Saturday, May 23, 2009

Post 373

I have to tell you, I've never thought I'd utter these words in my life, much less type them out (in the past I would have been a hypocrite): The most enjoyable, care free, least complicated part of my life is when I'm exercising! I exercise 6 days a week now. It's just me, my thoughts, and my music for an hour or so. I solve my problems for the day, let go of any stress I have, and I don't even have to think about anything if I don't want to. I'm out there because I want to, and not because I have to now. Especially with how complicated things have been with people recently, it's a time to just get back to basics and not have to worry about feelings...except feeling awesome!!! I'm seeing a lot more change from day to day, instead of month to month, like when I first started. I'll tell you, people call me crazy for waking up at 5 a.m. every morning, but it's totally worth it! I'm even doing this over the summer when I have off.

Oh, and the sketches. That's because Cory requested it. Invincigal is now my second favorite lady to draw in comics, right after Batgirl!!! Seriously though, I want to see her in the pages of Invincible. Otherwise I'll make a fan comic and pester Kirkman with it as a means of encouraging him to do one! She's insanely fun to draw. Cory does some of my favorite costume designs ever because there are a lot of superhero costumes that are so bulky or hard to remember, his are simple, efficient, and more than that iconic! Isn't that all you need in a costume?!? I e-mailed a bunch of pin-ups from my friends and I of Invincible this past week to Kirkman, so here's hoping that they didn't get lost in the e-mail shuffle. My friends are anxious to hear back!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Post 372

So, upon Craig's suggestion, I decided to re-examine my style a bit. What do you think Craig, is this along the lines of what you were thinking??? ;)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Post 371

Gah, I always promised myself I would try my best to avoid typos in my first interview...but I caught a blaring one...'mulit' instead of 'multi' when talking about the dinosaur I drew...ugh!!!

Also, I just wanted to address something a few people had e-mailed me about. They had told me 'sorry for the negative comments you got.' First off, the ones they were talking about weren't that negative, it just isn't what those folks are into. I personally see them all as 'positive'! In the fine art world, the key nowadays isn't as much about is this the most beautiful, or is it the most popular, but can it illicit a strong emotional response? If that's the case, then I'm doing well, I've always known the styles that I'm drawn to are very polarizing in terms of public opinion. If anything, at least I'm being genuine about my art. I could ape any style I wanted to, but this is what feels right to me, what feels true. You've seen I can do realism, but would I want to do a full book of that? Nope!!! At least not right now in my life, that's not what I'm meant for at this time. Public opinion is what it is, and publicity is all great publicity no matter what. You just have to use it as momentum to propel yourself to the next assignment, and continue creating!!!

Today feels like a Friday already, what's the deal with that?!?!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Post 370-An emotional rollercoaster...

Today you're getting a double post!! Why? Because that thing I mentioned finally happened, I had my first big interview thanks to Chris Arrant over at Newsarama!!!!!!

It's actually been a while since I did the interview, so I can't remember what all I said...hopefully all good!

I'll tell you, this has been easily the most emotionally charged day I've had in many years, going from something amazingly awesome like this, to a friend moving out of the blue, having a big group 'tears of joy' moment when one of my classes told me they'll miss my class and we all started getting nostalgic! A lot of other major revelations or equally intense moments happened today.

It's all good though, part of the ongoing story! So please check out the article, and welcome to anybody that is new to my work that is checking it out for the first time. Also, thank you to everyone who has already been coming here. You always know that I'm available for answering questions you have!

Post 369

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Post 368

It's funny, after going through the craziness of last week and passing with flying colors, any lesser degree of craziness just feels like a tickle! At this point, goal one is fun!

I'm looking forward to this weekend, going to see a bunch of movies. I'd like to see Star Trek again, taking my parents to see Night at the Museum 2, and then probably going with my brother to see Terminator. It'll be nice to have the 3 days and shorter work week...bonus!!!

Also, somebody e-mailed me about my last comment on Twitter, yeah, I meant it!!! Twitter was too tough for me to stomach. It can be used well, and some people use it REALLY well! I still read some people's updates, like Craig's, or David Atchison's. Those guys put in cool info that is really thoughtful and interesting, like art links, quotes, and movie updates. But for the most part I was missing the idea of an 'us' mentality, any form of reciprocation. Twitter is 'me me me', and with things like my blog, I try and give tips and insight on the artistic medium, as well as updates on things (which is usually directly tied to some form of my artistic production). But taking out the other stuff, the real interaction (people can't reply to yours if they don't follow you, really?!?!?!) then what's the point for me? I like my blog, and I might start updating Facebook more again, but I'd rather spend the time living life, or making more art than telling people about how "I found a new pillowcase, how cool is that?" or "look at what magical spice rub I put on my bbq?" or " I eat at THIS restaurant, how cool does THAT make me?!?!" All one's I've seen, and I don't want to let myself get even close to that annoying.

So yeah, still here for the long haul if you're still here with me!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Post 367

A new week begins, hopefully this one will be better than last week!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Post 366

Getting back into the swing of getting to do some actually good drawings! BTW, the batgirl pose is an appropriation, aka, I borrowed the pose from Cory Walker, I just wanted to remember it because of it's awesomeness. It's not a swipe if you admit it!