Also the nexy day, all the chocolates and lovey dovey stuff is discounted and that's pretty neato. Ruari and I celebrated Valentines late because we were both working the actual day (Ruari during the day/afternoon and me during the evening/night. Brutal!) but I gave him a heart shaped pizza at the end of my shift, which is romantic af, get on my level.
Anyway, how was your February? Mine went like this...
HOURLY COMIC DAY 2019
Not the first time I tried it but the first time I managed to actually finish and share my daily comics with people! Here was my February 1st, featuring snow, thirst and some pretty good dice rolls.
ART vs ARTIST 2019
I liked the selfie so I used it for both pics, big whoop, wanna fight about it
VALENTINES DAY 2019
Honestly, this is the year of finally managing to do things that I haven't been able to the previous year for whatever reason. I actually designed these last year but never got around to finishing them. Which was a good thing cos they looked pretty pants. Luckily, I have myself enough time to finish them this year and I think they're pretty neato! A nice little thing for the kind people that appreciate and support my little therapy project.
Also I suppose for Ruari as well... although he got his own picture tbh and I don't want him to get greedy.
Ruari's been super addicted to Fallout 4 and is part of the Minutemen. His companion is Codsworth who we would both honestly die for. Luckily, I don't think we can actually die, not like Fallout 3 where we'd have to go back to a previous save if Dogmeat ever got killed. I refuse to let him die, miss me with that.
Anyway, I love you Ruari <3 thank you for supporting this birdbrained binch
My charms arrived this month! After much nervous waiting ("Did I send the right files with the right colours? Did I put the loop in the right place? Oh god, will the pigeons look as good in print? What if people won't buy them? Oh god aaaaaaaAAAAAAAAA-") they arrived and looked absolutely GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself. Once my heart gems and tiny loops arrived, I was able to get to work on them properly and here is the end result!
I love how the heart gems look on them but I might make them optional. Although they are easy to remove if people don't like/want their keyring to have them. Idk, they're fun to put on, goshdangit.
In other news, I got prints that I'm working on, for cons and exhibitions and whatnot. Check out these two! Some more universal expressions which a twist of some sort. If possible, I'd love to make the moon, stars and text in the 'Love You To The Moon' print glow in the dark. If there's any local print places that can help a chick out, I'd love to make it happen! Otherwise I'll sell it as is cos it's cute.
Also the Binch one is great, something of a compromise between me and my Mum who suggested I do "You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing" as a print/something to sell. While I know many folk who would dig that, it kind of goes against Crumbs as a brand... although that said I swear like a sailor who stubbed their toe so maybe it could work. But the word 'Binch' makes it stand out and works with the whole cute bird feel I'm going for so, eh.
And here's a little look at another print I'm working on. I got inspired during a walk after seeing daisies growing on the ground and it made me think how Sweet would absoLUTELY make daisy chains, crowns, belts and all sorts for her pigeon friends, family, milkman and so on. While not the most dynamic piece, I think a nice straightforward picture can be just as effective.
I can't seem to stop coming up with ideas for Sweet. Luckily people seem to like her a lot so it's not a problem or anything but I wanna make sure my other birds get some love too!
I wanted to get more Redbubble work done but time got away from me... next month though, you'll see more stuff. Promise!
I've had a few donations to my kofi recently, which has been so awesome! In order to thank these sweet beans, I've taken to drawing their favourite pigeon for them (if they have one, otherwise I pick at random) and if I get donations throughout the month, I'll share their present image on the blog to share their kindness and generosity!
I wasn't sure if the mystery person didn't want to reveal themselves or something so I had to pick a pigeon for them. Sweet seemed to be a safe bet. I gotta see if I can get some Sugar love out there a bit more. She's a shy bean so maybe she's okay staying out of the spotlight but I'm sure she'd appreciate some friendos as well!
Thank you all again for your kindness. These were fun to work on and they're good practice to draw my birds in cute poses/sharing sweet messages!
OTHER NEATO THINGS
I drew dogs again because I live vicariously through other people who have animals in their everyday life. Maybe one day that'll be me again but until then, I'm drawing cute puppers and cattos and others.
For now, it's only dogs. Here's Eric!
Eric is a French Bulldog that I had the pleasure of hanging out with last month. He's such a good boy! His gentle and calm nature has made him a wonderful therapy god, going around to care homes to cheer up patients and the elderly. I would die for this dog and probably will.
Also here's a cool thing! If any of y'all in the North East get the Chronicle, Eric is in the Precious Pets competition as entrant number 1955! Aside from being a good sweet bean, the prize money would be a big help for his surgery to improve his breathing at the end of the month.
I mean come on, LOOK AT HIM! I just wanna smoosh his little cheekies and kiss his wrinkly little head and boop his little nosey posey and hnnnnNNNGGGGG
... ahem, so, uh, yes. Vote for Eric! So far you can only vote by getting the Chronicle newspaper, cutting out the slip and posting it but if an online voting option becomes available, I'll link it on here!
And now for one more dog with a... umm... interesting name. But a big heart and even bigger fluff.
Do yourselves a favour and follow this youtube account. And then this instagram. And then the facebook. Cumlord probably has other accounts too but the YouTube is where it's at mostly. I did my best trying to capture that majestic mane of fluff. A good boy. A good boy indeed.
Give him a shrimpy.
And finally, uuuhhhhh well I decided to change my pigeon's colours to look like my hair and eyes. Personalise her a bit, you know? Although my natural hair colour is pretty much grey by now anyway BUT I like ash red pigeons so I wanted to make her one. And as I'm the one with the pencil and a copy of photoshop, I say make it so! And I did.
Righto, goals for March... well, I didn't finish my zine or the Redbubble plans like I wanted to do. I've actually been struggling mentally (which isn't new tbh) but also physically for the past month, with my aches and pains getting worse the past couple of weeks, aching all over to the point where I'm in agony after a shift, I can't wake up early enough to get lots of art done and I've been getting frustrated with myself. But I know pushing myself won't help matters and only make things worse; I need to work within my limits... but the issue is that I don't really know what exactly my limits ARE. I'm hoping I can discuss this with my GP and see what I can do.
In the meantime, I'm going to keep being productive where I can while not working myself into the ground. I know that for now, my priorities are business cards, Crumbs of Wisdom, prints and perhaps some other small merchandise ideas. The keyrings are sorted now but I need business cards to arrive before I can start packaging them and preparing them for sales. With any luck, my online store will be up and running within the next few months once I have the products in my hands to sell. And I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for any local markets that might work well. I'll announce these on my social medias if I'm making an appearance so keep an eye on them!
As for a to-do list, I'm telling myself this-
Working on ONE print/piece a day is mandatory. Planning/working on future pieces is optional (depending on how my head and entire achy breaky body is doing).
Like I say, I'm still working out my limitations. As it is right now, my hands and arm are in a LOT of pain from typing this out but damnit, I wanted it done. Also the train to Sleepy Time Junction seems to be delayed... again... for me... starting to think this is the wrong platform. Don't worry though, I'm going to go and rest myself now that this entry is out of the way.