Ohhh, hi there, internet, you still exist!
I started grad school at the beginning of September, and have barely remembered to get around to my usual haunts in weeks. It's not that I'm constantly busy, it's just that...I'm *mostly* busy and distracted the rest of my time.
So if anyone's been waiting for me to say hello, or anything...yes. That would be what happened. In my defense, August was devoted to moving, so *last* month I was accomplishing something.
This is something that's been in the works for months, but I haven't spread it all over because it's been a bundle of work and waiting and anxiety. I haven't posted much art in the last couple of months because I've been so busy either applying or fretting.
But now it's official! I've got the word and I've been accepted to grad school! I'm going to get my Master's in Information Systems! WOOHOO!
To commemorate this, have some embarrassing practice sketches I've been doodling.
Been out of the art-groove again since...um, June? July? Whenever I posted my last thing here. I had a brief bout of Final Fantasy-itis, but that passed. Since then, I haven't even been able to get past the initial having of an idea before I lose interest.
It's taken me this long to figure out why: all my ideas lately are either beyond my current abilities, or else they bore me with their repetitiveness. I want to do something *different.* I don't even know what that means, exactly, but I know I feel dissatisfied with my current style, let alone with my usual subjects. Boring boring boring!
Clearly, then, the solution is to learn so
People who don't try it often don't realize that art is an encompassing discipline made up of many different skills.
I tend to have several skills I'm actively improving at any given time. I sometimes hit a point with one--say, drawing hands or using Photoshop layers--where I say to myself, "Hey, I'm finally getting good at this! I don't have to struggle with it so much."
I feel good about myself for a few moments...and then I look back on the time and effort I spent on getting to that point, and I realize that I've just spent a year or so mastering a single detail. >_