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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Balance

Balance between client work and personal work is so very important when you're freelance.  I lost sight of that and really loaded on the client work for the past few years. (it doesn't help that we have a bunch of debt now from getting ripped off by a contractor.) So much so that I might get one personal piece done a year, and personal work is important for passive income (Prints for shows, artwork for online merchandise, etc).  

It came to a breaking point here recently with the last two sketch card sets I've done.  My rejections have always been kinda low, the last few sets I've seen more than half of my cards getting rejected, and I've seen what's been showing up on ebay and it just doesn't make any sense.  I've seen high schools students do better work that what's being approved.  And this last set (Lost in Space), 34 of my 50 cards were rejected, can you pay your bills with 160.00 for a two week job?  I didn't think so.   That's why I'm done with Sketch Cards, the approvals just aren't there, and they are taking time away from other work I should be doing. I really thought that sketch cards would/could be a stepping stone for my illustration career, but it's definitely a dead end for me.

So once I get my commissions list cleared, I'm going back to the daily grind - full time at first then maybe to part time.  This will free me up to focus on some personal work and getting my professional portfolio where it needs to be so I can start seeking book illustration work. There are too many personal projects I've been trying to get started, but there is always a deadline hanging over my head.  Like that alien day drawing I did 2 years ago, I still haven't painted it, or that coloring book I've been trying to illustrate - I can't even find time to start it.  Just so much I want to do.

I'll still be taking personal commissions because I love doing work for other people, but I won't be actively seeking any contract jobs till I'm ready.

Onward & upward, right?

Here is my latest drawing (that I can share)


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Youtube Montization Changes & Throttling Feeds

I got an email from youtube today telling me that as of February I will no longer have access to the Monetization feature on my videos because I have less than 1000 subscribers and less than 4,000 hrs of watch time.



It just feels like they are trying to cater to higher-end creators and squeezing us little people out.  As of February, I have no incentive to keep making videos. They've throttled the organic feed to subscribers just as Facebook did.  If you didn't know Facebook's organic feed for pages is now at .04% unless you pay or run a paid promotion.  I've seen a HUGE drop in the number of views my videos get.  I used to hit at least 100 in the first week (measly I know) now I'm lucky to have 15.

I'm so frustrated with all of it right now.

For the past few days, I've been reading articles on hashtags for Instagram because my views there have dropped considerably, not that they were out of this world by any stretch of the imagination.  But I feel like IG is throttling feeds too, which would make sense because they're owned by Facebook.

They keep changing the rules and making it harder than it needs to be.


Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Opening Holiday Commissions - Pet Portraits

I'm currently working on a Contract Job and I'm opening commissions up for the week of Nov 27-Dec 3rd.  I may have time after my deadline, but, not in time for a before Christmas Delivery

You can either order directly from my shop or shoot me an email at: conniefaye.art@gmail.com

Store Links:
5x7 - $50.00 + Shipping
8x10 - $95.00 + Shipping

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Commissions, Eight & Sand Gallery, Painting...

The last of my commissions went out on Saturday, I hate that it took me so long to get them done, but this last group I started to feel burnt out. So now I'm giving myself this week to play around in my sketchbook. I've been feeling like i'm in a rut with my painting style. I stumbled onto this artist when one of his videos was suggested to me on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/mattjabbar I'm so in love with the way he uses color.

I also want to recreate Miyazaki's watercolor palette too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhF3Q7f4ARc I've been stuck painting the same way I have since High School, the way Doc Bob taught us. I need to break some of those habits because I think they're holding me back. Hopefully this week I'll get some good ideas and some good practice in. Even though I've given myself a week, I can already feel the anxiety kicking in. I'm down to my last 20 in my paypal and if I'm not working on commissions I don't really have any money coming in.

Last month between clients I managed to crank out an illustration I've had in my head since Jan/Feb. It's for a friends gallery in Seattle and the show is titled Insectarium, which will be the last show for her gallery (it's closing in August).



If you're interested, you can purchase this piece through the gallery site [ HERE ].

I made a new instagram acct for only my art. If you're following me in instagram and you're only interested in my art and not the other stuff (cats, life stuff, or food) follow my Art IG. I'll only be posting art related pictures/updates.

And before I end this post, I'd like to remind everyone I have a Patreon Page. By supporting me on Patreon, For as little as $5.00/mo you could get an exclusive Art of the Month print and you help me continue my studio practice.

If anyone is following this blog, I apologize for the lack of updates, sometimes I get so busy I just completely forget. I'm going to try and do better. Hopefully I'll have some interesting art updates in the next few weeks.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Toy Con Toy Show & General Update


Huge HUGE *Thank You* to everyone that came out to ToyCon yesterday and came by my table. I really enjoyed all of the conversations we had. I'm really happy that you liked my work enough to bring it home with you.

I really like the ToyCon staff, they are really nice, and most of the vendors are nice too. I enjoy doing shows, getting out talking with people, discussing art, pop culture, movies, and music.



Half way into working on this Chewbacca piece I began to get frustrated that I didn't have the proper browns, and was wishing I had painted it instead. I will probably redo it at some point. I stayed up way too late on Friday working on it, then finished it about 5pm on Saturday. I scanned it and stuck it in my prints layout. Then I put together a special prints package for the show on Sunday. By the time I had everything done it was about 6 - then I ran to the printer.

About 1230a as I was cutting down the 5x7 prints for that special prints package, that's when I realized I was missing two of the prints for it. I stopped by the printer after the show to get them printed up, I will be cutting & assembling them today and listing them in [ my bigcartel shop ].

I didn't get done with show prep till 230a Sunday, got up at about 5 and left about 630a and stopped to pick up breakfast with some much needed coffee, I got to the Bridgeview Community Ctr with 15 mins to unload, park the car and set up.

After the show, on the drive home is when the tired hit me. When I got home, the husband helped me unpack my car, I got my flash drive & paper then drove to the printer and got my missing prints done. He (long time employee there) apologized, by this time I wasn't mad, he let me know that my regular guy had found a new job and let me know who was on the print staff now. *sigh* looks I have new people to break in. =)

So much to do today, back to getting commissions done and out to clients.

Thanks for stopping in to read!

I have lots of arting updates on [ instagram ] and I repost on [ Facebook ], AND I also have a [ Patreon Page ] where you get to help shape the monthly art packages that are mailed out to patrons!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Etsy Payments - SCREWS OVER SHOP OWNERS.

A few weeks ago Etsy rolled out an update forcing all of their shop owners to turn on the etsy payment option or they'll lose their shops. Well I had my first sale with it and, they will not release funds till you reach a threshold amount of 25.00 for daily deposits. THIS IS RIDICULOUSLY WRONG. This is exactly the reason I quit using Zazzle, they have a threshold of $50.00 before they'll pay. My etsy shop earning went into the toilet after their beta tests back in 2014, and I only recently came back because Storenvy required users to participate in their 'stripe' payments, and requiring us to use stripe to participate in their market. This might work for people who are just resellers and have high product turnover. But for actual artists, this is a horrible business model.

So... I've taken down my listings at etsy. I need to do some research on where I can have a shop temporarily till October when my domain is up for renewal (then I'll be transfer it to wix since the yearly fees include domain payment).

If anyone still wants one of those Rebel pins, email me. I have a few left.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Portrait Special

The entire month of March I'm having a portrait special.

$35.00 for Sketch Card Sized paintings and $45.00 for 5x7's.