See? Practice pays. 😉
Hey guys! Hope you had an amazing weekend. Mine was a little hectic; had some chores to do and it took the entire weekend almost! Oh well, at least I accomplished a lot.
I got to “attend” an artist seminar via webinar, which got me amped up to do a few more images. The topic was “don’t put off your dream projects”.
I’ll admit to doing just that recently. There have been a lot of customer oriented stuff coming out of me lately and I can feel my needle dipping below”E”. Not that I haven’t enjoyed my projects; a lot of them have been really fun! But to be honest, I haven’t pushed myself in any of them and that needs to change.
So I sat down last night and made a checklist of all the things I’ve wanted to draw in the past 6 months. I figure that it’s a good starting point.
I have to be honest. A few of them make me a little nauseous thinking about them! It’ll be okay though. Time to grow!
So get ready for some upgrades. Because since these will be mine, I won’t have to clear posting the work. In the meantime, enjoy your week.
It seems weird to see people stealing art to me. By stealing I don’t mean theft in the traditional way. I’m talking about claiming someone else’s credit and pieces.
I once had an experience that showed me how awful a practice this was, where someone in high school took one of my original pieces, traced it and begin to claim credit. Then he sold mine!
Needless to say I was very shocked and angry when I found out about this. I confronted my art teacher. You know what she said? “You shouldn’t get so attached to it”. That’s it. I laughed in her face and said “Of course. You steal kids art all the time, why should I expect a sham artists to get it?”
Then I went out and beat the crap out of that kid. Yeah, yeah…life isn’t always about positive lessons. And I felt much better afterward.
I am a lot older now, but the lesson of that moment, over time, has only been reinforced. Just as there are fake soldiers claiming to be warriors, there’s always going to be faux artists.
If you are one of them STOP IT! Work at your craft! When I hear people put down hardworking artists who’ve paid their dues in thousands of hours of practice. It usually because seeing that level of talent makes them feel inferior. But everyone had to learn and get better. Hell, I still have a LONG way to go! But step by step I’m on the journey.
The path is a well-known one. So get on!
It takes a lot of patience and effort to keep your life on track. Lately I’ve had to readjust some priorities, but the good news is that my art gained more consideration.
After visiting Artists Alley at Comic-Con, I received a lot of support. I really didn’t expect it; I had professional artists telling me I should be one of them! Vindication; don’t knock it until you receive it, am I right?
Anyway I’m supposed to be doing a calendar for next year. I’m pretty stoked.
Wish me skill, not luck. I’m gonna need it!
A LOT of the time, I draw without being conscious of it. It’s something I’ve always done. You’d get a better answer if you asked me when I started breathing.
This year I’ve started some major personal projects. I’m hoping to get one published, so everything about it matters. Still, I can’t make the part that just draws shut down.
But I know how. All I have to do…is be happy.
When I’m happy, I can’t draw. It means that I tap into negative energy to do so. I’m trying to learn to create without doing so, but it’s hard when the emotions have to be at the surface.
Of course, I can’t wait. So I feed the beast whenever it howls, and hope to work on my projects in between. It could be worse, right?
So whenever I have to deal with the public (i.e. humans) I become a nervous wreck. It’s not that I lack confidence; they are mostly slow and unsure themselves. It makes for difficult interactions when you realize that the person is afraid of you.
That makes it extra special when someone says yes! So I met a wonderful young lady who bravely agreed to let me photograph her for a drawing.
The entire thing was done during the train ride and presented to her. She was ecstatic! Plus I received a lot of comments about it. A good day all around.
Now I need to do a little portfolio padding. So I’m going to be doing more complete images, including backgrounds. Here we go!
First the good news. Jezebelle and I are registered for a car show! For those not in the know, that’s the name of my Mustang. I also have a bodybuilding show to attend, so hopefully I’ll get lots of commissions. Send me good vibes, ok?
Now for the rest of the story…to me, this is an incomplete picture. I’ve been trying to mix my prismacolor and markers together to make a more interesting look. Well yesterday I had someone accuse me of gluing a photo onto paper!
This person claimed to be an artist and it really upset me, because they did it publicly at the train station in D.C.. Others were there and I was about to say something when this senior lady named Bethany called her out. She told her how she’d watched me draw the eyes from over my shoulder and that a so called real artist should be able to see that. I was so relieved! Bethany, wherever you are, thank you!
It’s Friday! You can find comfort in knowing that I’ve been busy, but not overworked this week. I’m trying to be better.
The best part of this month is that my son comes home from Afghanistan! I’m really happy and hope we still get along. You never come back the same person. I know.
The nerves at least are better.
The only thing I’ve learned in the last few weeks is to stop stretching myself so thin! Seriously, you would think there’s an actual workaholic gene at work here…
Speaking of, I didn’t make it to Otakon this year. I’m a little bummed so I drew a few sketches about it. They suck, so here’s another one that I just started instead:
For bonus points I get to hear Whale sing “pay for me” in the background. Look them up, they’re why the 90’s were awesome.