log 07-04

Have I told you that my umbrella’s aluminum handle rod broke in my hand and sliced my finger open? Well, it happened. As of today, my finger stopped hurting, and I can continue with all of the work as before, without flinching at the stinging sensation received due to pressure of holding a pen, or pliers.

The cut was not deep, but it took a broad enough area, chumming off skin, and digging into the meat. I bled like a piggy.

Currently I’m doing a commission painting, of this adorable little girl, and her baby brother, all updates of that will end up on my Patreon first. I’m mentioning this case as an exceptional one, because this was the first time someone asked me to paint their children. We’ll just have to see how that goes. I asked about colors and style, because let’s face it, I rarely deal with realism (althou there was once this young man with a very nice smile who asked me to paint him, I tried to keep realism there, and I hope he’s happy with the picture), and will proceed to coloring when I get the reply.

Commissions are fairly simple, and depending on situation, we can agree whether I get paid before or after you get the painting. Scans are always same price, it’s always 15 euros a piece, unless it’s a monochrome, then we can go down to 10 euros. I mostly prefer dealing with it by personal messages over facebook, but anywhere you write me will be fine in the end.

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Portraits

I do portraits by photographs, you can see more at my Patreon

Basically 15e per scan, or 30e + shipping per original (A5)

Pencil / monochrome (your choice of what one color it is) / colored can be a bit adjusted in price, depending on the photograph I have to work with

Yes, it can absolutely be you OR a fictional character!

 

Blue Bloods and Prince Laurent of Vere

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Bloody hell I’m easy to please. If you follow me on Goodreads, you know I just got into Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat. And, I’m starting to see a pattern here. At first I thought I simply prefer same gender pairings, but now I think I like people who seek survival, proper survival, no matter what hits them. When I say “proper” I mean not the way Jokaste in that book does: power is not necessarily survival, for Laurent, prince of Vere, is pretty much in constant danger. To the point where it seems the only person he can actually trust is a man who would be his mortal enemy – prince of Akielos, opposing country at verge of war with Vere.

And while Damen goes through a lot to survive too, he is, in general, a kinder soul. I don’t think I’m a kind soul, therefor I understand why I don’t click with personages who are. I loved Watney from Martian, but I didn’t develop a fictional crush, as I have with Laurent.

So, to stop digressing, I simply embraced it. It took some sacrifices, like my reading pace getting back to slow again, for these books are really short, and I get real badly attached to fictional characters. Still, yesterday I’ve read till 4am, and had to force myself to put the book away.

But other things went better. Laurent’s colors are white, gold, and blue. I’ve nothing icy-blue, and admittedly I really lack gold colored crafting materials. But I had this bronze-y stuff, and lapis lazuli… Results you see above. You can find Blue Bloods at Etsy if it’s still available: [Necklace: Blue Bloods]

For extra pictures indulge in my Patreon, takes from 1 to 5 dollars to view it all, the rest are just perks (one includes you telling me what to read next, feel free to opt in for a month!) : [Patreon: Blackwood]

P.S. Akinator knows my boys too, both Damianos and Laurent too

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Patreon: Blackwood

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For better or for worse, I now have a Patreon too.

As I was making my Lapis Lazuli (Blue Bloods) necklace, with my fingers scratched, cold, and stained, feeling as stiff as they looked, I noticed myself smiling. I was enjoying what I did. This was it, I was happy, I was proud, I thought of it as beautiful, which is not something I often think of my own work.

So, next obvious step was to take my friend’s advice and get Patreon. I always thought I have nothing to offer, but sometimes, I guess, what you do is enough of an offer. I can’t draw comics, as much as I would love to. I paint portraits, but they’re very simple. I make real interesting postcards, but that’s kinda it. The rest is jewelry.

I logged in with caution, thus. When I could, I was a patron to one artist there, but then my situation forced me out of all the things I liked. Having a patron account means you only have to switch it to become an artist account, which I did, still cautious, unsure of how will this ever work.

And you know what? This was the best decision ever. Why? Because I’m tired of instagram’ing shit, where you get likes from bots, sales accounts, accounts that serve only one purpose – getting likes and followers, and then a few friends there and here, if they saw it even. Because twitter is too small. Because facebook has a harmful algorithm. Because blogging about one piece of jewelry with tens of pictures to it of wire bits, and loops is not something easily doable. But Patreon got it covered.

The night I made it I spent uploading singular pictures, and collections on there, telling short little stories where it was relevant. For once I felt free to talk about a picture of a snapped-off jewelry nail. So if nothing else, Patreon is a wonderful outlet for me.

And while I’m still not sure how it’ll all work, and work out, I don’t feel stressed over it, because anyone can opt out at any given time. And the fact that my first patron is a friend of mine, who, I hope, still remembers I wasn’t always the worst breed of a person, makes it a little bit more… Rather, LESS, sterile, cold, and corporate-feeling.

So, come around, visit me, there’s a lot of free to view stuff (most of it is, actually), for some you have to register thou, I think. And for just one buck, you can view the rest of it too: https://www.patreon.com/blackwood