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Sins of an ArtistI've been under fire recently for having the audacity to admit publicly that improving my art has never been, and never was, an ultimate goal of mine. Apparently that's like committing some sort of mortal sin in the art community. I've had trouble expressing myself about it too, because brushing off improvement for improvement sake makes me look like I'm uncaring, egocentric, and stubborn. But after a recent post I was given much more clarity in understanding the issue and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.Sins of an Artist by TomPreston
In the recent exchange I was basically told this: "If doing what you love isn't about dedicating your life to improving your art, you aren't an artist."
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but making art has never been solely about the technical expertise. Even in college, outside the handful of foundation courses you take in freshman year, perfection of the craft is often secondary to concepts and ideas and your ability to evoke feelings and emotions in your audience.
So I have a proposition.
I really want to get into making comics again. I want to be consistent with it. I realize I need to take this in small strides, though. Over the past year I’ve come up with a few short stories, buffed them out a little… but I still don’t like them, they need a little work before I’d bother using them for anything.
So is there anyone who would be willing to collaborate with me that has an idea for a short story? This is preferably something between 5-30 pages (10-15 is a sweet spot but I’m willing to wiggle with restrictions). I am not asking for money or to do a commission. I just want to make something to practice with but I don’t like any of my own ideas right now. I’d like to get some practice illustrating based off of someone else’s writing. It’s just different than when you have your own story.
I’d prefer to draw either animals or anthro(furry) characters. I am so terrible at drawing humans in engaging poses, which is a large reason I put off my own stories lately. I want to make stuff that involves human characters. :b
I’d like this to kind of be my own end-of-the-year activity to give myself something to work on. I likely wouldn’t start it until next month, though. For now I have inktober to finish through and a commission that I am hoping to livestream now that some irl stuff is out of the way. >.>