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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New Year, Same Me

So there’s the big cliche of making a new start in the new year.. Mines a little late.

January so far has been a right shitter. A whole bunch of bad stuff happened, and I’ve generally been a miserable cow. Now its almost out of the way I’ve decided to start trying to better myself, mentally and physically.

I’ve been working a lot more on my degree the past few weeks. Even though I’m shockingly tired all the time thanks to the M.E, I am finding that having a genuine, vested interest in the subject matter has made me actually want to do more. Its working well at the moment as I’m working part time. I finish at 2, come home, rest/nap for a couple of hours then pick it up in the evening. It’ll be interesting to see if I can cope once I have to go back to full time.

Wedding planning is coming along nicely! So we have the venue.. Which is actually at a bike rally hosted by my families bike club (fiance and dad are both members), we have the celebrant booked, and the registry office is booked. We want a big fancy bell tent for the weekend since we’ll be there from the Thursday to the Sunday/Monday, and I don’t want to attempt getting ready in a two man tent! There’ll be live bands, food, drinks and bikes. Super exciting. I was never interested in getting married so I’ve never had any plans for it. This is entirely for Chris. I’d be happy down the registry office with a couple of witnesses, but you can’t win them all.

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Another MASSIVE cliche I shall be partaking of, is losing weight! I’m joining slimming world with my Mum next week. I haven’t weighed myself since I moved out of my flat and back into my parents with Chris, and everyone tells me I haven’t put any on, but I feel massive and unhealthy. I imagine the M.E plays a big part of it, and like, the fact that I hate every single part of me, but I don’t want to be huge at my wedding. Not when there’ll be photographic evidence. Usually I can avoid ever seeing photo’s of myself, but I suppose I’ll have to see these ones eventually.

Birb Update! He’s still a twat. He’s literally obsessed with stealing any people food he can get his beak into, but I hear that’s not an uncommon trait. His feathers and beak are a lot better now. Much healthier. We’ve started sticking him in the shower with us whenever we shower, since his idea of a wash is sticking his face in his water bowl and flapping around. Its brought his green out beautifully! I doubt he’s ever had a proper shower before so it’s taking a little time to get him used to it, but it’s pretty funny. He likes to sing and wolf whistle, which is a nice little confidence boost when you’re nakey 😉

So those are my plans for Feb onwards. I just want to be healthier and generally happier. I mean, I;m not unhappy, just unhappy with myself.

Things will get better!

My Workspace

My desk is something that has always been super important to me. It’s my favourite place. Probably the only place that is all mine. AND a space I get to do whatever I like with.

I had a big tidy up today in order to make some more space so I can stock up on well, stock. I’ve had a couple of orders for custom burnt wooden boxes now, so it seems to me that keeping a few around is a good idea. But that’s not what this blog is about.

Lets take a tour!

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This is my desk and main workspace. Very tidy for once. A rare occurrence, believe me. My desk is massive. Got it from Ikea years a go and its done me well. I’ve taken it with me everywhere I’ve lived. Its been dismantled and rebuilt more times than I can remember! Its not very clean mind. White was a poor choice. But its good. My desktop is actually running off my laptop that sits a dock so I can take it off and carry it about if I need too. Good stuff. Massive monitor. Birthday present from my man. I like to work split screen for a lot of digital stuff so having a superwide monitor is AMAZING. Wireless stuff for when my desk is so messy I need to use my keyboard on my lap.

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This is the shelf above my desk. I just keep stuff I like here. Copic Markers, always useful. Pikachu. Pencil sharpener. Headphones. Majora’s Mask light box thing I made a few years ago. Little cauldron full of bits I might need. Knives, screwdrivers, keys, the usual.

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This is my bookcase. It is at a right angle to my desk so a lot of desk stuff often spills over onto it when I’m being messy/lazy. Loadsa books (mostly Chris’) I have some artbooks on there. I mostly use my Kindle to read nowadays. Chris’ bottle of Corvoisier that’s older than he is (saving it for a special occasion). Lots of notebooks, all mine. I like the covers. Zelda shelf. Big cups on top shelf.

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Zelda shelf you gasp! I’ve been collecting stuff from The Legend of Zelda series for years. I’m sure I have/had more, but it’s got walkies in various moves I think. That’s a heart container plate at the back. I love it. Wish I could use it. Stupid collectibles. Few of the hardback guides. Huge Dark Horse books. Weird fake PEZ dispenser. Some fabric map things. Manga’s. Figures. Sweatband. I think that’s about it.

20180813_185315 This is crafty cupboard.

Bottom shelf is roller-blades and skates. Various safety equipment. Above that is mostly important paperwork and things I’m supposed to keep a hold of because I’m a grown up now. I think there’s a bag of make up there as well that I hardly use.

Above that we have a random spare Xbox 360. Never know when you might need one. Spare laptop. Some more collectible stuff in boxes. Bunch of sandpaper and some packaging and postage stuff.

Then my toolbox! Pretty much ALL my crafting stuff is in there. I love him. Some cloths I use for staining and waxing. Box full of finished bits of jewelry currently for sale on Etsy.

Top shelf is wood bits. Some nice slices of Birch. Axe. Saw. Moegami waiting for a home and a random bottle of degreaser.

So that’s where I spend all my time when I’m not at work-work. I think it’s super important to have your own space and this is mine ❤