Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dog Gone, the story of Frank’s adventures

Great news! Three of the final images for Dog Gone are completed! That only leaves ten more core images to finish up and, if I have time, two optional images to add in. Plus laying the book out and possibly hand lettering it.

*eep* It’s okay, really. I work well under pressure. And I already have the bulk of the drawings done, I just need to polish them up in Illustrator. I can do this!

For those of you who pledged to support the book on Kickstarter, but haven’t made it to Megafounder yet to submit your pledge there, please do! I based my budget on the promised pledges from Kickstarter, but so far only about 40% of my promisors have made it over and I’m getting super nervous. We need you! Please come over today and resubmit your pledge!

Just finding out about the project and interested in supporting Dog Gone, the story of Frank’s adventures? You can do so here!

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Wednesday Link Love

Links to get you over the hump.

Be yourself and the inspiration will come

I was practicing my hand lettering with the idea that I might hand letter the text in Dog Gone, the picture book I’m almost done illustrating. I’m not 100% sure my ability is up to the task, so I’ll keep practicing while I finish up the illustrations and we’ll see what comes of that. I’m optimistic!

Anyway, I needed a little break from the lettering, so I was doodling and I came up with this idea of a hummingbird doing loops. Using my new Illustrator knowledge, I worked up some repeating patterns for textiles along with a fun message!

These are available on my Society 6 store on a variety of merchandise such as mugs, pillows, shower curtains, iPhone covers, the list goes on! I’m going to look into having some fabric made at Spoonflower I think it would make a really cute sheet set and tea towels, too!

I really love how graphic it is and how the last one is so reminiscent of herringbone!

Shawn Carney Art Hummingbird Be Yourself

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Why failure is a catalyst for success

Because, let’s face it, everybody makes mistakes. Rare are the moments when everything goes exquisitely and perfectly the first time. To be truly innovative, it’s imperative you go outside your comfort zone. Making mistakes leads to creative epiphanies.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas A. Edison

Failure can be a catalyst for success. It inspires humility and empathy within us. It feeds our strength and perseverance. It teaches us how to adapt and evolve.

The key is to admit to failure, accept any responsibility for it, and then learn from it. Holding onto a failed idea is suicide; don’t get too attached. Refusing to acknowledge responsibility can harm yourself and others. Not bothering to learn from it means you’ll keep making the same mistakes over and over.

If you can let go of the expectation of success and the idea that a failure somehow defines you, you can try again. Success and happiness are not the same. Accept your failures and appreciate where you are this moment. Maybe you need to prepare differently, improve your skills or knowledge, adjust course, or practice more. Or maybe the timing just wasn’t right. Try again.

Stop playing it safe. Be brave. Make waves. Live your life on your terms.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”- Buddha


Friday Link Love

Today is the day to start your contentment habit.

Your net worth is not your life’s worth.

It’s always 4:20 somewhere. Tips for growing your own.

Gaming designed to improve your creative writing skills. Yes!

Awesome (and free) high resolution photos to use however you like.

How to open up and fall in love. I bet this technique could be applied in ALL relationships from personal to professional. And so could this one.

If you’re in NYC, go see these shows. If you’re not in NYC, but planning on coming, watch this to prepare.

Pay what you want for custom animated pet portraits!

If you stop and think, “My pet is THE MOST _____________________ IN THE WORLD!“, what words would you use to fill in that blank? Adorable, intelligent, clever, cute, talented, ridiculous… The list goes on.

What if you could have a custom animated gif pet portrait created personally for you? Or what if you could have one created for a friend’s pet? Do you have a new puppy you can’t stop thinking about when you’re at work all day? Are you crazy for your kitty? Did you lose a beloved pet that you still miss every day? Commission a custom digital portrait of your pet today!

What if I told you the price was whatever you wanted to pay? $5 $20 $60, you choose how much to pay based on how much you love the finished product! Once your custom portrait is completed (an animated gif 650×650 @ 72dpi), you can pay whatever you wish via paypal or check. It’s entirely up to you. The important part is that you have a portrait you love!

To get started, send me a photo of your pet with a clear image of his or her entire face! If you’d like, tell me a little something about your pet. A funny story perhaps, or about her favorite snack or that toy he carries with him everywhere. Then let me create a portrait of your pet (dog, cat, horse, bunny, gerbil, snake, lizard, whatever!) personalized JUST FOR YOU!

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Shawn Carney Art Animated Pet Portraits - Wynn