Week 1, One Project Done, a Thousand More to Go!

Monday: 2017-01-02

First work day of the New Year! I’m pretty happy with how much I got done! Received word from the printing company, the catalog only had one issue which I fixed easily. That was a minor setback, but I fixed it and sent a new updated version, hopefully it will pass through this time.

Other than that, it is a Monday and Monday is typical administrative work. I applied for some jobs and updated some minor misspellings on my painting’s descriptions. I had written it in a regular .txt file, so there was no autocorrect, oopsi… but it was just two words, not a big deal.

I also finished with the online version of the catalog; the images have a lower resolution to prevent theft! You can download it here for free:

http://ahmadwehbe.com/art/ART_WITH_A_PURPOSE_PAINTINGS_BY_AHMAD_WEHBE_online.pdf

You can download, print it and make paper-planes or other origami, actually now that I think of it; the colors will make for beautiful origami, so go ahead and do print it out to make origami!

However, most importantly, share it! Spread the news, help me reach people who might be interested in my art, it would help me a lot.

The catalog as a print will be available as soon as the printing company has approved it and I have proofed a copy.

I worked extensively on the website as well, added a lot of things and tidied things up. Added a FAQ page, check it out, also if you got any questions then don’t hesitate to ask away.

Went to bed around 3 am, and did some reading and YouTubing till I fell asleep at around 4 am, it was a successful day. A really amazing start for my 2017! Go ahead and share your experience, how was your first few days for 2017? Did you break a New Year promise just seconds after promising it?

Tuesday: 2017-01-03

The catalog was accepted so now I only need to proof a physical copy and approve it and then it will be available for purchase!

Spent some time on fixing the website, moved files around, did some cleaning. Discovered a couple of issues as well, but was too lazy to fix them, was thinking of only one thing the whole day… ever since I woke up… how to do a video promotion for my paintings!

I had a couple of ideas in my mind, but when I sat down to figure things out and plan them out, they kind of became their own big projects, so I had to throw away idea after idea until I figured out something less time consuming… the first plan was to model 3D environments, texture them and render them with my paintings in the room, and using animation to showcase different angels and moods. Then the other ideas were about pasting my paintings into photographs and do some color correction and such, but, it didn’t turn out that well. The focus of the photographs made the paintings too much “in the background”, so those ideas didn’t work either.

It was basically night by the time I figured out how I wanted to go about doing the video promotion. Was too tired to work actively, but I did force myself to do the basic stuff, like document size and figure out minor issues to make things flow better tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow… goodnight!

Wednesday: 2017-01-04

Applied for some jobs, skipped the daily walk as usual… getting really angry with myself about that… but, everything will be back to normal once I finish this entire art project thingy.

Worked the whole day on making the video trailer for my paintings… it’s not exactly normal to see trailers about paintings…  I have zero reference for how to make it, I need to invent the wheel so to speak, and it is harder than I thought, but I finally figured out how to make it. Took me the whole day to figure it out, hopefully it will turn out great! And if not, then it will be yet another cut on my chiseling towards that wheel. Damn I’m tired, I have no clue if I’m even using English properly, but one thing I do know, me tired, me bed.

Thursday: 2017-01-05

Another 14 hours work day, except that I took more pauses this time. I believe I got burned out from last week’s intensive work, for example I didn’t feel like doing much the last couple days, but good thing most of the work is just repetitive right now, so I can at least get something done.

Anyhow, today was good. Finished the video trailer, really happy… after 15 different versions and corrections… all this work and revising for a barely 4 minute video clip… I now understand the pain of movie makers and editors, wow, what a bunch of champions… nerds, but champions nonetheless. hah!

Worked out, applied for some jobs, the usual daily stuff… except the 8 km walk thingy, damn I miss it. Almost there though… wait for me… legs; please don’t go all chicken on me… beach 2017. Just kidding, I never go to the beach, it is too people-y for my taste.

So what more can I add… I ripped up some chicken for food, ate lots of candy, chewed a one day old gum, mumbled lots of crazy stuff to myself, laughed at my own jokes and plenty of other things that make people avoid me. hah again!

Anyways, I’m excited for marketing my paintings, it will be good practice for when I release my future projects! Goodnight!

Friday: 2017-01-06

Did some finishing touches to the video trailer, watched it over and over again until everything that bothered me stopped bothering me. For example the overuse of certain words etc, I had to find alternative sentence structure and words. It worked out great in the end.

That was the first half of the day, the other half was spent on the website, fixing some minor issues, added some additional meta data and edited the old ones. Basically every page lacked a description… oops? They only had a title and robots info, took a couple of hours to figure things out. Did lots of research as well to make sure I don’t mess things up by using outdated meta code or write things that will annoy search engines.

After that, I did some corrections on a couple of pages, updated the legal page, one word was misspelled, and I also added a couple of additional information.

A black background was also missing on that page; it is supposed to be placed behind the menu bar to make it look more uniform. The whole ordeal took more time and effort than what I had hoped for. Had a couple more stuff to fix, but I was tired of coding and instead finished off designing the new home page and began working a little on the video page before going to bed.

Saturday: 2017-01-07

Did some minor edits to the promotional video and then uploaded it. Spent the whole day designing and coding some parts of the website, published a new layout on the home page that I had design a couple days back.

I also updated the video page; I designed it to show the latest video as a big wide frame. And then added a list below it with different kinds of videos in smaller frames for different materials, such as trailers, vlogs and other upcoming projects but I had to remove them from the code of course, I will write the code again once I have uploaded such videos.

The whole project was very time consuming, just uploading to youtube took me a couple of hours. The uploading part was simple, however, the editing part takes a lot of time, had to add description, tags, closed captions, had to design a thumbnail and a card image, many details.

Anyhow, I’m happy with how things turned out, go check it out! http://www.ahmadwehbe.com

Uploaded the paintings to Facebook and Twitter, and then started an ad campaign on Facebook for the promotional video. You can check them out here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AuthorAhmadWehbe/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1807665782820437
https://twitter.com/AuthorAWehbe/media?lang=en

Sunday: 2017-01-08

Today I uploaded the paintings to Instagram and Pinterest, which took quite some time. Go check it out!
https://www.instagram.com/authorawehbe/
https://www.pinterest.se/authorawehbe/

I quickly noticed how responsive the Instagram community is, lots of likes, some comments and a few new followers. Which is a lot compared to the response I’ve received on Facebook and Twitter.

Pinterest has been super silent on me though, like zero everything. However, I did read ten blog posts about pinterest, and most people report seeing their posts fire up at least one year later, so you got to be in it for the long run I guess. Oh well, I’ll complain again in a year or so.

I also ran an ad campaign on YouTube and Twitter today, let’s see how that will turn out… so far Instagram has been the best marketing place… WITHOUT even running any ad campaign. I do suspect that to succeed on Facebook one has to also participate in groups and do micro marketing by engaging with others… and time grows on trees. 

Anyhow, I’m pretty happy with my new year so far, got lots of stuff done. And I can now get back to my writing! I can’t wait until I have to start drawing out each comic strip, now that’s going to be labor intensive! I will start publishing the comic as soon as I feel like I have enough material to keep the show running.

Hope your week was fine as well! Feel free to share anything you’ve done over the past week or if there is any book, movie or series you want to recommend. I’ll make sure to check it out and give my opinion.

Thanks for reading!

– A. Wehbe, www.ahmadwehbe.com

Ahmad Wehbe

Wehbe is a creative artist and philosopher from Sweden with Lebanese roots. He uses various art forms to express emotions, thoughts and to tell stories.

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