Sunday, January 31, 2010

procrastination... of a sort

I've finished two of the four free ink commissions. One is sent out, the other is waiting on another unrelated object to become available to send to the commissioner. The other two commissions are really hard, so I'm procrastinating. I've pencilled one (and had an inking failure) and sketched a bunch of thumbnails for the other, but still they are not done. I haven't forgotten them, I'm just... a wuss.

I've been procrastinating by doing other art, though.

I've pencilled, inked and half-colored the next two pages of Death of a Friend. It's getting heavy, now with only ten pages left to go!

I've also been trying to collaborate with Sweet Enemy. She and I have tried collaborating a couple of times, but we have differing styles as well as differing talents (she kicks my butt, in other words). She's doing an acrylic underpainting demo for the store she assistant-manages and we thought that I could flesh out a sketch I had lying around for her to use (and eventually make into a painting). I did the original sketch back in December while having a coffee and a muffin at a great local deli.

Tonight, I began working out a larger, tighter version. Here it is in progress; it's on 11" x 15" "green bar" paper*.

I've been doing research and am still deciding on the hair and dress for the teacher. It's going to be a 50s thing, btw.

In other news, the inestimable Becca gave me (and six other creative bloggers) an award!. I have to pass it on to seven others and will do that before the end of the week. Probably when I post the update for DoaF.


Listening to while posting: "Young, Thomas (1773-1829)" by Artichoke from '26 Scientists Volume 2: Newton to Zeno'

* Green bar paper was the most awesome thing of having a dad who was a computer developer back in the '70s and '80s. They would print REAMS of this stuff during compiling and dad would bring it home to draw on. It was cheap as free and most of my art until high school was done on green bar paper. I scored (somewhere) a big box of blank green bar paper and have been using it for the initial work on drawings and Obscure Tales pages (before tracing onto Bristol) for the past two years. I hope I find another box before it runs out...


Arjan said...

I'm going to check up on Death of a friend soon. I think I'm a couple of pages behind.

Don Snabulus said...

As a software developer, I miss green bar paper, old school (pre-hacker) openness, and the lack of paranoid capitalism of old-school computing. Not all changes are for the better.

If your deli sells Boar's Head, see if they can order in some horseradish cheddar for you...very yummy.

I suspect ours is one of the challenging pieces, so I admonish you not to get caught up in the details...think of the tourist traps with the sketch artists who will draw your likeness...bare essentials is all that is needed. No need to get crazy with it. (Also, DOAF always takes precedence. )

ladybug said...

Sounds like the both of you are very busy! I really like the preliminary sketch you've done...please post a picture of the final artwork! Please take care and have some fun once in a while too!