Yeah, I'm a little late doing up my journal for this month and last month, sorry for not being more active. A lot of crap has been going on. For one, I've got a job, two I can't work on my art while I'm there, and three I've been working more full time hours than part time. Except for this past week, I'm only working three days. My pay check is going to be a little lower than I like it to be, but at least I'm getting paid. Even though I have a job and I am getting paid, does not mean I get enough to buy art on here. Even though I'd love to.
My family has not been my greatest "asset" the last month either. I'd rather not rant about here on DA. But suffice it to say, my mother has been dumping buckets of depression on me; which makes it hard for me to want to work on my art work. Luckily, she hasn't been doing that with me for a week now and I've felt like working on commissions. I've been sketching like crazy to give myself something to do before or after work when I get there early or have to wait for my fiancee to pick me up after he's off of work.
I've got some Koi fish, a picture that depicts how I felt when my parents split, a couple of fan pieces, and some plans for a b-day present. I also need to start working on a painting so I can have it ready by Christmas. I'm just hoping this present commission goes smoothly, so far I've had all kinds of trouble with Dragon Lineart.
Don't get me wrong, it's been fun to work on but the coloring part of this is stumping me hard. I want the image to pop with color, but it's hard to do that when the commissioner basically has a monochromatic scale for the character. I suggested a Turquoise color for the strips but I'm starting to second guess it and if I went to red, I'd have to change the background color. I think after he and I figure this out, the profile body piece should be easier to do.
Lately, I've had a thing for getting a fish, no thanks to me working over at Petsense. We sell Beta fish and I've had my eye on a few of them but haven't decided on one in particular yet. My fiancee refuses to let me have one, "They're useless, you can't hold it, you can't train it, and the cat would just try to eat him. The only thing any fish can do is swim and poop in the water. Why would you want to have a useless pet that you spend money on and have no return of affection?" I like them because their pretty, I like taking care of them, and I like to pretend they're affectionate towards me, even if they aren't.
Plus, they've been a part of my drawings lately, which are Beta/Koi mixes. I want one as a tattoo but I haven't done all my homework yet as to where I'm going to get it done at, how much it'll cost, and how many times I will have to go there to get it finished. It'll be my first tat and getting one that's super detailed, isn't exactly one of my more brilliant ideas. For some reason, I see the Beta as the Samurai and the Koi as the Buddah, I'd have the Cancer sign on it's head, with some waterlilies in there.I was born in Japan and I want a tat that I won't regret and best represents me, I figured the Beta/Koi was a smart choice on my part.
As for my portfolio, I plan to work on that right after these two commissions. I'll be working on it between my other art projects. So, hopefully, I'll have it done before next year.