...During my web-travels I found some excellent artists who were blogging in this environment, and doing a lot of it. I watched for a few months while I researched and read up on my blogging options but most of it went over my head– and I was just stalling out of fear anyway. So, I put on my brave hat (a dark-brown fedora, of course,) signed up and jumped in.
It's worked out pretty well. I've posted more than I thought I would and I'm still interested in doing it; I want to do even more of it. I've always been shy about showing my art and this has knocked down barriers for me.
...That might sound funny coming from someone who has artwork run on the section fronts of newspapers, with well over 100,000 sets of eyeballs dragging across my latest attempt at art every time one of them runs, but after six years and hundreds of published works, I'm certain I have heard from less than ten readers. Really. And most of those were complaints!
...So, as disingenuous as it may seem, I don't really get the sense that anybody's looking, except for here. And here, I've gotten enthusiastic comments from fellow artists who do work that knocks my socks off. That can really charge the batteries on the low days.
...A goal of mine, as I start year two, is to write more about what I'm doing.
...One of the side effects to incorporating this blog into my routine is: I think about the choices I make while I work in anticipation of explaining what I'm doing. I don't often take the initiative and write the mini-essay I should write, but I almost always start it. On several occasions I've written on a topic and then backed off, trimming or deleting my thoughts because of time constraints or what I feel is a lack of focus.
...But I've enjoyed the conversations I've had with myself about my own work and I'm sure I could get more value out these thought experiments if I nailed them down now and then. (A big inspiration for writing more has come from following Eddie Campbell's blog; link over on the right. I'm not that smart about what I do, but I aim to practice.)
Big thanks to everyone who's been looking and a big thanks to those of you who have taken the extra effort of leaving a note. I've really appreciated it.
...So, in the spirit of not getting into the spirit, here's a quick and useless note about what I've posted:
...Arts & Entertainment section cover drawing for this year's Oscar brouhaha. A bunch of caricatures related to the topic. Photoshop!