First journal in three years!!
o_O (Where has the time gone?)
Anyway, I figure this is as good a time as any to announce that I'm tentatively plotting a return to drawing. As my few (and valued!) watchers are no doubt well-aware, I've been pretty much inactive for the past few years. Most telling is the fact that a full two years
passed between the Tecpatl SMG
design (2012) and my most recent Albatross
design (June 2014). Even in 2012, I only really made two designs, the aforementioned Tecpatl and the M720 revolver
. In comparison, in 2011, I was submitting something at least every month.
I had a chance to look over my gallery this summer, and it's become pretty painfully obvious to me that, fundamentally, I haven't really progressed as an 'artist.'
Sparsity - the fact that I my work is spontaneous and far-between - is a big part of the problem. More importantly, though, I've never considered my work 'art,' and I've made little effort to develop and hone artistic skills. I've never taken a serious art class, and while I've perused tutorials and tried techniques here and there, I've never really committed to the sort of drilling, practice, and study required to really
improve. I want to change that.
The big reason I stopped drawing is simply schoolwork. I just graduated from college this past May, with a double major in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. I also shot target archery for my school, and as I became more and more engrossed in this sport, my creative energies just sort of dissipated.
The thing is, as a kid, I drew all the time: my grade school notes have more doodles than actual notes, and my room at home is covered with old drawings my parents (mind-bogglingly) saw fit to frame. Eventually, though, I decided that I couldn't draw people, then gave up on drawing altogether. But if archery has taught me anything, it's that building proficiency takes dedicated practice and a willingness to work with imperfection.
So don't let the dust in my gallery deceive you: I'm doing more drawing now than I've ever done at any other time. I'm also planning on taking an actual art course (my first o_O) this fall in grad school. Hopefully, I'll be back to submitting stuff soon