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A tiger and one yawning mouse – childhood drawings from 1984

childhood drawings of Jessica Doyle from 1984 - one tiger and one yawning mouse

If you are an artist you’ve likely been drawing since you were very young in age. These are two of my ink drawings from 1984. I would have been 11 years old when I drew both of these on pretty pink and yellow papers with a blue Bic pen. Continue reading

Everyone likes 25% OFF coupon codes right?

Black Friday Sale, Cyber Monday Sale, http://etsy.com/shop/jessicadoyle

UPDATE – the sale in now over.

From today until Cyber Monday, enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY during check-out and you will receive 25% off your entire purchase excluding shipping costs. This is my biggest customer appreciation event of the year! And all products listed in my shop are in stock and ready to ship.

This sale is running in both my Etsy Art Shop and also on my special personal site, HandmadeCloud. The coupon code BLACKFRIDAY works in both shops. (Sale begins today and ends on Monday the 29th at the stroke of midnight EST)

HandmadeCloud Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale! artist Jessica Doyle

If I have entertained you, enlightened you, taught you something you didn’t know or even just made you smile with my art and writing over this past year, please do consider sharing the link to this blog post with your friends and family on your Facebook, Twitter or via email.

Thank you from both me and Missy the cat! Happy Holidays! :)

Jessica the Inquisitive Owl – ACEO

illustration, art, owl perched on tree original aceo by artist jessica doyle

  • Size – 2.5 by 3.5 inches
  • Medium – ink, watercolour and coloured pencil on acid free thick card stock.

The original ACEO illustration and limited edition mini prints are both listed for sale on HandmadeCloud while limited edition mini prints are available on Etsy.

I sell in Canadian dollars on HandmadeCloud and in American dollars on Etsy.

Do you remember those cute Three Wise Men? They are now available in miniature print format too! xo

On Your Customers Blowing Gaskets

Why does an issue have to reach epic proportions before a solution that was requested from the beginning and could have been implemented immediately when the problem first arose when the company or person who caused the problem was contacted?

It seems in this day and age the larger the company the more the problems and their customer service albeit great is not at times helpful.

I would never dream of trying to upsell a customer when they are frantically experiencing recurrent issues. I couldn’t imagine saying to Customer Bob after they wrote asking where their order was “Well, that happens sometimes, perhaps next time you should consider purchasing Express shipping. If you need any more help… just let me know.”

In this circumstance Customer Bob likely would have opened a claim with Paypal and perhaps began bad mouthing me on the internet about something that I have no control over which in this case is postal shipping times. Continue reading

Artist Tip #23 – On being self employed

Three things to think about:

  1. When the money stops coming in you do NOT stop working
  2. When the money does come in you DO save as much of it as you can for when the money stops coming in
  3. When the savings are gone you can either sulk, get a real job or GET creative

Something fabulous is going to happen on Wednesday…

tree,autumn,leaves,sky,fall,illustration,jessicadoyle

That illusive e-commerce art site that I’ve been working on for months is being launched this Wednesday. For REAL!

Seriously.

Glitches and all.

One can find problems and issues with each and every site on the internet, but to delay the launch date of a site over and over again when it’s only an aesthetic that’s waning and no longer the core functionality that is causing trouble, is at best, both financially and spiritually draining. When working for oneself, it’s possible to find fault with almost anything.

And the hours…

Many good folks are due a huge thank you for the coding help (both paid and unpaid) and for the stupendous mental support you’ve given me over the last year. In no particular order, here they are by first name only… Louella, John, Andrew, Gus, Vikki, Christopher, Donovan, Sarah, Aron, Stephen, Tricia, Darren and Andreas and the many others who read my Tweets and Facebook and Blog Updates.

You all listened to me via email, Skype and in person when I freaked out on more than one occassion. You all pushed me in your own way by providing answers, alternative ideas or in the least provoked me by telling me to give up and get a real job.

About one month ago I REALLY did consider getting that real job.

So, please do come back here on Wednesday morning for the launch of HC. Yes, that is an acronym, and it doesn’t stand for…