It's been a crazy summer here in New Hampshire.
Between the Heat waves and the crazy thunderstorms, the garden has gone bonkers and there's more stuff to harvest than I can keep up with.
- We've already made 15 pints of dill pickles, and there's more to come.
- The herb plants have turned into full-fledged trees
- My Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are so tall I can't reach the top of the plant, and I will be buried in a sea of tomatoes by next week.
Working and working out is taking up most of my time.
- My next competition is coming up soon, so I'm focused on improving my deadlift and getting into the next weight class.
- Having a larger role at my job results in tons of special projects.
And lastly, my brother's business is picking up now that fair season is here, and we're getting a lot more visibility.
- We're attending fairs and events every weekend this month and next month.
- We're also gearing up for fall and the holiday season.
That being said, there's very little time for drawing and storywriting. I don't get to do much online, other than checking email and streaming music.
I've been at a crossroads for a while.. On one hand, I'll always love TMNT and all of the properties that I've drawn and written fanworks on. On the other... I just don't have the time and energy to invest in the fandom. I feel like I've outgrown that part of my life. One of the artists I follow on here, , wrote a really good article about fan art and fanwork in general.
The Problem of Fan Art: Part OneI suppose I've been musing over this for a long time, and since I have released my first big piece of "real" work, I've found myself reading more about the phenomenon of "toxic fandoms."
That's not really what I'm going to talk about, though, even though I think it's a very obvious element to consider. It plays its part in the Problem of Fan Art.
And personal disclaimer: it's not like I've never done fanart myself. I obviously enjoy the aspect of fanart that is creative and expressive, and acts like the proper machine of artistic joie de vivre #notallfanart. But that allows me to move into my introduction: artists do great fanart; fanartists will never be artists.
Is it 'Art'?
Well, I suppose it was at some point, in the hands of the original creator or the creative team. But is fanart 'art'? After all, Roger Ebe
The thing I took away from this... if I want to grow as an artist and crafter, I need to branch beyond playing with other people's creations. I need to explore myself and develop my own works. In a time when there's so much done on computers and so many people live their lives through a camera lens, the importance of doing things with your hands....I think that's hugely important. Having worked with my brother designing things, I've been able to do it. It's a wonderful feeling to see something you've worked on become solid and real.
So.. I've started cleaning up my gallery. My fan arts have been reduced to a single folder with my best pieces. I've cleaned up my favorites folder. I've cleaned up my original works and put more emphasis on my brother's creations. As I design more items, I may post those drawings here. It feels like a good start...