@heidi-ahmad Oh, yes. Raster. Not pixel. Forgot.
I know you say 1,000 sketches, but I like saying 1,000 paintings because the goal sounds better that way. Now, I know what you mean by 1,000 sketches. You're trying to make my goal reachable. Finish more sketches than paintings since sketching is easy to do. I agree, but I need to be painting right now.
Heres what I think. I think I'm going to have to vector my art if I'm going to be selling my art onto large products. Thats it. No second thoughts. However, I don't think right now is the time to vectorize my art. Just because I haven't figured out a "vector style" for my art. Yes, I said I should simplify my style to basic shapes, gradients, and strokes, but I want to add more texture and just make it not look so computerized? I'll continue to creatively fool around in Illustrator and develop a style, but I don't think right now is the time to vectorize anything. Right now is not the time to experiment with vector texture. Right now I need to be knocking out paintings. I'll keep playing in Illustrator throughout my time painting and sketching in photoshop, but once I find a solid vector style and a system that allows me to vectorize my art quickly THEN I'll start the process of vectorizing my art. That way I'm not here right now trying to figure out a vector style when I could be finishing paintings in photoshop. So I'll come back and vectorize m art later.
On top of that, I don't really have a huge following right now, so I have no one to sell my art on products to. No one. Maybe 100 paintings down the line I'd have built a huge loyal following on my youtube channel and instagram who'd be willing to purchase my art on products but right now I have a small following. Also, I think Gary Vee says nothing is going to happen the first couple of years of your project/journey. For example, his first couple of episodes of his wine library tv series on youtube. No one wat tunning in but years later people started following him and eventually he started making mone. I just need to be patient and things will happen as I go. I should enjoy the process for now. Money will come later. That's what he says.
Right now, however, I should be sketching and painting. I should be knocking out paintings. I should be sketching and painting small though because I don't like painting big, and I've already agreed to vectorize my art later. I should, however, be sketching more than painting. I should be sketching concepts for paintings and knocking out these sketches. I should sketch every day so that I reach 100 painting concept/sketches fast and so that I'm getting my daily drawing. So that I know already what I plan to paint for the year since my goal is 100 paintings each year for the next 10 years. I should also be painting every day and working on each painting one by one.
THATS what I should be doing. Sketch more concepts, paint as I go, and vectorize my art later. Siiiggghhh.................Every day I'm reflecting on this project and just figuring out how I'm going to execute it. Thank you to everyone whos been helping me so far. I'm slowly making it easier for myself.