Jul 16, 2013

100 Heads in 100 Days #50 - Free Troll Witch Prints!!!

Yaaay, I've made it half way! Time to celebrate, methinks.
One of the big things I am trying to do with this blog is to create an experience for the viewer, to give them fresh and hopefully interesting content as often as I can (which, obviously, is daily at the moment).
It's all about building my platform up. I'm hoping to soon enough be a published writer/illustrator, but with the current economic climate and publishing industry circumstances as they are in this modern world, it's not enough to just write a book, you have to get yourself out there and build your core audience and readership before the book even comes out. The sooner this is done, the better.
This blog is my main tool in doing just that. Things like this 100 Heads in 100 Days challenge will be the norm from here on out as I try to make this blog a fun and fulfilling source for people looking for the sort of thing I specialise in. My end goal is far reaching and elaborate, but within the parameters of what I realistically think is possible.
Once this 100 Heads challenge is completed, I have a few other ideas I would like to roll out. One of them is to produce a completed illustration a week and show it here. This will be in aid of me filling out my portfolio with the aim of sending it to publishers.
Another idea I have is to take a traditional faerie tale, re-write and illustrate it to show here. This will aid the portfolio too, but will also help to sharpen the ol' writing ability and create a body of work that is ever expanding.
And along the way, I'm going to produce a variety of things for viewers. Some will be free, some will have a small fee. There'll be lots of prints, postcards, bookmarks and other inexpensive merch that will mostly be given away. I'd like to do a few books along the way too, but we'll play that one by ear.

So, as promised yesterday, I want to do something special for this landmark moment, here's what I've come up with...
Regular visitors to this blog will recognise this image from just before I started this 100 Heads challenge. Well, I think it is worthy of a very short print run, don't you? How short? A mere 10 of them, say I. Why so short, say you? Well, these 10 copies of the print are free to the first 10 people that add a comment to this post expressing the desire to own one of them. I could run off 50 of them, but that'll send me broke, fast! So 10 copies it is, 10 copies looking for a new home, 10 copies that won't cost the lucky first 10 people a single coin. As with the 100 Heads, these prints will be sent to the winners all at my expense. They'll be signed and numbered and personalised if desired. They are A4 size and printed on fancy paper stock, 350gsm card stock to be exact.

So, let the race begin... NOW! All you have to do is post a comment here telling me you want a copy of the print. Obviously, it's first in, best dressed as usual.

100 Heads in 100 Days #50
Frodo Baggins
Me Fact #50
I prefer old books over new books, which is strange, because I am surrounded by new books all day at work (I work at a bookstore, for those who don't know). It's that chemical breakdown that creates that smell, of wood and vanilla. Gosh darn it, I love it. It's all part of the reading experience. I'll often track down an old copy of a book I could get new just so that I have the added dimension of smell to the atmosphere. I recently did this with one of my favourite books, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World.' I found a nice 1941 hardcover edition of it on eBay for a great price. It smells delicious.

14 comments:

Jensan said...

I feel a bit greedy for saying this, but I'd love a copy!

desmondkenny said...

Commenting! Look at me comment! I love the Troll Witch, and have been happily following the blog :)

Jay Penn said...

One copy for Jo-Anne Back too

Jay Penn said...

One copy reserved for Larry MacDougall. 6 copies remaining.

Jay Penn said...

One copy for Suzanne Perrin. 5 remaining.

Jay Penn said...

One copy for Donal Fallon. 4 copies to go.

Boric G said...

You've been so generous, and I feel greedy...but I'd love to hang this one up in my den. But then again, you should already know I love your work.

Jay Penn said...

Then hang up in your den it shall! I figured you'd turn up soon enough to claim one.
That leaves 3 left.

Tim Shorts said...

Hi Jay. Raising my hand for a copy. I hope you allow me to send something your way also.

Jay Penn said...

I'm all for a bit of swapping, Tim, by all means!
Only 2 prints left now.

Jay Penn said...

These prints are all gone now, I'm afraid. But the next set of prints for another print won't be too far away.

WA_side said...

Damn, left it too long to catch up on my blogs! :(

Jay Penn said...

I'll see what I can do about that for you... I might have a test print spare. It'd be minus the contact details at the bottom and on slightly smaller paper, but its yours if you want it?

WA_side said...

That would be awesome, thank you!