*cough cough* Hmm, seems to have been a bit since I made a real post here. Hadn't realized it had been quite that long. Probably because I regularly update the shirt.woot list
I have on here & I'm generally on Facebook now. That & other than shirt.woot derbies & work, not much else is really going on. I don't really hang out with folks much, there's not really any drama at work (save for an incident or two regarding lost monies), & Johnny & I are still the same as always...just older, I guess.
In all honesty, I'm perfectly happy with not having drama or too much excitement. I like things quiet, but sometimes one gets a little bored. But doing the derbies helps a lot with that. Erm, yeah, that's actually been the most tantalizing thing for me of late. I started doing them around February as a means to improve my art skill & I'd say it's helping. If nothing, it's showing that when I really put my mind to it, I can draw many things I didn't think I could draw. John & my brother, Andy, encourage this quite a bit. My brother & I often collaborate on ideas & he usually comes up with something quite elaborate & I'm left to wonder how I will pull off such lofty ideals.
Although we haven't won anything, but I didn't start doing the derbies with thoughts of winning to begin with, we have been getting better. Sometimes the designs strike out & sometimes they are pretty well received. Our most recent design
has been the most popular so far. Ending in 34th place out of about 150 entries. Course we only had around 130 votes. Shirts that are printed are often into the thousands of votes, so we still have a long way to go.
Regardless, since the designs are still copyrighted to me, I intend to open a shop online to sell my designs. I've put too much effort to let them just rot. I don't expect them to sell like hotcakes, but if even a few people wish to purchase a t-shirt designed by me, I'll take it as a compliment. I have to admit, designing t-shirts is not something I thought I'd be doing, but I've often wondered what would have happened if I had decided to study art instead of English. I've never regretted my major, but I've had more than one person ask me why I didn't study art. My response was always the same: Art is a hobby, but if it becomes work, I won't like it anymore. This was more an excuse really. I knew I could draw a little, but I didn't think I had the talent, nor drive to acquire the skill, to pursue a career in art. That is I, for some reason I thought I'd have a better time getting a job with my English degree. :P
Also, I'm not like some artists who draw & draw & draw & draw constantly. I go through spurts. This is not because I dislike drawing, it's because I'd try to draw something, I wouldn't come out how I liked, so I'd get frustrated with myself & go back to something that I could do with little effort because it came to me more naturally: read, analyze, & research books, novels & the all things written in the English language. I like writing research papers, much as I bemoaned them in college. It wasn't because I disliked writing the papers, I just had other things I'd rather have been doing, like drawing.
Basically, I try to be a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. I don't focus much in one field, I dabble in many. However, there are some I tend to avoid. *cough math & science cough* So I'm okay at what I do, but I could be better if I just spent more time in that area. But then I get distracted by something new or another old hobby to play with for a while.
But I'm starting to really wonder what would have happened if I had gone to school as an art major. If I had actually spent the time to draw more & apply myself. I know I can improve. I've seen it over the last few years. This
is proof of that. I just wonder how far I can push myself?