Well, I got myself to do it. I got myself to create a calendar to be available for purchase at Zazzle, which will include a combination of my work from this year and last year, making sure to get in favorites like Nymph, Masquerade, and Torrent. I get the royalties for every purchase. What I don’t tithe of what I earn will go toward my education, and education will make me a better person, and if I am a better person I will be able to bring more happiness to the world, therefore purchasing one of these calendars will bring happiness to the world. Alright, so that’s a logical fallacy, but since real advertisements use logical fallacies all the time, I figured I could have a go at it. Anyway, you can access the calendar at http://www.zazzle.com/2014_calendar-158047769807698495
I am also going to see if I can go about getting some prints available, and of course you can contact me if you want a custom made calendar so that I can produce one with all of your favorite of my works, in case you’re not completely satisfied with my picks, which are shown below.
I really like my latest image. Not only does it look good, but it’s got meaning in it, and it was a bit ambitious for me. I don’t usually involve that many people in one image, which means I’ve also never incorporated such a variety of different poses, they were also in a building, which I don’t normally do. It was fun to conceptualize and fun to see it come together.
However, up until this point I’ve managed to go smoothly from one image to the next. As soon as I finished one, I could start in on another almost right away. I thought it was a bit unusual, last year it would usually take me a while between projects to do some brainstorming for my next image. That changed this past year. But after I finished Masquerade… I didn’t have anywhere to go. It’s like… all the images that I did before this year were building up to this last image, and that was the culminating moment. It turned out wonderfully, to the point where I even liked it while I was doing it, but now that it’s done, the awesomeness gage is low, and it needs refueling.
Even though I feel like Masquerade was, in some way, a culminating moment for my artwork this year, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing artwork for the year. But it’s falling action at this point. I don’t have a lot of time left in the year, and I have even less time to make my artwork available on Zazzle. You know, on the off chance that some crazy person actually wants to give a calendar with my artwork to someone as a Christmas gift. It could happen.
AAAAAAAAAAH! Not even long after I posted this, one of my friends asked if I was still selling prints! HAPPINESS! I love my friends. Their awesomeness gage doesn’t even need refueling, because they can hardly contain all of their awesomeness as it is.
One: My problem is that I crave attention. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just incredibly self centered, and that’s why I’m an emotional yo-yo this semester.
Two: My poster arrived from Zazzle.
It looks really great, I love the colors. It makes me happy to talk by it, and I just want to hug it. I ordered two more yesterday, since I had a gift card that would expire if I didn’t use it. If I could actually sell these at full price after I’ve bought them using gift card discounts, that would be pretty cool. But if I don’t sell them I think they would make great gifts.
It’s great to be excited about something, you know? And I’m excited about how my work turned out. It gets me thinking that maybe I could do something with my artwork. I mean, who knows what could happen given another twenty years of practice.
It’s hard to tell now though. I mean, it’s been a long time since I’ve worked with colored pencils. I usually don’t get much done during the school months. And my break is going to be sorter this year by about a month, because of this big vacation thing I’m going to go on. Always while I am at school I have this fear that I will lose my talent as an artist, and when I get back I’ll be terrible again. When I’m at home, I keep worrying that when I go back to school it won’t be as good as it has been.
Still, I have hope that I will continue to improve as an artist, and try to expand a little bit. In the meantime, it is nice to celebrate the small successes. Oh and by the way, this is what the poster was like.
There are just some days when you feel like you can go out and take on the world. I imagine this seems to contrast rather a bit with yesterday’s post, but yesterday I had an encounter that kinda lifted the spirits. It was one of those simple things. I came back from doing yoga with my roommate, and I saw the friend whom I will call ‘The Guy Who Cleans My Oven’ And we were going up to hug eachother, but had a bit too much energy that night, and I ended up getting clothes-lined. Also my knee got bruised so I had to sit on the ground for a bit before I felt like walking. So it was a bit painful, but it was also really funny. I smile to remember the experience. So now I just feel awesome for little reason.
And to think, it’s a three-day weekend! There are extra-credit assignments I could do, there are things I could create, campus events I could attend, so much that could be done, and I’m excited. It’s so wonderful to have these things brewing in one’s head. Just yesterday I was thinking about how I would like to do some polymer clay works with marbles– like create a wizard’s staff or a crystal ball. Today I was working on Zazzle a bit, and I might experiment with some of their other product options. It feels so good to create!
In case you wanted to know, I just looked up the difference between nymphs and nyads. It would seem that nyads are a subdivision of nymphs that preside over bodies of freshwater. Isn’t it wonderful that we have google to help us answer all the strange questions that pop into our heads? Life is so interesting. I don’t think I have ever before wondered what the difference between nymphs and nyads were.
I was thinking about nymphs becaues I was wondering what to do for my next image. So far I have eight images for this year. It is not as much as I would like, but at least most of them are kind of cool. But I need to get more done. And the most aggrivating thing is trying to come up with what to do next. Because in the meantime you aren’t doing anything except thinking. It makes me feel idle. The work comes when the pencil is put to paper and color starts to fill the page.
Oh! But there is other news. Two days ago when I finished Akinra’s World, I also added a new product to my Zazzle store. Zazzle is a place online, where I can make costum products (like the calendars I’ve been mentioning) with my artwork. So when I create a product with my artwork, it goes into my ‘store,’ where people can buy them if they wish. This time, I added a T-Shirt entilted ‘Dryad Unleased’ (I wanted to just say it was a Dryad, but I had another shirt in there that features a Dryad). I really ought to post the artwork for it so you can see, but I scanned it into my Mom’s computer (which has photoshop, and I do not). So if you’re ever at Zazzle.com, or whatever the URL for it is, see if you can find my store; look out for ‘Azureworks.’ When I get some calendars posted for 2013, I’ll give you a more clear description.