A year of focus months

So, last January I decided to make myself focus on just one area of what I do per month, so I’d stop flailing and bouncing from thing to thing and just get shit did. Overall, I think it worked out well, I had one focus fail and one focus stretch over two months.  But man, life gets busy and I was doing stuff in those those times, just not the focuses. And really? I moved and wrote a book this year, took a class and made some cool things. I…

Illustration focus: progress 3

BAM, ‘nother one done. This is the title page for Primp, which is set in a semi-Victorian world. So I wanted the illustrations to reflect Victorian paper cut work. Only I am a lazy thing and am not going to actually cut that paper.  But! The image is created in a way that it could be a whole piece of paper, without loose bits. I drew half of the dressing table and used the lightbox to mirror it, filled in most of the blacks by hand then my big pen…

Illustration focus, progress 2

Woo, still going! All images link to Flickr where there are more shots and info. This one was the title page illustration for Morningstar, if it were part of an old sf mag or a short story compilation. I looked up a lot of pictures of hanging meats, making my search history even creepier than it normally is.  I made the basic sketch on some cheap-ass typing paper because that is how I roll. And then the paint went on in the dry brush way that I am growing to…

Illustration focus, progress 1

HA. Oh man, I cannot believe I finished an illustration already.  I do plan on scanning some of the stuff I’m using as reference/illustration, but you’ll just have to enjoy some process pictures and finished image until then.  All images link to Flickr where there are more shots and info. Splash page for end of Morningstar. First Chase helped me get a reference shot. I kind of hate using myself for reference shots because my frame is weirdly proportioned and I always have to draw on more weight. But my…

Photo focus month: fin!

This and the writing focus month have totally been the surprise easy months. I did not expect to be able to finish all my projects! And I totally took a picture every day (except for one). The only not-quite done thing is that although I’ve made one of these books and have the stuff ready to make the rest, I haven’t made all of these little pink and pearlescent books. Which is okay! Because I finally figured out how I was putting them together. Yay for a productive focus month!…