Day 240 of a Year of Drawing. Random sketching done while watching TV. #yearofdrawing
Two Thirds Down and One Third to Go
Howdy All and Happy Friday!
This week has seen me trying to get back into the swing of things after returning from a brief vacation in Toronto. With most of the week spent getting caught up in my day job, I have not had much time to turn my mind to this week’s blog entry.
However, as I write this, on Thursday night, with my last trip of the summer behind me, September quickly approaching, and nearly two thirds of the year now gone, I am thinking that this might be a good opportunity to look at the past month of drawing and what is to come in the final months of 2014.
Lazy Days of Summer
Unfortunately, the last month of my Year of Drawing has been somewhat unproductive, partly due to technical issues (I lost a lot of work done on my Justitia Divum strip when I had to reset my Cintiq Companion) and party due to a lack of focus on my part (lots of random sketching rather than working on a single project).
This can partly be excused because almost two weeks of August were spent on vacation, which made it difficult to work for more than an hour on my art, but if I want to keep a regular schedule on a webcomic next year, I will have to learn better discipline.
Finishing Strong by Returning to Where I Started
I still have a couple of days left in August, but September will see me shifting focus to work on a series of commissioned pieces that I am doing for my buddy Chadwick Ginther (author of the terrific Thunder Road trilogy). These pieces are all intended to be used for an illustrated print version of a short story set in the Thunder Road universe. I have already started sketching a couple of these pieces (I could not resist stating on this project, once I had read the story Chad had written). Those initial sketches have me excited to start on the proper versions of these pieces.
I expect that those pieces will take up most of September (and possibly part of my October), but if I finish those early, I would like to get back to work on the Devil’s Debt comic I had started at the beginning of 2014.
Unfortunately, in mid-October, my day job will be getting quite busy and, by the time November rolls around, I expect that I will be lucky to find the hour I need to get my drawing done.
However, if I focus on my ten page Devil’s Debt story, I am hopeful that I should be able to wrap up the year with a finished version of the ten page strip that I had started, back in January.
Now, that may not seem like much to get done, but knowing that my day job will be getting busier as the year comes to a close, I feel like it is a realistic assessment of what I will be able to complete in that time.
Speaking of, I should get tonight’s drawing done so I can hit the sack. Tomorrow’s going to be another big day at the day job.
Thanks for taking the time to read my plans for the final four months of 2014, and I hope to see you back in seven days!
Until then, I have some drawing to do.
Kevin B. Madison
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