Ok, so this post is more for myself than for anyone else because I need to figure out what to blog about since I hear artists should blog. Since for me art is not something to be discussed but enjoyed, whether you like viewing or making it. It's something I like to do and I don't feel the need to talk about it (unless needed). In faaaact, it's just like reading. I love books and I read a lot but I don't necessarily want to talk about them. I know a few people might snigger about this statement because for the last year or two I have been starting a lot of my statements with "I read that…" but I am talking about fiction here not non-fiction (yes, I am biased besides, it just happens to come up in conversations), so you're definitely still going to hear about my annoying latest non-fiction reads and sometimes fiction, but that's going to be rare because I find it hard to write a whole post on or talk a lot about a novel.
So getting back to the point I don't necessarily want a whole blog about just about art because I won't know what to do with it and I don't know how else to incorporate art into a blog post that is not about art than to make illustrations about the post itself, unless I am posting about a new artwork or a tutorial (something I also plan to do).
So I have decided to go for an Illustrated blog rather than an illustration(art) blog. So I don't have to worry about being infrequent, not knowing what to blog about etc. Because I can just blog about whatever I want to and Illustrate it even though I am not doing to do it for all posts. I don't have to have art on each post. Also it's just easier because if I don't know what to sketch, I can sketch about what I want to talk about. Easy!
Another good thing about an illustrated blog instead of a blog about art or just an artist's personal blog is that the art grabs your attention and makes you want to read because you want to know what's going on in the image (hopefully). Good graphics can make you want to buy a product. I often find myself wanting to buy products with nice looking packaging. Often the reason I pick up a book at a bookstore is because the cover grabbed my attention or the illustration on the cover makes me want to know what it's about. I find myself seeing an interesting illustration in a book and wanting to read the page to find out what's going on.
In fact I found a few blogs that illustrate what they write about. Like blogs about recipes, with illustrations of food instead of photos of them. One of the blogs was called crappy pictures. It's a blog about a mom raising her kids. The art on the blog is not good in the conventional sense. And in my opinion doesn't need to be. It works. It helps tell her story even if it's not particularly artistic. I think it actually represents the story really well when combined with the blog. It's what made me want to read the blog something I am grateful for because she is hilarious. Another one I liked is hchom. Mostly because of the colours she uses for her art.
I have a lot of future posts lined up, saved in my documents. A few of them are going to be Illustrated. Those are the ones I am most excited about actually.