So here’s a little progress shot of my third piece for my “Share The Earth” series. While I’ve been working on this I’ve been wondering what should I draw for my fourth and final piece for the series. So far it’s a toss up between cheetahs and elephants. I like both so it’s a little difficult to decide. What do you think? Which would you like to see drawn, an elephant or a cheetah? 😊
I’ve been wanting to do a piece on bees for a while now and figured it would fit in with my “Share The Earth” series.
So far here’s my preliminary sketch for my third art card drawing of the series. It’s a little rough but it will get refined as I clean up a bit for inking. ☺
In the high altitudes of Central Asia lives the mysterious “Ghost Of The Mountains”, the snow leopard. These elusive creatures inhabit the rough terrain between where the tree line stops and the snow line begins on the mountains. With temperatures rising due to climate change the snow lines recede more causing the snow leopards to move further up the mountain slopes. As they are forced to inhabit higher elevations, the vegetation becomes more scarce, which means that the herbivores that snow leopards prey upon become more limited in supply putting the leopards in the position of having trouble finding enough food. This is one of the ways in which this beautiful creature’s existence is being threatened.
The is the second completed art card drawing to my four part series on animals effected by climate change. The original and mini printables are available in store. 🌍❤😊
It’s the last day of March and I’m going to do something I rarely do; rant.
My rant is about artist’s statements. Who reads these things? I ask because whenever I come across advise for artists on how to gain more exposure and look more professional, it’s always suggested to write a wonderful, indepth artist statement on your background, explaining why you create, what inspires you, what are you trying to express and how you do your work. This sounds great and all, but who are the people who want to know this stuff because I’ve never met them.
I’ve been selling my art seriously now since the summer of 2015 and honestly, not one person has ever asked me “So, what inspires you?” No one has ever directly asked me, messaged me, DM’d me or tweeted me “What are you trying to convey with you work?” Matter of fact when it comes to the artists whose work I absolutely love, I don’t even think about these things, their work just captures my attention and if I want to see more I try to find out whether they have a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instragram account or a mailing list. And that’s it. I’m not wondering, “Hmmm, I wonder why this artist creates?”
When people do ask me questions they’re rather practical questions like, how much does this cost, do you do commissions, can you draw my dog, do you do tattoos or can you make a t-shirt? I even have analytics that track engagement on my website and about twice a year somebody clicks on my About page and surprisingly that’s more than my FAQ page. People generally just look at my work, buy something, sign up for my newsletter or leave.
So this leaves me to wonder, who are these people who read artist statements? Artists are always encouraged to create a statement but who reads these things and who actually cares? Are artist statements still important in this digital age where people can just follow your work online or subscribe to your mailing list? Maybe because I’m an independent artist who deals directly with the people who buy my work that this doesn’t seem to play a big role or appears all that important. Maybe if I was pitching my work to galleries it would be useful. I really don’t know. Maybe somebody has some insight to this, which I would welcome any enlightenment on, but for now, I have this seemly arbitrary About page on my website that tries to answer all these questions that no one ever asks.
I have to admit, fur is the most mind boggling thing to stipple but here I am about to go at it once again. Here’s the beginning of my next drawing, a snow leopard, for my “Share The Earth” series. These are some interesting creatures, survivors from the time of the saber tooth tiger, who are also known as “Ghosts Of The Mountains”, that roam the high altitudes of Central Asia. I’m rather fond of most creatures in the cat family but I haven’t given much attention to the snow leopard in favor of its more lowland cousin the cougar. So I’m learning much about this fascinating feline as I face the challenge of drawing its elusive beauty. Wish me luck. 😊