WTF have I done?
Well hey if you’ve been paying attention, I’ve released 4 games… that’s a lot! I’ve also released an EP, submitted a very in depth tutorial and solved a bunch of problems for my fellow ShiVa devs. But am I in a better place?
Financially, no. But who cares about that… well it would be nice to be able to feed myself I can tell you during this year of full-time dev’ing I’ve become extremely proficient with ShiVa and tbh I love it more every time I work on something new. I definitely made the right choice with the engine regardless of the parent companies’ legal problems. ShiVa lives! And I can’t wait to see version 2. The community may be small, but all of the guys I know who work with it are avid and I can only see the application and community growing. All good, all good.
Blender-wise, I am similar. I’ve progressed very far since last year and my knowledge of it has increased dramatically. I know I’m not a fantastic artist, but my application knowledge is nearing expert level in many areas. There is still plenty to learn. Like anything one may learn, someone is always better than you, and that’s great because there’s always someone else to learn from I really should be practicing visual “art” as much as possible, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I find myself obsessed with any project I’m working on, learning only what I need to to get it out. ( to to )
What’s happening next? I have a very big project in the works, but I am broke-as. So next I need to find an income, realllll bad. I have a lot of confidence in my unannounced project and honestly I am a little pissed at myself for not switching projects 3-4 months ago when I was considering ditching the bears project to get this happening. If I *had* done that I’d have something to publicly show by now and could be submitting something for funding. 20/20 hindsight. However! I finished the bears game, it’s out, and that is something I should be proud of, no matter the result.
So have I shown you anything good, have I proven myself? If anyone’s been paying attention then yes, they would be able to see that I’m definitely a “finisher”. Always room for improvement, but jeez look at what I’ve made in a year.
Next up, I’m working on a high quality still in Blender that may give a better impression of what I’m capable of, instead of my tiny little game pieces. After that I’m going to finish this big-ass project to the point where I can get an attractive funding submission together. People will notice. You’ll go “mannnnnn that’s cool”, and maybe someone will send me a dollar or two.
Enjoy your work Best advice: Finish something.