Sunday, October 14, 2012

Work In Progress pics...





just posting because, this is for a cover of a future Black Panda Book.... also, check the previous update about the shipping working correctly now in my store....

Shipping Fixed in Store....




So, I have finally corrected some issues with shipping from my store. I have had some ups and downs with getting it in order and now it is set. It's not that the technology was flawed, just my understanding o it. This caused refunds to be issued in the past and it also more than likely stopped some of you from buying from the store. Some of the issues i wasn't aware of cause i had only did small sampling of how the shipping was being done and other problems i knew of and was working to fix. I am happy to say that while working on certain issues, i stumbled upon other issues and now have the shipping matter under control. The one thing i have yet to set at a rate i feel good about is the actual shipping rates, more or less for outside of the US than here. I shipped items overseas before and to Canada as well in the past and i don't remember the rates being what they are now. I did some extensive research and couldn't find any cheaper solutions. I wish i could fix the cost to ship in other areas and balance it better. Here i am simply charging for the packaging and shipping, which isn't very high. For out of U.S. orders i am charging the same thing but the cost is much more. If anyone has found cheaper options please let me know. I guess over all it isn't too bad when i look at what some people charge for prints in general. For the same price of just their print, you get the print and shipping. But i still like keeping cost down. Either way, thank you all for the support and patients. Order up, pass the word, and also i will be moving my digital items, e.g. wallpapers and digi books to a digital store to free up space in my printed store for other items. Same button will link you to two link options to visit either store!!

wOlly

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hey, been a while....

...since i last updated anything on here. i added a few things to the portfolio, and will post a few items here as well. I still have work from others i have clearance to post and have yet to do so. Reviews for some books as well, and i haven't had the chance to post that either...  nope, not lazy, just fighting to stay working. More now than ever, i no longer have a "day" job, for various reasons, but the main thing being that i am determined to do what i actually do. Art. Design. Graphics. Concepts. and slowly... Animation. Like i said, there are other reason behind my departure from my day job, some being people not liking that i stand for what i believe in, and actively pursue it. A few good friends and myself are forming a company and will be pushing to establish our small mark on the face of the visual world. It may be hard, but we all do things we hate just to get by, why not fight for what you love and enjoy even if you just barely do the same. If it so happens to blossom into something larger, so be it. Alan Watts spoke on this a lot, and so have many others. I heard a guy who owns a pizza place in Chicago say  he couldn't live life doing something he didn't love. maybe it's a hard road, but it's a road worth traveling. Now i am not saying leave what you are doing, that is a choice you must make, however, i am saying pursue what you believe in and get as good if not great at it as you can. Then... get better!! If you can give 30 or 40 or more hours to some elses dream or establishment, can't you give half of that at the least to yourself?

Crazy thing is i am doing all this after coming off of two of my most beloved cons that went really wrong this year lol. Baltimore has been great to me for two years in a row. Somehow this year i ended up in the corner of doom, and it showed. I know placement at cons makes a huge difference in how much traffic you get when your indie. Big Names can sit anywhere and people will hunt them down. If your not as known, even if people like your work, you may be sought out for a little while, but then you fall to the way side so to speak. Then for those who don't know you, thy just aren't looking for you and if they don't stumble upon you in Artist Alley, then you become just another missed artist. There is an attempt to give as many artist a chance to show at the cons as possible, but at some point someone has to be in the gutters so to speak. I guess this was my year. But i know how great Baltimore con generally is, so even though i made nearly noting this year, i will be returning next year hopefully and using a different system newt year to bring people to wherever i may be. At the end of the day, you can't make people buy, well maybe you can if your an aggressive sales person, but what you can do is make yourself as visible as possible.  So i am prepping a strategy that will help a bit. It will at least expose my work to others and if they don't like what they see, they won't come looking, if they do.... i increase the chance of them coming my way. Nothing is fail proof, but i have to make sure i have done all i can on my end. SO i will sign up much earlier next year, though i signed up pretty early this year, it will be earlier this year. Then i will execute my other ideas as well.... this will apply to the other cons also, placement is key, but sometimes you have to find the people so they can find you....

The other Con that was great last year that went not so great this year was Cola Con in Columbia SC. When i say not so great i mean i didn't meet my goals in sales, but the event itself was great. This wasn't about placement because i was in a good place, but instead it was more or less just not as many people as it felt was there the year before. Not much i can do about that as it seems there were other events going on that hurt the turn out greatly. But the people who did come had a great time and it gave me homie Kiser and i a chance to build with LeSean Thomas a bit before watching GhostFace Killah perform with Sheek Looch. LeSean is a cool kat and very down to earth, it was cool chatting with him a bit once the crowd let him breathe a second. I also got to chop it up with the homie Sanford Greene as well. Another good dude. Overall a great event, just tough timing. But if allowed, i am there next year as well!!

So i lost money, left a job, and the battle to become known in a really tough industry moves forward. I have confidence, faith, though shaking at times.... it is there and so am i.... so here is some work, new prints going up in the gallery as well as a sale on prints. Check back for details!!!! Durham is next for NC Con... i hope it goes well....

peace to all

wOlly