May 29th, 2012

Leonard machismo

Let There Be Art! Also, Some Mini-Epiphanies

So! I’ve been going through some interesting mental gymnastics recently about my creative endeavors, which I will spare you the sordid details of (at least partially because I don’t think think they’re finished and I’m not sure I spotted them all as it is); the net result as of this weekend, however, is that I went out and bought myself a new color printer and a laminator for making artistic stuffery.

I also put together a new price list for the upcoming cons, which ended up being a lot more fun of an activity than I expected. Something about making it, jazzed me up about wanting to do more art, probably at least in part because I tried to pick some of my favorite pieces for putting onto it. Note that I said some of my favorite pieces, not necessarily some of my best pieces.

The reason I say this is because one of the things that’s been getting the way of my creative endeavors lately is the nagging sense that I’m not working on what I “should be” working on. Writing fanfic? I “should be” trying to write a proper novel! Drawing ponies? I “should be” trying to do something more grand or with a broader appeal, etc. And few things kill the joy in art faster than the word “should.”

And without joy, what’s the point of doing art? I mean. Really.

So screw it. I’m going to do the art I want to do, and stop trying to think about what would be “good for my career” or “get a lot of attention” or “broaden my fanbase” or whatever. The goal is to be having fun with it! Anything that adds to fun, is a good thing. Anything that takes away from fun, is doing it wrong.

Bringin’ the Awesome

I also had a little mini-epiphany last night while playing “Draw Something” of all the silly things. I sent a way-more-elaborate-than-it-needed-to-be drawing to another player, who sent back the message “Just a [simple thing] would have been fine.”

I wrote back, “‘Fine’ is fine, but I always try to at least aim for ‘awesome’ if I can!” I meant it as a joke, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. The truth of the matter is, I’m not a particularly good artist– in point of fact, most of the time I’m way out of my depth. But for whatever reason, I keep aiming for awesome, even if I know I’m not likely to hit it. This used to be a constant source of frustration for me, but somehow, lately, it’s become a source of pride and pleasure. I dunno, maybe I’m channeling my inner Soarin?

Whatever it is, I like it. And I want to hold on to it. :)

Finally, Commission Pre-Announcement

It is widely-known, by the ten or eleven people who know such things, that I almost never do commissions. However! As I need to rustle up a few extra bucks to offset the cost of going to BroNYCon, I’m going to open up some commission slots in the next week or so. The reason I’m telling everyone now before I actually do it, is because there will be limited spaces, and in the past I’ve received flak for the way the slots opened and then closed again before people even had a chance to get one.

I don’t expect it to go that way this time– I’m not the celebrity I used to be– but better safe than sorry. So this is the official word: if you’re interested in a commission, keep your eyes open, because they’ll be opening soon.

That’s all for now! Have an awesome day. :)

-The Gneech

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Kero asleep

Banana Pudding II: Electric Boogaloo

Today was spent in HTML 5 training, which was fun; but for some peculiar reason, I hit a big ol' wall when I got home and crashed. Nap + dinner gave me just enough energy to make a second attempt at banana pudding, then my energy flagged again and all I had energy to do was run around LotRO with my lowbie champ.

In case you didn't hear the saga of the banana pudding, a few weeks ago I tried to make some, using the recipe on a box of pudding. It basically consisted of 20 vanilla wafers, 2.5 cups of pudding, three bananas, and a package of Cool Whip.

In order to add a little flourish, I used French Vanilla Cool Whip, a seasonal flavor currently in the stores, as well as adding a few liberal dashes of cinnamon.

French Vanilla Cool Whip, in case you don't know, tastes exactly like a Yankee Candle Store.

Anyway! My first attempt, was not so hot. There was nowhere near enough pudding, and way too much of everything else. It was sorta like eating banana slices in Cool Whip, which could be good if that's what you're looking for-- hantamouse said of it, "Taken on its own merits, it's good, as long as you completely forget about the context of it supposedly being banana pudding."

So tonight I just doubled the pudding, added a few more vanilla wafers to accommodate the larger dish, and left all the rest of the portions the same. Net result? Better. Not perfect, but better. I'm thinking a deeper, narrower dish, four bananas instead of three, and half a package of Cool Whip next time. You can at least tell it's banana pudding, this time, which is an improvement.

In any case... now of course it's bedtime, and so of course, I'm wide awake. I missed being able to hang out with the #TwitterPonies today, and I resent not having the energy to do art tonight after I was looking forward to it during the day all day. But the world is what it is, not what you or I would have of it, so I'll just have to get over it. Maybe tomorrow will go more to plan.

Speaking of which... goodnight world, and have an awesome tomorrow. :)

-The Gneech
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