On Style and Social Media | (Warning: Gratuitous Table-Flipping)
Before I kick off, I want to say right away that this is merely having an opinion on things based on observations and experiences. I know I'll have people disagreeing with me, and that's quite alright!
So as an artist, I'm a professional in a sense that I'm a paid creative—I've had jobs, worked at studios, have clients, etc etc. Am I someone to look up to and find inspiration from? ... Probably not. Probably. Really depends on who you ask. LOL I can definitely mentor, and I have in work environments But, honestly, what I mean by that is that I'm not comfortable being a role model... BECAUSE...
I wasn't traditionally taught.
I haven't traditionally learned.
I have this weird style thing.
In my opinion, there are many other artists who know what they're talking about and can do much more that are far more suitable for guidance. My style is quite broad and all over the place, to the point I feel like I have a creative identity crisis or lack strong foundation.
It's a bit of column A and column B.
It may be so much that explaining why and how I do things might be confusing or incorrect. I have this warped sense of reality when it comes to style that when I look at someone's face, I see them in caricature, not reality. It's cool and very frustrating.
The creative identity crisis comes from, well, upbringing. Not an excuse, just a fact. The lack of strong foundation comes from working on a wide range of projects where I'm constantly shifting from one thing to another, not having enough time to master one. Also not an excuse, just a fact. Bouncing back and forth between these "issues" are typical of #artistproblems. But, it starts with being aware so I study more and more and more...
and more.... and more... and————\\\\\\\（｀〇Д〇）
By nature, I consider myself an illustrator above anything else. Illustration by its very nature constantly evolves. I was never happy drawing the same way because I was easily dissatisfied and bored. So, my ebb and flow is always changing in rhythm. There are days where I'm super quick and there are days I move like a mule. There are definitely days I close out Photoshop without saving the file I had been drawing on for an hour. These are all choices I make.
My living room—full of different mediums and stuffed to the brim of everything I grab inspiration from—is a choice. Surrounding myself with all of these toys and different works of art keeps the stimulation going and deters boredom.
Commercial artists do have their one—"one"—style that they've built their entire career upon, and yes, that's totally awesome! It's a proven formula and can (obviously) be done. But it doesn't mean that's the only way and I don't think it's right to insist that it is.
It's definitely been insisted upon me in the past and it hurt more than helped, because until this very day, I still think I look inconsistent despite the compliment. Art should be an adventure! Don't be afraid if you need to make a change to something. (Didn't I talk about this in a video?... XD)
Personally, I like having multiple styles despite its stressful cons. It does give me a bigger ball pit to play in and explore, continuing to warp my perspective beyond all repair. When I'm not thinking too hard and take my lines for a walk, I am happiest with my work and less worried about who's gonna see it and what they'll think. That's 20% of the time.
The other 80% I care too much.
(ノ ﾟДﾟ)ノ ＝＝＝＝ [ɥɔnɯ ooʇ buıɹɐɔ]
Being diverse has helped me be a little more marketable and adaptable when it comes down to my clients when I'm freelancing. And, my clients more-or-less love that I'm diverse (seriously, they comment on it way more than I'm comfortable with) because they can flip through my portfolio and pick out something that calls to them, and bam, no problem, I can do it. Hell, my diversity helped me land my job at Disney.
Despite my experiences, there is never a point I think I'm great at what I do. Don't confuse that with not loving what I do. I love what I do; I just don't think I'm as great as I could be. I do my best to make up for that amongst living out my adult life.
I'm like this... ԅ(¯﹃¯ԅ) doodle-Muk.
(Note to self: that's your next social media name).
(Also, Pokemon Go #teamvalor, anyone?)
In speaking of social media, I am sad to announce that I'm pulling away from posting my incessant doodles on Instagram for awhile and going to use the platform that revolves around my other creative hobbies and my life.
Why? ... Well, Instagram has been frustrating with the all of the spam and bot accounts lately, annnnnd, my account got marked as spam, and has yet to be resolved. I was even IP blocked from using Instagram's contact form to getting my account unflagged. I would prefer to not to deal with that mess right now.
I really just want to focus on making stuff more than how many likes/followers I have. My passion projects (namely Novaeria and Brave the Fog) have been getting a lot of my attention and time as of late and I really just need to continue chugging along.
Any new art I do will be posted here on my blog and it will auto-post to Facebook. Any videos I do will continue to be uploaded on Vimeo and posted on my blog as well. Any giveaways I do will be posted on Facebook. Events will be posted on here and Facebook. So on and so on.
... Besides, I prefer my Facebook peeps. :3