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