Journal Entry #28

From the sketchbook.

From the sketchbook.

Hey folks, back to just typing out these blog entries. I might post occasional videos still but I think this is probably the fastest and easiest way to get my point across.

So March is soon approaching and the days are getting longer. I am so ready for Spring. I get my exercise shoveling snow but it is also such a drag. Since the sun comes up earlier now, it is slightly easier to get my ass out of bed and try and be creative at 5 am. I’m going to start treating my morning 5am-7am hours almost as business hours for my creative self. On weekends I’ll set aside 5:30am-9:00am to get creative work done. I’ve struggled with keeping a set time to work on projects but I’m going to stick to this schedule to get sh!t done.

This past week I made it a goal to draw in my sketchbook every day for at least 10 minutes which I pretty much stuck to. I’m sure some days I didn’t draw a full 10 minutes but the point was just to draw SOMETHING. I’m going to try to keep that up because the more I do it the more comfortable I get with actually putting my mark on the paper.

I have an idea for a children’s book brewing in my head and I really would like to get that started (and perhaps finished) this year. I don’t want to get into the story now but I have an idea that I think is great… so great that I hope it hasn’t been done before. In future posts I’ll get into the book more.

I’m trying to pare down my goals for this year. I for sure want to keep creating Habitat comics every Monday and Friday. The process of making them is going much faster, I just need to bring the quality of drawing up more. Another goal is to be well on my way to finishing a children’s book. If I stick to a schedule I should be able to work on it almost everyday. I also wanted to set up a promotional portfolio website for myself but that might have to be put on the back burner. Right now, I don’t have many illustrations I would want on the site so hopefully as I work on the book I will start creating more illustrations that I think are worthy of the website.

So that’s my life for now. Thanks for reading it. Peace.

Journal Entry #27

Little drawing from the sketchbook.

Little drawing from the sketchbook.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well. It’s almost the end of January and I’m proud that I’m sticking to my twice a week goal for the comic. Unfortunately, I haven’t been getting up as early as I should and that’s been screwing with my comic schedule. Don’t worry though, I have one coming up Monday!

On top of the comic I have made it a goal to work on illustrations for my online portfolio. I have stuff I did in school but I think I can do better than that now. I have a goal to do a total of 20 illustrations, 10 traditional, 10 digital. I’m debating on showing some of my better sketchbook entries too. Right now, I’m just in the idea stage of my website. I’m still trying to see it in my head and trying to figure out what I really want it to be.

Along with the illustrations I would like to create a children’s book this year. This is something I’ve always wanted to do but never got up the nerve to buckle down and actually do it. I would like to try to do it digitally but it will look a lot different than “Habitat.”

I know, I have a lot on my plate but I’m up for the challenge. My top priority is getting a website up to publicize myself and show my design / illustration portfolio. I feel the website is my first step to being able to freelance more and trying to make a living from my art.

Thanks for reading this little post and I hope you keep tuned in. Thanks! See you Monday!

 

Journal Entry #26

About a 2 hour sketch from my sketchbook.

About a 2 hour sketch from my sketchbook..

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing great this year. So far this year has been pretty good. I have been trying to stay productive. Part of my productivity includes working more in my sketchbooks. I have plenty of empty or half filled books laying around that are just begging to be filled. So I told myself that I’m not buying another sketchbook until all of the ones i have are filled. I’ve been working on the human form a lot because I have trouble drawing it and I’m never satisfied with the way I draw it. I’m trying to make my drawings a little less stiff and more life-like, especially with body movement. I want this to be the year that I really get involved in drawing and hopefully I can track my progress.  I’ve been watching a lot of youtube videos of people showing off their sketchbooks and that has inspired me… and discourages me sometimes. I see all these art school animators showing their sketchbooks and there doesn’t seem to be a stinker in the bunch… even when they point one out that they don’t like.

So yeah, not much else to say. I hope you’re all liking the comic. I really need to get more used to the graphic tablet though. I like drawing toward myself and it’s hard to get used to a stationary tablet that doesn’t have much movement. That is probably the biggest challenge, I think I’m pretty used to not seeing my hand drawing it’s just not being able to turn the virtual paper that is weird to me. If there is anyone that has advice please let me know. Thanks for reading and I hope you come back for the new comic on Monday!

Journal Entry #12

Done in sketchbook. Made especially for today. Morton and I are sorry for taking the day off. :)

Done in sketchbook. Made especially for today. Morton and I are sorry for taking the day off. 😦

NO COMIC TODAY. I’m sorry to disappoint any one who follows my comic but because of my day job there will be no comic today.

I’m actually writing this on Wednesday, the day I normally do today’s comic. I’m flying solo at my graphic design job for the next couple of weeks and that adds a lot of extra stress and worry to my life. Tuesdays are deadline days and I worked from 6:45am to 8:30pm last night. Needless to say, I’m burnt out. True, I could have made a comic but I didn’t think it would be very good with the way I’m feeling right now. Since I plan on having these comics sent for syndication consideration, I want to work on them when I know I’ll have my full concentration.

Once again, I apologize to anyone who follows my comic and actually looks forward to reading it… so to that one person… I’m sorry. Ha-ha! I will still be making a new comic Tomorrow (Saturday) and posting it on Monday at 10:00am! Thank you for your understanding, and all your readership! See you Monday!

Journal Entry #11

Hello all! It seems that I always start these journal entries by saying I don’t have much to say and then go on babbling longer than expected. This post will be about little things that are going on with the comic that may not have much importance to you but is good for me to keep track of.

Sketchbook drawing. Possible idea for t-shirt.

Sketchbook drawing. Possible idea for t-shirt.

First of  all, I’m starting to get to the end of my sketchbook. It feels good to have a document of the past couple of months (5 months, to be exact) since starting “Habitat.” The whole sketchbook is not just “Habitat” stuff but it still feels like I’m accomplishing something by nearing the end of its pages. I used to try and make every sketchbook drawing/page “perfect” but now I’ve just been using it for drawing practice which I think sketchbooks should be used for. I’ve finally discovered that (unfortunately) not all of us can start off with sketchbooks like R. Crumb, Chris Ware or Gary Panter. It takes patience and practice to create sketchbooks that are as artfully done as these guys.  It will be awhile before I will be able to trade my sketchbooks for a country house in France a’la R.Crumb. LOL

This past week I’ve been pretty stressed at work and that will continue for the next couple of of weeks. This worry and stress has unfortunately, resulted in missed strip writing days. I started with the mindset of writing a strip every day but I have missed a few days this past week. I’m not too worried though. I don’t feel like I have fallen into the habitat of being lazy about script writing. With the additional stress at my day job I tell myself that I don’t need to stress about writing everyday. I try not to feel guilty about not writing everyday but I think it is healthy for me to just relax and not worry about ANYTHING for at least a day.

In the next couple of strips you might notice that I’ve discovered a ruler! LOL I actually use the ruler a lot in my comic but usually trace over the blue line freehand. I’ve started to ink the comic using the ruler. It’s amazing the difference a straight edge can make! LOL I’ve also started using an oval stencil for the word bubbles which make the comic look way more professional. I started off this comic wanting to create everything (beside panel borders) freehand but now I use whatever I can to help me make the comic a little sharper.

I think I mentioned this in the previous journal entry but I would like to start a “Habitat” store soon. I haven’t researched all my online sales possibilities yet but I’ve been sketching ideas for t-shirt and mug ideas. I don’t really want to jump into the sales thing too quickly. For one, I think it could cheapen what I’m doing. I don’t want it to look like I’m only working on this comic to make a buck. (Although some money would be nice.) LOL Another reason I’m not jumping into sales too quickly is I want to take the time to create something that I would actually buy. I don’t want to create crap and expect people to buy it.

OK, I think I’ve taken this far enough. Before I go I want to thank all of you again for reading “Habitat.” It feels good to create something like “Habitat” for myself but with an online audience it makes it even more rewarding. I want to let you know I appreciate every single view, follow, comment and “like.” See you Monday! Peace.

Journal Entry #8

Hello again. I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone that has been visiting the site regularly. Your readership and feedback means a lot to me. It always makes me happy when I see a spike in views but it also makes me a little nervous. I start to get self-conscience when I think about all the eyes that have see my drawings.

Sketchbook drawings.

Sketchbook drawings.

It is presumptuous of me to think that everyone likes what they see or is even intentionally visiting this site. I have always been pretty modest about my art, sometimes to the point of not wanting to call it “art.” I am aware (as I believe all artists are) of my failings. I am completely happy with about 50% of what I do. That may seem like a low percentage but I’m also confident enough to share my art with others. There is a point when you have to say “Well, I’m not completely happy with it but maybe others will like it.”

I’ve always struggled with “perfection.” Perfection has always seemed to be the unobtainable goal in life. I think it is always good to strive for perfection but it is bad to think you’ve achieved perfection. “Perfection” in art is always subjective anyway. If you think you’ve hit perfection then you no longer strive for improvement. That is why I am always so critical of myself, I want to always be improving. Never being completely happy with what you create is healthy. The goal is to just keep creating, working at your craft, and being critical of yourself just enough so that you don’t discourage yourself from trying to achieve “perfection.”

I hope this was enjoyable to read. I do ramble on occasion. Thank you for reading and I will hopefully see you again on Monday!