You may have read the journal entry "the journey so far" [link]
back in November '08. Well it's September '09 now and I have a lot of things that have happened since then. But, this is not about my personal life activities but my personal art journey so far, just a few months short of a year later. So, if anyone is interested I just thought I'd post this update.
First off, I just want to say thanks for the latest watches, and comments- and also for the voting support in contests! I really appreciate it even though I may not get to reply to everyone. I also want to thank any of you who read "Tenants"! You guys really help keep me going even when I am too tired to post anything- haha!Style:
I can say with more confidence now that I have a style I can call my own. A year ago I couldn't really. Sure, I can draw scratchy lines on noses and call that definitive although that came first from plenty of other comic artists, but I know it's more than that too. There is a pretty good combination of east and west I think. It varies from character to character and I do adjust depending on the intention of the artwork but overall there is a range that I can say is safely my own style. Tenants has been a big help in finding that range. Lately Jeff Smith is my biggest inspiration, so that layers on top of the others that have come to help define me (capcom, miyazaki, gallo-44, gurihiru... I just can't stop mentioning them because I feel it's important to let other's know where my influences have come from). Matt Rhodes and Erwin Madrid are making me go crazy wanting to level up in illustration, concept, and environmental art.Old works:
Many of my old works are hidden now because they don't represent what I want to do now. I acknowledge them as my footprints in the much larger footprints of greater artists I was inspired by but I want to hone in even further on a more singular body of work. Regardless of what I work on, I hope it will stand up for me, speak up for me. Generalism style wise is useful, but I don't want to be all things to all people at the expense of having something to call my own and to be seen as unique... dare I say "original". I guess that's my holy grail except that it is
obtainable in the future if I keep at it.Fanarts:
Some DA watches and some status quo-ness came from artworks I made simply because they were fanarts. Fanarts are for fun, and I still put myself into them, but I know some people came to watch me because of a single picture here or there that was a fanart for something they liked. But as it turns out, I move around a lot. I'm sure some viewers may have gotten dissappointed or just ignore everything else I've posted that wasn't in their liking which I understand and don't mind because I'm still going to draw what I want to draw and everyone's entitled to their favorites. I just really would like to encourage people who came for one thing to see my other works in the hope that maybe their own preferences in art can expand some. I hope that my art can be appealing to a wider range of people.FUTURE!:
-Comic making process and continuation of lights and darks practice. I've gotten a good start but it's just the beginning! Gotta go further.
-more original stuff and less fanarts which has been going on for a while recently. I will still do fanarts just as I always have, outta love, but I'm going to try and keep it less than my own stuff. I actually have a project in mind that is all fanarts but that will have to come much later when I've improved in my original art.
-practice more in environments. Really, I know I'm a character kind of guy and there is a whole world to explore in just character design alone, but because in the concept art field of work I'll be expected to do more things, I have to train in these other areas.
-more illustrations...not pin ups but really the storytelling type.Worlds:
In the end, I'd like to present a single world that's complete with environments, illustrations, characters, and other concepts. Focusing on a single world will help bring cohesion to these separate topics I want to get better at... but the question is, which one of my stories should I tackle? So, until that happens, you'll be seeing a lot of stand alone artworks that don't tie into one story.
I hope that was an interesting and informative update but I won't hold it against anyone if it wasn't, haha. Thanks for reading if you did- and cheers to all our constant art exploring. If you got some news about how your art journey is going, feel free to share it here, I would love to know! If you don't have anything new going on or you are just doing the same stuff these days I really want to encourage you to find something you are either weak in or something you just want to develop and start practicing in it!