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Year in Art Review

Can you guess the aesthetic theme for this year's end of year meme?
Decided to post this while it was on my mind. After this I start consolidating my art files and working on various online shop fronts.

 

Can’t Be Worse Than the Last

So 2017…happened.

Well as I write this – it’s almost over, barring anything major happening – it looks like we’ll have survived it.

Good job us. Smoke if ya got ’em.

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This bout sums up my feels about the year. Click for link to full version.

 

I’ve been rather quiet on here this year.  Multiple reasons, mainly being bad at social media. I know it’s supposed to be an important part of business, image, and sharing personal bits and connections. But I’m never sure what to share and what to shove in the closet with all those fabulously dressed skeletons I keep in there. So I tend to over analyze and freeze up and say nothing.

Also it’s been a bonkers year, I’ve spent most of my energy gritting my teeth watching the news, or writing my congressmen demanding someone do something. The dregs of my mental energy left were then used to queue up shoujo anime and episodes of Call the Midwife, cause for some reason I find sappy narratives about midwives in the 60’s comforting.  I don’t even know.

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It’s Always Halloween

Happy All Souls’ Day. (belated as of the time of this posting.)

Halloween has come and gone and I am now at the time of year where I desperately try to cling to the spooky vestiges of the past and dread the coming of jingle bells.

This Halloween I ended up spending mostly alone with the cat. Worse ways to spend a holiday I guess, though not very exciting. At least I did get to participate and attend the annual local Monster Show again.

I got accepted early, I have lots of time, nothing pressing on my schedule, a new set of paints I love playing with. I have everything but…motivation. Or ideas. Or a concept.

So we are off to a great start as usual.

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Tools of the Trade – Digital

As usual I’ve been chasing my tail around in circles forgetting to actually write anything down.

Since February I have worked two conventions, was in one wedding, drove on a few road trips, attended one funeral, and got my brain chemistry back together. Back in February it was revealed my local pharmacy had mistyped some info and was giving me a half dose, of the chemical mirror of my anti depressant. So things were kinda hairy for a long while as that got handled and sorted.

Anyways –  I’m fresh out of a convention and decided to try to field a few questions that I get at these sort of events on here. I do a mish mash of digital and traditional things so I’ll address them separately. This particular part is about what I use in digital media – tools, and software wise. I’m just going to do a quick run through of what I personally use, not saying this is the only way to do things, cause it’s not. I’m also going to not go into vast detail of how to use any of this. That would be a very very long thing to write up and I would probably start feeling like I need to be charging for sharing this eldritch knowledge.

Anyways, ONWARDS

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The Future is Now

As per usual I can never post anything on time. I had started writing this in January and then I guess forgot about it. I’ve been dealing with some hilarious brain chemistry issues so I’m going to go point to that and blame that. 

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I sure had a thing for blue last year.

 

So 2016 is here, a couple of my idols died, and we still don’t have any of the space age implements promised to us. Seems like a grand start.

As per usual I started the new year so fried and burned out from the holidays and holiday prep that it takes me a while to get my brain in gear and start getting my act together. New Year may be on the first of the month but my new year proper doesn’t set in until at least the 7th.

I always like to do these silly sort of memes of art of the year around this time. It allows me a nice chance to look through my old files and choose a piece for each month that I’m proud of. This year it serves as a nice gauge to measure when I played what videogame or saw which movie.

From my understanding a lot of folks see this time of year as a sign to start dieting, start exercising, promise to read piles of books, drink more water, floss their teeth. For me it usually means its time for me to start sorting my taxes, go over last year’s paperwork and figure out my attack plan art wise for this year.

I’ve been dealing with depression for the past couple years and have learned not to make grand plans. One never knows what is going to happen in a year or what curve balls will happen.