The Problem with Being the Next_________.

Often times, you get only one in a lifetime indivuals that creates something unique and valuable.

Perhaps a few centries ago, VanGoh, Leanardo, and all the old masters are prime examples.

This centruey, It’s going to be Karl Karson, Kim Gun Gi, and many many others.

Many people will to emulate them, but in the end, they might match up. Close, mere shallow copies, they will try.

However, one could never be the next________. Since it’s just not how it works, talent only comes once a lifetime. It’s just how it is.

Royalty on the other hand, they can heirs and a long line-up. But in the end they are rigged for their own political games and what-not. It’s a bubble in their case.

Face it, you can’t be the next Jim Lee, nor the Next Bansky, but you can be yourself at best. You might not be as famous, wealthy, nor have any of their perks, but there are hidden costs to being them too. So, you should be care of what you want to become let alone wish for.

It might take a Decade

This thing we are all going through, building, working on, or investing in.

It might take not weeks, months, seasons, years, but a decade.

For that thing to become mainstream,

Fully Intergrated

Galvanized Fully

For the World to be ready

Even then-many of what is yet to come might be half-baked at best.

So, do yourself a favor, start now, invest as much as you can while the world is distracted, and too busy sorting it’s self out. You as an indivual or small team…might have be able to slip past before the mainstream catches wind of it, before the marketers and regualtions comes in to hijack and ruin it as always.

In the meantime have fun in that small oasis or frontier you found, it might be good for several years or a decade.

Snippets vs The Big Picture

There are a few different layers of reality.

But let’s use the timeline context.

Snippets are mere fragmented, tampered, and often unobjective peices of information or content that is only revelent to the momoment or “the times”, wheather it’s the breakign news of an artists tracing something, to the big platforms doing something faulty again. But, that’s the thing, humans are fallible, and the scens that follows devovles into scandals and other “not to do with my business” sort of thing.

But that the thing about snippets. People like them because is akin to Intellectual JunkFood would be best term.

Eventually, just like junk food people who consume it will get lethargic and be out of shape mentally. They won’t be able to perform well with all that data clutter in them.

The Bigger Picture-perhaps a historian would be the best example of those who use this principle well. Using the whole timeline of an event or saga, a human Story if you will. Has all the pieces put together to make sense of the whole situation. Whether it’s the prediction of the World Wars, to the Modern 21 century pandemic. The bigger picture gives context and actual menacing of the whole thing objectively. You want to Have this priciple on your side becuase it gives you a following of advantages.

You’re reality and world you want to craft will most likely be predictable.

It’s Stable and Steady climb or decline of something you want. The Bigger Picture is a vision as it’s a timeline.

The Bigger Picture is a timeline of events that is chronologically placed to make sense of the Story you want to take part in or investigate. It’s a documented marathon.

So to copy and paste with you .

Big Picture-Steady, Stable, Predictable

Snippets-Of the Moments, Turbulent, “unpredictable”

After People stopped caring-What’s Left?

Here is a thought experiment.

Think in the very near future after “the times” have passed, after the dust have settled. People will most likely go on with their lives and stopped caring altogether, in fact they might forget about the whole fiasco due to how overblown or cover-up it became.

Now when we think of stopped caring about______. Let’s use a few examples.

Breaking News-what ever is going on and seems to be alarming for the moments, but it will go away most likely.

Crypto-let’s face it, most of humanity is too dumb to figure it out and they tend to be too distracted and difficent to make good use of it.

Art and Game trends-Hyperrealism, Pixels, Kickstarters, Challenges, speedruns, people won’t even think about it anymore after a year, let alone value it.

and the list of “the times” goes on.

After they seemingly “stopped caring” about the current events, they will move unto the next thing going down the pipeline, often with just as much artificial urgency and so-called importance. It’s just a sheer waste of time and energy to,

Eventually people will spot caring about it, social media, the current events, whatever new digital information technology driven trends society’s pipeline brings in. People will have to smarten up and get on with thier lives.

Here are some questions to ask after thining of what if people stopped caring about “the times” altogether.

What’s Next?

Where do We go?

What better, new or old thing to invest in?

What’s Left in my case? After I stopped caring about the DarkSouls Inked series perhaps a year or two from now? Or even this upcoming season? Let alone realizing that selling my prints will be a mere routine?

My Originals, My other Hobbies, My Experiences and Knowledge, and anything I have on me.

The Solitary journey-You might have to do this alone.

This is a rather contrary thing to say in the age of so-called “we are in this together” or, “social/digital/cberntic community”. It’s really a facade of shallow people wanting uselss vantiy metrics as always. Through history, the best minds have done thier best works all alone, while building up to that point.

Whenever I do my work, I tend to work alone. There is very little to no documentation nowadays, so newcomers tend to be guessing what is going on the back-end. Plus I’m, not on a streaming platform since the setup of the account and to acquire the hardware and software to get it ready is beyond not only my scope, but I just simply don’t care enough to go that far. I don’t do groups either since I have tried many times, but ultimately you get nothing done. Goofing off isn’t an option when making a product.

Whenever I do my invoices and check the shipping, I do it alone. Self explanatory since most of my transactions and interactions is done via a computer and keyboard. I just type commands and click away what the orders are all about, no yelling or screaming here in my ‘cave.

All responsibility ultimately is done alone. I strain my ear, what do I hear? The small hum of my machines and perhaps the noticeable droplets of rain from a meter away above draining into the basement level. There is no person to check on my progress, only me and the project I have decided to sign up for years ago.

So, it’s kind of off putting to see people online whether though the forums, chats, groups, to even live streams with others in a studio. Just looking at them, “socializing and goofing off”. It’s kind of a waste of time, energy, seemingly everything if their caliber is so low and not worth investing in. What value do they actually make for the market? Right?

Let’s Define the Solitary Journey.

One will have to make it on their own. And what I mean by making it, a self-sustain lifestyle that you built all by yourself.

The solitary Journey, it’s something you gamers, aka my customers and clients should be familiar with. We both know that the Chosen Undead, to the Good Hunter tends to do their missions alone, starting off with a simple note of initiation to adventure. Oftentimes, the start of it will be hard to “get” since one will get snippets and advice from various fragments out there. Expect to fail on the first “big try”, you’ll have to pickup where you left off from a safe distance and get back up there again. Chances are, you;ll figure out this “big try” on your own, use your own judgement.

Sounds familiar? What the first few to several minutes of a typical “souls” game is like.

You’ll be taken to bigger places, and will meet help and aid along the way, you can call them to help you on “bigger tries”. They will help, but only for a certain amount of time. Expect to see many characters and folks in your Journey to come and go. “Jolly Cooperation” you;ll get, but in the end you’ll have to face the “last challenge” alone.

It’s a build up to what you had to do since the beginning, That simple note you where given to start it all, facing what you need to do alone. You either pass or fail the “last challenge” but assuming you took lots of prcautions to come back up for most attempts, you will get to the end. What’s left?

There are a few feelings one might get after finishing thier “Solitary Journey”

A sense of completion, maybe wanting more or it, nullness, or in my case, exhaustion on various levels, thinking what the ordeal was all for.

So, if you want to initiate the Solitary Journey, ask your self if it’s worth it and if you want to do it for yourself?

A Little Thing called Guerrilla Marketing

Scaraa, Toast, Lily, receiving my samples that I submitted from half a year ago, courtesy of offline-TV, link here

So, this is a rather under-used tactic in the indie artists circles, but has been around for along time in the company cultures spheres. Basically, the premise of sending sample works, and even securing sponsorship for say online influencers are something to get leverage on. This year’s attempt was done via Off-Line-TV, but the long-term results has yet to be studied.

Such as, will this feature be effective for the rest of the month, quarter, or year? Who knows.

Sending the right product or service, to the right people, in the right place and timing(which is big deal in this fast-moving world). Is key to getting the most of these moves.

Consider sending work to people with power, influence as an investment for all those artist needing exposure out there. And no, it’s not about shout-outs or anything like that.

The World moves too fast, but then again, with the internet giving abundance of leverage on a seemingly infinite level, the right type of decision making will reaps good rewards for sure.

During the golden era of YouTube (circa 2010-2016 approx), there where sponsors and loot crates style products that where sent to various channels, either they are still around or have become bankrupt from a *social equity standpoint.

*social equity refers to the level of influence that a Brand weather ‘Corps or Personal has in their accounts/platforms it’s a way for them to market themselves and command large waves of users/followers to do seemingly whatever they please. cite Gary Vaynerchcuk

Marketing for artists can come in many forms, but guerrilla will yield both good and bad results depending on if you know what you’re doing.

The Key thing is to get leverage via unorthodox methods and get’s people thinking about your brand despite not being a specific part of the main brand or attraction they signed up for.

You may not be able to self promote your work directly to the audience, but using the influences to access them will do the job of reaching them.

hence the “Guerrilla” Marketing.

So, if you a creator or someone who does product or service, consider sending your best and right kinds of samples to folks that will appreciate it and aids in your product placement.

You should not be an Artist-but a Specialist Creative

There is a misconception in the current social climate is that one should be an Youtuber, or Instagramer. This mentality can acrew to the artist circle too. The problem with the term artist is that it’s too broad. It’s kind of a useless term unless one is in the academic circle of fine art. Then, that artist title can have a merit to it. But in the meantime for everyone else…
They are better-off having a more niche job description in mind.


Ranging from Cartoonist, Illustrator, Inker, Pixel, and the list of more specific spots goes on.
‘See, artists are becoming more and more obsolete since everyone want something more specific as the internet allowed for these niche obsessions to become a thing. In my case, I stayed away from the Digital Works due to the fact, it’s becoming the majority for industry-level artists and workers. But Paper and Pen type artists aren’t as common nor there are initially enough good-level artists out there that can get noticed and be worth working with long term.


It’s better to be that Brushpen Cartoonist, or the Mecha Desinger.

Because it’s such a niche creative job title that people who care will actually remember them most likely.
The problem with being an artist is that it’s not a very viable title nor association anymore with many people calling themselves so-called artists, it’s only a matter of time before the boat flips over and it loses it’s real meaning.
So, in the meantime it’s better to cultivate the concept of illustrator, designer, cartoonist, animator, etc so there is a more tangible meaning to it.
Just because you can draw, sculpt , or even paint means that you are considered an artist. You’re product or piece of work isn’t up to spec. Chances are, you are amateur if you spread your attention that much to too many radically different mediums.
Those who focused on a few or one thing only. They earned a position in the field at that point.

Stop it, just stop calling yourself an artist, content creator, CEO life, etc.

Chances are, you are doing a big disservice to everyone anyways.
Just figure out your actual Job, and focus on that aspect.


Keep it Real.

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What’s the Deal with Gaming art

Look, I could have been a so-called gamer if I felt more encouraged and felt the
so-called community, in fact I could have been a boycon-bro among you should my focus was gaming in general. But, in the end, I end up making art that is well, just drawings or illustrations. It’s not much more than that.
‘See, gaming is a strange thing to me as I get into my mid 20s. I don’t feel that connection to characters, in fact I feel a bit of resentment and loathing to gaming culture ironically, since I end up creating a sizable body of work featuring gaming related stuff. So, what does this mean?
gaming was a thing for me, back in the PSP era, in fact like most normal western developed world kids of the 90s I got to play on the N64 and Xbox, and that is about it.
So, what happened? Why this huge far-cry in mentality and why my work is somewhat strange in terms of the thought process behind it?
Let’s turn back the clock, to back in the early decade of 2010s, it was a turning point for me, I started to get bored of gaming, gaming culture was more or less not as praised compared to the mid 2010s decade where twitch and youtubers played games to be paid. Mind you I basically missed out on the gamers and weeabou booming movement essentially since I packed up and left the scene more or less years earlier not knowing if it was all cracked up to be.
But what fumy is that the internet allowed me to be informed in almost real time on what’s going on. It’s the broadcasting boom that allowed me to be informed of what’s going on.
However, it was a recommendation of my art mentor’s Eldest Son that really started off the Series of shenanigans that I end up following through for a couple years.
‘see, I hate to admit it but I’m sure that greed of sort tends to run through of us. It’s never enough and the scarcity for things we want is out there.
And I thought back in the day, that chasing these vanity metrics on reddit or imgur was a good idea during that time.
It’s was not until I started to do for months, darksouls and bloodborne paintings during 2016 that people start to notice. But then out of the left field. A commission came along.
the client wanted me to so a DarkSouls Inked drawing at a rather substantial price at the time. It signaled the type of work people wanted and a several months later people will start to notice.
And after that the follow through of DarkSouls,Bloodborne, and other fanworks Inked, and the rather disastrous social arms race on instagram.
Rest is History.

My Absence of Digital Art

You must be wondering why I never do digital render of my ideas ever, the answer is rather linear and simple. ‘See, I never really grew up with Technology in a traditional sense like most people pf my generation, I’m stuck using paper notes, and used more pens than most average north americans. Texting is a rather forcing thing to me since it has all these small bugs like typo corrector and what not, interrupting my line of thought(which is rude by the way to my personal, thought technology is supped to make my miserable life better, not worse….), And Looking at these screens of “normies” trying to get on with the internet is rather strange too. So, does all this to do with my absence of digital art? Kind of Yes. Because I’m not really integrated like Millinelas and Gen-Z, there is a bit of an off-put in terms of how I try to use the latest tech they tend to have. I’m still using a Thinkpad and Windows 7 and longs to downgrade to an XP at times myself.
But to cut to the chase, here is the why. It’s because it’s too technical, there is a lack of ease of accessibility and things I kind of “get” in order to access these kinds of hardware and softwares. I never used an Iphone or ‘Pad, let alone what a windows surface is like, where most working-class artists, seems to bee already integrated and their abilities are so in-tuned with the technology that is kind of baffles me.
What’s really off putting for me to try to use the digital technology to create art is that it’s not only too clunky, needs load-up time and all this stupid BS. It’s the fact looking at screens at times gives me migraines. I shouldn’t be suffering at thsi level just to make art, I shouldn’t be straining my brain to figure out how to stupid controls work just to get the right colors. Why is technology in some departments so stupid to me?
The other reason? Well, I’m too invested in my paper and pen approach, and the fact there is a growing demand for it kind of makes it hard to back away from it now. ‘See, given that most of the artists and illustrators out there is transition into digital due to the industry demanding it, they have to. Or else, they wont make it.
But as a nobody, I have more broader and more interesting options, I answer to the market, not the industry. There is a subtle difference, but one of them is where my actual customers and clients hang around.
People still want hand drawn stuff at times if not the ideas I pump out and offer to clients. If I can fabricate ideas and sell to clients quickly and efficiently while keeping focus and costs low, it’s good. And my pen and paper approach is just happen to fit the bill. It’s not as high-end like the professionals that gets their work in galleries, nor is it technically and deep like the digital ones, but I managed to find a way that at times gets people noticing.
I’m just an isolated guy who just got left behind, and technology tends to do that to people who aren’t in the forefront of it.
Just can’t keep up.