New Week, Old Me

    Good morning you guys! I actually had a fun and restful weekend. Well, mostly fun. I went out of town to attend the Ford Nationals in Carlisle PA. #jezebelle and I participated in a few events and I even got the chance to autocross in a professional racing car! So much fun😊.

    I also have an upcoming trip to Green Bay WI, followed by a run out to LA. So I’m going to be EXTREMELY busy!

    So I’ve been doing a bit more sketching than usual. Mostly for fun, but also to keep coming with content.

    After all, keeping art fun while knocking out some actual regular commissions and video work can be hard. Downtime keeps your mind fresh.

Have a great week! 😊😊😊😉

Making up Emotions

     I enjoy my time at work. It sounds like the kind of thing weirdos and self employed people utter, but it’s true. I get to be really creative and my down time allows for artistic flexibility.

      Video projects need to be rendered to keep them from taking up to much processing time. When that happens, you can get to work on other things, like drawings!

      Lately, I’ve been doing more traditionally rendered drawings; not necessarily an active choice but one I’m enjoying immensely. Usually my ladies are pretty buff and athletic.

     The real purpose of this is to practice hair. Even more so than hands or expressions, hair completely ruins an image if done incorrectly. 

     The only way to get better is to keep practicing. When will I be done? That’s the fun part! You’re NEVER done practicing.

A Good Life

     I’m doing a series of sketches for a young lady that will be made into postcards for her. Easy enough work, and she seems easy to please.

     So many of my projects are like this. Cute drawings meant to flatter without being overly expensive or extensive. I don’t mind; it keeps me active without getting bogged down on one thing.

     I feel pretty content right now. No, it won’t last, but it’s not supposed to. Your good times get spaced out so you can enjoy them. 

Do so.

WTFW

     First off, I owe you guys an apology. I’ve posted twice but you didn’t see that because my app updated and changed the process by which you post updates. Since I usually do these on Monday on my train ride to work, I didn’t notice I hadn’t posted since two weeks ago! 

    Now for the image. I joined a Facebook group called daily art challenge. Everyday they post a new picture and you have to draw it that day. It’s a cool little exercise and since my clients are sometimes resistant to having me post their private art, this can allow me to do so.

Win/win.

     I do have a few reservations however. Actually it always comes back to the same thing; am I simply producing free art for some group? I’ve noticed a few times that I didn’t participate that I was asked to. That a member couldn’t wait to see my interpretation of the photo provided.

     I am always wary of this type of thing. It’s why I avoid contest where the sponsoring company claim domain over the rights to your stuff in perpetuity, whether you win or not. Screw that!!

      I hope I don’t come off as a crank. Artists tend to not notice these types of things until they’re too late. And full disclosure, I sold this to a co-worker who adored it for ten bucks. 

    It is artWORK, after all.

Illicit Response

     Okay…. I’m not sure about the age of my audience. I drew this pretty quickly, so hopefully no one gets upset. Ready? Here we go…

    So as much as finished pieces gets all the glory, it’s the ground work that makes it all come together.

      I honestly was never one for sketching in the past. If I had an idea, I would just dive right in, no plan, just improvising as needed.

     But as I got further along in my career, I learned that having a plan isn’t necessarily a bad thing! It actually helps to know in advance what you’re doing. It helps in a lot of ways.

    For instance, I already knew ​where my light source would come from. It made layering my skin tones a LOT simpler.

    Having a good layout helps with the speed I’m able to use here. I can reverse the image to make sure I have the balance needed.

    Now that I’m happy with it, I can begin to blend my colors and perform little tweaks that are required for the look I’m after.

     Now all I need to do is clean up my Image and give her shadows a little depth by cooling them off.

    A lot of these things become easier with time. Give them a try!

Mandatory Wishes

     I finally made my price list for commissioned work. It didn’t take me too long; it was more of a matter of me procrastinating, truthfully.

    No, this isn’t going to be a rant about customers and what they’re willing to pay. Instead I’m talking about artists and what’s​considered fair market value for what they create.

     Let’s face it; some (most) of the artists I know are terrible at marketing themselves. Quite a few are antisocial, which is fine if you’re already famous, not so much when you’re a complete unknown.

     My best and possibly worst examples of this are scammers; people who either modify an artist’ work or copy it completely in order to sell it as their own. These scum have NO problem with confidence or marketing. I honestly believe that a lot of artists could benefit from learning how to do so from these inhuman things. 

     There are a lot of reasons for not succeeding. You should never let yourself be one of them.