I just saw your post about the overdue commission piece and noticed you use super sculpy. If I may ask, do you have trouble with leaving finger prints? I've been having trouble not leaving any. Got any tips I could use?
Use some 90% rubbing alcohol and a smooth but firm brush ( or fingers) to smooth the Sculpey surface. That will take care of small imperfections as the alcohol sort of “melts” the surface a little. It will just evaporate off after a little while. Practice with it before using on a major piece just to get used to how it affects the clay. Have fun!
Production is going well on the pre-ordered owl masks. I’m running slightly behind schedule due to taking some time off earlier this month and the number of masks sold is pretty high. I don’t want to rush anything since i want these to look right and prevent any oversights or issues. But don’t fret, they will still start to ship at the end of the month. Orders will ship according to first come first serve, early buyers will see their stuff in the mail sooner. There are still a few left in the production run so if you want one, get it soon! Remember, these masks will not be sold after they are all claimed. I will post some production photos of the owls very soon! Thanks a million to all the people that bought a mask.
Are you going to be making any new earrings/plugs? If so, is there an approximate ETA on when those will appear again?
Doubtful. Sizing plugs was an aggravating nightmare….every time i posted new earrings, people asked for the opposite size! It started to be a bit of a waste of my time and i felt really run around. They sell terribly at conventions and just werent worth dealing with.
Plus id rather be sewing dolls and painting than gluing a hundred tiny cast pieces to a hundred teeny earring parts :P
I've found your devotion to your craft really admirable, you're like an art machine. Do you have any advice for how to survive being a freelancing artist? Also, will you be making more tentacle shirts/hoodies?
Thanks! Id say the best advice to survive as a freelancer is dont under price yourself ( but at the same time knowing your demand and audience well enough where you dont price yourself out of business) . Keep in mind how much time goes into pieces. Get your name out there by making art consistently, be nice, and build a good reputation. It wont happen overnight but don’t give up.
This is the cliched answer but draw like crazy. I forget who said it but it was something like “all artists have 10,000 shitty drawings in them and drawing helps you get them all out so you can start making good stuff” Something like that. But it’s true!
Take a life drawing class if you can, learn the basics ( anatomy/proportion/color theory) always observe.. always be on the lookout for daily “lessons” or inspiration from your environment. When you get stuck, go to a different environment, go outside or check out some art books by people better than you. Devour art books! Artists always need a kick in the ass… sometimes it doesnt feel good but crits really do push you. Also, seek crits from people you see as peers or superiors not so much from random internet commentors, a lot of them just want attention and talk out their asses. Conceptart.org is good for ass kickings! Dont be intimidated by new media, sometimes a switch in what you paint/ink/color with can ignite your art brain.
Besides that, make sure you are passionate about illustration if you want to go into it for a job. If you are not a total sicko freak over loving ( and hating) your work, it’s will make things even harder. You gotta love this stuff to survive because it can be a mean, mean beast. But it’s also the coolest beast ever haha….
When did you decide to start making your snazzy stuff? Also why did you decide to start making and selling your snazzy stuff?
I have been making snazzy stuff for sale since around 2003 though i had been making art my whole life. I graduated art school in 2000 and had no idea what i really wanted to do… and honestly at the time i really wasnt good enough to get anywhere yet. There were so many options i wanted to pursue ( childrens books/comics/illustration/animation/toy making/etc etc) and craft selling online wasnt the huge thing it is now.
I started off doing dolls, illustrations and custom sculptures and working part time or full time jobs ( cocktail waitress/burger joints/retail/teaching) and did my art work on the side. I sort of floated around until about 2005 when i got hired to be an animator for the film A Scanner Darkly. That was a game changer since i got to work with a team of 50 people, most of whom were better than me artistically. That made me step it up big time….
When Scanner work ended i started selling my work full time ( 2006) and the internet started to notice. I worked at a design job at Motorola for a little while leaving in 2008….and was so happy to get to do art work full time again. To answer your question of why, despite being paid well at Moto i never wanted to go back to full time office work. I just couldn’t hack the kissing up, the politics and the bullshit required to live in that world… and the meetings, the fucking meetings….mickey mouse bullshit busy work. No thanks! All i could think about all day was getting home and making real art.
After that, things started to take off with shirt designs and random blogs were reposting work and that brought in business and fans. I was determined to make the full time art thing work and with luck… it’s been getting better and better every year. The hard part is forging my own path, i really dont know what im doing and had to learn everything on the fly or get advice from helpful, supportive industry friends. Hopefully as long as i work hard and stay fierce, it will continue!
I opened the “ask ” option in my tumblr! If it goes well, i will keep it open. Just testing the waters since i get a lot of questions but hoping it doesnt devolve too much into deviant art troll land. Talons crossed!
Figured now that im not ridiculously slammed i can take a little time out to help with method/materials/etc. If i dont answer, please dont take it personally!