I’m still organizing photos on my hard drive. I’m breaking the up in to various folders that are related to themes… so like for example, folders might be family photos, trees, asphalt, concrete, bark, ground, vegetation, clouds, etc.
In doing this, since a lot of my old photos had the same name but were in different folders, I’m having to rename a lot of them. I found an interesting way to do that in Windows that I posted a link about over at my delicious links blog http://www.mastermesh.wordpress.com, and also put something over there today, which should show up tomorrow that talks about how to create text file listing of all files in a windows folder. What I’m going to do is use all of that to essentially “start over” with Turbosquid, Zazzle, etc. and going foward make a comprehensive, excel database that lists the name of various artwork I have online, then lists the urls to discussion of each art work here in this blog, the urls to places to buy or see the item in question on turbosquid, the 3d studio, and elsewhere if I add my stuff to various other stock photo places online in the future.
My goal here is to essentially have a big database that shows me where everything I have online is, and where the duplicates of it are too, so like if someone contacts me and likes a photo, I can redirect them to an entire cd that has the photo they liked over on cafepress, etc. It’s a huge project that will take a lot of time to do, but in th end will be worth it.
To document all of this stuff, I’m using this blog, and will also eventually use a new website I’m working on over at jeffthomann.t35.com. (right now that site is a horrible messy situation… I’m not uploading the new site til it’s pretty much how I like it in a few weeks, months, or however long it takes to get the local copy to be just the way I want it)
That t35 site will eventually, primarily be my online “portfolio” which only contains the best of the best of my stuff… unlike the artfolio here in his blog. However, over there, I’m also going to have some version of this massive excel database that I’m making, which will likely be a big image gallery type of thing where each image over there is either 100 pixels wide, and/or watermarked, and that place will be sort of a “quick links” list to the postings about each individual item over here at the blog, on turbosquid, cafepress, zazzle, etc.
In this way, I can use this blog to talk about individual artworks in a detailed manner, and use the t35 site as a sort of quick portfolio that’s more profesional.
I have a heck of a lot of work ahead of me. I originally thought about linking to the old stuff on Turbosquid, but since it’s so frustrating getting the old file names to match the new ones, I’m likely just going to “start fresh” so to speak… and just hope Turbosquid doesn’t close my account if I accidentally end up with multiple files that are the same thing.
The real goal here is to become more pro, and to get more stuff out of the hard drive and or basement and online where people can see it, interact with it, maybe even buy it. That way, once I get the old stuff out of the way, I can focus on creating new stuff, and will have a comprehensive database and website to modify to add the new stuff to as I become more and more professional. It’s sort of a gigantic project that could well, and probably will take the rest of my life to constantly modify and re-modify… It’s something I should have probably been working on since 2005 but didn’t because blogs were not as powerful as then as they are now, and also because in 2005 I got married! I stopped focusing on the painting, 3d artwork, and digital phot taking a lot back then that was blowing away hundreds of hours out of my life that I needed to use to focus on my new wife and developing my family. Now that things on the homefront are stable, the college loan is paid off, and blogs have massively improved, it’s time to refocus energies on making this nice little hobby in to more then just a time-consuming, expensive hobby.
In emails with one of the folks over at the3dstudio.com, I was told more or less that it’s silly to put the not-so-good stuff online, and that that individual takes literally tens of thousands of photos yearly. My question to that individual and any artist out there on the web is if you are creating the stuff, why not put it out there? Everyone has different tastes, opinions, etc. What any particular individual thinks is not so great, another person may think is awesome. However, if the artists just leave the stuff they don’t think is so hot stored away where no one can access it, how will they ever know what others think? It’s a disgrace to yourself and everyone around you to hide your artwork away for years for some silly art historian to find after your are dead, if they ever get around to it. You are alive, your art is alive… Life is far shorter then any of us wants it to be in the first place… so why not put your living artwork, created by you, a living artist, somewhere where people can access it 24/7? Gallery walls are nice, but they are not open 24/7, and not everyone in the world can see it… out here on the web, there’s a lot more eyes to look at the stuff, and a lot more possibilities to explore then almost every artist in the world has ever explored entirely so far…