2013 / by Nen Chang

2013 was a lot of character art commissions, a lot of comic cons, and the end of 2013 saw my first art rep trying to take advantage of me. He worked for the CGC so he drilled me for sketch covers, pushed the amount of work i did instead of the quality of work I did. I dropped him in the beginning of 2014 when I found him flipping my sketch covers on ebay for double the amount lol. So there's a lot of sketch covers in this work, which didn't work so well for the actual quality of my work and I had a hard time dealing with the actual quality of my work and came to hate that i couldn't push myself to my full potential because of the paper i was forced to work on for the sketch cover collectors. I think this is where general dissatisfaction with my work began and when I started chasing a certain idea of what my work could be. Before then, it'd always developed organically instead of me striving toward a greater end. The beginning of 2013 was finishing paintings I'd started before Shinobi Clans and being awed by how different I was technically, finding myself in a completely different mental and physical space finishing the paintings than when I'd started.

 LAMB (the same character I was working on at the workshop, with the green lighting lol) watercolor, ink, gouache

LAMB (the same character I was working on at the workshop, with the green lighting lol) watercolor, ink, gouache

 LEGENDARY watercolor, ink, gouache, gold leaf

LEGENDARY watercolor, ink, gouache, gold leaf

 TRICKS OF THE TRADE watercolor, ink, gouache

TRICKS OF THE TRADE watercolor, ink, gouache

 WISP watercolor, ink, gouache

WISP watercolor, ink, gouache

 ECHO OF LIGHT watercolor, ink, gouache

ECHO OF LIGHT watercolor, ink, gouache

 MY OLD MAN IS A BAD MAN watercolor, ink, gouache

MY OLD MAN IS A BAD MAN watercolor, ink, gouache

 He casts another shadow || watercolor, ink, gouache

He casts another shadow || watercolor, ink, gouache

 5HT watercolor, ink, gouache

5HT watercolor, ink, gouache

 From Blood || watercolor, ink, gouache

From Blood || watercolor, ink, gouache

 Villain || watercolor, ink, gouache

Villain || watercolor, ink, gouache

 & the light fainted || watercolor, ink, gouache

& the light fainted || watercolor, ink, gouache

 Honey || watercolor, ink, gouache

Honey || watercolor, ink, gouache

 Our Beautiful Mess || watercolor, ink, gouache

Our Beautiful Mess || watercolor, ink, gouache

 This is a gift, it comes with a price || watercolor, ink, gouache

This is a gift, it comes with a price || watercolor, ink, gouache