I’m so stopped up with art right now. I think the crunch of a thousand things to do is really pressing in on me in a lot of ways. I’m juggling it all well enough, minus a few dropped balls, but I think the constant pressure has me feeling blocked.
Which doesn’t really stop me from getting things *done* that need doing, but it does stop me from doing them *spectacularly* which is really what I would prefer. See: this week’s comic for Walking on Broken Glass. I spent all week last week trying to get the pencils looking remotely good for it. In the end it was was a ‘well … at least it’s done’ page.
I just have so much going on right now, on so many deadlines. Ruggh. I’m so frustrated because I haven’t been able to just let loose and paint or draw … y’know, *whatever*. Any time I try to, I get that dumb pressure to do something Marketable, something I can sell, something that will actually make me money. Or else, to draw something so perfect, so wonderful, that I will have a million fans and everything will be roses.
Which obviously is a terrible motivation for art. >:U
I think maybe after Everfree, I will be a LOT less pressured. And then maybe I can focus more on free, impulsive art that I draw for no good reason. And also on Noah’s Art Camp which I have had absolutely ZERO energy to do, which really bums me out because I was *so freaking excited* to throw myself into it and work myself dead with it. I’m just going to have to go through and do all the assignments when Life isn’t crunching me in the metaphorical balls. I cannot express how guilty I’ve felt about now being able to do it, which *totally* helps the art blockage (/sarcasm). But I think I’m more or less past that now. Now I’m just disappointed.
In short, whine whine whine. I miss arting for fun.
Anyway, to do for this week:
* Craft and send out all the surveys for the Indiegogo
* Reformat issues 3-5 for ebook versions
* Draw in all of the Indiegogo incentives that need drawing
* Order mailers
* Design Special Goodies and order them
* Get the comic page penciled, inked, and colored
* Sell excess furniture on Craigslist, buy new furniture on Craigslist
* Design stickers to sell at Everfree
* Get pictures done for Everfree flyers
* Design business cards for TSSSF
* Draw as many more illustrations for TSSSF as can fit
* Run some mockups for symbol sizes for TSSSF
At least it’s mostly fun stuff!
:D That was fun. Thanks, Frizzu! :D
Most people won’t admit it, or don’t even realize it, but
caring for people takes energy out of you.
Investing your time and attention making sure somebody knows
that you love them and that you want to ensure their well-being can drain you:
- even physically.
Love people, but take care of yourself.
Don’t burn yourself out.
Yeah, it’s true. You have finite energy. Spend it well and care for yourself.
Busy busy busy! Doing a huge handful of very last-minute illustrations for RiM this week, plus working on the comic, plus trying to wedge in some Art Camp in my free time. Plus trying to design some bottle labels for gifts/business. Plus trying to do some development work on Hunters. Plus trying to get our pony card game illustrated before EFNW.
Oh and trying to organize, purge, and clean out the house!
I think I’m just going to have to ease off the pressure for Art Camp totally right now. Everything’s just so dang busy, I have zero time or energy to really lay into it. But I’m gonna keep trying! And if worse comes to worst I’ll just complete all the assignments after at the very least the upcoming cons are over and all the Indiegogo incentives are sent out and the house is cleaned. (We are sitting in SUCH a mess right now. You know how it gets, mid-organizing!)
Lawdy! This has been the worst timing for Art Camp. I just got back from helping my parents move in Cali, right after the camp started. I’ve been exhausted; then it was shark week and it basically murdered my energy supply (and my mood).
I’m starting to recover now, but I have a bunch of things I need to get done for more time-sensitive projects. AGH.
I’ll see what I can pull out for this week’s assignment before Wednesday. I’m gonna put the pedal to the metal!
People turning into scary monsters (⊙‿⊙✿)
People turning into scary monsters and suffering from crippling crises of identity while struggling to maintain their sense of self worth and convince people not to be scared of them (ʘ‿ʘ✿)
Haha, theme of our comic, pretty much.
i think i made the biggest strides in my artwork and lost my art block forever when i realized:
not everything has to be beautiful,
not everything has to be anime,
not everything has to look like something i’ve already seen,
not everything has to look on model,
and mistakes don’t really matter, nor are they something to be afraid of
All things to learn. I’m stuck on the ‘beautiful’ bit and the ‘on model’ bit. Workin’ on it.