This past weekend I began drawing chapter four. If I have calculated it right- I should finish it next December. However during the down time between chapter three and four I’ve been prepping documents to send to publishers. I found Ka-Blam.com, an online printer, and had them print the first twenty pages of the book for me as a test run. What they produced far surpassed my expectations.
In addition I’ve been attempting to build this website (the one you’re on now) which has been one huge headache. I do not know why the wordpress program would be built as wonky as it is or why they have it be the farthest thing from being user friendly- but it is. And for some reason a large amount of people use it. It’s the One Direction of web programs.
If the people who made wordpress blog’s were pre-teen girls.
Oh! Also I’ve become addicted to two comic books: Saga and Stray Bullets. Saga most people have heard of and they recently went on hiatus from their third story arc. (They release 6 issues, break, release 6 more issues, break, etc- it’s sort of their thing).
Stray Bullets is a DIY comic from the 90’s that is getting a fresh start thanks to Image. If you read comics on any digital device you can download the original first four issues for free from Amazon or Comixology and get hooked yourself.
Oh and if you like Saga, check out Panelsyndicate.com for an online only comic written by BK Vaughn. The site has a pay-what-you-can motto so if you want a free taste- do so. And then throw them a few bucks.
Erin’s Wedding in Wisco this weekend. I’m still dragging my feet here- only finishing two pages in three weeks. I feel like a snail. But after this I have three weeks until the next wedding so six more pages will get done and then seven to go (or three more weeks).
Why is it still hot, New York? 92 degrees today, really? Fall hurry up!
Nervous Wreak City. I’m planning on visiting it this weekend. I heard the weather sucks there but after the week I had at my day job I might as well get hyper-critical about my drawings and buy a one-way ticket to NWC.
From my recent frolic in Central Park with my old friend Blair, I was reminded of an interview with Shane Carruth, the creator of the films Primer and Upstream Color. His first film, Primer, he made for under $7,000- but during the process of putting it together he had nervous breakdowns almost every three weeks. So much so, he came to the point of possibly scrapping what film he already had finished due to the stress.
Being an artist and working alone is hard. You are your own motivator. And unfortunately you are the last person you want to trust to keep you motivated.
My remedy for this?
It’s much easier to be like those fitness gurus who place motivational signs in front of their treadmills like “Run Fatty Run!” or “One last mile!” And that’s what I largely attempt to do.
Instead of tossing everything out I recall what Craig Thompson said at a book reading. Things become clearer perspective-wise once you finish the work- but you must finish the work first. Just imagine if Shane didn’t finish Primer, the world would have lost such a great film. So even though I don’t feel like drawing at all right now I need to look to the post-it on my computer that say: “Run Fatty Run!”
As I said before, numbers make things important.
I counted this week and I have seven weeks of work to do before I finish drawing chapter Three. I can’t believe it. (alright I can- I’ve been barely sleeping). If I can finish prior to November, which will be a stretch with a vacation weekend in Rhode Island, two weddings in the Midwest to attend, and Packer season about to begin, then I might have enough time to revise the beginning twenty pages and start the fourth chapter process before 2014.
This weekend my wife’s friend from med school is visiting, so hopefully I can disappear for a while and draw like a maniac.
My good friend from art school, Blair, visited NYC this past week. He’s easily one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. Besides the innovative work he did in college, he’s done graphic design/web work for a good size list of companies over the years and he started his own successful retail internet site (Check it out: Pillowmob.com) with a second one on the way.
The last time he was in New York we met at Angel’s Share, a speak-easy south of Union Square hidden in a Japanese restaurant. He showed me his new handshake that involved slapping his hand back and forth between the other person’s legs at about knee level. It was not a crowd-pleaser he informed me. And in practice I have come to the same conclusion.
This time we met up at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and we did what New Yorkers typically do in the park, gawk at gypsies, take pictures of models, and jam our pockets full of free samples of cologne. I then got him a bit more drunk than he wanted to be and sent him skipping back to his wife- who probably isn’t too happy with me now.
It’s been a whirlwind of a two weeks.
My doppelgänger left and I threw up two more pages. Then my wife and I flew back home to see my doppelgänger with the rest of the family. So off the cuff, I decided to delay the inking stage and jump straight to drawing the subsequent two pages as I wouldn’t be able to begin them as expected.
We got back to NYC on Tuesday night and cranked out the inks for one page. But now I need to prepare to draw two more on this Saturday. That would leave me five penciled pages, one inked, and zero scanned. Being an illustrator, graphic novelist, doodler (or what ever you want to call it) doesn’t normally contain this much math. But if I’ve learned anything from my day job, numbers make everything look more important. Luckily the next few weeks aren’t as action-packed so I should be able to get ninety-nine percent of this work done ( and statistics are the lynch pin of sounding serious).