My Etsy Shop is Open!

Kyaaaa! I did it once again. I reopened my Etsy shop and it’s out on the market.

I opened it on Wednesday to have my seasonal products on sale. It is soon than what I expected. Right now we have two on the list and both are for calendars and planners. So this is kinda a soft opening? Idk. But I should have made an undated planner and made it plain as in not seasonal, but my hand could not stop drawing a rabbit! So I’ve got to sell it fast! Lol.

Shop image on Etsy owned by DorrieJStudio aka mizarwen
Click the image to go to the shop

Nag in The Head

‘You shouldn’t have opened the store with less than 20 listings.’ I remember the tip was shared by a lot of Etsy owners all over Youtube. These words have been constantly playing in my head. It’s a tip. A good one. But why does it sound more like a warning than a tip? Haha. I admit I did some research before opening, I mean, who doesn’t, but I think in my case that’s excusable. It’s not a crime; it’s a little uncertain if someone is going to buy them. For instance, my calendar, which I did last November. I should’ve sold it during that month, but since I’m not ready to open the shop yet and I only made one product at that time, I let it go until it was l…late? Now it’s April 2022 I just listed it in the shop. Lol. But hey, I’m happy that they are out now. I felt such relief. Now, 18 more to go and 7 more are waiting to be listed.

Printable April monthly planner 2022 Easter theme DorrieJStudio aka mizarwen
Click the image to go to the shop
Printable Calendar 2022 made by DorrieJStudio aka mizarwen
Click the image to go the shop

More and more!

You heard me right. Some are on the way. I just have to go through the photo shoot process and do the product details. This is a very time-consuming process. This is why only digital products are available, as they do not require shipping. That part… I still need to dive deep into it to make sure there are no more mistakes in the future. So I’m hoping I can work it out and get it over with and get back to finishing episodes of my Webtoon story.

Social Media

Gosh! It plays a very important role. Why? In order for people to see and find out what you have in the store, you should have this. They are the methods of promoting your products. All I got is Instagram, Twitter, my YT channel, and this blog to promote my products. Some shop owners I followed are using other platforms such as Tik Tok and Twitch. I don’t know if this really helped, but if you have experience and you use the same strategy as them, feel free to share your experience and leave us some comments. I’m ready to give it a shot.

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Toodles!

How To Change Your Twitter Banner using your iPad

There are a few goals I want to accomplish this month. I currently have been busy making products for my future Etsy shop and I need to get ready to use any social media I have right now for the promotion and one of them is Twitter.

I hadn’t put any banner ever since I decided to use my Twitter as a means to share my life updates, announcing whenever there’s a new vlog has been uploaded on my YouTube channel and sharing my new artwork I’ve been creating. It used to be the image of Lake Leman, Geneva though. Since it had been empty for couple of months I decided to give it a new banner.

I illustrated this for my Twitter. I like to see my Twitter has a banner now. These are easy steps if want to change your Twitter banner.

The illustration of the Twitter banner was done by Dorrie J also known as mizarwen
Illustrated by mizarwen.

How to Change Your Twitter Banner

  1. Make the banner. If you want to use any image you can do it. It’s the simplest and the fastest thing to do. But I want to transform my Twitter account as a way to promote my vlog and art so I decided to put my drawing as the banner. I’m using drawing app, Procreate to draw it.
  2. The dimension size I use for the banner is 1500 px X 500 px because this is the standard size that Twitter recommended.

3. I made the illustration from scratch, by sketching it first and later on coloring it.

The sketch was done by Dorrie J also known as Mizarwen
The sketch

4. After you are done with the drawing and save it into JPG or PNG, you then go to your Twitter profile located on the left sidebar.

5. Go and edit the image on top of display photo. Remove your old picture if you have one first and upload it into a new one.

How to Change Your Twitter banner using your iPad

Voila! You have new a banner now 🙂 Don’t forget to follow my Twitter account @dorriej1. I’m a bit chatty there. Stay safe, guys!❤️☺️

Draw This in Your Style Challenge

It’s another art post! This time it’s my Draw This in Your Style Challenge that I took from an illustrator I followed, lobomaravilha.

This wasn’t the only #DTIYS challenge I’ve created. Back when I’m still a noob in creating art digitally I did try Sara Faber’s DTIYS but I had to take it down because I wanted to upload only the one that suits my IG colour palette. And the reason I joined this is that I want to present my version because her art is so freaking cute! Plus, the character is almost the same as the character I draw for my future webtoon character, Lily. So I thought it would be easier for me to draw it (little that I know. Haha).

My style

If you want to watch the process on how I draw this click on the video down below and don’t forget to subscribe, comment and like.

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Life Updates

Hello, lovelies!

It is still February. Spring is coming our way. What’s the weather in your country like right now? Here, in Switzerland, it is getting warmer and warmer. It is still chilly early in the morning though. I still have to wear my sweater inside when I accompanied my daughter to wait for her school van to pick her up from and when she returned from school. I noticed the day was warmer only around noon. That’s when I saw many people sitting on the bench or standing under the sun.

OMAD

I actually can’t wait for Ramadhan to come. It is the holy month of fasting for all Muslim. It’s almost a week I have done my One Meal a Day fasting where you fast 23 hours to lose weight. The reason is to lose weight to lower my health issue and it was my main objective at the beginning. However, as soon as I realized that Ramadhan month will be in April I just remember that I have to pay for my fasting days from last year. So during the duration of me performing this fasting (OMAD) I can also consider this as a practice before I do the official fasting. In a way, it is good. I can still drink water to dehydrate and drink only black coffee during the fasting (OMAD) so it is still doable. Aside from a growling stomach, I complain more when my hands and feet tend to get cold even the day is warm. That is the only thing that sucks.

Sticker Making

Sticker sample breakfast made by dorriejstudio
One of the sample of my future sticker.

I am a self-taught artist. Drawing is my passion. I’m focusing now on designing as many stickers as I can so that I can sell them online, whether they are physical stickers or digital downloads. So far I’ve done 2 different sheets of stickers with the same theme ‘breakfast’ and it is right now still in the process of printing by the printing company I chose back in my homeland, Brunei. I have not been able to purchase a cutting machine yet, but yes, that’s my wish list once I have the budget from the sales. I guess, the cheap cutting machine is okay for starters. I’m aiming for the Silhouette cutting machine to make the die-cut and kiss cut for my future stickers. I’ve read many good reviews. If there’s any of you readers possessed a Silhouette cutting machine, please give me some comments about this machine. I really appreciate your advice or tips.

Revamping Instagram

dorriejstudio Instagram mizarwen
Please visit my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dorriejstudio/)

I followed and subscribed to a lot of artists lately who owned online shop that sells stickers, prints, and other products. They also had given many tips on how to promote your product via Instagram. My second goal is to revamp my Instagram: the highlights, color palette display, and of course, adding more of my finished product to the platform. It is still in the process and thought in the past it is easily done, but actually there are a few other things that I need to do besides just uploading them on Instagram. And it is not easy as 1,2,3. Haha! I don’t know how the Instagram algorithm works, but if you do know that, please share. So yeah, please do follow and like them here.

Goals and Art

I want to pat myself on the back for coming up with so many sketches these few days. This had made the pages of my sketchbook only a few left empty.

2022 I want to reopen my Etsy shop where I can sell some of my illustrations that will be made into the digital planner stickers and print.

Before this, I sold colouring pages black and white digitally. However, that didn’t grab much attention than my Fiverr gig, which at that time the sales went far well. It was a simple gig; I gave services to draw kids colouring pages for certain prices. The prices were damn cheap. I attracted several buyers, but there’s this one regular buyer who bought my gig so many times that put some orders before I could even begin his current order. I got too overwhelmed and spent hours and hours completing the gig and that led me to put my Fiverr gig on hiatus.

illustrated blog by mizarwen dorriejstudio about goals and art post

Back in that day, I didn’t know how to limit the orders – I didn’t even know the setting existed. Lol. But that’s okay, I guess. Since I know how it works now I’ll begin again, but not this sooner. I’m focusing more on creating digital products for my Etsy shop.

Dorriej patreon setup icon tier illustration art
Illustrations for future Patreon icon tier (still in the plan)

Currently, I’ve been busy creating the ‘breakfast‘ and ‘Daisy‘ themes. However, it’s still a long way to go. It’s one of my goals for this year. Have I told you I also want to publish my romance & comedy comic on Webtoon? That too has been keeping me busy. I don’t know when I able to complete it, but for sure the mission is to publish the first 3 episodes on the platform. If that attracts many readers or even nice the Webtoon editor’s attention, that’ll put a smile on many faces; my parents, my in-laws, my husband, and myself once again.

If they hire me, at least I could help my husband to pay my daughter’s therapy bill and help buy any necessities for the household. But yeah, I’ll let you guys know when it gets published.

Do follow my Instagram for my work and give them some love. Merci beaucoup!

Illustration: Forest Witch

Forest Witch Mizarwen illustration Halloween
Forest Witch

Just to get creative and try to find something to attract more readers who love art to visit my blog. Hence, I share with you guys – my illustration of Forest Witch. The sketch was made 2 years ago and I had been keeping it in a stack folder of Procreate and since I needed to get things done and up ASAP on here, I just took this and colored it digitally. It took me 3 days to finish it and I remembered I sketched this one whole day. Perhaps, this could be used as one of the contents that I put in my vlog. Or maybe there could be another new drawing. But yeah, that I still don’t know yet.

I am proud that I managed to finish this so quickly. Making a webtoon where I usually draw and color 70 panels help me work the illustration faster than I expected. Of course, I bet a pro illustrator could do that in one day. But I’m just a novice. I just need to learn and practice more to get on their level. For now, I can only say it’s a hobby and if the webtoon hires me then I have to put my heart 100% into making lots of this.

Oh, did I tell you I make a webtoon as well? Yes, I am. Right now, I am still busy finishing the second episode of my romance/comedy series. It takes a long, long time to finish; from the original plan that I could do 1 episode per month, it is taking me more than 6 months to finish drawing almost the end of the episode. Most of the time I juggle my time to do some vlog’s editing and also, of course, my real life. What I know, famous webtoonist who update their comic per week (who are making long episode) or 3 posts per week (who are making a comic strip) has some assistants on their back. Me? I’m a one-man show. Things can be a little chaotic if I do all the things at once. That’s why before I get so productive these few weeks I had taken a long break, just to clear my mind and be able to rest. The topic will get deeper, but I for sure will blog about it next time =)

This is a fun question for you guys. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DRAW NEXT?