Its been a while since I've done one of these, almost a year in fact. A lot of stuff happened all over the place since then the big world stuff obvioulsy but also on the smaller scale of my personal life. Overall it was a pretty good year for me which is always good.
I think last year saw the most creative output I've ever had judging by quantity and overall quality which feels good, I'm hoping to to top it this year and so far its not looking so bad. Unfortunately motivation has been hard to come by lately especially with all the distractions the past few months have had to offer, I lost the past week and a half to Titanfall 2 online which was fun while it lasted but the more I think about it the ore embarassed I am of it because I haven't sunk so much time into an online game by myself for a while and it just feels gross to have neglected art for so long. But I'm back to it now and am going back at it with some loose plans and some mostly written scripts I'll hopefully be able to turn into little comics or zines. There are a lot of doubts I have floating around about where I should go with my art, I'm trying to keep up with personal studies and staying on top of improving which I definitely need but beyond that obvious need its difficult to exist as an online mostly presence while staying only traditional, the problem is I don't enjoy the digital process and I want to have fun doing art especially if I am going to pursue it but that's irrelevant for the most part considering the only way forward really is to embrace digital and I know that. Its very frustrating and I'm sort of just venting at this point. Regardless I guess we'll see.
Also the art forum bums me the fuck out, man.
Pico Day was awesome I had a ton of fun, it was great seeing all of you people that I saw there the hype for future years is cranked up to eleven, hope to see all of you there again and meet the people I didn't get a chance to.
Moving on, here's the sketchbook scribbles I got from all you super cool dudes and dudettes, I sort of left it around and it must've gotten buried somewhere unfortunately, but thank you so much to all of you that got to it!
That's about it I think, I can't believe I didn't get a drawing from @test-object! What happened there man!? At least I got some hugz. Same with @mattyburrito great conversations dude, goodluck going forward with everything!
Great year everyone, thank you @TomFulp for Newgrounds and giving the community such a great day to meet up. Without Newgrounds I don't know if I'd have even gotten into Art and now I'm seven years in and couldn't imagine life any other way. Go Team!
I figure why not do another on of these updates, maybe I'll make it a monthly or bi-monthly thing.
So the semester just wrapped up, very cool no hard classes this time so its not really too much of a relief, mostly just good to have more time to work personal projects. Pico Day is in two days so I'm pretty psyched for that, I'll be hopping on a plane tomorrow afternoon and arriving late in Philly the same day. Last year was fantastic and expect this year to be even better. Hopefully I'll have a little drawing up tomorrow for the day, we'll see.
For the next month I'm gonna be going hard at the paintings, I have a gallery show coming up at the end of May, so ideally I'll have ten paintings done by then. right now I've got four, so fingers crossed. Segueing into that I'm now streaming painting on twitch sporadically so drop by and say hi sometime; I'll probably be dropping updates on here or in my art thread when I'm streaming. So far the experience has been pretty good, I need to get more involved with the community there though. I'll also be making prints of a select few of my illustrations so if there's a piece in my gallery that you're cuckoo bananas for let me know and I might add it to the list of prints.
I am still doing art reviews/critiques by request, and please by God if you're going to request one provide me with a link to A COMPLETED PIECE you'd like me to critique. I can do general reviews of your art as a whole, but really I prefer to go indepth on one piece because I'm able to really get in there; whereas when I speak generally about a body of work I miss things or aren't as critical as I'd be with just the one, or select few even. The art forum would be better suited if you want a breakdown of your work as a whole plus you'd get multiple.
I'm sure there's a bunch of other stuff going on but that's all the stuff that is relevant to here so have a wonderful day, maybe I'll see you on Saturday.
May as well give some insight into what's up, if you're on my user page you might be interested.
General stuff: I currently go to community college (cheap yo!) my major is fashion design, though I'm not very good at it (I put a sewing needle straight through my finger on an industrial machine last year, fun story) so I'll probably end up changing that to illustration or something along those lines. With school I've been trying to get a good registration date so I've been unable to get any General ed's so I've been taking mostly art and German classes and a few fashion classes, I've actually learned a lot, got into some new mediums and learned techniques on the art side. I feel like art classes are bashed a lot here on Newgrounds - and I used to be of the same mind, but when I got to more specialized classes rather than general art I found them to be much more useful.
I play hockey every Sunday (roller, ice is money, honey) that's a lot of fun, if you've never played I'd strongly recommend giving it a shot. Lately I've been trying to learn how to play Street Fighter V, the first in the series I've ever owned. I kinda got caught up in the hype with that one. I've always been a Tekken and Mortal Kombat player, Street Fighter never appealed much to me and I'm still not in love with it; it doesn't help that all the character designs except Chun Li's standard and Dhalsim are super duper Fugly, seriously what the fuck, Ken's face. Other than that I've been chipping away at Bloodborne's the Old Hunters DLC but progress is slow most of my free time is spent painting or drawing.
Miscellaneous: I like, and frequently draw Jesters, cats and crescent moons as well as, to a lesser extent Insects (just the neat ones though praying mantis, moths etc). Ink is probably my most used medium historically, though lately I've been favoring markers colored pencils and oil paints. I got a thing for socks, all the many pairs I own are at least knee high with some pattern or design, usually argyle though I've got some really neat Le Chat Noir socks. I strongly favor vertical formats over landscape when doing art. I also favor asymmetrical hairdos.
I STILL DO ART REVIEWS BY REQUEST just pm me with a link to a SINGLE FINISHED piece of yours and I'll give you an in depth review to the best of my (I'm gonna brag here) quite adept abilities.
I made this post because I've been on Newgrounds for going on seven years now and I figure I may as well properly introduce myself, if for some reason there's anything else you want to know about me, feel free to ask away.
I haven't made one of these for a while, not since the art review request announcement, I'm gonna chalk that up largely to a failure. Some people requested reviews and I am happy to have helped them, but for the most part not a ton of people have made requested, which is understandable. What isn't understandable though is how the "please link me one finished piece to review" was so hard to grasp apparently, but whatever.
Anyway, as for an update on the status of myself: all has been going largely well; drawing has been steady; commissions have been moving through from time to time; personal life has been personal; and yet here, on Newgrounds, I really just don't know. I'll be going to Pico day this year as I did last year and am very much looking forward to that, but the art forum and the art section, the places I've called my home on Newgrounds for the passed six years or so, have just been annoying. I don't know if I'm just cynical to the changing tides of how artist try to make a living (chances are your patreon can go fuck itself) or if I've just hit a tipping point with fan art, or if it's just that all or most of the people I consider friends have stopped posting so much over the past few years, or if it's just all of the above forming up into a mass of disappointment, but the place just doesn't feel like a community so much as a disjointed mess of a bunch of people throwing out follow me links to their social networking sites full of cartoon tits n asses asking for cash. Not to forget the heartbreaking lack of any support for any community activity that doesn't involve monetary gain, I mean, the "your character my style thread" has been dormant for months and every time I, or somebody else try to bump it, it quickly falls back away after a post or two, not to mention the other activity threads that don't even catch on for a second post and trying to start a new activity thread is about as encouraging as something that isn't very encouraging at all. .
All that I know is that the art forum probably isn't in a much worse off state than it has been for the past year or so, but that's just the thing. I think I'm just finally out of juice for this place, I try to keep posting and giving advice where I can because I have learned so much from this place, and I do believe I have some valuable knowledge to impart, but I have been feeling less and less like my efforts to engage are worth it.
So that's where I am right now, hope you're doing alright.
Because of the severe lack actual critiques in the Art Portal for the past month or so I have taken on the task of providing in depth critiques on submissions. I have been met with almost entirely positive response form the authors of the random drawings I've chosen to critique, but there are a lot of artists I feel would greatly appreciate reviews and since my current system is fairly random I'd like to better promote requests for reviews. I welcome artists of any skill level, to leave in the comments or pm mea link (or just the title since no HTML in the comments) to a COMPLETED submission in the art portal of yours that you would like me to review. I leave very in depth reviews and critiques of art, so expect to read at absolute least one solid paragraph from me on it.
I will disect as many aspects of your art as I possibly can including areas of, overall composition, color choice, anatomy, mood, values, focus, flow etc, and give you advice on how to fix or strengthen any aspects in the imediate drawing as well as how you may be able to improve future drawings. I'll try to take into account your skill level as much as I can and give the most relevant feedback possible. I'm not going to bash you or your drawing, but I'm not going to sugar coat anything either, if something needs work, it needs work and I will be sure to let you know about it.
Also I recommend for further more immediate improvement on your studies to go check out the Art Workshop and for tutorials and some general knowledge to go check out the Art101 user page (currently under some construction but there is a lot of information there).
I look forward to reviewing your art!
I've decided recently to to start actually taking time to leave detailed and in depth reviews in the Art Portal. I guess its mostly just being sick of there being so little actual critiques on pieces, especially the ones that are almost there in terms of quality but are just missing some factor that is keeping them from shining. Even more frustrating is the useless comments I see from time to time.
So if you've got any art you'd like me to critique just leave it in the comments or pm me and I'll probably get to it within a day or so of seeing it. If you're afraid of your drawing being eviscerated then don't worry I'm not going to be an asshole about it or try to tear you down and insult you or your art, I don't derive joy in putting people down like that.
With that being said I am now going to vent about something that really really really bothers me to the point of actually weighing on my mind that a very small amount of artists do here but is pretty prominent on social media sites and Deviant art(from the extremely small amount of time I've spent on that site). When working with traditional art - particularly colored pencils, pens and/or markers - sometimes the artist will inexplicably choose to take a picture of the drawing with the pens/pencils/markers in the shot to show that "hey these are what I used to make this!" DO NOT FUCKING DO THAT. It looks awful, we all know what pencils look like, you're taking attention away from your art with the materials, you're messing up the compostition or taking up valuable space that could be better suited for details and readability. Write in the description what materials you used. jeez.
Anyway, yeah I'm doing critiques and reviews now so if you want me to review/critique your art let me know. If not I might just do that anyway. Don't forget to go make an art thread in the art forum and participate in the activities there. See ya!
Hey everybody, a few weeks ago I noticed that in the Art Portal there are very few people actually voting on submissions. After noticing this I realized that I too very frequently simply do not vote on submissions unless I think they're super awesome or depressingly awful. So I went back and took a look at some of my work and noticed I average something like five to eight votes out of an average of like three hundred views (depending on amount time the submission has been up). Now unless it's a very popular artist like Shadman, or Deathink I'm sure a lot of artists get this and I think that it's a little frustrating so for the past month I have made it a point to vote on every single submission to the art portal when I look through it. It's really easy to do and even if it's just a number it does make an artist feel better to know more people took the time to leave even a tiny bit of feedback on something they put time into, at least I feel better knowing that so I'm assuming it holds over for others here too. So yeah, just a reminder, rate the artwork you're looking at it's a nice thing to do that really doesn't require any effort.
Hey everybody! I recently made a Redbubble account and am working on getting all of my better works up on there. I am trying to reach more audiences and I think that this is a great way to streamline the process of selling my work. Of course originals are still sold through me and if you're interested in commissioning me to draw something for you I would be happy to give you an estimate or even talk about collaboration. So check back at my Redbubble account in the coming days and weeks as I'll be updating it as I update and fix up some of my older work! thanks for taking the time to read this. CHECK IT!
Hey everybody, I've been working on establishing myself as an artist for hire for the past few months and have finally decided to make a Facebook profile for my work as an artist. From there I plan on selling art, negotiating commissions and just generally being easy to find and contact. If any of you are interested in my art and would like to buy or commission a piece or want an artist for a project of some sort feel free to contact me from said Facebook page or Newgrounds. This website is where I started and where I picked up the skills I have today and I don't intend on abandoning it ever. Also if you would be so kind as to 'like' me on Facebook I'd really appreciate the help in getting my name further out there. I'm also on Instagram if you're into that, @jackdcurleo!
Thanks for taking the time to read and Happy Holidays!
I'm also starting a new Tumblr so check that out.