I am the newest artist on Artsprojekt. What does this mean? It means more Kelly Howlett products: bigger prints, framed prints, fridge magnets, and more to come. I just started adding products, and I'll keep adding. Please check out the site and leave comments! There are a lot of other fantastic artists on Artsprojekt, too.
The downside is that these prints won't be signed (and I can't draw sketches on the envelopes), but the upside is that you can order REALLY large prints. My printer could only print up to 13" x 19", but now I'm offering a few at 24" x 30" and I'll have even larger ones available in the future. You can even pick out matting and framing.
I'm very excited that I'll have a new place to work and a new iMac next week. My old iMac won't turn on anymore, but I'm pretty sure I have most everything backed up. I'll probably end up selling it on Ebay, since all it needs is a new power supply. The new studio space is going to be amazing, and I'm going to get painting again as soon as I can. Pics to come!
Thought I'd make the announcement that I won't be at Wizard World Philly this year. I am also NOT exhibiting at Wizard World Chicago this year. I know, crazy isn't it? I've been exhibiting for almost ten years there, but not this year. I probably won't be at Reed's convention in Chicago next spring either.
I may have some announcements later this summer... I've been getting invited to a lot of art festivals, but I just don't have the work right now.
I'm back in Green Bay, and I think it's safe to say I'll be here for at least a year. I've got quite a bit more space to work now, but it'll be a while before I'm set up again. Once I settle in, I'll be making some more resin pendants, getting the Etsy store restocked, and I'm working on a print-on-demand color sketchbook.
*sigh* ... I had been hoping this would be a convention heavy year. I had plans for MoCCA, Philly, Chicago, Baltimore, and SPX. *doh* It's a little more difficult now that I'm not on the East Coast. However, this trek back to the Midwest is a very good thing for me.
There are a lot of changes at Wizard. The Congers office is closing, and Dylan will start taking the train to the Manhattan offices for work. It's too bad, because I really enjoyed carpooling and having lunch with Dylan everyday.
I'm actually not even sure about what is happening to the store, but I've just assumed that once we shut down the Congers warehouse, I'll be looking for other work. I'm really bummed about it all, mostly because I just enjoy everyone I work with so much. In any case, I know that I'll at least have a job for a few more months. For that reason, I'm not turning down any hours I'm offered.
Things are going pretty well considering, even if I am showing a bit of worry.
something I drew on the envelope for someone that ordered a book from me:
didn't have time to fix the image much... but I thought I'd share a sketch since I haven't in a long time.
I wasn't able to make it to James Jean's show. Too cold and snowy. ...but the cool thing about living in NY is that you can't feel too terrible about missing awesome things, because there are always more awesome things to do. I feel bad though. I wanted to hang out with Sarah. She is also awesome.
The only thing making me feel a little better about not keeping up with blogging is that no one else is either. I guess everyone is taking a break for the holidays.
My temp deal at Wizard is still going. I still haven't officially accepted the full-time position I'm in, but I keep showing up for work. I just don't really know what I want right now. The position takes up an extraordinary amount of time, or at least enough time that I just don't have it in me to come home and create art and do all the other business-y things that a business requires. This trade might be worth it though, as it might be best to stick to a sure thing rather than depend solely on art during harder economic times.
One thing I'm really excited about is this weekend. I'm going to attend James Jean's show in Manhattan. I'm assuming there's going to be a big crowd. David Choe said in his blog that he'll be in attendance and that also makes me smile. If I can find a camera (not dylan's big camera for work) I'll take pictures to share with people who can't be there for the opening.
I hit my head at work yesterday and got a case of the "wah-wah's", as my friend Matt and I call them. There are many ways to get a case of the "wah-wah's", but the results are the same: confusion, disorientation, and remembering your thoughts as if a second was actually a few minutes.
*bam!* "I need to sit down. Right now. Here? Yes, right where you are. You need to sit down now. Should I cry? I should cry. NO! You're at work. Don't cry. Don't cry? I'm at work. Good. I know where I am. No obvious signs of concussion. I'm okay. MAN that smarts. Heh. Smarts is a funny word."
Sometimes the "wah-wah's" also come with that effect where reality around you doesn't seem right... exactly like the effect Neo had on the Matrix at the end of the first movie.
So, today, I found a lump on my head like I'm some sort of cartoon character that got hit with a mallet or anvil... and my head hurts a lot.
huh. found this on Lying in the Gutters: "Instead of hiring seasonal employees to handle the Wizarduniverse.com online store orders, all Wizard employees have to take a couple hours out from their regular duties everyday to box up items or get more inventory. Editors, designers, upstairs business people, all doing the work of warehouse workers."
I find this to be pretty funny. I guess I'm just surprised it's considered gossip worthy. At any rate, I worked another 54.5 hours this last week, and I can't wait for this week to be over. Wizard has talked to me about possibly staying on after the holiday, but it's hard for me to make a decision about it right now. I haven't touched a paintbrush since I started. I miss making stuff. ...but going to work with Dylan is fun, and I love the staff.
Last week was my first full week working at Wizard. 53 hours. Plus an hour for lunch and an hour commute everyday, and my life is pretty much in Congers, NY at this point... in a sort of "how did this happen?" kinda way.
Frequently, I would ask Dylan, "How did I end up in NY?" Then, he would say, "I'm very smooth."