Confidence is something I definitely do not have. I’ve never believed in myself or my work and really struggle when it comes to receiving compliments or criticism. In my mind, if someone says something is good, they just feel sorry for me and are lying to make me feel better, or alternatively, if someone says something negative, its the end of the world and I should just stop drawing altogether.
THIS is something I am working on this year. I want to be more positive, and more proactive. I’ve updated my Etsy shop to now sell prints, working with the company Twofifteen who offer drop shipping at a really reasonable price.
I mean, worst thing that happens is they sit there and I don’t sell anything and have to pay the monthly Etsy charges, or I sell something.
So in an effort to raise my confidence, I am selling original artwork prints. Some are completely original designs, and some are fan art from video games and the like.
My shop is AshaFreemantleArt, super original. A lot of thought went into it (not).
I hope if nothing else you have a look. And yes, I am looking for feedback on ways to improve, without it destroying my soul. I want to get better at my craft. I want to make my friends and family proud that I am actually accomplishing something with my shop. And all proceeds go towards my partner and I’s dream of owning and living aboard a Narrow Boat.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. It’s an important one for me. It’s not about creating more sales or marketing myself or whatever. This time its just about taking a step and putting myself out there. If I fail, I fail. But I’ll get back up. And I’ll try harder. And eventually I will succeed and be a bonafide Illustrator.
“You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”
This hand burnt, Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask inspired box was made to protect your jewelry, trinkets, or dice. Or Rupees. Heart Pieces. Anything you can find.
The box is a hexagonal pine box with a brass clasp, measuring approx. 16cm x 14cm x9cm and is lined with a dark green felt. It’s finished with a clear layer of Plasticote.
You can see some of the creation of this box here: https://youtu.be/w5oUhnDOWPs
If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt
After the popularity of the Marauders Map box I did for my sister, I decided it might be worth grabbing a few more boxes and doing some other designs for my Etsy store. The last box I got was from The Works. We have a pretty store in town so I wandered down and grabbed…. a few.
I got 9 in total I think? And it only set me back 20 beans. Admittedly the quality isn’t great, and sometime in the future when I can afford it I would like some really nice solid boxes, but these will do for now. They burn nice enough, and are fine for the nerdy/geeky stuff I plan on putting on them so that’s good.
I then spend the next hour or so measuring them all up and creating simple graphics for individual boxes, so that can be included on Etsy with any I put up. And if people want to know in general.
This is a bit of a rubbish blog and doesn’t really serve much purpose other than to prove that I have been doing stuff. I also work almost full time, and have a few health issues I work around as well. Not excuses, just reasons why I might not be as active as I would like.
I’ve also been working on a commission for the last week or so that has tied me up. Was a good one!
Anyways, where do you get your stock from? Are there any good online sellers of box blanks for burning?
Let me know!