AKA, the ramblings of a madman
AKA, the shit I want to get sorted
I need to get this down on paper so I have a solid plan and not just some ethereal goals in my head. Over the last year or so I have had a load of things I have wanted to do but never gotten around to for one reason or another; so I’m sitting down and mashing together this journal as more of a kick in the backside than anything.
Now, these are not some overarching life goals, these are specifically about sculpting, cons, commissions and all things magical talking horse.
I’m going to split these up into three main things: conventions, personal goals and commissions. Here goes nothing.
Being in the UK there aren’t that many Pony-based conventions to go to. Fortunately the fantastic BUCK is happening again this year as well as the recently announced Bronyscott. Because BUCK was such a blast last year I’m definitely going again this year and I’m strongly considering Bronyscott even though it’s a decent way to travel.
I am also very strongly considering getting a vendor table at BUCK. This will be a great opportunity to sell some of my sculpts and meet a tonne of people. The folks I saw last year selling stuff seemed to have a blast. However, currently I have zero experience with anything like selling at a convention and currently have very few pony sculpts I would want to sell. This means that if I get a table I’m going have to sculpt like crazy.
There is another option I could take. Instead of selling my sculptures I could spend some time making some masters/molds for smaller resin cast ponies. I don’t really have much experience with complex moulding and casting techniques so that might actually be more difficult to pull off, even if it would allow me to sell more ponies at a fraction of the price of a fully sculpted original clay piece.
I could also do a few quick paintings that would be a nice easy thing to sell at my table.
Either way I have to make a decision sharpish top give me time to buy tickets, get accommodation and sculpt all the ponies I’ll need for two days of pony induced awesome.
This is the section that I really have no solid plan for. I mean I have a vague idea but nothing concrete so let’s keep it short and sweet.
Reach another Deviant art milestone. I’m currently sitting (at time of writing) at just under 2k watchers. This is an insane number to me. For a goal I would like to make it to 2500 or even 3000 by the end of the year. Not sure how obtainable that is but it’s a goal.
Improve skills. I have sculpting ponies down to a level that I’m quite happy with but I want to improve; more dynamic and lifelike poses, more ‘realistic’ sculpting of the main/tail and especially improving the faces. The first few can only come with practice and experimentation but the faces I can actively work on. Ever see one of those ’25 essential cartoon expressions’ memes that float around DA, yeah, starting one of those for sculpting pony faces. This will be fun…
Digital art. I am traditional media through and through. Must be the tactile sensation of the clay between my fingers or paint on a brush but I love it. However, it takes so bloody long to do anything the old way. Be it waiting for clay to cure/bake, paint to dry, painting a section a dozen times to get a smooth coat, I have to admit digital art can be much faster.
My goal for this is to learn at least some basic vectoring, inking and colouring to make myself some simple little picture and then maybe move onto the more painterly art side. I have no doubt that my first attempts will take me way too much time and look like I drew them with my eyes closed.
This journal is getting a bit long and there’s a lot I want write down about commissions. A topic for another time I think.