Monday, 11 August 2008

...Smithers....release the hounds!

Two months since my last post!!! Unbelievable! The reason for this absence confirms my first post and THE GREAT BALANCING ACT.....after a worrying period of no work, I produced some new stock card designs and hit as many of the publishers that I could. My reply rate was pretty poor (this is the norm, out of thirty or so, I think I got six 'thanks we'll put you on files' and a couple of 'no thanks') I did get a new contact though, I was commissioned to do six humourous greetings cards which then grew into twelve. They were a pleasure to work for, easy going art directions and hardly and changes, which is always good!

In the time I was doing this, I also had a mountain of spec work on, the bane of a freelancer, producing samples on the chance of getting a commission out of it. I've managed to get a handful of cards out of the spec stuff but not as many as I'd have liked! Still, any spec work I now do, if it doesn't get initially bought, I work up to a printable standard and store as stock for future use.

The best bit of news was that I got another small commission from the good old BBC! HUZZAH!! I can't go into details yet but at some point I'll hopefully be allowed to show what I did for them! All I can say is it was right up my street and not cute card characters for a change!

The dog with the butterfly is an illustration I've was playing around with just before my mad rush, I'd show you more of my new stuff but the various companies would probably have me hunted down and shot!

...finally a big thank you to all of you fellow bloggers who have posted here, it makes my day hearing from you, it amazes me who you can meet thru the power of the blog!! Don't forget folks....One Blog to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!!


PG said...

What gorgeous colours! Dare I say it, almost feminine???

Am intrigued with the BBC job, but I am in same position having to keep mum about something. Don't leave it two months next time, you have fans out here you know!

fhiona galloway said...

good luck with the BBC job Goth and nice work on the doggie doo too!

natural attrill said...

Glad to see you blogging again Goth, I thought you'd given up, but, since you've had loads of work on I'll forgive you! I am really pleased to hear you've been busy, and got a nice new client (they are hard to come by) and great news about bbc, WELL DONE YOU!

Caroline B said...

About time too Goth!! Glad you have been so busy & well done on the BBC job. Lovely doggie, fun design.

Passed on your regards to George, much appreciated. He's learning A LOT!

Chris.P said...

Yes I agree with gretel 'gorgeous colours...' I knew you were secretly in touch with your feminine side:¬)

Actually I've recently I've taken your fashion lead and shaved my head. I just need a pair of black boots and I'll be your doppleganger:¬)

Andrew Glazebrook said...

YARP !!! Hoorah a new picture !! Time to party !!

Magpie Magic said...

Cool new picture Cap'n! Love the ice cream colours, nice and soft. Great news on the new client and the BBC as well.

Are we going to hold a competition on which blog binds them all? Or is it a foregone conclusion? LOL

Keep up the good work and don't forget about your fans.

Cap'n Syb

mim said...

Lovely characters here in your blog!
and congrates for the S e c r e t job btw! :D
hope to see some of that by soon! just curious!

GL, mim

Anonymous said...

Aha! There you are again, Goth! Glad you're blogging again. Brill doggie, good luck with the Beeb !