Thursday, May 13, 2010
Look What I Found...
I must be getting old.
Recently I finished the artwork for an IDW Star Trek issue...
or so I thought.
I have this ritual. Whenever I finish a sequential project, I clean the studio which is usually a wreck after 16+ hours daily use for 30 days. Artwork, bills and random paper tend to accumulate in an unorganized pile at the corner of my desk and/or drafting table during these 30 days. I call this phenomenon "The Pile". While I was going through "The Pile" and putting things away, I found this page.
page 15 of the project I had just "finished" days ago.
How the hell does this happen?
Well then it all came flooding back to me...
I usually try to do a page each day to stay on schedule. I'll come into the studio between 6am and 8am and work until the page is done which is usually between 11pm and 1am. Well, as I was scanning page 14 in, I noticed it was only 2pm. "Wow!" I thought, "I'll have this thing done by 5pm!" Imagine that, a work day ending at 5pm!! That's like something out of a fairy tale!! A 9 hour day! I wouldn't have dared to dream it! YIPEE! But what am I going to do with all my free time? I've become accustomed to long days and other than hitting the bar and getting sloppy, I couldn't think of anything to do that didn't sound dreadfully boring.
So I started on page 15.
I thought I'll get as much of it done as possible and then start on 16 tomorrow so I won't disrupt my page-a-day schedule. If I do my daily page and then I tag on an xtra hour a day for page 15 for the next week, I will have squeezed in an extra page. 22 pages in 21 days!! The thought was appealing to say the least.
16 + hour workdays and only 4-5 hours of sleep a night makes one retarded and I simply forgot about page 15.
So here it is. halfway completed. I'll finish it today(unless I forget)
At the very least it gives me the opportunity to show some finished pencils before it gets all that gouache slapped over it.
I'll post the B&W painting and colourised version later today as it's finished, so if you're interested, check back periodically.