Welcome Home

Today felt like coming home when I walked into the studio. I recently rewatched the entire Firefly series with my wife, and in the last episode, Hurley makes a comment about whether a room is still a room if nobody is in it. Does the person make a room…a room?

I can empathize with the crazy bounty hunter on this one. The studio was a project of intense labor, but it still didn’t feel like the space I wanted it to be. Not until I created art in the space. I’ve slowly been settling in, and now I can say that it’s starting to feel like a home to create in.

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A Pain in the Neck

I got to go to the chiropractor today! It’s something I used to do pretty regularly before the whole crisis started. Unfortunately, there’s only so much the man can do in one visit when it’s been so long since my last visit.

On top of that, we had a lot of errands to run today, so…I didn’t get to draw nearly as much as I wanted to. Honestly…well, even the drawing time I got in at the end of my day wasn’t quality drawing time. Rough day.

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Life is Fucking Beautiful

Some people may read the title and think it’s sarcasm. It’s not. Life is absolutely fucking beautiful.

I’ve been walking a couple of minutes through the woods to get to work every day. The leaves are growing, the birds are singing, the squirrels are chasing each other through the undergrowth and into the trees.

And I get to witness that beauty every day. Rain or shine, the life going on around me as I hike up the hill is absolutely beautiful every single time.

Let’s start to appreciate that a little more.

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Cabin in the Woods

Today was a good day. I was able to warm up and do a few gestures, but I wanted to try my hand at drawing on the screen again.

So I decided to study one of my very, very old courses sitting in the library. Just a refresher with a new tool for practice. That being said, I didn’t get to do a lot of drawing, but I got the time in, and I can feel my muscle memory starting to come back.

Now I just have to keep the streak going! Sundays are going to be the only days off from now on. 🙂

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Commitments and Regrets

Wow, trying to get back into the swing of things after taking so much time to focus on one big project has backfired. Well, taking the time off backfired, not the big project.

I just couldn’t get into the zone today, no matter what I tried. I botched several digital sketches, then couldn’t loosen up my shoulder to work with my lead clutch on newsprint. I feel like a kid holding a crayon right now.

But…it’s safe to say – I learned my lesson, and I won’t be slipping up again.

The only image I’m uploading today is from one sheet of my gesture studies. Everything else was…embarrassing.

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Reverie, Affinity, and other cool words.

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

This is a sentiment that has echoed through history. Rust…rust decays iron when it isn’t used regularly, such it is with a skill that you neglect. If you don’t use it…you lose it.

Well, I’m glad I’ve been grinding away the rust on some of my old skills. What’s something you’ve let go of? What “vigors of the mind” could use a bit more ACTION?

Get to it.

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Rust

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

This is a sentiment that has echoed through history. Rust…rust decays iron when it isn’t used regularly, such it is with a skill that you neglect. If you don’t use it…you lose it.

Well, I’m glad I’ve been grinding away the rust on some of my old skills. What’s something you’ve let go of? What “vigors of the mind” could use a bit more ACTION?

Get to it.

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