These posts are for archival purposes and as a gallery reference for use elsewhere on the site.
Hello people. The newsletter/signup solution I had cobbled together was not working I was getting hundreds of spam registrations a day and this has caused me to now be unable to send anything through my gmail account for 24 hours, because that’s the address that was sending the confirmation emails and such.
I need something better. If anyone has any suggestions please do let me know as I’m at something of a loss.
I really need to get into the habit of posting these as they are finished, but here are the pieces of lineart that I’ve finished since I released the 7 free PDFs. These will be available to download to all my patrons on Patreon once I launch it, though comments here are welcome 🙂 Read More »
Hello, and welcome to the June update post.
Another month of doodling, getting lineart finished and finally posting some product for sale. Read on for more information…
Hello, and welcome to the first of hopefully many monthly update posts.
These posts will be published on the last day of the month they cover, or the first day of the next and will roughly coincide with the release of the monthly newsletter. In these posts you will find all the latest information and announcements from the preceding month; galleries of the month’s finished sketches, lineart, and any fully finished pieces that I’ve gone on to colour myself; and possibly other artists I’ve encountered on my trawlings of the social web.
So, now that the introductions are dealt with, on with the content!
This is a gallery of the lineart PDFs I have available for download, the first 7 are available here (free registration required) and the others will be accessible through my Patreon once I launch it (Soon™).
These are all available as A3 PDFs which will print acceptably at A4 size. Considering that they were originally drawn in a Moleskine, slightly smaller than A5, it shouldn’t cause too much in the way of eye strain colouring them at A4 size 😉
The doodles just keep coming, and I haven’t played a video game in nearly 2 months.
I’ve not had much time to get any admin done in the way of setting up a store, both on here (and possibly Facebook) and through a print on demand provider. This means that while my Instagram (@redmandrill) and Facebook page have been getting updated, I’ve been neglecting this page and actually doing anything to make a bit of money out of this. I feel a bit crass mentioning it, but if I can even make a little more pocket, pin and party money (there’s none at the moment*) then I’m going to do it. As I’ve said elsewhere, I’ll be looking to develop a range of products to suit as many budgets as possible. What would you like to see? Not promising anything, but I will look into all suggestions.
Organisationally I’m beginning to sort out a production process beyond the actual act of producing the doodles and vectors. Once finished those images need to be prepared and formatted for producing canvases, and other printed goods, before I can start putting a store together. This is the bit I’m most easily distracted from, so am laying out a step-by-step process for myself which I will follow until it becomes habit. Then, of course, once orders start (hopefully) coming in, I’ll need to figure out a process for dealing with those. This will depend on which services are used to produce which products. It’s looking like a choice between inkthreadable.co.uk and designbyhumans.com at the moment. If anyone has any experience with either of these, how did you find them?
As I’ve been composing this post I’ve been looking at plugins to display my Instagram and Flicker feeds. Another bit of admin I’ve been neglecting. I should have galleries available either in the sidebar or their own pages/posts soon™. I’m also looking at
Ecwid/WooCommerce, as a starting point for a store on this site. If anyone reading this has any experience, tips, or pointers for this eCommerce service/plugin, fee free to pass them on in the comments.
I’ve got a process and workflow in Inkscape pretty nailed down at this point (excepting the adaptation above) and am enjoying doodling on the train to work and for a few minutes with a coffee in the morning (It’s even serving to wean me off Toy Blast, one of those insidious Facebook games/apps). I’m also planning my first A3 pencil work, and have ordered a flexible arm thing for holding my phone so I can stream it on either Instagram, or Facebook. I will probably have to have my headphones on for this however (I need music as I work and I’m not sure of the rules regarding streaming music for this sort of thing) so may not be very talkative.
I’m also beginning to get hints of a world/mythology/cosmology behind these seemingly random forms, shapes and combinations, that I self deprecatingly call doodles. I’m not quite sure what to make of it as yet, but there’s certainly something there, in the dark between the voids…