I have this driving need to improve as an artist and as a person in general. I cannot rest on my heels for too long because there is always something needing improving.
I bought the ArtPatient domain name so I would have someplace to act as a portfolio and to have a reason to create art. I had grown stagnant and had not drawn much in quite a while. Later, I started the Frog Pond comic because I’ve always wanted to (also) create a comic. That led me to asking myself how to create a good one. So I started analyzing comics to see what works and what doesn’t. After a while, it occurred to me that I could share these insights with others and so I started reviewing a webcomic every week here on ArtPatient.
Visitors began to come in and I experimented with different layouts and features. This, in turn, led me to an interest in improving the site’s experience. I started researching online to find tutorials and thoughts on how to be successful in presenting my thoughts.
You may see a pattern here, but this led me to many tutorials on presenting your art for sale and other concerns that an artist on the web has. So I started a new page on ArtPatient, sharing the those things that I’d found useful. Some were about art techniques, some were about how to be successful online. I am quite sure there are many people out there in the same position I am in.
It is apparent to me that I will continue to add art-related things to what is offered here on ArtPatient. These are things that I am passionate about and I will keep on investigating. I will also keep on sharing what I’ve seen and discovered so that you can benefit. There are smart ways and not so smart ways to do things. There is usually a best approach that can only be learned through someone’s trial and error. Learn something from my efforts, even if that’s what NOT to do.