Hey there! It's Monday, which means is time to blog away. I will keep talking about my daily and never ending quest to take over the world... errr, I mean, my never ending quest of create new, fun and sexy artwork.
Last week I finished a new image based on Kendra Lust, one of the reigning goddesses of porn. As I had foreseen, having her "seal of approval", a.k.a, a retweet and a post from Kendra herself, brought a lot of attention to my artwork, from many sections of the industry. Of course, that alone is not an automatic home run for my work, but it does provide a great opportunity to be seen. From the fans of Kendra Lust to her co-workers, to the people that have to do something related to the adult industry, my artwork was seen in Twitter and Instagram by more people than my usual (Facebook is not really a friendly platform when it comes to the adult industry, but that's another story). It is simple math: the more people see my artwork, the more chances I have for somebody ask for a commission work (or even a collaboration), which is what ultimately brings the money to my table. At least for now.
So, what to do with those kind of opportunities? give it your best. As I said before, the image I did for Kendra Lust and her promotion, is not a home run itself, but it is indeed a big opportunity to show what I can do. An opportunity to show what my artwork can offer. That's actually what I did... and that's what I'll keep doing, same as I have before. The difference from previous years, is that now pretty much my entire energy and time is dedicated to promote my work.
Then, again, how can I promote my artwork, or my work in general? Posting, getting involved, networking, staying active, keep working, keep drawing, but more importantly: learning. There are so, so, so many valuable tools out there to promote yourself, to get it out there. I don't know how many times I mentioned that this is a brave new world, and I say that with a big smile. Why? because there's a lot that can be done, so many possible projects, so many ideas... with so little time. I say this because there is never enough time to do every single project and idea out there. But hey, that's life. I have to compromise, cut down and plan. That's indeed what I'm doing, but in no way I'm slowing down. All the contrary, it is time to give that extra push. Get excited, get involved. In other words: it is time to believe in your own work, your own vision. You might not be able to do every single play in the book, but give it your best to the ones that you do get to play.
Last but not least, get out there but don't forget about your artwork. Keep improving, keep bringing your own stuff to the table, pushing yourself, and at the end of the day... or the month, or the year (you get the idea), it will pay off. :)
Before I leave, I'll share a bit of how I work on my pin-ups, with a couple of images showing the work in progress of the image I did of Kendra Lust. Enjoy!... and if you like it, please consider becoming a patron of my work, through Patreon, the platform that allows anybody to support artists via contributions. Would you like to check it out? Visit www.patreon.com/popeyewongart.
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Pin-up artist by day… and also by night. Well, mostly by night, because night time is my favorite time to paint.