Some random advise… (take it or leave it)

I really need to give more attention to my own damn site!!! Its been MONTHS! Still I see some new followers? “Are you real or bots?!”

Either way, welcome. I’ve been busy

 

 

Some people learn this skill sooner rather than later in life but it still remains one of the most valuable life lessons no matter what age.

“Sooner would be better though”

We all at some point think we know how everything works, it’s only when we have done it “our way” and failed do we decide to take the opinions of others more seriously. The key thing I realised towards my late 20’s is that I had become the person I didn’t use to listen to. Speaking to my younger family members, offering advice based on my experiences and receiving the same kind of look I used to give others.

“You don’t know what your on about”

“Things are different now”

“I’m gonna do it my way”

These are a few of the most memorable responses I can recall. What usually followed was a chain of events and lessons learned the hard way that resulted me being told.

“You had a point back then…..” or “Maybe I should have taken some of your advice….”

Lessons from experience lessen the likelihood of the same mistakes being made. Maybe a few new mistakes! but it’s better to make informed decisions I think. I now try to gain at the very least a little knowledge on things I am planning to try, getting information from people who have walked a similar path before. Inspired by their successes and mindful of their failures.

We have access to unlimited knowledge via the internet so between looking at the latest trending topic or viral video, take a moment to think about the research and planning that has gone into the content & media you are consuming. Somewhere there is a team of people who have become very efficient at creating and or distributing it. I’m sure they researched, took advice from someone or made many mistakes to get the formula just right.

Make the decisions now, you will thank yourself for in the next 5 or 10 years.

Black Panther

So as I finished up my latest piece of fan art this week it got me thinking. Black Panther is tipped to be one of the biggest movies at the box office and when that money starts coming in what happens next?

There will no doubt be some people in very influential positions in the movie industry that will notice this spike and how will they react? What decisions will be made in regards the big budget movies centered on more a ethnic cast in the future?

It’s no secret that black characters have until recently been very type casted in their roles in big movies with the exception of a few and most films with a black cast where made with a much smaller budget.

This will hopefully be the movie that opens the door for not only black but all other ethnicities with a rich cultural heritage and a story to tell.

If “money talks” and profitability is the main focus of these big companies they will have to have a real good reason to pass up on this potential goldmine!

“Oh here is the pic btw!”

See you in Wakanda

Leap Into the Unknown

Sooner or later, we all reach this cross road…

A decision we have to make that will take us out of the comfort and security we know and love into the unknown world of uncertainty.

It’s a risk verses reward scenario…

If you’re happy where you are and don’t want to change that’s fine but… If your not… If you feel your not where you want to be then you have consider your options…

The picture is a little exaggerated but the concept is the same… A step in the unknown is as daunting as a leap but, if you make the decision to do it congratulations.

Half the battle has already been won…

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Wonder Woman

I saw the reviews, I couldn’t believe it was as bad as people were making out. Justice League clocked in at just under 2 hours in run time and they did a fairly good job introducing 3 additional characters to the story. It wasn’t perfect but the biggest crime was the CGI mustache removal!

I went in with an open mind and walked out feeling like I got my monies worth at least. I didn’t want to compare it to any for the avengers movies as they approached it in a completely different way.

I have always wondered why DC or Warner Bros decided to rush their movies out after they saw what avengers did. Fan’s would have gladly gone to the individual characters standalone movies before the team united, even if it took years to build up. Was it to be in direct competition with Marvel who had a built up years of a head start over them? Probably…..

 

But back to the point. I watched it, thought it was ok and when I got home I was motivated to add some colour to old sketch of Wonder Woman.

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Many artists probably know that from all the work they produce, a handful will stand out from the others. For me this was one of them. I started the initial sketch and wanted as much feedback as possible from my art fans as well as artists I looked up to and it was a great experience. I probably re-worked the pose and face 5 or 6 times before the feedback I received was positive enough for me to commit to the lines.

Working this way allowed me to find imperfections I would have probably missed on my own and the end result showed this.

 

The plan was to then add ink and finally colour but life tends to get in the way of a well laid plan and by the time I had a window to work on it again I was already working on other things so never got round to it.

 

Time management has always been one of the biggest challenges for me to keep the creative dreams alive. Work and family time will always be the priority for me but that doesn’t mean I have to stop doing what I enjoy. I just have to be tactical about how I approach it. im sat writing this blog at 7:15am after getting up at 5:30am before the rest of the house wakes up. Finished off a piece of artwork uninterrupted and still get everything done that I need to today.

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I didn’t end up giving it the refined inking that I planned or the time consuming colours either but I did find a new way of working that still gets the job done and sometimes that’s more important than not making a start at all.

I’m still refining how I manage my time and hope to make more videos, music, tutorials and blogs too but i’m off to a good start. No new year’s resolutions for me next year. Just keep learning and improving one day at a time.

Keep YOUR dream alive

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old to chase your dreams… They just gave up on theirs and are bitter about it…

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I had a vision many years ago when I did the 1st drawing and thought it was pretty good back then. Over time “life” happened and still I smile….. “TDW joke…. sorry😅
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Over time “life” happened and even though things changed around me I never gave up on my dream of becoming a better artist. I’m still a long way off where I want to be but for anyone at the beginning of their journey know this…

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“no one just starts out a professional, they committed to improving”
And so will you…

If this inspires just ONE person my work is done….

Wolverine Fan Art

Sometimes, less is more…

Needed to figure out a more efficient way to add colour to my work with limited time and this is the 1st attempt.

Still some way to got before i’m happy but it’s a good step in the right direction. It’s times like this that old sketches are really useful!

Things changing is the norm of life in one way or another. How we adjust to these changes is what makes all the difference in the long run.

 

Remaining creative at all costs is the number one priority for me. Always has been, always will be.