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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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Box

“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

The Legend of Zelda Trinket Box

Back in August (I think) I was approached after finishing my Marauders Map box with the idea of a Zelda box for a friends daughter. Luckily Zelda is something I love so I actually had some idea’s already on the back burner.

We had a chat about what aspects of the games her daughter liked, and we selected the image for the front. The cover image is the cover illustration from the Ocarina of Time, Part 1 manga. I chose this particular image as Ocarina of Time holds a special place in my heart, and I wanted to be able to transfer those feelings to wood for this gift. The images on the sides of the box were drawn by myself. Just a few images to include various aspects from different games.

 

 

Cara had this to say about her commission:

Commisioned this for my daughter and i honestly couldnt be happier
Asha was great talking through the design and working out what i actually wanted, she is utterly commited to providing what her customers want
My daughter loves her Zelda box too
Thank you Asha i’m certain i will be back for more 🙂

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I’m so pleased that Cara and her daughter loved the box, and I’m looking forward to making more in the future.

If you’d like to commission your own gift, you can contact me here, or head on over to my Etsy Page.

-AFA

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 ❤

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