So, yeah, I've created a DeviantArt account. When I started this blog, I was focused on telling two stories: the avatar story and the (as of yet unbegun) Jane's story. Every drawing I made, was a means unto that end. I was trying to work professionally; keeping to the clean, computer-made look. Whenever I did draw something on paper, it was as reference for when I "inked" it later on the computer, as happened with Jane.
But Christmas changed that. The fact that the computer was being used half the time, and I was royally sick the other half of the time, meant that when I went on the computer, I needed to make the most of it. I needed to sit down with something done beforehand.
I started drawing by hand again, thinking it was faster. By the time I realized it was not, it was too late; I had already rediscovered my liking for it; I had re-kindled the flame.
Starting April 26, I began drawing things just because they came to me. Any other day, I would write down a description and find a way to work it into something bigger… but there was this urge inside of me that made me just take out a pencil and paper, disregard the fact that I was in a vehicle in motion, and draw. Maybe it was because I knew I couldn't fit it in anywhere. Maybe it was just too over-the-top ridiculous, but there it is.
I thought "okay, it was just this one time;" and indeed, for a while my drawings were again only what was planned for the Blog. But the urge to draw things out of nowhere came again… and again! And (despite finding a use for the latter one) I realized art had become an end onto itself. I was no longer resorting to it to illustrate my blog posts or tell my stories; I was doing art for art's sake.
Of course, I could've just posted them all stand-alone –like I did with Hippotising– but the truth is, I've been thinking about creating a DeviantArt account for quite some time; even before I started doing those random drawings.
You see, behind every two-dimensional piece of art, there's a lot of work that goes unseen. I have brought some of it to light with the how I made my avatar posts, but those are on hiatus until I get time to draw a small explanation; and are, in themselves, an unexpected amount of work.
What I'm trying to get to is that the base pencils have a magic of their own, distinct from that of the finished drawing. Seeing how something was made also has a magic of its own. Unfortunately, the way I've set up this blog, those things don't really belong here.
As this blog has grown, I've created a set of rules for myself; rules which I feel now constrain me. It's a bit like SimCity 4.
Okay, that example just came right out of nowhere.
WTF? Who put this river here? Oh, that's right, I did.
Since DeviantArt doesn't have any structurization rules beyond those intrinsic to a file repository of its kind, I hope I can put all that stuff I've been wanting to show, without having to offer much explanation as to why I'm doing this-or-that in such-and-such and order.
Of course, since the "rules" were created by myself, there's nothing that prevents me from trapping myself again.