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Oh… digital art..

I have mentioned several times in the last month that I will be publishing a webcomic. Originally it was supposed to go on webtoons.com but I have since changed my mind on that because the layout wasn’t something I cared for. Of course, maybe one day I’ll change my mind but for now I will publish right here on my own site.

I have worked on this web story for about 2 months now and it’s going great. I’m feeling confident in story line, character development,  setting, etc. and the only thing left to do is the artwork. Well, that’s lucky considering I’m an artist. But, I’m also an over thinker and thanks to my brain and unnecessary anxiety, I sent myself down a path of self destruction and almost gave up on this project.

Almost.

Looking at all the successful comics out there I noticed one thing, they were almost all done digitally. From sketching to coloring, start to finish, it’s all done digitally. No big deal, I’ll study and watch tutorials everyday and improve on my digital art knowledge. And I did just that. I improved my knowledge of digital art, just not my skill.

Oh, the wasted hours. And i do mean wasted. Because everytime i sat down to practice another new digital art technique, I dreaded it. I wasn’t excited even though I tried to be. It’s like trying a food you know you don’t like but maybe after a few years of not eating it, you’ve changed your mind about it. But then you’re disappointed again and are left with that horrible taste in your mouth and a pang of frustration.

 

That’s digital art for me.

I want to so badly like digital art and I really think in time, I will.  But because I’ve put so much pressure on myself now to finish projects, I can’t spend the necessary time and enjoyment to learning the medium.  And I hate just sitting in front of a screen with a drawing tablet feeling lost and defeated.

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So I have decided to stick with what I know and ink and color my comics traditionally.  The artwork is still good and I will enjoy the process.  Especially since I won’t be comparing my digital comic to someone else with a total different style.  But that doesn’t mean i’m giving up on digital art all together.

Even though I can’t really stand it,  i’m still going to practice digital art, just on a much smaller scale. Like my phone.  I am using the sketch app and a stylus to practice small doodles like the one I posted in this blog entry today.  I’m not allowing myself to compare it to others (although I want to) and instead just going for it and seeing the outcome.

I will also add that I have a new found respect for digital artists. Not that I didn’t before, but now I can have an idea of what you guys actually have to do to get your art done.

My webcomic will be posted Tuesday and I’ll be updating my Instagram stories all weekend to show progress of the pages!

Do you put unrealistic expectations on yourself?  (I can’t be the only one!) What did you do to get past it?

 

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Post apocalyptic sailor jupiter!

One of my absolute favorite genres is post apocalyptic fiction. I love the idea of survival in a dystopian world.  So naturally, I am trying to make that the center of my art and I decided to create a fan art series of post apocalyptic sailor scouts. The first one I drew was sailor Jupiter. I’ve always loved her move and i wanted to try out the lightning effect.

What do you think and who would you like to see next?

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Hiatus over!

So first off, I’d like to apologize for not being active on my blog. I’ve been trying to sort a lot of my goals out for my art journey and finishing up comic book commissions. I believe I’ve come up with a new plan for my art journey and where I want to go with it.

I’m still sticking with comics and illustrations. I still have a great passion for that still. I will be publishing a webcomic that will eventually turn into a graphic novel and I will post it here, so no need to search for it on other sites. The goal with that is one a week (unless I have freelance comic deadlines) and it will look like a comic page instead of a scroll down format.

I’m still working on The Seekers graphic novel and should have vol.1 ready for preorder by December. I will have the first three chapters or group of pages free to read on my blog as well.

My YouTube channel is steadily growing and I’m so grateful for that! I recently posted a video of my customizing my art table and it was so much fun. I’ll leave that down below for you guys to watch.

I’m still attending conventions and fairs and usually post about that on my Instagram, but I will be adding in a calendar widget on my blog so you can also see upcoming events. Most of the conventions will be in the midwest because that’s where I live and traveling can get really pricey.

My Etsy shop is doing really well and I just added in a new product. They are hand drawn inked bookmarks on primed canvas. They’re also pretty large (about 3×7 inches) and have a tassle on them. They are one of my favorite things I’ve made and I can’t wait to see what others have to say about it as well! They are 10$ (shipping included) and totally unique. Here is my shop so you can get one also!

I also still have my patreon and currently the only reward other than behind the scenes look, is a monthly print.

Thanks for sticking around with me guys! I really appreciate it! Cheers to more art!

My new art table!

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New items coming soon!

I have recently posted a custom cover sketchbook on my Etsy store and will be posting more sketchbook and bookmarks by the end of this month! Now is a great time to favorite my store and follow me on Instagram because the whole month of July I will be having a store wide discount!! All purchases will also come with a free sticker! All the sites are listed below!

Etsy  Instagram

Thanks for all the support!

Recent sketchbook cover posted, click here to get this one of a kind sketchbook!

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Advancing the storyline

I absolutely love a good ‘choose your own adventure’ story. It takes me back to my old computer games like purple moon’s ‘Rockett’s New School’ where you chose the next part of the story and get to see the outcome. And now, one of my favorite bloggers just started one and I’m all about it! I linked it below!!

via Brash Detective Services, Inc

I’m also wanting to do a character design. For this. What do you think he looks like?

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2 weeks left

I have 2 weeks left in my first kickstarter campaign! I went from 11% to 20% in one week but I still need your help! Raising the other 80% in 14 days really seems like a stretch, but I truly believe I can do it! I will posting images of the pins soon as an update also! Ive already started showing off the amazing stickers! I will post the prints as well once they are all packaged! Here is the link so you can help see my campaign through with me! Thanks so much for the support!

 

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My first Kickstarter, now what?

Well, I’ve finally done it. I created a kickstarter campaign to help myself build an inventory and also make cool products for others to buy. I’ve been contemplateling this for months with so many thoughts and apprehensions. I read so many stories, both successful and not. I did mathematical research and product research and had to really evaluate what I could put out as a creator that would stand out to someone to want to buy it. So what made me finally get my butt in gear and take this chance?

Well, because I needed this risk. I needed this chance to see what I can do with where I’m at. I’ll admit, when you read kickstarter’s “all or nothing” policy, it can get to your head if you allow it. That phrased messed with me for a while. It made me think that this was it for me and if I don’t get funded, then what would I have left. But I put those irrational emotions aside and started to think logically. If this doesn’t work out, it will be okay. Its not another failure. It is a lesson though and it’s one that I’ve already started to learn from.

Creating this project with a limited following is a pretty big leap. But I believe in my artwork and in myself. I have a set goal I am trying to achieve and I will do what I need to in order to reach it. At this point,  I have 3 backers in 48 hours.  That’s huge to me and I have every bit of hope that I will reach my goal.

So for now,  I Am feeling rather confident and excited for this project.  Stay tuned for an update on whether that changes (let’s hope not).

Here’s the link so you can also check it out, pledge and help spread the word!