Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cusp of Virgo & Libra

This leapt to mind because of a radio DJ. It's pen and ink with watercolor marker fill, actual size three-by-five inches.

Yesterday was a workday, but before I began, I had coffee, went to the grocery store, and drew this picture. Then I worked for eight hours moderating my company's Facebook page. In all honesty, it was a great day!

I've had some new ideas about my life and what I want to do with it. Where I go from here, basically. Prospects are good. There is hope on the horizon.

Today the World. Tomorrow the Future.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Wave of the Future" & "Lightning Trick"

There's been a dearth of creativity in the Johniverse for the last few months, to which this dust-covered blog will attest. However, things my peers say at work continue to inspire, and I've taken to drawing them on the spot and giving them away. The good ones I redraw at home. These were the good ones.

How the mighty have fallen.

I'm in the process of a slow personal reorganization, the first step of which was to terminate my personal Facebook page. My artist page is still there, of course, so that I have a venue to share my drawings. A serious look at how I use Twitter is next. The upshot is this: these venues are not making me happy. Quite the opposite most of the time. I don't have lifespan that I want to invest in unhappiness anymore.

I think that's progress.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Three Card Monte

It's been a long time since I've done any drawings by hand, except for the occasional sketch. For the last month I've been on holiday from creating new art (or revamping old art). After drawing hundreds of Tarot and Tarot-like cards in Adobe Illustrator and beginning the process to finalize the Spinoolean Tarot for a stab at publication, I was ready for something else. 

Alas, I have no idea where to go. I have some ideas -- I'm never short on ideas -- but I don't feel particularly jazzed about any of them:
  • Revisiting The Empty Space from an illustration point of view, one illustration per day as dictated by the story. That would be almost three hundred new illustrations, all of which I would do by hand.
  • Continuing the story of The Empty Space. I loathe that it would be thought of as a sequel, but it would. The Apocalypse of Minerva would pick up in real time, 11 years after I stopped writing (note I did not say finished) The Empty Space.
  • Continuing The Empty Space in illustrations. Again, over 300 hand-drawn pictures would be required.
  • Continuing the Noo Tarot. I still have hundreds of cards that have not been realized.
  • Rewriting and illustrating The Looking Spring.
  • Rewriting and illustrating Moonsdance, a short story I wrote about the romance between an Earthman and a Martian.
  • Rewriting, illustrating, and continuing Adventures of Lightspeed Mary.
And so forth. I could spend every waking hour on these projects and not finish them all in my lifetime. And that doesn't include new ideas.

I will note that, in drawing the three pictures I just finished, I feel revved up. I retired (threw away) two used-up pens in their creation. I took the photo above and pushed "post" to Facebook and immediately had an idea for another drawing.

Oddly, I'm not too old for this. Stay tuned.