Monday 11 January 2016

Advances - I am at 99%!

Since my Craftsy masterclass launched on Oct 19th, I have had an amazing 1161 people sign up! This is great news, not just because it is brilliant to know that it is obviously hitting the spot, but also because Craftsy classes are paid very much like picture books - you get an advance and then royalties. 

For those who don't know how an advance works, it is a payment to help cover the time the artist spends in development and production. It's better than a flat fee though, because it is an advance on royalties that the company expects you will be able to earn, which means that, if sales go really well and you earn more than the advance they've paid, you start to get more payments: your actual royalties.

I was paid half my advance when we finished filming in September last year and half when the class went live in October. The Craftsy website has a place with a little graph which tells me how much of my advance has been earned out. I've been taking a peak every few days and watching it creep up and, FANTASTIC news - this morning it looked like this. It was at 99%! 

I goes up slightly faster if people click through from my website or blog, so it's hard to work out exactly how many people that missing 1% represents, but I reckon I need about 12 more people to subscribe, for me hit the golden 100%.

The great thing about a Craftsy class is that it is not in 'real time'. You can sign up at any time and watch it at any time: it's there forever, for you to watch over and over if you like, so you can work through things as fast or as slowly as you wish. Plus, if you get busy and suddenly don't have time to get through all the 7 lessons, you can come back and carry on next year, if that fits better. You also get the chance to ask me questions and post your homework. If you've not seen it yet, this little trailer gives you a very clear idea of what you learn:

So, if you want to be able to draw characters with confidence - animals, people, whatever you fancy - and more importantly, learn how to make them feel real, by giving them individual personalities and emotional responses to their situations, have a go at the class and be one of my 12 people! 

It's currently on sale at £19.16 (or whatever the equivalent is in dollars, if you are over that side of the pond). I think for what you get, that it really good value. I've certainly had lots of lovely feedback. Hope you like it!


Anonymous said...

I've subscribe your class on craftsy (I'm from france) and I really enjoyed it ! It's so great ! Thank's a lot for sharing your talent and experience.
If I can compare with other classes, yours is the best because your teach step by step how to... which is not always the case on other videos with others teachrs.
Do you plan to make others classes on "how to place your subject in a scene" ? I'm looking for classes which could help to draw perspective or emphasize angles... etc !
Thank's a lot

Lynne the Pencil said...

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the class Isabelle and it's amazing to hear that you think mine is the best of all that you've done. That's fantastic feedback. Would you mind leaving that as a review on the actual class? You just click the pencil/star icon top right. Every little helps!

I do indeed plan to do another class same time next year. I was thinking about showing people how to develop the sketched characters into coloured artwork. Maybe looking at the same piece in more than one medium. I could also do a bit more on backgrounds. It's a bit complex though - so many possibilities!

Anonymous said...

Hello Lyne, Yes I'm going to leave this review for you ;) I've learned a lot with you and was so sad when classes stopped !

Lynne the Pencil said...

Thank you! Much appreciated. I'm so pleased you have found it useful :-)

Katy said...

Dear Lynne,
I also subscribed to your class and I really and very much like it! You explain everything so well that it gets easy to just draw without thinking very much.. Sometimes when I start drawing I get so hung up on little things that nothing seems to work but then I'll just remember your advice to start with a basic shape and go from there! So thank you!
It would be great if you could do maybe a class that includes working with pastels! I haven't found good videos explaining how to paint details with pastels since most instructions aim at painting landscapes in pastel. But your illustrations show a great amount of detail and I always wonder how you do it... :))!
Well, anyway, thank you again for the great class and looking forward to hearing more from you,
- Katy

Lynne the Pencil said...

It's so good to hear that you enjoyed the class Katy, and tat you found my system worked so well for you. That's brilliant!

I am definitely thinking about how to do a pastel workshop. Watch this space! In the meantime, take a look at my YouTube channel. There is a film whrere I talk you through a dem, creating one of my pastel illustrations. If you go to my website the film is there too. :-)

Lynne the Pencil said...
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Katy said...

Thank you, Lynne! I'll definitely check the video out!
Have a nice evening! :))!

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