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April Update

5 April 20201

 

Firstly. How is it already April?! Secondly, I hope you are all well fellow human beans. Yes, it has been a while since my last post, however, I wanna keep this one brief and straight to the point. So, what have you been up to Giggabubs?

1) I now stream on Twitch. I stream my doodle sessions (that has some super chilled lo-fi music FYI)  every Monday and Tuesday, 8:30pm GMT and I stream video games on Thursday at 8:30pm GMT and Saturday 12:30pm - 5:30pm GMT 

 

2) I am slowly updating this website with some new and cute mini me art. Make sure you keep an eye out for that.

3) After successfully completing my 100 Days of Drawing at the end of February, I have shifted my focus back to my original characters. I am creating them jobs and a bit of a back story as well as updating their looks

4) If you are on Patreon or signed up to my email list, you already know, but, I have made some super cute prints. I printed my 5 favourite doodles from 100 Days of Drawing and they are just so dam cute! Make sure to check the shop to see those beauties.

And I think that is it for the updates.  Until next time my beans, keep staying safe and awesome! 

Stationery, Ko-fi, Patreon and Redbubble

5 December 2020

Hello folks, I hope you're well. Sorry it's been a while since my last post, but I come bearing gifts...of information:

 

1) I now have a Ko-fi page! I can fulfil a dream I've had for ages which is to make digital downloads. My first kawaii wallpaper is now live, so do give it a look and show my page some love.

 

2) I am also on Patreon! I am aiming to get 50 Patreons before I start sending out Patreon only exclusive vinyl stickers. 

 

3) I am still on Redbubble. I am in the midst of update the prints on my shop, but that doesn't mean you can't check it out now have an announcement.

 

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4) And possibly the most shocking of the announcements. I am NOT AN ILLUSTRATOR! Yup. Now let me explain.

 

Back in May I wrote a blog post explaining that I didn't have much luck in selling my first attempt of making notebooks. It took a massive knock on my confidence so I decided to switch it up, and head down a different path of children's illustrator. My drawing style seemed to go well with that goal so off I went. I made a portfolio, spoke to various illustrators, had a bunch of critiques and reviews of my work and I seemed to be making some level of progress. As the year has gone on, I was feeling confident with my decision to be a children's illustrator and was thinking how best to make my portfolio pop. That was, until I watched a SkillShare video by Aaron Draplin on how he makes merch. Then I was watching videos of how I create stickers on Procreate. And with this 100 Days of Drawing challenge I'm doing, I'm making more cute doodles and I find myself thinking "this would look SO cute as a print".

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And it hit me. I'm not a children's illustrator. Making a book would be cool, but it's not my passion nor my dream. You know what I do love, stationery. I LOVE STATIONERY! Holding notebooks, buying matching pens, notepads, stickers. But not just stationery. I want posters, A5 / A6 size prints, postcards, bookmarks. I love it all and I WANT IT ALL. And I want it all to have my designs on them and to sell them, have boxes of the stuff in my home where I can package them and ship them off to my customer. So I am starting again folks. My focus will be on creating kawaii, cute designs for stationery, for prints and all that jazz. It will take time to build my business to the level where it's my sole income, but I am willing to grind it out.  

My first stationery offering to you my dears, is my super cute die cut stickers! These little things are available RIGHT NOW over on my shop. You should totally check them out!

And that's it. It's been one heck of a ride to basically do a 180 on what I want to pursue, but I'm glad I've gone through it!

Until next time my dears, stay safe and stay awesome!

Mini Update...kinda

28 October 2020

 

And hello everyone. Are you taking care of yourself?

Been a while since I lasted blogged, sorry about that. What has been happening? Let me think...well, nothing new really. Just been doing the usual. Grinding it out with my illustrations, surviving my kids and if I have the energy, I look after myself.

 

Oh wait, I have been looking for work, that's something new right?! I'm searching for both illustration positions and anything admin related. I've got like a bunch of experience in admin and customer service, so may as well use it. Now, does looking for an admin job mean I'm quitting my illustration dream? Of course not! Just because my source of income isn't coming from an illustration gig, doesn't diminish my dream or make me any less of an artist. It just means I'm getting paid and can do more to support my family! So, as I did before, I'll do my hours for my job and work on my illustrations during my spare time. Fun times. What I will do differently (where possible of course) is try and find a job for a company that deals with illustrators or work within the arts, like an agency. At least that way, I can be close to the action even if I'm not getting any action. Does that sound odd? Yes. But does it also make sense? Yes! Wish me luck!

Anyway, until I find a job, you can check out my latest doodles over on Instagram, Facebook and (when I remember to share it) on Twitter. I'm currently going through a whimsical, floating, cloud phase. As I can't escape the mundane, pandemic stress of everyday life, I can find escapism in my art.

Until next time, stay safe and awesome!

Starting over on Patreon

27 August 2020

Hello everyone, how are you?

So, 2020 has been........interesting, to say the least. I'd describe 2020 with various and super vulgar language, but I'm trying to keep it clean.

You may not know this, but at the start of the year, I had big plans to launch my Patreon page. Patreon page is all about supporting your favourite creators by either pleading a monthly amount  or by just sending them a one off donation. This is super helpful as the creator can focus on making the things you love to see. But with COVID and all the uncertainty and darkness it brought, I didn't feel right to ask for financial support. So I took a step back, tried to deal with the issues and the "new" normal of mine and the kids lives, and work on my art style and portfolio.

So why exactly am I telling you this? Well, I've decided to get back on track with Patreon. I've always wanted a Patreon page and I'm ready to jump back in. If you've always wanted to give financial support to me and my illustrations, do consider becoming one of my Patrons  by clicking right here. If not, don't even sweat it. I'm thankful that you took the time to read this post, so thank you! I hope to see you over on whatever social media you're following me on!

Commissions are OPEN!

18 June 2020

 

And hello everyone! I hope you are all well. I'm pleased to say that from today, your girl is doing commissions. Yep, that's right. Over the last few weeks I've been asked whether I do them which I'm totally all for, but I never had the confidence to put it out there that I'm available to do it. So here I am, a simple illustrator, here to tell you that I am indeed open for commissions.

 

If you would like an original Giggabubs doodle to grace your place, first, check out the commissions info page as it has prices and all the fun terms there. Once you done that, send me a message via my contact page or email me at giggabubs@gmail.com about what you would like and we'll go from there!

A change of direction

13 May 2020

 

So, it's all gone a bit crazy recently hasn't it. Everything we were all working towards came to a grinding halt because of Covid-19 and its put a lot of things out of whack. I think 2020 for so many of us, was going to be "our year" but clearly 2020 had other ideas. 

 

I know we're all struggling to deal with what's going on, and that's ok. A global pandemic gives you a reason to not be ok. It also gives you a chance to reevaluate your priorities (if you feel up to it if course). For me, I've decided to "scrap" making stationary. I know, massive change right but let me clarify. I love stationary, like, a lot. But if I'm brutally honest, I haven't had much luck in selling as much as I would like, and that's ok. I was just enjoying making it all. But once that buzz began to wane and I was spending money I don't really have on printing things that wasn't selling, I was beginning to think what was the point of making stationary.

 

So I would just draw because I love to draw. And with my confidence growing in what I can create, I've started to draw more. And now my new focus is to make illustrations which I hope can be used in children's books, editorial pieces and maybe even advertising. For the past several weeks, I've been working on creating my online portfolio which you can see here. Whilst I post all my doodles on Instagram and Facebook (make sure you follow me there), my portfolio will be of all of my best stuff. Sweet. 

 

While I doodle, I am more than sure that I'll upload some of it to my RedBubble page. And one day soon, I hope I'll be able to print my own stuff again to sell on my shop. Yay!

Panda Emotions Coming Soon!

26 February 2020

Can we just take a moment that we're near the end of  February?! I'm sure it was JUST December 2019 a moment ago?!  As the year is clearly determined to rush straight past me, first let me say hello, it's been a hot minute and secondly,  I wanted to give you a heads up on my upcoming stickers and poster (whoop, whoop!). The next sticker sheet and poster will be of my Panda Emotions. You've seen the Panda Emotions, right?! Head on over to my Insta and FB page and you'll see what I mean. The six emotions, Happy, Playful, Anger, Surprised, Meh and O.K., will be available on sticker sheet and the poster will have all six emotions on it. Cool right. 

The stickers will be available in my online shop super soon and the poster will be on my RedBubble page within the next few days

Sticker sheet time!

23 November 2019

 

Howdy everybody! I know you can't see me, but I am waving at you in between typing! I hope you are all doing well. Me? Yeah I'm ok. Keeping busy with my kiddies, eating their leftovers and watching this years The Apprentice (gosh I love that show!) BUT more importantly (and I'm guessing what you really wanna know about), I've made a new item for the Giggabubs shop, STICKER SHEET! I wish I could add that ham horn sound. You know the one that goes buurr buur buuuurrrrrrr. The one that Dj's add in-between songs.

 

Anyway, it's a first but I assure you it won't be the last. First sticker sheet is my popular Floating Jellyfish design, where I've taken the kawaii jellyfish and added some cute bubbles and a Jellyfish logo. I'm hoping before the end of this year, which literally ends in 5 weeks (like seriously where has this year gone?!), to make 2 to 3 more sticker sheets so do keep an eye out for that. As always, if you miss me and my witty witty-ness, you can follow me on Insta and on FB. Hope to see you over there and stuff!

As if I added a blog

Hello, hello, HELLO my dears. Wow, this is my first blog on the Giggabubs website. If you knew just how much I am totally TOTALLY freaking out right now from how exciting this all is!!!

I wanted to add a blog to my site just so I can touch base with you guys, share a bit of what I'm doing and just generally goof off with you. I aim to keep this blog up-to-date and funky fresh, so do check back to what is new. Should you find that you miss me (it's ok, I have that effect on everyone) you can always follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Links to my social media can be found both in the footer and header of each page. 

 

Before I go, I just wanted to say a huge HUGE thank you for taking the time to check out my website. I can't express just how much that means to me! I've worked super hard to make this site a true reflection of me, what I like and all that kind of stuff, and I hope you love it. As I've just started out into the world of stationery, my site is a little naked. Over time, I hope to fill my shop to the brim with more kawaii, cute and just darn awesome products, that you'll consider selling your left kidney for (please don't actually do that. That would be really bad).