Rather than doing visual art, I've been catching up on my editing business, my various books, and my main site and blog. I decided to share some of my cover art, go over to the Gallery to check that out if you like.
Soon I'll be back to doing things, including asking the editor of a magazine I sometimes illustrate for if she needs something else for her next issue. Cheers to all, and good luck on your art!
- Listening to: Classic rock, heavy metal
- Reading: A Writer's Companion by Richard Marius
- Watching: ...is that a trick question?
- Playing: Table-top role playing, Aywas
- Eating: Stew and fried eggs on toast
- Drinking: Dr Pepper with real sugar
For 2017, I will continue working on my blog, expanding it to include my artist feature. I want to continue writing for others as well. I want to complete at least two novels, and I want to market what I already have. I want to write a couple more short stories as well. Around November I want to print out some copies of the holiday book and try to sell them, too. I also want to do more art and illustration and continue to hone my craft. There are many sunny days ahead of me, many days for drawing and painting and writing. I want to create at most opportunities and continue to grow as a person and an artist.
Many people see darkness coming in 2017 but I see many opportunities. Remember what a great man once said - "your focus determines your reality."
Happy New Year! We've a bright future ahead!
- Listening to: Classic rock, heavy metal
- Reading: SSN by Tom Clancy, The Regiment by John Dalmas
- Watching: ...is that a trick question?
- Playing: Table-top role playing
- Eating: Candy cane Hershey's Kisses
- Drinking: Water
I already use Sakura Pigma pens, which are pigment based, not dye based, and that gives them awesome lightfastness and longevity. I'll be looking for markers for wider areas though. Does anyone have a good suggestion? In the meantime, I'm glad I've been digitally archiving all my drawings!
Speaking of archiving and time, it's nearly the end of the year. I've done a lot. I've gotten my blog a lot farther off the ground, met some cool people in various writing communities, and taken my art to a much better level of quality. I intend to continue that, working harder, using better tools, and continuing to be as precise as possible with my straight lines, my corners, and my points. My goal is to have the technical drawing skill of a draftsman combined with the soul of a painter. I've also put a couple more books in print and am well on my way to the next one.
Here's to the end of the year, and a successful new one!
I sat in a chair so that part of me was braced, and for a monopod I used a sponge mop! It was dry, so no harm to the camera. However it worked well enough that I was able to get several shots of the moon. At maximum zoom, it's of course rather hard to hold still, and this little help was invaluable. The spongy texture was stiff enough to support my hands and the camera, and soft enough not to scratch the finish, and the pole handle made a sturdy base that I could angle as I liked.
I'm not here for the ads, I'm here for the art. If I don't get the art, or if it's too annoying, I leave. Simple as that. And you don't get my points money.
If you imagined the perfect place to do your art, what would it look like? Sound like? Smell like?
I knew someone who had a studio that was hand built of logs in a beautiful forest, with furniture outside made of hand chosen and shaped pieces of deadfall. I thought that was a pretty cool place. I've been in university studios which are fairly featureless, but at least they have sinks nearby. Yet another studio I've seen is that of a writer, and is a haven of dark wood, overstuffed furniture, heavy shelves of books, and innumerable oddities and artifacts. When I imagine a studio, I have visions of white walls, smooth, unpainted wood, and ample light. I have often thought a studio in a tower room would be neat, or maybe an old lighthouse. A studio would be a place where I would be able to be alone, and the spot itself would serve to inspire me.
I'm about to move so these thoughts are heavy on my mind. We'll have a spare bedroom that might be turned into a studio space, though truthfully I'd rather use the light, airy, tile floored living room! I know I'll have to make some compromises because I'm paired with another artist, but this is what my ideal studio would look like. Perhaps I can incorporate at least a few of these elements.
My ideal studio would have lots of light and easily cleaned floors, like ceramic tile or even linoleum. It would be north facing (like my new living room is) and have high ceilings for my easel. All the walls would be white. It would have a wall of shelves with bins to keep everything in. Every art supply would have a place to live. I'd also have a couple of wooden cabinets and space to put my smaller easels and watercolor equipment. At least one of the walls would be left empty so I could use it as a photographic backdrop. I'd have a sink nearby, for washing brushes etc, and a good chair and drawing table in one corner with a view out the window for daytime and full spectrum lights for the night. I'd probably completely neglect to hang curtains. I'd have a low profile computer desk too, for looking things up and using reference images. The studio would be easily accessible from my living space so I could stay in touch with various other goings on. There would be at least one cat bed in it too.
If you have a studio space, what's it like? What would you want to change about it? If you don't have a studio space, what would you want to have?
Try to make sure the paper is not crinkled or curled. If I'm photographing a watercolor piece, I'll do it when it's still taped down, if it's a drawing, I'll do it still on the pad.
Take a moment to line up the work so the camera is square with it.
When you take the picture, keep very still, but relaxed, and breathe out as you click the button. This prevents jiggles that cause blurring.
You can use a photo processing or art program (GIMP is a really good, free choice) to increase the contrast on drawings. I really like the "white balance" feature in GIMP, it takes a lot of the work out of making a drawing visible. It's especially good for making pen and ink work stand out.
Always crop your image at least to the edge of the paper or surface, if you are just showing your work. This puts the focus on the image, not the floor, a bedroom, or the tape on the edge of the paper!
I guess it's like that with anything - perseverance, never giving up, counts for a lot more than raw talent ever could. With only raw talent, success is still usually a fluke. But with sheer practice, you can predict and expect good results. So if there's something you just can't make work in your art, whatever it may be, don't give up. Success might be just over the next hill.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
- Winston Churchill
Some of the art here is incredible, and I learn from it just by looking. I'm constantly blown away by the talent I see here, every day. I wonder why some of these people aren't working for a publishing company, illustrating books, or hanging in a brick and mortar gallery!
It's good for me to drop in from time to time. Submitting here gives me a place to put up my less serious works, my odd little ideas, my test pieces. Commenting and swapping llamas helps me remember that art isn't just about hunting down the next commission, or trying to find new places to advertise my site. Art is about doing the best I can, but it's also still a bit about passion and enjoyment.
So, thanks everybody, for being here, and helping to make this possible.
How long have you been on DeviantArt? About a week. But I was on for over a year, before.
What does your username mean? It refers to the fact that I am First Prime of the Goa'uld known as Cessna, and bear her mark. See my bio for details.
Describe yourself in three words. Not really possible.
Are you left or right handed? Right.
What was your first deviation? My very first one, a very long time ago, was a drawing.
What is your favourite type of art to create? Right now, pen and ink. It changes monthly.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Real Manga!
What was your first favourite? Um, impasto expressionist stuff?
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Ink work, acrylics, good digital work.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? I have many, and have forgotten all my favorites. Time to discover new ones!
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? SteamPoweredMike.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? They have taught me new techniques, and inspired me.
What are your preferred tools to create art? Manga pens, watercolors, acrylics, computers.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? Outside, or in front of an inspiring image.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? When I finally got the ninja llama, last time.