Art Contest: Day 270

BubbleCity by Robert Chapman

Well, this is turning out kind of awesome, eh?. It’s not exactly the way I want it yet, and so I’m still going to be working on this for at least the next day. There’s still a whole lot more I want to add, and by the time it’s done it should have a lot more detail. That being said, there is such a thing as too much detail. Maybe keeping it relatively simple and colorful is the way to go. That’s something I’ll have to think about more.

Today, an artist I really respect and have talked about on here multiple times before (Crystal!), tagged me on a Facebook post about this sci-fi writing/illustration contest. She thought some of my work might have a chance of being selected. After browsing the website, reading up on the details of what this is, and looking over the previous winners, my immediate response was,”Yeah, I’m not even sure I would have a chance at this.”. After thinking about it for a couple hours, I’m still in the same mindset, except I’m actually pretty confident that – in the not so distant future – I could seriously compete at this, or something like it.

There are all kinds of factors that go into how I feel about this. First, everyone’s artwork is subjective about whether it’s “good” or not. I feel that I put a lot of hours into some of my artwork, and I could even take that a step further than I have already with some of my pieces. If I put 100 hours into single work of art (I wouldn’t do that, but I’m just saying) then I believe that I really could come up with something truly amazing. I mean, on an entirely different level than what I’ve done previously. When I think of it that way, I feel really good about myself.

It’s very much like when I started this year long project. 365 days didn’t seem all that daunting. I don’t have to produce amazing art, and I don’t have to write great posts to go with it. As long as I dedicate the time to it, which has been about three or four hours a day (on average), I was very confident that I would gain a whole lot of new skills, knowledge, and experience. So there was no reason not to jump in head first. It didn’t take long to start noticing a huge difference in the quality of my work.

So, with my first Year of Creative Habits being a huge success for me, I feel that if I dedicated the time and energy into a specific art project, then I could produce something of very high quality. Right now though, it’s a little scary to think about entering a contest with my artwork. Especially something that looks really high-end.

I’m still in the process of figuring it all out as I was just made aware of this contest. I’ll sleep on it and continue reading about it in the next day or so. I’ve always been someone that lacks confidence when it comes to my artwork. So that is likely something I’ll just have to overcome.


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  • Brad Thornhill

    This looks great Robert looks like a movie poster for an old 70s sci fi movie or tie in comic if they even did those types of comics back then, anyways you should definitely do that contest even if you don’t win it doesn’t matter it’s more about getting your stuff out there and it’s could be a good mini goal to focus on 🙂

    • Hey, Brad. Thanks for the comment! This does look a it like a movie poster or something.

      You’re probably right, I’m not sure if I have anything to submit right now though. I’ll have to look into it some more and see.