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It's been a busy week...but when is it not, right? Between some freelance layout projects that I've been working on, I've managed to get a few pieces of art done! And I don't know how, but it's September, which means I've been in New Mexico for a month and a half now.
As I mentioned in my last blog, I have enough patrons that I can now livestream weekly! I've set Mondays at 7:30pm for a regular schedule, since Mondays is when I usually do a lot of my weekly work prep. Tonight's work is going to be NSFW: finishing up the colors on a piece that I inked a couple weeks ago.
I've been tinkering with a couple different materials for art. I did my first experiment with shrink plastic, and...well, it could have been better. I should have weighted it down, but I didn't. Lesson learned! I still love the results, so I'm looking forward to re-using them in some altered art pieces. (Artists who do altered/upcycling/recycled art are amazing and skilled and I wanna learn.) I also got a Xyron Creative Station Lite, courtesy of Labor Day sales, and I think this might be a useful addition to my convention table, as it doesn't require power, and I can make custom stickers on the spot.
Other techniques I'm obsessed curious about: risograph printers, embossing press for block printing, screen printing using laser-printed transparencies. You know, basically everything I can't afford OR is currently locked up in storage. -.-
Art Supply of the Week: KUM Pencil Sharpener
It is a good thing. I have a bright red one, and it cuts through both large and standard diameter pencils with ease.
What I'm Playing
When I can, it's been Guild Wars 2. Unfortunately, it's causing my computer to overheat, which is making me...not happy. >.> I've also been digging out some of my older games and going through Dungeon Siege, because I can. I'm also curious about Grave Keeper, which has been promoted as "Stardew Valley in a cemetary" so of course I'm interested. Sadly I haven't had much time for tabletop games, but gosh darn it, I am gonna sit down and read me some Fate and take notes. I'm trying to figure out which system would work better for my "weird west" setting: AGE or Fate. Honestly, I haven't come to a conclusion yet.
What I'm Watching
I watch a lot of documentaries when I'm working on layout, but this time, I finished off the original Robotech series that's on Netflix. My fellow artist friend Dolari is a HUGE fan, so it's been fun talking about the series with her.
What I'm Reading
One of my goals for the years is to try and read more regularly (and try and shed some of the awful toxicity that social media can bring). Michael Twitty's "The Cooking Gene" keeps popping up among the foodies I follow, so I snagged a copy from Page 1, and wow. One chapter in and I am 100% hooked.
Artist Recommendation: Jenn Dolari
Jenn is the artist and writer of Closetspace and A Wish for Wings, two of my favorite webcomics out there! I've known here for over eight years, and she is one of those people that "makes me want to be a better person" (as one of my partners says). A phenomenal storyteller, she also has a deep and abiding love for Robotech. Check out her Patreon and toss her a few bucks to help pay her bills!
Until next week!