Ban bots from WordPress.
When I were a young lad (and all round this ‘ere int’ernet t’were all t’fields) I regularly posted artwork up looking for opinions, which tended to fall into one of two simple camps: ‘Wow, that’s cool’ (which was nice, but useless, as I’ve found that __any__ drawing is “wow that’s cool” to many people who can’t draw – the “wow that’s cool” comment is often followed with “well, it’s better than anything I could do”). The second was generally a useful piece of criticism (“those heads are too big, that building’s perspective is off, that xx is yy, etc.”) as I got more and more pro work I stopped looking for the criticism, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I started to get less criticism and more “wow that’s cool” – so much so that it felt like any time I posted for a crit I was really looking for someone to stroke my ego – cus I knew that’s what would happen and secondly I’ve become more and more aware of the flaws in my artwork – often I’m able to spot and correct before sending to editors, equally often I don’t – this has negated the need for outside opinion. And finally, I dunno, is it something that pros do? (I’ve decided to refer to my self as a pro now – I was gonna wait until the day I got one job following another and was able to make my living from it, but since that ain’t gonna happen for a number of years and I have been drawing professionally for five years now, I figure I can consider myself pro). Anyways, back to crits. So the upshot, if you fancy criting my work, let me know. I prefer my crits in form of what my old boss used to call a “shit sandwhich” – something nice to begin with, a big load of shit in the middle and something nice to end with. Email me, I’ll give you secret password to the kingdom of preview land 🙂
(Actually, may set this up in the form of a yahoo group?)
I’ve updated wordpress (the tool I use for doing the blog) and the new version allows ‘themes’ so I’m using the default theme until I can get around to redoing my old theme for the new thing. It allows greater spam control – but the default theme is a little wrong for the large images I normally use.
Hmmm… now I’m getting ‘trackback’ spam.
Baby update: Tonight marked our first full night of sleep! hurrah! 9:00pm through to 6:00am. Yay.
No can post – the comment spammers tracked me down. So I’ll figure out a better solution over the weekend, in the meantime if you’ve something urgent to say then just email me!
Yes, yes, I know, there’re only a couple of people that ever comment, but even so, I’m gonna get the commenting system up and running again. I’d just like to do it so it doesn’t spam me to death.
Cor, at last got rid of the stinky webdesign I’d got myself stuck with. This is a little more like what I’d wanted — hoping it’s obvious from the get-go the comic booky style. Next up: gotta change all the site pages to reflect this look (eventually). Gotta update portfolio.
In other news: iPod is damn spiffy…