Onwards and Sideways

Last time, I talked about making some merchandise available for Prophecy of the Circle (and other things) and… this month I’ve gone and I’ve done it. After experimenting in different places and doing some homework, I’ve set up a shop on RedBubble with a few of my previous art pieces available to be printed either for your wall or on a variety of goodies. It’s a small start, but I plan to add more to it as the weeks and months go on. 🙂 I’ll make sure to mention when new designs appear.

On a related note, I also mentioned a few months ago that I’d hit upon some hard times, and that… really hasn’t changed. With the way of the economy where I live, that’s not looking to improve anytime soon, either.

I’ve been diligently squirrelling away what funds I can into savings, and I’ve been reducing my belongings so that I can pack up and try elsewhere. I’m actually aiming to make the big move to another province entirely within the next few months. My boyfriend, who you’ve probably seen around in the comments as TimmCosplay, is a resident of British Columbia and so are a whole bunch of my relatives. I’d have family and friends around there, and with the education and experience I have, it seems that would be a better place to test my skills and seek fulfilling employment. I know here isn’t a good place for me.

In the meanwhile, I’m trying whatever I can to make starting over a bit faster and easier. I like to give back for any amount of money that’s passed my way, so I’m not keen on just taking donations. I’d rather work for it. To that end, besides the RedBubble store, the Patreon is always there of course. Those who are already contributing have been absolute life-savers and have me intensely whispering “thank you” every month. As I pare down my art supplies, there may be some new goodies appearing on Storenvy.  It won’t just be art up there in the near future. I have to acquire a few more bits and bobs, but I do have a drawer full of things like jewellery-making supplies, and I want to put together some Tarsin bond necklaces. I’ve made two before. They looked a little like this:

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I need to get more cord to string them on, and I’m thinking I’ll pick up some beads to make some Tieke, Harangin, and tekk themed necklaces, too.

I’m even considering taking commissions for the first time in my life. It could be a thing! If it is – and honestly, I’m thinking that it likely will be – I’ll let you guys know when I have slots open.

And, as always, if anyone has suggestions for what else I could provide, then I am so completely open to hearing what you have to say. I love the feedback. Feedback is good!

At the very smallest, absolute least bit, of you’ve got an adblocker, if you could put this site on your whitelist, I would love you forever. You would suddenly feel this beam of warm thankfulness descend upon you, and that is the feeling of my gratitude.

In the meanwhile, thanks! You guys have always been the best to me.

The Quest For Better Art

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Not entirely Prophecy of the Circle related, but it is kind of adjacent to being related!

I’m trying something new. It’s something that I always meant to try my hand at, but never got around to until now. I submitted a design to Threadless, and I’m hoping to toy with more t-shirt and product designs in the future. Yes, a bunch will be for Prophecy of the Circle, and a bunch will be other things. I want to try a variety of styles and subjects and ideas so that I can build confidence, learn more about what makes good design (I’m such a novice), hone my artistic skills by trying to make the cleanest work I can do, learn new tricks, and who knows, maybe make some pocket change along the way.

I’m trying to branch out beyond my comfort zone, too, so the first thing I decided to try was entering the Typography Challenge on Threadless. Everyone who knows me knows that I feel utterly clumsy about trying typography designs (the logo for Prophecy of the Circle involved many hours of cursing and whining at Photoshop and I still kind of glare at the result) but after working on this, while I still feel so, so clumsy, I hate making typography a little less. It’s given me an appreciation for it. It makes me want to keep trying new things.

If you want to wander over (I think you probably need to make an account, but that takes seconds and I’d so appreciate it) and score my entry, you’d have my endless gratitude!

I Have Written a Side Story!

Sort of! It’s terrible, but it’ll improve!

Yes!

To explain, I have successfully completed this amazing feat on Patreon! Annen’s Story, which here you would have last heard about many months ago,  has a completed rough draft now, and so there’s a public post that babbles a bit about my process and what’s to come, if that’s something that strikes your curiosity.

As I mention in the post, I’ve only ever finished one story ever in my life, and it was half my lifetime ago, back in those awkward, awful teenage years, and so no one outside of my immediate family member is allowed to read that drivel. I have the chance now to break that truly lousy record!

This is kind of exciting! 😀