End of the year has rolled round and I’m enjoying several large brandies each day, might even break out the cigars. In an odd turn of events, despite a very positive and productive first ten months of the year, the end has been quite frustrating for me in respect of keeping the momentum up.
When I posted back in November I wrote about finding ways to get out of a slump. This did work for a bit and to be honest the more recent weeks have been under productive due to lack of opportunity to dedicate time and focus to finishing page art off. Whenever I have had the chance, its been great, and looking back on the sparse amount of work I’ve produced this month, I’m really pleased with what I’ve come up with.
Sometimes you just need as bit of a random boost to keep you moving though. I was lucky enough to have that just the other day. I was drawing Heads! pages and panels in one of my regular coffee shops and a new barista saw my work. She came over for a really quick chat, saying how she liked the stuff I was drawing, that she’s a huge comics reader and loved the fact that I was sitting there, where she works, drawing comics. I gave her a business card and a fist bump and carried on mainlining espresso and churning out art but with a bit more of a motivated buzz.
It occurred to me that I’d got into a bit of a vicious loop; by not having much chance to draw I also hadn’t shown anyone my work lately, spoken to anyone about it or posted updates online. As such, no-one was talking to me about it. I don’t expect people to be waiting with baited breath for my next issue, but like anything if you don’t mention it then less people ask you about it. Because of that I felt kind of isolated in my work, and therefore didn’t feel like anyone would care to listen if I talked about it. So the little I was able to do seemed all the more less.
That quick encounter over coffee was enough to remind me that there are two reasons I create comics:
- I want to do it
- I want to share it with people
It’s the same with writing and playing music as well. I love the music I play and I want to play it for people so that they can enjoy it too.
In the spirit of sharing (and it is Christmas after all), I’ve decided to give away Heads! issue one as a digital download until New Years Eve. The next issue drops in early 2019, with issue three in autumn, so get clued up now and join the party. If you like what you read it would be awesome if you would buy a print copy.