So, you're probably wondering why I keep bothering you all when I'm not producing any content. Well, that's all going to change within the next few weeks! Hooray! However, it will almost definitely be stuff posted as FeralDoodle
(A clue that this is indeed me is my habit of using 'so' to start sentences. I really ought to stop that)
I'm trying to keep all of my various online accounts connected, so the majority of my artwork will be posted on that account - unless it's just for fun, or I decide to make pixel art/emoticons on a whim. I have at least five art projects (revolving around character design) that I will be working on between updating my webcomic, and hopefully I'll be posting some of the progress paintings on YouTube when I've got all of that figured out. I've bought some equipment recently so I can make traditional art videos as well as digital, but more on that when it's all happening. I also bought a massive noticeboard to help me keep track of what I'm doing. I'm kind of an 'everything must stay in my head' kind of person, so this is going to be kind of new for me. I've decided to utilise the many, MANY sketchbooks I've accumulated over the years to split up the progress sketches I'll be making for each project into their own book, as well as for making life studies to help me improve quicker. This is especially important, since I'm aiming to do at least one piece of traditional art a week, and uploading it to YouTube, so I've really got to get comfortable with traditional media, and really plan things out in advance. Thanks to a certain YouTube artist I found recently *coughMaryDoodlescough* I finally understand what my sixth form art teachers were always saying about sketchbooks, and no longer have the mentality that everything I put in there has to be an amazing piece of artwork in itself (only took me 8 years, but whatever). However, if you do decide to check out Mary's sketchbook tours, you'll see that even her rough drafts are pretty amazing. I also picked up a few tips that really stumped me when I did watercolour paintings, so I'm excited to try them out. Honestly, if you're still reading this, I don't know why you're still here when you can be checking out Mary's art...
I'm still struggling to consistently upload new webcomics on time, so if you're following it, I apologise for the amount of unfinished content you've been seeing recently. For that reason, I'm not going to be working on anything else until I've got that sorted out. The last few months have been really weird. So much stuff has happened that's thrown things out of whack, that even though I'm just getting on with life as normal, I feel like I need a break just to process everything. My shifts at work have been in a really annoying pattern, and I've had various commitments with family and friends in my spare time, so I'm finding it difficult to settle down and actually work when I get the time to. I've booked my first holiday off from work since I started (over two years ago), in a couple of weeks time, so I can visit a friend for a few days, and hope to use whatever time is left to try to sort things out with the webcomic, so I can start working on my other plans. I'll probably be booking off another week if I can before the holiday period in November begins, if needs be - it depends on whether I can figure things out without it. I've reached the point where I want to quit my job, but I'm sticking it out until I've got everything going with my artwork. I feel like I've got a pretty solid plan, and while I'm working part time, it's more easily achievable. If it leads to a full time job in art (employed or self-employed), that's great, otherwise, once things are settled, I can look into more appropriate part time work elsewhere. Until then, this is the most ideal situation I can be in, even if I hate it. I also came up with a backup plan for a years time, and that in itself is kind of exciting. I am really optimistic about everything right now, even if it doesn't seem it, and I think I'm heading in the right direction, even if there are obstacles in the way right now.
Back to ArtSo (there's that word again), although I don't want to reveal anything (more than I have already), there are a few things that will become more apparent in the coming months. I still aim to be creating a YouTube channel; I will actually start uploading things to Patreon, but the content will be different (so things will be changed accordingly); I will start creating content for the projects I've planned over the past year (some of which has already been done, and just needs to be tweaked if necessary and uploaded); and I will be experimenting with traditional media to make illustrations (finally).
I won't be saying specifically what the planned projects I mentioned are about until I start submitting content for them, but they are all fan-art based; two franchise mash-ups, one internal mash-up, one conceptual, one crossover. I got really carried away in the planning for each, and there are literally hundreds of characters to work on between the first four projects, so I won't be running out of things to draw any time soon (if you're worried about me not completing the projects - a very valid concern), I'll be creating the more prominent characters first, so even if I get to a point where I stop, it probably won't be until the more obscure characters have started to appear - I overplan these things because once they get started, people invariably start asking about x-character, and I don't want to be in a situation where I haven't factored them into things. Concerning the mash-ups, I also dread the moment when people start suggesting specific combinations, because it will look like I've taken their ideas if they match up to the ones I've already planned. Paranoia over, really excited.
And that's it. Thanks for reading, I hope you're all doing well, and if you're not, you can always comment below.
I'm also going to steal an idea from Synfull and leave you with a question to answer if you feel like answering it:
If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life (a la the Power Rangers in their civilian clothes), what would it be?