Journal Entry: Sat Jul 12, 2014, 4:46 PM
After a consistently productive time period in my visual art ranging from October 2013 through last month, I anticipate shifting my efforts to other projects. I feel that I've made important progress in advancing my visual art skills by practicing 7-9 hours per week on average in that recent interval of time. Additionally, nearly half of my current watchers subscribed to updates on my account since last fall. Considering that these user accounts are more likely to be active than those which watched my account longer ago, I consider that most of my presently active audience derives their interest in my work from the art I've produced in the last year. After making it through slow and gradual improvement from 2010 to 2012, I judge that my artistic development in 2013-14 represents a faster pace of advancement in my skills. Though reception and popularity can't be equated to merit and aptitude, I am nevertheless encouraged to think that I am reaching many more viewers than before. I value receiving comments and critique on my visual work as well as my writing, and I'd welcome input on how I can further improve my creative work.
In recent weeks, I've spent considerable time on academic studies, reading nonfiction books on science and technology out of personal interest, and keeping up with the latest research. I have also read K. M. Weiland's book on outlining a novel and Jeff Vandermeer's Wonderbook among other similar texts as part of my ongoing efforts to develop my second draft manuscript for Transpecies. I continue to write in journals and notebooks as I further develop the ideas, characters, and plot elements. You can acquaint yourself with my original characters and their story through the gallery folder named for this story, though I've sought to limit how much I reveal there at this point in time. Upon publication of the completed novel, I expect that the finalized, publisher-selected book text, cover art, and back copy would serve as the primary and perhaps sole introduction of my characters to the reader. The poetry and artwork of my OCs in my gallery here represents something of the author's extra content which I expect to continually refine and polish over time. Depending on numerous circumstantial parameters, I might want to host selected canonical additional writing and art of the characters and story on a dedicated personal website outside deviantART in the way that some published authors present their material. At present, it's likely that I will continue to fine tune character and story elements while improving my artistic skills for a considerable period of time prior to mass market publication of Transpecies. I consider the text of the manuscript to be the underlying canon that takes precedence over any particular visual adaptation including those of my gallery here concerning the story and characters, and that foundational text remains a work in progress.
I consider my writing skill or developed talent to surpass my various visual art skills, and I plan to selectively develop this ability further in the future. While visual work is often most suitable for art trades and gift art in my interactions with other artists online, I would rather refine a single skill of mine to excellence than limit my achievement in one area by extending my efforts too widely. Though I will continue to practice digital painting and animation through independent work and perhaps even coursework, my new focus regarding how I spend time and effort on independent creative projects will be to improve my writing as I work to complete and refine Transpecies. If you're interested in corresponding with me to critique drafts of the manuscript, please send me a note. I am soon approaching a useful division point to look back and improve what I've written so far before continuing.
I continue to study biological science and engineering in my academic endeavors, though I also anticipate opportunities to apply my animation and writing skills to produce scientific animations and documents. In any case, I look forward to the prospect of building and applying overlapping skill sets in the generation, written communication, and visual presentation of original ideas.