Category: Branding

Updates and Changes Galore!

I have finally done it! I changed my branding. We went from plane to colorful! The site is matched with the new branding and got a complete overhaul as you can see! I am super happy with it! It took a little getting used to for the colors to grow on me, but I am digging it now.

Bruiser is doing SO MUCH BETTER everyone! We struggle a little in the mornings if he doesn’t want to eat his pill in the pill pocket, but other than that, he is back to his glorious old self!!!

Fallen out of love?

I have really fallen out of love with my art style – so it seems anyways. Maybe that is rather harsh, but I am at a spot where I want to possibly either progress or digress… Does that make sense? My style feels stale, harsh, rugged, stiff… To me anyways.

I started as an anime artist with very cartoony characters way back around 2010 (prior to that, I tried to exactly mimic anime tv shows like Sailor Moon). I felt like that cartoony style was really expressive, and I really enjoyed drawing it. My love of a truly cartoony anime style bled out from watching countless hours of classic 90s Sailor Moon with the big eyes, exaggerated limbs and facial expressions, and fun colors and poses! Realistic-like anatomy just didn’t work for me, and I didn’t really like art with realistic anything because of it.

HOWEVER, the honeymoon didn’t last forever, and in the past few years I started to move towards a semi-realistic cartoon style… Mind you I cannot do realistic, but my style started to migrate towards better body proportions, and non-exaggerated limbs, expressions and poses. I have also found myself more drawn to more realistic-like cartoons and fave the super cartoony art less and less.

The issue I am running into is after just a few years of changing things up, I already feel stagnated. I am not excited like I used to be with my art in any part of its creation. Do I work through this or change things up? Should I go back to my old style, try doing both, or stay the course and forge a new path? I don’t even really feel like my style is “my style” because it all developed off of the anime ‘Sailor Moon.’ I’d like to divorce myself of that connection in reality but a part of me wants to keep that – hold on for dear life even! And I can’t pinpoint why

My questions to myself every time I draw are: “Is this recognizable as me? Is this recognizable as my art?” Like, do people know me and my art? Is there a connection? But almost more frequently and more importantly, “Do other artists have this crisis too? And what do you do about it?” If I keep changing, will I ever find that niche where people know that I AM THAT ARTISTTHAT CHARACTER IS LANTIIS’ CREATION?

Visibility? Recognition? Am I even getting these marketable attributes as an artist without a concrete art style?? Or do I have a concrete style and just need to stick with it – screw my crisis?! And what can I change up that will help me overcome this crisis without completely changing what style I already have?

As you can tell, I have a lot of things to think about – my artistic mind is all over the place. I don’t know what the future will hold for me or my art, and I am kind of holding back any changes until I hear from my peers, commissioners and followers. In the end, I care most about what they think and have experience with since ultimately, I create for the pleasure of not just me but others too.