Happy Mother’s Day 2022 to all the moms out there, but especially my wife and my own mother. It’s been a little while since I’ve updated my website or posted a blog, but fear not, I have been busy in the studio. You can get near daily updates on what I’m working on by following me on Facebook or Instagram, but to sum things up, I’ve been working on a book project…but before I get into that, it’s time to debut this year’s Mother’s Day card for my wonderful, talented, hard-working, patient, understanding wife! I rely on her for so much, from being my IT department, to managing our family finances, to being a big source of my emotional and mental stability, to being a champion and supporter of this crazy dream I have, and to being my best friend.
So, there it is. Another year, another card, and closer and closer to my having to figure out how to handle the inevitable big life changes on the future cards (like kids moving out, maybe starting their own families…). My small way of showing appreciation. Every year, as my skills improve, I think I might get a little faster at these cards, but the amount of myself I pour into them stays the same. That’s kind of how art works.
In other news, as I mentioned, I’ve been working diligently on a book project titled Inklings. During last year’s Inktober, I was struck with the idea of collecting all my PMD related Inktoberings into an art book with an illuminated manuscript style feel to it. It required learning how to use a new piece of software first, Affinity Publisher, as well as studying just what the heck makes an illuminated letter an illuminated letter (at least, what I think of one as stylistically, not so much the gold leaf stuff), and then designing at least three whole fonts of my own. It’s been a lot of work already with much more ahead, but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished so far. As an example of just how bad my ability to judge time is, I thought for sure I’d be wrapping things up by now and starting the more tedious process of dealing with ISBNs and printers and deciding how to actually publish the finished product (right now it’s between self-publishing/print-on-demand via Amazon through my PMD Press imprint, or maybe trying a Kickstarter, also through PMD Press). At the rate I’m going, I’m not sure if it will be before the end of the year.
As always, I have a lot of other project ideas kicking around the ol’ squishy thing, but I really want to start picking projects and focusing on them from start to finish. I still will dabble with the other ideas as a release from the main project, but I need to get some of them off the “to do” list before I croak. Right now, I’m spending my evenings sketching, trying to understand anatomy better, trying to get better at cartoonifying myself and drawing myself with minimal or no reference. At some point I might move on to other subjects, maybe landscapes or things with different textures, and eventually I’ll start picking away at some concept art for some of those other projects. Maybe I’ll even tackle a few shirt designs on the ever-growing list of ideas.
Speaking of other projects, I really need to get back to work on Inklings…