So it's been quite a while since I've done a post. To be honest, I tend to be a very private person so I never really feel the need to write anything on any platform. I typically just keep my thoughts to myself or discuss them with very close friends that I know I can trust. Otherwise, I have always preferred to be sort of enigmatic when it comes to online or the public eye. However, since this has to do with my art and the potential future of my time here on Newgrounds, along with certain events that have recently happened, I thought it was a good idea to put my thoughts out there.
In the past, art was always a passion, something I enjoyed doing even if I wasn't very good at it (as were my thoughts at the time). Granted, when it came to art classes in school I surprisingly was not a straight A+ student in the subject, mostly because the things we were tasked to make or learn just did not appeal to me. I just wanted to do my own thing. I considered going to art school, but I knew I could never afford it and I was afraid I would flunk out because of the aforementioned mindset I had. Then when I got my first job and started working, the desire to draw and make art became a sort of....distant past time. To this day, it's a very similar situation as I'm often working a lot to make ends meet and so I never feel I have the time, patience, energy, or even the inspiration to make anything. Shapes just didn't seem to manifest from my pencil. I couldn't, and even today struggle with, visualizing what it is I want to put on paper. I would have sudden bursts of creativity, sure, but it would only last a short time.
However, in light of recent events (creating the 2 pieces for @JohnnyGuy Get Freeki and Pico by Tom Fulp and being a winner in the art tablet giveaway), I want to really try and get back into the swing of things. My previous art tablet stopped working properly on my computer, so winning that tablet is a HUGE help. It will allow me to digitize several pieces I've already sketched out that I'd love to have as digital works, and (in bigger news) will allow me to try my hand at doing commission work to help me get by in my day to day life. (Ah, the life of a starving artist. lol)
That being said, if I'm going to do commissions, I'd have to really think about what I'd have to offer for people looking to buy my work, and to be honest I'm not really sure. The only commission I've ever done (or at least completed) is the Pico art I mentioned earlier. Other than that, I know nothing about pricing for commissions. It's definitely something to really think about in the days to come. We'll see how things go. For now, I may just focus on trying to do contests, fan art, and original pieces. Maybe I'll even try and do little comics here and there if I have the time and can think of what to make. Maybe I'll try dabbling in various art styles, see how close to the originals I can get in order to test myself. Who know's? The sky's the limit, right? I've always wanted to try pixel art. We shall see.
I also eventually want to try my hand in getting into some vocal work in the future be it voice acting or singing (not that I'm any good at either, but it's worth a shot, right?) I've been waiting for my friend @AceMantra to finish a collaborative piece I was super passionate about and JohnnyGuy has also been eager to help me get into music. Fun times, fun times. We'll see what happens.
Other than that, I'm not really sure what else to say. There's a lot I have to think about. A lot to ponder. A lot to consider. The possibilities are endless and the sky's the limit as they say. The future is mine to create and I shall create it. But I hope that everyone has a good weekend, and hope no one got bored by this long, drawn out novel of a post. lol
Until next time!!