Welcome to the year that won't suck. (knock on wood) Welcome to 2021.
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First off let me just say, 2020 was not a terrible year for me production wise, but personally, it was the worst. The pandemic derailed everything for me, as I'm sure for most of us. But we can now close that dark chapter in our lives and open this new chapter with...(OMG IT FEELS THE SAME) jk. Let's try to adapt to these crazy times and keep moving forward. Like the wise sage of old said "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming". With that said here's the line up for the first quarter of 2021.
Drawings, comics and a novel OH MY!
For a couple of years I've been drawing and posting on Instagram for all to see. I'm self-taught so I started rough and now after all this time I can say that I'm really enjoying the results. I'm going to make an endless amount of drawings and further improve my skills as an artist. I'm even considering turning some of the drawings into stickers and selling them as merch in limited amounts.
This practice of drawings will help in the creation of comics for my web comic page. I've loved comics since I was a kid and have wanted to make my own comics for a very long time. So I will continue to do so if the story and characters are right. There are some old ideas that I want to see come to life one day and I believe comics can be a closer step in that direction. Tell me what you think on Twitter.
Some stories work better visually than others, like samurai Toad works great visually. But other stories are just too big for me to make visually at the moment. We all have a finite time in this world and I would hate to leave this plane of existence without leaving something behind for people to remember me by. So I decided to write a novel. Even if I just self publish, accomplishing this has been on my bucket list since my 20s.
I've been writing a story for a novel for a few months now. I've been busy tinkering with time travel and detectives. I can't wait to share it with you. It's no where near finished but I can at least say that it's past the idea stage and I'm committed to writing it and see it through to the end. This is a super long term project but my hope is that it will be done by the end of the year.
Youtube and now TikTok
I spent most of last year looking at my analytics on all the platforms I'm part of and I have to say a big THANK YOU to the people who have stuck by, watching, reading, liking and subscribing to my art and content though limited it had become over the years. It fills my heart with so much joy to see that some people care. So I'm doubling my efforts to make more content on YouTube. Making low quality content has made me more satisfied on TikTok and made me more views. So I'm taking that approach on YouTube as well. I'm also going to expand to more channels. Experimental channels to throw things at the wall and see what sticks. Stay tuned for further announcements on that later.