[VIDEO BLOG] Quarantine Life

Livin’ my best quarantine life.

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As I mentioned in my vlog this week, this piece was placed on the backburner last October because after several unsatisfactory tests, I could not figure out how I wanted to ink the sequins on that damned jacket. After the warm-up NIMH, Mandalorian, and Deadwood pieces I finished so far this year, I finally felt ready to give it another shot. And happily, it was not a struggle this time.

Getting ahead of myself (and what I can do) is a pattern for me.

The Artist (Greyscale)

I am partial to black and white illustration, but the colour version really grew on me while I was working on it. Grey and yellow is an odd, favourite combo of mine. Whenever I could use it in framing it always felt bright and fresh.

The Artist (Colour)

Click through to the big versions on my website for the really good stuff.

The original, non-digital artwork represents about 70-80 hours of active work time, almost evenly split between the brush outlines and crow quill texturing. It is currently available in my Etsy shop, where you can also see some macro shots of the pen work. I will have prints of both versions available eventually, when business returns to normalish. (Whatever that means.) I spent another 10-12 hours on the digital clean-up of the inks, and digital colouring.

My mind has a lot of time to wander with the monotonous process of inking, and given the current situation, I started to wonder about the state of many of the elderly people I cared for last year. I was surprised that, given a little concentration, I was able to recall almost all of their names — first and last. I worked at two different facilities, so there were many. With more reflection, I was able to recall some of their medications — even dosages and scheduled times. I operated under the assumption for much of my life that I had a poor memory, but I have gradually discovered that is really not the case. Instead, there seems to be certain periods I remember little from, probably because I wanted to forget. At least now I am especially vigilant against those who tell me about things I cannot remember, or recall even after being prompted.

Searching local obituaries, I found only one of my residents had passed (and another I already knew about.) Probably not COVID-19 related. So far, the Twin Cities area has been spared the worst, thanks to good governance. On my supply trip this week, I noticed a much greater number of people out and about, and also a much lower percentage of people wearing masks. I always mask up myself and exercise caution, but it makes me concerned.

I posted a more detailed update about my schedule behind the pay-wall for patrons, but I am hoping with careful budgeting to stretch my LOA through at least the end of this year. I have several illustrations lined up, in addition to working on my books. My creative process is slow, but I am making progress, and getting faster. I just do not feel safe returning to healthcare soon.

The more often I work on art, the easier it comes, and perpetuates itself.

I feel like I’ve made some leaps in quality and want to continue that.

For now, here’s a bonus quarantine-edition TikTok.

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[VIDEO BLOG] Trashy the Rat

Helpful ideas to keep you entertained during this trying time.

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The COMIC BROS Podcast has a NEW archive website, where you can hear all of our past episodes, as well as the freshly-released 40th, and final, episode. We also remain available through most popular podcasting services.

On Monday, I finished this portrait of Ian McShane as Al Swearengen of HBO’s Deadwood. The pencil drawing was set aside almost exactly a year ago, when I changed tracks to update my mini-comics and assemble the Dollar Late mini. Look for it to be included in the art book I hope to release later this year.

The original artwork is currently available in my Etsy shop.

Al Swearengen of Deadwood

“Pain or damage don’t end the world. Or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man… and give some back.” – Al Swearengen

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[VIDEO BLOG] The Dark Night

Decidedly NOT the Queen of Quarantine.

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I am actually handling isolation better than this video implies. The main issue has been the return of chronic insomnia. I need a lot of activity and exercise to sleep well. There is not a home routine — given that I do not have money or space for an elliptical machine, like I had in Texas — that will wear me out like a good gym session or having a physical day job. This unfortunately fell about the same time that I finished recuperating from the last year of CNA-type work, and I was trying to establish a schedule for getting back into the gym. I am restless, literally, but it is minor in the grand scheme of things.

My friends Mark, Root, and I, have decided together to wrap up our five-year COMIC BROS podcast after forty episodes. We have already had a partial loss of the 2020 convention season, and I anticipate a total loss of 2020. I have cancelled all my own plans except for the small local show in the fall, if it goes forward. I am keeping the podcast’s archives available online, rolled into my existing accounts, as most of our topics are not especially time-sensitive. We have also struggled to co-ordinate our schedules, and suffered from technical problems. The whole world is in a state of upheaval, and it felt like the right time to move on. We may have rare “update” episodes in the future.

A gentle reminder for everyone that follows my work: As a general rule, I do not accept commissions. The only exceptions to this are my sketchcards, and I will consider requests from long-time subscribers to my Patreon account. In the last few weeks I have turned down a handful of requests, and while I do understand I am somewhat of an aberration in this regard, that is my choice. I intensely dislike feeling like an “art dispenser,” especially when being asked to draw other people’s Intellectual Property. This is compounded by the fact that in some cases, collectors seem to feel that a pile of cash entitles them to whatever they want. With my Patreon subscribers, and individuals who have been following my work for years, I at least feel that the buyer is invested in me as an artist, and a whole human being. Otherwise, I prefer simply having a day job if, and when, it is necessary. There are other artists who are happy to accept unsolicited requests, and I refer customers to them when possible. We all have different boundaries and needs with regards to our art.

Additionally, I will not be accepting any advance payments for commission or custom artwork until the threat of COVID-19 has satisfactorily passed. This is to protect both myself and the buyer in the event of illness, or worse.

There are difficult times coming. I will do my best to keep shining.

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[VIDEO BLOG] Well, that escalated quickly.

This is not really what I meant by becoming a “hospice worker.”

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Steve and I went to a Bernie Sanders event in the Saint Paul RiverCentre the evening before Super Tuesday. I had not attended a campaign rally since the primary season of 2008. The energy was similar to Obama’s crowd back then. It was refreshing to watch people speaking about meaningful policies for the working classes, and acting as a community toward a common good, instead of the dog-eat-dog reality we inhabit. The current path is unsustainable, but change is scary, and not enough people are ready for a paradigm shift.

The environment and the economy will eventually force it upon us.

Bernie Sanders Rally

Before everything started shutting down due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus, I had the chance to participate as an extra in a student film project. Aside from being a great opportunity to get out of the office for a while, it provides some additional justification for my huge (mostly cheap and thrifted) wardrobe.

Extra at the Lexington

I look forward to doing it again, if I make it through the pandemic.

Spring 2020 Fashion Lookin' Good

In the meantime…

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[VIDEO BLOG] I AM 40 YEARS OLD!

Happy birthday to me, and an art sale for you!

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My birthday week is the only time of year I offer a discount in my online store. Select art and original comic artwork is 40% OFF! Free US shipping offers also apply! Click “On Sale” to view all discounted items, through 2/29/2020.

Annual birthday sale!

Been working on warm-up pieces and unfinished art from last year…

Secret of NIMH Tribute

Forty years young, and I am just getting started!

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[VIDEO BLOG] Year of the Rat

Taking my work to the next level in 2020!

Contribute to my LOA Fundraiser here: https://www.facebook.com/donate…

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This is the receipt from the prescription I recently picked up on the second of January. I struggled through all December, and waited to buy my medication, only for the health insurance company to apply this toward my deductible for 2019. A deductible that would be extremely difficult to afford on my working-poor home health aide wage, if not for my personal business. Navigating this system has been a nightmare, and most of the working poor do not have the resources that I do. Please support universal health care in the US.

Pharmacy Receipt

Recently, I also ventured deeper into my office cleaning, getting to one of the few places I had not reached yet — a hanging file box of random artwork and documents. I found several unfinished Lunch Break comics, including this one drawn around the time I started to seriously break down and lose the ability to reliably function. I drew a similarly-themed Dollar Late strip years later.

I never finished the comic about not being able to finish comics.

Unfinished Lunch Break Comic

I also found the originals for my mini-comic covers, sketches, and some other random pieces that I added to the Etsy store. Custom request sketch cards, new signed prints, my first Kickstarter, Free Comic Book Day, 2020 convention announcements, SECRET PROJECT, and more coming soon!

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