Being Brave and Selling My Art

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.

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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.

Asha x

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Re-learning Photoshop

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out of my way to do anything illustrat-y and decided I would make a start before my course transfer is completed and I receive my new course materials.

First things first – Tablet

I’ve always preferred digital illustration to more ‘traditional’ mediums. With this in mind, way back in May I bought myself a new Tablet Monitor. The dream would be to own a Wacom, but that’s way to expensive while I’m studying so I settled for a Ugee 1910B. It took a little fiddling, and some help from my IT guy friend, but its up and running now. I just need a DVI lead as its running through a VGA at the moment so the resolution isn’t as good as it should be.

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I used to be pretty good at Photoshop, but again its been years. I used to be able to create things like this:

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But I’ve since lost all my skills and shortcuts, so it’s basically back to square one. I essentially watched loads of video’s on YouTube and made loads of notes.

Here are a couple that I found really helpful:

I’m probably going to add to this list as I find more useful videos and tutorials so I have a useful list of references.

So using this new info I set out with a quick doodle:

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I really wasn’t happy with the finished doodle. The perspective is off somehow? I think it’s just where I need to get used to drawing directly on to a tablet screen. I used to use an old Wacom Bamboo tablet, which had no display, so it just translated on to your monitor as you drew. This is a learning curve for me though so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Just need more practice.

-AFA

The Tale of Three Brothers // The Deathly Hallows

I’m currently working on a new design for another HP themed box. Another Hexagonal one like the Marauders Map, and thought I’d share my progress with you!

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I’m not very good at like, drawing out plans, and basically come up with a whole design in my head and just wing it from there. But I like using InDesign so figured I’d use it to map out box designs. Works well as I can create everything to scale and figure out how much space I have to work with.

Anyway, what do you think?

-AFA

Mischief Managed

Today I created this little Harry Potter themed trinket box for my little sister who’s going off to University soon. She asked me for a box ages ago, and finally got around to making it today.

I thought I’d share it with you!

What do you think?

-AFA

AVAILABLE NOW – Moegami Wood Burn Wall Hanging

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‘Ah… Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all… Sealed away by the dark forces, I have spent years in this cave. Time passed, but I was unable to make my way to freedom. But now, your power has lifted the curse that plagued me. I, Moegami, god of flames, lend you my power. Burn a new source of light into the obscuring darkness!’

This image of the Celestial Brush God Moegami from the popular video game Okami, is hand burnt into a natural piece of Ash roughly 10×15 inches. It is coloured with watercolour, and sealed with a generous layer of Plasti-Kote, protecting it against weather and UV damage, to keep the image from fading.

This piece took roughly 6 hours from start to finish, and was a labour of love.

This comes with a clear stand, so it can be displayed upright on a flat surface, but also has two sets of wall hooks on the back for hanging on a wall.

If you require any more information about this piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Buy Here

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AshaFreemantleArt

Moegami – A work in progress

For those of you that don’t know me, I love video games. Always have. I see it as an amazing art form, a way of telling stories in a non conventional way. A good game is immersive and deep and takes you on a journey much the same way a good book does. The reason I bring this up is because my next piece is based on artwork from one of my favourite games, and easily one of the most beautiful games out there, Okami.

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I have the official art book for the game, and it’s easily my favourite and a great source of inspiration.

Before I started this piece, I knew it was going to be Moegami. He’s my favourite brush god in the game, because he’s a pipe smoking chicken. The art book states that hes a phoenix, but I mean, come on, he’s clearly a chicken.

I started off with a nice piece of Ash that my man very kindly cut and sanded down for me.

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We struggled a bit getting all the vertical lines out made when the log was sliced, but it was still a nice bit of wood. It measures roughly 15×10 inches, so its a good size to work with without being so big its over whelming.

This,  is Moegami

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I use Adobe Indesign for pretty much everything. In this instance I used it to resize the above image into one more suited for the wood I was working with. Then its just a case of transferring the image on to the wood. I use graphite paper for this. Dead easy and any mistakes can be rubbed out or scratched off with a sharp knife.

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Here you can see it just looks like it would had I drawn it on with a pencil. Sorted.

I think the actual burn took me around 3 hours? Ash is a new wood for me and it was a bit of a learning experience. I found it difficult to get a nice smooth line as the different ‘rings’ in the wood all had different burning temperatures. Luckily because of the art style used in Okami, I actually think it adds to the overall finish of the image.

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Once the lines were done, I decided it needed some colour. The wood is lovely but it just didnt look finished. After speaking to a few fellow burners online, someone suggested using water colour pencils, then going over it with a wet brush. I figured I didn’t have anything to loose so thought I’d give it a try…

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I’m pretty happy with how he turned out! The hardcore fans will notice he’s a little fatter than he should be. This was purely because I wanted to use the whole space available. And anyway, I don’t think it’s made a difference, I still love it.

He will be going up for sale on my Etsy page shortly! All thats left to do now is a few finishing touches. Wall hangers, a stand, and some varnish or something. Again, pretty experimental so I’ll be putting the end product up in a new blog.

If you have any questions about this piece, or about any steps I’ve not covered here, feel free to comment or use the contact page to get a hold of me! Alternatively you can follow me on FB and Insta, where I’m usually lurking all day 😀

-AFA