New Website! New Directions!

In case you haven’t noticed, the website got a new look!

I’d been meaning to redo the site for the longest time and finally sat down and worked on it all day. It’s been a while since it first launched and my limited knowledge showed, but I think now it’s fresh and reflects my current tastes a lot more.

Growth! It’s a thing!

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Photo by my sister, Amanda Raylee Photography

The business has been going through a lot of growth lately as I move everything more towards what I want it to be now that I’ve got experience. So what does that mean?

  • I will be phasing out certain jewelry and product. 
  • Switching from 11×17 prints to 8×10
  • Not as many conventions
  • More galleries
  • More sketchbook art
  • Splitting the blog into two categories: News and personal blogs. 

I loved making jewelry but the effort to make everything was exhausting and I was starting to feel like I had too much product all over the place. So I’m cutting it down to just the ones that do well or that I really like (If there’s a certain piece you like, let me know!)

It’s more of a cost thing with the prints. 11×17 prints are expensive to buy unless you buy a bunch in bulk and I have too many designs to do that. It’s cheaper and easier for me to do 8×10 which means more will be available and I can actually sell them online!

With conventions, I happened to start at a weird time. Suddenly everyone was getting flooded with conventions so I had a lot of options but now it’s too saturated and I’m realizing that I’m not getting the return I want to for the stress that I’m experiencing. I love them, but I think I like attending them more. So I’m sticking to only a few I know I can do well at and isn’t out of the way for me.

Galleries were always my main goal and with the art scene growing in town, I got very lucky. I get to do exhibits and galleries with Lubbock-Con and now I’m organizing Star Comics galleries. I even have a few other group exhibits I am participating in outside of that. That’s also what pushed me away from conventions. I have to be focusing on all the galleries I’m in!

Sketchbook art is kinda a given. I need to practice more and I like experimenting at a smaller size than I’m use to. The more I do it, the better I’m getting.

And last, the blog. I stopped doing as many Vlogs on Youtube because of the time it took to edit, but I still want to share my personal life and experiences and thoughts. I also left Tumblr because I got tired of the format and the fight for Likes and Reblogs. So since this is my website and in part, what I’m selling is myself, I decided to host my own blog here. Posts that are just news and events and updates of that sort will be on the News page and personal posts will be on the Blog page.

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We’re planning on moving to Seattle next year so I wanted to log our time prepping for that, some of my personal struggles and thoughts, rants, and things I love, but didn’t want to bog down the actual business news so this works best!

Lots of changes but I think this will be good. I need a routine and this helps my art and business further.

Thanks again everyone for sticking around and supporting me!

-Sam <3

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