Redesign, Changes, and a new Fantasy Portrait!
Well, it was quite the headache, but I’ve finally managed to finish the arduous task of moving silverflameart.com to its own server and giving the site a complete and much-needed overhaul. The only things remaining to do are to connect the shop and add content to it, and to add more featured content to the site itself.
Also, I completed a painting a couple weeks ago. What better way to launch the new site than with new artwork? This is a fantasy portrait of a friend of mine, and is a sample of a type of commissioned portrait I am offering. I create a wide variety of digitally painted artwork for hire, including more traditional portraits, fantasy portraits, book illustrations, and more. If you’d like more information on commissions, pay a visit to my Commission Information page!
With the redesign and server move, SilverFlame Art will have several new features to look forward to.
The biggest new feature, I think, is actually an older feature that is being reborn. Back in the early inception of SilverFlame Art, I had a recurring posting project called The Wilderland. It was a combination of art and short prose about the world of Faerie. I abandoned it when I redesigned the site because I had been more focused on commission work at the time. Now, however, I’m bringing it back, but in a slightly different incarnation. The new version will be called The Wilderland: Memoirs of a Tourist and will be told from the perspective of an Otherworld traveler known as Galatea, who visits Faerie and other fantastical worlds. The short prose pieces will be snapshots of her fleeting nightly travels, accompanied by illustrative sketches. Her story will unfold slowly in the undercurrent of these snapshots. The Wilderland: Memoirs of a Tourist will be a weekly feature, which I’ll post every Friday.
I’m currently working on a cover painting for the project, which shows Galatea moving across a starry path. Here’s a preview of the lineart for the piece.
This is a feature that I’ve been wanting to include on my site for quite some time now. As an artist, I can’t even tell you how often I make use of tutorials from other artists, from step-by-step explanations of how to draw and paint specific subjects, to the more technical aspects of digital or traditional media. I won’t be posting tutorials with any particular schedule, but they’ll all be gathered together in their own category, which is listed as a page in the top menu.
I’ll be making prints and gift merchandise available for sale on the site though a print-on-demand service. This particular feature is still a work in progress as I still need to iron out some details with my hosting provider.
I will be selling coloring pages based on my upcoming artwork in the form of digital downloads. Again, this is a work in progress, but once I’ve set everything up, you’ll be able to reach the Coloring Pages shop under the Shop dropdown in the top menu.
More Blog Updates
You know, I am terrible at keeping up with a blog. I always start out telling myself that this time I’m going to post on a regular schedule and keep up with it, but somehow it always seems to fall by the wayside. The blog on this site is such an important part of the SilverFlame Art project, though, and I always feel like I should be posting more often.
So I’ve renewed my determination, again, for posting between 3 and 5 times a week. I kicked myself into gear for a head start while the site was down, completing a week’s worth of blog posts so I can remain a week ahead of schedule. I’ll be posting on a variety of topics, from tutorials, tools of the trade, and other practical tips and techniques, to the creative lifestyle, to bits and pieces of my personal journey and life. And, of course, The Wilderland on Fridays! I hope you’ll all find something useful or inspirational in my writing here.
More Things to Come
As ever, SilverFlame Art is an evolving, growing project that undergoes continuous change. I have a few ideas stirring around in the back of my head for the coming months, thoughts about art events and the like, but I won’t post about them here until I’ve solidified the plans for them. In the meantime, I’ll be implementing the features I spoke of here.
I hope you all enjoy what’s to come! If you want to keep up with SilverFlame Art, be sure to like it on Facebook and follow on Twitter. I’ve also got a Tumblr page, which I sometimes remember to update (bad Amyla, must do better). And don’t forget to click that email subscription button over there in the sidebar to keep up with the blog! And please, do come and comment. I’d love to hear from you!