Spent this afternoon going over this site and others, catching up old addresses, correcting dated copy and things like that, more so after the rains came. We did get to take a few photos outside but not as many as anticipated. So as the rain poured down I went about preparing the comprehensive array of salable items, no matter how small or particular. Images, Paypal buttons.
Some things I placed on my Saatchi site. To see if the photos would be good enough, to get an idea of what else I might want to place there, the “Why not?” factor.
Summer passes by slowly yet quickly and this is made more evident by the configuration of this year’s front garden section, heavily occupied by creeper plants. This one pictured on the left has reached the bird feeder.
My view, after breakfast. My desk. The music during this view ( on a Saturday morning ) provided via Youtube. You see, I am sure I have mentioned the daily cartoon goal I have.
The cartoon has sat while I have gathered my desires over this year. What to get to? Sometimes it is a matter of what calls to you. I “received” several ideas this week concerning the “Daily” project, all of them in the morning. This post is a way of my simply acknowledging their receipt to the Universe. I did jot them down into the “Proportional” sketchbook.
Above, the Proportional Sketchbook. I made this sketchbook on a whim. When I am really into it, I thought, I want those sketches to be in proportion, to get it looking as close to the end result. For those who have not seen the e-book featuring the construction method, this is made with xerox paper sporting a cover of packing tape. The kind of packing tape cranked out on the old machine, glue covered, wet underside, threaded with filaments of fine strong fibers. When the tape hardens, boy is it a durable cover, like school days, book cover deluxe.
I improvised on this above sketch. It turned out to be helpful and motivating, instructional overall. The characters comments say it all. I placed a few instances of this image on my Instagram and now scan it in. Now it is time to move to the best paper and proceed with the concept. I am starting to use watercolor more and am enjoying getting into the technique I like.
I am truly enjoying drawing with the new ink. It is so nice and black as can be.
Ideas have been numerous and I have been writing them down. This morning I received one for the daily strip concept I have. I placed it in the “proportional sketchbook”, a long, thin DIY sketchbook made from xerox paper and packing tape.
It feels so good to draw with “proper” ink — I cannot begin to describe the feeling to someone who has not been immersed in the art of cartoon, the process.
Music-wise, Riotgod has been going through a transformation I won’t fully get into right now, but the change is significant. Though this is happening, I still concentrate primarily on the solo project my mind has been showing me inner-possibility movies about for the past year.
I took this picture yesterday. Here is K4. At the latest stage of progress and this will be the last picture posted until it is completed.
I took this picture toward the end of the day, the light so wonderful, around 6 PM. I had just gotten done taking care of the lawn as you can see by my old ass boot in the left corner. I have posted this at my Instagram but that post alone was not enough for me. I post this here so it can be thoroughly enlarged. Click on the photo to get the larger version and then click on the icon in the upper right corner of that to get the full size.
I am considerably pleased with the color scheme of this and how in general this K Series of mine has been helping my current array of progressive thoughts. As I have alluded to to anyone who reads my posts might recall. Things ARE changing and forces are at odds but the positive, creative side has the advantage.
A personal moment post. Last year we saw a bird who appeared to be orphaned. It would follow around finches or sparrows and was decidedly larger. This morning a “new face” was seen at the feeders. Foster we had named the odd bird last year. Now it appears he is most likely a cowbird.
On the left today’s view of action.
I had this sketch posted, taped to the wall by my desk. I cannot recall if I was going to re-do it then ink it or whatever.
The other afternoon I took it down and attended to it. I am organizing a book of my specific creative pursuits and artifacts, direct and collateral results of my creative life. Elements like this will be in it.
A progress view of the piece I am working on currently in the K Series.
Spring approaches and here is a view of the current piece, K4. I recently returned to it after a pause in attention. I have more to write here but first coffee. I had a real scare here but then worked it out — index page showed nothing! Not good!
On the left, one of the pieces I have myself involved with lately.
Click on it, see the possibility of the vacant real estate. It has a setting and concept devoted to it. As usual and this time a bit more uncomfortably , I set the layout first, to piece the story in later.
I don’t want to state the speed of things, progress, creation, fast or slow.
How I love making circles with the drafting tools. I went with LB to Michael’s the other day, thinking to pick up a drafting set for her daughter. All the sets were lacking the inking nib. I couldn’t believe it!
Click on the image to the left, you know, make it larger if you like. It is a view of desk number 2 and pictured are the pieces of a layout to be stitched together, with comic art to be placed inside the panels.
I was introduced to the wonders of the compass inking nib as I first started to really enjoy creating more precise layouts inked with rulers – back in college and more so after college. I was very into Herriman, who of course used circles quite wonderfully and I wanted those kinds of circles. My father it just so happened had a drafting set from his university days. It had a leather type, textured black case and a blue velvet-like interior. It was a complete kit. Similar sets can be seen here.
On the music front Riotgod has its CD being released here in the States next Tuesday. I have done a few interviews both written and phone. THere have been some snafus but — hey — I roll with it, keeping the faith, kinda.