Journal #43

Hey everybody! Happy New Year! First, I must apologize for the lack of comics and blog posts. I got kind of busy towards the end of 2014. I got a few freelance jobs off of Fiverr. For those who don’t know what Fiverr is, it is a website where you can sell your services for $5 a pop. I know that doesn’t sound like a very good deal but it is a good starting point for someone like me trying to break into the professional world of illustration. Through Fiverr I got a much high paying gig to illustrate a whole children’s book! So it does pay (literally) to be on Fiverr. A few other smaller jobs have been piling up as well so I’ve been busy and haven’t been able to work on “Habitat.” I want to start finding time to do the webcomic again and as soon I can, I will.

For Christmas I got a new Wacom Intuos 5 Pro from my parents which couldn’t have come at a better time just when my illustration work is taking off. I love it so far. The touch dial on it is awesome and makes doing things in Photoshop so much easier. I thought I would use the touch aspect of the tablet more but at least in Photoshop it just kind of gets in the way. The pressure sensitivity is great and I like that it detects at what angle you hold the pen at. My Monoprice tablet was great for the price but this new tablet makes working on the computer so much easier. Although with this book project I’m working on, I still pencil and ink the drawing traditionally and then color it on the computer. I’m still not comfortable actually drawing with the tablet. It seems just easier to do it the ol’ fashioned way.

In other news, I’m now officially a “Big Brother.” I had my first meeting with 10 year old, Keith on Dec. 17th. The two times I’ve hung out with him he’s been pretty quiet but that’s really to be expected. He is polite though, and puts up with all my questions. He has trouble reading so it is one of our goals to get better at that. Our 2nd meeting I took him to see Big Hero 6 which I probably wanted to see more than he did. Haha We both had a good time though. I’m hoping this can be a long lasting relationship filled with mutual respect. Only the future holds that answer.

It is now official that I’m teaching a Comicstrip class on March 7th at our local museum. No backing out now! Ha-ha. Yet another thing I have to get ready for but I’m still excited about it.

2015 will be a busy year but that is alright with me. It is good to be busy and not have too much idle time. I just have to make the most of my time and not find excuses for procrastination.

OK, I’ve rambled long enough. Hopefully my next post will come sooner than this one did. Till then, kepp your eyes, ears, and minds open. Peace.

Journal #41

At Mall of America doing the tourist thing.

At Mall of America doing the tourist thing. Oh and those pictures are made of Lego.

Howdy folks! It’s me again and it’s time for another bloggy post type thing. I just got back from a wonderful little vacation in Rice Lake, WI. It’s not really known as a vacation spot but it is in beautiful northern Wisconsin and the place we were staying was right on Rice Lake which was nice. We were about two and half hours away from Minneapolis so Sara got to visit Mall of America for the first time and I got to see the house Charles Schulz lived in! The motel that we stayed at had paddle boats so Sara, Iggy (our Boston Terrier) and I went paddling around Rice Lake which was fun. We also got to commune with nature, we both saw a bald eagle for the first time in our lives. I guess bald eagles are a common occurrence  up there but we juss city folk and never see nuttin’ in the city. So all and all it was a fun trip. We don’t get to go places very often so we make sure to make the best out of it when we do go someplace.

The Saturday we came back from vacation Sara’s dad invited us to a local comic auction event at our local museum. I went and got drawings from Jeff Keane “Family Circus” and Lincoln Peirce “Big Nate.” I also bid on a Simpsons print signed by Matt Groening with a doodle of Bart Simpson on it as well and it is dated from 1996 which I consider the glory days of the Simpsons. I got for $100 and it’s selling price was $450. I think I got a deal but I still felt guilty for spending that much money on something I can’t do anything with other than hang on the wall. It’s for that reason that I’m on a spending freeze for the rest of the year.

So as usual I’ve changed my mind about the syndication thing. I’m going to try for it again. For those who have been following me know that I started “Habitat” with syndication in mind, then I changed my mind and thought the strip wasn’t good enough for syndication. Now, I’ve changed my mind again and I’m pursuing syndication once more. I’m more comfortable with the strip now that I have a human character in it. I’m getting more used to working digitally as well. I’m making it a goal to have a comic strip “kit” ready to be sent to a syndicate by mid next year. One of the syndicates that I’m looking into wants around 6 to 7 weeks worth of daily comics so I’m trying to make at least two strips a week. I’ve also been attempting to write a comic script everyday so I always have ideas to dip into.

The last bit of news is I just sent in an application to our area’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. I have been thinking of joining for awhile but never really got up the nerve to join but I took the plunge and filled out the paper work, got references, and sent out the application yesterday. I wanted to join because I feel it’s a good way to help the community and give to society. I want to help a kid that doesn’t have a male figure to look up to and hopefully I can be that person. It’s kinda scary that it will force me to be an “adult” but I think it’s good training for fatherhood. So we’ll see how it goes, I’m nervous but I’ll keep you posted.

OK, that’s all I have for now. Keep reading “Habitat” and I’ll keep making them! Until next time, keep you eyes, ears, and minds open.