Pull up a chair

SBS_Logo-d64fdf287862cc613549ad733415f057Well sign-ups are GO at Sketchbook Skool!

Just $99 for six weeks of exploration and investigation into the styles and ideas of a range of artists and illustrators.

Including little old me!

I’m busily working on one or two surprises that I’m going to be sharing in the next week or so – linked in with my Sketchbook Skool week and brimming with tasty pictures of my food (Of course!)

Untitled-2(and wishing that my handwriting/drawing was available as a font – but then, I’d lose the spontaneity and quirkiness)

I’m super-excited about it all – getting to meet and greet my klass. Sharing my quirky food drawings with y’all.

So, pick up a doughnut (donut) and a cup of tea and sign up for tasty drawing fun.

Glazed raspberry sm2

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A Glazed Raspberry Doughnut

Glazed raspberry smI’ve been thinking lately of trying to make something more commercial with my illustration work. Something saleable, something Etsy-able.

Some people advocate the do-it-yourself approach; it is, after all, perfectly possible to set up a Paypal button on this blog and sell things directly through this space.

But sites like Etsy offer, just like a real marketplace, a passing trade. Or at least customers who are making a search.

The problems I come up against are;

What to sell, what to sell and what to sell

What to sell

I’m leaning towards gift cards and notebooks, I think.

I particularly enjoy drawing food and drink, so it seems an obvious choice to focus on those areas for card designs, certainly initially. I’ve had a couple of friends make suggestions about subjects that they would like illustrated in my style. And a couple of friends have suggested that I illustrate recipes for people, which is an interesting idea.

It would be lovely to have the time and space to experiment.

Time – Hey, I’m just trying to make way in the world. I’ve got bills too y’know. And if it means I have to spend some time in my other life, making a few pounds here and there, then so be it. But, it sure would be nice to devote time to sales.

Space – My studio isn’t really that big (in fact some might describe it as a little office in the loft-space of a semi-detached house on the outskirts of a fairly large Northern town in Yorkshire … because it is!)

In his book “Steal Like an Artist”, Austin Kleon writes about being creative with limitations, using those limitations to your advantage. In the equally good book by Hugh Macleod, “Ignore Everybody”, Hugh reminds us that [No.23] nobody else cares about your passions, so you have to be the one to drive it forward. But reminds us [No.13] that the difficulties in creating will all be worth it in the end.

Hence the glazed, raspberry doughnut illustration. Is this the way I should go with cards and notebooks for merchandise?

I actually quite like the half-eaten-ness of the doughnut – it sure looks tempting.

(Pssst … in reality, the reason this doughnut was half-eaten was that nobody at the party actually liked it! It looks like a couple of bites have been taken out of it, when in fact, it was lots of little bites. Nobody like the sickly, raspberry frosting! My illustration is what was left, after everyone had had enough of it!)