arty bits

While I work on my new logo/brand/website I decided to put my artwork on Society6; where you can get some of my arty bits printed on fancy items: canvas, t-shirts, pillows, phone cases, tote bags...

It was really great to go through my old work and remind myself of some of the neat things that I've done through the years. It made me get quite excited about my work again, and has encouraged a lot of drawing with pencil. This is when I feel at my best. 

On Society6, you will notice the name of my shop - Breakfast Jones - which is the direction that I will be taking my new brand. Of course, there will be more on this topic as we go; such as my rationale for the change and what to expect. One step at a time.

Until then, get yourself a Poopsie pillow! 


shaping up

It's chilly around the edges today, as I decided to take a sick day; to recharge from a week or so of feeling crummy. I know exactly what's going on and I know I'll pull through. It happens. This sickness may just be my body's way of throwing out a bit of a detox, to get ready to build up to a level that pushes me forward and toward some really exciting things. Things which I'm currently petrified of. It'll pass.

I decided that -this year- I'm focusing on personal work. The trouble with such a decision is that I have now had to learn how to say no, or that I can't help when I'd like to, because I have to make time for me. Saying no is terribly difficult. It feels selfish and yet somewhat refreshing, because it's new. I have no idea what to do with myself. Again, this too will pass. 

When we urge ourselves toward something new and unfamiliar, there is a common reaction of apprehension. I know that this decision will help me grow, through experience and experimentation. The trouble is that this leaves such an open space to struggle, fall hard, and maybe even fail. Failure is an irrational phobia, I feel. What defines our failure? I don't think failure has anything to do with attempting something new. Failure would be not trying at all. Yet, it's so easy for me to just sit and wonder how to start... but that's the beginning of the beginning stages. I started without even noticing. And here I was, waiting for it to happen.

I grew up making things for people, and yet it sometimes feels like a foreign language. When you work for an audience of your own creation, like I do, it can present a certain roadblock filled with far too much assumption that it will lead to disappointment. Who is this audience, and what's the worst that can happen? I can't predict the future, but I can approach it with confidence and make it fun. How about some fart drawings? Sure. 

Right now, I'm working on a new brand. I feel that Dear Libby now marks a certain time in my life, which I feel ready to leave behind; to focus on positivity, and the incredible changes which I've experienced in my life. I've chosen a name which makes me smile, which focuses on the now, and encourages so much fun. I'm still figuring out the design and branding of this new name, and how to display things.  Once it starts to take shape, you, my lovely audience, will be the first to know about it. You guys are just the best. You keep me going. I mean that. 

Thank you. 


self ish

I promised myself that I would write every Sunday, whether it be a few scribbles on paper, or some Doogie Howser digital blogging, on the internets. Dear Blog,

For 2013, I've decided to work for myself -primarily- to make room for some personal projects; like writing/illustrating a children's book, maybe even animating something, to figuring out my brand/website, and other various bits that I wish to further develop, and also share as I go (as best as I can.) It has been far too easy for me to shut out the world, while I focus on the work I need to do for others, which is why I decided that this hiatus is necessary. I've been learning so much about myself in this past year, it has been near impossible for me to take the time to stop. I don't know where to even begin. I guess I already have. So hey... let's do this.


Happy 13

2013 Rule: Sundays are for writing, drawing, tea and looking at books. I thought today was Sunday. We're off to a good start.