This just happens to be my most recent piece, but underlying themes in my work is the separation of the self, the spirit, thinking vs being, existence so forth. I'm not sure if that meets the criteria you want exactly or not, but in my galleries there's an entire sub gallery devoted to my personal works which visually might be the direction you're trying to examine. Or I'm just babbling. Whatever really.
It could be what I'm looking for...you are examining a series of topics with your art that are interesting in themselves- I'm just trying to discern why- what motivates you to do so. How does your work on the "separation of the self, the spirit, thinking vs being" help others directly or indirectly? What are we learning about ourselves in viewing/examining you work that helps us go on to achieve greater depths of understanding and impact others positively? It certainly is visually spectacular, but that alone cannot meet the criteria, though it certainly helps the success of your mission. So what is that mission?
harkinsFeatured By OwnerDec 3, 2012Professional Digital Artist
Good thread. I'm interested to see what people post here as well. Unfortunately the work I do now is just to try to get a job in the game industry, so I won't post anything. However, I hope I can get to the point where I can be successful and start doing artwork for others.
Right now though, I'm a total starving artist lol.
Thanks for appreciating the direction of this thread. And your response brings me to a good topic to discuss. I think a lot of people probably don't respond to this thread for the same reasons you gave. Because those of us artists in the USA (not to the exclusion of other bad economies out there) are having such a rough time, sometimes we get bogged down and decide to do work that pays the bills, not the work that our spirit spills. And for many of us, success is measured by our income as an artist, which, if it is less than the cost of living comfortable, validates the "starving artist" comment.
But you can't wait until you become "successful" to "do (art)work for others". According to the recently passed Zig Ziglar, in order to get what you want, you have to give enough other people what they want. Success comes when you help others succeed.
It's about contentment and connection, too. Right now, you describe yourself as wanting to get a job in the gaming industry. I know you can. Despite the fact you did not post anything, I looked at your gallery anyway, and I see huge talent. Huge. I don't think it is a matter of "if" you will get employed in your chosen career, just a matter of "when". And I will tell you when. As soon as you remedy the disconnect you have between what you are doing now (that you consider work for yourself) and what you want to do (work for others...then a gaming company will look at you and not just see a great artist, but someone committed to serving others with his talents. As long as they see someone whose greatest goal is to collect a pay-check so that one day they might theoretically do work with a greater "cause", they will see that you don't view what you do with them as being a "cause"...and I can garantee you that any reputable gaming company (or any company in any industry) want people passionate about their product or service- right where they are. The money doesn't move them. Loving others and wanting to improve the quality of life for others motivates them. And those guys don't complain about Mondays, they hate calling in sick, they show up earlier and work late. And that's how they get very successful, and as a side benefit, wicked wealthy.
So I encourage you to reassess what motivates you. There already is a great "mission" in your industry- and that is to entertain people. To have families come together and play games with each other, traditionally and digitally. So the best companies produce the best products by suggestion of their audience, calling for better graphics, gameplay, etc, etc. Because they answer those needs, people keep buying, the industry grows. If you go beyond telling your employer you have the technical merit they are looking for and tell them how you are going to answer the needs of thier customers, then you will know you are serving others. And the money will follow. And then you can look to continue to serve others with your art in other extensions outside of the gaming industry because you'll know what success is.
And you won't be a starving artist.
Now, I re-prompt you to tell me about your art and how it can serve/will serve others. The answer was already there.