So it's coming up to about a year since the tragic passing of Monty Oum, and about a year since I found myself trying to keep his legendary creative flame alive by beginning a creative passion of my own, however lesser and weaker it was than his. But it does me no end of good to find myself currently working with a full group of other artists on a video displaying the work that Monty inspired us to make, to be posted hopefully on the anniversary of his passing. It makes me smile to see how many people he's inspired, because even if we as individuals can't really live up to the massive creative flame that was Monty, we can strive to match his brilliance cumulatively, working together or independently, or however we really feel like working, in order to keep the great creative flame alive. It's at this point I'm reminded of a quote from ol' Monty himself. "The effort you put forward transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death." In a very bittersweet way, this has become extremely true of Monty's work. His creative genius has transcended his very life, and still inspires us even a year after his passing. We can still feel the ripples that he left behind, and he's managed to light a fire in so many of us. This video should prove that.
So in light of this, I feel the need to share how far I've personally come with my art in this past year. I started out with absolutely no idea what I was doing, just started mindlessly slapping paints onto plastic. Came out looking like this abomination.
Ugh, I still feel like I'll never live that one down. I've seen children's toys with better paint that this. But I kept moving forward. A lovely lady by the name of Gemma started teaching me how to paint properly, and I moved forward. Some projects worked:
Others did not.
That one on the left is intentionally obscured, the clothes and knives came out great but the skin is just appaling. And I painted it very recently too, damn it. Goes to show that I can still easily mess up. Still, it served as a learning experience and I plan to strip the paint off and do it again, I refuse to get lazy. But I think my biggest achievement so far would have to be this.
A very rare model, and with a tonne of paints put into making this come out right. But this, my most recent project, I think has come out very well. I'm... actually proud of it, first time I've ever been proud of some art I've made. I feel like I've finally made some real progress. And really it's all thanks to ol' Monty Oum for inspiring that in me, for making me strive to be better than I already was, to make me want to create something. And in the end, I really just want to compare that first godawful model with this latest one that I'm actually proud of. You did that, Monty. I may have made it this far, but it's only because you gave me that push. So thank you so very much for all you've done, Mr. Monty Oum.