Don't Hold Your Breath
No rest for the retarded…Laying down the first line, sippin some peebers and listening to the moonrise kingdom soundtrack.
I get a little self-conscious always writing “I’m happy to be drawing again” but it’s true. As stressful as I make the process sound it’s also satisfying. The stressful part is trying to make a living (getting people to pay me…on time) with something I genuinely love to do. The satisfying part would be the proof of completing something from an idea to a real tactile piece of art…and getting paid to do it. (And all the limos, groupies and cocaine that come along with sitting alone in my studio hunched over a drawing table in my boxers because it’s hot and I can’t run a fan because it dries out the ink.)So yeah…Today was a weird day, but I got an assignment for a poster due in October that I might do as 2 posters because both headliners deserve their own. So I’m stoked. That is, until I get all stressed out trying to make it the best most accurately researched and drawn piece I have done to date. I go through that process on every job. Like the above piece…I dorked out on researching the bones of the hand. Does anyone care? Will I get a call from Mike Mignola congratulating me on my accuracy and taste? Prrrobably not.
I think I might be retarded.

No rest for the retarded…
Laying down the first line, sippin some peebers and listening to the moonrise kingdom soundtrack.

I get a little self-conscious always writing “I’m happy to be drawing again” but it’s true. As stressful as I make the process sound it’s also satisfying. The stressful part is trying to make a living (getting people to pay me…on time) with something I genuinely love to do. The satisfying part would be the proof of completing something from an idea to a real tactile piece of art…and getting paid to do it. (And all the limos, groupies and cocaine that come along with sitting alone in my studio hunched over a drawing table in my boxers because it’s hot and I can’t run a fan because it dries out the ink.)

So yeah…Today was a weird day, but I got an assignment for a poster due in October that I might do as 2 posters because both headliners deserve their own. So I’m stoked. That is, until I get all stressed out trying to make it the best most accurately researched and drawn piece I have done to date. I go through that process on every job. Like the above piece…I dorked out on researching the bones of the hand. Does anyone care? Will I get a call from Mike Mignola congratulating me on my accuracy and taste? Prrrobably not.

I think I might be retarded.

  1. robschwager said: put the fan under the table and let it cool the lower half of you. I do that in my oven of a garage when I’m printing.
  2. merch said: dude, it’s artists like you that inspire other artist to keep working really hard, no matter WHO is paying attention. MAD props.
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