Unless you’re a newcomer to this site, you probably know that I recently completed a thousand consecutive days of art. Every one of those days, from January 1/2010 – October 1/2012, I drew and/or painted, without fail.
One thousand days.
As time went on, the numbers actually began to mean less and less to me. Because it was really about the journey, of course. About what I learned, where I went, how I changed.
The past few years have been challenging, to say the least. Apart from the financial hardships of the recession and its aftermath, one thing I’ve been struggling with is the lack of structure in my life (I’m a freelancer, by the way). So the added benefits to this extended art experiment are just that – structure, purpose, direction.
For a long time people were asking me what I planned to do on the final day. I considered several options, because I wanted to do something momentous. But in the end these options fell through, so I decided that the best course of action would be…
… Business as Usual.
After all, I had a show to prepare for. Paintings to finish, logistics to be sorted out, all sorts of promotional work to do. Putting on an art show is no small task.
So when I got up that morning, I did a quick little sketch, just in case:
That way if the sun exploded or we got invaded by zombies, at least I could still say I reached the 1000th day.
(Fortunately they didn’t. But hey, you never know.)
After that it was back to the metalflake dinosaur paintings. Since my T-Rex sketch from back in February was the central image in my upcoming show, I decided that finishing one of those pieces would be my best bet. And that just seemed fitting – it tied in with the show, with my calendar, and any number of other peripheral art ventures. Plus it was inspired in the first place by the person who’s made the biggest mark in my life during the Project – my Agent and former Muse.
So there you have it. One thousand days. I painted and drew a lot, I learned a lot, I sweated and bled, and I’m still standing.
Oh, and one more thing: I’m already working an art book based on the experience. Watch this space for further details.
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Further thoughts on the latest show/series concept: the title will be “Closing Time”, after the Leonard Cohen song of the same name. And when the show happens, people will have the option of buying the original paintings, or buying a book of the preliminary sketches.
Two more from the past few nights, then:
More info as it occurs to me, obviously.
Been doing a lot of reading about social media and the future of publishing lately. And tonight I’ve been doing some thinking about releasing Hey Ladies in eBook format. I still know next to nothing about the format – haven’t used a Kindle, haven’t even seen an iPad yet. But something about the idea intrigues me. I don’t yet know how I’d get around potential copyright-infringement/pirating issues, but I’m definitely gonna look into it.
In the meantime, let me ask you fine people a couple questions: first off, does the idea even appeal to anybody? And equally importantly, how much would you be willing to pay for something like that? Inquiring minds want to know…
Well, I think the next book’s off to a fine start. The last few days have been extremely productive:
All I did today was be creative. It’s a pretty good feeling. (All of these are just the preliminary stages, of course. Stay tuned to see where I go with them from here.)
So I dunno if you heard, but I published a book in December.
What am I saying? Of course you heard; all the cool kids know.
And now what am I doing with my spare time, you ask? Well, I’ve started another book – this one will be all cars. I’ll be pulling some old stuff from the archives, but mostly it’ll be new material. Here’s the first one:
Still lots to be done yet – more engine details to be drawn, etc. Plus I’ll eventually be eliminating that black linework altogether.
Wish me luck?
Well, this is it – the goal I’ve been working towards all year. Publication. Today I got the very first copy of my new book via FedEx. I have to admit I’ve been pretty anxious about this; before I opened the package today I nearly barfed.
But now, of course, everything’s cool. I haven’t given it a really thorough once-over yet, but I have looked at every page. And lemme tell ya, friends and neighbours, I am very happy with this book. Very. Very. Happy.
Now you’re probably asking yourself, “where can I find out more about this book?” So the least I could do is give you the answer instead of keeping you in suspense. You can preview (and buy, if you’re so inclined) Hey, Ladies! right here . I should point out, of course, that this is only a partial preview. Plenty of the book’s pages can only be seen by buying it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
December 18, 2009
You heard it here first, folks. The last picture in my book is officially underway:
Still have to ink the linework and tweak some details, but this one’s progressing pretty rapidly.