So, I've been a deviant art member for over 5 years now. Its been a long quiet 5 years. For a while there I was only posting infrequently and only the work I thought would get the most response. I was pretty much wrong about most of it. My most popular piece of art involved a creme filled gay innuendo. nonetheless, I continued to post and didn't really see much of a following for the effort. My wife suggested that I post more sketches but I didn't listen and the result was no attention.
It wasn't until I met Steve Saunders that everything began to change. Steve is a well known and talented writer and most importantly, he knows the industry and how to get seen by viewers. This is something I don't know how to do but am starting to relearn the idea of. Over the past 5 years I've had about 6 to 10 favourites and even less follows. Steve, in an attempt to improve my public image, told me it would be a good idea to rearrange my gallery into folders and add some sketch art so that people can better understand me and my process. I'm a very secretive person especially when it comes to my artwork so it took a lot for me to open up my private vault and show people what I've been working on for the last year. The result was startling.
I spent the evening scanning and posting sketches of work I'd done recently. In all I scanned 60 images and posted 54. Before i was even done posting the first 10 I had more feedback and comments than I'd had in the past 5 years of activity! I finished posting work at about 1am and in et horning I woke to find 30 feedback messages. You have no idea how good it feels to see a return on my efforts. I have steve and my wife to thank for that. My wife told me a long time ago I should post everything I do and I ignored her. I was wrong to do that. She's never been wrong I've just been too stupid and afraid of rejection to hear her. I realize now that what she said and what steve said are exactly what I should have been doing all along. Steve recently told me "if you wanna be seen you gotta be an attention whore." and I didn't want to put myself out there because I was afraid of being rejected. I guess if I want to succeed at this then I need to quit being scared to show you what I can do and just show you.
Listening to: My Morning Jacket