There may be a few of my watchers who wonder where I've been the past four months. Or you're reading this and thinking, "Oh yeah, he's that one guy who did those one things that one time. What was his name again?"
Either way, I haven't written a journal entry since my birthday (4/20), and I haven't posted any art since Father's Day (and in that context I use the word "art" very loosely). I did say back in April that I was working on something big, and that should explain my absence. I'd like to address that.
I was going to do a big, multi-page comic about Princesses Celestia and Luna on the day Luna became Nightmare Moon. A huge battle would ensue and Celestia would ultimately banish Nightmare Moon to the... you know, the moon. I did sketch after sketch of their faces showing different expressions, even had my brother do a big layout of the Castle of the Ancient Royal Pony Sisters, where the comic would take place. I'll be happy to show these sketches some time at the end of the year, when my current sketchbook is full, but that's as far as it's going to go.
Two huge reasons I gave up on the project: most important, I recently got a new job. Yes, I'm finally out of Sonic after three years of grease and sweat and steam and making other people fat. Now I'm working with my dad in construction, and I love it. I get to break big pieces of concrete with a track hoe every day, and I don't even have to talk to anyone. No more grill, no more fryers, no more burgers, no more squawking managers and stupid customers. Just equipment and rocks and dust and a rewarding sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
The main drawback to this new job is the new time constraints. I get up at 4 a.m. every day (and now I'm starting to get up at 3:30) just so I can have time to write before work. My dad and I get to our job site at 6:30 and work until 4 in the afternoon. In the evenings I draw until I go to bed. Now, the biggest reason I abandoned the Celestia/Luna comic was because I have other original ideas I'd like to explore, and given the limited nature of my precious time, I want to spend it doing my own thing, rather than a fan project that a) the original source material for which was invented by someone else, and b) won't do anything for my career as an artist. I'll come back to that point in a minute.
Reason number two: there have been strong hints at an upcoming episode in Season 4 that seems to detail what happened the day Luna turned evil. Any attempt on my part to render what I think may have happened kind of seems rather superfluous now.
All this isn't to say that I have been idle these past four months. I don't exactly have anything post-worthy, but I've been working on a personal project that comes from my own imagination, with my own characters, world, and mechanics, separate and distinct from the book I've been writing. See, I can't just be classified as a writer or an artist. I'm a creator. I have no fewer than five stories in my head at any given time, and one of them in particular, I feel, needs to be told visually. That's why I've been learning to draw. Granted, I haven't been taking formal classes or anything, but I've been practicing my butt off, and I've learned a lot just on my own with the help of my books and online resources. During these months I've overcome my fear of drawing human faces (yes, that is a thing), and I've recently been practicing my figures. It's a slow process given that I have maybe an hour or two to draw every day, but I've been striving not to waste my time.
I said all that to say this: I'm still here. I'm still drawing. I may not post anything for a while yet, and to some of you that might not even matter (at which point I have to ask, "Then why are you even watching me?"). But to the ones to whom it does matter, I'd like to say, thank you. Thank you all for adding me to your watch, for adding my pieces to your favorites, for your comments. I may never be one of those guys with 29,000 watchers and more feedback messages than any mere mortal could handle in his entire life, but by golly, I'm thankful for the watchers I do have, and I'm thankful most of all that there are people out there who like the little doodles I've managed to squeeze out during my time here. Keep watching, and it'll be worth your while. Eventually.
I'm not one for big, long-winded journal endings, so bye.