I’m not going to beat around the bush, the last few years have been a trial for most of us to say the least. I won’t go into the details, I’m sure you know what I mean. If you don’t then you are probably one of the elite/super-rich or something.
Wishing to keep things positive on this blog I have been focusing on digital art and keeping track of how existing software’s are developing and looking out for new things. It hasn’t been as easy to do so this year though.
I haven’t been writing as often, I haven’t felt like it as much since my dog died last March, but I’m starting to feel better lately.
Life must go on and these articles don’t write themselves. I’ve been through depression before so I know the best thing is to keep busy and keep moving. Several years ago I found that indulging my creative pastimes helped, which is why I started this blog in the first place.
I was busy throughout most of 2020 with my work on “The Adventures of Wolf and Hood”. The Illustrations took a long time to develop and paint (40+ hours for each of the final Illustrations). I also found that learning more digital sculpting kept me busy or distracted from the things around me, so I put a lot of energy into it.
I’ve started a new video series on my YouTube channel where I’m playing through the puzzles and giving little insights into the artwork.
Things have been getting more difficult this year, it feels like we will never get back to normal. As much as I like tinkering on the computer and developing my digital art skills I do still need the outdoors and the company of people from time to time.
Before the lockdown(s) was imposed I had wanted to go to art conventions and meet like minded people. After a long period of getting back on my feet it seemed the rug had been pulled from under again.
The substitute of social media did not work out well for me in the end. It laid the ugliness of the system bare to me and opened my eyes, so I suppose I should be grateful for that even though it was a hard pill to swallow. This animation “In Shadow” by Lubomir Arsov sums up a lot of what I see with my waking eyes now, but whether there will be a happy ending I doubt it.
Ultimately I realized it was doing more harm to me and others than any good so I got off it last month. It felt like a weight had been lifted. I think I can add more value into the world by blogging and creating more art, although I know that is hopelessly naive.
I’ve been doing more digital painting and making more YouTube videos lately.
I have been on countryside walks and keeping fit at home more this year. I think exercise and good nutrition is incredibly important (vitamin D, C and Zinc is useful). My garden has never looked nicer as well.
I also opened a new shop on Sketchfab selling my 3D models. I took a chance and applied to be a seller and I’ve been accepted!
I will be writing more articles for this blog soon. I want to write one about baking 3D models in 3D Coat for which I’ve already made a few videos in preparation. In other news my blog was listed in the Top 30 Digital Art Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2021 on Feedspot so I should get on with it!