Hello my friends. If you had any idea of how much I have on my shoulders right now, you would be freaking more than I. I do apologize for not having the normal amount of art or lessons on here right now, but when i tell you I am swamped with work, please don't take that lightly. The piece below is something I have been working on for a little while now and it is designed to be a challenge for me. It is supposed to be a romantic, steam punk dramatic piece that pushes my painting skills to the limits. Unfortunately it will be mid February before I can start painting it. As soon as I get back from Confusion, I have a very important book cover to knock out. So here is the pencil work so far, but it is not done yet.
I will show you a finished version of the pencils when I am done, because the pencil version will be a print as well as the painting. I do regret that I have been able to paint as much at the moment, but you have to understand that we have been making so many prints, trading cards, postcards, greeting cards and so on, that it takes a huge amount of my time. But the good news is after this Confusion, I will have a good inventory of products to sell that I will only have to worry about replacing what I sell after each con, and I should be able to do that within a week I hope. If not, we're getting seriously rich. lol But seriously and honestly, we will be at that point easily within 2 years. I'm not bragging, I'm just saying. Our sales blow every ones minds, including mine.
Sadly. the problem with most artist is they think way to small. They only worry about paying the rent and buying supplies. If you have a business mind, it is not hard to figure out that you can make millions if your skills are good enough. The key words here are "good enough"
Lets make one thing plain, my goal with this blog is to teach artist and to be honest as well. I want to give you hope, but you can only have that hope if you put HARD work above all else. If you don't, then get use to poverty. I am not being mean or conceded, just honest. I could have done this several years ago, but no, I tried to help losers and greedy old men, and that was my downfall. IF YOU WORK YOUR ASS OFF YOUR WHOLE LIFE TO MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE, DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR LOSERS THAT CAN'T DO IT ON THEIR OWN, BECAUSE THEY DON'T DESERVE IT. LET LIFE GIVE THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT EARNED FAME AND FORTUNE, DON'T TRY TO GIVE IT TO LOSERS THAT DON'T DESERVE IT. THAT WAS A VERY HARD LESSON FOR ME TO LEARN. BUT I DID.
I am sorry if I sound harsh and arrogant by saying that, but trust me I walked in the shoes and was hurt on levels most of you can't understand. I just pray that you listen to me, because I know most of you have big hearts, and I pray to whoever that you don't have to suffer what I did because I was a fu*king fool.
These days I work from the time I wake up (seriously) until I go to bed. I do make time for Madison and the kids, but other than that I work none stop. If a friend calls, they are put on the ear phone thing. I do love my friends and make time for them as well, but to do that, I have to work and talk at the same time.
The thing is and I want you all to understand is that i still love you all, and honestly I haven't changed outside of the fact that I have to work so long, and for every single day. I am looking forward to Confusion, but the truth is no one knows who the heck Nick Rose is up north. I am nervous and just wondering how people are going to take me here. We'll know in 2 weeks now, so lets keep our fingers crossed for good luck please.
I don't know if I will blog again before Confusion, if I do it will be short. The truth is I am very tired. I have been working 7 days a week and a average of 12 hours a day. I am not myself. I am trying to do to much. I love you all, and please forgive me for sounding like a madman. Peace and Blessings. "May the Darkness comfort you"