Despite taking a new contract at an old job, I'll still be looking for better opportunities in the meantime. None of the alerts I've subscribed at Workopolis, Monster, Indeed.ca or elsewhere will be cancelled. I simply can't afford it.
I hope to make time for further practice with my software and at the classic drafting table in the weeks ahead as well. I've got to get back in the game, not necessarily to become a rich(er) artist, but simply a more competent one. Again.
The details in those two paragraphs are general, broad-strokes goals for the next few months.
More on other matters of interest later...
So before I continue, good manners require this question: is there anyone in this audience who (a) hasn’t seen Star Wars VII yet, and (b) cares to see it without being spoiled about plot details?
(((waits for audience to respond to these questions)))
( Possibly Spoilers After the Cut )
I bought a new scanner/printer combo device today. The price was just about right, or right enough. It's going to be difficult to find a table I can set it down on, though, once it gets in the house.
The reason I bought the thing? It's capable of scanning an A3-sized art board in one pass. I've had an Epson Perfection 1260 for over ten years, and it's still reliable. But if I want to scan an 11x17 art board into the computer, I need at least two passes, sometimes as many as four. And then "stitch" them all back into one document in PhotoPaint, Photoshop or whatever else is usable.
And when I saw this thing in Staples - yes, I know, more money for the Republicans, sadly, via Bain Capital...for which I will have to atone - I just snapped. No more. No more. I want proper tools to do a proper job. Even if they are already out of date.
It has been months since I could even think of drawing again on a daily basis.
More on that another day.
So I took scans of Eliot Brown's work - other people had put them up years earlier - and started running with them.
The dorsal radome encasing the "island" needs work to make it symmetrical, and there's a lot of work after that to get it to the level of an Okuda or a Hansen...
Note to Disney/Marvel legal staff: If you'd rather, I'll take this down. I hope you'll leave it be, as I need the mental exercise of this project.
The cases I worked on were from the mid-1990's, mostly in Ottawa with one side trip to Smiths Falls. It was an eye-opening experience regarding criminal law in particular and the justice system in a more general way. At times entertaining, at others disturbing...but a learning experience worth having.
More as it develops...
...I thought I'd clip something from one of Kris Anka's process sketches for ImagineFX magazine back in 2013 to show what I hope Jessica Drew will get to wear at some point in her newly-revived solo series.
For that matter, I'll be interested to see if the current fuss triggers any activity over at Project: Rooftop.
Got some more illustration time in today, with actual pencil and paper as opposed to Manga Studio. I need to make regular time for both sets of tools. This is going to be absolutely vital in order to get comfortable enough to start working on scripts on a continuing basis.
Yes, I'm also still looking for a regular day-job. Managed to file applications on several positions today, which is a good thing.
More as it develops...
For map designs:
More general computer-assisted design work (with some duplication from the first two sets):
I'm linking to this to show some range of skills available, if anyone here needs any extra help with projects that aren't particularly time-sensitive between now and the end of May. It's my hope that after the end of May, I can include those time-sensitive projects as well.
Hoping this is useful to at least one of you reading this LJ...
It's more abbreviated as an announcement than I'd originally hoped, but hunting for day-jobs has preoccupied me a lot lately. And holding down the day-job I did have for the last 5-6 months before that.