Well, it's been a busy week or so here. My Marvel contract is on hiatus for a little while, as they busily re-schedule movies, so I was left hanging a bit. Luckily my friends have been coming through for me with leads - remember how much we stressed networking on Ninja Mountain? Well, it's really been important as I try to rev-up old contacts and make new ones quickly.
So, that's left me at the start of several projects at once, as well as working on pencils for Starkweather: Immortal (my comic book series with Dave Rodriguez, published by Archaia). And what all these things have in common is that I'm drawing! Almost exclusively for the last week I've been working at my drawing table because since all this stuff is at the beginning phase, that's where they all happen to start.
Of course, I've done some penciling work at my Marvel gig, but I'd say easily 70% of my assignments have involved painting over someone else's pencils, with maybe a little "patch" work. You know, drawing a new arm or hand or face, or maybe updating the costume.
Aside from many, many Starkweather pages, I've done a drawing for a card for Upper Deck, a cover for Boom! studios, the drawing for a commission painting (now I have to get up the nerve to paint it!) and 19 drawings of Lovecraft creatures for a Necronomicon-based book. I don't think I've gone through this many pencils in the last year put together!
And it's funny - I think I'm getting better at this drawing thing. I say this with no false modesty: drawing is my weakest skill. I think I'm pretty good at rendering, which I love, and concepts and layout, but the actual drawing portion of things is my least-favorite thing. And sometimes it shows.. But this last couple of weeks - once I shook out the cobwebs - has gone pretty well. I'm not going to say I'm loving it, or anything, but it's been a little bit less of a chore lately.
But I can't wait to get back to rendering!