I've been busy - way busy - lately. Twice a month on Thursdays I teach art to a group of homeschooled teens and preteens. I've had some very large groups lately, which is awesome. These classes give me the chance to share a little of what I know with great kids who don't have a formal art class.
|piece used in library display|
That same display drew the attention of a local college rep looking for an artist to host at the opening of the college's new campus. She asked me and I accepted. The event is quickly approaching, so I'm working to get ready.
Something else I'm getting ready for is to submit a couple pieces to the annual fantasy magazine Spectrum. This is basically a juried art show in printed form. If I 'win' I get in the magazine, get a copy of the magazine, and get exposure to art directors, publishers, video game developers, etc. The deadline is at the end of January. It's tough competition (VERY tough), so I'm not harboring any unrealistic hopes. Just submitting is a big step forward.
|Bowie ballpoint pen sketch|
I've recently hit a surge of creative momentum in the form of quick celebrity sketches. (Like this one --->) It's jump-started my excitement for drawing all over again, and it gives my new Facebook followers something to look at. (A lot of recent followers are courtesy Jono Lancaster who shared my portrait of him on his page, giving me some really great publicity. That means so much to an illustrator trying to break in.)
So, if you're wondering if I've given up writing, no, I haven't. After several years of pushing the writing, knowing it was my second talent, I finally started pushing my first talent. Things have been moving like a well-oiled penguin ever since. I don't know why I've waited so long to lead with my strongest ability. Pride, stubbornness, fear? Whatever the reason, I'm on track now.
I'm still pursuing my dream of publishing a YA fantasy series, but I'm going to take my time with it, let it mature. It's a very big project, and a very old dream. I'm going to see it come true, but only after I bring about a dream that's much older.
This is what I do.