We will certainly update you about all that & the reasons why soon.
First though, we’ve got more pressing matters at hand. Our business & website are going through yet another complete overhaul. While all things are being shuffled around & new security measures begin to take hold, I will be redesigning the place from top to bottom & fixing some of the formatting issues with text that occur when switching views from desktop to mobile devices.
We are going for a cleaner look with less of a cluttery mess in our sidebar area.
Some important points to mention
We will be updating our Terms due to incidents that occurred over the break
There will be cross-platform changes & updates (Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube)
Art Services are temporarily suspended until April. (We are booked solid & consulting new clients.)
Sleepy Sundays has come to an end. (For now, until further notice. We are planning something new.)
We are currently searching for a social media manager. Contact us for more info.
Snapping Turtle is interested in branching out even further. (More details on this coming up.)
We’ve missed you tremendously. Thank you for being patient & supporting us while we had a lot going on.
We ask for a little more of that patience while we get things back in order here & sweep out all the dust creatures that creeped up inside our little castle in the clouds while we were away.
We are turning a new corner here at CardCastles and would like you to join us.
Plans are in the works for quite a few changes in the upcoming months. We will no longer be doing our regular #SleepySundays posts for the remainder or the year.
We are also unsure if we will be resurrecting #31Nightmares for this upcoming October. This will depend largely on community demand.
These pauses are for good reason. We are working on something much bigger as a team here at home for the future of our business, Snapping Turtle, that has been playing a larger role here these past few years.
I am also individually working on three book-related projects the rest of this summer, and likely into the fall.
We will certainly miss the old traditions for a while, but times, they are a-changin’ —and with it, so are we.
Updates will come as these changes go into effect. We thank you for your continued support. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for news about upcoming diaries and anything else as we near the end of this summer.
It is with mild apprehension today I’m announcing the full shutdown of CardCastles for an unknown amount of time.
When I say full shutdown, it’s due to the inclusion of all social media accounts that are an extension of this place. I’m cancelling everything left I had planned for the rest of this year as well as putting a halt to The Holiday Collection.
The merge with Snapping Turtle is also being temporarily put on pause.
There’s a lot of reasons for all of these closures, but the main one being my health is on the steady and rapid decline.
Most of all, I’m very sorry to add to that list, the Art Services I provide will no longer be available until further notice. I cannot take on any more jobs this year and quite possibly well into 2018. My apologies to those of you that very recently sent in requests.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me privately below.
One thing we haven’t dived right into here yet during this year’s #31Nightmares is horror in sound, or soundtracks, and even in special effects.
Sound effects have been a hobby of mine since early childhood so this is also another subject right up my alleyways.
The composers that took on the horror genre in film & tv have always taught me quite a bit along my work and training in music over the years. This soundtrack sampling I uploaded to SoundCloud earlier this year (The first few tracks on the soundtrack) featured above was heavily influenced by techniques I’ve learned & experimented with over the years.
If 2017 has taught me anything, it’s to not make hasty announcements. Things can always change down the line, especially when collaborating with others. Alicia in the Woods, announced here last year was supposed to be just that, a collaborative effort, but things change.
People change and life changes.
I have however had fun working on this project because I got to take a stab at designing a soundtrack and working with sound fx. Later on through the months spent working on this endeavor, aimed at a teen to adult (family-oriented) audience, I got to experiment and learn a lot about a lane that has always interested me—stop motion.
The project is not canceled completely. We’re just not sure when it will be releasing due to changes with cast & crew. Stop-motion has been a hell of a lot of fun (& work) though and I’ve been happy to work on this storyline and animation/character design as a side project.
The horror genre has influenced me deeply throughout my career as an artist and it helped lead me to the field of concept art.
We had a busy week here at home and a crazier few weeks in the nation and world as a whole. Aside from my personal life, I’m managing and still enjoying extra time with my son for the summer.
Despite a positive outlook on my home and work life for now, due to the major events going on in the world you could feel tension in the air.
It all came to a halt briefly after a storm yesterday afternoon when my son shouted out,
“The sky is yellow, Mom!!”
He was so excited. Beyond elated. He rushed me to the window. We had just had a very violent thunderstorm. We’ve been getting a lot of them in my area this summer. Though this one particularly unique. Not only did the sky turn yellow after it stopped, due to the sun setting and the high humidity, but in almost a perfect dome-like shape there stood a spectacular double (almost triple, but the last one was faded) rainbow.
We ran outside in the remainder of the drizzle to snap a few photos. What we soon saw was a short moment that brought everyone out of there houses with smiles. For just a few minutes, it brought the neighborhood out. Together. Smiling. It was a warm feeling that gave us hope. Hope despite troubling times. Though it was small and in a no way a sign that all horrible things will simply fade away, it was something special, still.
I blended the photos into some digital templates like the one you see here. I plan on using them for greeting cards.
Our local news caught a gorgeous shot of this same rainbow outside of their studio as well.