Sunday, January 23, 2011

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!


  1. The new set up looks great though I admit, I'm gonna miss you after you turn 30 and are living the easy life, spending all your advertising cash.

  2. It's always good to update. Looks good. As far as your art work being used in a non traditional way? Can I take a guess? The New Spider-Man flick? Or Captain America? Thor?

  3. Looks good! Very clean and professional.

  4. From my experience, the ads don't generate much revenue. Maybe a few bucks a month, but it is still a fun experiment. Also the ads are (at least partially) triggered by the content on your blog, so watch what you say. I mentioned the word butt one time on my blog and I got some undesirable ads. At least I thought it was funny.

  5. Kingcoyote, I'll try and come back every once in a while, just so I don't lose touch. I've made 5 bucks this week, which is actually far more than I thought I would.

    Sam G, can't say just yet, but I liked my Mom's guess: themed toilet paper.

    Thanks, Sketchguy.

    Antman, I hope they don't take the comments into account! Between the words "butt" and "toilet paper," who knows what they'll try and sell you?


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