Monthly Update November 2018 | New Name, New Site, New Day Job

Hey all, it’s me…Taylor.

That’s right, I am changing not only my URL (the main one is now taylorjohnson.art), and my social media usernames – but I am changing the very name I go by online. Julian Jaymes has been a fun name, but it’s high time I started to blog as myself – as Taylor Johnson. No fancy fake name, just my boring real one, but I think that going by one’s own name online shows not only a level of professionalism, but also a certain level of integrity. And integrity is something I value above almost all else.

I realize there was no blog for October, and I do apologize for that. Things have been absurdly busy over here. I got the job I mentioned in my last blog, and subsequently realized that having two jobs plus all my freelancing and Etsy work was just way too much. So I spent most of October just giving proper notice and easing out of that previous job, and finishing up some freelance projects, while trying to manage the new job as well.

I am, at this point, entirely employed as an artist. My day job is art; my personal work is art; my Etsy is, indeed, a kind of art. But the kind of art, the medium as well as the creations, vary widely.

In my day job work…well, I can’t talk much about the end product, but I can tell you that I am learning to be a texture artist for 3D and VR design. It’s pretty crazy to be learning HOW to do a job as I am DOING the job, but really, trial-by-fire is sometimes the best way to learn. So I am enjoying it.

In my personal work, I am still going strong painting the watercolor illustrations for the Millennial Mystic Tarot. I’ve also been doing some songwriting to cope with the absurdity of living in the world that somehow exists right now. I don’t know if any of these songs will ever see the light of day, or in what form they would be shared – but they’re certainly therapeutic to write.

And in my Etsy shop, I’m continuing to sell traveler’s notebook supplies and inserts, Tarot and oracle deck bags, and now actually some handmade jewelry and prayer beads!

So really, not a whole lot is different. I just don’t have to go to a receptionist job 4 days a week anymore. 🙂 As much as I appreciate that job and the opportunities it afforded me, I’m really, really excited to be moving on into my full-time-art life.

I’ll keep you posted, as always, on what I’m doing and how you can follow what I’m up to online. Thank you all for your support and understanding as I redesign my logos and website.

~Taylor

Life Hits The Fan | Finances, Insurance, Day Jobs, and The Future Of My Art :(

Hey guys. It’s Julian.

Things ain’t good.

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“Cube.” 9×12″, ink and watercolor.

I’m likely losing my insurance and most of my income in September, and now it’s looking like my day job is in danger, too. My disability kept me out of work for 5 years; I’ve only been working again for 5 months.

I’m frustrated, but I’m beginning to realize that I may not be able to keep up this “conventional work” thing. It’s terrifying, though, because my disability benefits are disappearing in two months, and without them, I’d have NO income – which is not a good situation, for a single young person who can barely afford rent and bills as it is.

The answer that seems obvious is for me to go full time with my art – the one thing that’s really working in my life, the one thing I’m good at – but I just don’t have that kind of popularity/platform yet. I would LOVE to live off of commissions and Patreon, but it’s actually REALLY difficult to get that kind of thing started. I’m not well-known enough to be able to sell my art for what it’s actually worth. And I can barely afford my supplies as it is.

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“Chicory.” 9×12″, ink and watercolor.

But for right now, at least, I do have a pretty good supplementary income from my Etsy shop – mostly from my traveler’s notebooks – and that provides about $50-$100 a month to fund my art habit. It doesn’t sound like much, but I go through a sketchbook every couple of months, notebooks require supplies, and I use at least a pad of watercolor paper every month…that adds up.

So I really, really appreciate everyone who has been supporting me. If you want to support me further, please remember, you DON’T have to spend money – just favoriting items from my shop, subscribing to my social media accounts, or just reading this blog, pushes me higher in search results, and that in turn results in more hits and sales on my shop.

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“Crystals.” 9×12″, ink and watercolor.

But if you do have a few bucks, there’s a lot of fun stuff on my Etsy shop – including my comic My Life On The Sidelines, notebooks and notebook supplies, and even some prints. Items range from $2 to $60-ish and there’s usually a sale going on.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting me through this time. I have noticed a spike in Etsy orders, which is wonderful, and I hope this will continue. I’m just dreaming of the day that I won’t need a day job and can just draw and paint and make things for you guys all day. 🙂

I hope this wasn’t too much of a bummer. I just wanted to keep y’all updated. The reality is hitting me – that this is a Tower card moment, this is one of those moments of massive upheaval that throws everything off course. This, my friends, is a Saturn Return. (I turned 29 in June; this is normal, astrologically.)

I’m uploading more and more on my YouTube channel, so check it out if you’d like to hear me ramble about art, Tarot, and more. 🙂

All the best,

~Julian

MONTHLY Update June 2018 – Changes to Site Format + Art Updates

Hey guys. It’s Julian. And let me tell you, having two jobs – running my online presence, and working a day job – is EXHAUSTING.

I don’t mean to complain though – quite the opposite; I am grateful for these opportunities. I just wanted to explain my reasons for posting less lately. While I have kept up with Instagram to an extent, and my YouTube has been relatively active, I’ve not been able to blog here much, because I’ve been doing my best to manage my wellness. Health has to be my #1 priority, and with chronic health conditions, it can require some tough decisions – like “do I blog, or do I get the rest I need today?” Rest usually wins out.

So I’ve decided that for now on, I’ll just do a monthly update, plus random non-update blogs. I think a weekly update is not really that necessary, and it would be more useful for you – and more convenient for me – to just put out 2 or 3 non-scheduled posts of a more functional variety (tutorials, product reviews, etc) for the rest of the month.

My hope is that by taking off the pressure of “I haven’t done my Weekly Update yet!” I’ll make working on my blog a bit more appealing for me; and by adding more useful posts like “check out this tip/item/tutorial I made for you!” I’ll make reading my blog more appealing for you.

Win-win.

So, this is going to be your very late June update, the first of the Monthly Updates.

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7 of Swords.

Tarot Updates:

  • I’ve completed the sketching for my Tarot deck, and I’ve inked 56 of 79 cards. There’s still a lot of inking to do, and then painting every one of them – but yeah, I have the actual design done for every card.
  • I had a birthday and acquired a wonderful array of watercolor supplies. I have a few more items coming in the mail, thanks to a gift card, but as soon as those are in, I’ll be doing a “Birthday Haul” video, as well as a Watercolor Supplies video.
  • I’ve realized that I can’t just start painting the color into my Tarot cards without any prep work. It will require color compositions, a lot of planning, and also, y’know, learning watercolor. To be honest, I’m a bit nervous about just starting. I feel like I shouldn’t start until I’ve had years of practice painting! Then again, I haven’t had years of practice inking with a dip pen, but I did my Tarot cards in dip pen anyway. Maybe, like with that, this project will be a learning experience.
  • I AM on track to finish the Tarot deck illustrations by the end of the year, and i should be able to have them for sale by spring next year!

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Illustration Updates:

  • In an effort to learn watercolors, I’m doing a bunch of random illustrations as practice. I’ve got maybe 6 or 8 inked and ready to do right now, and all of them, once complete, will be available for sale on my shop! If you’ve ever wanted to own one of my pieces, or just want to support me somehow, they’ll all be priced around the $50 to $100 range. Some will benefit charity, especially my Pride pieces (half of the proceeds will go to the Human Rights Campaign).
  • Speaking of, I’m doing Pride pieces for Pride. Fun stuff. I’m glad I have bright colors for painting a ton of rainbows. 🙂
  • I did a portrait of Molly Roberts and she loved and shared it. I can die happy now.

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Comic Updates:

  • I honestly haven’t worked much on actually drawing comics lately, due to the Tarot deck and watercolor practice taking up so much of my work time. But I’ve definitely been writing, and I have the script for My Life On The Sidelines #1 done, as well as a general plan for another series called Beauty For Ashes. It’s a bit of a triggery topic, and a bit of an anti-hero story. It’s going to be pretty interesting.
  • I sent off a few copies of my comics to a zine distro. I’m super nervous about having done so, but I’m also super excited. 🙂 Worst they can do is not write back, right? Or write back that it’s terrible? I mean, even that might be useful, if they give good critique. We’ll see.

Well, that’s about the extent of my updates, reports, and such. I’ve not been doing much other than working, painting, and trying to manage my health in the meantime. Things have gotten rather distressing and dramatic with my disability pay AND insurance being taken away – yes, they’re trying to pull that out from under me – but I’m doing my best to just keep coping. If you’d like to help with that process, please do head over to my shop and just…buy anything you like, hah. It all helps. 🙂

As always, I want to thank everyone who has been watching, reading, liking, sharing, commenting, and most of all just offering support to me and my work. Today someone posted on my Youtube “This is such an underrated channel.” I didn’t realize I was rated badly, lol, but it made my day to hear that people think it’s Actual Quality Content. *big smile* You guys are THE best.

~Julian

Weekly Update 11/27/17 | Journaling, Grimoire Work, and a YouTube URL!!

Hey y’all!!

I’m busy with some Real Life stuff, but all is well – I’m just generally busy and stressed. Anxiety has been a major issue too, but I’m doing my utmost to maintain this site and my other accounts.

Speaking of, I have some minor but exciting news: I finally became eligible for a YouTube custom URL!! Which means that instead of a long series of letters and numbers, I can direct people to youtube.com/c/JulianJaymes ! SUPER excited about that. This is all because I hit 100 subscribers. 100 people!! 100 people wanted to see my videos?! Whaaaat?! Weird. Thank you to every single one!!

My YouTube, by the way, is primarily about three things: Tarot, art, and journaling. My current top video is my first video showing my grimoire – it has over 2500 views, which is crazy to me. It’s not even that good a video, I want to say, but if people like it and maybe got inspired, then it’s all good. 🙂 I’m working on a new grimoire, though, so I’m excited to share that soon too. I’m doing more planning this time, and Im hopeful that it will turn out well.

I’ve been working a looooot on Traveler’s Notebook stuff, primarily filming videos on the TN system and making TN’s and inserts for them. And the new grimoire I’m making is in a TN too! I’m working on making more for sale, but until now, here’s the one I have listed: https://www.etsy.com/listing/559584096/black-leather-extra-wide-travelers?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Thank you so, so much to everyone who’s subscribed to my YouTube recently, and to the people who subscribed ages ago too…I’m really excited to share more with you, so please stay tuned!

~Julian

Weekly Post Scheduling!

Hey y’all! It’s Julian!

After much deliberation and consulting with my experts, I have concluded that weekly posting would be the most manageable option for my website right now. When I started this homepage, I had dreamed of posting every day; now, however, the thought of coming up with topics, images, and content for daily posts overwhelms and exhausts me. I just have too much going on to do that right now. Maybe I can work my way up to it.

But for right now, there will be a new post here on julianjaymes.com every Monday.

This week’s news is as follows…

  • Travelers Notebooks: I’ve made a new one, and it is now available in my Etsy shop! It’s black leather and the inserts and elastics are all themed around the concept of “galaxy.” A second one in the same colors is coming soon. Click here to view it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/559584096/black-leather-extra-wide-travelers?ref=shop_home_feat_1
  • Next comic: Yes, it’s coming. And it is going to be HELLA fun.
  • BROTATO: this was a one-off joke piece for a friend, and has turned into a meme amongst my IRL social circle. My friend C was at work and his co-worker told him “good job, brotato!” He just about dies laughing every time he tells this story, because he thinks “brotato” is the most ridiculous nickname. However, he now has a ~beautiful~ image of a Brotato…

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Friend M says I should do a entire webcomic about anthropomorphic foodstuffs. Personally, I have almost zero interest in webcomics about anthropomorphic foodstuffs, but I have to admit, Brotato is pretty damn chill. B)

Thanks to everyone who’s been supporting me thus far. Stay tuned for more!

~Julian

Need to do a mass update or something…

I have so many pages on this website that are NOT up to date, hah.

I’m still trying to figure out a way to schedule posting here and elsewhere on the internet. I’m not on social media or even the computer nearly as much as I used to be, so it’s not like I’m on every day and can do a daily post or even work on it daily.

However, I do intend to post here weekly, and I post daily or almost daily on Instagram. (Which is now, by the way, in the sidebar on this site!)

Thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me so far. 🙂 I’m really happy to be working on what I’m working on, and I’ll tell you more about the Secret Project as soon as I can. Also incoming: more videos, more reviews, and more content in general!!  #w00t

~Julian

Crisis Averted: I’m Back!

Hey y’all! I do apologize for the radio silence; I had a bit of a medical crisis and had to take a little time off to work on things. However, I am quite well and on my way back to normal Julian Jaymes life!

The Etsy shop has been put in vacation mode for now, just because I’m still getting settled back into “normal life” and am really in no position to ship or print or make things. I plan to return to Etsy selling in September.

My Facebook is being revived, gradually, and this website will soon be active once more.

I so, so appreciate your patience. I’m glad I’ve been able to take this time to reorganize, re-prioritize, and refresh my soul. Much has changed, but I remain Julian, and I will go on fighting the good fight.

Abundant Blessings,

Julian