Probably the first halfway finished animation I’ve ever made. Still have a lot to do but I’m not doing it this evening. Good night!
Archive for ‘November, 2014’
And now here is the cover in live and glorious color. I don’t think my color work is quite as certain and decisive as my line work, but I went through several different versions to arrive at this.
Even though I used my friends to model, I didn’t use any naturalistic lighting at all. I tried to follow Anthony Tollin’s suggestion to use color to clarify, not embellish. Wonder how well it worked.
The first thing I’d like to show you is the cover for Rocksalt #13. I put some substantial effort into the linework for this, and I think it was pretty successful. Definitely one of my stronger black and white efforts.
This is the issue that’s out right now. The hope is that Perry sees a copy of this and it bugs him. Bothers him, upsets him, makes him lose a minute of sleep. Even a minute. This is a grain of sand that I’m trying to flick into the gears of his machine.
Thanks for reading all of book 4! I’m gonna get one o’ htem dang web sites set up for this thing any day so’s you can read it all at your convenience.
Any comments you have about it would be most welcome in the space below.
For the next bit I’m going to put Feef on a short hiatus and show some other things I’ve been drawing lately. I’ve been working hard on a bunch of projects and I’d like a chance to show them off. Feef will resume immediately thereafter.
My relationship to comics seems to be changing. I gradually realized that the most fun I get out of them these days is drawing them, writing them, and selling them. In that order. I still like to read them, a lot, but it’s #4 on the list now.
No big deal, but I noticed. Used to be that reading comics as quickly as possible was my primary goal in waking up every day. Now I approach each comic asking, “So what can you do for me?” Entertain me, show me how to draw something difficult, give me story ideas that I can “borrow.” But I don’t seek comics for escape. I seek comics for professional guidance now.
still plugging away at this project.
I started to work on it extra hard to make sure I got it done while bitcoin prices were really low, and all I did was realize just how much there is to do. I’m actually past half way, and I’m going to keep going until I’m done, and then I’ll never lowball myself this much with art ever again. It seems that there’s a geometric progression here, which I should have been aware of. Eleven pieces of art are much more difficult to do than one piece plus one piece plus one piece all the way up to eleven. The need for consistency and forethought are immense, and there are a lot more false paths to waste your time.
When all is said and done, I think I really want to play this game.
I’m stressed about money. I hate that feeling. I really thought I’d have the money thing figured out by this point in my life. I’m almost forty, I shouldn’t be getting behind on utility payments.
The problem with the piecework freelance system I have, where I earn exactly as much as I produce and nothing more, is that I try to convince myself that I’m producing at top speed and top quality all the time. But I’m not, I never have been, nobody else ever has been, it’s not possible. Even assuming I never get sick and I never get tired and I never get old, I still can’t crank these articles out fast enough to make as much as my family needs. Problemz.
It’ll be better when Gewel gets out of school, because that woman is a serious earner, but that’s still a year from now. All I have to do is keep us afloat for another year, and that shouldn’t be too hard.
But man, another year sitting in front of a computer tapping away at lawyer blogs…it’s better than a real job, sure. But if I’m so smart you’d think I could think of something smarter.
I want to be taking my family on vacations to cool and educational places, not fighting a rear-guard action to keep the faucet running. This is bullshit.
I went through several sets of people trying to get rid of the bees. The first three tried gentle methods; all failed. Fortunately, they didn’t charge me.
The fourth set of people came from craigslist. They tried to get rid of the bees from the outside of the house. In order to accomplish this they removed a small part of the balcony railing and one of the facing boards of the house.
Gewel contacted a very professional bee removal outfit and they are here right now, vacuuming out the bees. The previous crew was looking in the wrong place — the bees had built in between the floors, not behind the balcony or the rock wall facing. These guys (beeremovalaustin.org) took out a small part of the roof in the living room and vacuumed the bees out. They also gave me two gigantic bowls of honey, but I’m not sure if I should eat them.
Update: of course I’ve been eating the honeycomb. It’s amazingly delicious.