We didn't get to much art this week, but we were able to add a couple new things to our shop and opened up a few new options for commissions. We have just begun commercial work and logos, and are very excited to get to doodling again for the July Debut animals that are on our roster. Starting next week we'll be doing that for you all to see!
Don't forget about USARK week! It ends on Sunday, June 8th. 10% of your order goes directly to USARK at the end of USARK week. Thank you for your support of us, and of USARK. Visit our shop here to help out.
Name That Sticker!
We are naming our stickers after your pets! If you'd like to get one of our stickers named after one of your pets of the same species (doesn't have to be the same morph!) be sure to take a look at animals we have pinned on our page to submit a picture of your pet and a little story! The story and photo with the most likes by the end of the week will have the sticker named after them!
This week we're finishing up with our dalmatian crested gecko, so get to voting today! Next week we're going to be naming our leucistic axolotl, so axie keepers keep an eye out on Sunday for the posting!
Woo hoo! Finally! Our meller's chameleon and green iguana finally came into stock! You can get these pretty new stickers as magnets, re-positionable wall decal stickers or regular vinyl decal stickers. We got the commissioned pieces out to the person who ordered them and BLAM! Now they can go into shop! I adore this meller's chameleon more than any chameleon I've ever seen. Even more than the pygmies! They are so comical and cute. It makes me want to hug them for ever and ever. I can't believe it's even a THING.
In addition to the meller's, this green iguana is pretty awesome, too. We had a few requests for this, and a charming little lady decided to commission us to put it in shop earlier than on schedule. This bad boy wasn't originally supposed to be in shop until late in the year. Lucky you! Species commissions are $25 each and you get four stickers with your order. Any species you want can be turned into a sticker. Terms of this type of commission mean I can use them in my shop. If you're looking for something more exclusive, we also do commissioned pieces for you on those that won't be used in our shop as stickers.
Logos and Commercial Work Opened
We recently got brave and opened up logo commissions. Glad we did, because we are extremely happy with how our first commissioned logo turned out. It's for the Redding Reptile Expo, and we are proud to have been able to do their logo. We're also excited to be vending for them, too in July! If you're in the Redding area or close by come give us a visit! We'd LOVE to meet you! It's a brand new show this year, but there is already a really great roster on the Vendor list! You can visit them on Facebook.
The Fundraiser Quilt for USARK
I can't even begin to say how utterly impressed I am by what Seri has been doing with this quilt! I was already awed by the previews, and the non-stitched blocks. Boy. Once they're stitched onto the quilt they REALLY pop! I can't even fathom how she picks just the right fabrics for these and can envision it before she even cuts it out. Per usual--just blown away. These three blocks will be sewn onto the main quilt and it will go up for raffle to benefit USARK. So far Seri has completed these three with many more to come! If you'd like to see more updates and curiosities check out the Facebook page we have for The Sticky Situation Project.
Thank you all for reading!
Please comment below which animals you'd like to see next in our shop! We wanna hear from YOU! :)
We’re not going to be home to post this on Friday! We’ll off to a show! So we're posting this blog early. Thursday, Friday same thing, right? We did doodle a few things on commission and also got a few new stickers in stock! Whirlwind of a week for sure! Hope to see some of you at the expo! Please introduce yourselves!
Our New Doodles!
Got that iguana and Meller's cham done this week. Those were the last two commissions that we had for awhile. This iguana was awesome to draw. I am sure it's my newest favorite sticker. I had originally dreaded doodling it because of all those spikes and the huge mess of big scales on the jowels and neck, but it turns out it wasn't as difficult or agonizing as I thought it would be. If there's anything that would make you step outside of your comfort zone, commissions are definitely it! This iguana made me grateful for opening commissions when I did!
The second commission I was asked to doodle was this little Meller's chameleon! Wow, I have never seen a curiouser animal than this. I didn't even know these cute little horned critters existed! Those scalloped spikes and horn on its head are so cute. How did I not know something so adorably comical existed? To top it all off it has these great little green spots all over its body. Pretty much the perfect suspect for a Dr. Suess book. We'll be ordering these guys from our sticker printers on Monday and so should have them a couple weeks after that. I'd like to thank my commissioner for allowing me to step out of my little doodle bubble! Thank you!
Our Newest Stickers!
They finally came! Hognose snakes, corn snakes and the hermann’s tortoise! This is EXCITING! I love adding all these stickers into the shop. Just fills my little heart with joy. Now we've got a pretty good selection going for reptiles. And only more to come! These pretty little snakes make a great addition to our snake section in our shop. So far these corn snakes and hoggies have been extremely popular on Tumblr. Our Tumblr traffic in our Etsy shop all but tripled compared to traffic from Facebook after sharing them on the blog there.
Monday we're putting in another order, as you saw above, to add our May stickers. Hoping those come closer to mid-May, but the printers have been working very very hard and are really popular so it may be a little closer to the end of May. I might be ordering stickers a leeeeettle bit earlier so they get here at the beginning of the month instead of the end. We'll be lowering the stock online we have of these pretties while we're away at the show this weekend!
I’ve got the question “What is a commission?” a lot since I opened them up. Basically a commission is where you, a client pays an artist to draw something. It’s not like a commission in the sense of you sell something and make a commission off of it.
Commissions are scheduled to open June 9th if all goes well! We are in the middle of a BIG move. With Jason’s racing, my show schedule, moving, and taking care of the geckos we’re taking just a short break from doodling much else until June. We’ll still be introducing new stickers during this time, but new doodles will be postponed until we’re all settled in. Once we're settled, I’ll be doing about one or two commissions a week depending on the type of commission we get. Naturally some commissions will take longer than others. So, it may be more like one every two weeks some times.
Updates on the Quilt
Our newest vote-ins for this quilt is the bumblebee dart frog, red eyed tree frog. So far our picked designs are as follows: Albino hognose snake, pied ball python, normal ambilobe panther chameleon, bumblebee dart frog, red eyed tree frog and the red footed tortoise. Right now we're voting on what gargoyle gecko or crested gecko are your favorites. Go vote if you haven't!
See you for our next blog post on Monday, What the EXPO!?
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.