Today I received my 25th message in a row that in some way mentioned the fact that I don’t really post on here anymore, and I decided it was about time to do something about it.
This is really a two part explanation, and I will start with the easy part first. I am working just as much as I always have, but fortunately/unfortunately the jobs have been the sort that I need to keep locked down until they are published. I have been a little trigger happy in the past with showing unpublished work, which in retrospect was a bit selfish of me considering I could have gotten other people in trouble with it too. It can be a slippery slope, so I have decided to stay on the dry side until I get the all clear.
But a more realistic explanation, is that I am just not on the internet as much as I used to be outside of working. My girlfriend works the normal 9-5 grind, and once she is home the last thing I want to be doing is wasting time on the internet complaining about Mario Kart 8 and how “these kids today don’t know how to respect a craft!”. It’s odd to think that I had to “move away” from complaining about bullshit on the internet incessantly, but I guess thats just the modern world. But don’t worry, I am still just as much of a whiner in real life.
And really the final part of why I haven’t been around is because I just haven’t been happy with the work I have been producing outside of commissioned work. My ongoing wrist pain basically led me to the conclusion that I just do not have the coordination and control to handle a brush like I used to. It probably goes without saying that this was a depressing and soul-crushing conclusion to come to after basically relying on my brush and line control for so many years. This all came to a head last December, and I have been constantly struggling to find a solution since. And since then I have been working steadily for clients, I haven’t had a lot of room to practice in between….so it has been a whole lot of grit teeth and frustrating long nights.
But as you can see from the image above, I have finally started to figure things out. A new graphic tablet, some new understanding of the programs I have used for years, a ton of encouragement, and a generally optimistic outlook has done me wonders. It has been so long since I actually felt any confidence (in anything really) that any glimmer of hope has been enough to keep me champing at the bit for more.
So, all of that being said; this blog from here on out will be handled as more of a “professional” blog, where I post finished work pretty exclusively. But what about all of you folks that for some unknown reason actually LIKE hearing what I have to say? Well, I have recently restarted my twitter account, where you can continue to watch me make an ass of myself publicly. And of course there is always my Instagram and the Facebook fan-page.
And for everyone that has asked about my AP copies of the HER poster: Yes! I have them, and will be selling them shortly. I also have a ton of other prints to put up for sale like Argo, The Walking Dead piece, the Jaws piece and a ton more! I will be sure to keep everyone up to date on that, but I would guess to say the shop will be back up and running in the next few weeks. And this time, I will have international shipping! So if you weren’t able to get one of my prints before because I am lazy and don’t like talking to the people at the post office, now is your chance!
In closing, you guys are the raddest dudes out there. Thank you for everything.
And a special thanks to Kyle Webster for making the most ridiculously realistic media brushes for Photoshop on the planet, and of course Ray Frenden who not only made the Manga Studio brushes that I have made a living off of for two years but also has the most in-depth tablet reviews for artists out there. Thanks so much guys!