Things got crazy busy a couple of weeks before Christmas. Of course all of us have the same problem during the holidays but for those of us who create I think the holidays can be extra busy due to commissions and sales. Not that I don’t deeply appreciate everyone who bought a print or commissioned a piece, because I do! I really, really do! Thanks to everyone!
Now I’m trying to get back on track with some projects I started before the holidays. One is ink and one is a final drawing before taking it to the painting phase. Vastly different pieces but both really fun to work on.
I still have some prints available if anyone else is interested. All are 8 x 10 on archival paper in a protective plastic sleeve. Send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
So I’ve really been focused on work lately. I started teaching painting for Grumbacher. For those of you not familiar with the company they make art supplies, mostly paint and brushes but evidently they now are a conglomerate and own other art supply manufacturing companies as well.
It’s a pretty good deal on the surface, I make my own schedule and get 90% of tuition fee and I get free paint and supplies from them as long as I’m teaching classes.
The downside is that when only one person signs up for a class, the pay isn’t stellar considering that I have to plan the lesson and do a significant amount of painting beforehand. I also found out after the fact that I have to market the class to get students. Seriously folks, if I was any good at marketing I would be living the good life doing covers for Time and Simon & Schuster. I have also discovered that they might require me to do “free classes” where there is no tuition fee, you know, to promote the classes. I have not been instructed to do this as of yet but considering that I normally get paid a portion of the tuition and there is no tuition for free classes, I bet you can see where I’m going with this.
There are other issues with this job that I won’t go into but right now I’m feeling a little put out about it. It’s a part time job, never meant to be anything but a way to put a little extra cash in my pocket but still I hate feeling taken advantage of and I’m felling that a little, just around the edges but yeah.
This was my first “still life” demo, lesson.
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So many things going on lately, I just can’t seem to keep up. I only managed to get one Inktober drawing done before I suddenly had several other things screaming for my attention. Hopefully things are starting to calm down now and I can really get back to posting here.
My motto for the future, breathe.
And so it begins. Of course this year it begins with a broken computer which means no scanner. My phone will be doing extra duty this month. #inktober
Pen with color wash.
I’ve noticed that people really like dressing up their dogs, especially pugs. I’m not someone who would do that and I know my 40 pound dog wouldn’t let me but I admit that sometimes they look cute if miserable. This is my version of a pug in a bunny hat.
Micron pen with a bit of color wash.