You probably can't tell with how sloppy my art is, but I am a recovering perfectionist. This isn't as good a thing as one might think, as becoming a good artist (let alone great) is a long process that requires determination, a willingness to learn from mistakes, and above all practice. In the past it has not been unheard of for me to set huge, ambitious projects for myself, only to find myself frustrated when it doesn't turn out the way I pictured it, often because the task I'd set for myself was well above my skill level.
My goal, ultimately, is to get myself to a point where I post regularly, but don't post anything I wouldn't save. (This is saying something, over on FA, on a given page of 60 submissions, I save generally 1-3 images). There's a lot of stuff I feel I need to work on for that: Line control, color selection, composition, expression and design. I use too many stock poses, and my characters and their outfits lack panache. I follow artists who can take a character wearing a simple outfit, or no outfit at all, put them into a simple scenario and by subtleties of posture and expression make that picture awesome. That's where I want to be.
I also rely too much on porn, but that's not unusual. The sites I post to inordinately reward porn over art that is less sexually charged. I must confess it is frustrating when a picture I post that I'm very happy with gets less than fifty views and less than ten +favs because there isn't enough hardcore fetish sex going on in it.
My art is not where it should be, but I don't hate it like I did as little as ten years ago. I'm trying to get better, and I will get better. Thanks to all of you for your support.
7 years, 6 months ago
19 Dec 2011 16:51 CET