While I didn't technically "win" the NaNoWriMo again this year, I've been extremely successful with it. Sivoa: Zenith now has as many words as Sivoa: Sunrise and the ending is actually written. I just need to fill in some plot holes and write in some scene connectors before it's onto the editing phase. I forgot how exciting it is to be this close to the finish line!
Heck, I'm feeling this on two fronts!
The children's book I've been working on is approaching completion and is looking like it'll make its deadline of February! Y'all, this story is so stinking cute! It's about 5 little goblins just barely not failing at puppy sitting. Stylistically, it's like a hybrid storybook and comic, which helps to keep it timeless. 🥰
Being on the production side, I do not know what launch procedures for this book will look like, but if you want to be kept informed about release and ordering information as I get it, let me know by either responding to this email (I actually get responses to these in my inbox) or by subscribing to the form located here:
Speaking of books, 2022 officially marks 10 years of my being a business! To celebrate, I aim to make a portfolio book featuring every graphic design I've done in that time, as well as a large number of illustrations. In order to not stress myself out, release for this should be either at the end of 2022, or the start of 2023. 😁
This will absolutely contain more than what can be found in my (3-times rebooted 😩) portfolio page, as well as some of the stuff that I've only thus far posted to the members onlydiscord channel. It will not contain sketches…
Which brings me to another topic. After I mail out this month's sketches, I will no longer have the stock to continue the "Sketch Closet" tier on Patreon. This is actually a good thing, since the whole reason for that was to eventually eliminate the massive pile of loose sketches that I had accumulated over the years and had a difficult time storing. This means that the Patreon will revert to a pay-what-you-want only option for special digital previews - unless someone has an idea for other limited-edition tangible materials…
I'm all ears there since I don't really make kitschy collectibles and don't default to designing for them mentally. What would you like to see? Again, feel free to reply here since I will receive it. 😉
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Happy 2022! All these twos must be affecting my brain because I've been two days late with my regularly scheduled content since the year started. 😅 I want to blame the cheese, but in truth it's because I've been overwhelmed with the move into my new house and the death of a dear friend . In fact, I've been using the move to dive mindlessly into physical labor and turn off my feelings - which bit me in the ass earlier this week when I realized that I hadn't even started on my Patreon update. I opened up photoshop to start coloring and about ten minutes in I couldn't see the screen through my tears. That moment of quiet allowed me to grieve like I should've in the first place and I guess I'm better now for it. I still miss Weatherly though. He was a staple of convention life for me - a friendly face that was always there to tell really bad jokes, make silly faces, and show off his latest shirt designs. He was the father of Aardvark Tees and if you'
As I'm typing this, I'm preparing to leave for Rose City Comic Con , in Portland, OR with my BFF, The White Elk ! This is the first convention I've ever attended on that side of the country and I'm excited to see, like, s o many online friends ! Then two weeks after that I get to see even more at Necronomicon over here in Tampa, where I will be vending . I really kind of need this after last month. August was very rough for me with the kiddo starting school back up (in Florida, where everything is insane) and the passing of Jarvis , my (but then Daniel's ) cat. She meant a lot to me. More than I think I'll ever be able to explain. I did manage to get some art done though! Two children's book pages, a Sivoa illustration (with another coming out on Tuesday!), and two Sivoa sketches! All of which can be found on the Patreon member Discord channel ! I also got a ton of writing done. 😁 If you already follow me on Patreon (it's free!), these monthly emails