With that said, Hal-Con is getting into full gear and being on the design committee, I have a few projects that I will be working on. I have one in the works, and for those of you who do go to Hal-Con, I'm sure you'll be very excited about!
And with Hal-Con comes some personal projects as well to get ready to sell! I am really hoping I will be able to find the time to drawing all 5 of the new Dr. Who companions, but if not, I will do two of the ladies. Clara and Rose. Maybe Amy too, she's my other favorite. I am hoping I will also be able to order in some shirts of popular designs as well as tote bags and zipper poaches.
I am also clearing out old prints, so there will be some you won't see anymore, because they are retired! Old work takes up space for new, exciting things! Anything from 2012 and beyond won't be making it back to my table. Unless they are numbered prints, I will sell them until they are gone.
I am also hoping to have a mini art book out too that will compile work from 2010 to now. It will featuring sketches, WIP shots and finished work.
One more thing before I finish here, my Patreon will be launching the first of September. I have finished everything I think that will work out for me and all of you who support me. Pledges range from $5-$25. You will get to see everything that I work on. I am trying to get a video thing set up so I can record me drawing/painting on the computer and maybe somehow set something up with my camera to show traditional drawings. There are other benefits too, but you'll have to wait and see on my Patreon page!
So that's it! Fun times ahead!
Things I have done in the past decade:
Graduated from two different colleges
Made some great friends during those times
Found the love of my life
Adopted 2 cats
Sold at numerous conventions and craft fairs
Published a comic with two friends
Bought a house
My work was in a few local galleries
Hosted two art exhibits
Organized craft fairs
Have my work being sold in a couple of different stores
Met some amazing people
Plus a bunch more little things that just get you through life.
Here's to a great decade ahead of me! I feel like my 30s are going to rock.
Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me and my art work for this past decade!
Second, this summer I want to get some dresses and leggings done up with some new patterns I'm currently working on. One is going to be based on some things that Halifax people will enjoy (I hope). And of course, it'll all be super cute! Cause what else would I do? Once I'm done with the patterns, I will be open for pre-orders of the dresses and leggings. I can't afford to buy in bulk, which is why it's pre-orders only (for now).
Another thing I would like to get done is a series I've been thinking about for the past year. It's fanart based, and won't be announcing what it is until Hal-Con. Cause sometimes people like taking other peoples ideas (though I'm sure others have done similar things like this, but whatever. I just want to be the only one there with something like it, it's a small city, okay!?). I'm hoping to have about 6 different illustrations done for it, max 10! ahah, I don't want to go too crazy over it, because I have more things I would like to do!
And one more thing. ANOTHER series! I want to do some of my own original monster girls, so I think that will be pretty fun and chill to do. Prob like 5 girls or so. I'm not in a crazy rush to get them done. But if I can get a few drawings done by the time Hal-Con comes, I'll be pretty happy.
I'm not sure how I'm going to get it all done this summer. I have a ton of things I'm doing outside of work and freelance work, and my own personal work. Like hanging out with family and friends (lucky me no weddings this year!), going on mini day/weekend trips with the bf (going to try to hit up all of the new breweries in the province!) and my big vacation! My bf and I will be heading across the pond to London and Paris for a week and a bit! Ahhhhh!! I'm so excited! I have no idea what I want to do or see, there's just so much, and so little time! But I'm sure we'll figure it all out soon! We're leaving August 30th, so tons of time to still plan ahead. ahahaha...... I'm sure we'll be fine. It's going to be my first ever big trip! Super excited! *and a tiny bit nervous*.
Anyways, moving along!
I just sold at East Coast Comic Expo for the first time, in Moncton, and it was a blast! I do believe I will be getting a spot for next year as well to promote a comic I am working on with two friends! Which will be totally epic.
I sold at a couple of other events too so far this year. And they were ok.
I'm hoping to hear back this week to see if I got a spot at DCAF. Fingers crossed I do! Because then I will be showing off things of the comic. Like a teaser.
Then it's Hal-Con!! I heard back from them and I got my table. All paid for, so I can relax. That's when the comic will be officially be debuting in print form. I can't wait!! It's so exciting to be working on this. I am also planning some super cool illustrations to sell. Some fanart pieces, and some originals. Some illustrations will be based on Game of Thrones, Marvel comics, Sailor Moon, 90s cartoons.
I am planning on retiring some prints of mine. Chibi Disney Princesses prints and buttons will be sold for the last time at Hal-Con 2104. Also Mushroom Fairy, Mermaid Glitter, Viking Scouts (and all of the individual ones), Devil Pinup, and Witch Pinup. The reason behind it, is because my work has improved quite a lot these past few years, and feel like I can be displaying/selling ones that reflect what I can do, instead of what I have done. I have been working on some original work, so that my portfolio isn't filled with fanart. It sells so well at conventions, but it's such a cop out to make money at these things. I hope people will appreciate my original work just as much. I'm planning on doing more pinups and like monster girls.
Speaking of original work, I am trying my hardest to get a painting done by the first of June to be put in a gallery. More of that to come later to see if I can get in it! I'll post that on my Facebook account.
In other news, you can find my work on tees, bags, and buttons at a few shops! In Halifax, you can go down to the waterfront and check things out at Toxic Blossom. Or you can swing by Charlottetown, PEI to Papercakes Pretty to see what I have for sale there. Both shops have amazingly cute and pretty things!!
So that's it! That's all of the news I have for a bit. Keep up to date by liking/following my Facebook page!
Am I taking on too many things to do? Maybe, I just might be on the cusp of being in over my head.
Recently I have gotten back into freelance mode for design work. I got on a great paying gig and an awesome pro-bono gig with Hal-Con! Which is great really, I need more stuff for my portfolio. So that has been/will be taking up my time after my full time day job.
But on top of that, I have also been focusing on my illustration work and have applied to sell at numerous events that are coming up (some coming up rather quickly).
I've also have taken on a cool project with two good friends, and we'll be making a short story comic book based on some of Poe's work. We hope to have it out and ready for reading for Hal-Con (November).
I am also being a part of a reality web series for an Arcade shop. 3 artists are going head to head in a revamp competition. We have 2 episodes shot, and some filler clips. A few more and it will be aired!! Check out the site to get all of the latest info. Arcade Revamp.
And now I decided to take part in an upcoming gallery exhibit. So yea.
I might be biting off more than I can chew. But I love it. I love working under pressure. I find I do my best work because of it. So weird right?
SO with that all said, here is a list of the events I will be participating in.
NEStalgia - Video game art show - Opening night March 21st at the Dart Gallery.
Spring Geekquinox - March 22-23rd at the Halifax Forum
Aubcon - April 26 at the Auburn Drive High School (small con like event)
East Coast Comic Expo - May 17th at the Crossman Community Center (Moncton)
Maybe DCAF - More info to come if accepted. *fingerscrossed*
Hal-Con - November 7-9 at the World Trade Center.
And that's it so far. I'm hoping I'll be accepted into DCAF. Now that they are so popular, they are taking comic artists over just artists, But with a comic book in the works, I hope they will take that into consideration.
I hoping that's it. ahaha, Though I do have a tendecy of applying to other events on a whim, but luckily for me, my bf brings me back to reality. Most of the time.
Hal-Con has come and gone! And that is the last event I will sell at this year. I will be updating my online store throughout this week and dropping items off at Toxic Blossom. I will also be bringing in Christmas cards, tis the season!
Now that I won't have events on my mind for a few months, I am available for freelance work. Need a logo, business card, posters, etc done up? Email me and I can give you a quote.
Also I will be trying my hand at comics again. I will be creating a story line and some characters and see how it goes. I already have a bit of a story in my head, now it's just me getting the time to write it all out.
Also exciting, I am making t-shirts and iPhone (4/4s) cases, and buttons, and charms, and pocket mirrors, and bookmarks, and stickers, and posters, and prints of my work! Will be making an online store at storenvy soon. Well once I learn how to customize it the way I want, and take pictures of my products, it will be up and running! Hopefully by the end of this month.
Super busy with trying to get new illustrations and paintings done. But I am constantly sketching and posting shit on instantgram instagram.com/aprilmdesigns and facebook www.facebook.com/AprilMichelle… . So if you're interested you can find me on those. Plus on my fb page, I'm doing a give-away draw once I hit 200 likes, which should be soon, as I only need 4 more! :3
So that's it!
Happy (super late) New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed your first month of the new year. I know I did! Now if we could just get into the Spring months, I'd be really happy.
I will be posting new pieces here in the next week or so. I've been commissioned for some illustrations and have got a few freelance design jobs too. I'm also trying to work on my own little projects (learning how to make a website!), so I am currently a bit busy (which is wonderful!). I'm trying really hard to get back into the graphic design world. Because of that, I plan on only doing a few craft fairs this year, plus Hal-Con (maybe DCAF if I can get in.). I'm hoping with some of the freelance work I have right now will help get my name out there. I'm a sponsor for a local conference and doing up a poster and bookmark design for them. Plus a t-shirt design for a marketing business. I'm also hoping I'll be able to do a logo for a group in the city, just waiting to hear back from them. I really enjoy doing design work. Just something about layout and fonts makes me happy.
I wanted to tell you all that I have a Livestream account! www.livestream.com/aprilmdesig… So if you're interested in seeing how I digitally paint, you can tune in to watch! I am a super newb to this recording thing, so please bare with me. Plus I'm a super sloppy painter. You should see me when I use real paints! ahaha, the bf always gets irritated with me when I go on a painting rampage, because the apartment turns into a huge mess (ah well! He loves me).
That's about it really! So life is good, and hopefully will keep getting better! Plus on the 23rd, it's my 6th anniversary with Leo!
Now that they are over and done, I will be taking a break from fairs and conventions until the Spring. I have some big plans and I need the time to actually work on them. So that's why I'm taking a break for a few months. Plus I really want to work on my portfolio and get ready for a gallery coming up (which I will write about later, it's awesome news btw). I also am going to present my work more professionally as well. Instead of selling prints in just a protective sleeve, they'll be matted and in a sleeve, plus have a little write up on the back, have paintings in a frame or something that will protect them, and just things like that. At craft fairs it's hard selling prints like that and paintings, because no one really wants to buy something that they have to go out and buy more things for. They want a finished product. But at conventions, people just want prints so they can plaster it on their walls, or whatever. They want awesome art work for a cheap price, because they want to be able to afford to buy from other artists. This is what I have found while selling at things like this for the past 3 years. So hopefully 2013 things will go more smoothly and sales will be up.
Another thing I want to work on is my organizational skills. I need to have a schedule of what I have coming up, and what needs to get done. Plus I need to get a new system on how to store my work and how to transport it better. Especially when I am travelling alone to a fair by myself.
So ya, lots of stuff, kind of boring, but I need to do this in order to become a better artist/business person! Yea! That's all for now.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year!!
Christmas is just around the corner! Want to give someone a piece of original work? I am currently doing a limited amount of commissions.
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$150 for a digital painting with an 8x10" print and original sketch of drawing. Samples of digital art: aprilmdesigns.deviantart.com/a… aprilmdesigns.deviantart.com/a…
Prices included shipping within Canada. For any other place, I'll have to add the cost of postage on top of my price.
I'll only have five spots. So if you want an original piece by me, let me know as soon as you can!
I plan on working on more design related work. I've been really focusing on my illustration work and because of that, started slacking working on my design skills. I really want to have best of both worlds, so I shouldn't be ignoring one of them. I'm not sure what I'll be doing, but I think I might try to take a stab at reworking some old school projects and old freelance gigs I've done. Just to get the juices flowing again. I want to have a strong portfolio, so I think reworking some things will be good for me. I'm hoping to get a few freelance gigs soon and that would be a major plus for me as well.
Also I've noticed over the last few months that my illustration work has been improving. Which is really cool to see! But now I must push myself further in that area as well. I need to start working on full body pictures and start drawing male figures. I always avoid doing that, but if I want to get ahead, I have to start practicing drawing things I don't really enjoy doing. Doing so, will only make me a stronger illustrator. I'm also going to try to play around with more techniques and media. I also have to work on perspective, and backgrounds. I'm hoping by next year I'll see a vast improvement in these areas. I can only go ahead, not backwards in my art, right!?
Another thing I am going to for my business is expand my products. I'm planning on getting into t-shirt designs. I've always wanted to have my work on t-shirts. And one of my friend is planning on starting her own silk screening business, so it looks like I'll be able to get shirts done in the new year! I'm hoping to be able to sell these at craft fairs and conventions I have a table/booth at.
Business wise, some of you may know that I have become a new member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. I was a little hesitant at first because of the price, but figured out it is totally worth the investment. If I want my business to get more professional, I have to put the time and money into it. In the end it'll all be worth it. I'm planning on going to more networking events, to meet new people. I find that being in all of these craft fairs, you see the same people over and over again (which is ok, because these people rock!). But if I want to expand my business, I have to get out of the same group of people, and venture into more groups. Not that I'm saying I'm leaving the crafters group, but just joining others. I love my crafter friends!
Speaking of crafters, I am going to organize another craft fair! I think I might re-brand Art vs Craft though. Start anew. The first year I did it, was pretty good, but this year, due to crappy timing, it didn't turn out well at all. I feel so horrible about it too. But! This year I'm going to really make it worth everyone's while. In the new year I will start planning things out. I was thinking of organizing two fairs, but with the amount of ideas I have for myself, I will only have the time for one. I'm not sure when I will have it, but it won't be during the summer. This city has way too many things on the go during that time of year, that it's too hard to compete with it. I will be announcing when that will be in the new year! So keep an eye out for it.
I'm also planning on getting more involved with the community. Donate products for fundraisers if anyone needs a poster done for an event, I'd do it for free, and so on. Things like that. Any type of exposure is good, especially if it's free!
And I think that's it. I have a lot of goals for the next few months, and with working full time it will be hard, but I think I'll be able to pull it off! I really need to get better at my time management skills, so maybe this will help me do just that!
That's it for now. Cheers!
I met so many great and talented artists, plus some awesome people too during the weekend. I also met John Rhys-Davies and René Auberjonois!! That was super cool, and both of them commented on my work, saying it was amazing and that I have some skills! They could have just said that to be nice, but either way!!
I sold a lot of prints and my tiny stuff, and actually sold out of all of my Ariel prints/mini prints/buttons/stickers! And sold out of my Pocahontas prints too! I couldn't believe how popular my Disney Chibi Princesses were!! Plus I sold most of my Princess Peach and Daisy posters too. I also got 10 commissions this weekend and will post them later on. I forgot to take a picture of one, and I still have to work on 2 more last minute requests.
I'm really happy how everything went, and my whole family and boyfriend are super proud of me. Plus my old college teacher said he's very impressed with my new work and said that I've improved quite a bit! So yea!
I can't wait for next year, as I have some great ideas of what I'll be doing for it! Plus I might even try to do a more elaborate costume next year, since no one really got one of my cosplays. I'll post pictures of my two costumes as well later on.
Now I have to focus my time on getting ready for 2 Christmas crafts fairs coming up in December. So I'll be posting Christmas themed stuff soon!!
That's all! Cheers!
Just a quick note to say thank you for getting me to reach a thousand views on my home page and on my Sailor Scouts illustration! It really means a lot to me that people enjoy my work.
I didn't think that one of my pieces would ever gain that many views, so it's quite the pleasant surprise.
Right now I will be a little quiet and won't be posting anything new for a few weeks, as I am scrambling to get things ready for a local convention called Hal-Con. www.hal-con.com Once it is over, I will be working on some original pieces for another local event in December. So keep an eye out for them!
This happens every year, I scramble at the last minute to do a few new illustrations. If I was only like this all of the time, I would have a lot more work to show and sell.
Currently in the works I have Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Wonder Woman, Lydia from Beetlejuice, and Princess Bubblegum & Marceline. Plus I might try to do a new witch pin up and a Bride of Frankenstein one. But I may leave those two for Gothic Little Christmas.
My bf Leo also wants me to do a Batman illustration. Batman with the 3 bad girls around him. Which I would love to do, but I'm still practicing drawing men. I don't think I draw them well enough to do a Batman drawing just yet. I might just draw Poison Ivy and Harley Quin, but with everything else I have on my plate, it might not happen. I guess we'll see.
I also will be making some shrinky dink pins and magnets, and those take up a lot of time to do! So I'm really in a tight spot to get everything done by then. Plus I'll need to print and package everything to sell! Eep. e_e
So, you'll be seeing a lot of new work coming in, in the next few weeks from me. I hope you all enjoy!
Now that I am home, I have so much work to do! I'm the one who is organizing Art vs Craft Halifax, and it's on July 21-22. I have to finish the promo posters and get the ads ready for print, and I still have a few tables left to fill, because some people dropped out at the last minute. urg. And then on top of it all, I would like to get at least two new pieces to sell, since I will have a table there too. I'm going to go crazy.
Then after that craft fair, I have to get ready for Hal-Con, which is in 4 months time, plus two other craft fairs after that! Super busy until the end of the year. I don't know how I'm going to do it all! But I am looking forward to all of it! I am super excited for Hal-Con, as this will be my 3rd year selling there. I have a bunch of great ideas too for it, so I am super pumped!
Also, I just wanted to thank everyone who has +fav my Sailor Moon viking series! I can't believe the response to it! Thank you so much everyone!
Sailor Moon Viking series: prints and small group poster.
Chibi Princesses: prints, buttons and stickers
My Little Pony FIM: keychain charms, cellphone charms, stickers and small prints
Cutie Fruits: buttons and stickers
Cutie Robots: buttons, stickers and bookmarks
Various originals: prints of all sizes and bottle cap buttons
Plus I'll be doing on the spot commissions all weekend.
Some of these are not yet posted, so they will be a surprise! And surprises are always a good time.
I am so excited for next weekend! I can't believe it's almost time!
I'm going to be bringing a few new illustrations with me that probably won't be done until the very last minute, because I put everything off until now. I just was super busy with the newspaper box and freelance work, that I never had any spare time.
Even though I'm probably going to go crazy working on these, I still would like to do a few advance commissions for people going there.
I have 5 spots open!
What I can do for you:
Traditional paintings (bust) 5"x7" Acrylic on canvas - $30 Example: fav.me/d4yfx9b fav.me/d4wxep0
Traditional paintings (3/4 full body) 8"x10" Acrylic on canvas - $65 Example: fav.me/d4xgqa0 fav.me/d4wxb4z
Digital paintings (full body w/ basic background) Will be printed on 8"x10" heavy cardstock- $30 Example fav.me/d4clpf4
Digital paintings (full body w/ background) Will be printed on 8"x10" heavy cardstock - $50 Example fav.me/d410i16
Quick digital paintings (head shot w/very basic background) Digital file - $8 (Can be printed on 5"x7" on heavy card stock for $12) Example smg.photobucket.com/albums/v20… smg.photobucket.com/albums/v20…
Quick digital paintings (bust w/ very basic background) Digital file - $10 (Can be printed on 5"x7" heavy card stock for $14) Example: smg.photobucket.com/albums/v20… smg.photobucket.com/albums/v20… smg.photobucket.com/albums/v20…
To see more samples of my work you can check out my Flickr account here: www.flickr.com/photos/aprilbai…
If there is something you like and would like something different than listed, please message me on here or at email@example.com
Prices can change depending on what you would like.
I will also be doing on the spot commissions at the convention they will be $10 each and will be about 10"x12". Examples: www.flickr.com/photos/aprilbai… www.flickr.com/photos/aprilbai…
That's it I do believe! Hopefully I'll see some of you there! Cheers!