Deviant Art reawakened my love of drawing and painting..
Not like it ever went away, but, yeah, it's been napping the last few years. I've continued to make masks, which right now are my bread and butter, and do the occasional graphics job - a logo here, an illustration there - but my main creative outlet the last few years has been writing fiction. I've done four novels and a handful of short stories. I've been learning about the craft of writing, the business of publishing, and the arcane art and science of convincing publishers they want to pay you for your work.
As it happens, dA wasn't the only factor in jumpstarting my art process again. The writing helped, too. Shortly before I joined dA, I submitted a short story to an anthology, and when they accepted it, the publisher asked if they could hire me to paint the cover (I did, and you can see it to the left, or go here
). And a Sandman fan approached me with a commission (yes, I worked on Gaiman's Sandman
once - I'll upload some of that art eventually).
So as I was uploading all this older art to dA (and thinking, Hey, that's not bad
about stuff I hadn't seen in a while), I was also working on two new paintings, the first serious traditional media paintings I've done in several years. Aside from getting frustrated that in traditional art there's no hitting Control-Z (or Apple-Z) when you make a mark you don't like, I was totally digging it.
My reception here at dA has been such that I decided to start showing art in the "real world" again as well. This weekend, (barring any more blizzards, or as an old friend used to say, "Gods willin', and the crick don't rise..."), I'll be showing work in the art show at the Arisia
, an SF con in Boston, and in another month at Boskone
, which takes place in the very same Boston hotel.
In between, I'll probably be showing some work at the Art Salon at A Feast of Lights
at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, Ma.
Any Deviants who might be attending any of these events, by all means, look me up.