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5 Questions to Clarify Your Creative VisionChoosing a direction as a creative has been such a long painful process for me. The truth is I think the path of the artist is a series of setbacks, about faces, misfires, tweaks and reassessments.So why try to figure it out at all, why not just enjoy the ride? Well, there is a famous proverb from an equally famous book that says “Where there is no vision, the people perish” and I believe this, and I also believe that artists are people…therefore they too will perish, or give up, without vision.Here are five questions that have recently helped me clarify the direction I want to go:1. What is your ideal  title?Sometimes defining something is an exercise in truly understanding something. Think about when someone asks you to define a word you think you know. It’s not easy but when you truly know the definition, you attain clarity.The truth is you are always going to be more than a title. I’m not just an artist, I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a son, I’m a human, etc. So don’t be too concerned about putting yourself in a box that  you won’t completely fit in. However understanding the context in which the world understands you will give you an idea of where you should go and how to get there. You can even get more specific, for instance instead of ‘designer’ you can think ’pattern designer’.2. What type of work really and truly moves you?One way to start to understand ‘the real creative you’ is to eliminate the thinking and just go with your gut. Here is the exercise. Painfully and intensely gather a collection of the things in your field that really truly move you. Don’t compromise, only the things that 100% move you. Then compare them, what type of work is this? Identify the commonalty, my guess is that themes will be so strong they will surprise you.3. What are you not?Take that same collection and compare it to the other work in your field. I think it may even help to compare it to what you perceive is the most popular and financially rewarding work out there. When you realize what you are not, you can:quit comparing yourself to people that are in a different game…quit wasting time pouring into skills you will never have…you can be authentic to you, regardless of what you think is to gain by being someone else…Just a disclaimer, make sure you don’t write off undeveloped strengths as true weaknesses.4. What have you done that people truly respond to?If you are like me, people along the way have tried to tell you what you do best is a lousy worthless thing. Maybe somewhere along the way you believed them. Then every compliment and encouragement regarding this one thing you do really well, turned into a diss. Maybe color is your thing, but now when someone says ‘Wow what an amazing color scheme!’ you hear ‘Wow what a one trick pony you are, pointless worthless color!…again!’. You have to rise above haters if you are going to be creative. End of story.5. What is the one thing you want to accomplish as a creative more than anything else?This helps really get to the bottom line. When all is said in done what one thing do you hope to have under your belt. When you can define this thing, you can let go of the distractions. Instead of spreading yourself thin, make all of your efforts at the very least accentuate this one thing.For me these tools have been invaluable and relieved a lot of a confusion. Hope they do the same for you.If you could add a number 6. to this list, what would it be?

artdirections:

5 Questions to Clarify Your Creative Vision

Choosing a direction as a creative has been such a long painful process for me. The truth is I think the path of the artist is a series of setbacks, about faces, misfires, tweaks and reassessments.

So why try to figure it out at all, why not just enjoy the ride?

Well, there is a famous proverb from an equally famous book that says “Where there is no vision, the people perish” and I believe this, and I also believe that artists are people…therefore they too will perish, or give up, without vision.

Here are five questions that have recently helped me clarify the direction I want to go:

1. What is your ideal  title?
Sometimes defining something is an exercise in truly understanding something. Think about when someone asks you to define a word you think you know. It’s not easy but when you truly know the definition, you attain clarity.

The truth is you are always going to be more than a title. I’m not just an artist, I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a son, I’m a human, etc. So don’t be too concerned about putting yourself in a box that  you won’t completely fit in. However understanding the context in which the world understands you will give you an idea of where you should go and how to get there. You can even get more specific, for instance instead of ‘designer’ you can think ’pattern designer’.

2. What type of work really and truly moves you?
One way to start to understand ‘the real creative you’ is to eliminate the thinking and just go with your gut. Here is the exercise. Painfully and intensely gather a collection of the things in your field that really truly move you. Don’t compromise, only the things that 100% move you. Then compare them, what type of work is this? Identify the commonalty, my guess is that themes will be so strong they will surprise you.

3. What are you not?
Take that same collection and compare it to the other work in your field.

I think it may even help to compare it to what you perceive is the most popular and financially rewarding work out there. When you realize what you are not, you can:
quit comparing yourself to people that are in a different game…
quit wasting time pouring into skills you will never have…
you can be authentic to you, regardless of what you think is to gain by being someone else…

Just a disclaimer, make sure you don’t write off undeveloped strengths as true weaknesses.

4. What have you done that people truly respond to?
If you are like me, people along the way have tried to tell you what you do best is a lousy worthless thing. Maybe somewhere along the way you believed them. Then every compliment and encouragement regarding this one thing you do really well, turned into a diss. Maybe color is your thing, but now when someone says ‘Wow what an amazing color scheme!’ you hear ‘Wow what a one trick pony you are, pointless worthless color!…again!’. You have to rise above haters if you are going to be creative. End of story.

5. What is the one thing you want to accomplish as a creative more than anything else?
This helps really get to the bottom line. When all is said in done what one thing do you hope to have under your belt. When you can define this thing, you can let go of the distractions. Instead of spreading yourself thin, make all of your efforts at the very least accentuate this one thing.

For me these tools have been invaluable and relieved a lot of a confusion. Hope they do the same for you.

If you could add a number 6. to this list, what would it be?

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exeuntomnes:

Batman Beyond (1999-2001) #5

*snickers* Yes guards, you are idiots… all of you.. considering you let Shreeve have anything remotely resembling his sound suit. Even if it was “disabled”.
I did find it amusing that Shreeve had to keep telling people talking to him to face him in the story. So many blank word bubbles. Poor guy.

#maybe they were all lulled into a false sense of security by how cute the suit looks #looks like a cuddly animal #cant be dangerous
#enough joking #getting back to work

exeuntomnes:

Batman Beyond (1999-2001) #5

*snickers* Yes guards, you are idiots… all of you.. considering you let Shreeve have anything remotely resembling his sound suit. Even if it was “disabled”.

I did find it amusing that Shreeve had to keep telling people talking to him to face him in the story. So many blank word bubbles. Poor guy.

#maybe they were all lulled into a false sense of security by how cute the suit looks #looks like a cuddly animal #cant be dangerous

#enough joking #getting back to work

(Source: fearfield)

Filed under Batman Beyond shriek walter shreeve DC comics sound suit

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*come online this morning and see my Shreeve portrait got fave spammed last night on tumblr and my art galleries*

Thanks everybody, really. :)

I can only assume the sudden attention is due to the info released yesterday about Shriek’s upcoming appearance in the comics. Happy to see other people are as excited about it as I am. Whether the story turns out good or bad, it is the fact he is being acknowledged and included that is important to me. It means new art of him to look forward to… plus the appearance may give me more insight into his technology, which I’m super excited for!

One thing is for sure, seeing the comic cover was just the thing I needed to get me re-ignited on my costume.  The last week had me a little down, but I’m back on the right wavelength now.

…so I wont be online too much the next couple of weeks, since I have to ride these inspiration waves hard while I have them.


#time to get covered in glue #and smell like burnt foam #wheres my coffee

Filed under batman beyond shriek DC comics batman beyond cosplay cosplay jace talkin bout stuff geeking out

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There’s like 8 people on my watch list having a difficult time right now, so that anon ask I got this morning is kinda getting to me right now.  Can’t help but wonder who it was, you know..?  As far I know, it could be someone who is silent about their suffering. 

Anon, you don’t ever have to tell me who you are, but I do really hope things pick up for you. 

Same goes for you other troubled Tumblrs.

Filed under so many sad peeps must be this month idk da fuk february!? feel better guys

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rocketshipsuperstar:

jacero:

debutart:

An upcoming BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED cover, featuring Norm Breyfogle’s B&W art and Andrew Elder’s colours.

Damn, why do I have to wait until May for this?!

Please, Batman Beyond writers
don’t fuck up Shriek
please

Yeah, I’m a little on edge about this too.
But even if it is lame, I’ll always have the animated universe. :/

#worries worries worries #I usually have to pick between story lines for characters anyway

rocketshipsuperstar:

jacero:

debutart:

An upcoming BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED cover, featuring Norm Breyfogle’s B&W art and Andrew Elder’s colours.

Damn, why do I have to wait until May for this?!

Please, Batman Beyond writers

don’t fuck up Shriek

please

Yeah, I’m a little on edge about this too.

But even if it is lame, I’ll always have the animated universe. :/

#worries worries worries #I usually have to pick between story lines for characters anyway

(via goth-cowboy)

Filed under shriek Batman Beyond DC comics hope shreeve is at least drawn well inside

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kymyit asked: are you going to do again some digimon related fan arts? *^*

It has been a while hasn’t it?

I haven’t had enough inspiration to do any Digimon fanwork for myself in several years.  How I mean that is, even though I still like Digimon, I can only focus on so much at one time, so I tend to go with which ever series/character is currently inspiring me the strongest. This way I can actually get any kind of fanwork for myself completed.

Commissions, trades, and such are different matter.  I think the last Digimon- related drawing I made was a commission, if I recall correctly.

 I have several 26 and 13 pocket accordion-style folders full of unfinished sketches from various series, as well as folders and folders of digital files. I never loose the love for my past inspirations, if that is a concern at all, and I do revisit them.  It simply comes down to what I’m able to devote my extra time to, sadly.

Filed under never enough time too many things to draw kymyit ask box too many inspirations too many feels