The weather has come and gone or rather it SEEMS to have come and gone. And while the weather did its thing I finished the latest illustrated recipe for the latest TDAC contest. I have to say at this point prizes are not the main motivators. I find it harder to invest the amount of time it takes to make one of these for nothing except myself. I do love to do detailed illustrations, but I have so much to do that it makes it harder unless I feel very motivated. The Manhattan coffee map, for example, took forever and now I have to do Brooklyn!!! I basically signed myself up for this when I came up with the idea, but I have a feeling there might be other cities in my future.
Otherwise, we went to the beach for JJ's birthday on Friday and it was really fun, minus the sore butt from the bike riding. We road 30 miles and I do not think I was really prepared mentally for how far away we were going to be. The water was beautiful and there was ocean and some bays which I love so basically I got all the water I could handle. When you are out there it really does feel like a completely different state. I want to go back there and just spend a day exploring so hopefully we can do that before it gets cold.
Saturday did a lovely 7 mile run through the pre-hurricane soup (super humid) and took note of all the trees that are probably not standing now.
Today I plan to work on the Brooklyn map and think about the illustration friday doodle I should be making :)
I have been chugging along with Joe and a little art, but mostly Joe. Today, is the first day off where I could sleep in and actually think about something other than work. Its raining, which makes me feel less guilty about sticking around the apartment. I have a few small projects I would like to get done before a truly shitious week begins. I keep thinking that next week will be less busy and somehow it keeps proving to be the opposite. I submitted a proposal for a project that seems like it should have been done months ago and, which, someone involved in the design process should have thought of. I know, I am being vague. Basically, its a cool project involving urban planning and I fell into it. SO, I submitted this proposal for site maps so shoppers would have an idea what is was they were looking at. This shopping area is so innovative and clever that no one passing it has any idea that its a shopping area. This is a big problem.
Basically, did not hear from the developers for a week, and figured they did not like the idea or have the money. I was even feeling relieved because I do not have the time anyway and it was going to wear on my energy....but then I got a response Friday, and of course they accepted the proposal with changes I will get tomorrow. So, this week is going to be busy and I am going to do my very best to get is done as quickly as humanly possible. I will post pictures of the finished project and process images, but only after I am done. I am not superstitious, but I am nervous about the size of this project and do not want to set myself up to underwhelm. If I never mention this project again you will know why.
Ok, enough about me time to draw some heads mounted on walls!
That's right! I have it up through Joe. I want to put a paypal button on everything!!! ANyway, I made it really cheap, which is awesome. Its on a 50lb semigloss photo paper which makes it look like a real poster. I am happy with it. Its 13x19 so a rather nice size. And its $20! I have the shipping at $3, but it might have to be a little higher. I will know after I ship a poster today. Still around $23 total so I think folks will want it.
I used to do comics all the time before I learned to paint, and in a lot of ways I really miss it even though I have moved on to color. This past weekend JJ and I went to the country to spend time with my cousin and her husband at their get away. It was so much fun to be away and get to spend some quality time with them. JJ and David spent some quality time in his studio playing music...I know you thought I was going to say finger painting. We cooked, juiced, picked veggies, hung out with my baby cousins, played in the large pond (or very small lake), fished, played badminton (which I always want to spell badmitten), and ran past some very interested cows. There was a lot of rain, but it always cleared up enough for us to get outside.
I also, had some time to draw for no purpose other than to draw. It was great not having any goals and I am happy with the results. So, more of that! I might even hit up drink and draw tomorrow night.
Still life of the plentiful fruits and veggies we had. Also, a very odd lamp, a sculpture David's dad made, and an odd woman with nipples that were plugs. I thought this whole scene looked a lot like a strange orgy.
Some onions from the garden, a branch, and two sculptures of David's. He does love some poodles.