I have to say that I have not exactly been the most active DA user. In fact, the only reason I check this account daily is because my awesome and amazingly talented daughter is on here. I do a lot of things on a daily basis that I don't post anywhere when I do it since it is usually part of a bigger project. (I write books, if you didn't know... then again, why read this without knowing a little of who I am first... unless you are just getting to know me... in that case, now you know I write books.) My work usually takes me over a year from start to finish... often longer.
About a year or so ago, I had a brilliant idea that I had started to form into first an outline, then a story, and now I am working on the last stage of prose. I am currently working on my first children's book! As such, one of the reasons I had been holding back on actually working on this project seriously was the simple fact that I had been looking for an illustrator to help me make my story come to life. A friend and fan of my work had suggested that I do illustrations for my work. And so, sporadically I have been sketching and doodling ideas. Eventually, I managed to get a feel for some sort of general style I wished to use for the illustrations.
And now that leads me up to today. My goal is to paint at least two pieces a day until I am finished this book. At the same time, I am working on the final draft of the book. This is a mixed feelings part of the process for me. 1- I am really enjoying the painting part of this. 2- I hate editing!!!! I love writing a story. I love shaping it into what I want the story to be. I hate the last step of making it as perfect as I can. But it's part of what I need to do.
As I am working on this, I have the rare chance to sort of sample pieces of this to public opinion with the art for the book. To be honest, I'm not even sure how many of these pieces will actually be used in the book as much of this is helping me learn what I like and what works. But the two pieces I have posted here have been favorited and added to collections. I'm so fucking happy to see that even though I feel there is little explanation about what these pieces are for, people are liking the work.
Of course, there is the thought that crossed my mind that people may think a five year old is making the art and they are supporting it like parents who put a scribble on the fridge. Huh... now I feel a little discouraged... Oh well.