@andyg In my case he cost one turkey leg with heavy Montreal steak seasoning. :P
Now time to go try to finish this one up!
I'm just an average Joe who picked up art at 30 and am trying to get good enough to create some stories. I'm a very casual guy. I like hanging out with my wife, eating good food, playing good games (especially Nintendo ones) and just taking in and coming up with fun and interesting stories.
My long term hope is to become a professional illustrator. I'm mostly interested in working on my own projects, but am certainly receptive to client work as well. On the side I'm teaching myself game development in Unity. I think there's a lot of potential for telling stories through games and for me it may end up being the most natural fit. We shall see! :D
I thought I would be able to finish today, but I'm coming down with something and it's sapping my energy and focus. This might turn into a four day piece. The final image is still a bit wider than this. I normally work in passes from the top left to bottom right but I kind of started working in the middle on this one and have found myself working in an outward spiral. No idea why.
On a side note, I had my first dream about inking last night. I dreamed I was apprenticing under an older Japanese pen and ink artist and he took my paper off the desk and tore it in half, chastising me for the lack of looseness in my lines. I figure I better listen to my dream mentor. :P
This is going to be another two day piece. It's partly from reference I took on my walk today and partly from imagination. It's kind of crazy because the dryness here was making the ink dry on my nib before I could even get through it. I was happy with how the inking was going and I didn't want to risk random stray marks from a janky nib, so I turned on the humidifier and thought I'd pick it up again tomorrow.
I think there's a lot of problematic implications of this, but I doubt it will lead to any productive conversation so I'll let it be.
How do you decide which group categories are meaningful enough to have distinct representation though? For instance, I have Crohn's disease and that dramatically affects how I live my life and the opportunities I have available to me. It also can be a serious drain on energy. This isn't at all a pity ploy. I'm very at peace with the realities of my life and comfortable with the challenges this brings. I don't have any expectation though that I'm going to be represented in my unique circumstances, nor would I want it. I'm not saying you shouldn't, but rather speaking purely for myself.
Might it be interesting to hear from other artists who deal with long term illnesses in a podcast or something? Sure, I'd check that out, but I'd feel really weird about it if it just felt like a bit of tokenism. In fact the line between tokenism and representation seems very thin most of the time.
In the broader picture, it seems that you get to a really unsustainable place with this where you just go round and round with everyone vying for representation for their subgroup until everything is just artificial quotas. I know you're not saying anything as broad as all of this or as serious as all of this. I'm just extrapolating the long term effect. You can't possibly represent everyone there is to be represented for everything they want to be represented for. Look at my name. I'm half-Latvian and that means a lot to me. In fact more than most other things about me, but I've never once seen another Latvian artist teaching online or anywhere else. They may exist, but I've not seen it and even if I were to find them, I'd only be interested if they were a good teacher and teaching the things I wanted to learn.
And I'm not saying don't care about these things. It's not my place to tell anyone what to care about and I have no problem with you voicing what you'd like to see. I'm just saying that just as you pointed out how society has certain expectations and presumptions, so too does society at large show preference towards particular elements of identity over others. Possibly even to an inflated degree. There's any number of factors which give a person a unique perspective after all. Their sex, yes, but also where they live, their background, family history, upbringing, their health and on and on.
The short of it is I guess is that we can always find various ways to relate to different kinds of people so long as we're really considering the whole person and not just particular pockets of identity. You might very well find a busy father more relatable than a particular kind of mother. A black person and a white person might connect over common feelings of alienation despite having different experiences which caused it.
That's enough of my own rambling though. :P
Just curious, but what does it matter who you're learning art from so long as they're providing good instruction? I've taken Jake's inking class because he taught great things about using brush pens. I'm now taking Yuko Shimizu's class on Skillshare because she teaches great things about inking with a brush. It doesn't matter whether they're a man or a woman as long as they're providing good instruction. Am I missing something here?
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