"W" Blog

How many hours weekly do you want to work on your business?
50 hours

How many hours weekly can you actually work on your business?
Around 40

Where will you do this work?
Anywhere; I enjoy a change of scenery, but preferably in a studio at home.

How much money will this business need to get off the ground/grow?
$5,000-$10,000

How much money do you have to actually contribute to this business?
$10,000 at least

Do you have all the tools that you need to make this business successful?
I’d like to think so, but I’m keeping external responsibilities in mind, such as printing and editing.

What systems do you already have in place that can help make this business successful?
Networking, in process of making a website. Cards. Launch party set up with local brewery.

What makes THIS your dream business?
To inspire; to use my time in my own life how I want to; To do what I love (storytelling and creating)

If you were applying for a job at your own business, what qualities and qualifications do you possess that make you a good match for what your business needs?
Doing it for the passion and not the money.

Do you have weak spots in your skill set? How can you work on them?
Many…Focusing; saving moving; being realistic. (focus, budget, be realistic)

What makes you deliriously, over-the-moon happy when you envision your business life?
People liking the comic and wanting to see more; People to laugh while reading/looking at it.

Do you see yourself being able to personally grow as your business grows? Will it offer you challenges that are a good match for your personality and working style?
Yes, becoming a better artist and improving my sense of vision. It will offer challenges that are both good and bad for my personality and working style. Good, because I love to research and challenge myself with visual detail. Bad, because I like being around people and doing physical work, and with this, I wont be able to fulfill that aspect of myself.

Speaking of working style, do you know what yours is?
It’s hard for me to stop an art project once I’ve started, but breaks and walks and interaction are a must. Enfp.
Do you have professional and personal support –people whom you can talk things through with or lean on if you have a problem?
Personal for sure. Professional, a fair amount.

Have you ever worked for yourself? All by yourself? What did you like about it? Did you find anything especially difficult?
I have not besides commission work; I like it a lot and it is more personal for me, which I enjoy. I found pricing somewhat difficult, but I worked it out and gave myself a number to charge an hour.

What motivates you? What really gets your going?
Looking at other comics and artwork, along with being out in the city and nature really motivates me. Also, when I finish a piece, and I’m very happy with it, that just makes me want to do more and more.

If you didn’t make this business happen successfully, how would you feel?
I would keep trying and keep putting out work and comics; This is one of my life dreams and I’ll never “give up” on it. There are an endless amount of stories to be told, so the possibilities are endless. Sure I would feel bummed, but I would keep going nonetheless.

And last, but perhaps most important, how would you feel if you didn’t even try?
I’d feel like I lost passion, because that is the only way I would stop trying.

My strongest creative skill is: My imagination and desire to depict a narrative.
My favorite thing to sell is: T-shirts I design.
My most popular product is: tattoo designs.
When I look at the list of things I need to do for a normal day-in-the-life of my business, the thing I want to do the most is: create.
My weakest skill that I use is: figures and design.
My least favorite project or product for my business is: coloring.
I love it, but I hardly ever sell: watercolors.
If I never had to address costs for my business, it would be too soon.

Due april 6th:
Page 41 short paragraph):
Right now I am at my starting point. I’m a bit anxious about it (mostly because I would like to invest more time into it, but it’s hard to do that with school). But I know when I’m done with school, it can be my main focus. My biggest concern right now is that I wont be able to focus on school, because this is all I think about when I wake up in the morning, throughout the day, and before I go to sleep (pages, panel ideas, cover ideas), because all I want to do is draw. When I’m done with school, I suppose my biggest concern will be that I won’t have as much time with friends, family, and girlfriend if I’m running such a new business, but nonetheless I will work my hardest for the business. I want to improve on juggling multiple things and not getting so stressed out. I’m gotten sick a couple times this senior year because of stress, and I know it’s not worth it, so I want to learn how to be more stable In that sense.

Page 48 (brief summery of exercise):
Visualization exercise: I wake up next to my girlfriend, and she’s still sleeping because she doesn’t wake up until noon. I walk downstairs into the kitchen with Spanish style tiles and a lot of windows to let the sun in. I check my phone and already have a few texts from Aaron (friend and business partner) that show me different artists’ work to inspire me. I look at them and get inspired and stoked on researching/drawing for the day. But before that, I check emails and then I count how many comics I need to ship out. I go back upstairs to bother Halynn, and I’m successful at getting her up! We have coffee and smoothies for breakfast while listening to a James Cotton record, and I dance around as she laughs at and mocks me. Then I head to the studio, which is connected to our little house.

Due april 11th

Answer Q’s on page 54-55:
Why are you in business? I want to bring stories alive for people and give them the same excited feeling I get when I read comics.

What is at the core of what you do, and why do you do it? I create comics and other art pieces, and I do it because I have to create; it’s the only way I can survive as myself. Life wouldn’t be worth it if I wasn’t happy, and that’s one of the main things that makes me happy, along with helping other people be comfortable and happy.
When you take a look at the big picture of your business, what is the connection between everything you do and every product or service that you offer? I have to draw and color and finish everything.

Complete exercise 1 & 2 on pg 61:
Saying no: I agreed to do a design for a local restaurant and bar, although I’m much too busy to work on anything outside of school and the comic. So if I were to be asked again, I would tell them that I’m excited to help them out with anything after school is done, and tell them that I’m just too busy right now.
I feel like a lot of what I do is for other people, and I don’t necessarily get asked to do them. I was raised to always put others ahead of myself, and it’s hard to shake that when you witness somebody needing a hand. I don’t not want to do things for other people, that’s who I am and I don’t think art will ever get in the way of that. I can try my best to focus on myself on my business, and take steps to only help people that are really in need.

Complete exercise on page 72:
Goals that I’ve completed:
Complete one book
Complete two books
*Make sticker designs
*Get a pin maker
*Get better at line work
Be able to do linework with a brush and ink

Goals, intentions, and tasks 72-79: Make a list of two goals, followed by intentions and tasks for each:
Finish two book:
Work 5-7 hours a day on strictly comic art
Research, research, research
Sketch composition ideas whenever possibly
Create color palette for second book
Create books:
Teach myself InDesign
Figure out layout
Research layout designs

4/18

Success for me means being happy. In any which way that happens; that's all that I care about, along with other people's happiness.

Failure means selling out to me; losing creativity; being unhappy.

Asher Deaver is my "in-person" mentor. He's an artist, musician, wood-worker, and a hell of a guy. He's been through so much in his life and knows what is important to him and how he wants to live his life. I chose him because I've learned so much from him, and want to continue that learning and friendship.

The part of my business I would like help with is my website. I just bought my domain name and just need to set it up now!

I'd say arsenic lullaby (http://arseniclullabies.com/) has a business model this I look up to.

I really admire Michel Fiffe's business. He writes, illustrates, and publishes his own comic series, COPRA. http://michelfiffe.com/

I'd just to just hang out with my mentor in a natural setting; nothing force; just chill and talk. My ideal relationship with my mentor would be a good friendship.

The different parts of my business are drawing, coloring, creating the book, creating merchandise (stickers, pins, shirts), updating website, and networking.


4/25 Studio Art Critique:

Emily:

When I look at the artist's show, I see the time frames of her life: What she was going through; what interested her; trends; etc. Her use of radical colors and sweeping compositions is very intriguing. I feel like the use of her color palette, combined with the use of mixed mediums, is a hard thing to accomplish, but she was successful. The use of flat and gloss effects captures my attention, and it forces me to look at every aspect of the work -And I'm glad I did.

Erin:

Fantastic, first of all. What I get from the artist's work is the sense of importance of human life, loved-ones, and exploration of life by herself, along with the exploration of the ones around her. Her careful use of lights and darks is so pleasing to the eye, that I really don't want to stop looking at it. I want to keep exploring the paintings; perhaps a by-product of the narrative the artist is conveying.

Kristine:

It is impressive that the artist can use the same turquoise in almost every piece with a different color palette in each one, and be successful. GREAT JOB. The use of cool colors does not give a dreary effect; instead, it makes me energized and gives the feeling of spring and growth. My appreciation for abstract painting is ten-fold what it was before I saw the artist's show. the careful placement of shapes and values is quite inspiring and makes me want to dabble in such techniques.


Pg 174

Social media sites:

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Website (Bullyghostcomics.com)

The themes are consistant in that they all show who we are and what we are trying to accomplish; Creating comic books and sharing our process and ideas with the world. My partner does most of the social media as of right now, but I’m starting to get a feel for it.

I want to put out a lot of concept art and process work on a regular basis. I love to see that from other comic artists, so I think others would enjoy seeing that from me!

My main goal is to keep putting work out there, including comic books and narrative illustrations; to interact with others about this medium; and to keep a clear and excited mindset about learning and about art.

Pg 204: Budget to get started

  • 200 Books printed- $500
  • Stickers (500 count)- $180
  • New computer- $1,000
  • Adobe CC (annually)- $360
  • Five more books (200 copies each)- $1,500
  • Art supplies (annually)- $300
  • Scanning at copy shop (for six books, annually)- $288

-OR-

  • Purchase scanner- $500
  • Entrance/sectional booking fees (Comicon, shows, festivals, etc., annually)- $1,000
  • Website- $100

 

Total: $5,7228

Pg. 206: Monthly Budget

  • Adobe CC- $30
  • Phone bill- $100
  • Gas money- $100
  • Rent- $180
  • Electric bill- $20
  • Meetings with Aaron (Food and Beer)- $50

 

Total: $480


Carolyn:

I can see through the artist's watercolor landscapes the intention that she is trying to get across, and the success that is accomplished. These paintings are painterly, but real in the aspect that I get similar emotions as if I were looking at a similar scene in real life as they are depicted in these paintings. Throughout the past 7 months, and more and more as time goes on, it is hard to see a sunset, and quaint but beautiful walkway, or sunrays emerging from slits in the clouds, and not think about the artist's paintings and her relationship with god and the moments that inspired her. This has happened very few times to me that an artist's artwork will keep effecting me as I view the world outside of their paintings, and for that, I an truly stunned and grateful.

Brenna:

One thing that I notice is the subtle ambient light that you use on the outskirts of your main objects in your paintings. This gives me a sense of depth without the paintings looking too busy. Your color palette is almost perfect, and the way that you use shades and tints of your color palette gives a dimensional feel that is exciting and soothing to the eye. Everytime I look at your paintings, I notice a details that I hadn't noticed before, which speaks about your incredible knack for taking your time and adding small- but important details in your paintings.

Brenda:

The amount of detail and precision that the artist put into this body of works is unimaginable. The artist does not leave anything out when it comes to shade, tint, color combination, and composition. It is apparent that the artist has taken everything into consideration. These individual works are extremely pleasing to the eye, and the combination of geometric mandalas and organic shapes work together successfully.