Bast hooked into the Nexus. This is a scan of the cover drawing for an issue of the comic.
I do these periodically to stay loosened up.
It’s been two months since I started my new medication, but only a few weeks since I started the new auto-immune protocol. While I definitely feel better, going to Portland last week was stretching it a bit, and I felt very bad when I got back, barely able to draw. Would not have been a problem if not for weather and mechanical failure delays, topped by a missing pilot. We were actually on the last leg of yet another rerouted part of my trip, sitting on the plane, then we just waited, then they made us disembark. It was so ridiculous, I began to laugh and the stewardess looked at me funny. Then I went and found a bar and got a Mimosa. Hi Ho.
I went for about 48 hours on nothing but a 2 hour nap, and felt awful when I got home. It took me all of five days (today) to really get back on my feet.
I lost a lot of work, so here I am going into March and not finished with important things. I don’t have another show for two months, so will keep cool and play catch up!
While I can’t say as I am enjoying the auto-immune protocol I have to follow, the diet makes you lose weight pretty fast because you get no carbs and no sugar. It’s pretty much a Paleo diet with a few exceptions. It’s amazing how hard it can be to make sure you get enough calories when you are on a restricted diet, I was feeling completely drained until I started counting the calories and found I wasn’t getting nearly enough. I don’t have to be on this diet forever, but I will probably have to restrict sugar intake for life. (The Mimosa is not allowed on my diet and believe me, I paid for it.)
A doctor told me over twenty years ago he thought I had a sugar sensitivity, and I didn’t really grok what that meant. It was easy to cut back because I lived a really healthy lifestyle for years. However, when I started feeling very low, I let my diet slip and gulped Starbucks and sugary treats for quick energy. Definitely can’t do that now. Oh, well!
I look forward to having treats once in awhile in future, though. I’ve been dreaming of espresso.
I don’t know how much to attribute to the diet or the medication, or maybe both, but I definitely feel better. Brain fog is greatly reduced. Some days I feel perfectly normal and I haven’t felt normal in over a decade. I just think the trip to Portland was too much too soon.
A couple of commissions delivered to a patron in Portland. He made his request some time ago, so I was able to easily meet his deadline.
Both are pen and ink and I really enjoyed doing them.
I have a lot of trouble remembering things when they are not where I can see them, for reasons I’ve outlined HERE, so this is the sort of studio organizer I love. These over the door hangers with pockets have made my mail order tasks so much easier.
Because everything I have to ship is RIGHT IN MY FACE whenever I leave the room, it is harder to lose it. All my packing materials are right where I need them. Autograph pens, complimentary prints and comics, subscription info, etc.
In the very top left pocket, I keep the info for art supplies I need to order over and over again. For people who say, “Why not keep it on computer?” as I’ve written before, people with brain fog have trouble remembering things they can’t see. On computer, I sometimes can’t recall the file name. So I keep commonly used art or office supply invoices in this folder so I can get to them quickly. You can even see the specs for my tone sheets for the A DISTANT SOIL graphic novel if you look closely. Yes, I still do them by hand. I keep backup files for all these things on the computer.
Pending orders are at eye level, so they hit me in the face whenever I leave the room. I can’t put them in a folder and forget they exist.
This is a really nice system, much better than anything I’ve used before. My old hanging folders were plastic and looked grubby quickly, attracted dust, and didn’t hold their shape. This is made of very sturdy canvas, and has backing board. I am really happy with this purchase, which I got from Amazon. The link is below.
To the right, wooden organizers I bought at Sam’s Club back in the 1990’s. They are still doing well for me and were very inexpensive. I keep shipping supplies in them, comic backing boards, and at the top since I don’t need them much, hard copies of critical digital art programs like Photoshop. Even though I may only need them once every couple of years, I need to know where they are.
Between this hanging file folder and my Perpetual Organizer, most of my critical needs are met. If you have brain fog, you must stay organized. You are already working at a handicap, and the last thing you need is to be rooting around for basic stuff.
While this makes many tasks easier, I still make mistakes. I’ve been very foggy the last couple of days, and missed an appointment today. Yesterday I had to make a many hour’s long excursion into the city. Not only did I forget the address I needed to ship packages out via Fedex, but I forgot to bring directions to my doctor’s office, even though I had carefully printed out these items to take with me. I had to reschedule with the doctor.
What was funny was that even though I could not recall where I had to ship those items (or even the name of my doctor,) I was able to recall my external email password perfectly, though I had not used it in months. I got into my account via a computer a Fedex employee kindly lent me, and found the address I needed.
Brain Fog is weird.
In the last few weeks, I scared the crap out of myself by losing most of the art I was working on for a major job. I found it in several different files, but it took almost two weeks of grubbing about to dig it back up. I have never managed to get my art files in order, and I don’t usually have that much of an issue with it. But every time I do try to get things in order, I end up botching something. That probably contributes to the reluctance I have about messing with the huge stack of disordered art: there is an order to the disorder, and whenever I mess with it, I have trouble remembering the new system. (I also do not have enough flat files to properly store the art.)
I’ve blogged more in the last few weeks than I usually do in months. I need to conserve some energy for my assignments, so I’m going to cut back a bit again.
Anyway, best of luck to all of you out there dealing with this, I hope my posts help. And if you have any sage advice, please do share it.
Thanks for reading.
Meet Wizard World Superstar Artist Colleen Doran At Excalibur Comics, Portland, Thursday, February 16
Superstar artist and Wizard World favorite Colleen Doran will make a special appearance at Excalibur Comics (2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland) on Thursday, February 16, beginning at 7 p.m. Doran will sign meet fans and sign items in advance of Wizard World Comic Con Portland, February 17-19 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Doran is the artist for a new Neil Gaiman graphic novel “Troll Bridge” from Dark Horse, “The Book of Lost Souls” with J Michael Straczynski, “Big Nemo” with Alan Moore for Electricomics, “Finality” with Warren Ellis coming later this year from Line Webtoon, and projects with Stan Lee, Matt Hawkins at Top Cow/Image, and Marvel Comics.
Doran’s recent works also include “The Vampire Diaries” as writer and artist for DC, as well as art for Red Sonja, script for the Korean/American fusion anthology “Komacon,” and the award-winning graphic novels “Mangaman” and “Gone to Amerikay”.
Doran will be joined by dozens of other comics creators in Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con Portland, including notables Marv Wolfman (“New Teen Titans,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Fred Van Lente (“Cowboys & Aliens,” “Marvel Zombies”), Tom Cook (“Superfriends,” “Godzilla”), Alex De Campi (“Dark Horse’s Grindhouse,” “Archie vs. Predator”), Aaron Sparrow (“Tokyopop,” “Warcraft: Legends”) and many others.
Another commission down! This one a sketch cover from SANDMAN, with Daniel. Brush and ink.
Today I just had my last Starbucks. I start my auto-immune protocol diet in a week as soon as I get back from Portland, and I am in mourning for all the yummy food I can no longer have. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to reintroduce some of my forbidden foods at a later date. In the meantime, I suppose I will lose a lot of weight. Frankly, I’d rather be a bit chubby and eat pie, but whatever.