I've decided it's time that I start to actively take part on Conceptart.org if I want my art to get anywhere. I don't feel satisfied with where I am with my art right now and to be really really honest... I've fallen into the "dA popularity trap", for want of a better word. I hate it, that's why I changed my cast of characters in Albasia from wolves because there honestly was no other reason for them to all be wolves besides getting a bigger audience. By not using a popular species, I have to work harder on my comic to MAKE it appealing, you know what I mean? It's also why I tried to cut down on fanart, because most of my watchers only watch me for fanart which normally wouldn't be a bad thing, but when you decide to do your own original stuff, it can have a negative impact.
Also, I've started thinking about art in the completely wrong way and I've decided to post my work on Conceptart to get honest feedback, and a direction to go with my art.
I want... no, I NEED to study from life more. For the most part, I completely wing it and so there is always something... off
about my work. I want to focus on painting more too instead of cartoony stuff. So, my goal is for the next 3 years (the duration of my animation course at Uni), I will focus on drawing things as they are, and not how I think they look, and I will learn to paint well and have a badassed portfolio
Also, sometimes I feel like deviantART kinda limits people in a way because people here are terrified of giving critique because of those tetchy people who fly off on one. I'll say this now- don't be afraid of giving me critique. Without an outside opinion, you can often fall down with your own delusions of grandeur, and mountains and mountains of praise does nothing to help that. I feel that if I had spent the last 4 years of my life on Conceptart instead of deviantART, my art would have taken a total different direction, and possibly for the better.
What are your thoughts on critique and improvement? I'd love to hear them!