One of the biggest pieces of advice I can given an aspiring artists is, avoid having kids and being employed full time. Basically since my son's birth, my art rate has bottomed out to an insane degree to the point it makes me sob at the number of half complete works I only get to basically nibble occasionally at, because I'm too dead from work and little boys who want to play with Daddy. The resulting work I'm rarely 100% happy with, often posting because I feel guilty if I don't.
My most recent submissions are a classic case in point. Back in 2009,
was running a contest offering real cash prizes for works involving one of his characters - fullmoonmaster.deviantart.com/…
. I thought I'd give it a shot and planned out a multi page comic panel story where by Jennifer would have her problem all figured out. She'd timed everything to the minute and she'd be able to make it home from her work with plenty of time to spare. Til she ran into a roadblock/landslide which forced her to have to take a longer back-route over which she knew she would never make it in time even speeding desperately. Eventually she sees the moon in her rear view mirror, screeches to a halt and then runs blind and screaming into the wood, running in vain from the moon. So blind she finds herself tumble over a cliff, opening her eyes to reveal she's changing, transforming as she spins and falls, landing fully Hulked, only surviving because of that, bellowing at the moon. The end.
But like many things in life, easier said than done/drawn. So I planned, drew, planned and had real life get in the way so I was left with virtually no time left. Okay, okay, lets pare it down to bare minimum, have the screech and then the rest. No, days left now, pare it down MORE, how about just a TF in the woods then. Yes, hurry hurry hurry. Til time ran out and I was no where near finished, three pieces into a sequence uncolored, another waste on the pile
So there is sat unloved, til I got a lightbox for my birthday this year, took another crack at the final stage and thought, well, its been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long since I've done a Hulk-Out, and this was almost done, so finished it.
Again, still unsure after my poll about how to best represent my work, so cheated and opted for both single stages and an all-in one. We'll see how we go.
Back to the saltmine I guess...