More Art. Less of Everything Else.

My effort on this blog flatlined a few months ago. Well, let’s be honest: it’s been dead for all of 2020 so far. Part of the reason for the lack of posts is I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with the content. At the core, I intended for this blog to be about drawing. I got a little sidetracked with some book reviews and other content and it started to feel like an unfocused hustle. So, I just stopped creating content and let everything marinate.

After the removal of the Google Adsense content, in March, I felt relief. There was no pressure to produce new content to drive traffic which would subsequently drive clicks and hits and raise the advertising fees and the revenue potential and it turned out to be liberating. I haven’t even checked my analytics in months. There is no pressure for me to create any content other than what I enjoy and want to share–more art.

There are still some links that will take you to Amazon and if you buy something I get a little revenue, but those links are not a driver for content and they get so few clicks that chasing them is not worth the time and effort.

My plan as of right now (July 2, 2020) is to create more art and to share it on this blog. If I manage to find a sustainable rhythm to be able to create artwork, I will post some larger, high-resolution content on my Patreon page (which is also completely flatlined right now), and I may record some video content that will probably just be me drawing. Maybe someone will want to zone out and watch me draw.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more. Hopefully the next post won’t be in three months!

2020 Update, Over a Month Late

Hello, all, and welcome to the very late 2020 update. I hope 2020 is treating everyone well so far. I apologize to the 300 of you that stop by this blog each month for the absence of updates. I’ve been busy with a variety of things, but sadly, drawing hasn’t been one of them. I hope to rectify that in the near future. I also haven’t worked in any new book reviews, but I have added some pretty kick-ass books to the library and I intend to review them in the (near?) future.

For example, I picked up Nelson’s Fantasy World Building: A Guide to Developing Mythic Worlds and Legendary Creatures. Nelson’s art is fantastic and the book is a worth addition to any artist’s library. I also added Gurney’s Imaginative Realism to the book shelf. Gurney is a master and while I’ve read the book before, I didn’t have my own copy. That omission has been corrected. To continue the world building theme, I also picked up a copy of Hickson’s On Writing and Worldbuilding. I’m not far into the book yet, but it has promise.

Oscar Martin's Solo English Cover
Oscar Martin’s Solo English Cover

On the art side of things, I recently added Titan Comics’ new The Ultimate Sky Doll volume and Oscar Martin’s SOLO: Survivor’s of Chaos which is now (finally!) available in English. That is a book you have to pick up. Martin’s work and the world and characters in SOLO are pretty damn fantastic. I also grabbed a copy of Jamie Hewlett’s massive Jamie Hewlett (VARIA) art book. It’s a great, high quality art book that I highly recommend–especially if you love his Tank Girl work.

Etchr Field Case Setup
My Etchr Field Case Setup

On the art gear front, i added Etchr’s new Field Case to the kit and I also broke down and bought yet another mechanical pencil. This time, I snatched up a Graphgear 1000 .9mm pencil for daily life and carrying around–it has a retractable tip that makes it convenient to stuff in a bag without damaging either the pencil or the bag. I will probably write an article on my stupidly expansive mechanical pencil and lead holder collection in the future. And finally, a boring but really impactful addition to the kit bag: the Logitech MX Keys wireless keyboard. I love this thing! For all the time I spend banging away at keys, it’s a really, really great tool. Wish I’d found it sooner. I discarded my Das Keyboard Professional mechanical keyboard for the MX Keys. No regrets.

Logitech Image of MX Keys Wireless Keyboard

That’s a wrap for now. More to follow. Happy (very belated) 2020.