A piece about friends, love, quiet and the future.
Anonymous said: Would you recommend society 6 as a good way of selling your art? And is tumblr a good places to start posting work? Thank you xxx your art is incredible
Hi there! I would of course recommend spreading your work onto as many sites as you can just for the sake of exposure but, as I just posted about with my interview and stuff, I actually would recommend RedBubble a little over Society6 at the moment. While talking during and after the interview I got to find out a lot about how the company works and they more regularly feature and promote artists and their work which I am a huge supporter of! Society6 is a great place to sell work but in my experience RedBubble has gone above and beyond in terms of supporting the artists there.
Tumblr is a fantastic place to start posting work but be sure to take advantage of the tags system to get more eyes on your work! I’m always in support of posting literally everywhere and I currently have about 10-12 sites I regularly update but the most successful for me have been Tumblr & Behance. Behance is a little more geared towards professional work and it’s definitely been a real joy to get feedback there. On top of those for networking purposes I would also suggest like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook - any of those would be great because they offer a little more secluded ways to get your work seen and to interact with art directors or illustrators that you admire.
Just, don’t get discouraged when posting if there’s no real activity at first. If you just keep doing things you enjoy and continue to improve - people will come. I always find that the mindset of “don’t cater to others - cater to yourself” has helped me a lot, having fun and doing something you care about helps a whole lot.
All the best!
I did an interview with RedBubble
I am super honored that they chose to interview me of all people and I encourage you all to go check it out if you want to read some of the dumb words I said!
Doodle from a few days ago about thoughts. It’s been a very busy and strange week, I’ve got a lot to reply to and catch up on. Sorry for the delay and absence, guys!
meanwhilesghost said: Hi James, great work. I was just wondering how long it takes you to create a piece on average? and how often you discard a drawing to start again. I get disheartened sometimes when I spend hours with nothing to show.
Hi there thanks a bunch! I actually work really quick. I tend to let emotion drive my pieces and so I just want to get them done as soon as possible while I still have the feeling with me, if I wait too long I end up losing it and the piece will mean nothing. So for sketches I usually take 1-2 hours and painting is the same.
But I do discard drawings all the time. 90% of sketchbooks are just discarded drawings and doodles. Usually I just try and work fast and draw before I think. So, I most often begin personal pieces before I even have an idea in mind and just let the drawing decide how it is going to turn out naturally (like, I draw the head of a character and then just feel it out). Don’t get disheartened though — it’s all about yourself as an artist and for every piece you end up not using you are just one step closer to the road you want to take. My advice would be to just let go sometimes and do whatever comes to mind, even if it isn’t in a style you would pursue normally because you never know what might spark some ideas! Hopefully that helps some.
Doodle from the last day of ICON while some fantastic talks were going on about book covers and stuff. I wanted to color this up today to test out a new and unfortunate setup. My main monitor which I use to check color on had it’s backlight go out or something and only stays on for a few seconds at a time. Hopefully I can fix it or something soon because I don’t trust my color stuff here haha! (For reference I shot an old comparison pic here. The top is my now broken monitor with correct color but now I’m stuck without it)
Also, a big hello and thank you to all these new followers (you’re all coming out of nowhere) and same with some uplifting inbox messages which I have to reply to soonish. I just hope I can fix this whole setup and make some more good artwork to post!
Anonymous said: how old are you?
I am 23, already feeling too old though haha
the-sad-white-boy said: yoo, nice feature on artchipel.
Hey I didn’t even know that happened! Thanks for letting me know and a big thanks to the guys over there - they always feature such great work so it’s a big honor!
Hey everyone. Sorry I’ve been absent. I had family come out to visit and go on a sort of vacation and now my weekend is completely booked up with ICON8 but here are some of the doodles I managed to do at ICON while listening to some great people talk and while being surrounded by people I look up to.
Hoping I get to meet a lot more cool people and hang out with some more before everyone leaves!
Little comic about irritating things. Super quick thing.