Yeah, okay, it’s been a whole month again, but it’s been a pretty tough one, so bear with me. It would be an entire blog post in itself to write down everything that has happened during the past few weeks, and all the decisions we had to make to get through it. It probably sounds worse than it was, but life sometimes throws lemons at you.
As for the title, it’s just a little joke. I’ve always been thinking, what makes someone an artist? Is it just creating a piece of art? Maybe, but I don’t think that’s enough, because then everyone can doodle a flower and call themselves an artist. Is it when you can live off of your work? Yeah sure, if one can live off of their artistic skills, they surely are an artist! But to me, the word “artist” has always meant, that one can at least sell their work to someone just by the looks of it. And with that I don’t mean a cousin buying your Pikachu fan art because they like both you and Pokémon, but a piece of art that you yourself created, and that someone is willing to buy without knowing you personally, just because they like it. And that happened to me today! Yeah, I’m fucking proud of myself, okay?
Granted, it’s not the first time I sold some of my own work, since I’ve sold a few things with Ghosty, and also a sticker where my boyfriend took the photo and I made a silhouette design with it, but… Neither never really felt like art to me. I like drawing Ghosty, but he’s a drawing, a doodle, nothing more. And I like the silhouette photo, but I neither took the photo nor made the render that I used for the silhouette. So what exactly did I sell today? A sticker of a collage artwork! Yes, I started making collages last week, and it’s pretty darn fun. They are digital collages made with royalty free photos, so yeah, I didn’t take the photos myself, but it requires so much work to find the right photos, cut them out and figure out the right composition to actually make the mishmash look good. Look like art!
Right now, I have 4 collages up for sale on Redbubble, Society6, Pixels and RageOn (yes, I’m now on RageOn as well and need to update my linkage soon), and I already sold a sticker with one of them! Excuse me while I feel proud about myself and my work, because I really do. Up until now, the design that I keep selling is my Pokémon pattern, and while I’m absolutely thrilled every time I see that someone like it enough to spend their hard earned money on it, it just feels that much better to see that someone liked my own unique piece of art, that I put a lot of effort and work into. I don’t know who bought the sticker of course, but thank you!
And I can’t keep rambling about my newfound love of collages without actually showing them, so here goes:
Other than getting some of my patterns on RageOn, I also signed up on Spoonflower, where my patterns will be available on fabric once I get my swatches, and of course I’m excited for that too! Their tax form was also really easy to fill out thanks to it being digital, which I wish Zazzle had back when I signed up with them. Maybe I should have a look at them again, because I’m trying to expand onto more print sites.
I’m also working on another Line sticker set with Ghosty, but it will take quite a while, because it’s not my first priority.
Aaalso, there seems to have been issues with my new comments plugin, where it simply wasn’t possible to write a comment unless logged in, which shouldn’t have been happening, so I deactivated it. I hope it’s now working again, but if not, there’s always the contact form.
Phew, that was quite a lot, and it’s mid 2020, and… Looking at my goals for this year makes me depressed, because I won’t be able to achieve the majority of them. But then again, 2020 isn’t just a regular year… Stay safe!