Inktober fail

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I fell off the Inktober wagon. It was a mixture of it not calling me, other demands on my time, and the fact that I have the attention span of a toddler. Maybe I’ll jump back on before it ends; or maybe I’ll learn my lesson: long term-a-thons just aren’t my thing.

You can take a look at artist Embers & Inks Inktober fest for a blast of ink and ideas.

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Behind the Scenes

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The second ‘Behind the Scenes’ post is up over on my Patreon site – click here – there is a flurry of making happening in chez Green Man Art – it includes glitter!

As well as $1 option for a newsletter every two weeks (and Behind the Scenes), there is also the option to watch me draw, and be the first to have access to new products before I launch to the public. If that interests you then hop on over to my Patreon Page and subscribe!.

And thank you to those who have – you have no idea how much it means to have support. Just even knowing people like what I do sometimes is the wind beneath my wings to carry on.

Have a great weekend folks!

October Things

Green Man Art

Green Man Art

Green Man Art

Hello!

How’s things? It was a bit of a busy week last week. I launched my Patreon page, and then posted my first Patreon posts – I’m still getting the hang of it, and I hope the posts will get better and better. I’m still trying to find a balance of things I share here and there.

I’m starting to feel the winter funk slide into my life… I sit at my desk and think ‘what’s the point’ which is not a great start to the working day.

But I’m keeping busy! I’ve got Christmas things ready to roll and I’m hand making some interesting bespoke items too – they’re still bits of fabric right now, but hopefully they’ll also be ready for Christmas cheer!

But, hey, we’ve still got October and November first, right? I’ll be offering a Halloween freebie sometime in the October half term week for you and your children, so keep your eyes peeled!

And I’m still persevering with Inktober so far – have you joined in? Let me know!

Talk soon –
Debbie

An Autumn Manifesto

An Autumn Manifesto

Surviving winter starts in autumn in my book. I always take a little nose-dive at this time of year, so as I sat rocking back and forth, speaking in tongues one evening, I thought I’d do that thing that brings me peace: draw. Before I knew it I was planning a little ‘autumn manifesto’ to remind me to find the beauty in this season.

With help from some instagram friends we came up with this list above (thanks to Rachelle Blondel, Jax Blunt, Slugs and Snails, Aisha Malik, Emma, Becky, @umm_aymandeensakinah, @Pootle_momma, and a couple of private users. Phew!)

I’d also like to add some practical things for the manifesto: take Vitamin D3 by the bucketload! Maybe think about getting a SAD lamp… because I’m SAD…, and plan special treats – days out and mini-breaks that get you out of dodge for a while, let you recharge and have something to look forward to.

Can you think of any others? Add them in the comments!

If you would like a copy of our manifesto then feel free to print out your own! (And if you do and have an image of it posted in your home then tag me on instagram @greenmanart!)

Inktober 2017

Green Man Art Inktober

Green Man Art Inktober

Green Man Art Inktober

Green Man Art Inktober

I decided to jump right in to Inktober drawing challenge this month! Which means the daily doodles are taking a back seat for a while. Are you also taking the challenge? Let me know. You can follow my journey on my instagram feed. Hope to see you over there!

A Full Week

Green Man Art freelance illustrator

Green Man Art freelance illustrator

Green Man Art freelance illustrator

Green Man Art freelance illustrator

Green Man Art freelance illustrator
Hi Guys,

How are you? I’m not going to lie to you, today I feel frazzled, and when I say ‘frazzled’ I really mean ‘unravelled’. Do you ever feel that way? Like some days are great, some days are doable, and then there are the days when one straw too many has hit the pile and you just stand there like a bird that has flown into a plate glass window? No? Just me then.

This week I am worried about my children and their education – last week I felt confident about it all and this week I feel like I’ve failed them again. The worry is endless. Add to that my laptop needs fixing – my main source of income tool! – and there are only moths in my purse. In fact, the moths in my purse are thugs and mug me every time I open it up.

And this week I feel like an all-round failure at life. And my car is dead. And we can’t go places. And and and…

Just straws adding to the pile.

But anyway! I’ve been working on little bits of art (I’m joking, I’ve been working NONE STOP), but because they’re all for publication (hopefully, fingers crossed) I can’t show you anything for copyright reasons. Which makes for a dull blog post. But here are some snippets.

And what have YOU been making this week? Let me know!

Introducing Patreon

Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. From the ancient world onward, patronage of the arts was important in art history. It is known in greatest detail in reference to medieval and Renaissance Europe.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and working a little behind the scenes to hopefully make it work, but I have decided to open a PATREON PAGE – click here.

Patreon works on the age-old model of ‘patronage’, whereby people support the arts through financial assistance.

As well as selling my art on Etsy, RedBubble, Spoonflower and the like, I also frequently submit work to publishers. I enjoy my art, but it can sometimes feel like shouting into a gale, and goodness it would be nice to catch my breath a little.

So, that’s where Patreon comes to the rescue. By pledging a monthly donation a patron has access to different levels of exclusive content, and I can hopefully gain a little security allowing me to plan bigger and better things.

I have offered different levels of ‘reward’ for various monthly pledges: from a fortnightly podcast, to looking at my sketchbooks, seeing behind the scenes, watch me draw videos, Q&A, hangouts, and much more. Please do go take a look, and please consider supporting my art? Even $1 will make a huge difference.

I officially ‘launch’ on 2nd October, you can take a look-see now.

On My Desk

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Across my desk this week is a project I’m working on for the winter – a small collection of images which need one final push for completion.

I’ve also been very good at committing to my daily doodle (which you will find on my instagram feed), as well as some other doodles not specifically for any challenge, but simply because they popped into my head.

And I thought I’d show you how dangerous it can be to be an artist: so engrossed in my task at hand I went to pick my glasses up and tried to put these on instead…

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And without my glasses that looked totally in focus. The lengths I go to bring you fresh content! I endanger my life to bring you art!

Ok, we’re into the weekend, folks! Hope you have a good one!

Where To Find Me in the Land of Web

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I have become a little social-media prolific recently; I’ve linked everything up in the nav-bar, but, well, thought I’d do a shout out too to let you know where I am. Because I’m sure you’d like to know.

Firstly, RedBubble, where you can buy my art on products, like this pillow above (and a very happy customer showing me their cushion in situ!) – I intend to keep adding to this site but I’ll let you know when new things are in.

Twitter – I tend to repost things to twitter because it seems silent on there at the moment – but give me a holler and I’ll happily chat!

My Tumblr is something I’m getting used to. It’s taken me a while, but I’m starting to like it – like a cross between a social media thing and a blog. Bits and bobs keep showing up on there, but follow me and I’ll follow you too! Lots to find in that rabbit hole!

Instagram is a no-brainer, you probably found me there – I virtually live on it. I love visuals and it’s nice to connect with people on there. Pop by and say ‘hello’!

Then there are the places to buy prints and other Green Man goodies – Etsy is the place to try first (heads up – on the 2nd October there is going to be a flash sale to celebrate the launch of something. Keep your eyes peeled).

Fabric and wallpaper and giftwrap can all be found at Spoonflower. I’m waiting for some samples to arrive before I can put a few things on sale there, and will be adding to the stock.

And finally, but not least, I do have a newsletter which you can subscribe to – I aim at making this a monthly round up so won’t be spamming you – it will give you the heads up on new products and major things. Please sign up!

Right then. That’s you told. I’m off to make some art! Enjoy the rest of your day!