I've been hella busy and haven't really kept my dA peeps up to date. SO MUCH has been happening!
First of all, remember that picture I posted of all the animal armatures? It's going to be a stop motion film, but as you can see there are TEN puppets, and that's a LOT for one person to handle...especially when the cheap materials I was using kept breaking or chipping or peeling or just NOT DOING WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO. And I sort of just...rage quit. So the half-finished puppets are all safely packed away in a box until I no longer wish to run them over with my car. I can't say when I'll get back to it, but if you know me, you know that when I say I'm going to finish a film, I MEAN IT. It just might take me three years to get around to it like with Monkey Eye
. So I guess stay tuned.
Second, I was going to a local art show thing with some friends, and one of them brought along her friend who's a musician a couple towns over. Turns out he's looking for an animator to make a music video for his upcoming single, and my friend had just shown him my work (mainly Wood Colored Foxes
), and he really liked it! His new song mentions woods and is kinda slow and wandery, so the style fits perfectly. The musician is also really cool and open to my crazy experimental ideas, and BONUS, his music is dang good. He's even paying me pretty decently (you know, for two artists sorta at the beginnings of their careers). Money aside, I'm extremely excited for this project! I was pretty bummed about closing the door on the animals film, but quite a kickass other door has opened.
***Edit: Progress on the video!
Third, my felt cacti are being stocked in a real live brick-and-morty store near where I live! It's a beautiful, artsy little shop called Salted Sanctuary Soap, and it's got high-quality small-batch body products as well as lots of handmade gifts from other local artists. The owner found me on Instagram via the farmers/craft market where I have a booth every Saturday. And then, when I went to show her my products and line sheet, she not only made a small wholesale order but also offered me a part-time key-holder position right there on the spot! So now I have this awesome clerk job in a nice-smelling little shop where the work is SO much easier and more chill (and better paying) than back at JoAnn. PLUS I have tons of down time to work on my stuff! This is seriously the best thing to happen to me in years, and I am so freakin grateful and just bouncin' off the walls with happiness.
Fourth, I've been making brand new FELT PUMPKINS for fall that are also being stocked at the soap store! Available on Etsy...
And finally, just yesterday I got my first giant Etsy order! The most items I'd ever made for a single order before was only like a dozen, but someone from a big office ordered THIRTY-FIVE mini cacti for all their employees!! They need them by the end of the month, and on top of all the pumpkins and things I need to finish for market, smaller cactus orders, the music video, and my Halloween costume, I'm a little overwhelmed. Never mind Inktober, which looks like I'll be skipping yet again. :/ But this is the best possible problem for an artist to have. I've been in "famine" for the longest time, and now I've finally reached a "feast." I feel so incredibly lucky.
Sorry if all of this sounds like bragging...but I've been working so hard for YEARS and am excited to finally share some success!
So what's my secret?
Um...work hard for years. The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you'll get to be in the right place at the right time.