Tomorrow, I'm heading over to my graduation ceremony for college. It may have been just two years, and I still have plans to go to another school... but I'm still happy. It didn't really feel like any time passed at all... feels like just yesterday I was sad and nervous about going there... but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The nice thing about college is that you don't have to deal with anyone's drama if you don't want to, since you're not being forced to be around them in a building all day for 8-9 hours (no, that's what work is for. T.T). I really liked my teachers, and I met some ni- well, I met like, two nice people, BUT WHATEVS. Point is, it's over now, and it's time for me to head to my next adventure: moving offshore and starting a new college career.
BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT HERE AND NOW, SHALL WE~
Summer has officially begun for a certain Cake, and I've got some new art stuff planned, of course. I'm pretty sure there's a direct relationship between having an air conditioner in my room and how well I draw. : P ANYWAYS, what exactly am I talking about? Well, though it goes without saying, I'm definitely gonna crank out some more Cassie drawings. I'm always more inspired in the summertime to draw, so the amount of Cassie drawans maaaaaay increase. Or not. Let's see what happens. T.T
More importantly, I'm considering doing trades again. BUT HOLD YER HORSES THERE. I'd like to try doing some higher-quality colored trades, like the one I did for FS:
. That means that I'm gonna try to pace myself a little better this time, and only take one or two at a time as I see fit. Sadly, summer doesn't actually mean complete free time when you become somewhat or an adult, so there's that... but I also would like to focus on improving my quality overall. This means that I most likely won't be holding a no-barred event where I trade sketches with a million people, like I did last year upon starting out here. I may do a few, but again, I think it's time for me to focus on quality. Being technically worse than a lot of my friends is a bit of a handicap, but I still hope I can do a few. I've been kind of nervous to approach most people because of this mindset, so I'm either hoping that A) People who are at least somewhat close to my "skill" will come to me, or B) I actually acquire the stones to walk up to artists I like and say "Bitch, we tradin'." (Well, I'm definitely gonna ask a lot nicer than that, but you get the point. : P) Trading with FS has given me a lot more confidence in myself, but it's still gonna be something to overcome.
I'm gonna be kinda rude/honest for a second: I don't like being THAT guy (the one who's uber exclusive and all that), but it should go without saying that I want to trade with people who actually... ya know, draw. I'm certainly not the best (I'm not even really that good in the first place... just look at one of my friends' galleries and you'll see how much "technically worse" I am), but I'd like to trade with people who are at least somewhat close to my level. I've said similar things sometimes, and people have taken it as a personal attack against them and their artistic skill... it's really not. It's not aimed at anyone. It's just that if I'm willing to put in the work to make something more involved (taking more than a couple of hours), it would kind of bother me to get something in return that had minimal effort and/or quality. I rarely say I'm above anything, but it's just a self-respect kind of thing. Please don't take offense to it... I can understand some viewpoints on it. "What, so I'm NOT an artist?" or "Oh, so I'm not good enough for you?" I've felt the same things before in the past, but at least I'm here to ask you to please understand me. I always feel bad everytime I reject someone's trade offer, so it's not completely without remorse... I always imagine myself in that position (I've experienced it many times), and it hurts. I know. A bunch of questions start swirling around your head, and you convince yourself that you'll never be good enough... but please, try to understand where I'm coming from here.
I also plan on having some more variety with my subject... I want to try doing more abstract work, maybe some still life pics, cartoony faces, and comics. I also want to spend some time doing so hardcore training so that I won't suck so much anymore, and maybe certain people will finally notice me. Or not. Well, it should be more for myself anyway. Maybe these trades can help with that? I need some training in everything, but especially perspective... and line... and form... and color... and faces... gah. orz Definitely perspective, anyway. I just don't have any idea where to start with that. I see lots of tutorials, but getting myself to actually try it out is a completely different thing...
Anyway, that's it for now. Let's see how summer goes~
hopefullyicangetto30000viewsbeforethisyearisover WELP TIME TO DRAW/GRADUATE/WHATNOT
EDIT: I really oughta set some permanent trade rules. Maybe once I get people interested.