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Garden Greene @Bleak-Creep

Age 32, Female

Minneapolis, MN

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Another Year in Review Post

Posted by Bleak-Creep - December 31st, 2022

Why not? Let's go ahead and do one of these 2022 wrap up things for ourself. 

This was the biggest year for art I've ever had, even back in college when I was making stuff almost every other day just to stave off the hopelessness. I finished over 100 illustrations this year, along with a few collabs, a couple art contests, three animations (though, technically, one was done before the end of 2021, it just didn't have music yet) and ALMOST two games (Maple's Maid Service is on the cusp of being finished right now)

A few selections:

Working on art so consistently really helped dramatically improve my work over the course of the year, and getting Clip Studio Paint in February was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Before CSP, I'd have to make all of my art using the pen tool in Photoshop because my hands were often too shaky to make my lines as clean as I'd like. The pen tool works wonders for making shapes and patterns, and I used it almost exclusively while making the backgrounds for Maple's Maid Service, but it doesn't feel much like drawing, and it's really difficult to get the same level of expressiveness in a character when you're working so mechanically.

Through CSP, I got to explore a lot of different art styles over the course of the year. I dabbled with lineart again for a while there

I tapped back into my teenage goth roots

And then I eventually retreated back into my lineless style and finally upped the saturation on my colors after a good decade of almost nothing but pastels.

I also made quite a few new characters this year, some may have come out better than others on the first draft, but I fell in love with a lot of them and I'll probably try to continue making more new designs next year. 

I don't know if I have too much planned out for 2023 just yet, but I do hope to work on some more game projects, and maybe, hopefully, make another animation? I have an idea and even a little written for something new, but it's as personal and close to the bone as I've ever gone with one of these, so I'm a little scared of it too. I know it'll hurt, but I kinda want to do it anyway. We'll see what happens there...

I think that's about all I've got, so a quick thank you to you all for taking the time to read my ramblings. I really appreciate the fact that this website exists; I never would have expected Newgrounds to become the last bastion for artists on the internet at the end of 2022, but here we are. Hope you all had a good one!

Feel free to let me know what your favorite piece I made this year was, ask for an art trade, or hit a girl up with a fun project proposal? 




A favourite? Tall order, you've pumped out a lot of good work these last few years but it's safe to say that your work is joyous and it's been good to see so much activity from you. There is no one on Newgrounds I'd rather see work from. Good luck in your 2023 endeavours!

Aw, thanks Quarl! Hopefully I'll get to keep up my streak, and I hope you'll participate in Jamuary again too! It's always great to hear some tunes from you. :)

@Bleak-Creep I've got a handful of tracks lined up to help take some stress off the Jamuary hustle. I wanted to get video footage today, do some live musics :3

NICE. Lookin' forward to it!

Apart from your gift, I'd say Summoning Demons and Cult of the Chameleon are my favorites.

I'll definitely have to do some more design/decorative type stuff next year too. I really hadn't used much of that skill set in quite a while up until last year. It's always a lot of fun to organize stuff like that.

It's awesome to see you had such a great year, I especially loved the goth pieces!

Thanks! I'm hopeful I can be at least half as productive this coming year, although it'll probably be tougher without a work from home job.

@Bleak-Creep Ah yeah, commutes can be a killer. Fingers crossed, though!

I really love your works, thanks to the 2022 for meeting your art!

Same to you! I love your stuff! I can always tell which crosshatching is yours. :)

@Bleak-Creep Thanks. :D!