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The road so far…

Carry on my wayward son

For there’ll be peace when you are done

Lay your weary head to rest

Now don’t you cry no more…

Yes, I love Supernatural, but that’s not why I thought the lyrics were fitting for this entry. It just kinda popped into my head when I came up with the title, which suits this entry quite well, as it’s a summary of what I’ve been doing lately, and what my plans for the near future are. It’s quite the long entry, and more for my own personal benefit, but if you’re interested, please do read on, as it covers a lot of topics.

First off, I’ve been working on my big project Ildora Quest. I’m very slow when it comes to drawing though, so it’s gonna take forever to really complete anything. Still without a properly working PC, it’s kinda hard doing anything big. Glad I have my trusted laptop though, with which I can still draw and create graphics. Anyway, I made a base that I’m quite happy with (for once), and started out doing a Kan’i, which was a lot of fun sketching, but such a drag to ink and color, haha. I’ve also been searching for fitting music, so it’s going forward, although very slowly.

Kan’i

I’ve also made my first tea cup candle, which was a lot of work, but also very fun, and it looks so cute standing on the table with a flame inside of it. I have 5 cups to work with, and am doing my best to complete them all. Maybe I’ll keep my prototype, as the tiniest cup is my favorite. Looking at them all though, I found out that I seem to go for flower patterns with gold, as they all 5 have that in common. It wasn’t even on purpose, but I’ll probably keep going for those kind of cups in the future, as they’re just really cute.

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Working even more with recycling, I’ve pulled apart and cleaned some second hand jewelry, which I hope to find some good use for in new creations. I’ve also pulled apart some old children’s books, and would like to use some of the images from them for bookmarks. There’s Winnie the Pooh and stuff like that, really cute. Talking about bookmarks; I’m currently working on some anime ones, with Free!, Black Butler and Code Geass. I’ve prepared a lot of images from old anime magazines to be used in colorful bookmarks, so there will hopefully be a lot of different series to choose from soon.

Various bookmarks in the making

On the side, I’ve been drawing a little for no real reason at all, because why not? While watching some behind the scenes videos of the Hobbit, I felt the late night urge to draw Thranduil, but my problem is that when I’m tired, I’m almost the same as a drunk person, and it ended up rather, well… He got a nose job the next morning, ugh! Also, min.seya on Instragram had a little contest going on, with the theme ‘dream’, for which I did a drawing of my dog Arthur, as he is my dream come true. It was fun drawing something from a photo, and coloring it with pencils, which I haven’t done in years.

Thranduil – Before and after
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Now on to the nasty stuff. I’m early retired, which is no secret, but it means that the money I get relies heavily on the salary of my boyfriend. Up until this month, I’ve gotten the same as when I wasn’t early retired, which was never much, but it was okay. It seems that my boyfriend is earning more money than calculated though, and now I get a lot less than before. That’s not good at all, especially not since we just bought a house, and are still painting and in need of some small furniture. I wish they would have just slammed me in the head with a sledgehammer, instead of sending a letter that actually arrived too late (thank you Post Nord, for doing an awful job yet again).

I don’t need to mention, that the above written stuff is a good reason for yet another depression, do I? My boyfriend keeps telling me, that we’ll be fine, and that he’s gonna work more to make up for the money lost. But first of all, I don’t want him to work more, because I barely get to see him (awake) as it is right now. And second, if he earns even more money, I will lose more, so it’s a lose/lose situation either way. I do think that we’ll survive with the little money we have after paying rent, bills, gas and loans, but if it all ends up in tragedy, we can always change his loan and pay a little less every month. It’s not something either of us want to do, because hey, who wants a loan to run for even longer than planned? But it’s an option, and having options is good.

So yeah, that’s what has been happening, and that’s our current situation. Because of that though, I’m now even more determined than ever, to get a little shop up and running. I’ve registered a shop on Storenvy, and will try once again to take some good photos of my handmade goods to sell. Once my current stuff expires on Etsy, I will upload it to Storenvy, but everything new I create from now will go directly on Storenvy. It was our plan to buy a light box this month, but now we don’t have the money for one, so I’ll try and see what I can do instead, because good photos is half the sale!

Talking about photos… There’s a camera my boyfriend wants, and is currently saving up for, and if we can get his old GPS sold, he’ll have enough money for it. When he has it, he wants to take small jobs from friends and family, as they constantly keep asking him to come to their parties and happenings to take photos, but his current camera is just too old and clumsy for that. What does that have to do with my plans? Now, when he has his Olympus, and I have my PC back, I’m gonna re-do his website, in order for him to be able to update it himself, and hopefully get a small business up and running, while doing his favorite thing. I’ve also got the idea of signing him up for Patreon, and offer royalty free stock images there, as a part of keeping him motivated, and learn some new techniques in the process. I’m not sure about how to do that yet, but I’ll look into it, as he seems genuinely interested.

Phew, that was it, basically. I’m setting up the next entry for automatic posting now that I have time, and my PC seems to work for a while. It’s gonna be about motivation, as it’s something I think about a lot.

Vector and patterns

After creating a good handful of Ghosty images to cover for the next few months’ uploads, I couldn’t get enough of playing with Inkscape. It’s not a bad thing, as I wanted to get back into it at some point anyway, but I didn’t expect to find neither time nor energy to do so before next year. It’s so much fun creating vector art though, that I grabbed my laptop, and just started making various images to practice.

Some of these images turned out very nice, and I added more to them to create patterns. I always wanted to learn how to make patterns, so this was a bonus experience for me. Anyway, 7 patterns were created over the weekend, and I feel both exhausted and good, haha. Various products with them are now up for sale on both Redbubble and Society6, so head on over and have a look! 🙂

shop-pouch

shop-mug

I made the 4 seasons, 2 skull designs, and a Pokémon Go! Pattern with pokéballs and candy from Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. I had so much trouble getting those candies somewhat right, and it almost drove me nuts, but I’m happy with the outcome.

I’m also working on designs similar to my owls, but it will probably take a while until I’m done with those, as I’m quite blank right now, and we’re slowly getting ready to move outta this here hellhole.

Ghosty

Oh my, it’s been 2 weeks already? Although it feels like time is crawling these days, maybe it does fly after all. At least when it comes to my time at the PC… or lack thereof. Well anyway, remember how I wrote about my little ghost in the last post? My plan was to just sketch my ideas, and then vector them when we’re done moving and all… Plans change I guess. I opened up my laptop last week, installed Inkscape, watched a few tutorials to get back into it, and started inking my small drawings. And it was so much fun!

I found out that my old methods were basically shit, because I only worked with shapes back when I created my owls. Rewinding back to the beginning though, I actually started with Paint Studio Pro, but as it was impossible to export the images created there as vector, I decided on Inkscape. I thought I had to use shapes again, as my ghost is basically just, well… a shape. But inking was the far better choice. It’s not as easy as it looks in the tutorials, but I can complete one ghost in 1 – 2 hours, depending on the details in the image. That’s quite nice, and so I finished image number 10 yesterday.

Instead of just revealing all of them at once, I’ve decided to post one image every week. I’m going to use Instagram and Twitter, so please do stop by and follow if you like him. It won’t be boring if you’re a bit nerdy and like games, movies and comics. Pick your platform: Instagram and/or Twitter 🙂
As for prints, it’s gonna be a long wait if you want some. Since I won’t release them all at once, it would be a bit dumb to offer them as prints already.

Also, I don’t even know if anyone is going to like him. Getting images ready for printing takes up a lot of time, and I’m only going to do it if there is some sort of interest. To be honest though, I’d actually like a few buttons and stickers for myself, but ordering 100 of each just to satisfy my own needs is a bit expensive 😀

So please, if you like the idea of a non-scary ghost trying to fit into the modern world, give him a like or follow. Or just peek inside and leave a quick comment. Retweet, repost or share. Everything helps, and a quick click shows support! 🙂