I sincerely apologize for my inactivity here. I have been having a really hard time uploading finished pieces, I guess I just started to lose motivation to photograph, edit and go through all the work of posting to my gallery sites. I have finally prepared a few pieces from the past several months that are ready to be uploaded, so I'll try to have those up soon.
Lets talk some about last year. I feel like it was kind of a rough year for me art-wise. I've felt very unfocused and not really sure what direction I wanted to take with my sculpting. Though I created some really cool pieces, and was definitely working on things a throughout the year, I felt less productive last year than any of my other years since I started sculpting. Sales-wise, I have definitely not done well, my Etsy shop had it's worst year probably since I opened it, and commissions were slower as well. I know some of this has to do with my decision to stop taking fan art commissions part way through the year, but I was surprised at how much of a hit that was. I also explored some ideas of my own, which have not been particularly successful. Which leads me to my next topic.
The Pupples. I had big plans for these guys, and I really was quite excited to share and create them. Unfortunately, the project has been a major flop, with very little interest. It is a bit heart wrenching to put your heart and soul into a project that no one else really wants, but it was a good learning experience at least. I did learn a lot about molding and casting, and I don't regret the choices I made. However, the current Pupple bases are going to be discontinued. I still have two unpainted bases that can be custom ordered in my shop
(a lab and a corgi) as well as a few pre-painted Pupples. But after those are gone I will no longer be making any more from those molds. Am I abandoning the Pupple project completely? At this point I am not sure. But if I do revisit them, they will be quite a bit different. For now the project is on hold until further notice.
Now, that being said-I do want to continue to pursue some of my own ideas this year. Hopefully ones that will have more success than the Pupples.
I want to create some more unique resin casts, as well as some more OOAK sculptures like the Buttergi. I have been picking up a few extra hours at work, which I'm hoping will put less stress on trying to make money off my art, so I can focus on improving and trying new ideas. I also have several personal pieces I want to create, which I just haven't had time to do. I will be taking some more commissions in the future, but right now I really don't know when I will be able to open. I currently have a couple trades I need to finish, as well as a piece for a family member, and then I want to take some time work on some of my own ideas for a little bit. It probably won't be until February-March before I open for commissions again.
One more thing-I've started using the new mobile app for dA. I actually kind of like it, particularly since I mostly use my iphone and ipad as my computer is ancient and falling apart. Anyways, I have been thinking about uploading work-in-progress photos and random doodles via the status updates, much like I do on Tumblr and Instagram. That way followers on dA can keep up with things that I am working on as well! Do you guys like that idea?
Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me through all my ups and downs! I hope to have some new and exciting things in store for everyone this year!