I gotta say, thus far the new year has been a little tough for me (art-wise. Life is good outside.) I thought that once I was finished with commissions, I'd be rolling out the personal drawings, but of course it's never that easy. I've definitely stuck myself into a rut, (hence why so many of my recent submissions have been old sketches that I've finished up) and it's been tough to focus. I sit down in front of the paper, tell myself "Okay, time to draw something for me!" but.....then I get stuck.
I think a large factor in that may be because I've been drawing Mass-Effect themed things for so long that I've lost my touch for other fandoms. So for that reason, not because I've lost my love for the Mass-Effect universe, but because I want to force myself to explore more diversity, I'm going to ban myself from drawing anything Mass-Effect related for the next month lol.
My plans for March involve taking time aside to really study... I want to do hand and feet studies, pose studies etc. I also want to do fanart of SO many things that are overdue. Honestly I don't think I've sat down and really had fun with fanart (aside from Mass-Effect) since the days of Transformers Animated.
I don't have any guarantees on what I'll end up drawing, but I know I really want to do tributes to my favourite Miazaki films, plus other classic movies and cartoon series of my youth. Also I'm just dying to do fanart of some of the awesome new cartoons that have come out in the last little bit here... Adventure time, Steven Universe, Bee & Puppycat etc. (Steven Universe in particular... that show is SO awesome! and what a gorgeous aesthetic, wow)
Oh- And video games. Lots of video games fanart... LOZ ,(of course) Metroid, Destiny...yeah...there are probably others.
There's also my own personal characters... Not fan-characters, but those based off of my own, in-my-head storyline that I really want to explore. There are lots of designs and other work in regards to that subject that I really want to explore.
All-in-all, I just really want to work on making sure that my characters are posed in a very casual, natural way... I want to simplify my colouring style, and make everything crisp and easy to understand. I want to work on situational illustrations... creating scenes (however simple) instead of just front-facing, bland, profile shots (as much fun as they are to do, they're less fun to look at later.) I think the most important thing is to find myself a new groove. I have a fun, successful groove with Mass Effect OC's, but I need to expand beyond that.
I really hope I can start showing something soon. I'm going to start with studies, and go from there... Wish me luck!