Showing posts from March, 2014

Sketches And Doodles

I've been working on my drawing skills and working on possible sculpture and Silver Jewellery ideas.  The first image needs work particularly to the hair, the second is made up of doodles of possible broach/pendant designs, the third is a possible figure kit. :)

It's a hard life... a freelance Artist.  It can be a solitary life if you don't share a Studio and there are no people to bounce ideas off and gauge the appeal of your work.

Over the past few weeks I have been trying to find my path.  I am/was an Illustrator, and a couple of years ago hit a purple patch where I was doing back to back commissions.  This run came to an end when the Publisher got into difficulties. Since then the recession hit and work dried up.  This didn't affect everyone, but my work is a little more expensive than most due to the processes involved so I was hit harder.

So I decided to go back to jewellery design and orders started to come in. But here again things have declined somewhat.  My problem is that I produce bespoke pieces at near 'off the peg' prices.  If I wanted to be cost effective I would need to be courting the high end customer.  But I am at a disadvantage of not living near a big city.

So I have sent my Illustration Samples out into the world to see i…

At Last A Plan!

Well it finally happened.  I have mapped out my future goals.

I had been waiting for a point in time where my career options appeared limited, where I was devoid of work before making the ultimate decision.

Jewellery orders dried up, Illustration commissions nowhere to be seen. In the absence of hope I find the freedom to act.

There are two goals: To generate an income from a creative pursuit which I don't necessarily find completely fulfilling but which can pay the bills.

And a supplementary goal that makes up for what's lacking from the above; but will in fact take over as my main goal in the long run.

Both these aims will require funding for equipment which ironically could be provided by Jewellery sales and Illustration commissions.  To which end I have increased promotion of both through networking and the sending out of Illustration Postcards, (see below :)).