The Creative Endeavors Thread Prepares for the Ascent

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Welcome to autumn, folks! It’s the start of what was traditionally my “creative season” while I was writing; colder weather and encroaching snow would theoretically keep me inside and get me raring to go on pumping out stories. Now that I’m doing visual stuff, things have shifted, but for whatever reason it feels like my neck of the woods might actually get an autumn this year and so I’ll try and make the most of what little there is.


Pictured is my “studio,” i.e. the floor of my living/bedroom. Four paintings on the go–two on canvasboard, one on canvas, one on panel, all oil (I hate wasting paint, and had more blue than I’d expected, so transferred the remainder to other ideas; it’s a method that actually works more often than not)–and the first finished page of my webcomic in over a year, along with coffee, a library book on photography during the Mexican Revolution, and dairy lids from work that I’m using as temporary pallettes. I think I’m in the middle of a rush right now and it feels fantastic. Hopefully I can keep this going, not least because I have to finish the webcomic. Speaking of which, here’s the next installment:

The Interlopers

(A word on the formatting, if I haven’t mentioned it already; it works best if you convert to tablet mode, as in regular laptop format the panels go side by side and screws up the movement; one thing I should work on, too, is a table of contents)

The header image is William Blake’s Urizen, from his poetic cycle that ran through the 1790s and created, to the best of my knowledge, one of the first of the imaginary mythologies that would later become so central to the development of Western fantasy literature. Blake’s long been someone with whom I need to get better acquainted, for the sheer achievement of being so good so equally in poetry and visual art as for the bewitching aesthetics of his prints and watercolors.

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