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...
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
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.