I've been working on some things, including new art and revamping my personal site: www.robertllynch.com/
I'm going to try to be more active here as well. My goal for 2018 is to get a little more serious with my art and work toward turning my lifelong hobby nto something closer to a profession.
I’ve been away from my camera too long. It’s time for me to come back.
I’ve been thinking a lot on what I want to do with my life since I turned 30. Sort of felt like I’ve been drifting. I’ve always enjoyed photography, mostly as a hobby, but in recent years I’ve put it on the back burner to attend to other things. Also in recent years, I’ve become increasingly aware that I’m unhappy with where I am in life. Without boring you with a long drawn out post, I’ve basically asked myself the question every high school guidance counselor asks around the time you’re filling out college apps: “If you were a millionaire and never had to work again, what would you do?” I think more than likely, I’d spend a lot of time with camera in hand, traveling around to new and exciting locations and taking pictures of them. So I’ve set myself a new goal: Become a professional artist. I know it won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.
I don’t have a detailed step-by-step itinerary to achieving this goal, but I’m working on it and have some general ideas of what I steps need to follow:
- Rebuild my portfolio. As I said, I’ve been away from my camera for a while, so I want to get some new work ready to display.
- Networking. This will be a tough one for me, but if I want to get anywhere beyond having a few jpegs online, I need to connect with other artists.
- Show my work. Again, more than just online. I want to get some prints in shows, enter juried exhibitions, that sort of thing.
- Market myself. Once people know about me and my work is out in the open, I need to convince the right people to pay me for it.
Ideally, after I work on that a while, I’d like to be able to quit my job to work on photography full-time. I realize this isn’t a quick task, so I’m not expecting to get where I want to be in just a few weeks or months. However, maybe in five years? I think that’s probably a reasonable expectation to hope for.
Anyway, to begin with, I’ve updated my portfolio at www.robertllynch.com to create something of a professional-looking fresh start. I’ve only uploaded a few dozen of my best works from pre-2015 and planning on updating with new works as I have them ready. For older works, feel free to check out my photography gallery here, I keep a more comprehensive back catalog of old work on DA than I do on my portfolio.
Shoot plans for this year:
- Planning to visit Clifton Gorge once it gets green again
- Looking for some more abandoned places to explore and shoot
- Mentally preparing a trip to Hocking Hills this fall
So anyway, this weekend was my first big shooting spree since I've started back seriously on my photography work. Friday I took a few pictures in downtown Dayton after work, and Saturday I spent the whole day with my camera. I took a nice long drive to Lima to engage in my first major foray into urban exploration at the Lima Tuberculosis Hospital, a site that's been abandoned since before I was born. I read somewhere that it's supposed to be haunted by the ghosts of patients who died inside, but when I was there I got less of a "haunted" vibe and more of a "place where teenagers go to smoke weed" vibe. On the way there, I made a few roadside stops at some obviously abandoned farm houses to snap a few pics, and on the way back, I stopped in one of the small towns I lived in as a kid and got some pics around the school I attended in 1st grade and the park I played tee-ball in around the same time.
Here are a few of my better pics from the weekend, check out my gallery for the rest:
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Happy birthday to me! Hey everyone, check out my new (and very-long-awaited) webcomic: Department 13. Some of you may know me from my other comic, Heroes Inc., and some of you may be new readers of my work, but to everyone, thanks for checking it out. This has been a long time coming literally over a decade in development and represents a very large chunk of my creative energy spent over the last several years. Sure, I could have started this sooner, but I felt the story was so strong that I needed considerable time honing my artistic skills to do justice to it (also, I'm lazy.)
As with a lot of my work, this is really more of a hobby and a passion of mine than an attempt at a career in comics, which means I don't have firm deadlines set for myself. That said, I'm going to attempt to post with a bit more frequency than I've been known to in the past. My goal is one page a week, which considering the complexity of this venture, is a goal I'll have to push myself to meet.
Thank you in advance for reading. To keep up with the comic, subscribe to the RSS feed on the site, or add me on Twitter robertllynch where I plan to post updates as well. I hope you stick around and enjoy the comic!
- Eating: A Chicken Sammich
Anywho, as you may have noticed, I've been updating quite a bit recently, two good photo outings in the last two weeks. I'd call that progress. Probably won't get a chance to go shooting this weekend, as my parents will be over and they'll probably want me to spend time with them. Oh well, maybe next week.
Two other items of progress to list, 1) I'm finally getting to work on Department 13 after a decade in development. I should be able to start posting soonish, but I'd like to get a good number of pages ready first. Also with this, I've enlisted the help of longtime cohort missbunny to help develop my website for the project; if nothing else, the site will look good even if the comics suck. 2) As part of my plan to promote my artwork I've submitted a few of what I think are my better photos from the last year for consideration to the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. There's a chance to win some cash prizes and sell some art, but more importantly, get my name out as an artist.
At any rate, I'd say overall my artistic outlook might be slowly improving. Maybe. Or not, I don't know...
- Playing: Fire Emblem: Path of Radience
As detailed in the most recent video, I did a bunch of photography Saturday. A big portion of my plans for self improvement include working on my artwork, so expect to see more days like Saturday where I post a bunch of photos, and weeks like this last one, where I post new stuff related to my comicking.
Also, in case you're curious where some of your favorite old deviations of mine went, I didn't delete them all, they're just in my scraps. I cleaned up my gallery a bit today so it looks a bit more professional, and more indicative of my current art style. I.E.: No Zelda Swimsuit pics popping up in the "other by artist" links on my serious photography.
And yes, I do plan on getting back to working on Black Flag. I do plan on getting it off the ground this year, I've just run into a lot of walls trying to get funding for an unproven startup business in this current economic climate.
Anyway, stay tuned. Hopefully there'll be a lot more to see from me this year.
- Watching: Star Trek: TNG
But don't worry, Black Flag Apparel isn't dead. While the crowdfunding idea didn't work out all that well, I have a detailed business plan written and ready to take to more traditional sources of funding, such as small business lenders, venture capitalists, angel investors, etc... I'll use the money we raised on IndieGoGo to print copies of this business plan to send out. Along with the work of Black Flag's featured artists, this business plan is sure to grab the attention of more than a few potential investors, and with any luck, Black Flag will be online and selling by the end of the year.
I'll be sure to keep you all posted as the project moves forward.
Here's one of the projects I've been working on in the past few weeks that's kept me from making art. Black Flag Apparel: A proposed online fashion t-shirt store. It's currently in the fundraising stage, and I'm looking to raise about $7500 via crowdfunding on IndieGoGo. If you'd like to see this project become a reality, please visit the fundraising page. If you can donate even a dollar, it will be appreciated, and you can get some great perks for helping out. Even if you can't donate, check it out, and share the link with your friends and family. Get the word out. The more people who hear about it, the more likely it is this project will succeed.
Additionally, these fine artists have joined with me on the project as featured artists:
missbunny MenosKeTiago alexiuss
Look forward to updates, and in a few months, a link to the store.
- Watching: Star Trek: DS9
I also cleaned up and streamlined my featured stuff a bit, and set up all my featured works for critiques in case anyone feels like giving me a detailed piece of your mind.
Question: Is there any way to specify which deviations are shown in the "more by artist" section on a deviation page? I'm not too thrilled by the prospect of someone looking at one of my beautiful emotive landscape photos, and seeing my crappy bikini Zelda fanart next to it.
- Playing: QWOP... Grrr...
I think I'll go shoot some photos tomorrow if the weather isn't too horrible.
Also, New journal skin: Black Minimalism by Night-Beast. Maybe a placeholder. Maybe I'll keep it. Still thinking on that one.
- Watching: The clock... Quitting time can't come soon enough.
However, I don't want to flat out beg on the street corner, so I'm trying to sell some stuff.
Item 1: Please check out my ebay auction!! The item up for bids is the .55 ct diamond solitaire engagement ring worn by japanthewoman for the last few years. It seems "Japan" the woman liked Japan more than me, so she's now there without the ring.
Item 2: Buy some of my prints. All pretty awesome works if I do say so myself, available for decorating your home.
Item 3: Commissions. I'll design/draw/photograph/photomanip/CG you up something pretty. How about $30? Sounds good to me. Note me and we can work something out.
C'MON MAN! HELP A BROTHA OUT!
- Listening to: Tibetan Singing Bowls
Never mind about that New York thing. As awesome as it would have been to make independent films with my cousins, I didn't have a job lined up in NY, and would have likely been working a minimum wage job to cover my mounting expenses. Recently, I was given a new opportunity, and I'm going for the sure bet for steady income.
I got a job offer from a small screen printing company near Springfield. The owner is looking to retire, and wanted to hire someone who can work as a full time employee for a year or two to learn the business, then take over the company when he retires. As of Wednesday, that's me.
So now I'm getting paid to design, screen print, embroider, and frame pictures, and by the time JTW gets back from Japan (she's got a good new job, too), I'll be a small business owner.
New Town. New Career. Still in Ohio. Oh well. Can't win 'em all.
- Watching: History Channel
Thus, next year, I'm closing the book on Ohio after 17 excruciating years, and starting Chapter 5 of the Robert L. Lynch story (Wherein our protagonist becomes a successful artist and independent filmmaker). This February, I'm moving to upstate New York to live with a few cousins in the Syracuse metro-area. One of these cousins is the seriously underground independent horror-film director Victor Juliet, whom I have previously described as a 21st-century Ed Wood. I'll be lending him my skills in 3D graphics, art, and studio lighting in exchange for room and board. I'll need to get another job to pay off some outstanding debts, but luckily, the Syracuse area is in a much better economic state than Ohio, so I should have no problem (as opposed to here; Nov. 10 will mark three months without a job for me). I'm hoping to get a seasonal job soon to cover moving expenses. (Maybe a few of you could buy some prints?)
At any rate, I'm glad to be getting out of this hellhole. Anyone know anything about the Syracuse art scene?
- Watching: Star Trek: DS9
Anyway, since I know I can't draw, and since I'm to poor to hire someone to draw it for me, I'm pitching the comic script to Dark Horse. I'm working off their submission guidelines so I have a five-page synopsis of the full 24-issue series, plus the first eight pages of issue one scripted. I'm in the proofreading/show it to friends for input stage now, so if anyone wants to be a test audience and is not scared off by a little tl;dr, then let me know and I'll email you what I'm working on so you can give me feedback.
I'll be submitting it by the end of next week, after I get this semi-market-research done.
If you don't want to review it then just reply with "good luck" to make me feel better.
- Playing: Fire Emblem: Path of Radience
I know most of you are here for the art, but I've been working on some literary diversions recently. If you wouldn't mind reading a bit, check out my new work I'm posting. Critique would be nice.
- Playing: FFXII
CONTEST UPDATE: THE 10K CONTEST HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST.
- Watching: Star Trek: TNG
Hey everyone. You see that number up there? That one that's somewhere around 9600? That's my pageviews. Here's the contest: If you pop on here when that says 10,000 even, take a screenshot and send it to me. I'LL MAKE YOU A FREE PIECE OF ARTWORK! Drawing, photo, design, 3D, whatever you want.
GO TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!
Also, take a screenshot if you're near 10,000. Closest one wins.
- Reading: World War Z