So here is the sped up footage, with commentary, of the little fox I posted below for my mermaid channel! I hope you enjoy it!
I have decided to make a few changes to my website, I've narrowed things down a great deal in an attempt to simplify things and make it a bit easier for me to deal with alongside some of the mermaid-related work that I do.
I have also decided to take a break from deviantART and move myself over to ArtStation. I like their layout better and I find it easier to browse as well. This of course means I am going to have a lot to move over and I will likely be doing this gradually to keep from stressing out haha!
I will continue to post my artwork here in this blog-style format since I do quite like this set up, but I will no longer be livestreaming through my site. The biggest change you will note is that my YouTube channel link will now take you to my mermaid YouTube page since I will now be including my artwork as part of that channel, rather than having a separate channel that I have to manage.
I just really need to find away to simplify the number of sites and places that I need to update. That is why my main instagram and twitter accounts that I use moving forward will also be under Courtney Mermaid (or Vancouver Mermaid). Since I already spend a great deal of time updating those accounts it simply makes sense.
Another big reason for doing this is my frustration in the fact that nobody really knows me as "TweakFox" online. I have a very small following as TweakFox and a much greater following with more engaged people under Courtney Mermaid.
I hope this isn't super confusing and if you are a fan of the little purple fox, not to worry, she isn't going anywhere, she's just not going to be the main face of my art sites from now on.
Anyway, thanks for your patience as I work through all of this and I hope these changes make things better moving forward!
As some of you guys know, I am a huge mermaid fan and love doing mermaid art in my free time. I've been super busy with work (which has been amazing and I can't believe how lucky I am) and so my spare time has been largely devoted to mermaid-related goodness haha!
Anyway, here are the pieces I've done over the last few months.
Don't forget to click on the images to view larger versions!
Congrats if you made it through all of that art to the bottom of my post haha! I really need to be more on top of updating this site. I spend most of my time updating my mermaid sites (VancouverMermaid.com and MermaidSchool.ca) and so my poor little purple fox gets no love haha!
Sooooo... I've been super busy with my new job (which I am thoroughly enjoying!) and I haven't had a whole lot of time for much more than a bit of animal crossing here and then and I figured for those of you interested in my ACNL adventures you can check out my tumblr here: http://acnewleafadventures.tumblr.com/
ALSO! I finally own the domain name tweakfox.com! I haven't decided what I want to do with it yet but I will keep you updated as I figure it out. I'm also trying to figure out what I want to do with my tweakfox YouTube channel.
Also, for anyone wondering, the little purple fox is TweakFox, it's one word and her whole name. "Tweak" is not her full name. Keep in mind I came up with this when I was roughly 13 years old so no judging, but I kinda like to keep her name just "TweakFox."
Anyway, just a short blog post for today! I hope you are having an awesome week so far!
So over the last few weeks I've started playing Lioden again. I finally refunded those three players who had been waiting for art but I was unable to complete due to lack of time.
I did decide to do some personal art for my den of a few of my lions. I used to do so much TLK fan art when I was still in highschool and it's pretty fun to see how much I've improved over the years.
Anyway! I hope you are having a fabulous week!
So as some of you know already or may have seen on my linkedIN, I have decided to move on from my job at IUGO Mobile Entertainment and I now find myself back in the animation industry working as a Character and Prop Artist for DHX!
I've only been at my new job for 2 days, but I can tell that I am going to love it! Alfie came to work with me yesterday and will be coming in again today and I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to bring your dog with you to work. If I need a break, BAM, puppy cuddles! It's so wonderful.
The people are awesome so far! Everyone has been really welcoming and helpful! The job itself is so good. I'm already learning so much and I woke up this morning super eager to get going (about an hour earlier than I needed to hehe).
The biggest change for me is my new work schedule (I used to get off at 4pm and now I will be getting off between 6pm and 6:30pm) which has been a bit sticky, but I think I'm slowly figuring it all out.
Anyway! I just wanted to post a quick update, since it's been a wee while since my last update... Yes I do have new art to post, but you are gonna have to be patient because I am devoting all of myself to getting up to speed at work and want no outside distractions this week especially.
I hope you are all well!
So this is one of the only pics I actually have of me at a desk (sadly not my desk hehe) in my second year of Traditional Animation at CAP University (it was still CAP College back then). I love this pic because I look all relaxed. I think this picture was taken after Gradshow which would explain being all relaxed haha!
Gradshow was a hellish experience (bot of them were actually). We were all such sleep-deprived zombies (hence the post title) by the end of it that none of us were functioning normally haha!
For this post I wanted to give people looking to get into animation school a few tips to avoid the typical pitfalls that most of us fall into. I'm sure things have changed a bit since I was in school, but there are something things that never change hehe...
So those are just a few of my little survival tips. If you are just getting into school, or are in school now, I wish you the best of luck. Most importantly remember that pain is temporary and that if you want it bad enough it will be worth it, I promise!
With that I would like to wrap up this A to Z Challenge, I will likely do one additional post after the actual end date given that everything you have read thus far has been written in advance to keep me from falling behind or missing days.
Thank you so much for reading my posts, I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!
There are some very crucial things you need to know when you go to start exploring your online presence. As I mentioned before I have spent a lot more time developing my online presence as Courtney the Vancouver Mermaid and so for this post I will mostly be using that as my example.
First things first, your handle, how do you want to be known online? Do a little bit of searching to see what's available because that will likely have an impact on the name you want to use. I go as Courtney the Vancouver Mermaid "Courtney Mermaid" for short. Once I had that decided, I went ahead and secured all of the various social media sites.
But Courtney! I don't know what social media sites I want to be on!? AHH!!! OK stop panicking. Start with the biggies: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest are all good places to start. Depending on what you are doing online (are you an artist, a mermaid, a writer etc) there will be some social media sites that will benefit you more than others so do some research.
GET YOUR DOMAIN NAMES OMG OMG OMG. Seriously. Hit up Netfirms and grab yourself your domain name before someone else does and you are miserable for the rest of your life. It doesn't cost much and it is totally worth while, after all, how are people supposed to find you without it?
Pro Tip: I will disown you if you go and stick a big fat dash or hyphen in the middle of your domain name. I kid you not. Don't do it. If I can't find you because I'm an idiot who can't remember you have a dash in your URL it is YOUR FAULT. Don't argue, you know I'm right.
OK. So what is your image gonna be? You now have the name that's going to represent you online, but not you need a nifty little logo that'll stick in peoples minds. Don't be complicated with it. It needs to grab people right away and be something you can use at various sizes for all those social media sites you signed up for. 150x150, 250x250, 350x350 are going to be your nemesis so you better have a nice image that can be cropped or will nicely fit in a square.
What do I use? Well my entire brand as an artist revolves more or less around this funny little purple fox you are seeing everywhere. She's cute right? I have her in a couple of different sizes to make her a little more user-friendly for me. For my Courtney Mermaid stuff I use my face since I am the mermaid. I do have a pretty snazzy logo that you can see on my main page: VancouverMermaid.com.
Colours are also going to play a huge part in your brand. It's OK for these to change, but I cannot emphasize the importance of your colours being pleasant to the eye. Please. I beg you. If you are colourblind or worried that your sense of colour sucks, get a friend to help you. Remember that less is more. This is my sort of "formula" for picking colours:
Base Colour + Text Colour + Link Colour + Accent Colour = Good Job.
Appeal is important. By "appeal" I am of course referring to a site that doesn't want to make you pull all your hair out. Visit other people's sites and ask yourself what it is you like about them. There is nothing wrong with looking at other sites for reference, just don't go ripping people off.
Drilling. This is more of a technical point, but it is so important. I beg of you... Please do not make people click through a thousand links to get to a page without a back button. Yes, drop-down menus are fantastic, but if I visit your page and find myself looking through an excessively long list that I have to scroll through, I will be very disappointed with you.
Overall, the things that are going to really define you and your brand are things like: what do you stand for, what you do, who you are and how can this be visually represented on your site. People go to school for years and years to figure this sort of thing out, so don't be disappointed with yourself if you have a hard time figuring it out.
Anyway, I hope that was a little bit helpful! I definitely had fun writing this one!
I can't believe the A to Z Challenge is almost over!
This has been so much fun to participate in!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a designer in the animation industry!
Artwork and Content is © Courtney Pearson 2016