On this weeks’ vlog I decided to tell a spooky story in honour of all the monsters I’ve been drawing. This is the time-lapse of me drawing the motorized boogeyman that I posted last week. I’m really digging this challenge it is forcing me to just dive in and get something done. Each one seems to be better than the last. Enjoy.
In a few days I will start the Inktober Build a Beast Challenge and I thought I should outline my goals and fears about doing it. Overall I think it will be a good experience, my main issue is with my arch nemesis time. I don’t really want to put other things on hold while I take on this challenge and I know I tend to render more detail than I should at times. So it will be tough. I’ll post the first drawing video net week. In the meantime follow along on instagram. Almost done pages 14 & 15 check below to see where I’m at.
In this weeks’ vlog I break down my best tip for painting better. It’s very simple really, my best tip for painting is just sit down and paint. You will get better through practice and repetition. Over time you will learn what works and doesn’t work for you. Try techniques and abandon them, it’s about trial and error learning your craft. No matter how long I make art I know that I’m in a constant state of learning. There is no tangible end goal of how good I want to be. Therefore, I want to be the best artist I can be at any given time and that means I have to be better than yesterday. This episode has me working on pages 14 and 15 of The Pod, check it out and see how much I’ve progressed since last week.
As I said in my last post I’ll be participating in Inktober but under my own set of rules. On this weeks vlog I’m outlining the rules for anyone who missed out. All while laying in the under-painting on pages 14 & 15 of The Pod. Also I talk about some other projects I have on the go, like my short comic Low Fuel. I just need to finish the lettering and it will be updating on webtoons shortly.
Well it’s been slow at work and I mean real slow. I hit a point this week where there was nothing to do for a few hours straight and only small things to draw out my day. It’s one thing wasting your own time but being forced to go to a job because you need the money and then having them waste your time that is infuriating. When you are a person who has a lot of things on the go just doing nothing isn’t really an option. I have a whole quiet rant about it on this weeks Art Vlog while I ink pages 14 & 15 of The Pod. I’m still a little angry, mainly because I have another day of it. Maybe I’ll sneak in some sketches on my down time. Later
Alright, here’s Art Vlog #47 where I’m finishing up pages 12 & 13 of The Pod. I talk a bit about phoning it in or in other words not putting out the work you are capable of, just being lazy. I wasn’t happy with the pencils for the next set of pages and as a result was stuck having to fix them in order to move on. Good enough just wont cut it, I want only the best I can do at the moment. Check it out, if you missed previous episodes I’ve linked the playlist above.
I’ve been very analytical on my posts here and on my vlog. It’s in my nature and for some reason I have a hard time loosening up and getting comfortable. It takes me a lot of time but I do get there eventually. I tried something different on this weeks vlog, instead of just explaining what I’m doing while painting, I talked about the story itself. I like how it turned out, I’m definitely starting to figure out a system that works for me.
I have a new comic up on webtoons called Specimen X. I have added it to the Tales of the Damned series I’m working on. Also Forever Green (the first Damned Tale) was Just reviewed by the Comic Vault, rather positively which I’m happy about. Check it out, Jamie Ryder has a cool blog with lots of different stuff there. As for my vlog this week shows me finishing up toning Specimen X with copic markers. It was nice to take a bit of a break from The Pod and work on something smaller for a change. These smaller projects can give a shot of motivation and shake things up. I may be in trouble if they become addictive and slow down my progress on the big project. I guess you just need to follow what feels right and for the moment a distraction seemed to be what I needed.
I’m still working at this comics thing. My new Vlog is up showing this weeks progress on my graphic novel “The Pod”. I don’t want this blog to turn into an aggregate for my Vlog but I have so little time as is. Blog posts are getting harder to write. I need to set a schedule for them otherwise they fall to the wayside. Maybe if I change-up the way I use it, to create a journal of thoughts or something similar. I don’t have new ideas for art techniques I use and if I do I’ll make a video. So a change needs to happen and I’m not sure what that is just yet. In the mean time my Vlog is updating on Fridays at 9 am if you are keeping up with my progress.
Increasing productivity is my focus, but creating a schedule can be hard. Juggling not only your life’s responsibilities and dreams but those of your family as well. For a long time I tried to squeeze my dreams into that little window of time when everyone else was asleep until I needed to sleep. The problem for me is I’m getting older and my kids like to get up early most days. That was never a really good plan but at least I put in some time. Burnout follows that strategy like the plague.
I wanted something better. Using my best and brightest hours for myself not a 9 to 5 job. So I started getting up early. First I added a half hour and did that for months. Working on small tasks that advanced my goal forward. Recently I added another half hour and decided everyday was a good time to get things done. It works so far for me but, I will just issue a word of caution get sleep. Things come up and you will stay up later than intended. Don’t make it a habit. I’ve done this before and was very satisfied with the results, but fell off the horse after a few too many late nights and took a break.
The bonus I find with working on your dreams early is something always gets done. You just need to get up and put in the work. Little by little things get finished. That feeling of accomplishment sticks with you all day. When working at night, time slips away, things come up, exhaustion sets in. Focus, dedication and determination to keep going pull me from my warm bed. After a few minutes I don’t mind. I have already forgotten the small discomfort and engaged myself into a world all my own. Most of the time I even forget to eat breakfast or get ready for work. Those things can wait I have a dream.
If you want to follow me on my journey, join me on youtube where I discuss the progress on my painted graphic novel “The Pod”. In this episode I ink part of page 12 and discuss more about getting up early.