Hello and Happy New Year, everyone!
Like everyone else, I'm going to talk about how 2013 went for me and my resolutions for 2014! Pretty lengthy! Here we go!
2013 in Review
So... 2013 was barely an improvement from 2012. In some regards, I would consider it worse than the year before. I'm still in an uncomfortable living environment that is hindering my personal growth and productivity with my art and my laptop broke down, so I was without a working computer for about 1/2 of 2013, hence my improvement with digital art was much slower than last year. Arkaenalan was forced into hiatus because of this issue and I felt that the writing wasn't good enough to continue. Plenty of self-doubting all throughout the year and Depression was there to accompany me. I also succumbed to self-harming here and there.
On the upside, I did get a new desktop computer in late November, allowing me to continue arting away as always, and I think I've completed 500-600+ sketchbook pages worth of human and animal anatomy practice, gesture drawings, character designs, and story development sketches. All in ballpoint and gel pens. Quite a lot!
I'm still in a relationship with my lovely lady, I'm still talking to the same, cool friends, and I met a few new people! Thank you, guys!
A few of my New Year Resolutions:
1.) Learn to finish artwork faster! Pretty much straightforward. I'm trying to accept the fact that my my main art style doesn't allow me to draw as quickly as I want to without sacrificing quality. I need to play with my art a little more and figure out "shortcuts" and not linger on the sketch or lineart stage so much that I'll get bored of it. Or at least push through with my artwork even if I'm not motivated to do anything at all.
2.) Get Arkaenalan out of hiatus for while! The story's hiatus was unannounced, but like I mentioned above, it was because I had no computer to work on and I felt that the writing wasn't for me to feel confident. Not sure how many bother were bothered by the sudden halt, but it sure did make me embarrassed. BUT, I do not want give up! Not ever! I do want to take it easy on it and let it grow. Maybe one page a month if I can manage it! We'll see how it goes!
3.) Start a new webcomic! Like as if it's ever a good idea for me to start a new story when I haven't completed my first one, but I'm only alive for so long. I haven't revealed any details of the story anywhere, but it's a much shorter story than ARK and I have most of the plot planned out. If everything's prepared, I'll start posting development art and eventually pages later this year.
4.) Be a friendly, active person in the art community! I need to be a little more outgoing this time and be a confident about interacting with other people, artist or not. I find it uplifting for myself, and probably for others, when I leave feedback on their artwork, comment on their vent entries on their journal/blog (because who doesn't want people to hear them out?), and so on. I also need to be more prompt when replying to comments, notes, and emails, especially those regarding private commissions!
I think that's about it. I'll read more books and learn how to set up website, too. Hoping 2014 will be a good year for all!