This is one of the biggest questions I've asked myself quite often: Which way do I go as a creator?
Well, obviously I am walking down a quite silent path compared to other creators out there. Let's start from the beginning...
When I first started to draw and paint, I did mostly fanart. The feedback wasn't quite mindblowing, I was never "famous", but yet I got feedback from people. When I started to approach my own characters, stories, and later on designs and settings, ideas, etc., the feedback decreased further, until it hit about 1%.
It has been difficult back then because I realised: Being famous means to follow trends, otherwise people will ignore what one is doing and those who do stick with the other path (of not following trends) could be put into a sort of "special interests" group. It is nothing bad of course.
But at the beginning, to notice that feedback decreases and people follow more of the generic stuff and the trending things, is not that easy to handle. However, I guess being creative means to take risks and to experiment as well. I took the risk to be a nobody. I am, in fact, no one. This is okay though, I have chosen my path. Back then I tried to see if there could be a way to do something unusual, experimental, own, and yet somehow getting people interested. I can say it worked at least to 1% and, as I noticed since my whole life up until now, the people who got interested in my work all have the potential to be special individuals in my life. I made best friends with some who looked far away to where I was walking, at my very own path, following something I have no idea what it even is. Maybe it is just that, my way is my goal. Not very exciting though it is the best way to put it.
Back then I had expectations and hopes as well, but seeing how the world functions and how the industry functions I stopped hoping. There is no room for hope, just for moving forward. Until now I refused to step away from my own path to create "generic" stuff.
The thing is I do not consider my work as something better or more creative, just somehow different since I put my own thoughts and point of view into things. I appreciate a lot of art and design that is out there and all the great colleagues I have totally deserve their attention.
It is not like me trying to make others worse than me, it's quite the opposite somehow.
So which way do we go... I guess it's a very special way everyone follows on their own. I stopped working like a beast just to put stuff out there into my portfolio, since it wasn't worth my loss of energy over time. I've learned a lot just with drawing on paper and writing down all my ideas for the stories I am about to tell.
I do not consider myself as a very good artist, I am just a dude with a big passion for dragons, art, and stories. I am trying to make a difference, whether people like it or not, but at the end I can tell that I tried to take a different route.
All in all I guess that, in fact, is the way all creators go: The journey to the own depths of the soul. Somewhere within there lies the answer we are searching for.
Some day I will find my answer. Maybe, when my story Forlorn Knights is done, it will wait there.
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