEAL to receive significant discounts on Zazzle products. I have added a new Christmas card to my shop:
At last a post. Sorry, no drawing as yet. And apologies for falling of the face of the earth like that. My life for the last month has been all about the woodland zine.
When will I ever learn? Once again I totally underestimated the time and effort that would go into making 75 lots of handwritten notes in each booklet and 75 teeny weeny letters of provenance. Not to mention 75 handmade gift tags. Then all of the packing and postage - and why just put them all in an envelope and send them off when you can put an envelope in an envelope in an envelope?? And, I ain't going to tell anyone about the three days I spent painting PVA on individual oak leaves with a pastry brush before realising it was probably very illegal to send leaves abroad. Anyway, I'm glad to say everyone of these little buggers are now in the mail. Thanks to all of you who purchased them. I do hope you enjoy them. I really do.
The guys over at Heroes Landing in Clermont have been kind enough to invite me to do a book signing on July 31st, from 1 PM to 4 PM. If you are in Central FL then, come by and say hi!
These guys have all the latest comics and collectibles. They have something for the whole family!
I've set up a shop at Society 6 where you can buy my art as various size prints.
I'm also thinking of making some Laptop and iPad skins and iPhone cover designs.
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My new Zazzle greeting card, “Home Tweet Home” was featured today on the blog, Inspiring Gifts. Please visit Inspiring Gifts to view the article. To see my “Home Tweet Home” card as well my other line of greeting cards, please visit my Zazzle shop. I am planning on adding more cards this week so please check back.Add a Comment
As you search for meaningful gifts for friends and family this holiday season, check out the imaginative products that you can choose while you shop to support First Book. As you pick creative gifts for everyone on your list, you will get the added benefit of helping children in need receive brand new books.
Perhaps you are looking for a personalized children’s book from I See Me!, a new Read Teddy from Build-A-Bear Workshop (at right) or a decorative golf head cover from Daphne’s Headcovers. Be sure to visit First Book’s shop to support partners this season, and enjoy shopping for gifts that give back!Add a Comment
Brittni from Papernstitch writes to tell us about three of the artists featured at her community site:
-Justin Richel (Justin is currently working in Maine and shows her work internationally):
-Raw Toast Design (work of Jesse Kuhn):Add a Comment
‘Ello, sweets! I hope all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are able to enjoy some warmer weather this week. I have been so inspired by the change I have updated my Etsy shop (fable*) with a ton of vintage (and some new) goodies! Really, really wonderful things that I can scarcely believe I’m parting with. I know these pretties will find their way to good homes so that makes it okay. (Psst - I have also listed items at very reasonable prices too.)
Special for blog readers this week: Buy any 2 millinery items, beads or sewing patterns and get the 3rd millinery item, beads or sewing pattern for free (equal or lesser value; through midnight Friday, March 26th, PT). Just leave a note in the “Message to Seller” box when you checkout letting me know what free item you’d like.
Non-U.S. Peeps: Please convo me the item you are interested in, plus your city/country, and I’ll get back to you with a shipping quote.
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Jim Store, and for Pete's sake, have fun! Add a Comment
Taking some time off from juggling work and work and..WORK to express my uncontainable excitement in the upcoming launch of the Boutique! I’ve still got a lot of things to iron out in the weeks ahead before that happens but its definitely taking shape! And hopefully will be ready of its official launching just in time for Halloween! YAYAYAY! Also with this I decided to revamp the portfolio and blog just so everything looks consistent so be sure to come back for those updates soon too.
Happy happy Thursday!
Only 2 days away from my bday! WEE!Add a Comment
I thought I'd try out a different venue - hopefully one that sees a little more traffic than my usual little corner of the web... so I went and opened an Etsy shop! Several originals from my website and all but one of the prints have been relocated to the new shop. A few new originals have been added to the listings as well.
What's even better is that many of the originals that were previously listed on my site have been deeply discounted for the holidays! Come visit and check out some of the offerings:
It’s Black Friday folks. Today through Sunday shipping is on me in my etsy shop! Happy Shopping~
Check out my shop at Red Bubble. Prints, posters, and greeting cards with my artwork printed on them!Add a Comment