Hey everyone! Hope you all had a good holiday and new year's :D I had some nice time off and now I'm ready to kick off the new year with some fun stuff!
First off, FC! I will be at FC and I will be DEALING for the first time! I've been working hard the past few months on merchandise to have there. I have a half table at this con and I'll be selling some custom enamel pins and stickers (including physical stickers from the generic animal sticker packs), prints and traditional badges! I'll be posting images of the merch over the course of the next two weeks to both FA and twitter leading up to FC!
Within the next few days I'll be opening for badges to take and deliver at the con. They'll be digital badges done in my sticker style. If you're interested, keep an eye on my journal and twitter for the form. They'll be first come, first serve.
If you want to keep up on details and updates for the con, I'll be more active on twitter over at www.twitter.com/cinnamonsp0ts
After the con, I'm planning on setting up an online store so people can purchase stuff! More news on that after the con.
And in the future, I'll be at more cons! I'll be in the dealer's room at BLFC, FWA and AC as well this year.
Second update, commissions! It's the new year and I'll be tweaking my prices a bit for the upcoming year. This year I don't plan on raising much across the board, but there will still be changes so if you're planning on commissioning me make sure you check the prices so there are no surprises. The website will be updated within the next week or so with the new prices at www.cinnamonspots.com
And I think that's about it for now! Looking forward to another year of art :D
Hey all! I wanted to pop in and post about some upcoming commission stuff that will be changing :D As well as a general update!
First off, commissions this month will be opening on July 22nd (next Monday)! The date and time is posted in all the usual places and the actual opening will be working as it normally does.
Second, I'm changing the name of the "Shaded" sticker style to "Stylized"! The art and price is all staying the same, I just wanted a name that fit with everything else I offer. I currently have icons I offer done in the same style that have been under the "stylized" name for longer and I wanted them to match!
The last thing is kind of a big one - I'm going to be reworking how I do my scheduling month to month, and next month is going to be a trial to test the new scheduling system I've come up with.
Those who have worked with me in the past know I take a month's worth of work and schedule art to be finished every day, and that has been working, overall, pretty well! I work 40 hours a week (9-5 M-F) and still will be working that same time period, but I want to try something new to address some of the issues that do come with scheduling that way - including the difficulty of dealing with personal illness and a lack of time for other projects.
So next month, I will be taking about the same amount of work, but scheduling it differently. All the artwork will come with both a set WIP due date and a final due date for the completed art and you will still be able to find it on my Trello board. But instead of doing art from start to finish each day, I will be doing all the sketching the first week, followed by inking, followed by coloring, and then finally followed by finalizing and emailing everything the last week of the month. All the WIPs will go out at the end of the first week of the month. All the finished art will go out at the end of the month. So the biggest change for my commissioners will just be that your due dates will be a bit altered and everyone will get their finished art at the end of the month, rather than spread out throughout the month.
I'm doing this for a few reasons:
- I'm attempting to make more room in my schedule for artwork outside of commissions without sacrificing the amount of commissions I take. I really want to start offering some merchandise options and get some personal projects off the ground (including a Patreon)! The new schedule should help me make some useful time for these things without working overtime.
- I want an easier way to work in potential sick time into my schedule. With work due every day, it's really hard to take time off when I actually do get sick. Currently I have to work through it (ugh!) unless I absolutely need time off and it's not healthy to work. With the new system taking personal/sick time off when I need to should be much easier and won't ruin my scheduling.
- My partner is going to start stepping in to help me with some things here and there! I'm hoping that scheduling the new way will make that easier for us both.
So that's that! I've got everything worked out on my end and August is largely going to be a trial run of working this way for me. If I hate it or it doesn't work out, there's a chance I will switch back, but I at least want to try! If I do switch things up again, you'll hear about it in another journal, I'm sure. But I'm hoping things will work out!
Thank you all again for coming to me for art, I really love being able to do this and hope to be able to continue into the foreseeable future!