May. 7th, 2013

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I've realized that I need more time to work on my art anatomy studies, so I've decided to cut back on the time that I spend on the Internet significantly. I figure from now on I'll check up on the social sites for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. If I'm stuck waiting on something, I'll look at sites on my iPhone, but nothing more than that. I can say anything I want to say to anyone and see what all my friends are up to in that amount of time.

I'm happy to say that I am starting to improve with my artistic anatomy. The annoying thing though, is that now that I go back and look at all my pictures, I see so many glaringly obvious anatomical errors. I almost just want to delete everything with a human figure in it at this point. But, who cares, I'm happy that I'm moving forward and I don't have the time to bother deleting everything right now.
(BTW, Susan, if you happen to be reading this, your advice to me about studying the pelvic region has been the most helpful single bit of advice I've gotten from anyone. Ah! I could just kiss you for that!)

I'm also working on drawing hummingbirds in ArtRage to work on a style for my book. Yep, I'm going with the hummingbird people idea after all. The thing is, I realized that this concept has been around for awhile, actually. There's even a Newberry award winning book out there with a fairy that rides a hummingbird. And there are figures with that motif on Etsy. So the concept isn't original after all. But my story idea and my own take on the concept is original. And besides, I want to play to my strengths, and drawing birds is one of them. I have other story ideas, especially with biblical themes, but those are a bit too ambitious for me to tackle right now.

Also, I've decided that I would aim to have my hummingbird book done in time for Christmas of 2014 instead of this Christmas. I need time to develop this book, and I haven't even done jack to promote the book I've already done. So learning Internet marketing skills is another thing that will be up there on my list.


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