I have two new cartoons available for licensing.
I hadn’t had much time to finish more cartoons, however, I spent some time creating posters in Affinity Designer and textures.
Here’s the design on poster that is now available on Society6:
Today I’ve submitted three cartoons to various micro-stock agencies. They’re already available for licensing via Dreamstime (their employees work fast:)).
I’ll be drawing more cartoon heroes in the foreseeable future. I want to create at least two collections of cartoons and sell them not only via stock agencies but also in bundled collections via my Etsy store.
For more cartoons please visit my blog tomorrow.
2018 wasn’t a good year for me. I was too lazy and distracted to regularly update my website and to write this blog. Lots of customers have left me, and it was all my fault. I was too disorganized to finish any of my many projects, and I was too weak-minded to refuse collaborations to anyone. I won’t promise that it will be different in 2019, but I will try.
The new year will bring new opportunities, and I’ll do my best to make the most of them. I will try to be better organized, to write and draw at least for a few moments every day. I won’t spend so much time on unproductive internet (YouTube or Twitter) drama.There’s work to do, projects to finish, ideas to bring to life, and I really want to feel the sensation of finishing something again. To appreciate once again the feeling of success.
We all have to live with the consequences of our past decisions, but we still have the power to decide our future. Let’s make 2019 the best year we possibly can!
Last year I wanted to offer some of my game assets via Unity 3D Assets Store. I thought I was brave enough to dive into the depths of the excessive anti-small business European bureaucracy. Now I know I’m not. The current business laws concerning entrepreneurs (and small businesses) in the EU are a total mess, and I will do everything to avoid doing business in the EU.
Unity 3D is based in Denmark. I’m in Czechia, therefore if I wanted to do business with Danish company, I would have to register as a VAT payer (thanks to one wonderful 2012 law). Thanks to another wonderful law (VAT MOSS from 2015), now I can’t even sell my work directly to end customers who live in the EU.
Registering myself as VAT payer would be a total bureaucratic nightmare for me. I would have to fill loads of additional forms and submit them every three months. I would have to gather excessive (and useless) information about my customers. I’d have to keep that information safely stored and encrypted, and I’d still risk breaking some of the new EU privacy laws. I’d be required to pay VAT (value added tax) to 28 different countries and keep detailed invoices for every transaction. Every country has different requirements for what should an invoice of a VAT payer contain.
The bookkeeping that I would have to do was designed for big companies, not for me. I studied accounting, I have a business education, and I know how excessive and time-consuming it would be in comparison to the tax evidence system that I use right now – the tax evidence that was designed for sole traders and small businessmen.
I’m just one woman, and the EU has unleashed a sequence of bureaucratic nightmares upon my businesses – first in 2012, then in 2015. Recently they approved a new law, Article 13 of the new copyright law. This article will probably bury my business completely. I won’t be able to do basic things that everyone outside of the EU takes for granted. I will not be able to promote my illustrations and designs, I won’t be able to share links, etc. I’ll be literally living behind a virtual Iron Curtain.
The craziest thing is that the same lawmakers who passed the law, are the ones who don’t understand what will the law cause. They want to punish and control big companies, but they don’t care that they’ll sacrifice people like me along the way.
I’m just a collateral damage, and so is freedom of speech. Freedom of speech won’t exist in the post-Article 13 world, but you won’t hear about it because we’ll be gone – disconnected like the citizens of China. The purpose of sites like YouTube or Pinterest directly conflicts with Article 13. Social media as we know it can’t exist in the post-Article 13 EU. Parody cannot exist in the European Union, satire cannot exist…, therefore freedom cannot exist. I feel doomed.
Though I’m an agnostic, I pray for a miracle. However, I don’t believe that any miracle will come. The only hope I have of living in freedom once again is the fall and dissolution of the European Union. I will pray for that.
The miracle didn’t come for me in 2012. I had to leave the European market to avoid the nonsensical European laws. Then when VAT MOSS law hit my business in 2015, I had to stop doing business with American companies that sell directly to the EU citizens. The only companies that I do business with right now are companies that were based outside of the EU and were able to overtake the bureaucratic burden from me. They are the ones who invoice costumers, pay VAT to EU, etc. I’m just a creator who gets royalties.
I used to be a businesswoman… I used to be able to sell my work directly to my customers. Now I’m someone who’ve never wanted to be an employee but cannot afford to stay self-employed. Thanks a lot, European Union!
I’ve already bet everything I had on my business and my freedom, and I won’t go down without a fight. Entrepreneurs all around me are starting to unite against the bureaucratic all-controlling oppression, and I will join them. We were not born to escape the eastern totalitarianism only to be enslaved by the western totalitarianism. I’m from a nation of survivors – I may be losing at the moment, but in the end, I shall prevail.
I’ve compiled my popular royalty-free cartoons with child superheroes into one huge bundle, and I’m offering it on Fiverr only for $10. I don’t know how long I will let the gig run, so get your bundle while you can. Once the gig is done, the cartoons will be available only via microstock sites like Dreamstime, Shutterstock, Fotolia and Adobe Stock, and you will have to license the cartoons one by one.
If you’re a content creator yourself, you can join Fiverr via this link and offer your own gigs to people all over the world.
I had to take a little break from working on my projects because I need to get my Zazzle stores in order and ready for Christmas sales, specifically for Black Friday.
I wanted to create some entirely new designs (they’re half done now), but I got stuck because first I wanted to edit and improve the products that have been selling well for the past three or four Christmas seasons. It took me 4 days so far, and I’m still only about 65% done. I have only ten days left until my deadline, which is Black Friday. I hope that I will be able to create at least some of the designs and illustrations I had planned to do. This has been a great learning experience for me and I will remember it the next time I plan to do something with a hard deadline.
For now, please check my older designs from previous years. Here are some of them:
Thank you for checking out my blog! Please, come back soon for a new content, or drop me a line if you’d like to know something more about Zazzle or my stores/designs.
I’ve been silent for more than a month. I had the time to post a new blog, but I choose not to. Instead, I’ve been trying to come up with new ideas on how to quickly and effectively create isometric characters and environments. I think that I found the solution, but I still need to get faster and more organized.
Here’s a sample (it’s still a work in progress) with a few test characters for my upcoming collection of Christmas game assets. Since I’m working on several projects simultaneously, I’m not able to guess how quickly I’ll be able to finish the first test collection, but once it’s done, the consecutive ones will go a lot faster.
I’ll try to write more about my progress and future plans in November.
I still want to finish a few illustrations that I plan to use as a foundation for my Christmas designs that will be on sale in my store on Zazzle. Christmas sales will start soon so I need to get ready.
Two weeks ago I bought a few collections of brushes and textures from Frankentoon. A few days ago, I finally had some time to check them out, and so far I’m excited. The brushes add so much dept to my vectors. I have a long way before me to master the proper techniques but I think it will be worth it.
Even simple vector shapes can be quickly made into more interesting objects:
I recommend everyone, who is interested in vector graphics or Affinity Designer, to check out Frankentoon website – not only to buy their great brushes and textures but also to read some useful tutorials.
I’m still working on my dragon designs and animations for the top-down strategy game, however, I took some time off to draw a few vector portraits of dragons from normal persective. I’m thinking about compiling them into a set of avatars that I could offer in my Unity 3D store – of course, I’d have a free lite version.
Here’s my orange dragon emperor: