Let’s talk about changes. I’ve mentioned before an odd desire to make collectible card style games–though I don’t like the collectible bit in the sense of some cards being astronomically priced or hard to get a hold of. I may or may not have mentioned comics. I’ve been kicking that idea around for as long as the cards. Both of these require visual art components. It’s no secret that I have an online gallery of art (Macabre Male’s Grotesquerie http://www.macabremale.com ) that I have been adding to over the years. The consistent element between cards and comics and writing books is providing entertainment revolving around story. Characterisation, plot, and the depiction of emotion through a fictional framework–from character emotions to situation moods and less tangible feelings inherent in a milieu–are what I think drive me. The tiny dabbling I’ve done in musical scores is in a similar vein.
As much as there is a greater satisfaction in fiction writing, especially the long form, I will be leaning more heavily in the art direction this year. Tight finances are a big part of this. Timing ties in directly to the money aspects. A piece of art is a snapshot of a piece of a story, and since there is much less connective tissue between one piece and the next even in a series that tells a tale, the creation time is less. There are some issues involved that having nothing to do with creating the art that I need to sort out. One of them certainly is dealing with censors. There is a sales site I have been eyeing, but they seem uneven in their treatment of what images can be sold. Another site seems better but isn’t free like the more conservative one. I do not intend to pursue as dark or as graphic art as I do fiction, but still it is a consideration.
I do not intend to do away with any of my blogs. I want to discuss the same sort of topics here as always, but the posts may be more about the snapshot-style of story elements, and the artistic markets and the considerations with dealing with them, in addition to the writing market-speak that has occasionally come up here. I may tie more things back and forth between here and Learning Dark Arts ( http://www.batteredspleenproductions.com/darkarts/index.htm ), my blog for talking about art–frequently from the point of view of the software that I use to make my art. We shall see what future posts hold as they come out of my head and into my typing fingers.
Music: Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.) by Motley Crue.