Poked and prodded at the commission site again. Will probably continue tweaking. I’m liking what today’s tweaks did. Breadcrumb-type header feels more balanced and the “Open” part is more visible (as will the “Closed” part be, when I switch ‘em out). The footer also looks more finished than it did.
I guess maybe not relevant to anyone but myself, but I’m going to (in the future) try to keep things name-segregated. Art-stuff is under “the sleepy glow” now. I changed my art twitter and am probably going to swap over my other galleries at some point. or other.
I also wanted to note as per this warning I’m not going to be so quick on art-based commissions anymore. To expand on that warning, it’s because I’m going to be focusing a lot more of my time and effort on web design and code and all of that fun stuff. For a very long time, I wavered between art, code/computers, and writing. I think I’ve finally settled, and I want to code and create and make websites — precisely because it can combine all three of the above skills, if I so wish!
My art is pretty much stagnant — and I’m okay with that. I draw virtually the same things over and over again, with little in the way of improvement or variation. I haven’t felt my art has been especially emotive or meaningful since about 2006. Jumping from traditional to exclusively digital (I haven’t picked up a pencil to draw something seriously in two years) was about the biggest improvement I’ve made recently. Again though, I’m now getting locked into a pattern.
And again — I’m okay with that. If my art niche is taking commissions from ‘Soulsters — cool. I’d rather do it that way, as I can’t imagine taking commissions as a reliable source of income (for me). They’re fun and a good way for me to make some change, but they’re not something I’m especially passionate about. And — maybe the fact that I produce a lot of similar-looking art, with a “style” (I still haven’t decided if I actually have a style or not) that is consistent is good for commissions, since people will know what they’re likely to get in advance.
So — to cap off the blathering, commissions will be slower in the immediate future, and I’m not likely to devote a ton of time/energy to experimentation and expanding illustration-type skills in the long-term. If you’re okay with that and want to remain a commissions customer, great! If not, thanks for giving me the opportunity to produce art for you, and perhaps we can reconnect again in the future if I wind up with more spare time than I anticipate.
Thank you either way!
Otherwise, updates will continue here with art-based stuff, along with the art-based Twitter, etc.