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Finally, some direction!

Well, after freaking out (at the back of my mind) about what I'm going to do for the rest of my life, I finally came to a conclusion.

My artwork ahs been going badly, to say the least. I have now realised that this is because I am concentrating on things which I would rather forget as inspiration. Anything which comes form that place of immense struggle is goingt o BE an immense struggle. It's all relative, you see. So, no more of that!

I was lying on the sofa daydreaming and it literally popped into my head, art dolls. I don't see how I didn't think of this before, seriously. When I was little I made toys all the time, I'd cut out illustrations form magazines and play with them, I'd create felt charachters all the time, to the point where there was no room for more. Even now I have this huge LOVE for character design, in cartoons, in games, paintings, comics. I draw comics because I want to give these characters life, I still play with and buy toys at 19 for god's sake. Even my photography work, its creating characters and bringing them to life. So clearly, I should be making these things in my craft work too! I love nothing more than drawing strange creatures and weird people, I spend hours on the sims just making faces and bodies and personalities (the rest pretty much bores me).

So I figure I'll now have to look for a reason I mean, whats am I going to base these dolls on? I can't just pull them out of my head and go "well she looks like this because thats how I made her" because that won't cut it in college, and also I kind of want a bit more substance than that. I think I might look at imagery used in victorian paintings, those funny little status symbols which hang around, also things form nature or myths or fairytales. Things based on people, too. I'd love to make dolls of a few people I know.

I have literally been flooded with ideas, every free second I am thinking "oooh, a drowning one" or "ANTLERS! ANTLERS!". Shame, really, that I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to fight tooth and nail to get the college lot on board for this.  But still, I'm buzzing, literally, it feels weird.



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