I'm changing the direction of this blog moving forward. Specifically, I'm retiring most or all posts about music and replacing them with new entries about artist mindset, motivation, and psychology.
There are several reasons for that, but the biggest one is that I'm learning a ton of great things right now that are helping me become more efficient, more motivated, and more resilient as I pursue my art career. I would've loved to have that information much sooner in life, and after talking with a few artist friends recently and seeing them working around the exact same mental and emotional barriers that I am, I feel compelled to shift the focus of this blog entirely to art.
I recognize the potential for that to come across as me pretending to be the guy with all the answers or acting like I'm a well-established artist. I'm neither of those things, but I'm working extremely hard on my art right now and constantly learning and growing, and if there's any chance the things that are helping me can help other artists who are at the same point in their career, then I have to share that information.
My work-in-progress posts will remain the same every other week, but in-between those I'll now choose a topic related to creating art that has been a particular struggle or obstacle for me and share information from books, podcasts, interviews, etc. that is helping me work through those.
As for the music posts, I love writing about music, but it's increasingly disconnected from the art I'm making. When I initially conceived of this blog, the idea was to focus on making dark fantasy surrealism that related directly to the metal music I listen to. Through the course of this year I have steadily widened the scope of art styles and subjects that I'm interested in making while taking on more commissions, and much of the new work I'm doing – for example on Stinker or the upcoming Donut Drop Ranch that I'll talk about next week – has no relationship to metal music.
Also, to be honest, the metal and dungeon synth music I listen to is incredibly obscure stuff and only a handful of people are going to find reviews and articles about it interesting. More and more, I feel like I'm writing about those topics for myself as a sort of self-indulgence, and I believe it would be a much better use of my time to write about topics that are useful to other people, not just talking about the music I personally enjoy.
So the first post in this direction will go up in two weeks: Instagram Likes Are Killing Your Motivation to Make Art - Here's What You Can Do About It.
But first, I'll see you next week for a look at the final ink version of a new commission I wrapped recently, Donut Drop Ranch. Cheers until then!