The end of another year has come.
Looking back, I'd say my year was a pretty good one. I had gotten to a lot of drawings that had been left unexplored for too long. I made quite a bit of progress with my Photoshop/Illustrator skills. And I'm still meeting a lot of good people here at DeviantArt.
In the real world, I got to travel to Las Vegas, as well as several anime conventions. And in general, I have been spending time with family and friends and making the best of what I have, including a great holiday season!
There are still a lot of stalled ideas that I'm desperate to put down on paper. Every day, I get new ideas that beg to be explored, but takes months before I ever get to them. Must be what most real artists go thru.
Still can't find anything beyond my job at the movie theatre, though there are some opportunities that while not guaranteeing a paycheck, offer rays of hope. Several blogs and forums I've been a member of, I haven't been to much, because I'm stepping back from a lot of the drama I come across online. A lot of it is so pointless that it just isn't worth the trouble.
Sometimes, it feels like I'm trying to be two or three of one person. Maybe. The answer to it cannot be boiled down to simply giving up. If I devote all my time to my art, I may lose out on time spent with family and friends. Some artists thrive in seclusion, but for me, that would be impractical. While there is value to be found in the outside world, I'd rather not live a life where I can't have ANY time with my art, which is what I may very well face at some point.
That of course, is what New Years' resolutions are for. Most of mine pertain to some real world issues: catching up with classic movies, reading more books, and possibly brushing up on my Spanish. As far as my art goes, it will pretty much be the same course I took this past year; exploring new ideas, refining old ideas, and continuing to flesh out my original characters while introducing new faces.
Enjoy the rest of the holiday season, and here's to 2013!