WhoA! Hello there! I am finally awake. I decided to take a couple of weeks break from dA at the beginning of this year.
There are many things I want to comment on and talk about so buckle up and prepare to hear me ramble on for a while. So TL;DR warning.
365 Day Challenge - FAILURESo a few of you may or may not be aware that I attempted a self imposed challenge where I tried to upload a piece of art every day for the entire year. Please note the keyword: TRIED. I failed the challenge. I considered many times juts giving up the challenge, especially at the beginning, but I ended up sticking it out. Around November is when it all fell apart. Starting Blizzcon weekend I started to fall behind and and I could not recover, especially when the holidays came up and I was traveling around, I needed to have a large stockpile of art uploaded and posting automatically, and that just did not happen. Never the less, I am glad I attempted it and I am happy with the improvements that came out of it. I mean, no matter what, making 300+ drawings will improve your art one way or another. One thing that I am extremely pleased about was the reception to my decision to offer point commissions. I never expected the response I got and I cannot thank my commissioners enough.
Lessons learnedWhat did I learn from all this. Well obviously making a daily drawing is really freaking hard. Planning was everything. I had to plan ahead a lot and work around my real life goings on, such as work, travel and family. I had to figure out when I would not be able to draw and have a backup plan in advance. I also learned that drawing naked or nearly naked people was much faster to draw than people with clothes. That's why the character in my drawing were more or less...er...scantily clad a lot of the time. There was no time to design things like outfits, as soon as I finished a drawing I had to already be thinking what I would be drawing next. Also backgrounds were a no-no. Same thing almost went for coloring, I managed to fit in a couple of colored images, but they took to much time to make. I improvised a method for adding some color to drawings that took little time to do. I came to call it my colorized drawing method
One more thing here, 365-DaysOfDoodles also did the 365 day challenge last year. If you don't know about it, there were some of his doodles that made the front page sprinkled around the year. Well he just wrote a wonderful article about this and you should go read it.
For those interested this is what 300 days of art looks like in (mostly) chronological order:
StatsAnd now for some fascinating numbers! Lets see what the numbers say about last year.
Total pageviews: 13,923
Month with the most views: July - 2023
New watchers: 1,980
First watcher of the year:
Last Watcher of the year:
Total number of deviations: 328
Total deviation views: 47,580
Deviation with the most views: Hair Clip and Knitted Scarf - 1,736
Deviation with the most comments: Yes, I know its a mess - 82
Deviation with the most faves: Manipul8tor - 107
Whats nextSooo...what now? Well, starting now I plan to be active again on deviantArt. I've been drawing on and off since the year started and let me tell you, it is nice to be able to work on one drawing for more than one day. Admittedly, I may have been taking my sweet time with it, but that is only this one piece. I still have a huge backlog of drawings that I wanted to do last year, but didn't find the time. So expect more complicated and more finished drawings, more colored drawings, more character concepts. Even backgrounds! Maybe more 3d work maybe more flash work, who knows! I also want to start my weekly drawing give away again. So starting this week on Friday I will be drawing a free black and white sketch from my pool of characters. So if you haven't already, go ahead and check out THIS JOURNAL and enter your character. I will also open points commissions back up. Hopefully sooner rather than later, I just want to set up a proper and updated journal for that, so there is that coming too. I also want to overhaul my entire gallery, fix the folders, and maybe even update my icon and ID and just general deviantArt page maintenance.
I have plans, may plans. Lots of irons in the fire if you will. So even though I say it a lot, I still don't think it is quite enough: Thank you to everyone who has dropped by to check out my little corner of the internet and and who tirelessly commented, favorited and viewed my silly little gallery. I cannot thank all of you enough for all the kind words of support and encouragement, and even the arguments and criticisms and when I sorely needed them. You all made 2014 a wonderful year for me online and I hope we can all have an even better 2015.
And finally, if you made it to the end of this extremely long winded journal, you get to see a nice little preview of my next drawing: