Okay guys. It is time for some serious business.
This year I want to make a few steps forward into professional drawing and painting. That is my goal set for this year.
I even made some achievements in the last months.
Rakshazar Role-play. The first book with drawings of mine was printed in May and presented at the RPG 2012 in Cologne, and is now buyable. For real money! I am so glad and proud, that this happened. And that people like my art. The people from Rakshazar are really cool guys with lots of ideas and passion, putting faith in me, and I thank them a lot for this. I will surely do additional art for this project, with joy.
New Equipment. My old" 20" LCD-monitor had to make a step aside, when my new EIZO 24" arrived. Both together now give me a huge working space, and I don't have always to move panels or switch between my programs while looking for references or just watching a video simultaneously.
Additional to that, my old, now nearly ten year old Wacom tablet has to retire. My new one Intuos 4 A5 greatly helps erasing some of the problems I always had drawing digital.
So, I took some steps. But there are more to take. And maybe, they are even harder than the last.
New ways of art. For a long time I somehow refused to dive into digital drawing. Yeah, I had done some digital paintings earlier. But I never felt very happy with them. It always felt slow and imprecise, smudging colours half-heartedly together. On the other hand, it is the future, and while I really like traditional art, like pencil drawings or acrylic paintings, it is obvious that digital art has a lot of advantages (like time and money saving, mixing different techniques
I really want to change my attitude, so I am working on making my workflow more digital. This contains a lot of painting, practicing and desperation, but I just have to get through it like every other artist. So no extra shortcuts or more excuses for you, young man.
Networking. I think, this might be my blind side. It is rather hard for me to get in contact with people. I always need a long time before I get "warm" with foreigners, social interactions, conversation and small-talk are not my strengths. So yeah, basically I am that awkward, creepy guy lurking in the shadows at a party. ;D
In the last months I met so many nice people lending a helping hand, giving advice or just wanting the best for me. So I think, I have to rise above myself, and shake my own restrictions. Punching the damn social angst right into its ugly face.
Professionalism. One big hurdle for me is my own attitude. One the one hand I love art, making art, looking at art, talking about art. I think it plays a big role in my entire life. One the other hand, deep down I am a bloody lazy, anxious and passive jerk, who could easily sleep half the day, and play video games and eat candy the other half. So I need to get real. I already spent too much time doing nothing. Laziness is not a good excuse for not having achieved anything in your live.
My goals, I am crawling towards:
- Getting better in digital drawing/painting.
- Connecting with other people
- Getting professional in the art field
Still here, reading? Some tough guy, huh?
Last, but not least I want to thank all of you girls and guys, watching my art, faving and commenting. Although I maybe did not talk or wrote much, or show a lot of myself in the past, I really appreciate this.
Thanks a lot!
PS.: I am very open for every criticism, advice or tip to improve myself!