It's easy for me to sketch, it's something I find both relaxing and rewarding. But the hard part of starting my own business is the business itself. I decided about two years ago when I began to compile my sketches in a sketchbook, one of my most prized processions, that I wanted to start a business of selling my sketches.
This idea began when I got married in San Francisco in 2013 and hand-sketched and watercolored everything for the wedding from the programs to the invitations to the table numbers. I was luckly that I had a long engagement so I had plenty of time to practice and prepare everything beforehand. That said, I was still scrambling a few weeks before I said "I do" to get everything finished. The day of the wedding couldn't have been better- 80 degrees in San Francisco is a lucky day- and even though all the signs and watercolors didn't turn out perfect, I was proud of all my hard work.
Once I started sketching, it was hard to stop. I became enchanted with the details and intricacies of San Francisco. I began making yearly holiday cards for family and close friends, mostly because I liked that they were personal and showed off the city I was so proud to call home. I filled my sketchbook slowly and surely for I am not a fast sketcher. I am as meticulous as they come. On my lunch breaks I found special places to capture iconic views: Vallejo Street steps overlooking the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the top of Montgomery Street looking straight at the Transamerica Pyramid, Powell Street's historic cable car.
Some of these sketches I added watercolors to, a medium I have played with since taking art classes in high school. But mostly I let the sketch speak for itself.
With my sketchbook almost complete, I decided to make my 31st birthday present to myself the opening of my own business. But to do that I needed a lot of time and patience. I needed to reach out on social media- instagram, facebook, pinterest- and try and capture an audience that would actually want to buy the sketches I worked so hard to produce. I made a website and a blog - the one you are reading now - and filled the pages with images.
But mostly I finished something I had set out to accomplish, something I had always dreamed of, a resolution if you will, and I couldn't have gotten there without your support. So thank you for helping me achieve my dream, and hopefully it inspires to find yours too.