The website is done for now, I have paper samples coming in the mail for business cards and art prints. I’ve even put our my first application to sell at a convention as an individual. It’s all very exciting!!!
Per the usual though, I’m off learning to work with new materials again. This time I’m learning to do felt sculptures so that I can make art dolls. My very first doll with armature (wire hiding on the inside so it can hold a pose) came out as a smashing success in my opinion. The creature below is a Manokit, a fantastical blend of shark and canine. It’s not perfect, but for a first attempt I can’t really complain.
I focused a lot on printmaking in school, so much that I got a mini roller press for a graduation present. It’s great for small relief or intaglio prints and I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of it. When I asked a screen printing kit this past Christmas it apparently confused my family – they didn’t realize there were multiple ways to print. Haha, I tried to educated them but clearly I’m more passionate about the subject than the average person. Long story short, I got my kit! I finally got to play with it today and while I wasn’t instantly perfect at it I think I’ll get use to the process real quick.
I have a pretty large backlog of pictures and it was a tough choice to figure out what art to highlight on my new website. Like the little piggies to the right – These cute fondant figures ended up on a cake but they’d almost be at home in my miniatures gallery. I love them!
In the end I decided only clay sculptures will go into the gallery… for now. A little self curation is probably wise but I make no promises for how long I can keep it up!
In typical fashion I worked on a couple of other projects before finishing the webpage. Such as the cookie monster above! He’s cute and I got a yarn animal request from some coworkers. I really enjoy too many different types of arts and crafts.
The website is starting to look like a website, but before I go much further I have to decide on one small detail. Do I want to use my “real” name or an online identity?
I’ve always signed my art (if I had signed it at all) with my initials, MAS, often with the year of creation in the loop created by my ‘S’. While this makes sense among friends and family did I really want to open myself up to the internet? Tentatively, I say yes, I’ll be my own brand. I could change my mind next week, who knows? Until then, I’ve made a slightly elaborate version of my signature to use in some of the website elements.
Edit: Funny enough, I decided that just my signature was good without the paint pallet addition. Sometimes you have to stick to the classics.
Website building has never been a strong suit on mine. WordPress is definitely geared more towards blogs so I figured that I might as well do a few posts while I figure out what my finale design will be. Who know? Maybe I’ll keep this feature.
In the meantime, if you want to see how this bear drawing was made feel free to hop over to my Youtube
Looks like I’m doing a website, I’m told all the cool kids are doing it. What, with their pins and being Insta-ready. What’s a girl to do?
In all seriousness though, having my own site for art will be a good thing once I figure it all out.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.