Hey peepos! I wanted to wish you all a happy holidays and hope that you too get to say a grand old 'F You' to the end of 2016. Admittedly, this year was a dumpster fire for so many people. I'm currently on a very small 12 day break with 9LivesToGo
and just enjoying the time off.
I do want to take some time to open up a bit in this journal as I don't really give myself the opportunities to do so very often. Most of you know I'm rather quiet about personal life on here, and my thoughts in relation to my artistic progress, or 'what is dan thinking about stuff in general'. I often consider myself rather uninteresting at times with it, but hey, gotta start somewhere.
There are a ton of firsts this year for me and several others. This really marks the first year where I've done some larger game development efforts, whether for Freedom Planet 2, Dwindle, and a few other prototypes which didn't quite make it. Tons of learning and scary moments, frustrations, and little victories, as well as a few failures to learn from (because not everything works out).
I've made some amazing new friends this year from reaching out and helping a few people who needed someone to talk to. For those who don't know, me and 9LivesToGo
(my girlfriend) occasionally reach out to people who need help online, and a few months back she got me involved in helping GQuin
through some crazy stuff in their life. Since then, we've all become a fantastic group of friends and I'm super thrilled we were able to help him find his bearings a bit better. I do want to be able to include him on fun things that we do on our picarto channel in the future.
I kindof wanted to bring something up that has been personally tugging at me for a while now, which mostly relates to the direction my art has gone. If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I dont really do fanart, anything fanservice, etc. Most, if not all of my work is all original content minus the commission work I do, and because of that, I don't really affiliate with any sort of clique or fandom here on dA, twitter, or anywhere. While it makes me more comfortable in my own work content and confidence in making something I know is great without comparing myself to other artists, its left me in a bit of a pickle.
I honestly feel very isolated community-wise. I find it much harder now to reach out to other artists on here, twitter, or anywhere. Part of it is due to me being intimidated of other artists in certain regards, being a bit gunshy due to previous experiences online, etc. Most of it has to do with me not really feeling like I can relate to many other artists. Even though I'm an anthro artist, I dont classify myself as part of the furry fandom, so I rarely/never reach out into those areas. I've stopped most/all fandom-related art, so I can't easily relate to fandom-goers, so that basically leaves me with reaching out to others with similar artistic techniques and viewpoints. That's made hard due to the very specific type of art I make, specifically aftereffects animation and digital painting. This is primarily why i rarely favorite art or comment outside of my page anymore, so I'm really sorry if i come across as a bit closed off. I still see tons of art and acknowledge it, I just dont say much out loud.
That said, I want to branch out more to other people. I don't really intend to change my artistic content, as I am very happy with what I create now, even if it contentwise isnt the most sought after right now. I honestly have a philosophy that if I'm happy with my original content and there are people who also appreciate it, then I'm doing what I'm supposed to (as in I dont make art for other people's demands outside of commissions anymore even if I used to occasionally). But I want to be able to talk to more people. I want to be able to learn more about the artists around me and make more acquaintances/friends. However because of my work flow, It's hard.
So a few things for you who understand:
First off, thank you so much for sticking with me despite all that. I know I'm quiet. I know I don't follow trends in art. I know I don't do whats 'popular' or 'convenient'. I know I dont respond to everything that I come across and rarely favorite art. But I'm so appreciative of those who still talk to me and follow my work/streams despite that. It means so much. How does one open up more to other artists?
Yes, I'm very timid (which sounds strange), but that's how I feel about alot of art groups here. All we see is the art output of people online and rarely an insight to the people behind it. It's daunting, but it's something I do have to get over. What do you do to push yourself past that and open up, even to those with dissimilar artistic tastes, motives, etc? What can I do to improve on my interactions?
I know a big thing for me this year was improving the nature of the Picarto streams I do and that, from what I've heard, is a HUGE success, with a massive thanks to my copilots 9LivesToGo
. They made the stream something extraordinary. However, we can always strive for better! How would you improve the picarto experience and the community surrounding my art/me here on dA, twitter, etc? One of my big goals this year or in the future is attending a convention with my work. However this is hard because all of my work is original creations. 1.) is this a reasonable goal for someone who isn't a fan artist and 2.) how would I best go about it and which conventions would you like to see me attend? is there anything I can do as an artist to further your interest without straying from my content motivation?
I love creating art of my characters and commission work, but I know how infrequent it is due to the time it takes for me to make art and with other obligations such as my senior year of college, retail work, game work, etc. What do YOU want to see?
I know, lots of question for you, but I want to hear from you!
Lastly, I want to put my new years goals (rather than resolutions) here. Resolutions seem to always fall apart, but goals? Those are different! I encourage you to make yourself goals to strive for as well!
1.) Graduate College! (almost there)
2.) Attend 1 convention as an artist or participant (preferably artist)
3.) complete 2 large animations for you!
4.) More statcards!
5.) Be more comfortable opening up to others on social media.
6.) try my hand at voice acting. I have tons of awesome people I met this and last year who are voice actors and I want to see if it's something I can handle! I've done it for my own animations, so maybe I can try it for someone elses!
Thank you guys! Have a nice year, and If you want to start some discussions here, go nuts! I'll chime in however I can.
~Dan (and Ashy)