Art Slump

Yup. Art-slump. What can you do?
...First, you have to realize that you're in one. Done. It's been over a month since I've worked on anything not job-related. No drawing, no painting. It's not easy to recognize that the slump has smothered you.
...Keeping a sketchbook, or a blog can help. For example, today -- as I boarded the internet for more job-related activity -- my blog appeared in the window. Oh look, I thought, I haven't drawn anything since early September-- and that was a pitiful little doodle. Crap. I should do something. Perhaps another pitiful little doodle.
...I created a photoshop document, and stared at that for a second. What am I going to do? I'm too busy to do this.
...It is dim outside. The early morning in the shadow of Mission Peak is cool and gray, the sun will not bite the tops of the trees for another half-hour. Across the street walks someone wrapped up in a thick coat and heavy pants. He has a backpack that hangs off his back and a gigantic shoulder bag. He appears to be delivering papers-- they don't deliver them that way anymore, do they?
...I sketch him quickly, but he is gone before I figure out how to draw the shoulder bag. Quick color job. Ta daa.
...Now, I can begin a new art-slump.
The End

Another Preview Cover

Did a pretty quick cover for the entertainment tab this week.  I spent about 20-30 minutes on the rough and about 45 minutes doing the final drawing and color job. I spent a few hours trying more stuff-- other ideas and treatments, before deciding that I didn't need to do anything else. That's the way it goes sometimes.
Photoshop & Illustrator.

 Here's the rough. I thought about using this as is, but it didn't quite feel right to me at the time. Kind of like it now! Oh, well. I did leave the "pencil drawing" in the final-- turned it to a light red and faded it. I like to see a little of the rough stuff in the finals. It humanizes it, keeps it from looking too slick.
The End.