Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Little Grubby...

...has become this...


So yeah, things are still moving forwards. Just set-up over a dozen new T-Shirts at Zazzle. More designs will be going to Red Bubble, TeePublic, etc. I'll update things once more stuff is out there and available.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Honest, Direct and Hits the Mark

So I ran across this over at yubtub and it really cuts through the soft and squishy clutter of slippery excuses and coddling consolations that just don't motivate or help one to get anything done. Ever.
The only way to get anything done is to get it done; only way to write is to write.
Thank you Alexa for some great advice.

A Few Things About 2018

So 2018 is nearly over and done with and I'm still working away on a ton of stuff, getting more done every day, getting better organized and more productive, more effective as I learn the ins-and-outs of Scrivener and InDesign and spend more time drawing or writing, just drawing or writing. As if "just" is anywhere near the right word for that.

Yes, I did indeed participate in Leah's Creative Every Day Challenge for 2018. I did not post anything to this blog about it, mostly because I had to make the decision of where best to focus my efforts and energies, and I opted to work on getting healthy, getting back up to speed and being creative every day regardless of whatever I did or did not post to a blog or whatever. I dislike and distrust the notion that we ought to be documenting our every bowel movement or random thought to some social media collective cacophony. So I opted to work on my projects and let the blogs lie fallow for a bit. A new drawing, a new short story, even drafting-up some new notes about a particular project (especially if it had a file-folder for such things now) was more valuable and a better use of my time than one more blog post. That was my thinking, that was how I felt, and that was how I approached 2018.

I began the year with a fistful of ambition, loads of plans and schemes, and quite a back-log of projects that I hoped to finally get completed...and even though I ran into some bumps in the road and struggled at times, I got healthier, stronger, and set about rebuilding my life and getting things done. Serious chronic illness has cost me a lot, but it has taught me more than I could ever have realized. I don't intend to waste any time on making promises or making any speculative noises about what I may or might not get around to finishing--two things I never want to post about ever again are updates regarding my health or the stuff that's in progress. Talking about stuff isn't getting stuff done...and Done is now officially my favorite four-letter word of choice.

So yeah, I will be signing-up to participate in Leah's Creative Every Day Challenge for 2019. It will be a daily prompt to get something done, and right now that's something I hope to put to good use...so I can get more things done, once and for all.

...and this thing above here is a sample of some of what I was able to get done this year, so far...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Left-Over Doodle...

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This mask-face-thing was left-over from AEDM2017, so I spent some time playing around with some layers and color effects to try out a couple of things.

A Challenge for 2018


Over the course of November 2017 I participated the Art Every Day Month Challenge. You can look over my various and sundry bits and pieces by doing a search for any posts containing the AEDM2017 tag, or by simply clicking [HERE]. I am especially happy with The Sun, Moon and Stars pieces, as well as the Crumply Trees and the RedChild. I really enjoyed creating those pieces fresh, right there and then for the daily challenge. It was a lot like when I was still writing Bujilli's serialized adventures live every Thursday. I miss doing that. With luck I hope to start a new chapter for Bujilli sometime soon. I can't guarantee it will be a weekly serial written live-without-a-net every Thursday, but he and Leeja will be returning, one way or another, when the time is right.

It was also very helpful to complete a few other outstanding loose-ends like the Nine-Eyed Wizard from Clatterdelve, the Yzel, Dekapus and Molluscmonger, as well as the Masked Wizard slated for the cover of a special Hereticwerks project that has been lost in the heaps and mounds and stacks of notes, sketches and other debris that used to bury my work-space. Yes. I said "used to." The last month, in-between family-stuff, holiday-stuff, and all that end-of-year-stuff, my wife and I began the process of getting my various projects, files, folders and so forth actually-factually organized once and for all. We've even made serious headway in getting my files and folders in the computer organized. Heck, we even cleared out and re-sorted our attic storage space.

I know that doesn't sound terribly exciting to anyone else, but seriously, getting the chance to clear away old, dead crap and consolidate needless duplicates, and getting things in order so that I can be somewhat productive again has been a truly wonderful experience after the last few years descent into chronic pain and all that goes with it.

I get to rebuild my life now.

One way I intend to do this is to participate in Leah's Creative Every Day Challenge for 2018. I'll do a new drawing,write a new bit of fiction, stat-up a new monster, or do some other sort of creative thing every day while putting the majority of my effort and energy into wrapping-up one after another of the dozens of projects that have languished or stalled-out in the jumbly-tumbly untidy hedgerow-maze of a mess that my desk used to be...but I'm not going to be posting about this every day. Maybe I'll do a weekly update post. I will also do something for the theme each month. Definitely.

As you might have noticed, I re-organized the side-bar for this blog again. There's a graphic for the Creative Every Day Challenge 2018, some links, and a blog-roll for those bloggers participating in the 2018 Challenge, with the Art Every Day Month links and blogroll for 2017 below that.

So now I need to go and get to work on something for the January Theme: "Be The Light."

Have a Great 2018 and Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Planetscape11zxr5


Did this in-between some other stuff I'm working on. Well, time to get back to drawing...

AEDM2017, Day 30...Last Star on the Left


Art Everyday Month is an artistic challenge established by Leah Koildas at her blog Creative Every Day. She explains it pretty well on a page dedicated to the Challenge. Essentially, those participating set themselves the goal of producing some one creative work each day for the entire month of November. In some respects it is like Inktober, which I opted out of due to a lot of scheduling conflicts...but maybe next year I can do both challenges. So, for this year, for Creative every Day Month, I will be posting fresh new drawings and other artwork here at my personal blog. some of these will get statted-up as critters for our Hereticwerks blog--you didn't really think otherwise did you?--but some will be just for the sake of trying some technique out, or to do something I haven't done in a while.

Today I did this...

Oh go ahead and click on it. You know you want to...

I wanted to do something with light, so a star sounded like a good idea and since there already a surfeit of five and six pointers out there, I thought why not do an eight-pointed star? Thank you all for stopping by and for making this year's challenge oh so much fun! Have a happy and safe holiday season!




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Alternate Versions for Well Rounded Forest (AEDM2017)

By all means please do click on this one!
So here are a couple of alternate versions of the Well Rounded Forest from Day 25.

Clicking is encouraged...