Still working anyway
While the big livestream event I had planned pretty much died yesterday, I am still going ahead with finishing the illustration and documenting my progress. I'm gonna put it all together into a video when I'm done and upload it to YouTube or wherever, so everyone can see it all come together. I won't be posting the final illustration though, so if you want to see that, I am still accepting donations via paypal at email@example.com. Thank you to those who have donated!
After the livestream bust yesterday, I got a lot of helpful tips on where to go for livestreaming alternatives. The most suggested was something called join.me. You can all rest assured that I will be looking into those alternative methods of streaming when I get a chance to sit down and do some tests of my own. I've always had issues with Livestream, so thank you for suggesting some alternatives.
The decision during the livestream to tape together sheets of paper rather than buying a large sheet of paper to start from has brought up a couple questions about "professionalism." Yes, taping paper together can look unprofessional and slapdash, but that's kinda the point of a sketch in the first place. It's not meant to be the final product. It's there to help guide you. I've seen many artists slap stuff together just so they can get a general idea of how the end product will look, and this was no different.
I take issue with the concept of telling someone they're not being "professional" because there's a lot of unknown variables floating around that sort of statement. It's also kinda sad that it's often used as a dismissive, kinda like the way the phrase "you can't take criticism" often is. We're taught that there are "professional" ways to achieve your goals, and special "professional" tools that you need to be a great artist. There are tips, tricks, and rules you can follow to produce specific results, but you are by no means obligated to use those rules 24/7. The dirty little secret about being a professional: Whatever works for you to get your product out the way you want it to look... is the right way.
It shouldn't matter if an artist sketches on a sheet of paper, a napkin, a notebook, on their arms, or on a restaurant's take-out box. The fact of the matter is that a good artist can use ANY tool and technique as long as it yields the results they're looking for. And you shouldn't judge one artist to be "less professional" just because they didn't chose to do it the way you would've. Unless you work for a company that dictates how you operate, as far as I am concerned as long as the art looks the way you want it to in the end... who the fuck cares if it was achieved the strict "professional" way or not?
Besides, as so many people LOVE to point out, I'm not a "professional" anyway. Kinda hypocritical to hold me by "professional" standards when I'm not acknowledged to be one, yeah?
Enjoy the LULZ
Now having said that... just watch as people twist and distort my words. Remember when I said that improvement wasn't my main concern as an artist? So many people took that to mean I was rejecting improvement outright, which is both a ludicrous assumption and completely incorrect. I can't imagine how people are gonna react now that I've said professionals don't need to use professional methods all the time. lol
So sit back and enjoy the lulz and keep an eye out for the progress video sometime next week.
Listening to: Sidescrollers
Watching: King of the Hill
Playing: Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning