Saturday, 31 August 2019

August In the Pickle Jar

Hi Folks

Its time for another post and things have been super busy here in the Pickle Jar. For starters I have been painting and creating bunnies left, right and centre. I have also been retaking all my photographs for the Etsy page and just generally sprucing things up.

As well as this I have been organising new packaging for everything including fancy new stickers and fully recyclable boxes, postage bags the works. All ready for the upcoming end of year craziness.

On top of all this I've been busy with some commissions, Including this fun little kids menu and colouring page for Riverhead Coffee here in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

  So as you can see I've been a busy bunny and there's still plenty more cool stuff on the horizon.

Clumsy Pickle

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Totally Locally

I've recently been doing some work with local businesses in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area as part of a big national project called Totally Locally. The whole project is about shopping within your local community to keep the money where it belongs and not in some fat cats pocket. I thought I'd share one of their posters because well the figures speak for themselves!!!

Clumsy Pickle

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

April in the Pickle Jar

Welcome to this month's Pickle Jar. It's been a busy one this month. I've been working on  various unfinished Landmark prints as well as rephotographing them all and updating the Etsy store. 

Below is my finally finished Tatooine print which I can't wait to get printed. If you're interested in a copy drop me a message and I'll do a pre-order list. Might even do a special offer with the other Star Wars prints!!

I've also been busy working on Apple Tree Pirates pages in particular puzzle pages which has been great fun. The creative genius that is my 9 year old has come up with some more characters for me to draw at some point too.

Right well I'd best get back to the drawing board and get some work done. Speak to you all soon.

Mike :-)

Clumsy Pickle

Friday, 5 April 2019

Pickle Mail

I've been a busy pickle today working on all sorts of cool stuff to progress the business. One of which is a funky new mail list so I can keep you all updated with whats going on and to offer some cool special offers to subscribers only. I've popped in a box below so you can drop your email in and get signed up but as you can see in the picture at the bottom I've added it into the side of the blog itself. 
So get subscribing folks and lets see what offers we can pull out of the Pickle Jar. 


Clumsy Pickle

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

March In the Pickle Jar

In the Pickle Jar this month I've been super busy getting everything back up and running so I can push forward with all the plans for this year. As such I thought I'd share some of it with you. I also thought I could do a monthly 'In the Pickle Jar' to keep you all updated.

So what have I been doing?!? Well I've been updating the Apple Tree Pirates Patreon page and cracking on with drawing strips and puzzle pages for them.

As well as the Apple Tree Pirates I've been busy working on some new LIA's (Literary Invasion Art) where as before they were mostly single page pieces like in the front of the pile below, I've now started work on some much bigger pieces including a couple of secret ones I'll tell you about another time. All of this and new landmark prints coming for the Etsy store too. So watch this space for more funky updates.

Clumsy Pickle

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Patreon Reborn

The Apple Tree Pirates has been a pet project of mine for a number of years now. A few years back I made a Patreon page to support it and so I could get things made and out there for the world to see. Sadly with life taking the twisty windy road that is normally the way it kind of got shelved and left to gather dust. Now this has bugged the hell out of me because a project as cool as this should be made and published not left to languish. 

As I said in my previous blog post my priorities have changed a lot recently and the Apple Tree Pirates has been pushed up the list...... a lot. So with that in mind I've gone over the Patreon page again and modernised it a bit, rewritten some of it and want to launch it anew. 

This is where you guys come in. My intentions are to crack on and draw the Apple Tree Pirates comics, kids books, and activity books and get these little dudes into the public eye. To do that takes time and some new gear wouldn't go a miss either but that can wait. If I can earn enough money from selling my artwork online and the support on the Patreon page then I will be able to work less hours in my day job and spend much more time on making these books a reality. 

So if you feel you want to become a patron from as little as 64 pence a month or you know someone who would then share it around and lets see if we can get the Apple Tree Pirates published and in your local book shops. 

Clumsy Pickle

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Freelance and Mental Health

It's been a while since I blogged and I can tell you now that the last year has been a bit of a roller coaster. 
My life has basically been thrown in the air and totally changed in various different ways. But like the proverbial phoenix I have been trying to rise from the ashes and rebuild myself. 
Through all of this I have made some discoveries and realisations about myself and in particular my mental health. 
Basically I had a break down the middle of last year and effectively broke. This resulted in me reassessing every aspect of my life. I left a great but stressful job which had been a huge part of my life for three years. I ended up in counselling and on anti depressants. As far as I was concerned at the time, my life was over. I have learnt however that this is very far from the case and that it was merely a life lesson to grow from. 
I discovered that I had in fact suffered from Anxiety and Depression for a number of years but as is the case with most of us, especially men, we just get on with it and bury it down deep. Stiff upper lip and all that. The problem with that is eventually it rears its ugly head and results in exactly what happened to me, which I wouldn't wish upon anyone.
During this period of reassessment and reflection I realised that my priorities had been all wrong and that I need to do the things I want to do with my life. Namely The Clumsy Pickle! I have missed being my own boss and running my own life over the last 3 years and feel like I need to get back on this and get things back in order for my own sanity. I dipped my toe back into the water during the Christmas period and sold way more than I expected, which is brilliant and proves that I do actually have a viable business here if I devote myself to it properly. 
Ever the nerd I've kind of adopted the Mentat Mantra from Dune as help to get through all this. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion couldn't be more appropriate really.
My aim from now on is to work on my own mental health and hopefully share any knowledge I gain from this with the hope that it might help somebody else out there.
Clumsy Pickle