Starting your own business

8 02 2010

If things from me seem sporadic lately, it’s because I’m in the process of starting my own business as an artist blacksmith. I may have mentioned that I’m involved with blacksmithing, but lately I have decided to make the step into supporting myself with it. This is really exciting and also terrifying because previously, I wasn’t making any money with it at all. I’ve basically decided to bootstrap myself a business.

I’m lucky, the people I live with are letting me pay low rent; my parents are supportive, emotionally; and there’s another blacksmith in the area who is essentially a mentor. Over the next few months, and hey, maybe even years, I’ll try to write my thoughts on the process of building this business. I’ll be making decisions based on who I am and what I want to do, and I’ll tell you why I made them and if they work or not. Hopefully you will be able to learn something from my successes and failures, and in future endeavors it will help you!

I have a website, and I take commissions.
http://www.jacoblefton.com

-Jacob

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Character Studies

28 01 2010

There are some nifty character studies up on my art blog, for a new comics project I’m writing with my brother, Jon.

Here’s a preview:
Paul inked.





Artist Blacksmith

25 01 2010

It’s been around a year since I’ve posted here. What have I been doing in the meantime? Well, I quit my job last spring and went to Europe for six months to learn more blacksmithing. It was an epic adventure, spanning ten countries, several festivals, and hundreds of international blacksmith friends. I visited places as far apart and diverse as Ukraine, Finland, England, and Italy.

Since arriving in the States, I’ve been working to set myself up as an artist blacksmith. I’m working on a website. It’s not done yet, but I’ve got a little teaser for you here:

Robot, plugged in

This robot was accepted into the “I… You… We… Robot” show at the Space 242 gallery in Boston. If you’re local, you should show up for the opening, this Friday (29.01.10) from 6pm-8pm! I’ll be there. Don’t forget to RSVP!

If you are interested in ornamental ironwork, handmade art such as lamps, gates, fences, furniture, or sculpture, give me an e-mail. Blacksmith at jacoblefton.com, and I’ll get back to you!

I’ll definitely be posting here about more of my adventures in both the professional blacksmithing, art, and design world, and the science fiction world! Keep reading :)





Link #5 — On art as a career choice

10 12 2008

My dad sent a really interesting article on art and making money from the New York Times, Transforming Art Into a More Lucrative Career Choice:

Some artists have begun to figure out ways to make money and make art — aiming to end the notion that “starving” and “artist” are necessarily linked.

Rather than seeing art as something to pursue in the hours when they are not earning a living, these artists are developing businesses around their talents. These artists are part of a growing movement that has caught the attention of business experts and is being nudged along by both art and business schools.

It’s an interesting article and thought provoking article. When you look at the world through the lense of promoting your skills in engaging and creative ways, there are a lot of possibilities that show up.

I’m interested in what you do with your art. What is your art — writing, drawing, painting, fabric, sculpture, music, circus, cooking? Do you promote it as a business, or is it a hobby? How do you incorporate it into your life — do you share it with friends, do you practice it in the company of others or by yourself?





Space Cowboy

1 10 2008

I keep trying to think deep thoughts but this old spacer and his rusty ship are all I can manage.

Don Spaceyote

His ship.





Friday Cute Things

22 08 2008

Read McSweeney’s “Selections from H. P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure As A Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter,” containing such gems as

Chocolate Cherry Cordial

You must not think me mad when I tell you what I found below the thin shell of chocolate used to disguise this bonbon’s true face. Yes! Hidden beneath its rich exterior is a hideously moist cherry cordial! What deranged architect could have engineered this non-Euclidean aberration? I dare not speculate.

I really want this print, and I can think of several others who would enjoy it:


(Click picture for ordering info. It’s in £, not $)





Some doodles

7 04 2008

Our computer lab at school got this spiffy new WACOM draw-on monitor. It’s huge and pressure sensitive and really sweet. I enjoy playing around with them. Here’s two doodles I whipped up:


Sleeping Dragons — a doodle I made while fooling around with the WACOM draw-on monitor at the computer lab at school.


Butterfly Hair—Photoshop CS3 apparently has a brush shaped like butterflies. I like the wavy-feeling of drawing hair, and butterflies seemed appropriate. It reminds me of my sister’s hair.

These and more can be found on my new Random Drawings page.