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Mark Marianelli

My freaking Apple Pencil died mid-drawing. Eh, the illustration wasn't turning out that great anyway... I'm attempting to draw Proteus and it's just a disaster. Anyway, I figure writing a blog post would be a good way to kill some time. So since my last post, I finished up that Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Illustration:

I'm actually really happy with how this one turned out - it's a shame all that good drawing was wasted on such a miserable cast of characters. I'm not going to lie - this one was a major chore. I know that sooner or later I'm going to convince myself to sit down and draw MK:Deception and I'm just going to pray for sweet death before it's over.

I posted this one to Instagram, like I do everything I draw, and it failed to hit 100 likes. I'm 2 away. This game is fan-art poison.

Fan Art.

It makes me a little sad that that's what my art career has come to. Sure, I have a ton of fun drawing the things I love, but sooner or later it just bothers you that nothing is really your own. Also, I think I've just run out of things to be a fan of. At some point or another I've drawn just about everything I like: Games, comics, movies, mashups, you name it.

I'm a bit of a slave to Instagram in that if I take time off from daily doodles and drawings I feel like I'm going to lose any good faith I've gained with that community, or people will just bail on my account altogether. It's a little pathetic. Come to think of it - once that Apple Pencil charges, I'm not really sure I'm going to feel a whole lot of motivation to finish drawing a character that I don't even really care all that much about. I literally picked him because he'll look shiny and that will continue a theme I've been keeping with for my last 3 drawings. Silliness.

Instagram's new algorithm has made it really difficult to gain any new followers or achieve a ton of likes. I'm not very keen on which hashtags are more popular and which times are the best times to post... I've got a full-time job and mouths to feed, I can't focus on that nonsense. I post when I can and I hashtag words that are relevant to the post itself. I've literally seen somebody hashtag 'StarWars' on a picture of a dinosaur just because Star Wars happened to be trending. #dishonest

So where am I going with this? I have no idea. I've had some original stuff in mind that I'd like to get done before I die. Also, Pro Rock Paper Scissors Pro is coming along nicely:

For my own sanity, I need to finish this game just so I can say that I actually finished a game. It's going to be fun. The last attempt at this game was fun for a few rounds and then got really boring... I mean it's Rock Paper Scissors. It needs more. I plan to give more.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have some comic ideas I'm floating around in my head. One's for kids, one's not... And even the kids one probably isn't really for kids now that I think about it. Hmm...

I'm rambling. Time to wrap this up.
~ M.