I've been coming to grips with what kind of art I want to do for the past few months. I am obviously not a professional so I don't have the pressure of having to do art that makes money (phew, kudos to all of you who are in that position, you have my utmost respect).
I have a very busy life with a family and full time career so I have to try and focus on art that makes me happy and art that I can finish in a reasonable amount of time. By reasonable amount of time I mean a few hours to a few days.
I am honest enough with myself to know that anything taking longer than that will bore me and I will not finish it.
Traditional colored pencil pieces take the longest, especially with the techniques I use. For example:
I will be limiting myself to still life and nature miniatures only for these, just to satisfy my "traditional" art fix. By miniature I mean nothing bigger than 5" x 7".
Regarding Manga/Anime style art, I am seriously putting the crazy train in reverse. I dove headlong into full color/full body pieces without any of the massive amount of sketching and experimenting (and failure) that other more successful artists have gone through. So I've resolved to backup and focus on the following:
1. Studying the masters. Including commercial Manga masters as well as masters I have discovered here on DA. My hopes for this is to take apart what they have done and come up with my own formulas/tricks for my own art. If you have ever seen any videos by Mark Crilley you know what I mean by formulas.
2. Sketching..sketching..sketching. I'm way too eager to take a piece from concept to final art and blast it out to DA only to realize that I'm unhappy with it. So I'll be doing a lot more sketching. I may post some if I like them.
3. More focused anatomy. For now I am going to focus mainly on head/bust kind of things, maybe some hands. Once I feel like I've got this down I will move on to full body type stuff and more complex poses.
If I learn anything that I think might be of use to anyone along the way I will certainly share it
As far as tools go. I'm going to mainly be using SAI for digital work with maybe some post processing in PS and I'll mainly be using my Toshiba Portege M700 for this work.
So that's about it, that will be my life for an undetermined amount of time.
As always I love my watchers and favers. You guys make me feel like I'm accomplishing something even when I don't.