I just finished painting my girls' rooms, and wanted to share. The 3-week old obviously doesn't have much of an opinion...but the almost 2-year old kept pointing and saying "Wow!" so it was worth the effort just for that reaction
@Eric-Castleman @lmrush I sympathize with the battle against little grabby hands... I try to get some things done at our computer desk (with enough space for barely an 8.5x11 pad) but with a 2 year old and 1 month old, I haven't got anything accomplished in quite awhile!
I started my career out on a pretty successful path as an Industrial Designer. I had the opportunity to design products for many different brands and industries- lamps, power tools, way-finding. My favorite job by far was designing playground equipment!
After several years, several layoffs in a horrible economy, and more than a few moves up & down the east coast however, I was forced to move back home. I met a great girl, settled down, and just kind of sacrificed my design dreams for the sake of staying close to, and starting a family.
I was blessed to land a great Multimedia job at Penn State University (there's not much in the way of creative work around my home town), but it does not quite fulfill my creative drive. My favorite part of the design process was always the conceptualization phase- sketching and drawing. I came here in the hopes that some of my skills will translate, and maybe I can find a new career direction with more satisfaction....or at least be more fulfilled in one of my many hobbies!
Below is a collage of a few drawings I did during my days as an Industrial Designer, along with a steampunk owl character I recently finished that kind of pushed me to explore illustration classes, and eventually led me here. I hope to learn lots and also be able to contribute something as well!
I actually went through the process of creating my own website two weeks ago. I don't know anything about HTML or CSS. I did some research, and talked to a few people, and ended up going with ehost.com. Several others said they used GoDaddy and had a good experience with them as well.
I paid $99 and now have a website up and running for the next 3 years. The interface was a little clunky, I couldn't do everything I wanted with it, but for the price and the relative ease with which I got it up and running, I would absolutely recommend it for a portfolio type site. I think there were cheaper plans available even, but I went with the one that had no ads or anything- which I think is important in any case, but certainly with a portfolio site that you want to look professional. I definitely think it's worth it when you are first starting out. Even though it wasn't perfect, the interface was very intuitive and fairly straight forward. Feel free to get back to me if you have any specific questions I could answer to help you out.
My website: http://zacksindustrialartworks.com/
I haven't watched the business video yet, and I don't have a ton of experience with making prints, but when I do, I go about it pretty much the way you outlined in the first bullet point- scan or photograph myself and then order prints online.
I have a few vendors I am comfortable ordering from now, and I've had no complaints about the quality, I don't think most people expect a print to be "museum quality" as you have detailed...but I live in pretty rural area and I wouldn't be surprised if there are different expectations in different parts of the country/ world.
I'm from Pennsylvania and work full time as a Multimedia Specialist at Penn State University (designing graphics and software interactions for online trainings). Most of my time away from work is dedicated to a 1-yr old and now 3 week old...but when I do find some free time late at night, I am trying to improve my drawing skills here through SVS, as well as building lamps and other décor items that I sell at a local café (and on my website). Check them out- always interested in comments/ suggestions!
@Chip-Valecek I used a spray gun (hooked up to an air compressor) for the purple/teal fade. It was a lot to tape off, but then pretty quick and easy to spray on. The ceiling was the only tough part. For the orange/ pink room, I actually made my own "stamps" out of some poly foam and scrap wood, and created the texture/ fade with them.
My homemade stamps: