quote of the week...
“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.” —Albert Einstein (1875-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher
Well, mostly I'm working on preparations for the convention. I need to print samples of my most recent works and find a place to stuff them in my portfolio (seriously considering buying one of those expandable Itoyas, or just sucking it up and moving down to a smaller binder that I can add to), and my mind is going in a dozen different directions.
It is time, ladies and gentlemen, for lists. LOTS of lists. I keep a couple of sheets of paper next to my computer, and they're slowly filling up with notes of things I want to bring to Pittsburgh, ideas for my panel, things I need to do... yeaaah. :)
A huge huge thank you to everyone that suggested topics for me to cover! I'm thinking I'll have everyone write down the questions they want to ask, give a brief presentation, answer the written questions that haven't been covered/Q&A, then a demonstration of what the medium can do. I feel a little weird about the last item, as I don't think my own artwork is a terribly good representation, and I left it a little late to go around asking the artists I admire if I can show pieces of their work as examples. Not sure how I'm going to handle that. It would probably help if I had.. you know.. ever attended panels, but... I seem to have a habit of leaping into the deep end without learning to swim first. ;)
Detail shot of current painting
I am really excited about this painting, as it's really pushed me past my comfort zones and forced me to do a lot of artistic stretching. I also realized after my last painting that I have a bad habit of calling things done before I should, so I've taken a bit more time with this one to make sure I'm not rushing and that I'm giving it my all.
I have a few more details to finalize, I did some color tests this morning digitally to see what direction I wanted to go, but I should finish it today.
This week's agenda is... starting a new painting this afternoon or tomorrow, sending out some customer related emails, and getting my marketing materials together for the convention next week (YIKES!). Somewhere in there, I want to do some housework, since we have a house guest arriving next Tuesday to come Pittsburgh with us.
The paintings from FCN have done a real number on my brushes, so I am probably going to be looking at replacing them after AC. In order to finance that, I will be doing a free icon day after the convention, as soon as I have more details, I will let you all know. :)
Also, I am planning on starting to write again. I have no desire to maintain a separate blog, and the stories will be set in existing gaming universes (which makes them technically fan fiction, but it's my intent that people unfamiliar with the universe can enjoy them). In order to save people's reading lists, I'm thinking I will make them available on an opt-in basis. More details on this later.
Returning to providing links to interesting reading elsewhere on the web! Today is the webcomics/online graphic novels edition.
Paradigm Shift - I resisted reading this for ages. duncandahusky kept raving about how great it was, and I just... didn't want to pick up another online reading source. I finally did, however, and I must say I'm really enjoying it. It's a Manga, which is not usually my cuppa, but the realism in the backgrounds really drew me in (it helps that it's set in Chicago, my adopted hometown). It has the flavor of Gunsmith Cats, one of my favorite anime series, and I'm really enjoying it. If you like supernatural cop stories? Check it out!
I think you're Saucesome - A daily webcomic from Chicago resident Sarah Becan, this one speaks to me where I live, so to speak. One morning the artist woke up and decided she wanted to do something about not only her weight, but her perceptions of her body. She works through a lot of issues women face about beauty and self-love (not THAT kind of self-love, c'mon guys!), and she documents everything she eats that day in cartoon form. This has been a motivator for me; I've been writing down everything I eat, and while I'm not about to divulge it to you guys (ohh, so many tortilla chips. The shame!), it does help me get a more accurate reading of what I'm doing. Many many thanks to linnaeus for pointing this comic out to me, and continuing to mention it til I visited. :)
And that concludes this week's update! I am hoping to start posting more often, but.. we'll see. :) Hope everyone has a great week!