Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My My

Boy am I ever tired!!!  You see, I don't know if anyone has figured this out about me but I am one of those green people.  I don't mean green like the girl in star trek mind you, I mean that the moment there is no snow on the ground, I look outside for the first signs of life.  This year I had a violet that bloomed all winter the crazy thing.  Toward the end the blooms got smaller and smaller, but what a strong little soul for trying so hard.  Now however it is difficult for me to plant my narrow butt in this chair to work instead of planting things outside to grow.  I started some seeds a couple weeks ago, but then because of the rain they got all weedy and weak.  I was sad.  Now I have planted a bunch more and have my fingers crossed that they will do the same, up 12 days before their pack says they will germinate thing, without being all slim and pale.  I could go on about it for hours... but being outside with my vain efforts at taming my bit of land here leaves me all sleepy later.  But I was still pretty productive now that you know my issues with green so,  here's the list:

I was able to get that last concept page for Meth completed.  I've already started to color it so you gotta wait to see it till it's all done.  I figure that way you will get an idea of what the other pages are going to look as well.  I don't know if I had mentioned this previously or not, but I have half of the book colored already.  I know what I will need to do to make the pages print ready and am very much looking forward to this beast in all of its glory.  I think that with the editions that I sell at conventions, I will encluse a disc that has some of the precolor work on it as well as some neat screen savers and other original art.  I had also though to make a bookmark too that would be included.  this is what happens when you give an artist a shrink wrap machine... we'll find a use for anything.

I know I went on about it a short while ago, but I am so happy with this last page of The Origin.  It is the first time that I tried to draw Cain as a child.  I feel it came out pretty well and it is the first time that most people will see what he looked like before the scar.  I can't believe I made this story so long!  I hope that you all enjoy it and I swear, it does get better as it goes along.  Here's the link:
Page 11

So Nathan has been unable to get a connection for very long so has not been able to tell you that he is going to SPACE (a convention) this coming weekend.  Please make sure you stop by to see him, or make the effort to track him down, if you go.  I believe that he will be with Speak Easy Productions so check with them first.  Now this is not just some random jibe to get the boy some looks at a con. I hooked him up and he will have some things with him from Rose against the mooN.  I sent him a care package that includes two different smaller posters, two different bookmarks, and one larger poster for Static Lullaby.  I'm really happy with how these things came out and I hope that he has a great time at the con.  Here is what one of the smaller posters looks like, though I think this is one instance where the print somehow looks better than the digital...

Now for those of you who don't know, I am reprinting the illustrious book 1 of Am I Immortal in an extended edition.  It is available on Indyplanet right now and I should get my first run of them in the next two days.  There was an error with the original run but now everything is perfect.  It looks amazing and I was able to work with the staff at Kablam to really make it what I had in my mind's eye.  I am so pleased with how it has come together and I feel that it holds true to my intent for Am I Immortal: clean, elegant, and a touch dark and messy.  I will have them with me for the few summer shows that I am able to do.  I really love the book now and I hope that you do as well!

Alright!  I did mention that I was tired from playing in the dirt all day and then playing in the digital world after the sun went down.  My body desperately wants me to be nocturnal so mornings are getting more and more rough.  Maybe I should just sleep till about 12, eat, go outside around 3ish, come in around 6 or 7 for dinner... and then catch up on my shows and work on some artwork.  Man, I need to find a go around for the day job :Sigh:  Soon enough my pretties.  Till then, enjoy the growing warmth of the night.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pre-Con Jitters

I'M SO TIRED!!!!!!  I have so much I want to do and before I know it....Poof, the day is gone.  It has certainly been one of those weeks where I have just felt pulled in about 800 directions and I just want everyone to be happy.  That's my job, keeping the peace around here, which is awfully hard.  It did stop raining here and we were among the lucky few who suffered no immediate damage from the extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.  My husband finally got his new car on the road and in fine working order.  My child is doing the usual exact opposite of everything I say, just as every true agent of chaos should.  Now on to the list!!!!!

So tomorrow I will be making a presentation to a girlscout troop.  I thought it would be great glorious fun but am now finding exactly how few kid friendly things I actually have.  I have had to resort to some non-published illustration that I did for a friend of mine who passed away.  He wrote a bunch of short stories and, after he died, my task was to create imagery for his tale of how the bat got its wings.  I was a lot less consistent then, but the illos are pretty good, very bright, and should demonstrate what I need aptly enough.  Now I just need to print the lot of them out...

I am going to be attending MoCCa this weekend, well, their art festival thing that they have, which is why I am a little late on the update.  I have been going out of my mind with all the preparations for this show.  It has been hard because I just got my new printer (which I love, in case you missed my facebook updates to that end) so I am scrambling about trying to set it up properly and get everything that I might need printed out.  No small task.  It also means that if there are any images in my galleries that you want to own a non-corporeal version of... I can make that happen.

I went through all of The Origin pages and fixed them.  It is a very subtle change, but now they are all uniform which makes the anal retentive part of me very very happy.  Now the font is all the same everywhere, they are all the exact same size, and I adjusted the color on some of the pages to give it a bit more punch without diminishing the moodiness of it.  That is why I was late with my update which I humbly apologize for.  I knew it would be a big thing for me to do... even if it was barely noticeable when you look at it.

I may have to skip Rose this week because of the convention.  Nathan will be there so if you want to meet the writer and artist all in one spot, go to MoCCa.  I hope to get some pages drawn while I'm there, but it may be completely crazy.

I was able to finish the concept page for Sarah.  It came out very well in my opinion.  Just pencil, but hey, I think my pencils are my strongest suit right now.  Now I just have to draw the page of them together.  Meth and Sarah.  I bugged the artist who will be featured in the book.  Very cool guy, one hell of a language gap between us.  I believe that his work is very much worth a few extra moments where we both try to figure out what the hell the other person is talking about.  I'll let you know when I get his piece as, aside from a few ads and the joint concept page, that will make the book ready to go.  Hooray!!!!!

With that I bid you good evening my lovelies.  Make sure that you take a moment to enjoy the spring air... unless you are allergic and then hide foul beasts, hide!  LOL, enjoy the night.