If you're not familiar with my work, I'm a Canadian artist in Edmonton, Alberta who draws three things;
Monster girls, cute fat birds, and pinups! ...Sometimes all at once in the same drawing!
For the past couple years, I've been building my brand, expanding my artistic skills, finishing a teaching degree, and scraping by as an artist. I did some teaching work related to my degree, but I always had way more fun creating art for myself. This year, I took the plunge and registered for 25 different artist alleys and conventions all over North America, and I'm really happy to report that those shows were all a huge success! I'm finally seeing enough of a positive return to support myself and perpetuate what I love to do: creating original art. I even stopped taking commission work so I'd have more time to get my own ideas out there! ...And now I've got my own art office at home, and registered business license!
Here are a couple of the things I've made for the first time this year...Hard Enamel Crow Pins (new ones coming soon, too!) --
Handmade Vinyl Decals-- (my sister taught me how to plot vinyl and mask layered designs, which was cool)
Birdblob Merchandise (based on a little drawing game I made up to play with my art students)...
ANYWAY, I loved doing artist alleys so much, that I plan on maintaining 15-20 conventions this coming year so I can continue to travel and work for myself!
When I'm -NOT- at conventions, I plan on doing weekly art livestreams on Twitch, and running my online Etsy shop, so feel free to pop over there and see what's up when you have some free time! I'll even post replays of past art streams so you have something to watch when you're drawing / working / studying.
If you feel like encouraging me or supporting what I do, you can do so by visiting my Etsy shop and buying a print / pin / sticker, leave a donation on my Twitch channel, or just leave a comment on any of my art posts here! I'm always reading comments and I love receiving them, even if I don't reply all the time.
Cheers, and stay tuned!