I'm back! Can't believe I haven't kept you all in touch since I came back from Chicago. As some of you predicted, it was warm (at least by San Francisco standard), humid, and the River smells. Sorry! I have sensitive olfactory cells.
I am happy to report I actually generated a few ideas for my gocco cards during the meeting (I really did try to pay attention but 4 p.m. rolls around and my ADD kicks in).
And if you're reading this blog, I think you'll be as excited as I am to hear that one of them has to do with... *drum rolls*..... Corgis!!
Yay! About time, right? It seems to make perfect sense to marry my 2 loves, and I have actually been toying with this idea for quite some time now. But as much as I absolutely adore all things corgi, I wasn't sure if I was "niching" myself. I mean, would people buy corgi cards?
And as if the heavens heard my doubts, an angel was sent my way while I was in Chicago (I have to say its GPS must work pretty well to track me down all the way across the country). It came in the form of another Arte y Pico blog award from the uber-talented artist and fellow corgi-lover, Cathy Santarsiero (aka Christmas Corgi)!
I can't say how flattered I am to be chosen by Cathy! Just take a look at the wonderful corgi arts she created on her blog (and the one here to the left is her work depicting a herd of "mad scientist" corgis, hilarious!). It's really as if she's heard what's going on in my mind and decided to encourage me to pursue and hybridize my loves of art and corgis. Thanks, Cathy!
As soon as I came home, I did a couple of sketches, and one night while watching a travel show about Wales, I came up with the idea that I need to start a card line about corgis who speak Welsh. (Pembroke Welsh Corgis... yeah... get it? Hee hee!)
And thus born my new line: "Real Corgi Speaks Welsh"! And Bryson would be its spokesperson. Talk about niching my product :P
I even googled a site on BBC that teaches Welsh online, so I can learn a few lines in Welsh which I can then pass onto my slightly linguistically-challenged spokesperson Mr. B. I've tried to teach him some standard greetings that'll be useful on our greeting cards, but here's what he's learned so far:
I am Bryson. Bryson dw i.
I like steak! Dw i'n hoffi stêc!
Yummy, thanks! Blasus, diolch!
And I think that's pretty much all he would say. Anyone know of a good place to pick up some Welsh online? (We tried the Rosetta Stone sample but I really don't need to know how to say "a man is under an airplane" or stuff like that)
Anyway, I'm excited about this whole kooky idea :) Hmm, maybe I can partner with a corgi group and donate part of the proceed from these cards' sales to a corgi/general doggie rescue foundation and do some good in the mean time.
Beth dybi? ("What do you think?" in Welsh according to my online translator, of course)