Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Graduate

A couple of days ago, I decided that it was time to watch the classic film, 'The Graduate', starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.  It was a funny, sometimes sad, brilliantly acted film that really captured my imagination.  But I think there are two 'ingredients' within this film, that have turned it into such a classic, coming of age tale;  that is, the music by Simon and Garfunkel, and the beautiful cinematography and visual stylization used within the movie.  Every shot is like a painting on its own:
Slight Spoiler Alert!!! 

Cinematographer for 'The Graduate':  Robert Surtees 
Production Design:  Richard Sylbert
Set Decoration:  Goerge R. Nelson
Costume Design:  Patricia Zipprodt

NB:  Don't forget to visit  my Etsy Shop, where I'll be selling various prints.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New Items Listed in Etsy Shop!

Hi to all my readers!
Just to let  you all know, I've listed my first five items in my Etsy shop!  Yay!! My aim will be to add at least one or two new prints every week, so make sur to keep checking back on my shop site.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Recent Progress With Etsy Shop

Over the last few days, I have been developing some pieces of artwork to list up on my new Etsy shop.  At first, I was a bit stuck on what sort of work I wanted to create.  I didn't want to just do simple, still life drawings, even though I could very easily do them without putting much thought or development into it.  I also wasn't that keen on using materials like pencil as it's not my favourite material to use.  I began with a drawing of a rosebud, done with the humble Bic biro pen.  I loved the effect of the biro and so I decided to continue using it but in more abstract, pattern based pieces of work.  What I was really pleased about with this "Thought Process' series, is that everyone who looks at them, interprets them differently and sees completely different things within the piece.  So far, I've only got two in this series, ready to sell on Etsy, (as well as some slightly older pieces of work that I'm uploading), as they take rather a long time to complete!  However, over the next few weeks and months, I plan to upload more in this series, as I do them.  I would love to get feedback on them and if anyone had any requests or custom orders that they want to put in, just do it through my Etsy shop.

Here is a preview of the work I am planning on putting up on my Etsy shop:

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Monday, 2 April 2012

Further Development

So, in the last few days, since my last post, I have been researching ways and methods to go about starting up a business.  I plan to open my shop on Etsy as I believe it will be a good forum for my work.  From all my research and purchases on that website, they seem to have a good, caring community that really is about the individual and the artisan.  Bearing in mind that I'm learning as I go along, these are the things that I have so far discovered are necessary to open a shop on Etsy:
  • First of all, sign up to Etsy! This is very easy to do and doesn't take very long.  Bear in mind that even when you sign up as a customer, the username you choose will become your shop name if you later decide to upgrade to a shop in Etsy
  • Sign up to a PayPal account.  This is slightly more complicated than the Etsy sign up but not too difficult.  Make sure to sign up for the account that's suitable for small or new businesses.  With this one, you don't have to pay any special business fees.
  • This Paypal account has to be linked to a bank account. If you do not have one set up with the name of your business, now would be a good time to begin one.  Don't do this in a rush, as there are several elements that need to be considered and the process itself can take quite a while as the banks often have to go through various safety checks.
  • Once these three stages are complete, you are set up and ready to start selling.  In the next few posts, I'm going to be exploring product development, branding, pricing, advertising etc.  If you want me to explore any particular element of starting a business, let me know in the comments below!

Inspiring Work of Others

Here is a video of a truly amazing experience that was filmed and then put up on YouTube. You've got to love YouTube and how it's opened up a plethora of experiences to people who would have never seen these things otherwise. Anyway, here it is: