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Atmosphere

        It has been EXTREMELY hectic for me lately!! I’ve done something that I have wanted to for a long time; I’m an artist now, you guys!

     I left my job last month. And to be honest I was pretty terrified. Actually, you can make that present tense, because I still am.  With all the nonstop working and commission begging, being freelance has lost some of its luster. 

       If it were guaranteed it would definitely be easier. But at some point in my life I had to take a chance on me. I believe in myself and my talents. 

         So this picture… yeah, I’m doing characters for pay, lol. It’s not drudgery though. Actually, it’s kind of fun and exciting to do this one because its for a friend! Plus next month is Inktober, my favourite holiday.

         On the face of it though is that I noticed that I still have people wanting me to draw for free. It’s weird. Do they think I shouldn’t eat or something? I can’t understand it. But being upset about it is pointless. I’m just going to keep doing my best.

         To be honest, I’m another rung closer to where I want to be. My art matters to me. I’ll need to get a LOT more prolific in what is produced with no loss in quality.

           Hopefully I can get picked up to do more covers and character designs. Wish me luck! 

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Interest

     This picture is for a customer based off of a REALLY crappy photo. I mean flip phone quality! I definitely need to update my requirements for images.

   All in all, I’m okay with how it came out. The person it was presented to was ecstatic I’m told.

At the end of the day, that matters quite a bit.

    Also, this was the first image I’ve created on my new artdesk! It feels official now.

     In the interest of full disclosure, I also had to put a white light LED bulb in the lamp I bought. I didn’t realize how off I was seeing colors until I corrected them. See the yellow? Ew…

   Second layer is prismacolor pencils in case you’re wondering. I get amazing depth in my images this way. It makes a HUGE difference in the overall look.

  Also, no more expensive artist tape, especially since I get better edges with painters tape, hahaha. 

    Some of the time was spent just getting her face right. Again, using a small image and trying to get it photo accurate was an enormous challenge. Apparently, it looks like her; the relief I felt made all the little struggles worth it.

     So after a few more touch ups, I’ll spray it with fixer and it’ll be on its way.

Self Improvement

   Kenichiwa! Greetings from Green Bay Wisconsin! I’m here on business, but that doesn’t mean I can’t show you guys a personal project. Let’s begin!

     To be honest, this project is part of an overall series of sketches. It started innocently enough…

     The more images I’ve created, the more the character has begun taking on its own life and memories. In a strange way, it feels like I’m bringing an actual person into being.

     Even though its great to enjoy the process of creating a character,  sometimes you have to be prepared to let them go. When I was really young, I us to try to make creations that weren’t meaningful​stay. 

   They were mine after all; a bit of my ego and effort went into each one. So I held on and in doing so held back my growth. 

      Even when I learned better technique, I was still obsessed with applying them to failed creations! And because they wouldn’t work, I believed that they weren’t for me.

     Well, now I know better. You can’t just let your imagination stop! Grow a character, give them something to say, but when it’s over don’t be afraid to hug them and let them walk away. Sometimes they’ll return more mature and better actualised. Often they’re gone forever. But the growth they’ll​ give you will never be forgotten.😊

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.

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.

Surprise!

     Yeah yeah, I know. ” What the hell is he doing posting in the middle of the week?” 

    Well two reasons. One, Lee Binks of #leebinksfitness is competing in the Arnold Europe, so I decided to draw her as motivation. I’m cool like that. Go Lee!

      The other is that I was trying out a new sketchpad. However, I forgot an important factor; paperweight. It absorbs ink, but only to a limit, so it was resistant to my usual technique. Ugh!!

    So I got more of a watercolor look. See? So never stop learning or trying something new. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them.