I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my artistic ‘talents’ and how I feel that I’ve failed completely and utterly in capitalising on them. I’ve had countless intentions and false starts when it comes down to doing something purposeful with them, but these intentions have always fizzled out when other things – let’s use a catch-all such as ‘life’ – ended up getting in the way.
I’m not going to make any apologies for saying that my ultimate intention of creating art is to be able to use it to generate some income. My interests in creating art in the past were driven by my love of comics and ‘pin-up’ art and I did, for a long time, have aspirations to become a tattoo designer – but those aspirations waned as tattoos became more mainstream and for a long time I stopped doing any art at all as my inspiration and motivation evaporated.
This changed a lot recently as I began to feel the spark of inspiration pulling me back towards my pencils and pens. This is going to sound cruel and judgemental, but one source of this inspiration was actually looking at the types of things that some people were managing to flog on Etsy for actual cold and hard cash. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware that it’s important to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that some people are always going to hate some things that I like and vice versa, but I couldn’t help but coarsely sum up that a great deal of the stuff I was seeing on Etsy was utterly shite.
Not to blow my own trumpet, but I felt that I could definitely do better.
Another great form of inspiration I’ve found came in the form of animals. Well, when I say ‘animals’, I really mean horses. Yes, when I met my lovely fiancée Jo I was thrown headlong into the then-strange and seemingly terrifying world of equines and all of the oddness that comes with them and have become irreversibly ‘horsey’ as a result. There will no doubt be a blog post here at some point in the near future lamenting/exclaiming about my life’s horsey endeavours, but in the interest of keeping on the subject of this post, I should explain that I find horses to be very inspirational beings.
No form other than the human form itself has made me feel inspired to pick up a pencil and scribble than that of the form of a horse. They’re elegant, powerful and intelligent creatures – and the shapes that they create when still and in motion inspire wonder, excitement and a whole gamut of emotions in me, which are of course incredibly inspirational and useful things when it comes to creativity, so I’ve been experimenting with the shapes and forms of horses lately with varying results.
I should note at this point that I’m not planning on flinging all of my metaphorical eggs into one large and equally metaphorical basket with gay abandon; I’m still finding myself having thoughts of doing art that has horror, fantasy and science-fiction themes, which would be playing historically to my strengths, but for the time being I’m having a good ponder over the demographics that I want my art to appeal to, and to find one particular niche to plunder before spreading out to things that I personally find more interesting.
So what exactly are my plans, then? Well, at the moment I’m experimenting with pointillism and colour rather than simply drawing in monochrome like I used to do so often, with the picture on this first of my blog posts on here being a work-in-progress photo of a pointillism experiment that I did last week.
No peeks at the finished article for now, though. I want to build up a small portfolio before having a grand premiere of what I’ve been plugging away at, and I’m hoping that this paid subscription to WordPress is enough motivation in itself for me to keep up with my art and eventually succeed in achieving my dream.
Adios for the noo!