|Vitruvian Flamingo. 2005. Pencil on paper (with digital effects), 11 x 14".|
I've upgraded and added a few things to the blog. First of all, I've redirected all paolorivera.com traffic directly here—something I should have done a long time ago. For those of you who miss the hot pink portfolio pages, they can still be accessed via the link near the top of the page. I hope to someday revamp that whole site into a comprehensive gallery of my work, but until then, the blog format is much easier to update.
I have also incorporated Google ads into the blog feed... so I can retire at 30.
In all honesty, I don't expect much revenue to be generated, but it was easy to set up and I was at the very least curious. It's a pay-per-click model, as opposed to my Amazon store, which provides me with a commission on sales. The ads are automatically generated based on the content of the blog, but I have ultimate control over what can and cannot be displayed. However, I will not be monitoring every ad, so if you find something offensive (or even just annoying) feel free to let me know.
If you haven't been to my Amazon store yet, I've got links to all of my work (including Spectrum annuals) as well as all manner of recommendations, from art supplies to books to hardware and software. I'm still organizing everything into categories, and—with the exception of the Comics and Graphic Novels section—I either own or have used every product listed.
I've removed the blogger navigation bar from the top of the blog, replacing it with a customized search box in the sidebar which provides tabbed results from the blog and/or any site to which I have linked. I have also added 3 labels to the post categories: Spider-Man, Photoshop, and Digital Color. Clicking on these search terms will filter results accordingly. The full list of labels can be found to the right.
Also, I've added a new Twitter widget in the sidebar—nothing fancy, just better looking. In addition, I'm considering a link between my Twitter account and the comments on this blog, but I wanted to get some feedback first. Would you Tweeters out there want blog comments automatically posted? I respond to all blog comments, but the conversations are only accessible from each post's individual page, so I don't think most people get a chance to read them.
Otherwise, life is good. I recently got word that my art will be used in a non-traditional way for a potentially large audience. I'll reveal more as soon as I am able. Thanks for reading!