Put Your Word Where Your Mouth is!

Here is a little over six month review of the changes made to this blog since I began reflecting content from my Patreon page here:

Blog Followers are up from 114 to 166, a 31% increase

Blog Views are up from 344 to 527, a 34.7% increase

Blog Visitors are up from 260 to 346, a 24.8% increase

Blog Likes are up from 149 to 277, a 46.2% increase

The take away is that the seven month numbers are substantially up against the entire year of 2016, which happened to be the best year ever for this blog.

Why do I bring this up?  Well, because I have to ask you a favor.  When I started changing this blog it was in support of the launch of my Patreon page that I hoped would become a vehicle for achieving a measure of artistic success and hopefully supplement the income from my day job.  As part of this attempt to have an artistic life, I gave myself a year from the beginning of 2017 to make it an  ongoing venture.  Over six months have gone by and while the blog is enjoying success, my Patreon site is not.  There are going to be some things I will look at shortly to make the page more attractive, maybe even switch to a per project model.  Your feedback would be most helpful; however, your support would be better.  If not financially, then by word of mouth, because the more people who visit this blog, the more chances I have of gaining patrons.

Please, if you like what I am doing, tell your friends who like science fiction/fantasy art and writing to visit this blog.  Send them a link.  I come from a long history of retail work and one thing I know is that out of the people who shop, only a small percentage actually buy, so the more you get to shop the better your chance of a sale.  With enough shoppers you can make a living.  I need to make a living.  Please help me get more shoppers.  Promote my site on your blog, tell your friends, become a patron,or even give me advice.

If the situation does not improve, I will have to switch gears and look for a second job to get my financial situation under control.  I will probably find little time to work on projects or post to the blog, which is something I enjoy.  So send me your starving science fiction fans.

 

I will leave you with a content breakdown so far from my Patreon page Robert Garbin’s Patreon page:

7 Short Stories

18 image files

Painting Projects Completed 2 with one nearing completion and another far along

Two Art Projects in Preparation

Poem in the works

Horror Story started

 

Shaky Hands (from my Patreon page)

 

One of the hard things I have discovered in painting digitally is doing fine detailed straight lines from drawings.  I stopped using the reference drawing as a guide for doing the work on the ship because the reference lines were too thick to see what I was painting under them if it is a layer above and not much help if it is below.  Also, to better achieve the straight lines of all the aztec designs in the model, I have had to go to 400% magnification where normally I am working at 50%.  Still I am correcting line angles and dropping back to 50% magnification to see the overall effect.  So much work.

I Must be Crazy! (from my Patreon page)

Why, oh why did I decide to make all those gray patches on this ship?  I haven’t even finished the under-paint because I am working on getting the mottled pattern painted in first.  It is like playing some strangely slow Tetris game without music and I appear to be losing, which in this case would be good because the ship would be covered.  Anyway, here is an updated image with more of the surface covered and glows around all the light posts.

Lights, Camera, Planet (from my Patreon page)

Getting down to the finesse work on the current project.  The basics are all set, it is now just a matter of adding little touches that will make the image really pop.  I have not been spending as much time on this as I wanted to because I got myself hooked on a youtube channel for science fiction space ship modeling.  I admit to being a model spaceship fan.  What a surprise.  The channel is called Trekworks and I created a link to it on the left of this page.

The creator, Boyd Crompton, is a serious model builder who has some stunning Star Trek, as well as other franchise, models.  What I enjoy the most is that he adds lighting and sound effects to the models.  His Star Trek the Motion Picture Enterprise build is amazing and the fact that he knows many of the people who created the actual model for the movie is even better.  So if you like small versions of iconic movie vehicles, definitely check out his site.

Next Project (Patreon Post)

Well, I made a small start into the next painting.  I decided to do the one with Gus Grissom from the Mercury and Apollo space programs, using the image of the recovered Liberty Bell 7 capsule.  I plan to work up some of the parts then pull them all together on to one canvas.  The idea is to have an image of the capsule as it was found on the bottom of the ocean.  The ocean will fade as you go up until it turns into the night sky with the moon in it.  Inside the transition point, I plan to place an image of Gus  Grissom.  I am currently working on the drawings to be scanned in.

 

P.S.  This one has been on my list for a long time and is technically challenging for me.  If this one turns out well, I have another NASA inspired painting I want to do.

Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness

Universal Eyes - Infinite Sadness

 

Here is my latest digital drawing.  I am learning more as I do more paintings and am having lots of fun making my ideas come to life.  You may purchase prints of this or Mystics and Misfits from my Deviantart page, the link is towards the bottom on the left (sites).  I hope to hear from you.