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Cleaning up the Crap

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 17, 2012, 4:41 AM
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: The loud whistle of a rendering laptop
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Youtube videos
  • Playing: Kirby's Adventure
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Strawberry Milk
Well I left last year on a negative note, and had to get that downer off my page, so now - having mostly gotten over it I guess it's time to make a new entry. However since I feel like I need an excuse to journal about anything at all, this time I needed to make one. And what better way to start off a new year than trimming the fat from previous years that's mentally burdening me. I've already gotten rid of dusty old e-mails from years past and when I'm up to it I'm gonna do the same with notes here too. I inherited my lack of will to just throw old stuff out from my mother and sometimes even on the internet I let minor sentimental value let me cling onto old crap I or nobody else cares about anymore, and that just produces clutter over time. The reason why I'm mentioning this is because you *might* get "updates" from me involving existing artworks. I hope not, but if so then just ignore them since nothing about them has changed, I'm just editing their comments that have links to related works that were deleted (yes, I actually bother getting rid of misleading/broken links since they annoy me when I encounter them) So just bear with me. Most of the ones deleted are in my scraps anyway, then to fill those gaps I might move some older works from my main gallery to my scraps. I think a "gallery purge" is healthy as a once a year ritual for any artist who submits fairly regularly. Nobody likes having to browse a huge gallery to reach the end, so what better way to solve it then by scrapping the bad and totally deleting the awful ;)

I also need to take notes about this month down since I'm gonna see if I can do one of those "Summary of Art" memes I see people upload every December if I decide to go through with it. Showing the artwork is one thing, but what really adds character is when the artist explains what was going through their mind that month and how it reflected what they created and how prolifically they created it. I know I'm gonna remember nothing about this month by the end of the year unless I write something down :slow:

January - like many it fills me with a little bit of optimism. The end of the year seems to wear a lot of people down, so the start of one naturally has the opposite effect, as we all hope for changes. I sure I do, but I'm still realistic enough to not set my watch to it. However I'm feeling much better than before, but not all that artistic still. I wanted to make more than just my T-Shirt contest entry this month but I'm at a loss of what to start as my own thing for fun before going back to commissions, maybe because I haven't yet fully un-burdened myself with half-finished other stuff.

Speaking of which, I might as well promote it one last time. While I still think panhandling for votes in pathetic, I guess I'm gonna have to if everyone else is just to level out the playing field. Kinda like how taking steroids is a pathetic way to win a marathon, but if all the other racers are doing it, well - you have to keep up just for sake of balance or you'll be left at a huge disadvantage created by your own modesty. So if you like it, then vote, your reward is for me to stop talking right...NOW!
Little Green Llamas by priteeboy

I do have something pretty cool lined up for later, it may even start a meme of its own :shh:

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Little-kaiyou-Kame Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha!! old artwork...*shiver* Actually some of my work have disappeared off deviantart strangely and unknown to me LOL. They vanished themselves~ XD

you're a reaaaally reaaaaally organised guy from what I've read in this journal! :XD:
If you can keep up writing your monthly "summaries of Art", at the end of the year - what an accomplishment!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, I hope that doesn't happen to me :fear:

Yeah, I can be very organised when it comes to stuff I actually care about :lol: And I hope I don't forget to write something for each month :fingerscrossed:
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Isho13 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you have a good year. :hug: I don't know if it's selfish, but I don't want you to be depressed because when people feel depressed, well, they don't feel artistic, and I want to see more artwork from you. :yum:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, most artists get depression. I definitely think there's a connection between creativity and often low mood swings :hmm:
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Isho13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have them too, but it's not like I'm having a rough time in my life or anything. I think I just have a damaged brain.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, I see you suffer from the same habit of clinging onto vaguely sentimental online stuff too. I try to be brutal when getting rid of it, even though it's slightly traumatic sometimes. =p
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. It's funny how we get so attached to stuff online almost as much as stuff in real life. I guess because I've put so much into dA since joining that it has become like a second life even, and sometimes fun to look back at the stuff I did years ago (but a little embarrassing too, but that's how life is anyway, we facepalm ourselves when we see what we said and did years ago :facepalm:) Though I have to make the decisions which ones are really a part of my history and which ones were just done for the sake of doing something, and only remove those :plotting:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed, it can get annoying, especially that attachment to old art. I often get torn between getting rid of something or keeping it on the grounds that some other people may like it. =p
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds good; at least you're not going on a gallery rampage like some other artists do and deleting every last thing they ever did to start fresh. Personally, I think it's nice to keep and hold onto old works no matter how embarassing--they help to tell a story. Sometimes some things, I'll concede, are better off left in the past...but for the most part, it's nice to have a visual representation of the timeline that built one's foundation for others to see.

Anyways, best of luck dude.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree entirely. It sucks when good artists have some ridiculous breakdown because they're so insecure about their art (yeah, the same art that's so bad that it gets 1000 favourites apiece :wtf:) and delete it all. Most of my favourite artworks are never the artist's most popular ones and they're usually the first to go.

I still kept a lot of 2005/2007 submissions, even shitty ones where scenery looks flat and dull and characters look like retarded monkeys, all for that reason - they're part of my artistic history, I was genuinely proud of them at the time :XD: Plus I or no-one else can't appreciate what I can do now if they don't realize how much I sucked year ago :laughing: But I indeed don't need to keep all old works, just a varied sampling of them :)
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