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Art with a rock and roll attitude!

Kevy Metal
As it would happen as soon as I began my little quest on learning how to best record my guitar for some of my recent material via the PC, I have about three new tunes to tweak now with some assorted riffs to add to my palette. Dusted off my ole Hufhes & Kettner 'Cream Machine' and the end result was that I now will refining some of my presets on my GNX 3000 guitar workstation. :) I had forgotten the silky smooth tones my HK offers over the last several years since getting my GNX. The GNX is great for what it offers in the world of amp modeling and recording to my PC, but I had simply forgot those old tones that have long identified my guitar sound.

:headbang:
I will dial it all in together to put together my first complete album in the next few months if possible and will not be too far behind my original prospective schedule. B-)

Kevy Metal
 I have been spending the last few days and will continue the remainder of this week working on tweaking some guitar tones for the purpose of recording a song I have had laying around for a while, now. And, during the process I have put together two additional foundations for new songs. I will have to record at least the guitar tracks for those two and get the music written out.

 Essentially, while I have made good progress with the first song as in regard to getting a guitar tone I wish to use for it, I have created more work in the music arena for myself. But, that is a good thing as it means the creative wells are still productive for my music. The irony is that the first of the two new ones from this week is now further along as being finished at least for a demo version than the original piece that I had initially intended to bring to at least that level this week. The goal has now been amended to create at least demo quality versions of all three while merely writing sheet music out for any further new material inspired from this weeks endeavors and perhaps recording the rough idea for listening reference in the future.

 This week's experience reminds of one reason it is to occasionally take a break from any creative concentration. I have found that quite often, I can make more progress and have a fresh repertoire of new ideas and creativity with which to work upon breaking out the tools to go back to work after a little warm up session or two. :)

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Kevy Metal
I have realized that even being conscious of it, I tend to maintain cycles of my artistic focus. One week involves a in a traditional piece or two followed by a couple of digital works and sometimes I take breaks in between to concentrate solely on my musical endeavors. Nonetheless, there is a general cycle or pattern of my efforts that apparently influence my daily activities into weeks and months.:juggle:
While, I would like to think I am a little less predictable, it is healthy to maintain some semblance of order within one's life. I can just make concerted efforts to shake it up within the confines of my works, themselves. :D :boogie:

Kevy Metal
 I'm currently taking advantage of a lull in commissions to dust off and practice one my passions, guitar. Also, taking time to catch up on the new music tech so as to not lose touch with the latest tools and toys available to assist and/or enhance the musical experience.
 Hopefully, I can get a few songs I have been tinkering with for a while closer to a level of completion that I can get into a studio with a few musician friends and record them. My initial goal was to have it all done by fall, but that time is quickly approaching and I find myself a little behind schedule. I'll see. If nothing else, I get a little :headbang: time. :D

Kevy Metal
No matter you own style of the art form you practice on a normal basis, try to remember that it can be your signature and continue to emphasize the traits of your style that will ultimately assist in identifying your artworks with or without your actual signature or watermark.

So, keep it rockin'! I.e., stay true to your form as much as you can and with appropriate marking, you can become one of those recognizable artists. Attempt whenever feasible to incorporate you personal style into a commission.

Keep it ROCKIN"

Kevy Metal
Sometimes, the only way one can grow is to attempt that project that you are not quote comfortable with as you may like to believe you have a reasonable grasp of your capabilities. It is an assumption that is not always as accurate as you may think. Sometimes you just have to put your foot in that door and see what you are truly able to accomplish on a given art project that you otherwise feel not capable of achieving the desired results. Do not be afraid to take the chance to test yourself with a artwork project you may generally shy away from based on what you initially know from the job post. Even, if you fail to meet the demands of the client on said project, you can learn a lot about your own limitations and also some insight into dealing with the not so pleased client. Always remember to be polite and respectful. Not everyone is going to bow down and kiss your ass just because you supposedly an artist. It is an exercise in dealing with reality and real results; learn from it

And, then take a deep breath and relax, enjoy life and the fact that you can conceivably make a living doing something you enjoy.

BTW the above is a very compressed version of what I would say to a protege of any sort. I.e., always feel free to ask my advise and I will be happy to engage during my regular weekly engagements online.
Since any piece of graphic art is generally best presented within a frame, I now typically give the final work a frame for web and other presentations. The frame assists the eyes to focus on the subject matter defined within the boundaries of a frame. People generally subconsciously will frame using natural surroundings any vista they view upon and it probably helps one to better remember scenes and places in our environment.

So, if I am not using an image for producing a print, I usually frame it. The occasional exception would be the odd one where the frame is an actual integral part of the artwork. And, a frame does not have to necessarily have to completely encompass an artwork to focus the eyes onto the focal point of a piece. Sometimes empty space about a work can even provide for the focus.

Something to think about for finished works?
Just put some various pictures of vegetation and little stones, etc. into my scrap book. Use for whatever if so needed or inclined. If I have not toggled the download option for the rull res file of one that you wish to use, drop me a line and I will address asap as I intended all in my scrapbook to be fully accessible for anything you may find of use; else it would not be scrap.
No restrictions on usage; use as will. I only request that if you should use any image for a major aspect of your own work that you link me and give me a direct to the work so I can see how you used it for my personal curiosity.
I am still awaiting the recovery of my hard drive. In the meantime, I am gradually recreating some of my lost template files and resources I use in my digital artwork. It seems like at least once a week I discover a file on that hard drive that I could make good use of on a current project and essentially end up recreating the file.
It will be interesting to compare some the original template files to my newer recreated ones and do a comparison.
While I am adamant about saving artwork files as I work on them on the PC, I have not been very industrious regarding backing up all my important artwork files. Alas, I may be paying the price for that mistake and sadly I have a solid state drive just for backing up my data. Unfortunately, I have mainly used it for larger video files when I tinker with video editing and DVD creation and not used it enough for my graphic art files. The second internal hard drive on my PC was where I kept all my working Photoshop, GIMP, et al files encompassing template files I have developed for various themes and subject matter to work in progress files of digital paintings, photo manipulations, etc. to my scans of my pencil, pastel & oil works. I have only backed up a very small portion of my art and should I lose all of the data on that hard drive, it is something I can not easily quantify in terms of time and money.
The other day I suddenly lost access to that drive and it could be a number of issues. I now have it narrowed down to a bad cable, or a failed drive. If I have any luck on this issue it will be the cable, but if not I have lost countless hours of work, unless I can afford to pay for a data recovery service to retrieve the data from the drive.
Either way, I will make it a point to be more mindful of backing up my work with much more rigor. And, I highly recommend that everyone back up your data, even if it is just raw scanned or photographic images of your works. It is worth the extra effort!

Wish me luck,
Kevin
Happy New Year!
Do you find that sometimes the negotiations for a commission can be as intoxicating as the creating the actual composition when awarded the commission? Sometimes I spend so much energy to win a commission, that when I sit down to begin the actual artwork, I am already partially exhausted regarding the job.
Time to take a break and play the guitar for a few hours and then I can refocus on the artwork with a fresh presence of mind.
Kevy Metal
My first day as devianART member. Uploaded some of my original works. Still have to learn some of the details and ins & outs of devianART. Looking forward to learning more about the community.
Kevy Metal