A new and improved website!

Howdy friends!

This post was initially just gonna be a test for a blog function, but it might be a good time to actually write another blog post!

I’d like to get into why I’ve created a new website and what my plans are with this space.

So it’s no surprise that people are starting to grow tired of social media–That’s true for me as well. I feel like I’m at a mental cap of performing for an algorithm. Here’s the thing though: I still really love creating content for you. I love filming, editing, and making you laugh inspiring you with the content I create. After thinking about it, I realized that what I’ve actually been craving is more community with other artists, creatives, and people who are into a lot of the same things I’m into. It’s really hard to get that kind of intimacy on Instagram. There’s just too much coming at you. But that’s where this website comes in!

Just to be clear: I’m not leaving social media 😂

In fact, I want to build a bridge between my content and this website, so that I can prioritize my true passion: manga. I also want to help artists and aspiring mangaka figure out how to go about making manga. I suppose this whole long-winded thing of thoughts is just to say that I’m trying to become more focused and use this space as both a reminder of my focus and a hub for all things Gigi Murakami to lead to.

I want to utilize my blog with different manga tutorials and useful information and start an email newsletter where it won’t just be ‘discount this, new sale that‘, but where you can get to know me. Where you can see my process, see what and who my influences and inspirations are, see my sketches, and get all of my thoughts and musings. You can think of it like a mini punk Gigi Murakami zine.

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In addition to that,

I’m planning to build out a Patreon-like membership club here where I’ll be offering early access to manga pages and illustrations. There are still a lot of decisions I have to make for it, but I’m really excited to get it going (I hope you’ll join it once it’s all set up 😊), but more on that as I finalize the structure on it. If you want some early updates as well as what I mentioned before, join my email newsletter! I’ll have more updates on what I’m working on there, on top of lots of other great illustration and manga art stuff I know you’ll be into.

This ended up being longer than I expected 😅 Anywho, I’ll be back soon with another update! By that time the site should be up and you’ll be able to read this!
Until then, later gator 🐊

– Gigi

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