Winter Break

Happy new year, everyone! I was quite exhausted before christmas and spontaneously took the holidays off. It turned out to be a very good decision. Apparently I was in dire need of a break and some room to step away to look at the bigger picture. Whether you want it or not, from time to time you have to do that to make sure you are still working into the right direction – that is the direction your set goals are in.

I am happy with how 2020 went for me artwise, mostly, and I’m even happier that in the end one or two good ideas came along on how to do even better in the future.

While I focussed on relaxation and reading, I documented my wellness and mood journey with a couple of post-its. Enjoy and see you tomorrow, back with Street Prey!

100 Days – 80

I had quite some panels in my hands today and feel like I want to do more later, IF I get the new manul piece done in time. But I really struggle with my new “no rush” policy. I appreciate the new options it gives me, but at the same time I’m full of fear.

My anxiety spikes whenever I think about the possibility of a day when nothing gets finished and no presentable wips are there, not even for this blog… might sound strange, but it is as if I had done nothing that day. But that way of thinking is not very wise. Most things that are worthwile just don’t get done in a single day. It’s not how that works.

I have used the timeslot for gesture drawing today to finally make the knife play animation I wanted to do since a while. It was exhausting and took forever while of course getting a beginner outcome. But that’s how it always is. I’m a comic beginner as well, so I’m used to that already. And apparently this blog can display videos but not gifs. Good to know! I’ll show you future animations in a different format then. Just know a first one was done today.

By the way – animating impressed me so much that it had a direct effect on the comic work today. Redrawing a panel or two or changing things didn’t seem hard at all. I guess all resistance was spent already on hours creating a roughly 1 second loop of a guy giggling and playing with a knife.

Wish me luck with the manul. Rock on! We can do this! All of it! See you tomorrow.