Bottom of the Deck – 16/01/05

botdcardHey everypeoples, Tuesday is here and time for some more random puffery from me to you. Assuming I have any puff left in me and the heat hasn’t robbed it all away…

So I’m nearly a week into my New Year’s resolutions, and so far I’m doing well. I’m exercising every morning; not much, but enough to get my heart rate up and to feel a bit of pain in my pathetic muscles by the afternoon. I’m also sticking to my plan of one comic page drawn, inked and coloured per day; whether it’s Elements of Eve, or my new project for Patreon (keep an eye out for that next month), I’m getting stuff done. I’ve started storyboarding my animated sequence, I’m reviewing and expanding my writing, and am slowly getting a productive routine going. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to maintain it.

The job search continues too, I’m sending out emails every morning; with the influx of art I’m going to be posting here, I’ll hopefully be spotted before too long. It’s still early in the year though, I know some animation offices aren’t even open for another week, but might as well get in early if I can. On the off chance a job does come along, my new schedule would require some re-shuffling, though this year is the one I will have to be more productive than ever. Sleep is for the weak!… and then I’ll sleep for a week.

Not much else to talk about, expect a lot more activity on this site, I’m uploading my daily warm-up sketches and will soon be posting sneak peeks of my other projects. Time to shift up a gear, this year is going to be busy.

Ciao for now.

New Year, New Schedule

Hey everypeoples, I am back for 2016! Hope everyone had a great holiday season (if it’s still going for you, know that you are the envy of every freelancer in the world), and that the new year brings only the best.

Now, time for me to start working on my resolutions. The sweltering heat aside, I am motivated to get plenty of things done this year. I know we all are in the first few weeks, but getting into good habits is a way of keeping such things rolling. Primary motivation: more art on the art blog. To this end, I’ll be posting sketches here daily; these will primarily be warm ups for the day, because each of them is going to be followed up by a daily comic page. The pages will be visible on my Patreon account once I have it set up again, which will be as soon as I have a few things to show. Elements of Eve will continue to be freely readable on its site as usual.

So, first round of daily sketches are here (throwing up 3 today to make up for the first couple of days which I was using to settle back in). These will also be visible with descriptions on the sketchbook tab.

Onward and upward, everybody!

Ciao for now.

Bottom of the Deck – 15/12/22

botdcardEvening everypeoples. I suppose it’s almost evening, even though the sun is still up, but it’s late afternoon. “Prevening” I believe is the word The Big Bang Theory coined…

This will probably be my last blog post for the year, I’m sure anyone who would potentially be reading this is going to have far better things to do than read my ramblings between now and 2016; I’m going to be in a different city again starting Thursday, so I’m in the same boat. But when I get back to Cape Town next year, there’s going to be some minor changes around here, although they will hopefully have far-breaching impacts. Yes, this is me getting my New Year’s resolutions out of the way now.

First big thing: This is supposed to be an art blog, and I’ve been severely lax about uploading art. Oh sure, there’s my portfolio and my showreel which I need for my ongoing job hunt, but there’s a severe lack of personal and “casual” art around here, mainly because the college stuff took up so much time. Well, it’s goodbye college, hello real world, so time to start doing the stuff I’ve been too busy/distracted/exhausted to do! (Or at least as much as I can until I get a job…) I’ve already got an idea for a short animated sequence that I’m going to jump on as soon as I’m back at my light-table.

Next big thing: I’m considering giving Patreon another shot. I tried it out for a while at the beginning of this past year already, but I may have set my expectations a bit too high, because after two months and no responses I got so discouraged that I shut it down. This time, I’m going to start small, start slow, and exercise patience; even if it takes all year to get a single pledge, the Patreon will endure. My next big personal comic project will be going up there, and I will be throwing a lot of effort into it, I want issues printed and ready for FanCon in May. Keep your eyes peeled for when the updates begin.

Third big thing: My belly. Self-explanatory. Let’s see how long that one lasts…

Now, time for the alien elephant in the pop-culture VIP room: Star Wars (don’t worry, no spoilers, promise!). I saw The Force Awakens on Saturday, and I was blown away. I had a smile on my face the whole way through and then for a couple of hours after to the point where my face actually hurt. In the few days since then, I’ve been thinking about exactly why I enjoyed it so much (because I remember having similar reactions to the prequels, and hindsight was not kind to them) and came to the following conclusions: the film is good. There is no question about it, this is a solid, entertaining film that hearkens back to what made the original trilogy great. The new characters are interesting, likable, and mesh with the returning characters in a way that feels natural and fun. The special effects are what we’ve come to expect from a big-budget Disney film, and the pacing never feels too fast or too slow.

The only major criticism I could give it is that it may rely a little too much on nostalgia; the references to the original trilogy are numerous and sometimes a bit blatant. Does this make it boring and/or cliched? Not at all, it’s actually like an Easter egg hunt for die-hard fans, and a good incentive for newcomers to watch the previous films. The downside is that it doesn’t try enough new things; it’s up there showing off that it’s a Star Wars film, and is recognizable as one for more than just the fact that everyone knows where lightsabers come from.

But when you remember that this is the beginning of a new trilogy, it serves as the perfect gateway; it’s meant to remind those jaded to the franchise, and to show the next generation of fans, exactly why Star Wars is a great story. A New Hope came out almost forty years ago, the re-release was over twenty years ago, and in that time some of us may have forgotten just why we were drawn to it in the first place. The Force is indeed awakened by this movie; it is awakened in the hearts of every Star Wars fan and it is saying “Remember.”

So that’s my last ramble for 2015: personal motivation and nostalgic gushing. Hope you all enjoyed it, have a wonderful holiday season, and I will see you all in the New Year.

Ciao for now.