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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Negative, I’m a Meat Popsicle

 

Welp it’s been a very long silence on here. I picked up a temporary job contract around the holidays and spent a good few months working out of state doing data processing. It was simultaneously more boring and more interesting than you would imagine it would be.
I also ended up couch surfing with family, fighting what felt like an eternity of bronchitis, and serving as a jungle gym to a five year old.

This was not very conducive to my usual hermit life style of wallowing in my own clutter, dancing to electro-swing music, bothering the cat, and slaving over a hot graphics tablet to get work done. I at least still got some stuff wrapped up regardless.

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Started this in early December at a friend’s request and colored it as the New Year rang in. One day I’ll stop finding punk sailor scouts amusing.

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Nuclear Hellscapes and Travel Posters

Holidays crashed over me and the New Year started pretty rough.

A mix up at the pharmacy has left me with a bit of a brain chemistry issue I’m still dealing with. (For the record; double check labels and spelling on any medications you take.) It’s been a fun month or two.

But despite the weird mood swings, head aches and drowsiness I have actually gotten something done.

It might be somewhat obvious on here but I’m a bit of a history nerd.  I also love and collect vintage posters and post cards (well reprints anyway.)  A few years back during a cross country road trip I got introduced to the National Park posters from the Depression era Works Project Administration and fell in love with them.

The Works Project Administration was a program that was part of the New Deal to stimulate the economy and get unemployed folks working. In an attempt to get out of work artists producing and as a way to get art to the lower classes they started commissioning posters for various events and projects. Public Service posters, Health Reminders, local events, and in this case advertising the National Parks. For more information and examples the Library of Congress has more information and over 900 examples of said posters.

Me being a graphic design nerd and a bit of a gamer, I tried this style out for a location in Fallout New Vegas – because making travel posters for imaginary, inhospitable locales amuses me. I had a lot of fun making that poster and it surprisingly was a great eye catcher at my last convention so I decided to try to give it a revisit when I had the chance.

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So You Want to Make an ArtZine

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When I came back from California I had a couple of weeks to get over my jetlag, work on a few deadlines, and order supplies and prep for a convention. I for some reason felt this was the perfect time to pick up another project.

I have always wanted to assemble a ‘sketchbook’ or compilation zine of my work, but never got around to doing it. Though recently a buddy of mine made one and I decided to give it a shot myself. I’ve since then had a few folks ask me how I assembled it. I used programs that probably made things more more complicated than it needed to be, but hey if you want to do this the hard way the Foolish Mortal’s got your back!

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Wish Ya Never Met Her at All

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Book cover art by Ernest Chiriaka – got a collection of paperback novel covers lately it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

I’m not sure if it’s my recent binge watching of Twin Peaks, or the stars aligning or if the stress of recent events has just gotten to me but I’m in the mood for some damn fine coffee, donuts, intrigue and murder.

Apparently no one who knows me very well is surprised by this.

My media diet in my formative years involved a lot of Alfred Hitchcock presents and  probably too many viewings and sing-alongs to the soundtrack of Chicago. So in my mind’s eye, murder usually involves a bit less gruesome corpses and murder basements and more slinky dresses and ladies done with your shit.Maybe there’s some wish fulfillment involved, I am not ashamed.

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Things I Swear I’ll Get Back To…

I have  a…habit of juggling projects. I’ll start a piece, and then set it aside to throw another concept together, and then maybe go back to the first project or maybe another piece entirely.

One advantage to this is I rarely get bored or burned out. If I am just not feeling one piece I’ll go to the next one down the line and see if that goes any better.

There is of course one major disadvantage, which is spreading all my energy out makes it hard for me to get something completed. I have pieces that have been sitting on my drawing board or my to do list for ages. I’ll get back to them and work on them or polish the concept but rarely do they get COMPLETED.

So since we are still in the first month of 2015 lets pull out what I’ve been kicking around and see if I can shame myself into finishing them up.
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