Wednesday, 15 January 2020

2020 here we come

I wonder if I might rant a little?
The new year has just hatched and I already feel somewhat overwhelmed.
Okay, not overwhelmed... despondent, or lost, or something.
I actually made a voice recording with the intent of making a video, but I don't even know if I am going to do that now.  I feel too 'bleh'.  I lived with this illusion that if I just have time to create work then it will start to grow, hopefully enough to sustain me financially.  So last year I took a sabbatical (for my health, for my heart and to see what I can do) and I thought that within 3/4 months the graphic novel I am working on will be complete.  If I work consistent then I'd be able to complete it.  Well, work I did.  I drew constantly on average 7hrs a day (never less than 6) five days a week and about four hours during the weekend.  I drew and drew and drew, and I loved it.  I surprised myself by learning that I can actually draw a whole day, that I have the self-disciple to do it consistently and that I really loved working on my own, alone in the studio.  The quiet you feel is great.  There is no-one to disturb your workflow.  And if you need  to take a little break, there's no-one to judge you or watch you.  And although I mainly drew and worked during the day, whenever I needed to urgently go to the store to buy new art supplies, I could.  No waiting for the clock to tell me I am allowed to leave the studio desk.

But I underestimated the time needed to complete the novel, and by July I realised that the 4month deadline I set for myself wasn't going to materialise.  This was fine since I still had the second semester of the year left.  So I kept on drawing and drawing.  And by the second half of the year I felt freer from societal structure.  I felt like I became a new person.

So I drew until December!  The last page was drawn by the middle of the month and I was so happy.  Then I took a two week holiday and suddenly 2020 is here.  Thus although I finished the drawings the novel is still not complete.  I need to complete the layout and other things.

And although I am very pleased with the drawings being done, I actually needed that second half of the year to begin a new body of work for future illustration work.  This means that today I still haven't got a completed novel nor do I have a portfolio.  Nor do I have clear direction where I want my artwork to flow to in the future.

And don't even get me started on the social media thing.  So no, not overwhelmed, maybe underwhelmed? if ever there is such a word.  The ebb and flow of life.  I don't know what the new year holds in store artistically, but I hope that I won't let any time get lost or wasted.  I hope I will used every opportunity available and make it work.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Inktober's second week

Dear friends
The second week's video for Inktober was released on my Youtube channel, Art Germinate, last Friday. 
If you've missed it, I'll include a link to the video below. :)
And look out for the third video coming out on this Friday!

Thanks to every person who watches and supports my work.
May you have  a lovely week.


Friday, 4 October 2019

Inktober is here

Dear friends
It's October! October signals that Spring is really here.  The seasonal birds have migrated to the warmer spots and began making nests.  Daylight lingers longer during the evenings and mornings.  Illustrators, Artists and people who love to draw, have also begun to associate the month with ink... Inktober is a month-long challenge to make drawings using only ink.  You can decide whether you will draw every day or sporadically.  There is also an optional prompt list you can follow.

I have decided to upload a video every Friday during this month of me making an ink drawing.  It is the first time I am filming my drawing process.  It feels different to draw and film versus to draw on your own.  The camera is an intrusive object, an eye watching me draw, although it is an inanimate thing.

I did not follow the prompt list.  I wanted to be free to draw what I want.  I am already drawing within very specific limitations with the graphic novel brief I am working on, so I didn't want to limit myself here too.  Sometimes drawing should be for fun only, and because you enjoy it.

I hope you enjoy the video just as much as I enjoyed drawing.
Here's a link to the video that was released earlier today.

Thank you for supporting the channel :)

Have a lovely weekend,


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.


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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