Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Mid-year check-in

Dear friends
It's been a while since I wrote a blogpost.  As you might be aware I began a Youtube channel at the beginning of the year, also titled Art Germinate.' I want to thank every person reading this post who have supported the channel by subscribing or sharing a video.  It means a lot to me.  I post a video every other Friday.  Ít's not easy to grow the number of subscribers organically, since I don't have other social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram as well.  I have been contemplating whether I should open an Instagram account, but at the moment I am so busy with the "Weerkaatsing" project, the thought of beginning a new account that I also need to feed like a baby, isn't very appealing.  So I've placed that on hold for now.  It is more important that I complete this graphic novel. 

I have realised that time is precious and finite.  Thus I only have this window of time now to draw unencumbered, and I am going to use it to full capacity.  It is such a wonderful privilege to be able to draw every day and see the project progressing.  It is a turtle, thus the progress is in slow motion, but art work takes time.  You need to invest in it with your time.  It is so easy for the daily life to absorb that time; for you to set aside your drawing time to help someone out and before you know it, that time is gone.  And your art work project is sitting there like a dying potplant.

I was at a seminar where I had to share my progress of the project (two weeks ago).  The feedback was very helpful and some aspects encouraging.  But I also realised that there is still a mountain of work ahead of me! 

And I haven't gotten into the full swing of drawing daily again since I came back, because of other work that crept in last week and this week.  And once again, I realised how I need to fight for this time to draw in my own headspace.  I need to view it as important before I can expect anyone else to also view it as important.  It seems so obvious, right?  But it seems to be something one easily forgets.  I think it is because I live in an environment where I feel like I am the only one of my kind - a creative who live off their art and design work.  I have never had a friend that is an artist who can support themself.  I have always wished I knew someone like that.  Because it will combat the stereotype and inspire me.

I have made a progress video of "Weerkaatsing" that I still want to share on the Youtube channel, but I have decided to only release it by the end of October or during November when most of the remaining pages are also drawn.  It is very important to nurture a project and only reveal it to an audience once you have thought through your ideas a bit.  Otherwise you lean too much on the imput of others and it then becomes their project and not yours. 

I also have some exciting ideas for future videos for the channel, but I would need some time to produce that and as I mentioned, now is not that time.  I will only be able to begin work on that by the beginning of next year.  The other thing I find quite challenging with the Youtube channel, is that everyone seems to market themselves as a brand.  In the beginning (I posted only two or three videos then) my friends kept asking me, "What is your plan with the channel?", "What is your brand?"

Hmm, yeah.  I don't feel like a brand.  I feel like a person.  And people are more varied and interesting than a brand.  The idea of sticking to a brand feels like it will limit me and limit the type of content I want to post on the channel.  So I've created playlists that organise content type together.

I am posting content I will like to see on the internet; more local art and design.

The tea cup is empty and I need to get back to drawing.  It's time to greet you and wish you all a happy week.  Thanks for checking in.  If you have some time go and check out some beautiful art on the Youtube channel.