I know I've been quiet a while, what with work ramping up for the season and poking at commissions between family and computer issues.
Hope everyone's had a lovely and safe Christmas with family, loved ones, and close buds!
I received an awesome A9 rig avian from my folks down south - that's going to help a ton with my bird/avian positions with planned stories I want to complete and convert to comic form... once I can get my world-building butt past the concept and initial rough blurbs without wanting to revamp the entire story onto its head after each length of time away from it (I blame it on plotting myself into a loop-corner at times when I let the ideas get ahead of plausibility). I want to save up some funds for the other rigs as well so I have a good range to work with in customizing and scale-work.
I know where my skills in anatomy and perspective lie, and there is still a huge amount of improvement that can be gained from study and experimentation.
From my folks up here in Maine I received a beautifully carved Native American style flute from my dad while he was traveling abroad to visit family. It has fun shapes and asymmetry along its sections, and a charming loon 'bird' suggested by one of my younger cousins in Minnesota. It plays close to a G scale, but has a lovely breathy tone to it, and the square-route chamber makes it so much lighter than its size suggests! Not to mention - the holes are just the right size for my fingers! I'm too used to fighting around holes designed for large man-bear hands to get those clean notes, so this is a pleasant difference, and I'm a sucker for the lower register scales >_>
My gift this year to them were little hand-painted and sculpted clay parakeets. I didn't get to cook them in my new clay oven because the moment I turned the thing on to warm - it started billowing white smoke that smelled like scalding plastic... Good thing I was next to a window and there was a cross breeze to pull it out of the apartment >_> Going to be contacting the makers about the issue and pick up a $20 toaster oven from Walmart to do the cooking in. I'm just glad I got away with paying $26 for the clay oven instead of $65 thanks to a handy coupon at the time.
Lessee... Christmas Eve my roomate dragged me to her family's house for dinner (I say dragged for the sheer fun of dramatic flair - I drove us there and back with how icy things are here). As she accurately puts it - it was organized chaos with her three nieces. The youngest thought it great fun to feed me crackers because I made a small game with one of lunge-biting at it. That bit me in the butt later when she insisted on pushing crackers in my face >_> Dinner was yummy, and it was nice to experience a family event that's different from the ones I grew up with.
Things have been rather blue at the family house Christmas day, parents had to put the sweet old feral cat down on Monday. Lymes, age, arthritis, and the abuse he suffered as a kitten caught up to him in the last year. He was a real sweetheart, could take all the attention and scratches you could give with as loud a purr as his frail body could muster.
Three days before Christmas day, we also lost one of the parakeets to one of the other cats after it got stuck in a closet shelf. I wouldn't have thought the cat would swarm up a shelf after it, but he did..
None of my brothers showed up, or called, so it was just the three of us while I finished cooking the dinner and spent time with dad while my stepmom was showering and re-dying her hair.
I do have some wounds from said cat when he freaked and launched across me and the gliders while they were in the pouch at the dinner table- that was... fun.. especially the puncture wound between my fingers. That place hurt... a lot....
Long story short.. It's been an emotionally fritzy year altogether.
So... The year's been a bit lousy in the art and commission department, and it's bothered me a great deal. I'm really sorry for not meeting my promise in increasing my turnaround process, but I am striving to at least get a good chunk done before the new year.
Wiped as hell from work drama, but any support's welcome! Especially when it comes with delicious yumms. Got some interesting projects planned that are patron-interactive, but I want to clear my slate first before rolling them out for those interested.
If you want to know ahead of time, feel free to shoot me a note - just trying not to jinx myself at the moment by stating them now in a massive journal >_>
Till next time - here's to a brighter New Year ushered in over a bottle of sparkling grape juice.
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