It’s been almost 6 months since I created a new blog post. That’s definitely a departure from my intended once-a-month blogging schedule. Alas. “Man proposeth, God disposeth,” as the saying goes. There’s a little bit of King James English for you. Got to love the -eth suffix.
Still, a lot has happened in the last 6 months. Since I haven’t yet managed to turn my art into a steady source of income I’ve had to resort to doing some odd jobs around Anacortes, Washington, where I live. I’ve developed many skills during my years in the monastery (and before) that seem to be in high demand in the small town of Anacortes. It’s a popular retirement destination, after all, so you can imagine a lot of elderly people that need help with all types of things. Gardening, painting, cleaning, home repairs, and care-giving are some of the things people want to pay me for. Now I just have to figure out how to get people to want to pay me for my art!
Speaking of art, I have had some noteworthy developments which I’d like to share with you.
For those who were following some of my more recent posts on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, etc., you know I was involved in a collaboration with KVN ELVN Footwear, the brand I created my Modern Gawdz™ comic character designs for. After working with Kevin toward his vision of creating 11 unique, collectible sneakers with matching comic characters for over a year, I decided to exit that business endeavor. The returns were taking too long to realize with my dwindling savings as my support.
After informing Kevin that I didn’t have the resources to continue with our collaboration, I’m regrouping and excited to start moving in a new direction. Just before I set off on my collaboration with KVN ELVN I was getting into creating custom t-shirts with my art printed on them. I think now I’d like to refocus on t-shirt designing for my own private label. I really want to get a store set up on my website where my wild fans can happily give me money for my art in a most wonderful form.
Other news in my art world is my attendance of a Schoolism workshop that was held in Seattle. Schoolism began as an online art school where people can learn directly from industry professionals, primarily from the entertainment industry. Eventually Schoolism expanded into live workshops that they hold in many parts of the world. My workshop featured Marcelo Vignali, Ben Mauro, and Jason Chan—all amazing artists with many years spent as working professionals. If you like video games or Hollywood films you’ve likely seen some of their work. Anyhow, it was great learning from them, meeting them, as well as just being in a big room with lots of fellow artists. for more info about online art training, live workshops, and more, check out www.schoolism.com
In spite of my busy (non-art) work schedule lately, I’ve been very regular in attending my local life drawing sessions. Life drawing refers to the practice of drawing or painting from a live model. I’ve found it to have been a very beneficial and motivating practice for me that I look forward to attending every week at the Dakota Art store in Mount Vernon. If you’re an artist in the area then drop on in and see what it’s all about.
That’s all for now. I hope you’re doing great and finding success and fulfillment in your own pursuits and exploits. Feel free to ask me questions or share your thoughts with me by sending me an email at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you!
All the best,