Revamped and ready for more

Several weeks ago, I came up with the idea to revamp my current online portfolio and breathe new life into the presentation of my work. Last night, I finally finished reworking everything that I had on the site. It was a massive undertaking but I'm really liking how the site looks now!

What this has also done is breathe new desire in me to get more art done. More designs. More illustrations. I have so many ideas in my head and I need to get them out. But seeing my site as it now stands renews my interest to do so. Let's hope my procrastination demon doesn't get the better of me...

Onward and upward! Now I need coffee. 

New Years Resolutions 2016 Style

8:49 AM — Nick Kremenek

Well I mentioned that I need to make changes. So I've come up with a working list of things that I can feasibly do (because that trip to Europe may not be in the cards this year but one can hope).

- AT LEAST ONE PERSONAL DRAWING PER MONTH: Last year I was commissioned to draw 15 illustrations and even though it kicked my ass, I felt invigorated being that creative again.  I did one in January for my friend James (not a commission so this counts) and I have a few in mind that I can do this month.

- SPEND MORE TIME WITH LOVED ONES: I've noticed as I get older the importance of family. And with my parents' health not-so slowly deteriorating, I realize that I need to see them more often to help them remember that they are not alone (and forgive me for bringing up the mortality factor but I want to spend as much time as my busy life allows while I still have them). On the same note, time with my son and girlfriend is important as well. They are very important parts of my life and a good way for me to show them that is to simply spend quality time with them. And last (but certainly not least) is too spend time with the friends that bring out the best in me and help me be the better version of myself. That's why you have those people in your life, right? To enrich your soul and help you see things you can't see on your own.

- LOSE WEIGHT AND GET IN SHAPE: I put this lower on the list not because of its lesser importance but because it always seems to be the first on everyone's list and the first to fall on the wayside. I'm now in the worst shape I've ever been and now that I've hit 40, it's important more than ever to fix that issue. I had started to work out with a friend after work but now that he's moved out of state, I need to find the drive within myself to do this. This will not be an easy goal but I've done it before solo. I can do this again.

- DO MORE THINGS THAT INSPIRE MY SOUL: I just saw a Cirque du Soleil show this last weekend (thank you so much Ted and Ashley!) and it was truly breathtaking. It was filled with so much beauty and art and music and fantastic wonder that I was reinvigorated to want to do art again. It reminded me that I need to continue to enrich my life with these aspects. Whether that is video games or movies or traveling or theater shows or museums or live bands or more shows like this (definitely!), I need creativity to be a part of me so I can then be creative as well in order to do what I do. 

I'm sure there are many other things I can put on this list but I think this is a good start. Everyone has to start somewhere. And because this year has started so harshly filled with loss and sickness, I'm starting this new year off now. It's time to turn 2016 around completely and make it a better one.

Time to kick this new year in the teeth..

First off, I can't believe that it's been since 2014 since I've written in this blog. But that just reinforced my belief that something needed to change.  

Every year, we all come up with New Year's Resolutions to stick with for our "reboot thy self" mentality. For me, most of the time I get too busy (or lose interest) in my self-help list and fall back into old habits. I mean let's face it: change is scary and usually not an easy task. But as I see how this year has started and how we've already lost some beloved souls from this world (David Bowie, Alan Rickman and several others), I can't help but search into my soul and realize that I need to make some changes to make my life better for me and others around me. Not necessarily in the physical department (we all jump on that band wagon in the new year and I know I really need to work on that)  but also in a more mental and spiritual sense to make me happier. My soul needs more meaning and fullfillment and I mean to have that. Depression is a real thing and this artist is intent to not let that get the better of me any longer.

Dreamforger 6.0

So after years of procrastinating, I've decided to finally rebuild Dreamforger's website as a company instead of a fledgling art house. I'd like to breathe some life back into it and make it into what it was intended originally: a design company. It will be a bit daunting but since I have my personal site up with my current work, I'm not as concerned about getting it done immediately. But by the end of the year, I will have a new site up for you all to see. I'm also planning to revamp the logo and overall look as well.  THE AGE OF THE REBOOT! James Bond...Star Trek....Dreamforger. :)

I miss drawing

After finishing up a project drawing up a couple of shirt designs for my friend's band (Brick Top Blaggers!) I came to remember how much I love drawing and the realization that I don't do it as much as I should. I get to work on a tattoo design for another friend but once that is done, what next? As I explained to a friend, drawing takes more time than my usual graphic design and is less lucrative to be sure but so much more of my soul and passion goes into hand drawing artwork. I think I need to get more into freelance illustration for different companies and clients so I can hone my art skills.

That all being said, I put some more art up on the site to see. Enjoy and hope you all have an amazing weekend! 

A little more done...

After a little hiatus I was able to get a few more images uploaded into the portfolio. Always seems to be more than I anticipated. And always takes longer than I imagine to sift through all the old artwork. But I am determined to get this puppy finished so I can show everyone what I have been up to the last few years

I have grown as an artist by leaps and bounds since the days I put up my portfolio on the Dreamforger site many many moons ago and is very interesting to see how my style has changed from then to now. They do say that the journey is just as important as the destination and I can somewhat understand what they mean by that.

They also say that vegetables are tasty & good for you and I know that's a lie. :-) 

RIP Robin Williams

I posted this on Twitter but it bears repeating.  Never before has someone I never met that has left us so profoundly moved me to tears. This world is now a darker and sadder place without the genius of Robin Williams. I'm still tearing up as I write this.  Robin, you have been such as amazing inspiration to many and a reminder to smile for so many others. Thank you for being a part of our lives as long as you were and I do hope you find some solace in the next world.

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams.  You deserve that and so much more.

SO much more than I thought there was...

While sifting through all my past artwork, I sometimes feel like I've bitten more than I can chew.  This "pet project" has taken over more of my time that I originally anticipated and some of my freelance work has suffered because of it.  But I am determined to finish and show all of you what I have been up to these last few years (and even further back) as well as show you what I can do in the future.  It's also been a Memory Lane journey, since I seem to have the memory of a fish these days and forgot half of what I had created.  I'm feeling like this project was just as important to go through as it is to complete it.  It's important to remember what you have done and how much you've grown.

It's also important to eat, which Grumpy Smurf here forgot to do. So I'm off and will return later.  :)

Finally Starting (only took me 3 years or so...)

Well I've been wanting to revamp my portfolio for some time now. Many years ago, when I created Dreamforger, I wanted to use that as my moniker, my alter-ego as it were.  But it started taking on a life of its own and I started doing more and more work as me, myself and I (and not Dreamforger).  So I finally decided that I need a true website for my accomplishments and let Dreamforger evolve into its own entity & business.  Our paths will forever entwine but we are no longer one and the same.  

As I type that, it sounds almost sad, like a failed marriage.  But it truly isn't.  What it is is exciting.  For the first time in quite a while, I'm looking forward to something WAY before its happening.  I have a huge grin on my face as I type this.  For if you knew what was bubbling inside my creative mind, you would be giddy too.  :)