I was lucky enough to be featured on the Starlig Bank’s monthly blog feature ‘The Side Hustle’.
The blog chats to and showcases the hard work and amazing talent of all the grafters and hustlers who are following their dreams part-time, while their full time job pays the rent. I’m sure I can’t speak for all the part-time craft/creative community, but I’m definately hoping my efforts pay off enough that one day my ‘side hustle’ earns me enough to live off, even if this means a significant pay cut!
Have a read below 🙂
If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter you will know that since the Spring I’ve been taking part in The 100 Day Project. This is a huge online project where whoever is involved creates their own hashtag and commits to posting a related photo for 100 consecutive days. I chose “#100daysofanimalillustration” (original, I know…) and have been posting a different animal illustration every day. I’ll admit I’ve not been great at posting on consecutive days – there have been times when real life got in the way – but I’m determined to see the project through and I’ve only got 17 more illustrations to go until I hit 100.
To make things a bit more interesting, every time I’ve completed 10 illustrations I’ve run a giveaway on my Instagram page, to give people a chance to win one of my artworks. Usually I offer to give away whichever I’ve painted the most recently, but this time I’ve decided to offer up my 10 most recently liked illustrations.
I’ve got just two more giveaways until the 100 Day Project is over. If you’re interested in winning an original watercolour illustration by yours truly, pop over to my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/victojeiro/) for more details. Good luck!
Another business milestone completed – this year I started sending out quarterly newsletters with updates and news from VictoriaDraws, and I’ve really enjoyed it! I try and add lots of images (as I know I get a bit dazed with lots of text), links to latest social media posts and of course any special offers I might be running.
So far so good, and people seem to enjoy receiving my updates. I’m wary of sending people too many emails, as it’s something I find really annoying, and has caused me to unsubscribe from more than one mailing list… however, if you fancy staying up to date with my news just follow this link and sign yourself up!
I’ve updated my events page to show upcoming markets – as you’ll see organisers have started planning their Christmas markets! There are some other events I’m waiting to hear back from so I’ll update Events when I hear back.
I’m finding that as a maker/seller you’re always working a few months ahead of the next celebration, something I’m learning to do but still need to get better at! I’ve designed a new Christmas card to add to my range, modelled on my ever popular Party Prawns greeting card, and this Christmas I’m thinking of offering a gift wrapping service at the markets I’m selling at. I think this will prove a popular option, particularly as we draw closer to the big day itself!
If you’ve seen my current business cards you may get the idea that I’m not great at decision making seeing as I couldn’t settle on one image for these, and you’d be absolutely right. A while ago I took the plunge and designed what I felt was a suitably sophisticated whale logo that I started splashing all over everything – but not my business cards. I couldn’t bear to change them when I, obviously, love them but other people seem to too.
After my off the cuff back board design at the Illustrator’s Summer Fair, I’ve been niggled by thoughts that my whale logo isn’t right, and that I should have gone with my first instinct; you guessed it.. SHRIMP. They’re fun, funny, cute and colourful. They’re silly and light-hearted and they make people laugh. That’s what most of my work’s about, and I think what I am about too, on a good day at least. I want a logo that’s recognisable across all the platforms I use to promote my business, and that includes my business cards.
I’m giving myself a week or so to mull it over as I can’t keep changing logos every three months, but I have a feeling this one will stick.. I’m trying it out on the blog, on Instagram, like trying on a new outfit to see how it fits. I’ve got to admit, so far, I think it suits me.
Those of you who follow my Instagram or twitter feeds know that I’ve been (really badly) taking part in the 100 day project. My aim is to paint and post a new animal watercolour illustration every day for 100 days. I admit, my commitment has been a bit patchy when real life has crept in, but I’m over the half way line and it’s time for one of my giveaways!
I’m giving away one of these 10 original watercolour illustrations, and announcing the winner next Friday 28th of July. If you’d like to enter simply:
– follow me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/victojeiro/)
– like this photo on my instagram
– add a comment to let me know which illustration you’d like to win.
Simple! Spread the word, and good luck!
I’m OUTRAGEOUSLY proud to announce that I was recently accepted to sell on http://www.notonthehighstreet.com. The beautiful product photography you may have spied on my Instagram recently (taken by the lovely Diana Stainton – look her up) was all for this new venture, as NOTH have very strict rules about their photography standards – and rightly so. It’s made me really up my game, and I can only hope this renewed sense of badassery translates into more sales and more opportunities – here’s hoping!
Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of my shop front on NOTH (I’m still working on it behind the scenes, but hopefully not for long!) and if you can’t wait that long then come along to the House of Illustration’s Illustrators’ Fair this Sunday in Granery Square (http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/illustrators-summer-fair) – it’s going to be a doozy.
If you follow me on social media you may have noticed a LOT of posts about the notebooks mentioned in my last blog. Well, the blessed day has arrived and I can honestly say I’m in LOVE with these! A Local Printer have done a sterling job and they’re brilliant value too – what’s NOT to love?! Sadly they didn’t arrive in time for my product photoshoot last Saturday (more on that in my next blog) but I’ve had a play with taking some photos myself. I think they need some work, styling-wise, maybe some bright washi tape? Thoughts welcome 🙂
I’ve heard fab things about http://www.alocalprinter.co.uk from people I follow on Instagram and from the lovely folk over on the London Local Etsy team. I’ve had a hankering to try out some notebook designs and after wrestling with photoshop to create some patterns I’m pretty pleased with the results! On screen anyway, my samples should be arriving soon (though only if the whales and egg and bacon; I wasn’t patient enough to finish the fruit pattern before requesting samples..). I’ll update you once they’ve arrived and I’m hoping beyond hope that I might have the real deal ready for sale at my next market at Lauderdale Hour in Highgate (courtesy of Duck Pond Markets). Aren’t they pretty!?