Crafting Classes this spring at the Bellingham Foundry!

Owen here! Today I’d like to talk to you about my upcoming classes!

If you’d like to learn how to sew or crochet this spring, come join me at the Foundry! I am teaching a different class each week from now until April 9th! All classes are $15, and materials are included.

You can find out more by clicking on the poster below, and sign up at the Bellingham Foundry Events page.

Crafting classes Spring 2016

See you there!

Adventure Animal Art Party Today – March 17th

Hello! Today I’m drawing cartoon animal adventurers live for you to watch. I’ll be attempting this for eight hours (which means I’m aiming to go until 11 pm! OH BOY! 😀 ), and since this is a work shift, that means I’ll be taking occasional breaks. My helpful and wonderful husband might sit in to draw while I’m not at the table… we’ll see how it goes!

I’m going to be rolling random D&D stats and alignments and such, and pairing those up with different mammal species to design fun characters for my Burlwood setting. This means extant mammals and some other interesting critters. The species I’m going to be drawing will be randomly determined. While I would love to be able to draw everyone’s favorite animal, I’m not taking species requests this time around, sorry!

Tomorrow, I’ll take the art to the Foundry to scan it, and I’ll post it for everyone to see, along with an entry form for a chance to win one of the pictures.

A couple things about the stream itself:

Sound will be off, at least for the start. My brother’s asleep and I’ll need to get the microphone from him when he’s awake. I’ll let folks know in the chat if and when I’ve got a mic or music on.

The stream cuts off automatically every two hours or so. Sometimes I need to stop the stream and restart the recording. If the stream cuts out, try refreshing the page.

I’ll be hanging out in the text chat. Please keep your commentary and links SFW, and please no political discussion.

This day of live art is brought to you by the folks supporting me on Patreon. You can check that out here – http://www.patreon.com/djinni

AND HERE’S THE STREAM!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/icon-day

Hope to see you there! 😀

The Story Dragon – At the Foundry

Here, a bit belatedly, is our first puppet update! Opal the dragon visits the Foundry via his mystic portal.

This was an amazing learning experience. I feel like I have a better handle on the software and the process, and am already dreaming up what to do next.

The art stream will be Thursday, March 17th, and will likely begin around noon PST. I’ll make a post to announce when we’re going live and where to go see the art happen. Until then, I hope you enjoy watching the video! 😀

Patreon Dates and Art Walk this Week in Bellingham

First of all, I posted a small update with some dates for my Patreon, and didn’t manage to get it posted here, too. Oh no! Here you go: https://www.patreon.com/posts/4753890

Secondly…

http://downtownbellingham.com/bham-blog/2016/2/25/march-art-walk

Local folks! Come visit the Foundry Makerspace this Friday for PUPPETS! A local puppeteer I know and didn’t even -know- was a puppeteer is going to be doing an amazing shadow-puppet show with music, and in between shows, Owen and I are going to be interacting with folks with our puppet characters. You can try out puppets yourself! Also, there will be free cheese and crackers. Hope to see you there!

Patreon Art Update #0

Hello everyone! In order to make my first weekly art update, I needed to pick a day for it – so watch this spot every Saturday for the latest cute critters and assorted ramblings.

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It’s almost March! That means we’re about to start our first monthly batch of art and awesomeness! So, if you haven’t already, make sure that you fill out the form posted earlier with your art preferences. And, of course, I’ll be making art! I’m pretty glad that it’s almost spring, and I’m finding lots of inspiration in my yard, learning about all the plants that grow here. The chickens are glad for the extra time with me around out there, so they can beg me for treats the entire time.

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This was a busy week! I’ve got several pieces that are nooooot quite ready to appear, including some fun full-scene commissions. Here’s a set of emotive gila monsters I’m making, along with other pictures I’ve made this February! I want to show you some more, so I better get to work on that, huh?

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This brings me to: MY FIRST MONTHLY PROJECT! I will announce it on Leap Day (because that gives me two days to finish deciding!) I’ll also announce the date for the Art Party (you’re invited!) and any other looming matters before March begins. Opal’s video update will take the place of one regular update this month, and I’ll plan a date for that, too. Opal needs to be kept filled in on his schedule, after all!

TigerLemonadeYou can visit my Patreon page here!

Icon and Sticker Set Commissions, Free Red Panda Stickers and Patreon Grand Opening

Tod here! I’ve been very busy and have some awesome things to share with you! First of all, I’ve made a sticker set for the chat program Telegram. Do you love red pandas as much as we do? Then this is for you! https://telegram.me/addstickers/redpandaswatercolor

Don’t have Telegram? These images are free to download to use as userpics or whatever not-for-profit use you’d like to use them for.  Credit me with a link to this website if you’d like. Enjoy!


Like Telegram stickers, user icons or sets of lots of tiny pictures? I’m now offering three options for icon commissions.

090Option 1: 1.5″ x 1.5″ icon with border and optional background color. This is my standard icon style, and works best with a head-and-shoulders shot for humanoid characters, but I can also draw a small creature shown full-body.

weirdOption 2: Sticker-style headshot. Head only, with optional speech balloon, small props, sound effects, etc. White border around the art, and a transparent background.

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Option 3: Sticker-style critter. A big-headed, small-proportioned animal character, with a white border and transparent background. They can have small props, and I can add costumes for an additional cost.

Cost: Icons are $10 each, or 24 for $100. I request payment upon approval of the sketches.

You’ll get a small 100 x 100 pixel version and a 512 x 512 version of each picture.


Like looking at tiny pictures, but not in the market for some of your own right now? This page contains most of the thousands of icons I’ve done for my 29 Icon Day batches. So many pictures! http://www.thestorydragon.com/iconday


And finally, like looking at my art, and want to support my making more of it in the future? I’ve started a Patreon campaign for The Story Dragon. You can check it out here!

Patreon is a site that lets creative folks receive and reward funding for their ongoing projects. It’s a little like a PBS membership drive and a little like Icon Day. Fans make a monthly pledge, and receive backer rewards, unlock group rewards by reaching funding goals, and get updates from the creator with all the cool stuff they’re making.

You can make a pledge of any amount to my Patreon campaign and receive art updates from me in your email, as well as pick up a fun monthly reward for yourself – art in the mail, for you!

I’ll be making weekly art updates to share what I create, here on this site, and on my Patreon page. We’ve already hit our first two funding goals, which is very exciting! First, each month, one of my weekly updates will be hosted by our dragon puppet, Prince Opal. Second, each month one of my work days will be a pizza party art stream. It’s going to be good times!

I am so exited to make and share art with all of you! Thank you for your continued support and interest in my art. I hope you have a wonderful day 😀

On being busy

Owen here! Today I’d like to talk to you about being busy – something I’ve been experiencing a lot lately!

The only way to do all the things you need/want to when you’ve got too much on your list is to expand time and space.

I mean, there are tips you can use, and there are promises that you can do all the things if you just arrange it all the right way. If those work for you, congratulations! But here in my world, there’s no way to get it all done – it’s simpler just to assume that from the get go.

So if there’s no hope of getting it all done, what to do?

Imagine a stick. On one side is “ALL THE THINGS DO THEM.” What’s on the other side?

Clarity.

Time is a precious resource. Everything we choose to do with it must be the best, most important use of that resource. This limit lets us look at our to do list and identify what is the most important thing to do right now. Following this, you can rest assured that you aren’t failing to get things done. You’re doing exactly what you need to do at any moment. A much better feeling – and one you would have a harder time finding if you didn’t have a time crunch in the first place!

 

Note: This doesn’t mean that you can’t spend an hour playing games, or hanging out in bed when you just can’t even anymore. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is to rest.

 

 

 

Bumblepost: Start Anywhere

Owen here! Today I’d like to talk to you about just getting started!

Sometimes (maybe a lot of times) I have trouble getting started with things I’m really interested in doing. It’s easy to get caught in an unhelpful cycle where at night I’ll think, “I’m so psyched about doing this thing tomorrow!” And then tomorrow comes, and I want to do everything but that thing.

My superpowers don’t end there, though. Sometimes I can not only successfully avoid doing the things I want to do, but I actually forget what I’m supposed to be doing! I’ll sit down to do a project with identical steps that I’ve followed before – and I just can’t make any sense of it.

When this happens, I find there is nothing for it but a hard push, and just getting started. Recognizing when I tend to need to just get started has helped me get through stressful creative times, plan my day better, and accomplish lots more. So if you haven’t already, I suggest working on figuring out when you just need to push yourself to get started.

Worksheet: Start Anywhere Coloring Page

To help make this more fun, I’m including a free coloring page! The text is a little blurry, because I’m still learning how to balance out readability with a high level of detail. (Note: It’s a PDF! Sorry!)

Start Anywhere Knotwork Coloring Page

Bumblepost: Awesome Art Podcasts!

Owen here! Today I’d like to tell you about the art podcasts I listen to.

I’m a big fan of podcasts. I can listen to them while working with my hands, which means they are perfect for listening to while making art. Most of them are free as well, and they are very easy to download for on the go (For those of us without unlimited wifi!).

Every so often I look for a bunch of podcasts on similar subjects, and listen to them to find the best ones. A few months ago I started looking for artist podcasts, and now have some recommendations!

  1. Artists Helping Artists

Useful for: Learning skills to make art, and how to gain more skills; networking with other artists; social media/marketing; building & tweaking your website; selling in large and small markets

I can not say enough about this show. It is bursting with helpful information! This podcast has years and years of back episodes, so there is plenty to absorb! AHA’s host Leslie Saeta changes things up frequently with new co-hosts. I think this helps keep the show fresh and interesting.

This show covers how to make art, how to sell art, and how to work in the dynamic and weird art world – from big markets to small. There is something for everyone here.

2. Artists Without Day Jobs

Useful for: Social Media/Marketing tips; inspiration; getting jazzed about making art; feeling empowered!

AWD is hosted by Jo-Ná Williams, an attorney, business advisor, and founder of Artist Empowerment.  This podcast is almost entirely about the business of art, especially empowering ourselves to get what we are worth. Many of AWD’s guests have struggled up from difficult circumstances – so if you have trouble seeing yourself getting anywhere with your art, check out Artists Without Day Jobs!

3. The Savvy Painter

Useful for: Learning social media/marketing skills; learning about painting; building enthusiasm!

Like AHA and AWD, the Savvy Painter provides useful info, and often has guests on that give insight gained from their own experience. In my opinion, there is no such thing as hearing from too many artists!

The Unimistakable Creative

Useful for: Inspiration!

It is way too easy to get derailed by a lack of enthusiasm, getting bogged down by the feeling we can’t move forward – that any effort towards our goals will be a futile waste of energy we don’t have. So in that case, I recommend trying out The Unmistakable Creative! It’ll get you pumped and moving again.

(You will learn other stuff here too, but for me, I listen to it to help me keep going!)

  1. The Abundant Artist

Useful for: Inspiration, enthusiasm, resources

This is another one where you’ll learn a lot, but again I think the real usefulness of this podcast is as inspiration. In my experience, things made by business coaches tend to have a quality of getting people up and moving, doing what they need to reach their goals.

 

Bonus: Small Business, Big Marketing

Useful for: Learning social media/marketing; learning good business practices; learning how to do your business well from the start

Now, this one I recommend listening to with a grain of salt. I dislike some of the companies that advertise with SBBM, and sometimes both the guest and host have things I strongly disagree with. So why am I recommending it?

This is one of the few pieces of media made about marketing that is not complete nonsense. Anyone who is invited on as a guest is someone who has become successful, and they share what they did to get there. There is also some discussion about ethics, and also on the quandary of reaching goals and suddenly not knowing what to do. (Something I find unimaginable, but which happens to lots of people, apparently.)

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Now a small note for anyone anxious about listening to content like this where something is for sale if you can’t or don’t want to buy the product: Just by listening you are helping! And doing things like spreading the word or leaving reviews is also immensely helpful!

In the best of circumstances, content (like podcasts) are made available for free because it helps in some other way. It helps show people the person making the podcast knows what they’re talking about. It helps them and their guests network. It lets them help people new to the business (which is good for everyone!). And often, it provides advertising or improves search engine rankings for whoever makes the podcast.

So no need to worry! Just click, sit back, and enjoy!