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Journal Entry: Fri Oct 9, 2009, 1:38 PM


Well, I drew a little sketch... gave it a little color. Took about 6 hours to complete, and the piece looks to me like exatly what it is... a practice peice by someone who is trying to develop the passion to get back into drawing creatively on an ongoing basis.

Not sure where it's gonna lead me, but it did feel pretty good to draw again.

MY music is really drawing a lot of my passion. Sometimes I wish I could share that more with you guys here. Writing music and lyrics brings a lot of passion and drive out in me. MY band is practicing every week, and will be doing shows soon.

The colors are changing, and the temperature's dropping. My gal is super excited.... fall and winter are her favorite times. All the holidays, and cooking, and visiting. Why do poeple see each other more socially in the cold months? But, anyways, through her, I also get excited about this time of year. I really don't like Christmas because all it si really is an excuse for companies to make people feel guilty and spend too much money, and people always do it... but, when you get passed the commerciality of Christmas, I like the sharing and the fact that family gets together....

Going into my third holiday season as a member of DA. Can't wait to hear the stories and see the new art.

I'll keep trying to come up with forum posts that keep us all talking and thinking... something that is turning out ot be my primary contribution to the site... I really appreciate all the poeple who follow my posts and comment on them. You guys more than make it worth my while.

What is everyone planning to be for Halloween?

  • Listening to: Working on my originals on guitar
  • Reading: everything I can find by R.A. Salvatore
  • Watching: True Blood and diggin the crap out of it
  • Playing: every chance I get
  • Eating: at least once a day
  • Drinking: now and then. But only in moderation
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UserNamE-ERROR Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
It's the cold weather. All the more reason to get closer, for the warmth.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol.... sounds like something my wife would say...:)
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NHY Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
I recently brought some sketch pads myself so that I can practice and refine my style as well. Need to go into town sometime and just draw from life, its great practice and will improve the guilty of drawings in my core style too.

As for Halloween, there's going to be a fancy dress on in town over the October bank holiday followed by my cousins fancy dress 21st on Halloween itself. For both, I plan on dressing up as the Angry Video Game Nerd! Though I'm saying to others I'm just dressing up as a Nerd. If anyone comes up to me and starts singing the AVGN theme, I'm going to buy them a drink! :D
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol...
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beatn1k Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
"Well, I drew a little sketch... gave it a little color. Took about 6 hours to complete, and the piece looks to me like exatly what it is... a practice peice by someone who is trying to develop the passion to get back into drawing creatively on an ongoing basis."

Dude, one thing that always helps me when i get stuck into a rut...get a large format sketchbook, or even a newspaper 18x24 pad, and begin working on form language. Do hundreds of scribbles all aimed at breaking out of cliche sense of movement and form...amazing things can happen with a bit of added perspective. It becomes much like interpreting clouds. I started doing this myself last summer out of boredom, however there is apparently also an instructor down at Art Center who also does basically the same thing (only he came out with a DVD on the matter first apparently :P) I believe his name is Nick Pugh. Just look into it for fun eh?

Other n' that, no money to waste on a halloween costume...im just going to settle for watching a horror movie, hopefully with some friends if I'm not working.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
beat,

That's honestly a great idea, and I recognize it as such.

The problem is not what you think, however. I can draw just fine. I'm not in a rut, per se. If one of my old clients comes to me (as happens from time to time) with a paid commission, I overcome my lack of motivation and do a completely professional job. If I need to draw, it's strong, solid work. If I need to work on the computer, well, I know Photoshop as well now as I did last year or the year before. The work is pro level. I never schlep on a job, and the customer is always satisfied.

I'm just not sure I "want" to draw anymore. The skills are there...will probably always be. Oh, if I go a while without picking up the pencils, I do notice that I have to shake off a bit of rust to do my absolute best work, but the desire to draw... to create visual art that satisfies my creative drive and passion, is damn near gone. I started making a living with my art 31 years ago. Good and bad, up and down, easy.. and sometimes so fucking stressful it damn near killed me... well, any way it went, I've pretty much made a living and a life with my art from the age of 17 to almost 48.

You do anything that long, it wears you down. For me, I am getting to the point where I think the well of my inspiration (to draw) is just plain going dry.

But, as I was telling a friend of mine in another chat this morning, who is also a member here, my music now fills the space in me that art filled for decades. I have passion for it, make time for it, WANT to do it... more than I have time for, actually. I play guitar until my fingers hurt too much to fret the strings. I practice, or write lyrics and compose new songs, every day. I'm in 2 bands. When I have a gig coming up, I start to get super excited 3-4 days before the show, and playing to a crowd is one of the best feelings I can imagine.

So I know my desire to create and share it with people has not died... just my desire to sit at the damn table and put in all the hours it takes to do a really serious piece of art.

It's not a rut. It's a major case of burn-out. And the honest truth is I'm not sure I want to try and over-ride it.

30 years is probably enough.
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beatn1k Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
sorry, haha, yeah, i misinterpreted. Perhaps it is time to put down the pencil for awhile then. I've burned out before, sometimes for months at a time, however I usually recover as I just have the itch to draw constantly. However, add 30 years, and all that went along with it, and who knows, could be a five year burn out, maybe longer. At this point I'd say go with the band, do whats fun and relax. You've managed to do what so few artists have already, which is to make a living off your art, while supporting a family. I have a feeling that given a enough time you'll begin doodling again...just leave it alone until that point presents itself. :ahoy:
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
sounds like just what I was thinking...:)
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Dojang Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
no formal halloween in AUS, dark...plus it's getting warmer here, not colder...

hey, why not film yourself performing, and sub as film? or if you don't want to get a film account, or you're shy, submit the audio in a flash swf document, with just a play, pause and rewind button?

heck, it'ud take two minutes for me to set up that flash thing for you.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're the second person to suggest that.

I actually haver some video form earlier this year of my band and me. Not sure how to do what you are suggesting. I'm not familiar with Flash other than to watch flash videos and such on the web. But, it's be easy enough to post a link to a video, which I just might do. There are two videos of me singing posted on youtube.

Have to think about it. I'd love for you all here to see me performing. Music has really been my focus the past couple of years, since my art career began winding down. I still consider myself a visual artist, but as I've said before, 30 years is a long time to do anything. I honsetly don't know if I have much inspiration to do visual art at all anymore. Time will tell, I suppose.

But music? Makes me feel the same way it did when I was performing semi-professionally in the 80's. Musicians call that special groove that a band can hit when they are really hot and tight; "the pocket"... This year, when my band was up on stage, and in the pocket, the feeling was as inspirational to me as it ever was.

Have to think about the video thing.
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Dojang Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
well, let me know if you want to chuck a movie or audio like that into a flash vid here. i'll chuck up a GUI for ya, free of charge.

(not sure how da's submittion policy would take that though...)
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate the offer.
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GH-MoNGo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional
I'm planning to be a broke art student, like I am every year around that time of year. :lol:
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
At least your getting a lot of mileage out of the costume...:)
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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well last year I was a gothic cat, year before that a vampire, pirate, witch, leopard,...maybe'll I'll mix and match and be a gothic vampire with a pirates hat and leopard spots :lol:
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Just like gal....:)... so much trouble making up your mind.:)
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wildhaggisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
put your music up useing youtube/vimeo/whateve and link it to us, it wopuld be brilliant to see a band practice by darkmir!

donno, halloween isnt that big a thing in england, its seen more as a thing for kids. though i bet i'll have to pay a pound for charity (you feel bad if you dont)and dress up for work XD

i'm drawing a halloween picture again though (fully digital) its been entered in a challege too, well the wip section of a challege so its going to be fun XD and hopefully not what people expect.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's falling off in the states as well. Was absolutely huge when I was a kid, and still a big deal when my kids were growing up. Now it's to the point where kids still want to dress up, but going around neighborhoods and knocking doors is just about a thing of the past. Trick or treating had pretty much become something that only occurs at malls. Your kid walks the mall, get's small bag of goodies, and the whole event is indoors, and lasts maybe an hour. At least it's safe, but everything that made Halloween Halloween is pretty much dead. It's more of an excuse now for aparty of grown ups than anything else.

We used to trick or treat all night. Even when I was only 8 or 9, my folks made special provisions and allowed us to be out canvasing the neighborhood much later than dark.

Ah, well. Wonder what the new traditions will be like?
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wildhaggisis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
trick or treating has always been pretty small in england, we have never made a huge deal over it. you'd bang on peoples doors, most people dont answer (same with caroling). i've only been trick or treating 3 times in my life and only been to 3 halloween parties. shopping centers are proberbly our equivelent of a mall, they dont do anything like that. shops dress up in order to look good for doing it for charity. i was talking to a customer yesterday, she mentioned she hoped this year she'd get people - one year you get loads the next absolutly non.

its sad that because of all the bad things that happpen in the world that tradtions like this stop.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps.

Myself, I tend to look at such things rather pragmatically. The world is so different from what it was 200 years ago, in almost every respect, as to seem like an entirely different planet. In another 200 years, they will uphold traditons and have values we simply cannot understand or relate today.

Yet we will still be humans. We will still feel, and care, and want, and work, and hope. That part will never change.

I dunno. What is tradition excpet comfort derrived form something that, for a itme, remains unchanged? Is change always bad? Always good?

Heady stuff.
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beatn1k Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
halloween was the most badass thing ever when i was a kid...it seems like just another corporate holiday/excuse to go buy snickers bars. That and there are absurd curfews on the kids now..."for people's safety" as with everything. I swear to god america is going to accidentally kill itself with red tape...or strap the ol' bicycle helmet on a little to tight one day...whatever happens first.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I agree. Halloween was a big deal for me growing up. Costumes mattered and had to be different each year. A part of what made a kid cool was how cool of an outfit he could talk his parents into getting for him. We canvased several neighborhoods for as long as 5 hours, mostly without parental supervision, from 5:30 to 10:30 PM. Even when I was a teenager and had a car, the best parties were always Halloween and New Years.

Too much change, it seems, sometimes. Too much change we could mostly do without anyway.
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Catwalksymphony Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Lol, skanky is my GOAL this halloween. I play sweet mommy all day every day... Sometimes you just need a break. LOL. But no really, not skanky more sexy. Either way it works for me at the moment. I don't want to go out on halloween as "Adele's mom" again. =)

I'm glad you're drawing again, It's sad for me... I start getting high priced comissions and all of a sudden I can't be bothered to pick up the tablet. I really need to finish my commissions.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm.... lol.... now I'm not sure what to thhink.... firsat you daid no skanky, now you say skanky...

Maybe- upscale skanky???

:)
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Catwalksymphony Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
LOL Whatever gets me un-motherly affection from the hubby works for me. LOL
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
glad you got that in spite of my lousy typing...:)
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Catwalksymphony Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Of course, =)
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sara-fangbanger666 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Too bad you can't upload audio tracks on dA. I think it should totally be an option. Music is an art, also.

And I wanna be a gypsy, or maybe a warrior. :/ But all the outfits for warrior are skanky. I don't wanna look skanky, ever.
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nope...skanky = not good...:)
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