It isn’t much, but I managed to write two paragraphs in the horror story I mentioned several posts back. The title I am going with is “Lost Contact”. The story revolves around a Mercenary in over his head playing body guard to a bunch of scientists on an expedition to a verdant planet. Stay Tuned.
I uploaded a jpeg version of Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe for my $3 a month patrons (my Patreon page ). Here is what I wrote:
“Here is the planet, nebula, moon, and spaceship painting in a downloadable jpeg format. This was supposed to be just a quick speed paint of a planet that took on a life of its own. It should make a pretty good wallpaper.”
I have been focusing on the rider and bull mostly at this point because the background has really clicked into place. Interesting story about this and my last two paintings. As I mentioned before, I am a slow, methodical painter who does not plan out a lot of aspects to the finished image from the beginning. Unfortunately, many times I run into roadblocks when trying to fit one part of a painting into another. From my first post about this painting you can see that I had the bull started and not much else because I still had no idea what I wanted for a background. It had to be hellish of course, but how do you do that and make it believable that someone is riding a bucking bull through it.
Well, you can see that I had made a start on the upper half then hit a wall. I could not see how to bring the floor out from the great background I had created. I could not see how the two areas fit together, so I stopped. I literally closed the file and quit painting. Of course, this was also the time I was dealing with a ridiculous amount of stress from work, which may have been affecting my efforts. The more pertinent fact though was a lack of professional training. I never learned how to discipline myself to work on images, usually waiting for inspiration to drive me into a frenzy of creativity.
Then I lost my job and my way for a bit. I had all kinds of time on my hands but no idea what to do with it. Because I don’t have an entertainment package, I watch a lot of YouTube videos. Luckily, I watched a video on, I think, the difference between professional and amateur writers. The big difference the video pointed out is that professionals don’t sit and wait for inspiration. If they are stuck, they still make themselves work on something for the project and trust that the process will help them find the inspiration. In other words, they keep moving. At this point I had three projects that had frozen up on me because they had overwhelmed me, Rodeo, Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe, and Termanicz. All partially finished but out of ideas. I decided to try the YouTube method out.
You can see that I have found some success. Both Termanicz and Linear Thinkers in a Non-Linear Universe are done and I have made great strides on Rodeo. I hope to continue in this vein so I can produce more quality work per year than I have ever done before. So far, Rodeo is turning out way better than I imagined it could. If you have trouble completing projects, consider trying this method and letting the process of working free up the inspiration.
While I have been quiet lately, I have been busy. I am still working away at the nebula project, which is taking a lot of time because of the detail work on the space ship. Not only am I working on adding detail, but I am also fixing the perspective issues most of the aztec designs in the paint job. Given the number of shade changes there, it has been a huge task. I think the space ship alone will take as long as the entire background to finish.
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