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.