I’ve had a wonderful couple of weeks at work, but yesterday was kind of a bust. I have such a heavy workload that every day has to be a winner, and I only have three days of wiggle room between now and the end of May. So, that’s pretty rough.
I have put all my commissions on the back burner until then. I sincerely apologize to everyone who is waiting.
Many of you already know the projects I am working on, but one major project has not been announced. I almost didn’t take it because of the circumstances of the project, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That’s not hyperbole, either. It really is an amazing project.
A part of the challenge of the job is working under the same pressures as many classic cartoonists: grueling deadlines and heavy work output. I figured if Jack Kirby could do it, so could I.
I haven’t worked that way in awhile, taking on projects that require heavy research and careful, detailed art. It’s been a long time since I did anything cartoony. I was actually going to use a more realistic style, but cartoony is what the client specifically requested.
Back in the early 1990’s. I was super-productive, and my work suffered a lot. But now I draw a lot better, and with far less effort I get better results. If I could always work this way, I could do about two books (pencils and inks) a month. But I think I would go crazy in about six months.
However, I am really enjoying the breezy art production and style, and the only thing I would change would be to add about a month to the production time!
I am fueling a lot of this with caffeine and sugar, and am going to have to watch my…ahem…bottom line. So, I am pretty much blocking the internet use and limiting it to time I am on my treadmill! I need all the exercise I can get!
Well, here I am up at 8 AM working. Wish me luck!