I'm back... a little late, but back. I was planning to blog yesterday, to keep the schedule of Mondays and Thursdays, but I didn't have Internet service until today. After more than 14 years, I switched phone and Internet companies. Yesterday was the last day with the phone company that provided me with a land line and DSL Internet. I won't go into details because I don't want to trash anybody, but it was about time. The disadvantages of staying with that phone company were far more than the advantages. On top of that, to be realistic, I don't really need a land line. Now, I have Internet cable and VoIP service (I wanted to keep my landline phone number, at least for a while). I don't know if the service will be better... but I am sure it won't be worse (yes, that's how bad it was, at least in my own experience).
But ok, enough of ranting about services, companies, etc. Let's talk about pin-up art, specifically mine and what revolves around it. As I mentioned in my last entry, my online store officially went live this past Monday (thank you again, Ecwid!). Since then, I've been playing with a few of the options and choices. I put one of them in action already: coupons. On Monday, not only did I finish setting up my online store, but also finished the Halloween pin-up for this year. To celebrate, I activated a coupon for 40% in all prints, with the code "SPOOK" (come on! it's Halloween!). If I was happy with my online store before, I am even happier now that I have coupons active. It's not just the coupons, but the ability to shape my online store to the way I like it. Remember, this coupon sale ends on November 2nd, so hurry up to my online store by clicking here and get yourself a nice print.
I mentioned that I finished a new Halloween image. I do this holiday's pin-up every year, and have been doing it for the last ten years. This time, the Halloween pin-up was based on Seffana (Seffy Moon), a model from Belgium with whom I have collaborated more than once in the past. I had wanted to do a Halloween piece based on her for a long time, and I am very happy to have done it this year, finally. Seffana is a great example of something I mentioned in another blog entry, just over a week ago: when working with models, maintaining a relationship based on mutual respect is a must. That is the reason why I continue having fun collaborating with Seffana, even after so many years. I respect her as a model, as person, and I feel fortunate to be able to collaborate with a model of such caliber. More importantly, I firmly believe that's the reason why she appreciates my work, because she knows that I appreciate her help as well. Thank you, Seff, for all your support towards my artwork during all these years.
As you can see, many things in the realm of working professionally as a pin-up artist are new to me. And even though it can be a bit intimidating to dive right into it, it is also fun and exciting. Even this blog is part of those "new things" that I mentioned: do I know what I'm doing? Not really, (or more accurately: hell no!). But I do like to do it and that makes it a lot easier. This blog is mostly about my journey as a pin-up artist, a starving pin-up artist by tradition (oh, man, how accurate that description sounds at this moment, he, he). I like to share my personal experiences, because I'm still living that process where I try to be a better artist, and at the same time a better self-promoter/manager. I must say that things are, so far, so good: every day is an adventure, trying to reach my goal, and I love it! Of course, it would be easier if money was rolling in quicker and more abundantly, but hey, that's part of the show.
Last but not least, remember that you can support my art by becoming a patron of my work. Just visit patreon.com/popeyewongart to learn more. Hopefully you'll like what you'll see. There is no contribution that is too small, every single contribution counts.
"Keep on working and giving it your best", that's what I keep telling myself, and honestly, those are not just words, they are really what I believe. See you next!
Pin-up artist by day… and also by night. Well, mostly by night, because night time is my favorite time to paint.