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06 March 2014 @ 12:29 pm
[BREAKING:] Dreams don't work unless you do.  

I hope you're all well (and warm, all you folks in the northern hemisphere). I've been derelict in my LiveJournal duties - but for good reasons, I swear. 2013 was a doozy and thensome with Harrison turning 1, working more or less full time for the fed, and putting whatever leftover energy I had into a project I've been waiting most of my adult life to accomplish.

Which leads me to the big announcement.

I am art-ing again. Like, a LOT. Introducing my new sole proprietorship for illustrating and filmmaking, Red Admiral Creative Studio.

Red Admiral Creative Studio

Red Admiral combines the disciplines that, until recently, I've done in relative privacy. It is so named not only because Red Admirals are a Vanessa species of butterfly (hem, hem), but because butterflies have always inspired me for the way they struggle to come into the world. And starting this enterprise was definitely a struggle - not just because starting a business is a logistical maze for a right-brained person like me, but moreso because I have a personal history of nearsightedness when it comes to the things I think I can do. In many ways, this journal has functioned at times like a dress rehearsal for a life I had only hoped to lead - one defined and propelled by its creative expressions. I sometimes think this is the reason why my departures from LJ are so long - my fanartist appellation started to feel confining because, whether real or imagined, it created borders around what I created, why, and for whom.

While I believe that my Mudblood428 screenname will still live on here as means to share my personal thoughts, experiences, and Harry Potter fan activity (including HP art) I have finally arrived a point where I feel ready to anchor my creative exploits to my real name instead of a tag I made up years ago. From now on, my work will hold as much value to me as it has for those for whom I have worked. And I believe that attitude, ultimately, serves all artists who wish to be valued for the hours, headaches, heartaches, tears, and triumphs we experience at the drawing board, behind the camera, or in the studio. If we don't stand behind our art, how can the world recognize the value of beauty?

Already, things have taken off far faster than I thought they would. As of this writing, I have two children's books in the wings, I've animated several videos (it's gov't stuff, otherwise I'd totally show you guys), and there's now a board game in the wings among other projects that are flowing in. I'm so grateful (and busy!) my heart is fit to burst!

And I have the LJ community to thank for this.

With your encouragement, your comments, your criticisms, and most of all, your friendship, you've helped me build up the confidence to make this leap. I'll crosspost here as often as I can for those who aren't into bookmarking another site, but I hope you'll follow me on the links below:

Website: http://www.redadmiralstudio.com
Twitter: @RedAdmiralStuff
Pinterest: @RedAdmiralPins
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redadmiralstudio

If you're still reading, you have my gratitude for wading through this TL;DR. lol Anyway, cheers to you all!
elka78elka78 on March 6th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
OMG, this is so amazing! I am totally thrilled at these news. This is a true manifestation of your dedication and strength. Love it! And congrats :)
Venessamudblood428 on March 6th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Wee! Thank you!! I'm so excited and grateful for the support! *hugs*
Reneehpiknut on March 6th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Congrats! This news is wonderful! I look forward to hearing/seeing about your projects! Good luck!
Venessamudblood428 on March 6th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I wish more of the stuff I'm working on was far enough along for me to post more art - but updates will come as soon as I can get them out! :D
Barszczow A. N.: default 07 girl springorpheus_samhain on March 6th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I am always so happy and proud when someone decides to follow their dreams :) Maybe not an easy way, but so satisfying!

All the best! I hope you'll update us from time to time about your endeavours.
Venessamudblood428 on March 11th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It's been a bit scary so far, but certainly feels like I'm doing the right thing. I'll definitely keep everyone here posted!
Ani Bester: Toro happyani_bester on March 6th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
AHHH CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!! I embarked on this same path a few years ago and it has been just fantastic! I hope you have amazing luck (and if you ever want to chat shoot me an e-mail, lord knows it's nice to jsut talk and pick the brains of other illustrators now and again XD)

Also, I lvoe the site. It looks great and his easy to navigate. I have added a link to you illustration page on my Galacticdustbunnies links page :)

Venessa: *glomps*mudblood428 on March 11th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Man, you have no idea how much it helps to hear from someone who's done the same thing! I'm scared out of my pants! lol

Thanks so much for the link - I'll be sure to do the same! I've got it in the pipeline to update my site soon and I've got a section for bookmarks that will go into the next update, so Galacticdustbunnies will definitely be there!

When you have a moment, send me your email address. Mine is venessa @ redadmiralstudio . com. Thanks so much again for the support!
star54kar: Ron/Hermione- Autumnstar54kar on March 6th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
Ridiculously excited for you V! I shall follow your new website with interest and I hope this means we will get to see more of your original artwork:)
Venessamudblood428 on March 11th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm so happy you want to follow the site - hopefully I'll be a much more active web presence over all! And yes, the arts are coming! Of course, getting this stuff out the hatch is totally different when it's a big project versus a commish or single illustration, but I'm hoping I'll have a sense for the frequency of my posting over these next few months. Thanks again!
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on March 6th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
great to see you. :)
Venessamudblood428 on March 11th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Likewise! Thanks!
Julieaggiebell90 on March 7th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh, this is incredibly awesome. I can't wait to see where this takes you, because I'm positive it's only going to be somewhere incredible.
Venessamudblood428 on March 11th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much! Hopefully, wherever this takes me is a one-way journey. I really want to see this be successful, and if it is, I'll have the support of folks like you to thank for it!
Lady SugarQuill: yayladysugarquill on March 10th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! I wish you all the success :D
Venessamudblood428 on March 11th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! The support means more than I can say! :D
_infinite_enemy_infinite_enemy on March 12th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC)
Congrats! I love seeing people from the fandom succeeding and achieving their dreams. :)