It´s been a while since I updated my journal. This time I won´t use it as an outlet of my blog, but for what it was actually invented: to jot down things that moved me along the way.
2013 was a good year in many regards, so a "year in review" can´t hurt
Since today marks December the 6th, this card may be appropriate to someone:
In December 2012/January 2013 I started my lectureship at the IBKK Institute in Bochum / Germany. What can I say, it feels pretty good to pass along some knowledge, to be qite honest, I never thought I´d make a good lecturer, but it feels good and it is fun, lot´s of work - but fun. I really look forward to the next year with a new course.
Attended some new conventions such as the FaRK (Fantasy & Roleplay Konvent) and the Comic Convention in San Diego as also the Weekend of Horrors - all events were a big success and new to me.
I met some really great people, such as my favorite author Howard W. Lewis and KOSARTeffects
Will definitely participate more in art shows and conventions if time allows. For the time being I have abandoned the idea of single art exhibitions, the main reason is that on exhibition you have just the reception to make contacts or be part of the event, on a fair or convention the artist is always present and I really enjoy making contects.
I won the Bronze Award and 3 artworks made it into the book on the Infected By Art
Competition 2012. I´ve participated in round 2 as well, so if you can spare a vote: www.infectedbyart.com/contestg…
I vote back!
And I´m really in awe about the raving response to one of my recent artworks:
This work has reached nearly 22.000 views, I know of friends works whose daily deviation features
didn´t nearly got that many views, so this means very much to me. I´m so glad when something which has a deep meaning to me get´s received in exactly that desired manner = more worth than any award! Thanks dA!
Well, I can´t believe it, my blog fantasiox.blogspot.com
passed the 100.000 visitors mark and I´m still putting up content for at least 2 times a month, I honestly didn´t expect to keep it going but the positive feedback and the use of the written word (aka learning) means so much, it outweighs the time it costs tenfold.
Here are some of the most popular posts, maybe you don´t know about it yet, this should get you started with useful stuff:
Some posts in the pipeline will cover "Hardware" for digital artists, covering topics like graphic tablets, computers, screens and graphic cards.
Besides the blogging and lecturing, I´m learning a lot besides my freelance duty, my main focus is on psychology and marketing. I really love that stuff, in fact I love it so much I want to do a training course covering topics like "how to stay motivated"
and "how to avoid burnout and artists block"
. Not the 5 minutes version that Noah Bradley and Chris Oatley spent in their podcasts (without any explanation btw.), but probaly a 3-5 hours version covering all the mental issues ending up with rewriting the syntax for our unconsciousness. I know I´m not that popular and all that jazz, but honestly - I don´t care, this stuff helped me along the way and if others can ask 50 bucks for a beginner coaching session, I could charge the same for a really useful training. But as mentioned I don´t care I don´t have to do this, if I do, then just because I want to boil down what I know about this huge topic to learn something new along the way.
There´s a blog post about my story and more information: fantasiox.blogspot.de/2013/11/…
This year I have been updated my gallery but not as frequently as I wanted. The past weeks I was able to catch up with some comments and contacts here and on facebook.
I update my sketchbook on tumblr often, so here are a few links to other communities or pages that I use frequently. Feel free to add me there:
That´s it for now, I wish you a nice and relaxing festive season, drive safe and chive on.