It’s been kinda crazy over here – I’ve had one art project after another, to say nothing of holiday craziness. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been working on lately:
I was a part of a charity zine called Love Trumps Hate, curated by CM Donovann. The zine featured artists and writers who made work to spread love and support to hurting people in these difficult times, and the money raised goes directly to a variety of charities listed in the back of the zine. Check it out here: https://gumroad.com/l/Dlxz
Now all that’s left is to make our Christmas card for this year – I’m thinking something with our cats destroying stuff. That’s always fun. And not inaccurate…
But beyond that, I have a lot of self-improvement artwork I’ve been slowly chipping away at. I’ve been following the art lessons of cartoonist Danielle Corsetto, creator of Girls with Slingshots (http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws1) through her Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/girlswithslingshots). Expressions, experimentation with line, hands, feet, eyes, figures, etc. It’s been really fantastic getting back to the basics.
Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed from all the craziness of life, it’s really soothing to go back to the basics of art and practice the foundations of my craft. It’s almost meditative. I can move forward again only when I’ve found my footing.
I’ve been working on these exercises and lessons for a while now. I want to be sure my feet are firmly planted before I start drawing pages for our webcomic. I need to be certain in my skills and abilities because I want to do my very best. I care deeply about this story that Aiden and I have worked so hard on, and I want to do it justice. I’m going to be careful to not fall into the trap of never-ending preparation, which wouldn’t be that hard for me. But I need to have a few important things solidified before I begin. I need to define my art style, I need to finalize character designs, I need to practice drawing architecture and landscapes, and I desperately need to practice digital coloring and decide on a style for that.
I’m constantly stuck between the mindsets of “I don’t have any sequential arts training! Must prepare extra hard!!” and “Stop hesitating and just do it! You’ll learn on the way!”, and so, to compromise and to manage the craziness of my mind, I go back to the basics. I find that I am capable, if a little rusty. My plan is to practice the things I’m rusty on, to learn the things I haven’t learned yet, and to work continuously on writing for the podcast and the comics. I won’t let myself fall into never-ending preparation because I want this story to be told.
What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed in your work? How do you find stability? How do you get back to your roots? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading,