Well, I figure I’m well overdue for an update here and I have a few things I’d like to share, so…
First of all, thank you to everyone who follows, comments on, likes, and favorites my work. If you’ve sent me a message and I haven’t gotten back to you right away I apologize. Sometimes it takes me a while to organize my thoughts and to direct my focus to giving clear and concise replies. I will reply, just not always in a timely manner.
I hit another low moment in the ongoing roller coaster that is my art career. I’m not sure what caused it this time. I think it was a combination of things, but a lot of it had to do with my ideas and plans that didn’t really pan out as I expected them to.
My Jeep got stolen a couple weeks ago, it was recovered but damaged and stripped of everything inside. All my pool cleaning gear and the stereo system I spent a lot of time/money on were taken. I feel extremely fortunate to have it back, and I think I’ll try to fix it up again. The entire ordeal certainly wasn’t the cause of my lack of production, but it definitely didn’t help.
Often times these low points stem from my feelings of failure towards my art, and usually when I get into these kind of slumps, it takes a radical thought or change in direction to get me motivated again. This time is no exception. I’ve been refocusing my efforts on getting a gameplan together, and have decided to change things up a bit.
What does this mean? Well first off, I will not be accepting commissions any longer. Surprising isn’t it? I’ve bounced back and forth on this at least a dozen times in the past couple of years. I really don’t know why I kid myself into thinking I can do them without any problem. I ALWAYS end up taking way too long. Anyone who has commissioned from me can attest to that. And anyone who is waiting for a commission, please know you are on the very top of my list of priorities!
Secondly I will continue to produce sketch cards. Probably at a more consistent rate. I enjoy the bigger pieces, but I can’t really afford to spend time on them hoping for some kind of return. I need to paint what I can sell. I will still throw in some larger paintings when I feel like it (hopefully semi-often), but my focus won’t be to build up a set of prints like I had previously planned.
Third, and probably the most exciting for me, is to start another web comic. The first one I tried (The Honorbound), was more of an experiment, and I soon realized I had bit off more than I could chew. My new comic will be WAYYYY less ambitious, and will focus on simple concepts that can be executed easily and on a regular basis. I already have ideas and plans for the first 5 or 6 panels and probably won’t publish anything until I get a good backlog of updates ready.
So thank you again my friends, I hope you all enjoy the ride.