Here is my first time lapse drawing video. Hope you enjoy it.
Here is a little video I made of myself lettering that I put up on instagram. It's kind of a random little thing but it got a lot of views... like 800 and counting. It just goes to show you that videos get more attention than still photos. Lesson learned! I think there will be more videos in my future.
I have discovered something about myself. I am a multipotentialite. This was a new term for me, but I'm glad it has become part of my vocabulary. I came across an online article about it, then another, and another... and as I read I suddenly I heard "hey, that's me!" in my head. What is a multipotentialite? Here is a definition I found online that sums it up nicely:
At the turn of every year I can’t help but look back and evaluate how the last twelve months went. Of course I always think that I could have done more creatively, but overall I think 2015 was pretty good. I don’t like to sit still… sure I like to veg-out once in a while, but I feel most creatively fulfilled when I’m working on a project. I don’t like to feel like I’ve wasted my time. I’m the kind of person who has a bunch of ideas brewing at any given moment. My biggest obstacle has always been finding time to explore those ideas and make them happen.
You know, ever since I was a kid I have been drawing people. I love drawing the human face. Because of that I remember admiring the work of caricature artists pretty early on. It was hard to miss them, really.
In a recent post I talked about my thoughts on Microstock sites. My experience with them started about three years ago when I signed up with several and started uploading my artwork. Even though I haven't uploaded very much artwork since then I have still gotten some worthwhile results.
I have something potentially awesome to tell you about today. I was listening to one of my favorite pod casts and discovered a fairly new site call “Patreon”. After looking into it a bit and reading some of the success stories I took the plunge and joined.
Find my patreon page at www.patreon.com/geneploss
What is Patreon exactly?
Patreon brings creators and patrons together. It’s a crowd-funding site like kickstarter. But instead of raising lots of money for a huge project, it’s about accepting small amounts of money to support artists who create more regularly and on a smaller scale.
Because of the signs that I make at my day job and the artwork that I make at home I am constantly aware of the commercial seasons. I'm not talking about winter, spring, summer and fall here. I'm talking about things like wedding season, Mother's and Father's day, Christmas and so on. I'm talking about seasons I can anticipate and take advantage of as an artist. When coming up with ideas for seasonal art products keep in mind that most of them will be used as gifts or decoration. Also, personalized gifts are especially good products. Plus, If you can come up with a good all-purpose gift you will be way ahead of the game. There are a lot of frustrated people out there looking for a gift for someone who is hard to buy for. These people would love your all-purpose gift.
Those who know me well would describe me as an organized person. I consider it essential for my mental well being. I feel my best when I'm completely organized. I don't always get there, but it's always my goal. In fact, I'm mildly obsessed about it. I have been a list maker as long as I can remember.
As an artist, I firmly believe in the idea of having several income streams going at the same time. The unfortunate truth is that unless you are wildly popular it's tough to make a living selling your artwork. So, the best approach seems to be having several extra sources of income instead of just one. I want to talk about one of these extra income streams. Several years ago I was searching the internet for "passive income for artists" and discovered something called "Microstock" sites. If you don't know what Microstock is let me familiarize you.
My name is Gene and this is my art blog. I'm a Fine Artist, Illustrator and Sign Maker. I use this blog to show my current projects and teach people how to do what I do. Welcome! I'm glad you're here!