Medusa and Bats, WIP – 31 August, 2011
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Work-In-Progress blog post, and it’s been even longer since I’ve done any work on the image above. According to my files, I’ve not touched this piece since November, 2010. But I pulled it out on Monday and have played with it over the last few days and have actually seen some progress. There’s still quite a bit of work to go, but I’ve definitely gotten farther with it in the last few days than I would have been capable of almost a year ago.
I think this marks a big change in what’s going on in my life right now. A couple weeks ago, I wrapped up my podcast novel, The Little Death, and decided to take a break from writing and podcasting. I had simply reached a point earlier this year where it was a massive struggle to write, record, and produce the podcast all at the same time, and I was drowning under the workload. Plus, I was doing more and more digital art, thanks to the iPad I got last Christmas. In fact, I’ve done so much digital art this year, I’ve produced over 50 paintings since first cracking open the packaging on the iPad. It’s ridiculous how much drawing and painting I’ve done, compared with previous years.
So I made the decision to take a break from podcasting until I have something new completely written. And I’m taking a break from writing until the whole family’s schedule has settled down for the school year. I expect in another few weeks, I’ll start writing again, probably picking one day a week to knock out as many words as I can. Once I have something written, then and only then will I look at podcasting it. And I will not write and podcast at the same time. It’s just too much to do right now.
But as for the artwork, that’s become a daily thing. I’m now getting up most mornings at 5AM to spend time working on digital painting. Once I finish up Medusa and Bats above, I’ll move onto a robot painting I’ve got sitting in ArtRage waiting to be finished. And while I’m not working at my desk, I’ll probably be working on something on my iPad. Or maybe even pick up an actual pen and paper and do some drawing there.
Basically, I’m finally making the big shift from full-on writing to full-on art, and I’m very pleased with the results. I’ll keep posting pics of the the WIPs as I go, and when I’ve got something finished, the plan is to make it available for sale as prints or whatever else people might like. So look forward to that!