The owl is slowing coming together. I’ve had some issues with the camera that I am using for the filming of it but thus far I have been able to make adjustments and improve the process.
Every new project is a learning adventure and that is what keeps things interesting and exciting for me. I look forward to going to the drawing table every day.
Happy Monday! Hope you all have a good one!
I’m a big fan of artist’s making-of films so now that I have my own camera set-up over the drawing table I wanted to give it a try.
I did a Live Stream to Facebook yesterday which, in my mind, was a complete disaster because I kept incessantly clearing my throat while talking. It was so damn annoying and embarrassing. Admittedly, 45 years of smoking and the fact that I spend so much time alone I rarely talk (except to Oscar and occasionally myself) contributed to this problem. While viewers were very kind and generous with their positive feedback, I knew after watching the playback that I would never do that again.
So, I am going to pre-produce my videos – which will allow me to have much better control over their quality.
After a day of experimentation and a string of failures with hardware and software I finally found a way to produce the results I am after.
My latest fun project is a web comic entitled: “The Adventures of Atomic Betty in the Virtual World”
I’ve wanted to do a comic book project for many, many years but just never had the time to experiment and create a process pipeline for images. Now that I am retired and working full time in the studio I have that luxury.
The premise for Atomic Betty came to me one night while exploring in the virtual world of Second Life. I wondered – what do our avatars do after we log out? What if they have a whole other life we know nothing about? What if their existence is filled with adventure and intrigue? What if our avatars become sentient beings when we are not around?
While still in the experimental stage – I am very happy so far with the results of building this process pipeline. I’m using a combination of ‘windlight’ settings in Second Life and post processing in Photoshop to achieve this color halftone printed look.
I’m having a blast working on this. It’s a nice break from the drawing table.
Yesterday I did an interesting experiment. I posted a pen and ink drawing from my latest collection on Facebook and then I posted a picture of an intricately carved avocado. The avocado was 20 times more popular than my drawing.
Now, if I were selling carved avocados this would be great news.
Back in January, artist Noah Bradley left social media – he observed: “And now I’m thinking that maybe I don’t need any of the social networks in my life. Maybe the idea that to promote myself as an artist and have a following I need to be on social networks is wrong. Maybe there’s another way. Maybe I can focus instead on creating more, better work and let things spread as they will. Maybe (just maybe) other people can share my work for me and it’ll spread at least as well.”
I am seriously re-thinking my marketing plan and use of social media.
ADDENDUM: After receiving some “blow-back” from angry people on Facebook after I revealed that this was an experiment on Facebook I wanted to add my reasons for doing this experiment.
Based on my personal observation of Facebook “likes” and trends – my theory was that the general public reacts more favorably to images that do not require any thought or work on the part of the viewer.
And YES I do realize that using Facebook as a resource for social experiments may be upsetting to some people. I apologize to anyone who was offended by this.
My artwork requires much from the viewer. It is intricate, highly detailed and in the case of the Unfinished Illustrations, it requires that the viewer work out what is going on in the drawing. Like Felicity here, she murdered the man in the tub by putting the radio in it and electrocuting him. This would actually take work on the viewers part to ascertain. My theory is that most people would rather be immediately visually gratified by an image than take the time to “work it out”.
Identifying this proclivity of social media users better enables me to market my work to the correct audiences. Based on what I have learned from this, I don’t think using social media for marketing benefits me as an artist.
Lots of products and lots of choices!
Fine Art America dealt with my damaged order and will replace it at no extra cost to me.
So good news today!
After spending 44 years working in Quality Assurance there is ONE thing that drives me nuts – and that is POOR QUALITY.
My first order arrived from Fine Art America – the package was pristine and undamaged – the frame of the picture was broken and obviously PACKED AFTER IT HAD BEEN BROKEN.
This is NOT acceptable.
The idea that someone might buy my art and receive it in this condition is absolutely appalling to me – and embarrassing.
So I’m going to re-think how I want my work sold. I may just do it myself.