“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
Sunday, October 16, 2005
So…after taking a leave from an industry that I’d loved but then failed miserably at I am entertaining the idea of trying to draw comic books again. Why? Was it because I’m a masochist? Was it because my flirtation with financial ruin wasn’t enough? I don’t know, honestly. There’s something about first loves that keeps you coming back regardless of how disappointing it is or lack of reciprocation. First love is usually a one-sided relationship and, more often than not, will bombard you with an obvious misery that you saw well ahead of its coming. But you’d do it again, and on Sundays twice, because the only thing your rose-colored vision will register is the shiny, romanticized version of whatever it is you saw the first time you laid eyes on it.
In my case it’s comic books.
With that much bile and venom it might surprise you to think that I've done this already. To the failure of my health and to those whom I hold close' behest, I've drawn comic books for a living. When I was younger and with dreams of success in pockets I drew and drew my ass off hoping that I had finally arrived to the self-prophesized conclusion that was a career. And in the year’s time that I drove from L.A. to San Diego (and back again...daily), it became obviously clear to me that this was less of a dream in my pocket and more like a thorn in my side. And yet...I’m back for more.
Comic books is a sultry temptress.
I’m going to be using this blog to maybe clear my thoughts on how I’m going to step into every puddle from now until the next time the temptress rains down on me. Read along, don’t read along – your mouse and index finger will decide. I’ll put pictures up with comments regarding technique(s) or something along the lines of how I’ve failed the attempt at that technique so hopefully there’ll be something for me to refer to should I forget how to do something in future projects. The blog is my personal record of how much of whatever I’ve just learned I can immediately discard. Discard. Okay, so here I go...
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