Hey everyone, I have some news! Recently the company I worked for was sold, and I have taken the opportunity to strike out on my own and start working on my art and design projects full time!
I am so excited to have this opportunity and have already been making the most of my new schedule. I am now streaming four days a week on Twitch, and am enjoying sharing my progress with everyone who pops in for a chat!
At the moment I have settled into a rough schedule after trying out a few different combinations of days and times. Here is my current stream schedule:
Monday 12.30pm NZST
Tuesday 12.30PM NZST
Wednesday - no stream
Thursday 12.30PM NZST
Friday 8.30am NZST
Our cat Su is still very sick however, and we make frequent trips to the vet - so the times above are subject to change.
I have a countdown timer on my Twitch channel so you can always see how long it is until the next stream in your timezone. I also update the announcements channel in my new Discord server if there are any major changes to the schedule.
Oil Painting Series: Victorian Animals
I have been making good progress on my Victorian animals series, although as I suspected my proposed completion date of October 31st was wildly optimistic... I have just started number seven in the series, and am still working on the underpainting stages for three other paintings.
I have also been posting some time lapse videos of paintings in progress on my Youtube channel:
New Sculpted Jewellery Designs
Every Monday in my Twitch streams I am working on jewellery designs for the shop. I am so pleased to finally have the time to work on designs that I have had in my head for so long. I am also happy to be able to have completed some half-finished projects!
If you would like to come along and chat about sculpting or see my design process, I would love to see you there!
On the weekend I ordered an iPad Pro along with an Apple Pencil, and I picked them up yesterday! My favourite art app Procreate recently stopped working on my iPad Mini as it is now too old to receive updates. I can't wait to get started on more digital art now that I finally have an up-to-date device!
Out and About
While I have not been able to update the blog regularly over the winter months I have been out and about quite a bit. The weather was quite mild this winter which meant I was able to go for lots of walks. I enjoyed being able to go out almost every day!
I recently posted my winter Vlog on Youtube, it is quite short however as most of my walking involved trips to and from the vet. I did not have as many exciting expeditions as usual!
Going forward, my online shops will be updated regularly with handmade and print-on-demand designs. If you would like to support my growth as an artist and would like to purchase my art please visit the Squibble Design Boutique, Society6, or Redbubble!
I have also set up a Gamewisp page, which is similar to Patreon but can be integrated with my Twitch channel. I have three tiers set up currently, Tiers one and two offer monthly digital art rewards, while Tier three will offer a physical mini art print as well as the digital rewards! The page will be live soon so keep an eye on the blog and social media channels for updates!
Other Ways to Show Support
I always appreciate people reaching out, or following my work. I love it when people drop by the Twitch channel to say hi and hang out while I am working!
If you would like to follow along with my new adventures as a full-time artist/graphic designer and Twitch Creative streamer, I have social accounts that are regularly updated on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.
There is now also an active Squibble Design community on Discord - come and join in the conversation!