As you might have noticed, there’s a new tab up top on the toolbar. And if you’ve done any sort of poking around up there, you’ll probably notice that that tab has a lot of info regarding Blizzcon Art Badges. And at this point, you are probably connecting the dots, about to ask the next logical question.
To which my answer is Yes, I will be making Blizzcon Art Badges for the upcoming Blizzcon.
*sounds of a small bomb being set off*
All the information about me as an artist, the details about the badges, and the overview of the order process are all explained in long form up top for you to read, so I will be only lightly touching on that here. What I really want to get at is why I decided to create art.
I have mentioned this a few times offhandedly on the blog but I actually draw and paint all the time. I’ve filled dozens of sketch books, doodled on hundreds of page margins, and painted on more than just a few canvases. Art is one of those things that I do almost every day, I just have never been very vocal about it.
For a long while, I was very self-conscious about what I created. Writing, writing was easy. I could get my idea across in a number of different ways to a number of different audiences. But art was always harder. That picture in my head never quite translated onto paper. And for years, I told myself that was because I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t talented enough, wasn’t trained enough.
That is, until I started looking and really listening to what other artists both in my real life environment and in the Warcraft community were saying. People like Faebelina and Frenone passionately telling everyone that yes, your art is beautiful and uniquely yours. I began posting more and more art out for the world to see.
I joined a group a chat group of artists and began getting critiques and advice. I began to see that my struggles with capturing an idea on a page weren’t mine alone. They were something that was shared by almost all artists. I wasn’t terribly behind or bad, I was just like everyone else!
So when Frenone put out the call for artists to join Badge Babes, I had a decision to make. I could keep creating art like I was, drawing mainly for myself and not really stretching my wings much farther beyond that. Or I could give it a shot. Shoot for the moon. See where I land. And see how I grow.
And that leads us to where I am now. Am I the most talented artist? Of course not! But I’m ready to grow. I’m ready to go beyond just ‘Oh yeah, I mean I kinda like to draw sometimes’ to ‘I am an artist’. I’m ready to develop a style, push the envelope, and change it all again. I’m ready to see where this passion of mine takes me. I’m ready to even fail, and then to pick myself up and keep going.
So if you happen to be thinking about getting a badge for Blizzcon, perhaps think about commissioning me. You’d have the bragging rights of saying you got your art from the youngest of the Badge Babges! And the money goes to a worthy cause! (The Send-Pants-to-College fund)
Thank you for your continued readership and interest in all that I do!