I am working on a new form of art journals, (yes, again),
this time I am going for the simple and only in black and white,
you are welcome to join the fun if you like!
black pen, I am using a fine point sharpie
# 6B pencil
biscuits (obligatory) ;)
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I simply draw with my #6B pencil my subjects, words and doodles and go
on top with my black pen, then I erase the pencil lines I don´t want with my
kneaded eraser, not all of them for this is a layer and adds depth, and I use
the pencil for some shadowing. I love this easy process and it helps me
practice a lot and keeps it fun and interesting which is so
important to me or else I get bored, I´ll be sharing this new ideas
and what I do with them digitally as shown bellow with Photoshop and
the ipad´s application Phonto.
I´m also working on a 11" x 14" sketch book from Canson with the
same idea of Simple & black and white, I just added some vegetable
charcoal which is my favorite art tool for drawing!
SIMPLE IS BETTER
SIMPLE IS FASTER
SIMPLE IS POWERFUL
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
One of you asked me about what were my thoughts about
selling online, I still have a long way to learn but I hope
my point of view helps you a little!
I started a long time a go on my blog, I opened a page and
created a store, I still was learning and didn´t know
much but I was happy, slowly started making direct sells using
Paypal, it takes a while to learn how to use it but is pretty
easy and friendly, then I tried Etsy for a while and also had
some sells, I like the way they present the stores and
that is a little easy to understand and use but feels lonely,
I understood that it was me, the seller who was making
all the effort on promoting and so I realized that
I was promoting Etsy instead of my own work and also had to
pay a fee on every sell and on every
post, that was ok in the beginning but then working
so hard to sell and giving my money to
other company didn´t fell good because they do
very little to promote you, you the
individual and if they do is of course charged.
They do ok for the overal place but not for you
who at the end have to deal with many,
many things, so I decided to go back to my original idea,
selling on my blog, I still will be doing a lot of work
promoting but this time it´s for my self alone
and at the end, this always feels good.
Yes, you have to work a lot on promoting, how else people
is going to know about your store, your work and were to
get it, think about it for a while, think of it as if you were the
buyer, your needs and likes, how you enjoy shopping, then,
write down all your ideas on how to do it, that´s your starting
plan! Make an art journal with this theme,
make it fun so you keep excited!
I´ve found many places and people who claim to have
the ultimate truths about how to do it, that
they know it all and that they will share their
secrets with you! The truth is, we are all still learning
about the web and how it works and it keeps changing
and this changes are fast and unexpected.
This is one of the greatest reasons of recession!
I refuse to take success recipes for they don´t work
the same for everyone, each one has different needs,
resources, desires, budgets and backgrounds, understand
yours, make plans, learn how others are doing it,
learn your needs and start from were you think is
best for you, for me it is working
small, little by little while I learn more, I am happy with
the sells I´ve made over the years on my blog, it
doesn´t show like on Etsy but it´s not about bragging,
it´s about having happy customers that are part of your
career, your history and they are the ones that matter so
think of ways to keep them happy , I know
that makes me very happy too!
Know that even if you don´t like it, you have to invest
some time, money and effort on learning first how it
all works for you and then try different things,
experiment on and understand what your
customers like and dislike, what makes a sell
and what makes a fail, ho yes, you will fail, but you
will also succeed, keep experimenting, keep learning,
one day it all make sense, but know that this won´t
happen from day to night.
You could be the greatest thing tomorrow or you
could do so many things wrong like I have,
but if you never fail, you won´t learn anything!
And also remember
that it is you, you are doing it yourself,
there is no grater feeling! Success
depends on how much you are willing to put in to it,
yes I know, I didn´t add the sweets in this topic but
I think it´s better this way, it´s a job for grown
ups and sometimes the artist hasn´t get there yet
due to the hard work that is making art!
Being an entrepreneur is different than being an artist,
learn how to be a good one!
I've missed more than 9000 shots
in my career. I've lost almost
300 games. 26 times,
I've been trusted to take the
game winning shot and missed.
I've failed over and over and over
again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.
Creativity is also making a new path on sales,
everything is sales, just look and you will see,
use your creativity to be unique and different,
take the recession as an opportunity to be creative,
inventive and find new ways, new products, necessities
to be filled, find were is the hunger and make
delicious food, economy is cyclic,
for some periods is up and others like now is down,
take this moment to learn and prepare
for better times, I recommend you follow WOBI, an
international channel that educates about business,
I´ve learned so much there just by watching the
shows and interviews.
Also, do something extra while you create
your dream job, for example me, I am
a model to make some extra money and do what I
love while I learn to do better!
I am more soft and easy than what a business
man/woman are perhaps because I prefer
to grow on my artistic path more than anything
else but I hope this helps you, you will decide
what is best for you! thoughts, ideas, doubts?
Please email me to email@example.com
I´ll be happy to help you!