Boathouse Mouse FAQ

Hey everyone!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Boathouse, and I thought I’d but together a FAQ blog post or two answering them:

How do you know RV? How did this come about?

RV is actually the dad of one of my good friends. I’d worked with him on a smaller project before (designing a logo for Mission Navigation), but nothing on this scale. RV is an author and has an awesome fiction series (seriously, you should check them out.) He emailed me late December last year with an idea for a children’s book series about a mouse who builds boats and goes on adventures, and was I interested in working with him as his illustrator. I gave it some thought (about two seconds worth) and said yes!

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Q&A: Miscellaneous

Today is the last Q&A post for awhile! Thank you all for the questions; I hope I answered them all!

How do I buy your work?

You can check out my Etsy store here, and I also am planning on selling at a few arts and crafts shows this year as well. As soon as I know dates of those, I’ll put them as an event on Facebook and let you know in a blog post as well.

I can’t see your posts on WordPress anymore; how can I get the posts?

I think we have that problem fixed, finally! When I imported that blog to my website, it didn’t do what I thought it would, in that it would still link everything together (I’m really not that tech savvy!). When I heard about this issue, my husband fixed it for me so now all posts show up in both places 🙂

***UPDATE: all of my posts are on WordPress now as it has become my main website. If you have any problems viewing anything, please let me know!

Do you offer lessons?

At this time, I don’t offer personal lessons. I do have a few lessons that I teach at our local library each year. It works out to be two children’s lessons and two adult lessons. Each lesson is based on the art of a famous artist, and either has story time (for the kids) or a power point lesson (for the adults) for background information, as well as an art project based on that artist’s work.

Why did you change your pricing for drawings?

Before I opened the business, I just came up with numbers that “felt right.” Once I opened the business, I spent hours researching how to price my work. I came up with numbers that felt right, but made more sense. I just read an article recently on pricing your work, and they said that all the prices need to be consistent. When I looked at my pricing more in depth, I noticed it needed some tweaking.

What I ended up doing was changing the pricing from size of the piece to based on total square inches. This really will help me come up with estimates quicker and keep the prices fair. It will also be really helpful when I get a request for an odd size.

The prices overall didn’t change that much; most of them either went up or down by a couple dollars.

As a side note, if you have either received an estimate from me or have started talking to me about a piece but we haven’t gotten to the estimate part yet, you will get either the pre-change price or the new price, whichever works out to be the lesser amount.

When will your earrings be available on your website?

That is a really really good question. I’m honestly not sure. I was ready to put them up when I found a way to reinforce the earring holes by adding eyelets for the hooks to go through. The earrings already are very durable, but I want to be able to give my customers the best product that I can. I’m looking into buying the eyelets soon (they’re a special size, so hard to find) and then will have them up as soon as they’re finished being altered. I’m hoping by April to have them up; thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

Did I answer all your questions? Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below!

Q&A: Special Orders

***This was first posted on my website, http://www.backtothedrawingboardart.com on December 31, 2014. We are in the process of getting this blog and the website blog synced, so please bear with us as we get the bugs worked out!

Hey everyone! I’m kicking off a new series today, answering some of the many questions I’m asked on a regular basis. Today’s topic is special orders…

What is the difference between a special order and a commission? Aren’t they the same thing?

A special order would be when someone likes one of my pieces, but would like it either in a different size or as a different product. For example, at the art show, someone loved my Nativity print and asked if they could get it as note cards. Another person asked if they could get my Cardinal print as gift tags. These may turn into regular products eventually, but for right now they’re just requests. A commission is when you have an idea in mind that you’d like drawn/painted, and then commission me to make it into a piece of art. Commissions are the next Q&A topic, so look for more specific answers on those in the next week or two 🙂

Does it cost any extra for a special order?

There is no additional fee for a special order. You only pay for the cost of the product!

How do I request a special order?

Email me at shawnaapps@gmail.com or message me on Facebook at any time!

Can anything be made into another product?

At this time, no. There are a couple prints that aren’t working very well as note cards. However, I’m working on on editing them so they transfer over nicely, and hope to eventually have any piece be available as any product that I currently stock.

Thank you to everyone who’ve been asking questions; it’s helping me to fine tune and make things easier and better for you!

Do you have any questions for me? Upcoming topics include commissions and new upcoming products!

Q&A

Hey everyone! I’ve been getting asked some great questions lately, so after putting the word out on Facebook asking if there was anything else people wanted to know about me, here are all your answers!

How is this art business going? 

Things are going really really well. I’m surprised with how much positive feedback that I’ve been getting, and how many people are really interested in having me do pieces for them.

Is it overwhelming?

I don’t think it’s overwhelming with the amount of projects, but just the emotions of starting to really pursue my dream and have it be a reality is overwhelming! I do randomly burst into tears of joy because I never thought this would happen.

How is it fitting in with babysitting and family life?

It’s fitting in surprisingly well! I only work while kids are napping or sleeping, or if I have no babysitting kids and my kids are playing happily or doing art things with me. I told my husband that if the art business starts interfering with the family, that I would back off of it, that family comes first. So far, so good! I have a lot of big projects to work on this summer, so we’ll see how that works out.

Do you plan on quitting babysitting and just doing your art business?

At some point, yes. I don’t think I’m established enough for it to fully replace the babysitting at this time. Paigey is going to be getting braces soon, and we can’t afford that without having a steady source of income besides my husband’s income. I do love babysitting, and will miss it when I stop.

Who is your favorite artist?

I hate this question. I always get an eye roll or a groan when I answer! I think people expect me to have this obscure artist, and I disappoint them. It’s so very cliche: I absolutely love Vincent Van Gogh. And yes, my favorite painting of all time is Starry Night. Any of the impressionist painters inspire me, and I tend to prefer them over other artists. Dale Chihuly and Henri Matisse are new favorites as well.

And yes, for all you Whovians out there, the Doctor Who episode “Vincent and the Doctor” makes me cry like a baby every time I watch it.

What is the one drawing tool you cannot live without?

Oh, that would definitely be my eraser pencil! It’s awesome. You can sharpen it to get really tiny lines or cut the tip off and get fat lines, and I use it multiple times in each drawing I do.

I also love my kneaded eraser (you can mold it into any shape you want!) and my HB pencil.

I also finally got some blending sticks recently, and they are so much easier and less time consuming than using other things to blend. I think I’d get pretty cranky if I couldn’t use those, either.

I saw on Facebook that you actually have a studio?!? When did that happen?

Okay, it’s not an official beautiful art studio. It’s in my basement, and it’s been set up since we moved into our house in 2008. Now that I finally went through everything and organized it, I have space to work. It consists of a couple plastic rolling carts, a really old drafting table (I’m in the market for a new one), a stool, my beautiful new easel, and a bookcase. It’s not much and could use better lighting, but I have space to paint where the kids won’t get into my chemicals or paint. I just set up the kid’s easel in my studio area for our youngest today; he absolutely loved painting with me and is begging to do it again tomorrow.

I’ve heard you mention you have kids. How many, how old are they, and are they artistic?

My husband and I are blessed with three amazing kids. Our daughter is 9, and then we have two boys, 6 1/2 and 4. They are definitely artistic, but in different ways. Our daughter loves to draw and paint, our older son is more along the lines of technical drawings (he’s the one who will draw a building and then go and try to recreate it with legos or blocks), and our youngest is just an inspiration to me. He is very particular about color and actually will play around with things like shadows or monochromatic layering in his collages. He sees color and pattern and puts things together I never would have even thought of. It’s really exciting to see my kids take after me in some sort of way; it makes up for them looking like their Daddy’s side of the family and not me!

When are you coming to visit your bestest friend of 20-21 years?

Soon, I hope and pray! I can’t wait to see you when you’re in the area in just over a week 🙂 I miss my gf, and the kids miss their aunt ❤

 

Thanks for all the questions, guys!

Is there anything else you want to know about me? Ask away, and I’ll do a second post later 🙂