I know I have been very quiet lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy. That’s what I always say, isn’t it?
But it’s true! I don’t remember where I’ve mentioned this before, but now I’m making sure it’s known: I am attending cartooning school. I am thousands of miles away from my desert home (and pets) in order to study the art of making great comics. For all intents and purpose, it is grad school. If I successfully complete my thesis project at the end of my second year, I will be awarded with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Of course, more important than the degree is the networking opportunities and the experience of being at such an awesome school.
It’s somewhat challenging to balance my personal projects with my schoolwork. I’ve uploaded some of my stuff to my art sites, but not everything. Examples of what’s missing: 2+ hours of figure drawing from life every week, writing manuscripts, weekly sketchbook and lettering assignments, screenprinting, and a 20 copies of a 20-page comic narrative made with stick figures. And that doesn’t take into account the lectures, presentations, and the constructive criticism workshops. But I’m not complaining! It’s been a ton of fun. It just keeps me busy.
I know Soprano of Time hasn’t updated in a while. To be honest, I’m thinking of withdrawing from the Top Webcomics ranking game. I guess I find it kind of depressing somehow, even though everyone has been amazingly supportive. But I can’t ignore the fact that it brings in some traffic, so I haven’t made up my mind yet. Either way, I’m determined to see Soprano of Time through to the end. Soprano of Time will return as Wednesday art updates in November. I don’t know about December; I think I might like to do some winter/Christmas/Winter Solstice paintings.
When it comes to my priorities, school comes first followed by Slightly Damned. I could probably be a lot more diligent with my time management and get a lot more done. But I guess getting all stressed out wouldn’t be good, either. These aren’t excuses; I just wanted to explain what’s been going on.
Thanks for putting up with me!
P.S. I just got word today that the Kieri plushies have finished production. Hopefully I’ll hear about how the Rhea plushies are doing soon!