New Print Available from Rhino Barking Sparrow!

Prints are finally available of my painting "Rue", they are limited to this weekend only from January 19th-21st (2018), sales end at 9pm PST. This is the only time this will ever be available as a print. If you are interested click here to have one for yourself.

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I'm happy to see her finally become a print. I spent a few months working on her on and off. She represents my journey with depression and struggling to find the right path. I feel like she was a good therapy painting for me through that process. The birds are bad thoughts and fears disguised as cormorants. They lead the the girl down the wrong paths with promise of better mental being. I wanted to show a range of colour to express that not everything is bad, as will most of my paintings about depression and mental health I often add a lot of colour and beauty because even though it can't be seen by the person who is struggling, beauty and happiness is still present. 

I have also made some new pins with Rhino Barking Sparrow. We've sold out of our first 100 in the first day or two but we will be making more that will be available in February 2018 so keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram or Twitter for updates if you are wanting to grab one up in the next run!

Moving Update - Winter 2017

It's been a while since I've posted so I feel like it's time for an update. Since September I have moved twice, hung out with some amazing humans and have encountered a lot of personal obstacles. These past months I've made the switch from my old shop and have been relying on Patreon, some YouTube ads, Twitch and income from Society6 and INPRNT. It has been a huge hit to my income but I feel like this is where I am meant to be right now. I am mainly focusing on Twitch lately and I very much enjoy it.

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Here is the studio in our last place (who doesn't love a good studio pic?). I found that it was a bit too much for us. We didn't stay long as it was pricey, there was no separation between me and my partner's work spaces (we both work from home), and we wanted to try moving closer to my family.

We moved to a cabin in the middle of nowhere that has proven to be cleansing but also isolating which has allowed my mental health to suffer. Many of you who follow me and my work know that I have suffered a lot with depression in the past year. I am open about it because I feel like it is very important to discuss mental health for the benefit of humankind. I have tried many things to fight this illness but nothing seems to work for me, I have recently gone in to see a doctor to test my blood and seek external help. I have been feeling much better this past week and am looking forward to being my old self. 

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The environment makes for some good photos.

We are a half an hour from the post office and grocery store. We have a general store at the bottom of the mountain and the local population apparently triples with tourists in the summertime. It has been challenging to run a business out here but I am making do. We got the car stuck up the mountain while returning from the general store on my Birthday, everyone in the area knew about it after 2 days. I miss Vancouver Island and my island friends very much but I always wanted to try living in the woods, it's been an adventure to say the least.

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Here is the current studio, it is a work in progress at the moment but it'll look really nice once I can put up my artwork (including new art from J.A.W. Cooper that I am amped about).

The days have been dark lately but I've been inspired to create. We put a hold on the comic that Lopi and I were working on together but I have been thinking about it a lot this past month. I've also been toying with the idea of creating a quick strip comic.

I have taken a break from Youtube, as most of you know, to pursue Twitch. It is much more stable and personal which I LOVE. I might still upload the odd video on YouTube but for now I am focusing on just a few things and Twitch is one of those things. I am hoping to get partnered this month. The feeling of talking with people while I draw feels like being in art class, which is an environment I've always felt at home in.

I just want to say thank you to those who have sent kind words and have supported me this past year. I am grateful to have such amazing friends and patrons on all of my platforms. You keep me inspired and motivated even in the dark days. I love you all so much and can't wait to create more for you.

That's all I have to share for now but I will be posting information about upcoming gallery shows in the future so stay tuned for those!

<3
Audra

Huge Scary Career Changes

I am shutting down my shop which accounts to 75% of my income.
It's OKAY! :D
*shivers*

In all seriousness though I am finally moving away from Storenvy to another platform. I am doing TWO sales while I make this transition.
This shop will be a 10% discount and my future shop will have a 20% discount.

Just a little screen cap so I can reminisce later.

Just a little screen cap so I can reminisce later.

Click here to go to my new shop!
Promo code for the 20% off: R3MLBZW

I'm having a 10% sale on the shop I'll be closing. I'll be closing it on the 20th.

I'll also be selling via Society6 for a while but I'm not sure for how long because art thiefs.


The reason I'm switching...

1. The biggest reason is that I don't have the time to package and ship orders anymore. I had switched that job over to my partner, Lopi, but it was too much of a strain to keep up with orders. We found ourselves tired and unable to focus on our comic or other personal work. I've looked into various 3rd party companies and even logistics companies but I would still need to do a lot of customer service, photography, middle man work, etc.. For those who have been following me you probably know I struggle with my mental health and I feel like wearing so many hats has taken a toll on me over the years. I've also had a couple of the best years of my adult life, they have been so successful and I don't regret the path I've taken AT ALL. I think I just need a change and I want to take a step back.

2. I am wanting to focus almost full time on making my comic. Lopi and I have been putting off our comic since 2013! I have simply been too busy, but I want to take this time to focus primarily on the comic. Closing this shop is a VERY risky decision because I am actually losing about 75% of my income and that income supports me, my partner and our two cats. So I will be creating originals along the way, doing Twitch streams, the odd YouTube video, using Patreon plus printing through Inprnt, Society6 and Rhino Barking Sparrow.

3. Storenvy is no longer a platform I want to support. I've had a lot of issues with them in the past. It is hard to manage my income for tax purposes, they take weeks to respond or fix issues (sometimes never fixing them), their management seems to not really know what they are doing (read about this after doing some research online and it shows), and I basically just want a more professional setup that functions properly. It's not to say it won't be good for some people, I've had FAR more success on this platform than any other I've tried selling my artwork on but that's most definitely due to my own following because you peeps are brilliant human beings and you make my life.


What is going to happen/change?

- I am going to be closing Storenvy down. 
- I will transfer most of my art prints over to Inprnt. This means prints will no longer have my signature unless they are through Patreon or the odd gallery/3rd party. Since I live in Canada I can't often sign things for galleries but I will do my best to do some signed work.
- I will also print exclusive prints through Rhino Barking Sparrow and galleries.
- Originals will be sold through  this site (the "originals" link) and galleries. 
- Patrons on my Patreon will get signed limited prints every month still (for now, I don't see this changing anytime soon unless it becomes too overwhelming). My Patreon will be changed to support the comic and Lopi/me as a pair since we are creating it together.  
- I will do my best to stream on Twitch frequently showing my progress on the comic. 
- I will also do my best to create YouTube content but for now it isn't a very stable platform as YouTube keeps making changes that hurt it's creators, either way I still want to try and make videos when I can.


What do I want to happen in the future?

I would love to create comics that change peoples thinking for the better. I want to inspire people with them and give them an escape into a unique world. I want to learn more, I want to take courses to learn fundamentals I've missed and give myself the time to grow, to draw without sharing, to draw without needing to think "will this sell?". I want to create art books full of all of my random styles and subjects. I want to have a job that feels more like a normal job, to make time for myself, to have a healthy relationship with social media, to go outside and create, to travel and meet my followers at cons and to fall back in love with art. I feel like to do these things I need to cut out the jobs that I don't like that have become attached to my work, the ones that kept me from keeping balanced. I think it is possible, I know balance is something that you always need to struggle to hold onto but I hope it is easier to hold onto with this new direction. 


Thank you everyone for the amazing support you've shown me through my shop, I hope you will follow me as I create my upcoming artbook and comic. The comic won't be available until late this year, it will be a scifantasy webcomic. I will be posting progress on Patreon if you want to support the comic and follow along check out my Patreon.

It's still in progress but it will be changed over to being focused on the comic over the next week (before Sept 20th).