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Shiny artwork / self absorption

Fan art. I do so adore it. I always wished I could draw, but alas, I cannot. Barely stick figures. And they're not pretty.

I have felt blessed by the vast array of fan art out there for me to enjoy, and have counted myself lucky to be part of the [community profile] sgareversebang several times. It was always a treat to be able to go through all the wonderful art submissions and then get to write a story based on one of them.

I have generally been satisfied with knowing that my talents lie in other arenas, but there have been a few times when I wished, oh how I wished, I could draw! Because I saw a scene in my head so clearly, I wished I could put in on paper (or in pixels) and show people what was in my brain. I can see it when I close my eyes, exactly the expression and placement and colour of the sky, I know *exactly* what I want. I just have zero skill in translating it into art. I've been trying to last few days to find images to see if I can make a collage of sorts, but it's hopeless.

I've started dabbling on Tumblr these last few days (dangerous, and how!) and of course, there is much beautiful and gorgeous art. And I saw some folks do commissions, but it's overwhelming to try and figure out where to begin. So, I screwed up my courage and reached out to someone who creates what I consider magnificent art - there may be a little fan-girling going on there - and it's certainly not cheap, but the quality! You get what you pay for.

But... is it just the ultimate massaging of my own ego to ask someone to make art for a story simply because I want to see a picture of it? I am torn. I think my word pictures are worth reading - some people seem to agree since I got some feedback on AO3 after all - but I want this so much. I really, really want this picture. Am I just being foolishly self indulgent? But I WANT it. Like make a print and put it in a frame and hang it on my wall want it.

Perhaps I will justify it as an early birthday present to myself. I mean, you only turn old as dirt once, right?

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seticat
Aug. 29th, 2017 07:24 am (UTC)
Actually... if you're lucky, you can turn 'old as dirt' a lot of times.
shaddyr
Aug. 30th, 2017 03:45 am (UTC)
LOL! You're not wrong!
brunettepet
Aug. 29th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
Ask the artist and see if you can afford the piece. It sounds like this is a gift you'll enjoy for years and years.

I keep turning older than dirt every year :D
shaddyr
Aug. 30th, 2017 03:46 am (UTC)
I think I will do it. It seems extravagantly self indulgent but, oh man! The artist is just *so* talented.
snogged
Aug. 30th, 2017 02:54 am (UTC)
I know how that goes. I can't draw, but I'm glad I can play a bit with manipulations and screen caps in Photoshop.
shaddyr
Aug. 30th, 2017 03:48 am (UTC)
I used to have photoshop and paint shop pro, many moons and several computers ago. Alas, no longer.

I know what I want - I found so images that suggest it - but I don't have enough tech savvy or the right screen shots to do what I would like.

Artists are awesome.
popkin16
Aug. 30th, 2017 03:54 am (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with wanting a beautiful piece of art for something you've created :) I think that's wonderful.
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