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52 Weeks Update: Week 9 – No Update!

Well, well, well. So it seems that after a week of sketching and painting and experimenting, I am on a great path … but I am not going to share this week.

Disappointing, I know. (Did you note my sarcasm? I am sure your world hasn’t shattered because I didn’t post anything this week!)

Here’s the thing. I intend to make a go of this professional illustrating thing, and I just can’t bring myself to post what I’ve made this week, because it isn’t anywhere near good enough yet. I will let you in, however, on what I’m working on, and intending to post for next week, hopefully.

I decided to get festive. I thought, hey, self, create a Santa character that is both within your style and not typical/commercial Santa. Make him a little different, but recognizable. Make him your own. I tried and tried and sketched and sketched and painted and scanned and photoshopped and tried again. It didn’t quite work.

Here's a non-art related thingy. Kingsley met Santa for the first time! Here is my beautiful little family enjoying the holiday season!

Here’s a non-art related thingy but still related to my topic for the week: Kingsley met Santa for the first time! Here is my beautiful little family enjoying the holiday season!

A critique partner told me, “Don’t let yourself off the hook. Keep going with him, you’ll get there.”

So, I’m not letting myself off the proverbial hook. I am, however, not posting Santa yet because he isn’t reflective of what I can do. Yet.

I found this online somewhere and stashed it in a file. I recently came across it. It rings true, so so loudly. I hope you can do this, too.

I found this online somewhere and stashed it in a file. I recently came across it. It rings true, so so loudly. I hope you can do this, too.

I also played around with some kid characters. They were lots of fun, and I enjoyed them. Most of the things in my sketch book from the past few days are fun. BUT … not quite professionally illustrated enough to earn a spot in my 52 Week Challenge, which I am upping my personal expectations for.

In the meantime, here is a monster that I love, old as he may be.

Here's a monster I love. I love monsters - don't you? He's not new, but he's awesome.

Here’s a monster I love. I love monsters – don’t you? He’s not new, but I think he’s awesome.

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My ADHD (Artistic Distraction with Hyperlyunfocused Disor … what?)

WHOA. Major hiatus from me recently. Apologies all around.

Here’s what’s been going on: I’M HAVING A BABY!!!!

Well, I’m not literally carrying it – my wife is doing the hard work part of it – but my father-drive has kicked into high gear and I’ve been too distracted to focus on much other than what needs to be done to prep for this little, amazing, mind-blowing creation that is the combination of:

a) me: weird, obsessive, self-critical, self-promoting, enthusiastic, over-the-top, and highly creative

and

b) my wife: generous, kind, funny, genius, weird, strange, peculiar, beautiful, driven, motivated, motivating

This is bound to be the best piece of art I’ll ever create (along with any future potential siblings).

So I’ve put my creativity into personal spaces, and have put together most of our nursery, artwork for it, and so on.

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The fox, which was a practice in form and colour application for the bigger piece (below). This is so charming for me that I will find a way to include it in the nursery!

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Fox & Moose – This is a large acrylic piece that I created for the nursery. It hangs over the crib. I love it – the sweet innocence of the fox, with the friendly curiosity of the moose. I am so happy with the colours, application and form in this. It’s my favourite piece to date.

I’ve been so distracted that the book I started 2 months ago is still untouched since the day we found out. My writing and arting has decreased. My teaching has improved as I view these little beings in my class through different eyes. I’ve become so much more concerned with safety, and I don’t know where that came from – all I can think is that it is due to this little growing thing that is making my teeny-tiny wife look like she is pushing out her little tummy as hard as she can. It is the cutest, most attractive thing!

But now I feel this surge of creative energy coursing through me. I don’t know what is coming. This happens a few times a year. I get a little bit sad, for no apparent reason, and then I start to visualize snippets of things – books, stories, artworks. Everything becomes inspiration, but for what, I don’t know. I will sit on it for a while longer, and it will explode through me – it might be an artistic turn over (I think it’s going to be visual this time), or it could be a literary growth – a new focus.

It’s a highly distracted, overstimulating time in my life right now. I love it.

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