Sometimes I’ll create a sketch or two, other times more finished artworks, but most of the time I don’t add these to my main gallery. I’m trying to reserve the gallery for my top 30 or so works but it’s hard to know exactly which art to include in my portfolio. For now I use the Blog to update with other bits and pieces I’m working on. But even on the blog, it can be tricky to know if something is worth posting. I’ll draw little doodles and crappy sketches often, but don’t necessarily want to post every little thing and don’t want to feel I’m contributing the internet’s archive of pointless content! I think about this a lot- There’s so much stuff on the web, so what is actually worth posting online?
For many companies, organisations and individual artists the idea is to post often in hopes of supplying your audience with a constant supply of content and sustaining yourself as a fixture in their lives, build some kind of online relationship, and in return you hope gain a following, receive kudos or generate income. For independent creators it can be difficult to post regularly or even and create enough finished content. So on the one hand I feel like I should throw up some rough sketches or incomplete drawings, since posting something is considered better than nothing. On the other hand, I don’t want to litter the web or my sites with valueless (in my opinion) posts just for the sake of posting, plus to be honest I don’t like the pressure of feeling like I have to keep posting updates online.
Another thing, I’d be happy to post more on my site’s blog (here) since I have a chance to go into more detail about what I’m doing or thinking (or also keep it simple), but my audiences are mostly on social media – primarily Instagram. And Instagram’s format isn’t really suitable for more than a square image post and a line or two of description. Unless this blog was to get more attention, it’s hard to justify spending too much time posting here often.
Moving on, having said that, here’s a piece I’d been wanting to rework for a few years:
The Photoshop screen shot above shows the original concept on the left, and the update on the right. Decided I’d make the final version below a little lighter and although it’s a little sketchy and unrefined, I think I’ll leave it as it is for now. Not all art needs to be polished to perfection.