If you want to get started in digital illustration or art but you do not have the budget to afford photoshop there are a lot of great programs out there you can use for free.
Two of them are Krita and Gimp. Both are free and I have used both a lot. I thought I would share my experience with both of them for any new artist out there who don’t know which of the two to choose.
I have tried a lot of digital programs for illustration and Gimp & Krita are definitely there with the best free software.
What should be in your emergency stress package for the entrepreneurs and blogger?
Maybe you have been through this; your stats fall, your inspiration seems gone or you have simply taken on too much. Now you feel as like you need to run while really you should take a break. How do you relax while your brain keep going and the adrenaline is in your veins?
Your first art fair can be very scary. (Mine was) You might not know what to expect or how things work. I certainly felt that way. But after my art fair, I feel like I have a much better understanding of what works and doesn’t work.
I think art fairs are a great opportunity to find out what people like and what sells. So trying them out is certainly worth it.
Here is everything I learned from art fair from my first booth on one (and of course talking with some professionals there).
Hey guys, It has been a while. This post is just a little update on what happened and will happen with this blog and more.
I am not quitting and I actually hope to start up again. Life has become a little busy in the last couple of months but my health has taken quite a nose dive. Hopefully, I will get on that again with trying some new things but in the meantime, this is what has happened.
Last Saturday I have had my first ever Art fair. The experience was amazing. I have met lovely people who said lovely things and I left there feeling so much better about art then I did in a long while.
Some people who I want to thank especially are;
My mother, sister, and boyfriend who spend all that time with me in my booth (turns out my little sister is a marketing genius)
Elzeline, for filling up my booth with her beautiful handmade jewelry!
The many people who encouraged me to do more art and to keep doing it!
The other artists on the fair that were ready to help and support each other at all times!
I will make an entire post on the things I have learned from this experience! (If you already have some questions leave them in the comments so I can answer them in that post!)
Furthermore, I have been drawing and painting like crazy but only traditional. So to get into my digital artwork again I want to start with finishing some artwork there. Luckily I do have some work that I haven’t shown you yet (even if some of it is already sold).
I should have taken pictures but just for the mental image I had painted two A3 pictures, a deer, and a bear that turned out amazing and I thought they really showed my progress. Meaning that I will be painting in acryl more again since it is such a gorgeous medium.
Another thing that has happened is me trying gouache and actually liking it. I do like to mix it with aquarelle but the details I now can get are really amazing!
For the blog;
Like I said I am not quitting but starting up again but things might change a bit. I want to have time for my study (which I just started, jeey!) so my blog might get a little less time.
There might be fewer posts. I am thinking once or twice a week.
My response time might get longer (but not like the last few months)
I will be online less.
I do however have some new exciting things planned and the ebook I promised you all that time ago is still coming. I am just a little bit perfectionistic.
Those are the updates I have for now,
I hope you are as excited as I am and thank you for sticking around all this time.
Let me know if there are things you look forward to seeing on this blog!
Somewhere last month my traffic skyrocketed for a little bit. I loved seeing such big numbers even as they eventually faded away. Even knowing that people could love my content so much made me very happy. But besides seeing the obvious big numbers there are some other great things about growing your blog.
Google audience analytics that makes sense
The more people visit your blog the more reliable your google audience analytics will become. That means that you know who loves your content and that you can choose what to promote accordingly.
I loved seeing the data straighten itself out and get more reliable. It means I can get to know my audience better and have more insight into what they would like to read.
New things get clicked
Things and links getting clicked that didn’t get clicked before finially do.
Maybe some page didn’t get clicked before but the more your audience grows the more your site will be browsed and the more links will be clicked.
Seeing people clicking the page you have worked so hard on can be very rewarding.
I personally really like when I see people have clicked the side bars or have visited the top menu pages.
People who visit more than one page are also great for lowering your bouncing rate!
Getting regular comments from old and new readers.
Who doesn’t love getting your regular comments from your regular readers and getting more and more of those? There are many people that I befriended through my blog and I love that that has all happened because I kept working on this blog.
I love it when you get offers in the mail where you did not have to go after yourself with a bat. It is quite flattering and often nice to see that people know where to find you.
Even if those are offers that you might not be interested in at least you now know that people can find you.
Seeing your own post on social media
I love it when I see people reblog and share my stuff. Coming across your own posts without them showing up in notification really means people are sharing and loving your stuff. For me, it doesn’t happen that often but when it does it certainly is a great feeling.
People start to recognise you
When you hang around long enough in a community your work and style get recognised. You name and face as well. The time I heard; “Hey, I saw you posts before.” Really made me happy. I think we all have people we have recognised on multiple occasions.
All these little pleasures show that you don’t just need to look at your numbers. I am so guilty of this myself while the things above feel much more satisfying.
What things did you like most about growing your blog. Or what do you looks forward to? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to share this post with other bloggers in your life.
“To be prepared is half the victory.” – Miguel de Cervantes
Last month was both great but hard. Blogging can be made so much easier by planning and when you think ahead. But I always feel like I am running behind the facts. But next month is now all planned out to hopefully avoid a break like this again.
Luckily in my break, I had lots of time to make new projects and things. In the next few weeks, I am excited to share loads of new content and projects.
I’m still struggling to get on top of it all but I hope that in the last two months I can really get everything in order.
I realized that thinking just a month ahead will not make you prepared. Many creatives have calendars up to a year.
I have had a great month. For some reason, one of my posts went viral on stumble upon. I had no idea it was possible but it brought me 2563 views last month. Unfortunately, I was not prepared at all and I honestly think the whole thing stressed me out a little. That combined with some tough weeks and more made me take a break for the rest of the month.
After that, it did feel a little harder start up again but here we are anyway.
Last month goals that I did not work on at all;
Reach out to 1 person
Create a gallery on my blog
Keep finding new ways to grow!
Fill the sidebar! (Except this one, I tried to add some posts, let me know If I should add more)
I think I will just try to do these goals this month. Even if I will be on holiday for a bit. I still hope to get some time to work on more projects.
If you have a good post about blogging don’t forget to submit them to the list!
Like everything it has been a little slow this month. I did find that stumble upon is a great platform to try out. Like I said before I had a post that went viral there. The key is to stumble yourself as well. Just open up the site and stumble around for a few minutes or so. It helps bump your own pages.
Like for blogging, my goals for last month are kind of lost. And for this month I dare say I won’t be online so much. I have set up queues for some of the platforms but not all of them.
I think that I would like to work on both Instagram and Tumblr to get more images up. I have some new works already that only need to be photographed and uploaded but for some reason, it is not my favourite task.
I am thinking of trying a batch day soon to get all of those things done.
In my break, I have been drawing loads. I will not be uploading them for some time but I am excited to have so much inspiration again.
I was also wondering if people would be interested in a book of inspiration filled with promise, sketches, info, and pictures. Let me know if that is something you would download.
At the moment I am looking into the possibility of making my own prints. The art fair is getting closer so I am trying to create more work for that.
Also, I have been thinking about creating a print shop online where I would not have to be involved in shipping. It might make a great means of passive income or not at all.
So that was the month of June. I hope July brings more order and planning for this blog.
As always I would love to hear your input and advice!