Hey folks. Time for a change.
(it’s a long one but if you’re really interested in my art then definitely worth the read)
I know it’s been a while since the last update. A lot of things are happening in my personal life right now and some pretty dramatic things are happening and will be happening over the coming year, change, lots of change. So let’s get straight to it, what changes effect you folks and my art?
Make sure you scroll down for the details!
- I’ll be stepping back from entering competition/taking part in events etc.
- Less info with posts etc.
- All of my work will be aiming towards a specific project.
- My style will change and be evolving.
- The end of Whistling Bear Illustrations is near and the beginning of WayneDLArt is coming.
- All future illustrations will, some how, link to the same narrative.
Like I said, read the details to explain what I’m talking about.
1. I’ll be stepping back from entering competition/taking part in events etc.
I’m the type of artist who throws themselves into a project, one project. I have juggled multiple projects before and it can be difficult to keep focused or motivated. I have a project that I’m really passionate about, it means a lot to me and I’ve been working towards it for years without even realising, to make sure I give it the attention I need I’ll be focusing 100% on it. There is one project that I liked the idea of that I might possibly still go for, but that’s it, and realistically I probably won’t do it. Things like Inktober and art based events have always inspired me, but I don’t want to get distracted by them either. So I will be avoiding them, unless I see a really good reason for doing it, like a way to expand my project through it.
On the flip side; I am looking into making trips to conventions, creative/writing events and things like that, possibly even live streaming again in the future. It’s really just changing the way I’m interacting with the creative world.
2. Less info with posts etc.
The project I’m working on is going to be long term, I’ve invested a lot to move in this direction and I have a lot more lined up for further investing. That means, although I want you to come on a journey with me, I don’t want to give you everything on a silver platter, because that will spoil the end product. I’m going to be working and refining and if I’m happy to share some art with you awesome folks I don’t want to bog you down with info behind the piece that might confuse you since you don’t know the whole story. So, instead, just enjoy the art 🙂
3. All of my work will be aiming towards a specific project.
Long story short? Ok, it’s a book. A novel. Fantasy based. Why?
For those of you that don’t know, I’m dyslexic. I was only diagnosed in my early 20’s after I finished my degree. It threw some people, even family, but it made complete sense to me. I always thought that I was just bad at reading when I was a kid, that I was a little slow to work things out. So, naturally, I avoided it. I had a love of making stories and a passion for narrative, so I either told the stories, experienced them through movies and games or forced myself to read in secret where no one could just the fact I had to reread pages, sometimes chapters, for it to be understood.
I made coping mechanisms to help and after I found out and found new ways to deal with it I forced myself to read a story I loved (I know right? Painful) Harry Potter is one of my favourite stories, and my favourite one is Order of the Phoenix, notably the longest of the books. I read it, and the sense of achievement was amazing.
I want to write books that I would love to read, at the same time, I want to have that storytelling perspective. I want the reader to feel like someone is telling them the story while sat around a fire or something. I want it to be full of illustrations because, let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy looking at the pictures (but seriously, it helps give the brain solidity to what it read, take a break from rows of text, and if you are caught up in the moment you can always skip the illustration for now and go back).
One of the first stories I sat down and typed was when I was a young teen. I then wrote when I made the cover for Eagan D.W. Machine in the Mist. I then made a story behind Unfathomable which dug deeper into the world of Eagan. All of these stories actually slot into the same universe and have a big impact on this project. Eagan being key. This story will be based centuries after the events of Eagan D.W. and what changed the world. We rejoin the story with his descendants, following his bloodline to a new Eagan, named after the original. A dystopian world now ruled by magical folk and ‘Naturals'(evolved, humanoid animals).
I’ve been writing, making notes and sketching for a while now and I have given myself a rough guide of 2-3 years to work on this, in depth, no distractions(other than the day job).
4. My style will change and be evolving.
I’ve worked my socks off to build my skills with watercolour, and now I’m happy with my abilities, I’m working with pencil again(yep, that’s where it all started). Have been playing with how to combine the two and altering my style. The story will be bloody, gory and not afraid to swear, so I didn’t want my illustrations to be like traditional kids book illustrations. I wanted it to be gritty. So I’ve been playing, researching, seeking inspiration and reaching out to illustrators I admire for advice. I have an idea of where I want it to go but I’m just having fun playing at the minute and applying everything I have learnt.
5. The end of Whistling Bear Illustrations is near and the beginning of WayneDLArt is coming.
Originally, I set up Whistling Bear Illustrations as my illustration work, a name that I could produce my work as merchandise and sell it, all the while keeping my name hidden to an extent from students that I taught in my day job. Now my art hasn’t followed the same path, it’s more about personal projects, about me. As mentioned earlier some of my illustrating friends also recommended a change to help me. I have already started changing my social media names and eventually the website will be changing too. It’s a fresh start, no pressure of what I HAVE to do, but take my time and do what I WANT to do.
6. All future illustrations will, some how, link to the same narrative.
As I mentioned earlier, on project. Everything will link in some way, either concepts for characters, actual illustration work for the book, research or trial sketches/paintings. Some things will not make sense if I post the image and explain the back story, for example, I’m currently sketching a piece for Ulrich Firmfoot, a dwarven wanderer. Who he is, why he might be important or if he’s just a study for a small part, you wouldn’t know until you read the story, so instead, like I mentioned earlier, just enjoy. Everything links to the world in some ways or is a study (like life drawings) to help build my skills and style.
I really hope you can join me through this process, I know it’s the long game but the change will be well worth it.