Arts

I’d be surprised if anyone actually noticed, but I removed the links to the gallery pages that were on here a while ago. Try as I might I haven’t been able to find a good gallery plugin for WordPress. Not good according to me at least. The best one I’ve found so far, and the one I have installed right now is NextGen Gallery. But while it works fine I haven’t been able to find one that lets you browse images in a  way I like.

The solution, I decided, was to stop trying to make WordPress into a gallery, and just find a good dedicated CMS (Content Management System) specifically for posting images and just link to that.

And that is what I did. I found a nice one called Koken. It’s intended for photography, which is apparent from some of the wordings, but it works just fine for art. It’s all just images to it. It also allows posting videos and “Essays” as it calls them which just means text posts. I don’t really intend to use that feature. Initially I wrote a short introduction to the site, what it was for and that there’d be nsfw things there, but the section for featured essays was at the bottom of the front page, which is not what I wanted. I wanted the introduction to be at the top of course, so instead of using that I ended up copying the theme and modifying it to include a section just at the top where I wanted it where I wrote the text I wanted into the theme. If I wanted to I may have been able to make it get the text from an essay I just thought of, but the current way works fine too.

I’ve been using this solution for a bit over a month now (Though it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long). And I’ve drawn and uploaded 39 pieces of art as of today, though I still owe one piece for a day I’ve missed according to my counter. Koken has been working great, and I think it’s going to serve me well as a kind of art portfolio, though more like an archive over my, hopefully fruitful, venture into learning to draw better. Of course the exposure of this site is very limited. I of course also have accounts on dA (DeviantArt), FA (FurAffinity) and SoFurry where I have uploaded things. Most of them to dA (Which has a lot of old stuff, both 2D and 3D art. But that’s a post for another time). SoFurry I discovered and joined rather recently, but I don’t like it all that much.

Now I occasionally upload a drawing to these sites if I like it enough, generally the ones I’ve spent a bit of extra time cleaning up and coloring. To ease with this process of uploading them to these sites I created a simple client-side addon for Koken that my browser injects. It adds a button that when clicked will generate some input fields that contain the title, description and tags for the currently selected piece. The main reason for this is that I have a standard blurb that I’ve added to each description when I’ve uploaded it to one of these other sites that basically tell about my daily drawings and link to my own site.

“A daily drawing deemed good enough to upload here!
You can find all my art at http://towerofawesome.org/art/
Good or bad (mostly bad at the moment)”

– The Blurb

This is now added automatically by the script when the button is pressed, because I don’t want this to be included in the description on my own site of course. That’d be silly. It also gets all the tags, which koken handles as separate objects, instead of a string like the other sites do, and generates a string from them that can just be copy pasted to the other sites easily.

Creating this script definitely sped up the submission process significantly. Especially since SoFurry uses a different format for tags than the other two, where they are separated by commas instead of spaces. This required some extra work converting spaces into commas. But the script now does that automatically along with the other things, outputting two tag strings, one space separated and one comma separated.

The previously mentioned counter, I should also explain, is a tiny web-application I’ve created to track my daily drawings. Every day just past midnight a script is run on my server that adds one to the counter. When I draw a daily drawing I may click a button on the page which pushes it back down by one. If I miss a day the number will remain, but I can draw multiple things if I need to of course to push it back down if I want to.

Without this I’d probably already have lost count of how many I owed.

So, all-in-all I’d say it’s going well! I definitely plan on continuing drawing as much as possible!

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