Monday, December 12, 2005

Good? Bad? I'm the guy with the tablet.

I heard back from the publisher of Dark Recesses this morning. The news is good so far. She said: "Fairly impressive overall." and "I would definitely be interested in having you do something for issue three once the stories start rolling in." So, yay me I suppose.

Now I'm nervous.

The thoughts that are doing laps around my noodle are "What if I screw this up? What if, when I have the story in my hands, I can't draw a damned thing that is worthwhile? Or they just don't like it?"

It's been said to me before; I have a fear of success. Because somehow, in my mind, personal success is linked with imminent catastrophic failure. Ugh.

Enough thinking about this. The first step has been taken, my artwork was good enough to get me to the second step and now I need to just relax and see what happens next.

Well, okay, perhaps not just relax and wait. What I really need is more practice drawing.

That's where you come in.

Yes, you.

I want to try out a new drawing exercise. Well, new to me at least. What I need for you to do is draw a monster, even if you "can't draw", and email it to me. Or post a link to it. Or, if you know me personally, hand it to me. Whichever. I will then redraw whatever you give me in my own style and post the results. If you don't want anyone to know that you drew the original, just tell me and I'll leave your name out.

I got this idea from Dave Devries, the artist who makes awesome paintings from children's drawings. At his home site you can see what he's doing. It will also show you the level of art I'm looking for from you for this exercise. It does not, however, reflect the quality of the artwork that I expect to achieve. I'll just be happy if this helps to kick-start my dormant creativity.

For further incentive to get you to submit monster drawings for this exercise, I'll send you a print quality electronic version of my drawing once it's finished. Probably in PDF format.

I'm taking Wednesday through Friday off from work this week, and with luck I'll have a bit of time to draw then. So the sooner you can send me something, the better.

15 comments:

Heather said...

Yay!! I knew they'd be impressed with your work! Don't worry - this is the first step to being rich & famous! :) Maybe I'll draw a monster for you! Congrats, baby!

Monkey said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I'm very proud of you!

Very!

Pat Angello said...

Working in fear is the best. If you're too confident, you're bound to be upset when they say, "eh, its alright."

I will draw you a monster, or you can just click here: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1958/710/1600/Browns.jpg

Kathleen said...

I promise nothing as I totally can't draw...but it's very cool that you're being given this opportunity! Congrats!

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