Lo and behold, a journal entry that's NOT about me finally getting back to dA. It's only more than two years since last time...
I've been thinking a great deal lately. Particularly now that I've started to submit art again. Because while being on dA isn't a popularity contest (though it certainly seems like it sometimes), there isn't much point to uploading art if nobody is there to see it, or if people see it, but don't like it. Of course I realise that now that most of my watchers probably think I'm gone from dA forever, or have gone themselves, it is bound to take some time.
Misunderstand me correctly, it's not that I think I (or anyone) should just cater to what I think people would like. It's more that I want to make sure I actually improve instead of standing still, now that I'm finally back into art. I could spend eight more years doing stiff portraits that look like slightly-more-flattering-than-usual passport photos, but how fun would that be? I want to learn how to do engaging portraits, expressions that draw people in, poses that are more dynamic and visually appealing, lightning that is less boring - and of course backgrounds. I would like to learn how to do proper illustrations. Not just portraits with a random background slapped on, but whole images where the foreground and background are part of the same scene.
It seems like I finally will have to learn this patience thing that people keep talking about... Keep practicing, and start trying new things instead of just practicing the same stuff that I always do. I plan on spending more than a few hours with ImagineFX workshops and Photoshop this weekend, to put it like that