I’ve been pretty busy for the past little while, so the lack of blog posts had been replaced with quick succession daily “microblogging” on facebook. I’m not really sure I want to do another “omake post”. Rather, why not just stay up to date by connecting with me on my facebook page. Just click the little like button on the sidebar, and you’re good to go.
What I do differently from other bloggers’ art posts is provide more substance than just plain old “here’s an art piece”. I like to treat these posts more like a diary of observations, which hopefully I can share some knowledge and provide some insight to other would-be-anime-artists too.
With the exception of juggling work, I’ve been trying to improve my art (I did say I was going to do that, right?) I had to put blogging to secondary gear in order to do that. But it seems the results are slowly paying off.
I couldn’t think of a name for her, so I’m just calling her Awesomesauce Girl. She has a bit of retro feel to her, and is based off of an older revision that I posted on facebook. (I’ll post a completed version of that next time).
My art is looking more “mainstream” in style lately. I fear that I might be treading down a path of conformity. I don’t really want to draw the same way as everyone else does. I have to work on finding something that jives with me, and still looks acceptable and appealing… lots of work to do.
I’ve also put in more effort in expressions now too. Ever since I did those sketches on the notepad, I’ve noticed an improvement on this aspect. I’m more able to draw expressions now, and I’m liking the way it’s looking.
The problem I’m having though, is having consistent looking expressions. They all look like different characters! This is fine and dandy if I’m never drawing the same character twice. It will probably fix itself over time as I discover a style that I like.
I’ve sort of discovered a “formula” in appealing anime faces, I think; the proportions and where each feature should be located for the most appealing looking face. Must experiment more… I feel like a scientist analyzing data!
Anyway, like tradition, here is a youtube video.
Since I stopped blogging, my hits have remained constant. It only jumps up whenever I do a blog post. So I was quite shocked when I saw my blog stats spike a couple of days ago. It only slightly surpassed the number of hits I got on a “blog post day”, but it was still an unusual anomaly.
lol look at that.
I found the source of the “problem” to be from an Indonesian forum (self proclaimed largest Indonesian community on the net). Someone had posted my photoshop images in a thread. Since I don’t understand Indonesian, I thought someone was simply sharing my art. After running through Google Translate and sifting through 20 pages of comments, I came to discover that the poster actually stole my artwork, saving it to photobucket, and claimed it as his own work.
He was quite passionate about it too, thanking everyone who left him a comment. The very last comment was an administrator, banning the user for 1 month for stealing my work, and subsequently locked the thread. Too bad. The guy was doing a pretty good job promoting me. I did get a good amount of hits.
Of course, after the topic lock, the hits subsided as the topic naturally fell off the forum. Judging from the immediate spike leading to topic lock, I’d say the forum is a highly active one, and the admins do a good job.
This whole incident lead me to think deeply about sharing and why I do it.
I get this giddy feeling of pride and joy whenever someone mentions me, likes my facebook posts, or comments. You could say that’s a very shallow, narcissistic way of thinking. Even I think so. But with some inner searching, I found this was not the case.
My “thirst for fame” (even more famous than I already am), has a goal. As I had mentioned before, I want to share my knowledge, appreciation, and experiences to my readers, in hopes to inspire them to become anime artists.
I’ve got people emailing me on a regular basis, asking me for advice, tips and tricks, or just want to show me their art. It’s great, and I love helping people like that.
I may not be the best artist, but I think it’s because of that, that people tell me I inspire them to do better.
I look at doujin studios like Collateral Damage, and it gives me a really warm feeling in my heart. They’re doing their best too, and they do it with passion. Meanwhile, I’m trying to turn this into my full-time job.
I feel that the only way I can really reach out to people is if people “discover” me. That’s not an easy feat. With 2000 youtube subscribers, and almost 600 facebook fans, I’m actually surprised I got this far as it is.
It pales in comparison to people like Danny Choo though. I want to get that big, not for success, but to spread awareness of anime and drawing anime.
Every time someone supports me, mentions me or whatever, puts me closer to that goal. It tells people “hey, if I can do it, you can too!”
I think that kind of sharing is important. It brings a community closer together, and when more people are supporting me like that, great things happen.