Hello! It's a rather miserable day out today - grey and drizzly and cold - so I'm tucked up next to a heater sorting through my plans for this year. Over the last 18 months I've done a lot of artwork I'm really proud of, I've worked on some amazing things for some amazing people, but I feel now like I really want to get back into doing more personal work. I miss working on To the Soul
, I miss my original characters, I miss digital art
and I really miss doing things for myself. I suppose that sounds a bit selfish really!
I'm laying out some tentative plans for what I'd like to do this year and most of them involve going back to my original works and bringing them to life in some form. I'm already working on two projects which I'm pretty excited about.
The first is a collection of short stories and vignettes from my various original works with a working title of Fragments
. These stories will be little insights into the characters and world of Gasarasrevolution, just little bits and pieces that wouldn't be in the original comics/books. I've always loved writing and thought this would be a nice way to share more about Masa and Jun and Elonis and all the bros.
The second is WIRES
, a quarterly magazine featuring new and exclusive art, short stories, step-by-step pieces, articles and maybe a tutorial or two. I'd really like it to be a bit of a present to the people who follow my art and enjoy the characters so it'll contain exclusive gifts and discount codes for my shop and things. It'd be lovely to get you guys involved somehow, maybe with art submissions or a Q&A type article. This is the kind of stuff I grew up with and I miss paper format things! There's a lot of nostalgia involved in this one.
I know it's really been a long time since I regularly shared art for my original works so I understand that there's not as much excitement for them as there once was but I really hope that you still might enjoy these things.
I'd also like to just take a moment to say that I've always been quite an uppy-downy person and in the last couple of years have had some amazing highs but the lows also got progressively worse. I've had extended periods of unhappiness and struggle but it finally feels like that's lifting a little and I'm feeling positive about things for a change. It's always amazed me how much support I've had here and it truly means a lot to me that after absences from the site or a change in styles or themes or whatever you guys are still here. So thank you for that. It means the world.
I'm looking forward to this year and the art adventure that awaits. And I wish you all the best for 2017 too!
Love you xx