Business Name: Ayriphyl Website: ayriphyl-art.carrd.co Established: 2010
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I used to be called “Fabled Art” but am now “Ayriphyl”. I make art for many different things and uses including, but not limited to: character art, Dungeons & Dragon characters, original characters, covers for books, landscapes, stylized portraits and anime, realistic portraits, memory portraits, T-Shirt designs, emojis, CD cover art, and way more. I use digital programs like Photoshop, or Clip Studio, or Blender, along with using traditional media like watercolour, acrylics, etc. I also sell prints, stickers, necklaces, etc utilizing my art within them.
With the local maker community continuing to grow, what makes you stand out from the rest?
I am a one-of-a-kind artist with lots of experience behind me. I have a degree in Video Game Art and Design, and my experience of over 10+ years drawing professionally makes me the best candidate to help people with their art needs; whether that is drawing a memory painting of grandparents holding their grandchild who could not do it in their life, or drawing an amazing Dungeons & Dragons character for a campaign that has lasted for years with a group that has become family.
What made you realize that you had a product that could be shared with others?
I have been drawing since I was 5 years old, I knew from that age I wanted to draw for people, as I saw happiness light up in their eyes. While I love drawing for myself, I really wanted to help others cherish memories or make their imagination come to life. Their happiness, their twinkle in their eyes, that connection; that’s why I started drawing and kept going to where I am now. I do not “sell” a product. I give happiness.
What has been your biggest success as a maker? Biggest struggle you’ve overcome?
My biggest success is seeing my clients/customers, which I call “Critters”, with a big smile on their faces! I don’t have one single moment as all those moments are ‘success’ to me. All my Critters are amazing.
My biggest struggle has been from the many physical and mental conditions I have to which I deal with every day (I have Chiari Malformation, Fibromyalgia, Lipedema/Lymphedema, Carpel Tunnel, ADHD, Anxiety and a few more). They’ve been my greatest weakness, but also my greatest strength. My ADHD on a daily basis makes it hard to focus when I need to get something done; I get fog brain, I have memory issues, but then I have days where I hyperfocus and get five projects done in one day. My Chiari Malformation causes a lot of nerve pain and sometimes paralysis in my body, it makes it difficult to do a lot of daily tasks.
Despite my struggles, I am able to adapt and continue with the work that I do.
Any advice that you would tell someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
GET DIRTY. Do the work. Do the research. And be AMBITIOUS. Being a business owner or entrepreneur is difficult! Expect to work long hours and a lot of days possibly up to years just to become successful. If you plan to go into the art industry; PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!
There will be days you may question yourself, or you are tired, but remember why you started this.
Whether you have mental health issues or a disability, don’t let that stop you. You can do ANYTHING. Do not listen to people who tell you just because you are autistic, or if you have ADHD, etc, that you cannot start a business. YOU CAN. YOU CAN DO IT. And if there is no one out there who believes in you. I do. I believe in you. ♥
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