Down by the river- Where it’s warm and green

Okay so I said I was going to do Lupin the 3rd stuff next. That did not happen. (RIP Monkey Punch you will be missed.)

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Instead a friend of mine got married, and wanted me to do some art for her wedding.

Since I was still arguing with picture concepts and ideas for the Lupin thing – and I love my friends dearly;  I agreed to  paint budgies and Vespas for a month. (She did not need to pay me to draw Vespas, but I’ll accept money.)

 

The basic art was stuff I’m sort of used to drawing for clip art, vespas, suit cases, assemble a map. The main bulk of the docket were portraits of her and her fiance’s budgies/parakeets that they’ve raised together. That is a bit out of my usual wheelhouse but I’ll try anything once.

 

In another attempt at trying something new – I decided to record me working on the last budgie and timelapse it up. I sure how I feel about this vid -or if I will try it again but here we go.

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I’m sitting on a few ideas for the next serious post. But right now I figured I’d post this as a reassurance the next big piece on my docket is not going to be anywhere near as bloody, morbid or heavy as Saint Agatha.
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I decided I wanted to play with color, I like 60s aesthetics, travel posters, and heists. So I’m gonna try my hand at some Lupin. The Third. Not the LeBlanc one.

I have a lot of research for this piece – cause I have an idea in my head of what I want but its not quite clicking so I keep hoarding images in hopes something will help fill in the blanks.

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(I started this in January and took too long on it. But apparently the feast of St Agatha is this week so lets pretend I planned this. )

Okay – so the New Year has arrived – and is in fact – still here. I’m not one for New Year Resolutions – but I do tend to make the New Year an occasion for me to examine what I’m doing and how to improve it. With this in mind I should be working on social media and how to make my online presence a thing that exists. But I hate social media and am avoiding working on it so lets talk about Saint Iconography with a side note of women’s roles in history.

Warning – this will probably get a bit gory and rough. Because – history is rarely clean and pleasant. Also politics of now gets briefly mentioned. 
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2018 Summary of Art

So 2018 hunh? Been a bit of a rough ride. I mentally don’t take milestones well and this one was a bit of a painful one for me. But time waits for no one – no matter how many blankets they hide under. So onwards we go.

It’s been a year of bad news it seems.  Personal and political. For a while I was dreading answering the telephone or logging online for fear of what I’d see.

But I suppose it wasn’t all bad. This year I made a coloring book, got involved in a trading card kickstarter for a podcast I used to work for, made a sticker set.  While most of these haven’t been “successful” they’ve been good experiences, lessons learned and all that.

I also started therapy which seems to have helped a bit. And most importantly, I finally managed to make a Krampus card this holiday my own parents were happy to share with relatives. Miracles happen even in dark times.

I sadly confess I have a few drafts I was intending to finish up and post here but I got caught up in life. I’ll probably try to finish them up and queue them for more appropriate seasons. Energy is never lost – just goes else where and all that.

But yea – 2018 – good effing riddance. Here’s hoping we can make 2019 a bit kinder.

A Day Late – About Depression and Mental Health

Yesterday was mental health awareness day or something – so lets pretend I posted yesterday when it was timely. 

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I’ve been putting this off.

I set up this blog account ages ago, thinking I would have something to say. Hell, I’ve had multiple people suggest I do this. A blog explaining my work. My process. My ideas. So I set this up.

And I let it grow silent for long periods of time. Months of silence.

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Revisiting the Past – and Proof that One Can Improve

Found the draft of this laying around and decided to finish it up with what I could scrounge up in my scattered files.

I usually don’t look back or touch up pieces once they are done.

When they are done, they are done, they may not be perfect but they are finished. Looking back slows down progress. Also if I look back the anxiety monster eats me more than it usually does.  But as always, there are exceptions.

Back in the halycon days of yore, when I was a young wee, optimistic, Lissa I started working conventions with fifteen prints to sell. Over time I’ve added and removed a lot of stuff from the print books. A few of the original fifteen hang around, mainly due to the fact they still seem to be popular with people than me believing they are very good.

One of these pieces was starting to show its age to me and I felt I needed to give it an upgrade if I was going to keep it around.

We all did weird things in our youth.

People still like this piece – and I have a soft spot for it even if it looks really silly on my display wall these days. Sometimes folks even recognize the rather obscure manga it’s from. (Clover by CLAMP circa 1999)

Sure I really borrowed a bit too heavy form CLAMP’s school of design when I drew her anatomy (they are the masters of weird anime anatomy),  and it was also one of the first times I painted metal in any major capacity to…a varying degree of success.  And I believed I knew more about drawing horses than I actually did…But I still like this piece. I didn’t do the best job at it but I was young and learning. One hopes I have learned at least a little something over the past years.  Might as well try to fix things.

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