Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What Progress?


Somehow I'm making writing blog posts on my phone a habit! I'm sick this week with a cold that the whole family caught. I'm hoping to be spared the horrible headaches and nausea if nothing else (fun fact: runny noses can cause nausea!

What I'm Creating

I'm working on getting people together to do a continual series of interviews on my blog! If you are interested please let me know. You do not have to be traditionally published but you should have a web presence! It doesn't help you to be interviewed if people can't find any information about you after!

Schedule

I'm actually doing okay sending out work. I've sent out work to 6 publishers online. My goal is to send out at least 4 more by the end of the week. I will probably take a pause after this. I don't mind rejection, but if I get a lot I want to give myself a chance to make changes to my approach. I hate the idea of making the same mistake over and over. Also if my materials aren't right I want to be able to change them before everyone sees them.

I'm going to leave the artwork as a blank for now. I'm thinking of multiple things I'd like to do but mostly I'd like to fix up at least one of my dummies to send out. I'm working on preliminary drawings and will see where it goes before I settle on a schedule. I may start a new dummy as well, so once I figure things out I can get started!

April 20th - Send out work to at least 4 more publishers online. Have questions sent out for the 6 people who have already agreed to interviews!

April 28th - Figure out my next goals for illustration/writing. 

April 30th - Try to get at least 20 people lined up for interviews (and hopefully have questions sent out). 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Coffee -- Art vs. Plants

Admit it: You wouldn't know these were plants
if they weren't so clearly marked.
I've been busy lately getting my garden in order. This is the first year that I've attempted to do some indoor growing before the growing season gets underway. Right now it's raining so I'm not going to be doing anything outside. Since it's so rainy the pictures are a bit dull. I added in some drawings to make them a bit more lively.

I made these little planters out of old egg cartons. I cut off the lids and put them on the bottom of the cartons. I probably didn't have to put the foil around the bottoms (but this isn't my place and I'm afraid of big messes especially on the wooden storage shelves). I'll see how things go this year and maybe I'll skip that step next year. The nice thing about these is the egg cartons soak up some of the water so it's hard to accidently overwater and the dirt stays moist longer. I used potting soil and old pots for the bigger plants. In the past I've bought plants for my garden. planting my own seeds made a lot of difference!

Soaking up the sun in my kitchen.

In the next couple of weeks I'll be getting some new dirt in my garden. This will be my fourth year having a garden, yay! Last year was the first year that I had a decent garden. I started with seeds which made a difference. Also I think the soil was bad in the garden and it took a few years of adding soil to it to make it a strong garden. I did my research last year as well. Instead of just throwing the plants in the soil I actually looked something up. It wasn't that I knew nothing, but instead of just listening to advice from others I worked at learning things for myself.
Hoping somehow the sunflowers will survive this year.
We seem to have some animal life that like to kill sunflowers!
I was going to have a lovely story relating plants to art, but  I feel like I've already said so much in this post. Maybe next Monday. My plants should be a bit bigger then too.

Honestly, until I started with an outside garden I had trouble keeping my indoor plants alive. Last year it was even easier and I think it's because I started from seed. I was able to see wonderful results in my garden because of this.

Do you have a garden this year? If so what did you plant?
An example of how my garden looked last year. Last year
the bowling pins didn't grow quite so well. 






Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What Progress?



I'm writing this on my iPhone again. I'm not willing to get out of bed to write this (even though typing on the computer is more comfortable). 


What I'm Creating

Nothing has come yet out of the submission I sent (not that I expected anything so soon) so I'm back to the drawing board literally. I'm working on some new illustrations. Hoping to figure out how I'm going to do them digitally. The programs I have aren't great for this so I'm hoping I can figure something out!

I have started a Patreon page for Smart Dummies: https://www.patreon.com/SmartDummies I just talked about this Monday so I won't say too much today!



Schedule


This schedule is pretty much destroyed. I've had complications (most people call them kids) and haven't gotten to much. I also ended up sick without knowing I was really sick so that's weird. 

I got my copy of the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I went in and highlighted everything where I can email something right away. Email is not ideal but it works. I have several leads. I plan to do some emailing this weekend. 




April 13th - Send out some emails and work on art as time permits. 5-10 places. Contact 10 people on Instagram and ask to feature their work!

April 14th - Spend time with my husband. 

April 30th - Finish at least 3 digital illustrations. (At least inks). Have at least 20 emails sent out about my new idea I just got!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Coffee

I've started a Patreon page! This page is to help get a little bit of funding for the Smart Dummies event. Smart Dummies is free and always will be, but there are things that are difficult to do for free. "Like what" you say? Well like having a logo contest and creating a planner for the next event. You can visit my Smart Dummies Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/SmartDummies

Everything is up and running, but please let me know if you have suggestions! I have it set up now as a monthly payment and you can donate as little as $1 a month. 

* The logo contest is so that I can skip doing one project that takes me a bit of time for the event. I'm asking for $50 and that whole amount will be used as prize money for the winner. 

* The second thing I'd love to do is make a planner for the next event. This planner will be half planner and half manual to guide people through the event. This will be offered as a FREE download! The money for this will be used for designing, editing, web hosting, printing and yearly updating of the planner. Patrons who donate at the $10 level for 2 months will get a printed copy in the mail free!*

 *US and Canada only. Please contact me with your address if you are outside this region. Also let me know if these payment plans don't work for you!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What Progress?

Thoughts

I'm writing this on my iPhone. Going to try to keep things brief. 

What I'm Creating

I sent out some work to one place because of a Twitter call for Illustrators. I didn't recognize the place until after I emailed. No news on that yet. I also applied for that SCBWI Don Freeman grant. Since I've been working on my portfolio what better time to apply?

Schedule
This schedule is off, but I'm just going to leave it here. I think I'll be finishing up my postcards this week and won't be mailing anything until next week at least. I did order a copy of The Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I guess it would be good to find out where I should send my work before I actually send it! 


April 1st  - Have postcard finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished Delayed
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Coffee

It's been a crazy weekend. We celebrated Easter on Saturday because my husband had that day off. That gave us plenty of room for April Fools on Sunday. I didn't plan a prank, but told David we'll pack away a few of his toys. He turned into "all of his toys" and started crying. 😒 He had two pranks for me. One was that he was going to do all of my chores. The second was that he was going to clean up all his stuff. We did neither. 😂 All in all it was a good weekend!
How did you spend your weekend? Did you celebrate Easter? Any fun April Fools jokes?


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What Progress?

Thoughts

I'm tired! It's been a very busy week. I've gotten some major projects done and others haven't gone so well.


What I'm Creating

I just finished up 8 images for my black and white portfolio. I will be adding more to this, but I feel like 8 images is a minimum for any portfolio. You can see what I've done here: http://daniduck.com/b%26w I plan to do some grayscale images as well, but I have to start somewhere!

In other news I've already sent my portfolio out to one company digitally. Before I did this I went back over my portfolio. I saw a lot of images that had to be re-edited for one reason or another. Some of them were too blurry/pixelated, others had white around the edges, and a couple had pencil lines (from drawing the border around the illustration). I think I caught everything this time! Glad I got all those little things fixed. This all delayed me from sending out my work, but I want to put my best foot forward!

Schedule

I'm not sure that this schedule is really based on any real dates anymore. 😂 Actually I'm not too far off right now. I will likely be able to have my post cards done by April 1st and possibly I'll be sending out submission packages by the 9ths, but I feel like I won't be able to finish any color spreads this week. The black and white work I've been doing has taken up a TON of my time. Mainly because I did them digitally and I haven't done that in a while. I also am figuring out a new program. I will be faster with future digital work because I learned a lot this week. 

April 1st  - Have postcard finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished Delayed
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages

Back to it. I'll see you again in a week with another update!