Looking back on my career so far, it would seem that I spend most of my time living through periods of deadline panic with large projects, followed by periods of lesser panic where I figure that NOW I can finally gain some control over my life and relax. This delusion is then followed by the next period of deadline panic with a large project. I’m a slow learner.
Last week, I finished another DVD for PhotoshopCAFE, which definitely falls under the ‘deadline panic with large project’ category. While I know that it will be ready for Photoshop World in Las Vegas the first week of September, I would imagine it will be available sooner than that online. This was a big one for me. While my first DVD effort was on cartooning, I’m pretty comfortable with that process, so even though the actual recording was hell (why mince words?), the subject matter was fairly routine, as I’ve been drawing cartoons in that fashion every day for a number of years.
This second DVD, the recording and painting were both challenging, but still very enjoyable. The editing, however, was just challenging. I enjoy painting more than any of the other creative work I do, so I wanted the painting in the DVD to be my best effort. While I’m pleased to say that I think I achieved that, I’m relieved that it’s done. I ended up taking an involuntary day off once all the files had been sent, because I was completely exhausted.
Finished a commission of a cat painting this week. There’s a great back story to this one, but I can’t share it, or the full painting, until after the client gives it as a gift. Keeping secrets is often part of the job. But I’m happy with how it turned out. Recording the painting DVD created a little pressure (self-induced, of course) to up my game, and I’m looking forward to my next wildlife painting. I’ve been thinking about this one for almost a year and I’m excited to get started on it.
This week, I intend to finish a painting of my parent’s dog, Bailey, a wonderful little shih tzu with a great personality. Been wanting to paint her for awhile and pleased I finally get to give this gift to my Mom.
I’ve got one more large illustration gig to wrap up in August, but other than that, I’m almost caught up. I still have my regular editorial cartoons to draw, and five or six extras to get done in advance for my week away at Photoshop World Las Vegas at the beginning of September. But, all in all, I think I’m finally going to be able to find a few days of downtime soon, gain some control over my life and relax.
Did I mention that I’m a slow learner?