I started this daily drawing practice nearly 9 years ago, with the intention of getting myself to prioritize art-making in my life. It has been really rewarding; I look forward to spending time every day, basically dreaming while awake and playing with art materials.
The daily drawings have a way of expanding to fill the time available, and soaking up most of my studio time. With more free time and a proper studio, I’m starting to feel a little frustrated by having a backlog of projects that are never quite finished, and drawings I wish I could spend more time on.
I’m going to try a shift in my ‘rules’ for the daily drawing: I will spend no more than an hour on each one. This will mean that sometimes what I post will not feel finished to me, or may be more of a sketch or an idea. If I continue working on the drawing, I’ll post the finished version on the page with the original post, and flag it on the various social media (currently Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Ello and Instagram)
I’m including some views of my studio just for fun. Can’t get over my good fortune in having such a place to work in every day!
I’ve started experimenting with ways to display my drawings. I participated in an Art Salon in February, for which I framed three pairs of drawings. I chose paper to edge and set off the drawings, and covered the frames themselves with a contrasting paper. This worked well enough for temporary display purposes, but is not a very durable presentation.
Another idea I had was to make leather-covered frames. So I tried that out on an older drawing, and was pretty pleased with the result:
Just recently, I sold one of my drawings and the buyer asked if I did any framing, so I showed them my earlier attempts. They asked if I could make a leather frame and protect the drawing with glass. Here are some process shots and the result:
structure before leather was applied
backside with hanging hardware
It was fun to apply my bookbinding training and tools to this challenge, and I’m pretty pleased with the result. Though I don’t have any formal training in framing, I believe this is reasonably archivally sound. The drawing only touches acid-free paper on the back and edges, and is suspended away from the glass. It won’t be hard to take apart and remove the picture, should that become necessary. I’m looking forward to getting feedback, and maybe eventually making some more frames for more drawings!
I have a few high quality prints of drawings that I liked very much at the time. They’ve become the very first listings on my very own Etsy shop, which is called “Ayespider“. Who could have predicted that?!?
I’m also trying to make it easy to find homes for original drawings, which are currently sitting in tidy, date-sorted stacks in a studio cabinet but would be much happier out where somebody could see them. Plus, the funds will help support my studio expenses and buy my materials.
Original art goes for $50 per drawing. They’re all on 9″x12” archival, heavy weight paper. If a drawing is claimed, it will say so on its post.
Soon I will also have blank greeting cards available for sale. Yikes!
I’ve been working on updating and upgrading Eyespider…to show some of the projects I do aside from the daily drawings. I also want a simple way to sell original art, prints and greeting cards.
For starters, I upgraded my WordPress account to remove the ads you may have been seeing. I found that the domain “Eyespider.com” was not available, so I have claimed “Ayespider.com”. I’m feeling good about the change, I hope it’s not too jarring! The old address eyespider.wordpress.com should continue to work.I’m adding a “studio blog” category, for posting updates and pictures of projects. I’d like also to add a gallery of some recent projects. Taking my web presence more seriously has been a rather steep learning curve, so some of this might take a while!Meanwhile, here’s a picture of a ‘cat tree’ I’m almost done making.