There are days when I am so excited about this whole project and days that it’s completely overwhelming. I feel the entire arena of art has changed with the economy and that what was once a comparatively intimate group of creative and quirky individuals that was something like a dysfunctional family (you can talk trash about any one of them, but don’t let anyone else say a word!) has become something everyone on the internet is suddenly doing. How does anyone compete with that?
I remember when having a 35mm film camera was a luxury that most people didn’t even waste their time with. Now everyone carries a phone that is probably as good as my last film camera, if not better. (Though I still maintain that film will always be more beautiful…especially black and white film.) You can have a camera for a year and suddenly you’re hanging a shingle. Not that’s it’s all good, in fact, a lot of it makes the crafts-person in me cringe ever so slightly. It makes me cringe more when people pay for it. That said, good for the artist who can convince people that something that took 10 minutes to put together is worth $30 or $40. Meh…whatever.
I guess what I’m saying is it’s completely intimidating to be jumping back in as the internet becomes more and more swollen with ‘artists’. I think that’s why I bring up the lost work so much. I don’t want someone thinking I just crawled out of the woodwork with everyone else. This has been my life. I irritated the hell out of my parents before I was a teen by taking art shots with my 110 camera and making them spend the money to develop them. (And then I had to endure the interrogating “WHY did you take pictures of THAT? – I never could explain that one exactly.)
I was drawing pictures of the birthday greeting cards I got since I was 10. (I know it was 10 because I still have both the pictures and the cards) I want to set myself apart, and not sound like a complete doofus in the process. How do you even do that now??
Yep…that’s a rant for today.
This is today’s pic. Another piece working on the integration of Painter and Photoshop. It’s pretty basic, but I was working a lot with blending tones between the two. I love this part…the learning. It never gets old, and the hours fly by…
I hope you’re all having an amazing day. Take care!