Once again, I thank Warren Ellis for his generosity in allowing me to blog sketches from an undeveloped work. Can’t really tell you much about it, but I thought you might enjoy a look.
I know I have a few more sketches from this around here somewhere, but darned if I can find them. Curse my lousy art filing system.
I am so involved with new projects, I can’t take much time to attend to the originals. Also, I am dedicating most of my free time to scanning and archiving my photo files.
Last Thursday was the first time I had a real opportunity to go into the city since February 8. Unfortunately, it was all work and no Watchmen movie for me! I haven’t seen Coraline, either. Too sick to go out for about six weeks.
The cord to my digital camera had gone home to Jesus. I could not wait any longer for the photos I had taken for reference on my last trip to New York, so off I went to get a card reader, a 1 TB external hard drive (which I will use to archive all my art and put in the safe deposit box), and some decent speakers for the computer. I’ve had lousy luck with film processing lately, and now won’t have to worry about it anymore. I’ll just take reference photos and use them right away instead of having to take a 3 hour round trip to the city.
I’m already packaging up old photos to store away forever. I will not miss having to flip through these things by hand.
On the new book, I have over 600 reference images alone, so keeping track of it all digitally is a great help. While I don’t use many photos for the figure work, I have to have accurate location reference for this new book. And since most of my photos from the last five years are also on disc, I am uploading them and archiving them.
I hope I will be able to ditch a lot of the material in my old swipe files. Yes, every artist has them. This is how we are able to draw things like the Taj Mahal even when we have never visited to take our own snaps.