Sorry I just don't update my journal much, but if you're watching me you know that doesn't mean I haven't been making stuff.
The big thing I've been working on lately is a bunch of fan art chibis. They're fun but they make me feel like I'm being lazy about my art. But the whole chibi thing started with a purpose that's slowly coming to life. I have recently invested in a button making system. That's right I am now the proud owner of a 1.25" button making machine. This thing was no small investment and after getting it I was initially suffering from buyers remorse, sticker shock, and intimidation. But my button machine and I have now come to terms and I've punched out my first (and second) (and third) batch of buttons. I'm hoping to start offering these buttons on Etsy soon.
You may also have noticed I've been using the chibis on lots of shrinky dink type stuff. I've got phone charms and earrings so far and I'm on the verge of a batch of key chains. I'd also like to put together some necklaces in the future and maybe some charm bracelets. Sadly my toaster oven decided to randomly die (The thing had barely been used for anything ever and had no right to up and die on me >.< ). But I just lucked into buying a new one for a really really good price.
I've also made a batch of printed magnets from these chibis. They're not fantastic quality (I didn't expect them to be) so I may not offer them on Etsy, but I'll probably be making more in the future for my grand plan. I'm also contemplating Iron on transfers for making little tote-bags and such.
The long term goal of all this is that in addition to selling on Etsy I'd like to open my very first Artist Alley booth at Kumoricon 2013. If that does well I'd like it to become a regular thing and if it really does well after a couple years possibly travel to other nearby cons like Sakuracon. But we shall see.
In the mean time I'm also continuing to work at non-anime related crafts and painting of ornaments and the like to sell on Etsy and hoping to finally get to do a booth at a local craft bazaar or two this holiday season. I've been wanting to do this for a very very long time but the last few years I either didn't feel like I had enough merchandise ready, or there were more important matters to attend to at the time.
I do get a bit tired of chibis and plaster figurines though, so I'm slowly trying to start sneaking other art back into the line-up. I've got 4 large scale drawings I've recently gotten scanned and am painstakingly getting cleaned up. I've a few more I've started and lots of ideas for more. I have a few new comics in mind, though sadly they're not fan comics which have been some of my most popular stuff on devart. And some other stuff that always seems to be sitting on the back burner.
Now for a problem I'm hoping someone out there might want to help me with.
Today my tablet decided to die. It's my second tablet, I bought it used, and I think it lived a hard working and honorable life. I'm sad to see it go. I've already done a bit of research and I'm fairly decided on my next tablet purchase, but funds are low. So I've signed up for an account on a donation site. Anyone can go to the site and donate any amount over 50 cents (they do take a small percent from each donation). I don't expect any major donations any time soon, but I figure it can't hurt to ask for a little help if anyone is willing. My tablet is a major part of everything art that I do. My digital work is done at least 80% by tablet. And even my photography and crafts often feel the touch of my tablet when it comes to posting photos online, both for sales and display. So if anyone has a couple spare dollars to toss my way my tin can is sitting here in front me waiting gratefully.
And last but not least, if you wish I'd update journals a bit more often, well, it probably won't happen. But you can keep up with me through the internet addictions that are:
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My Art Twitter--> twitter.com/Thedustyphoenix
My Art Tumblr--> www.tumblr.com/blog/thedustyph…
Honestly, I don't update them terribly often either, Facebook being the most visited. The Tumbler is pretty new and I haven't quite gotten it going yet.
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