To start with, I feel I have reached an end of what I can achieve without having a kiln and securing one has become my number one priority, and all the things that come along with it. Finding the money for this... yeah I am poor as hell and one of those extreme cases people use to warn others about the dangers of student loans. That's why I haven't gotten a kiln in all the years I've been doing this, as it's a huge investment for not just the kiln, but all the stuff that goes along with it. I haven't focused on selling anything in a long while, choosing instead to just focus on the art, but that will have to change for awhile to do some fundraising. So I apologize in advance for the etsy or patreon or whatever plugs I'll end up putting in later posts.
Secondly, I am changing my current focus to LGBT stuff for awhile. I know I will lose people that are just here for pure fan art, and I debated for awhile about created separate channels for different interests, which I still might do, but I feel the DarkeVitrum name will be the umbrella name that will cover all of the work I do. I am a gay artist, I am a proud artist, and I am more than happy to express that and try and help others express themselves. I'm also hoping to find a gay charity to partner with in the future to donate a % of any lgbt themed stuff I sell to help out my community. I will still do some fan art stuff, and as you have seen with the gaymer controller, I will be crossing these genres over a lot. There will be adult themed lgbt things I'll be making, so be aware of that as well. I am hoping while I explore this new genre, especially where there aren't designs straight up available, or I am so significantly altering other designs, that I will find some kind of stride and comfort in making more original stuff, especially since I have such an invested interest in it. Here's hoping anyways. Glassware will become a thing to hopefully make something that's accessible to everyone on all budgets, and hopefully get me closer to that kiln.
I have ton of different hopes for the future, most of which I am too scared to express for fear that they won't ever happen, but what I can say is I intend to keep doing glass art, and keep getting ever better, and finding out where it can take me in life. One of these days, i'd like to see it on a near full time level. I have been talking about doing youtube videos for a good year now, and I think 2019 is going to be the year for that to finally happen. I do a lot of things with glass that others have never done or thought possible, and I want to show them that it is totally possible, and they can do it too. I do still stream on Twitch, but will how long stuff needs to set and dry or the various other processes, it just isn't a viable way to show people how it's done.
Okay, I have rambled enough. I'll probably clean this up a bit later, but I just felt the need to get this out there atm and off my chest. I love Deviant Art for having this option.
I think there's a lot to be said for YouTube videos that show the process, that are encouraging and say "you can do this from square one, here's what I did." Not just fancy schmancy videos of art we can never hope to emulate.
Re: kiln, could you pay a studio or something to use theirs every once in a while? Sounds like a huge purchase. Or split the cost with another local artist friend?
I agree on the 'you can do this too' bit. I have streamed my stuff on Twitch so people can watch everything I do and how it's done and ask questions. I have also been posting reliably here on DA for years tracking my progress and new things I have tried, happy to help anyone that messages. I'm hoping I get the time to start working on YT videos soon, I'm stuck on endless overtime at my day job for a long time now. The benefit of the overtime however was I was able to get my kiln, downside, barely have time to use it. lol. Seems to be the way of things.