sweet oxen

Today

Is the first day of me working my ‘main’ job (as a Personal Assistant) part time in order to develop my illustration business, and promote my online shops on both Etsy and Society6.

WAAAAH!

I actually got very scared last night, as the reality of forsaking a fifth of my income for something that isn’t yet bringing in any cash, dawned on me. However, that was quickly brushed away and today has actually been fantastic.

I can’t believe how fast the day has gone but I have quite a few things crossed off the list. The first thing – I’ve recently visited Norfolk with friends of ours and wanted to turn my photographs of one of our many walks into something simple but colourful:

A block colour abstract digital illustration from a series of five art prints inspired by Norfolk's coastline and beaches. A4 Fine Art Print - Quality Ink on Mediumweight textured fine art paper and signed on the reverse with the handstamped Sweet Oxen Logo as pictured.  Paper Size - A4 - 29.7cm x 21cm (8 x 11in). Image is printed with a 1.5cm border for framing/hanging.

A block colour abstract digital illustration from a series of five art prints inspired by Norfolk’s coastline and beaches.

This was quite a quick way of working and I really enjoyed picking out the perfect colours from the original image to produce panels of beach/coast scenery.  There are 5 in the set but this one is probably my favourite – it just reminds me of being at the beach!

The second thing I had to do was to create the above photo ‘scene’ in my living room, and make the most of the daylight. It was a little overcast today and a bit grey but I managed to get quite good levels of light and pull them up a little digitally (Photoshop is a dear friend indeed).  I could have really done with a little wooden boat or something ‘seaside’ themed to accompany the set up, but hey – maybe next time.  It took me quite a bit of work to get all my white boards balanced on the table with the help of books and other heavy items but overall I’m quite pleased with the result.

I would LOVE to devote more time to photographing my prints individually as opposed to superimposing them as above, however I do prefer not to print the designs off in full size until one is ordered, mainly for space saving reasons and also because it could end up being a waste of paper! Superimposing isn’t the most ideal way for some, but it is quick, consistent and saves time, ink, paper and of course the planet! Yay!

After all this I had a mooch about on Etsy, had a quick tidy up, made lunch, and afterwards carried on with my latest vector challenge: Clouds.

Clouds Vector Drawing Screenshot of work in progress

This has taken me a few days of just occasionally adding a few sections here and there, but overall I could probably do another one in a couple of hours, depending on the detail.  I now just can’t quite decide whether to go with or without the outline. I sorta like both in different ways! The outline is also quite interesting without the colour.. so maybe I’ll just do both!

Anyway, the Clouds drawing will most likely be up on Etsy and Society6 in its final form in the next few days. I’m now going to go and start making some dinner, I’m starving!

Thanks for reading.

For fine art prints, illustrations and greetings cards:

www.etsy.com/shop/SweetOxen

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http://society6.com/SweetOxen

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