Break It Down

I’ve got an art problem and it starts with “impatience”.

It’s much more fun look at your own than make it. At least, that’s how I feel when things start taking longer than I’d like. For the most part, I can reasonably assume how long something will take to finish because I’ve done it before. If it’s more than a day, the idea doesn’t leave my head. And I hate that.

The reason that happens is if something goes on for too long, I get bored of it, especially if I’m been working on it for several hours in a row. The longest I’ve ever worked on something was 14 hours and I still wasn’t finished. It’s not too hard to see why I didn’t want to open an art program again for a while.

I asked for advice on DeivantArt’s forum and I got two ideas I found useful. One was to take some time to make a bunch of rough drafts and sketches. It’s still practice and it’s hard to really get bored when they take about a half hour at most. That was a good idea to me because I do sketching. Can make everything messy and clean it up later. Besides, who says they all have to make it off the page? Some of my drawings never leave the sketchbook, which is probably good because some of them are really bad ideas.

The other idea was breaking down the process into smaller goals to achieve for the day instead of worrying about finishing the whole thing at once and getting it all done as soon as possible. Unless I don’t want to digitize it, my drawing process usually goes in this order: pencil sketch, transfer, outline, details, color, shade, background, sign and watermark, upload. Done. Depending on the size of what I’m trying to make, that can be a very long process, and it never looks like it took as long as it did. Something I spent three weeks on will often look like it only took half a day.

I feel like doing so makes me lazy, but I like the idea that I can just do one part at a time and decide I’m done of the day instead of trying to get it done as quickly as possible. That’s probably why they look so bad in the first place, in addition to the low skill I have. That’s not a new idea to me. Just one I always felt made me a lazy person because I’m making it easy on myself. Of course, if this is supposed to be fun, I probably should do that. I’m not exactly trying to make a career out of this. Having to rush, and still being unable to keep up, is why I never did well in art classes during high school.

I don’t know when I’m going to create or rework something again, but whenever I’ll do, I’ll give that idea a shot. Hopefully, it’s something I can manage to stick to.

Two Decades on this Earth

Yes, it’s my birthday and I am 20 years old! My teen years are now over!

I started getting birthday wishes at midnight. I’ve gotten them on DeviantArt, Facebook, Tumblr, Google, and even in my Pokémon games. Later on, I’m going out to a buffet with a friend, who gave me a little plushie as a gift yesterday. It’s going to be a good day! 🙂

Giving and Smiling

I haven’t decided whether or not to purchase seven years for a DA membership or just go with one year. However, I did purchase two small ones today, but they were not for me.

A friend of mine on DA has a premium subscription and she only had two weeks left on it. She makes a lot of art and I mean a lot. I don’t know what the significance of premium membership is to her, but I took a wild guess and figured she’d prefer not to lose it. So I purchased a one-month extension for her. She now has six weeks remaining. Not much, but she was very happy, which she made clear with a journal as a thank you. I sent it anonymously, so she doesn’t know I sent it, hence the journal.

One of her watchers commented on how lucky she was and that she (the watcher) always wanted a premium membership. I figured since it was a small expense and I can and want to, I’d make that wish come true. I purchased three months for her. She squealed with joy and also made a journal as a thank you. Like the first user, I sent it anonymously.

I’m not posting this because I want praise. It’s sweet, but unneeded. I gave those gifts to be nice and they were cheap anyway ($15 total). But doing that made me smile. I have no idea why because, in my mind, it was a tiny gesture. I merely felt like being nice. No reason besides that. I wasn’t even expecting either of them to be so excited. A little grateful, but not as delighted as they got, so that was my big surprise.  I won’t link the users’ journals, but by their happiness, one would think I’d given them each $100. I’m not complaining about their appreciation, of course.

I always swore that if I became rich I would regularly give to others, either online or in person. I eventually learned being rich isn’t necessary to do that, but I never fail to be amazed by how small gestures can mean so much to some people.

Wishful Wednesday: DeviantArt Membership

This Wednesday’s wish is something I may actually receive soon.

I’ve been a member of DeviantArt since 2010, although my current account isn’t that old. At the minute, I have a premium membership, which I love, but it expires in four months (June 26th). I’m planning on extending it. Normally, I’d go with a year or automatic billing ($4.95/mo), but I’ve been considering buying a 7-year membership.

It won’t put a dent in anything, so the cost isn’t the problem. What’s holding me back is if I’d even still be on DA in seven years. I love art and the site, but I’ve left a lot of sites I loved (Neopets, Millsberry before it closed down, FMyLife, Fanfiction.net to name a few). I don’t want to spend $200 on something I may not stick around for. At the minute, I’m not even uploading any art because I working on improving my skills and using my sketchbook again.

I’d like to say I’m certain I will still be on the site in 2021, but I said the same about every other site I was a member and I ended up leaving anyway due to my interests changing, despite still liking the sites. I have a long list of sites I stopped playing on or reading as a result, dating all the way back to 2004. Heck, I still remember what my character from Millsberry.com looked like and the name of my very first account on Neopets.

I don’t want to wait too long to decide because I don’t want the current subscription to expire, but I don’t want to just jump into it and hit “purchase”. I guess it’s a risk I have to decide whether or not is worth taking.