I've written content for about 40 pages of the Background book so far, and I did a conservative estimate of how many pages the book will be in total. It came out to about just over 100 pages!! I thought it'd be less than 50 when I originally started.
The great part is, even though I work on the book every day, and dedicate almost all of my weekend to making it, I'm not feeling burnt out or discouraged in the least! A feeling I haven't had for a very long time and much of it is because of the support I've gotten here on DA, so thank you!!
I should have another book preview ready to post later this week. Hope you are looking forward to it.
As for the contest... I'm still debating how to proceed, so uh, sit tight until I can figure out how that's going to work.
Personal side note, EXO, my faaaaaaavorite Korean
And I have my ticket and hotel all booked thanks to my parents offering to pay for it as my belated Christmas gift!!
AHHHHHHH! SO EXCITED!!
This is undoubtedly going to be the best Valentine's Day of my life, which is probably pathetic to most people, but pffffft, I don't care. I'm going to revel in every second of it!!!
Although I'll probably end up happy-crying during the show.
If you want to follow my EXO-L.A. adventure, follow me on instagram: betsydrawingstuff
I should have studied Korean more diligently...
The Background BookIf you're new to my DevArt page, welcome! You'll likely see posts related to a Backgrounds book that I am currently writing.
The book is going to be based off of my drawing tutorials found here: Tutorial & Tips Gallery
The book will be 100% FREE to download when it is finished. No Kickstarter campaigns, no "pay what you think it's worth", no donation button, nothing. I'm giving it to you.
"Why on earth would she do that for free?" You may be thinking, or saying to yourself out loud with awkward glances in your direction from nearby strangers.
I'll be perfectly honest with you: I'm considering a career change and this is a trial run.
I thought I wanted to be a professional artist for a very long time, but I've found out over the years that I enjoy teaching someone else how to solve their art problems more so than making art myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up on drawing or anything, but as far as "making a living" is concerned, I prefer to teach art over producing it.
Here's the problem though: if I were to try to be a "real" teacher, it would mean going back to college —OMG, more student loans — to get a teacher's degree/credential. I can not emphasize enough how I am not in a financial position to do that. Just no. Not an option.
But hey, you don't need a teacher's credential to write a book now, do you? So I decided to try it!
My goal is to finish the first draft book before the end of March, but if I've learned anything about projects it's that everything takes 3 times the amount of time that you think it will.
Because of the vague release date, I will be posting small pieces of the book here on DA as I go, (like this one about Proportions & Scale) so that my watchers will know I am making progress and not just going off the grid for months at a time with no results.
Occasionally, I'll be offering chances for my watchers to participate in the book through contests and such, as well as asking for feedback through polls or journals. If you're interested in giving feedback or participating in that stuff, make sure on your "+Watch" options for my page that you have my journals and polls checked.
Hope you're looking forward to the book as much as I am!