I want to thank everyone in the past year that picked up one of my weekly discounts. They were really fun. Each and every one was a privilege and challenge. I got to reach far more people than I would ever imagine. I got to dabble with characters usually not something that got my attention to characters that were personal favorites. It's because of the weekly discounts that I got to draw some very provocative, very adorable and very exhilarating art.
Right now I am working on a rather large piece of rock stars. I'm sure you have noticed by my last few pieces. Trust me, it's been a task to use my free time working on them and not pop culture stuff. When I saw Avengers, I simply had to make a Marvel Zombie Phil Coulson. With each Men in Black commercial, I've been wanting to do those pieces. Once Upon A Time, Grimm, etc
my pop culture meter has been on fire lately but I haven't had the time. Least of all, X-Men pieces which was always the childhood dream.
I suppose I'm closing the weekly discount because I'm tired of advertising. While my Watch count isn't several hundred, I like to think the few of you that fave and the even better of you that comment is my audience. You like the work. You enjoy the weird journal updates. You've been along for the ride. Which is more than any person I see in the real world. If you want a commission then you know where I am. I'm not going anywhere. I count on that, myself, on the artists I follow since I pick up commissions when I can.
Everyone saw this right?
After becoming a father, my social circle imploded. Your voices are the ones that I socialize with. My Facebook is made up mostly of you guys and a few friends I've made from Divergent Magazine. Which, since I just brought it up, is now moving forward with its second issue. I can say now that this isn't about money. A single discount commission brought me more money than the entire run of Divergent Magazine 1. At time of date, I've made $21 dollars for designing the entire magazine and as Editor. A typical weekly discount was $35. On a financial glance, this is a poor decision but my work has sort'a fell into a comfortable style. A style, I must admit, was what I was after. I wanted a distinct look but now it all looks a little the same.
I did an audition as a colorist but after the car got totaled, I only submitted half of it. I'm pretty sure I didn't score the job but it was a wonderful opportunity. I am sure once I finish these few big projects on my shoulders I'll come back and ask if you'd all be interested in the weekly discount again because I'll be bored at trying to expand my style/get out an artist rut. I'm way too old to be worried about that to begin with.
My daughter turns three in a few weeks. Her mother and I have had a lot of conference calls which we turn into vacations. My daughter took her first steps at a hotel . One day I picked up Eloise on a discount rack and she fell in love with the book. Eventually we found the cartoon and she was smitten with the theme song. We picked up the cake topper ([link]
, we will be having cupcakes ([link]
and we rented a hotel suite ([link]
for the party. For the past two birthdays, we rented a room at the community center (apartment life hasn't really been all that great for birthday parties as we live in a small, crime ridden complex, but those are stories I usually don't complain about) and after you get done with the deposit, it's almost the same as booking a hotel room. The fact we had a Groupon discount didn't hurt though.