Bump in the Road (from my Deviantart page)

Well folks, it looks like my first Kickstarter project Quiet Strength Kickstarter isn’t going to work.  There are only 12 days left and I still have only one backer so it looks like I am going to have to take some time and rethink how I approach this project.  I am taking some advice from the creator of my favorite tv show Babylon 5 by J M Straczynski and not being afraid to fail.  I have actually done this a lot in my life by pushing myself outside comfort zones even if it meant I could fail; however, I don’t believe I ever went into these situations with that in mind.  In most cases I have put myself under a lot of stress because I never felt like I could just walk away from the situations without serious consequences.

That is not the case here; however, I did really need this to succeed and I also had a lot of hope that it would.  In the end though, life will go on.  From here I will be looking at some information shared by smirtouille on her successful campaign and work on some projects that will hopefully enhance my next offering.  I will have to plan the advertising better (I used facebook ads but really did not know how it all worked) and organize the rewards from the start (added more as I looked at smirtouille’s campaign).  The largest part of my errors came from being very cautious on spending money initially since I am completely broke at the moment.  I had to be very tentative on what I spent because I was waiting to start my new job and have been accumulating bills.  I will have to look at ways to overcome this issue.

All in all, while the campaign has not worked out, it has been a learning experience that I do not intend to give up on.  So look for another campaign once I have worked through the mistakes of this one.  Thanks to all those that have liked my facebook page for this project and the one person who backed it.  Hopefully, as my blog continues to expand, I will have more interest accumulated in my creations to make the next project successful.

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Update

This past year has been a challenge and growing experience for me. I launched my Patreon page late in 2015 and, while it has not taken off, it has helped me to significantly increase traffic to this blog. During this time I struggled to maintain my various accounts as I worked at an increasingly hostile job. A job I was recently let go from.

However, I did not allow the uncertainty of my new status to keep me from trying to achieve my goal of making an income from my creativity. As a result in addition to my Patreon page, I created a kickstarter campaign to bring prints of my work to a larger audience. This alone has been a learning experience with me discovering how to set up ads on Facebook to try to draw in traffic to my campaign.  

I also reached out to someone with a successful campaign for tips. Unfortunately, their advice was to drop the campaign for now. I did use ideas gleaned from their project to enhance what I was offering, but even if the campaign fails, I feel that I have gained knowledge that will help for the next effort.

Over the last four weeks of being off, I have taken time to focus on unfinished projects, while I waited for paperwork to clear for my new job. With one painting done I plan to get two more partial projects finished before moving into new ones. Hopefully, I will have some exciting stuff for you soon. If you can, please support my efforts anyway you can. 

Question for Those that Follow this Blog

As you know, from following this blog, I am trying to start making money off of my creative output, both written and painted.  The whole tenor of this blog has changed from thoughts on life, history, and politics to discussions on the mechanics of art and writing.  One of the things I recently did was to create a Patreon page to gain financial support through sharing exclusive content with patrons of my site.  One of the other ways I planned to turn my creativity into a business was to create prints of my work for sale.

To that end, I would like to ask a question.  Would you be willing to pay up front for a print of my work?  The reason I ask is that I would not be able to sell a print to you now without getting the money first to pay for the process.  My thoughts are that I could talk to a printing company, get quotes and a test print of certain images (to make sure the quality is there) then post a price based on a reasonable profit margin.  I would also personally sign each print beyond the signature I have in the painting.  However, I would have to get the money for the print and shipping beforehand since I do not have the cash to make a bunch of prints and sell them.  I basically would order the print as the money came in to pay for it.

At this point, you can buy some prints of my work at my deviantart page but the sizes are limited and I don’t feel they do the work justice.  I am hoping that if the test prints turn out well then I can make the prints in larger sizes to properly show off the detail.  So, if there is enough interest, I will start checking into the possibilities.  The works I am thinking about can all be seen as large size images, except for Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability which can only be seen as part of my finished in 2016 recap, at my devianart page.  The images to consider are:

Mystics and Misfits cover with no typography

Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability

Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness

Denouncer cover with no typography

As I create more works, I will expand the list, but these are the ones I feel are worth printing and have no legal issues attached to them. Princess for Ever After; unfortunately, would require asking Disney for the right to sell it and the same for Juliette and Josephus needing legal rights to sell.  If there is enough interest, I will consider checking into the rights.  For now, the ball is all yours.  Let me know what you think.

 

Rob

Finding Inspiration (from my Patreon page)

Please take time to browse my favorites at my deviantart page.  You can find them by following the link on the left column of this page and scrolling down on my deviantart page.  I have over 2600 examples of artwork that caught my eye from sketches to paintings and small sculptures to life-size ones.  If you work your way through the pages, you will find an amphibian tiger and a horse made out of driftwood.  You can also find great examples of comic book artistry.  These are the people who drive me to get better at what I do and sometimes make me itch to experiment.  Again, please consider rummaging through because I believe there is something for everyone including landscapes, portraits, and animals, as well as, science fiction and fantasy.

All that Fur

Work in Progress

Work in Progress:  Earlier

As I have mentioned before I am currently working on a digital painting of a tiger. I have always wanted to paint a tiger because they are such beautiful creatures. Also, I have a soft spot for cats.

But all that different color fur is a heck of a lot of work. More than any other big cat I have painted because of the interaction between the white, orange, and black fur. It is frustrating at times but so satisfying when it works. I love the textures and contrasts. One of these days I will paint a version of a wolverine I drew in pencil. I liked the image I found in a book about wolves because the wolverine was all dark brown with a beautiful wave of rusty red on its flank. The contrast was stunning. It reminded me of the dog from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” with the dark fur contrasted by the tan.

Will I keep doing furry critters? Yes. Will I complain and growl while doing it? Almost certainly. Will you love the results? I certainly hope so.

Deviantart

 

Cougar Oil PaintingI just wanted to remind everyone that my Deviantart page (http://gkarlives.deviantart.com/) is a good place to see the kind of artwork you would be supporting on my Patreon page.  Also, there are many samples of earlier forms of my writing on this blog that can be found under the writing category.

Dragon in Need of a Pen

Tattoo Design for my Nephew

Tattoo Design for my Nephew

 

You may not have noticed, but I am also an artist.  Actually, I am foremost an artist since I started with art and then moved into writing as my artwork got stymied.  My writing style owes much to this fact and tends to be very visually descriptive, which some people find tedious but I always enjoyed in a story if properly balanced.

The above design is my first ambitious digital work in Gimp 2.0.  However, I have run into a snag.  Not knowing if I would like or be comfortable with this new medium, I purchased an inexpensive drawing tablet (Vis Tablet’s Pen Pad).   The tablet is not bad but has one main drawback, the pen needs a battery to work and I am finding out that is uses them fast and does not like rechargeable batteries.   This makes working on the tattoo design and future projects frustrating.

There is a new pad that I like because the pen does not require a battery; unfortunately, it cost $199, which is more than I can afford.  Right now  most of the money I have is committed to finishing house repairs and is not even enough to fix everything.  So, I am turning to you, the viewer, for help.  By supporting my writing through a donation, you can also help support my artistic creativity by helping me reduce the cost of this new tablet.  This is a more recognizable goal than the vague support I asked for earlier and maybe I can work up a chart to show how much progress we have made.  Once the design is done, I will post a copy for downloading as a thank you for your support, until then feel free to download any of the spoken stories now available.  To see more of my work, follow the link in the far right column to my art page.