Blaugust #25: here be monsters

I’m going to talk a little today about my art. There, I said it — my art. It’s taken me a long time to get to point where I can call it that. I’m still a bit shaky on the deduction that if I make art then it might follow that I am an artist, because that seems like quite the label to apply to yourself, but here we are.

I’ve been drawing these little cartoom monsters and people for a long time. They made up the bulk of the artwork in my first game, Word With Monsters, and recently, through talking with Kateri and my good friend Mari, I’ve decided to concentrate on them a little more, and to start collecting them in one place online (still very much under construction, so no link here — yet). I will say that I’m pretty happy with how it’s shaping up, though. I still need to settle on a name, and that’s the hardest part. I have something in mind, but I want to just live with it for a while before I pull the trigger and start buying domain names and so on.

There’s even rumblings of me selling various products featuring them — stickers, postcards, greetings cards, maybe even prints or originals. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that idea, but I seem to have a couple of buyers lined up already.

Honestly, that just boggles my mind.

I’ve been drawing just pen-and-ink for a long time now, so there’s a few of things I’d like to get out of this project:

  • To start taking better care of my originals. Stop doodling on scraps of paper and start being more dilligent about having a sketchbook to hand at all times.
  • Stop taking crummy cameraphone images of my drawings and instead get a desktop scanner, so I can have better, clearer, higher-DPI files
  • Eventually, invest in a graphics tablet and learn how to draw digitally. These simple line-drawings really lend themselves to vector drawing, which will scale perfectly to any size.

Once #blaugust ends, I’m still going to try to publish something online, every day. I think that’s a good goal, and I’ve learnt this month that I can do it. You can’t be prolific if you never finish anything. But I’m going modify things slightly to say that I will either write a blog post, or I will upload a new drawing to my collection. Either way, something new, every day, words or pictures, and I’ll continue to get better at both.

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