My dog got bit by a snake last week. That was interesting, for lack of a better description. The vet said all the rain we've been having has flushed the sankes out; he already had three other dogs come in with snake bites. She has cancer and she's blind, so I think we need to start adding "the indestructible" to her name. She's been such a good girl though all of this, no complaining at all!
So, updates. I'm trying out Glipho which is a social media site that's compatible with Blogger, Tumbler, and a bunch of other sites. As of right now, it looks like I can't set a time and date for the post to be published, but I might be able to work with that . . . I'll let you know how it goes.
I entered Spectrum, found out that I didn't get in which was a let down, but I'm moving forward.
Haven't gotten the new cards yet - they should be here by Thursday.
Justin Gerard, Cory Godbey and Chris Koelle's Lamp Post Guild is up and running, I am taking one of the classes with them. About to start the first assignment later this week - again, I will let you know how all that goes.
I have a commision (my first one! (Save the Dates for siblings don't count)) which is exciting. Starting work on that this week.
I also, in conjunction with the postcards I ordered last week, have been trying to figure out what I need to do for future promo pieces. I've come to the conclusion that I need to do something that really exemplifies who I am as an artist, something that shows where my passions and interests lie.
Defining my passions and interests was easy: story. Working out how that can be developed into a tangible mail-out or email isn't as straightforward. But I think I have decided on a place to start. Maybe.
I'm going to take some of my stories and some other people's stories (public domain) and create a small series of ilustrations and spots for each. I'll create a summary of each of the stories and lay them out with the illustrations, print and bind it in a booklet to mail to publishers. Hopefuly it will show that I have a concept of narrative illustration and layout, etc., etc.
Now part of the problem is that a lot of art directors seem to want emails - but maybe that's not a problem at all.
I'm going to start with my Steampunk Little Red Riding Hood, maybe Dragon Tamer (when I'm finished) and then probably something by Dickens - Tale of Two Cities or Christmas Carol, I think. Eventually, I want to take a public domain book, fully illustrate it myself, hand-bind a few copies and self publish. Tale of Two Cities is where I'm going to start, I think. But that will be a project years in the making, so we'll see. But that's potential-future-maybes . . .
In the meantime I am also trying to get set up to teach some art classes from home . . . And then there's the gift I'm painting for my sister and future-brother-in-law . . . Yeah.
Right now, my goals for the week are . . . well, it's me, so there are a lot of them:
- Dragon Tamer: new color comps and start on the final again.
- Clean my room (this is an epic undertaking, I may not survive, so if you don't hear from me again, that's why).
- Sketches for the New Commission - send them off for approval by the end of the week.
- Help my mom set things up for the Garage Sale this weekend (Again, I might die . . . or get mauled by housewives. Whichever comes first).
- Review and edit my summary of the steampunk Little Red Ridding Hood story and lay it out in the format I am going to print the booklets in.
- Outline my plans for teaching art classes from home.
- Continue to revise, edit and research painting for sister and FBIL.
- Not die cleaning my room or setting up the garage sale or participating in the garage sale.
- Wash my dog . . .
- Start assignment for LPG class.
- Email sample images to art directors.
That's enough. Right?