Over a year has passed between blog entries. So many things have happened during the summer. My husband got a new job at Caesar’s Palace designing iPhone games. His Poker with Bob did so well that Caesar’s Palace bought the intellectual property from him and hired him as a consultant. We packed up in September and moved to Las Vegas. I quit my boring graphic design job and am an artist full time…yeah! Settling down took a while; finding a house to rent, unpacking and registering the cars. The first thing I tackled with my new found artist freedom was to redesign some mascots and create new ones for Banzai Chicks. I am working on a media bible, a comprehensive book that explains the universe, the character personality and the philosophy. So I had to wrack my brain with developing the back story. I was never happy with my bunny design and the ones I did of my own real life dogs. I wanted to design more Kawaii, cuter looking creatures. So here is a preview of the new critters, including a chibi version of my geisha girl. I decided to pen her Izumi. I created chinchillas for Madison and some extra dog and cat friends.
I’ve also been busy working on my etsy store (especially in time for the holiday season), finally listing a bunch of jewelry I had left over from the San Diego Comic-con. I learned how to create better product photos of my merchandise by investing in a light box off of Amazon and a macro lens for my camera. I even ventured over to Michael’s the Craft Store and bought scrap booking papers to use as backgrounds. Creating a presence on Etsy takes a while, so I bought Etsy search ads, but in truth, I think listing new items in the store brings in more traffic than impressions. Too bad you are not paying for clicks like in Google Ads. Even so, I am spending $1/day (about 1000 impressions) for 2 weeks. Here is a link to my revamped store:
I also designed new t-shirts for my spreadshirt store. Since it is a print-on-demand online service, I can see how new ideas would work on shirts instead of actually manufacturing them. Spreadshirt is based in Australia, so shipping from them probably takes a while. I like their large inventory of clothing and they allow a larger placement of your design on their shirts (compared to zazzle and cafepress). Take a look at my new designs!
I also designed new skateboards for my zazzle.com store. I even made some stamps. I ordered them and they were awesome! I made sneakers earlier in the year and bought a pair. The workmanship was pretty cool. I was also very pleased, I haven’t worn them yet because I was afraid to get them dirty.
So that is all for now, I will try to be better about blogging in 2012!