Tonight seemed like a good day to post a bunch of work that I've been too busy or lazy to share, so my gallery has a bunch of new material in it. Chances are if you're local you've seen some of it, but not all. I'll be posting more as I find pieces stashed in notebooks and in file folders on my drives.
The last couple of months have been rough. Banzai came and went like a storm - I dreaded it's approach, weathered the weekend itself, and afterwards sat in the wreckage trying to figure out what happened. Con crud hit me hard, this year - I'm honestly still trying to get rid of the last of the chest congestion more than a month after the fact, and being sick for weeks took a lot out of me. Combined with the fact that my manager was laid off and I've been picking up a lot of the slack around work.... yeah. It's been kind of an asshole month.
But it hasn't been all bad. Between picking up a new Bamboo tablet, trying my hand at the Drawlloween art challenge, and just practicing more in general, I'm feeling better about my artwork than I have in ages. I bought a dozen or so Copic markers at the con which have seen a little bit of use, but I've spent much more time working in Krita, trying to figure out how to use it in my own haphazard way. I've got the Banzai mascot contest to work towards (I've got about two months left on that deadline), and I'm starting to think about some short form comics work again. Mostly I'm just doing the same random doodles I've always done, but over all I feel like I'm improving, and I think I'm clawing back a little bit of the skills I've lost due to years of idleness and depression. The so-called Imposter Syndrome still messes me up something fierce, but I've been able to distract myself enough to continue working nonetheless.
If all goes well, I'll be starting to attend face to face meetings with my old art group again; I won't even pretend that I'm not excited about that idea. I treasure any chance I get to socialize with other artists, as the opportunities are few and far between these days. More on that note when we get things straightened out, but I'd like to start those sessions around the New Year if not sooner.