Little update for those who care which is probably no one but I'll just write this for myself.
My last journal was back in 2012 so... time for a new one even if I have nothing to say.
I used to think that this site was somehow bad for me because it is quite easy for me to see the art of professionals and get down hearted instead of inspired. But now I think it has become a useful benchmark, a guide to my artistic progression. This still means I end up comparing my own work with that of the masters here on DA but I try to take it more positively now.
With millions and millions of users on one site it is hard to be noticed amongst them. You just have to realise that some have the following they have because they've earned it and have been here for years. It's unrealistic to expect to be where they are when you're just starting out. On the other hand, I've seen some who have been here for 3 months, with 5 pieces of artwork and have a bigger fanbase than I'll ever have but at the end of the day I have come to realise that these are all just numbers. You can get dragged down by the facts and figures or you can create art that people will gravitate towards and enjoy.
Another number I tend to think about too much is the time I spend on my paintings. I've also learnt over the years that it means nothing in terms of the effectiveness of a piece of art. An image that takes 30 minutes and tells a story that the viewer can connect with can hold more value than one that takes 30 hours and lacks a clear concept.
Another way I aim to improve is to look at my page, my gallery and think, "If I came across this page, would I follow this person?"
If the answer is no then it's my job to keep uploading better and better stuff until the answer is yes.
I start University in September to study Computer Games Art so hopefully I'll get into some 3D stuff over the summer while continuing to develop my drawing skills. Not sure how much time I'll have to keep this page going but I hope I still have some spare time for personal work.
Moral of today: Amazing artists where once crap too. Chin up. Learn stuff. Keep Going.