One of the things I miss most about working in an office was the camaraderie that acomes from being around a group of like-minded people. It’s one of the few advantages that working in a single location has over remote working, which I’ve been doing for the past 2 years or so. Online forums are a great way of recapturing that energy, and I’ve come to love one forum in particular for my artistic learning and output: gameartisans. This particular forum hits the sweet spot between effing useless (ie deviantart) and overwhelming (conceptart.org and cgsociety). It’s a happy balance where I can meet people with a mostly similar (mostly better, some worse) skill level as me, and we can help each other get better by doing honest critiques of our work.
I’d forgotten how much fun that can be, having been dragged down by a lot of work /financial related issues and being too frightened to participate in the recently concluded Dominance War. But I logged onto gameartisans again recently and noticed they had a new comic con contest up. It’s just a little less daunting than the Dominance War and there’s a only a little over a month to get my entry in, but it’s the camaraderie and learning process that I’m craving for so I’ll give it a shot. As “real” (aka not the movie version) transformers fans might recognize, Rodimus Prime. The same Rodimus Prime that my girlfriend gave me a Revoltech action figure of. More updates on this as I finalize it, but for now I’m just enjoying drawing the random bits and pieces and familiarizing myself with robot anatomy.