Disclaimer: This was written by the amazing artist tsuaii, but is so spot-on that I'd like everyone to read this before commissioning me. Thank you!
1. I am incredibly slow. My painting process is quite thorough, and I rely heavily on trial and error for things like lighting and color. Sometimes I will scrap a huge part (or entire piece) and redo it without telling anyone. Nothing about my technique is swift and elegant—I pretty much grind everything from beginning to end (sadly).
2. Every painting is special to me. I really enjoy trying to not only create unique work, but leaving my personal touch on a character as well. To the best of my ability, I avoid similar step-by-step approaches of my previous art…mostly because I get bored of myself incredibly easily.
3. My creative process is erratic. Sometimes I have to walk away for a few hours to better approach a painting. Sometimes, it takes a few months of periodic but intense struggle, letting the idea simmer while I work on other things in the meantime. I do, however, always give my best effort.
4. I don’t like sharing my early process. I’m self-conscious of my drawing and sketching ability, and personally find it counter-productive to show something that often raises more questions than answers. Not to say I don’t appreciate input from clients during the process, however—I just prefer to have a substantial amount of private time with a piece before that point.
5. Everything I do is for me, too. I tend to take on work that resonates with me personally. Years later, I want to look back at something in my gallery and realize it was some kind of milestone. This constant challenge is essential and at the core of whatever I do, and I always pressure myself to create something significant, at least to me.
6. I am still learning. With every painting, I make it a goal to improve one aspect of my technique, expand upon a past theme, or try something completely new. If I didn’t have at least one small revelation during the process, I will be hesitant to call it finished.