New Year, New Plans

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I’d like to announce a couple of things I’ve been planning for myself in January.  I am participating in Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days.  Well, not actually paintings.  I am making 30 pen and ink drawings.  As a theme has been suggested for people participating, my theme is In the Company of Dwarves.  

Many of you know my love for all things medieval and fantasy.  I’ve been in love with JRR Tolkein’s work since I was about 10 years old, when my teacher read to our class, The Hobbit.  I guess Dwarves have been on my mind since then.  Today, am sharing with you my first drawing.

lamplighterdwarf1This is Vali, the lamplighter.  It is his job to ensure the paths and passages are lit in the Dwarven city.   He considers this an important job, as the Dwarven city is subterranean and one will be in pitch blackness without his services.  Dwarves see well in the dark but even they need at least a little bit of light.

My second announcement is that I have started a Patreon page for myself.  I will be using this page as a means to push myself to regularly produce digital work for myself.  I will be trying to put out work every week, or at least every two weeks on this page.  You will see a lot of pop art/fan art.  I really want to push and improve myself in this medium.

I do not have a fan base, nor do I have a body of work at this time.  I hope that this will come as I continue to improve my art.  Patreon will be the platform that I use to publish work first.  If you follow me by my blog, facebook, instagram or other social media, you will probably see my art in those places as well but it will first appear on Patreon.  If you are interested, you can find my Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/kirktaskila.  I am working on my first piece of fan art, it is going to be of Kylo Renn, the villain in the latest Star Wars movie.  Hope you will like it.  Work in progress pics to go live soon.

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Strong as Stone

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masondwarf4Dellingr the Stone Mason.  He works splitting blocks of stone to appropriate size and shape.  I watched him work for some time.  He had a special touch with the stone.  He told me it spoke to him.  With a well placed chisel and a solid blow he could split the stone into slabs, blocks or bricks.  

New year plans

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December is a great month to reflect on the past year and to make plans for the new year.  It has been an amazing year for me and the growth I have had, particularly in the area of art has been amazing.  My time at the One Fantastic Week art Symposium was unbelievable.  I left there with a natural high.  There was so much great information shared there about art, developing personal projects and creating your own path for your art career, I had a lot to think about and digest.

There are areas of my art I want to work on and areas I want to explore for projects and to supplement my income.   Starting in January, I will create a Patreon site.  On this crowd funding site I will use it as a platform debut all future work.  I will be using it to post my illustrations, sketches, and fan art.  I have been defining my rewards for each tier and plan to launch some of newest work in January.

I also plan to participate in the Artists Helping Artists 30 day painting challenge.  Every day a new piece of artwork will be made.  I had a great time working on the Inktober challenge, doing a new ink drawing everyday for the month of October.  I was posting those on my Facebook page.  I’ll be posting some of my favorites from that month soon. (My original post was programmed to appear a few days after I wrote it, but was eaten by the Internet.)

In June of next year I will be going to the illustration master class in Amhurst, Massachusetts.  I’ll spend a week there studying with some of the best fantasy artists in the business.  Boris Vallejo has always been one of my favorite artists and this is an opportunity to have him as a teacher.  I’m very excited.

i also plan to have a kickstarter in the new year.  I’d love to get a collection of my sketches bound into a sketchbook.  I’m working on the content now.

In addition to all of these plans, I want to paint.  I want to try and work on some watercolor and try to do more oils before the master class in June.

This will be a year of trying new things and exposing myself artistically.  It is scary to put your art out there.  All of these things are going to push me, and commit me to making more work, more frequently.

Currently, I will continue to keep my day job.  It is rewarding in its own right.  I have figured out, how much money I need to earn in order to be a full time artist.  I know it can be done but it will require a lot of work. I’ve seen others surpass the amount of money I am earning to be professional artists.

Thank  you all who have followed me so far.  I’ve appreciated all you comments, and critiques.  I hope you will stick with me in the future. This will be a big year for me, and even if I fail at some of these attempts I’ll be learning along the way!

 

A castle in the clouds

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colorcastle72I love castles.  Towers, battlements, dungeons and European history.  I love it all.  My pinterest page has 476 pins on it of castles, ruins, and details like doors, windows and interiors.  I used pieces of different castles to create this one.

In particular, I love the wooden access to the gatehouse.  In times of war, it could be torched to inhibit access.  I’ve seen several with wooden bridges and some with stone.  I liked the idea of the wooden entry.

I’ve copied a low resolution image here. I’m still experimenting with the pencil drawing, scanned and then colored online.  I’m working on the photoshop piece.

Give me a comment on my blog or on facebook.  Do you love it?  Hate it?  If you have a good photoshop tip for me, I’d love to hear it.