Upcoming Plans

Hi, I'm terrible about updating. 

I currently feel like I'm just dragging my wheels so let's share some plans!

I'm currently working on a recipe zine to (hopefully) be released in April at PIX. I'm tabling PIX again! I didn't want to say 'no' after one poor show so I figured I'd give it another go and try again to sell there. I know returning is a strong consideration to sales, and having new material, I have 3 new books from last March when I tabled, so this would make a 4th new book. 

I, like just about e'urrybody, have recently gotten into Hamilton and I have a few illustrations planned. I've started a 'quick' 2 page comic. It was originally a 3 panel strip, so here's to finishing it soon, it is stopped at 2 pages for the verse that I'm drawing out. I'm tepid on my pencils so I'm hoping that the ink and wash stages will warm me to it more. Some days it's being hypercritical of my art and some days it's my art is honestly bad and I haven't looked since I did these pencils on Thursday so I'm not sure which it actually is right now. 

For my own comics I'm on a slight hiatus which has left me feeling low so the Hamilton ides have been a great boost to creativity honestly. I've been looking for a new job and having little money or motivation has been difficult. My job pays horrendously low and I know we make a killing so it's maddening that I don't get paid more. They'll be fine without me, they were fine before me, but I also know they're doing better with me there so it's frustrating that I'm not compensated better. A friend's mom is trying to help me right now and because I'm trying to focus on jobs I'm trying not to roll too deep into my own creative endeavours, but those would cheer me up so much. I have a micro-story collection I want to write/draw and I've been thinking over how to talk about my skin disease and living with it in a narrative format. I don't have a conclusion because I have nothing to be cured, but I don't have an arc either. Maybe micro stories about living with it would be better. I'm also sitting on 5 different story-worlds that I want to write for and explore and I can't because of the whole job search thing. 

In addition to all of this I was considering foregoing the job route and looking into grants so I can focus on art for a while and those make me panicky. I want to create, but I also need to pay for loans and healthcare and bills. I'm sitting on 3 figures and it's not good enough. Things are too unstable. 

Maybe I'll try to write more. I've recently started taking short walks in the morning, 3 miles in an hour, and doing a few exercises in the house because I'm a very sedentary homebody. I can't tell if it's doing any good yet, I mean, I'm sure it is. And walking is easy so I don't mind. It's just getting up and out. Listening to Hamilton while I'm out is a great motivator because I enjoy it and the first act is so pumped. 

Here, I took some photos on Friday while I was out. And some recent sketches!

I've Been Quiet

I fell off writing for a while. I meant to do a year in review,  i've done one for 7 years, oh well. 

I've recently been working on the second chapter of Cinema, which has changed to being called Hubris of Youth, the chapter is called How to Make Friends and Captivate People. I'll  be debuting it at PIX next month. 

I applied for Cake and I'm waitlisted. I applied for SPX, now I'm waiting to hear back and now I'm thinking about applying for Intervention, we'll see. I don't have much time to waffle on that. 

I haven't been watching as many movies as I used to, I miss writing about movies and writing essays. I have a new DailySketch project,  it works on a bimonthly schedule. 

I think I'll try to write something here more frequently, I think it was good for me to put my thoughts somewhere and here's a great place to share what I'm doing

Life or something like it

Hey, hello, it's been a long time. I remember when I updated this blog weekly, then nothing happened so I had nothing to share, or I was depressed and blah blah blah. Then I was just posting essays, or reposting older essays that I hadn't even bothered to edit. 

A lot has changed. 

Since the last post I have been hired at two places. One is a full time, contract gig at a call center for online school enrollment.  The other is part time at a grocery store. Between these two I'm working around 60 hours a week, so I have next to no energy or time for anything else. So of course I spent some time recently editing some stories, updating my resume and writing about me for an internship with a magazine. If I get that job I'll be working around 80 hours a week, maybe 90, so I'm living something like a life. 

Thankfully the 90 hours wouldn't be for long. If I get hired to stay at the call center I'll leave the grocery store, but chicken and eggs.  

I'm honestly just tired all the time. My right wrist (the drawing one) aches just about all the time from the repetitive motions at the grocery store, so drawing will be fun when I get to do that more often. I'm hoping sometime soon I can get a more guaranteed 40hr/wk job so I can leave the store and spend my evenings working on comics and enjoying anything. I just have very little time for anything but working someplace or another right now. 

I have done some small sketches, they can be seen on instagram when I post them and I recently spent some time posting some summer sketches to my sketch blog. I'm currently thinking about working on an art book, comic book sized (8x10.5?) to print for Small Press Expo 2014, here's to being able to work on that soon. I've recently fallen back in love with ink and inkwashes, so I want to work on a book of figures and pin ups for next year, I don't know how many pages, I guess I'll see how many pieces I can do then I'll figure out how I want to print it. 

I'm looking forward to SPX this year. It'll be another great weekend, I'm sure, and it's also the one year anniversary of this site, so that's fun. Maybe I'll be able to make something special for that. I ought to design new business cards some time soon, maybe add my twitter, I'm not sure if I'm ready for that to get out yet. 

We'll see.  

What else is going on in my life? Nothing, just work and it sucks. I have no energy or time for paramours, or to even consider looking. I don't know if I've said this here before, but I first came to terms with becoming an old maid when I was 16, so....I think I first need to leave Reston, then find some one to spend my life with. Ehh, I have friends who put up with my shit, I'm good. 

All right you freaks and weirdos, thanks for hanging out for a few and reading about how my dumb life is dumb. I'll keep talking about it and letting you know where things are headed from here and maybe I'll be able to share some freaking art soon. I mean, I just bought a tablet, I just think what I'm doing is shit so I don't want to share it here until I feel it looks like I'm competent at drawing.  

New Art: Jan '13

So it has been ages since I scanned anything to post here and I finally have! It's amazing, right, an artist who actually draws stuff? Who knew?! 

New art in fan art, other art, Cinema art and Comic, Lawrence's Diary art and comic and 100 Days. So much for you to check out, it'd be awesome if you read my work.

I'm in the middle of a few different projects, working on a Cinema mini comic, I'm planning a mini with a new character from a different story world that doesn't have a title yet. I've been writing Chapter 2 of Cinema and planning Chapter 2 of Lawrence's Diary so I can get that done by the end of the year. In all honesty, I'd love to have these chapter 2s done by SPX, it's possible, let's see if it happens with me doing so many other things.

On top of my comic work, my personal comic work at least, I'm in discussions with the owner of a local coffee shop to do a small comic for them, we'll see how that goes. I'm also going to get back to my final relief print from last summer that I put off for various reasons, my other comics being the primary other reason. Well, my comics and my glass class, my then current classes, but now I have the time to do that plate. I need to split up my days now between comics and working on that plate, I want to see this print finished so I can share it and maybe sell some. I need to see how close I got on my registration, I'm a bit afraid too that I marked the lines off. I won't know until I see the final prints, so that has to happen soon.  

I've been doing job applications so hopefully I'll be making some money soon and I'll still be able to work on my art stuff on the side and get, you know, attention for that. What else is going on? I'm thinking more seriously about finding someone to talk to about my depression and those things. They need to be handled and I'm not taking care of myself with that as I should be, so I'll be calling around to see about becoming a healthier version of me.

This was written while Southwork, a Philly band, was playing in borjo. I'm diggin' them, check them out. I only promote things I like, no irony bull shit.